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GNOME's Virtual Filesystem Gained SFTP Push Support

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The second development version towards the GVFS 1.20 application for the upcoming and highly anticipated GNOME 3.12 desktop environment, has been released for testing a few days ago, introducing several important features, improvements, cleanups, translations, and bugfixes.

Various areas have been covered in this new development release of GVFS, the virtual filesystem for the GNOME desktop environment, designed to allow users to easily access remote data via FTP, SFTP, SMB, WebDAV, as well as local data via MTP, OBEX, or Udev integration, including SFTP, SMB, AFP, archive, trash, recent, and daemon.

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Also: GNOME Settings Daemon 3.10.2 Fixes Laptop Battery Remaining Time Issue

Richard Stallman decides Emacs should go WYSIWYG

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GNU daddy Richard Stallman seems to have found an old To-Do list behind the sofa, because he's posted a message on the GNU forums reviving an old ambition for the venerable EMacs text editor.

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Turning Mozilla Thunderbird into a Phoenix

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I've always been a big fan of Mozilla's email client, Thunderbird, even when it was unfashionable to admit it. Because, for the last few years, the view amongst those "in the know" was that email was dead, that nobody used it, and that even if they did, Web-based systems like Gmail meant that Thunderbird and its ilk were dinosaurs.

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Step back, haters: Firefox phone now has ‘thousands of apps’ and global growth

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“In just a few months since the Firefox Marketplace opened with the first Firefox OS launch, we’ve seen significant momentum with thousands of apps submitted and available today, including some that are currently exclusive to the Firefox Marketplace,” a Mozilla rep writes.

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Firefox debuts new UI that looks like Chrome, but does that mean it can compete with Chrome?

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At long last, Mozilla has rolled out a massive UI update to Firefox that makes it look almost exactly like Chrome. Dubbed Australis, this is the biggest ever change to Firefox’s user interface, with much improved streamlining and customization, and the unification of Mozilla’s design language across the desktop, smartphone, and Firefox’s myriad other form factors. Australis will debut in Firefox 28, which just hit the Nightly (alpha testing) channel; if everything goes to plan, the new-look Firefox should be ready for mass consumption at the start of 2014.

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Mozilla Touts Thousands of Apps in Firefox Marketplace

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Back in August, in a post titled "The Success of Firefox OS Will Depend on the Success of Apps For It," I made the case that Mozilla needs to drum up a lot of developer interest in its Firefox OS mobile platform in order to seed a healthy app ecosystem. And, sure enough, Mozilla has been steadily holding developer days in various locations and has even offered incentives for app development.

Now, in a new post online, Rick Fant, Mozilla Vice President of Firefox Marketplace, says: “We are excited by the developer interest in the short time since we’ve opened the Firefox Marketplace and are impressed by the creativity and innovation inspired by Mozilla-pioneered WebAPIs.” Mozilla is pointing to thousands of available apps in the Marketplace.

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Write LaTeX documents with LyX

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LaTeX is a typesetting system that gives you full control over how everything in your document is rendered. The problem is its really steep learning curve. One option is to use a basic text editor and learn all the markup you need for your document. The other option is to use an application that wraps the markup to some degree. LyX does this very nicely. While a fully WYSIWYG editor for LaTeX doesn’t make sense (since your doc isn’t fully rendered until sent to an output device), LyX does provide a pseudo-WYSIWYG interface where you can see how different regions will be rendered.

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FreeMat—Yet Another MATLAB Replacement

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Many programs exist that try to serve as a replacement for MATLAB. They all differ in their capabilities—some extending beyond what is available in MATLAB, and others giving subsets of functions that focus on some problem area. In this article, let's look at another available option: FreeMat.

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Rygel 0.20.2 Media Server Supports Milliseconds in Renderer

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The second maintenance release of the stable Rygel 0.20 media server has been officially release a few days ago, as part of the GNOME 3.10.2 incremental update of the popular desktop environment.

Rygel 0.20.2 supports milliseconds in the renderer, adds Next and Previous functions to CurrentTransportActions, returns a proper error if the media is not seekable, and prevents a critical warning on missing MIME-types.

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Developers deny GNOME dependent on systemd

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Speculation notwithstanding, the GNOME desktop environment is not dependent on systemd, the init system that has been the subject of much discussion, two senior GNOME developers say.

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Red Hat ships piping hot Ceylon to curry favor with Java-weary devs

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After more than three years of development, Red Hat has released version 1.0.0 of Ceylon, its homebrewed, open-source programming language that's designed to be a replacement for Java.

Early on, Ceylon was billed as a "Java killer" by some, but lead developer Gavin King has denied that doing away with Oracle's platform was ever his intent. In fact, even the earliest builds of Ceylon produced code that ran on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Instead, King sought to create a new language that could run alongside Java but would be based on more modern class libraries and would have a syntax more amenable to defining user interfaces – something King believes there is "no good way" to do in Java.

In its current form, King describes Ceylon as a "cross-platform" language. The 1.0.0 release, announced at the Devoxx conference in Antwerp, Belgium on Tuesday, includes compilers that can output either Java bytecode or JavaScript.

That allows the same Ceylon source modules to run on either the JVM or a JavaScript execution environment such as Node.js, interchangeably. Or, a Ceylon program can be written to target only one of Java or JavaScript, in which case it can interoperate with native code written in that language.

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Leftovers: Programming

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  • Leadwerks: GDB Is Annoying; Editor Using GTK

    Leadwerks, one of the recent commercial game engines that's being ported to Linux following a successful Kickstarter campaign, has shared more of their Linux game engine progress from a developer's perspective.

  • Leaf: A New "Soon To Be Great" Programming Language
  • GNU Awk 4.1: Teaching an Old Bird Some New Tricks, Part II
  • Intro to Clojure on the Web

    Lisp is one of those languages that people either love or hate. Count me among the Lisp lovers. I was brainwashed during my undergraduate studies at MIT to believe that Lisp is the only "real" programming language out there, and that anything else is a pale imitation. True, I use Python and Ruby in my day-to-day work, but I often wish I had the chance to work with Lisp on a regular basis.

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  • 25-30 November is Europe Code Week!

    Want to get involved in a cool new initiative to promote it across Europe?

    My Young Advisors are a talented group of people advising and supporting me in my work. And they've been hard at work themselves. They've come up with a great idea: Europe Code Week - a week of initiatives at the end of November (25th-30th) with a focus on coding – workshops, teaching, or just raising awareness.

AMD Lands Open-Source "Hawaii" GPU Driver Code

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The Linux 3.13 kernel that is just entering mainline development stages already has Radeon DPM and HDMI audio by default. However, now there's another Radeon DRM-Next pull and it provides support for the brand new AMD R9 290 "Hawaii" GPUs!

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5 lesser-known browsers: Free, lightweight and low-maintenance

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computerworld.com: Are Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome slowing your machine -- or are they simply more than you need? We look at some alternatives.

How to write your book using Linux

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opensource.com: Before starting the book, I had heard a lot of horror stories about people forced to use crazy Word stylesheets and templates from publishers. I was very glad that my publisher didn’t use anything like that, which might have forced me to spend more time in Windows. I decided to work with RTF files and used LibreOffice to write the whole thing.

Xnoise Makes Sweet Music - Once You Get It Installed

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linuxinsider.com: Xnoise features a simplified interface. You see just the essentials: your media collection list and the title, album and artist for selections placed in the play list. The resizable media library sits openly on the left side of the application window. Its hierarchical tree design makes it easy to find any single track, artist, album or genre.

9 open source secrets to making money

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  • Senwes Unix to Linux migration
  • On Linux Install Fest 2013
  • Introducing Kids To Linux Using DoudouLinux
  • Have You Tried Parted Magic?
  • AbiWord 3.0 Released With Many Changes, GTK3
  • Another app is currently holding the yum lock; waiting for it to exit…
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  • Install the Latest Version of digiKam on Debian
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  • KrISS Feed: Self-Hosted RSS Reader
  • Apt-Fast: Improve Apt-Get Download Speed
  • Fix no screen brightness on boot problem
  • BetaPizza Hackaton Results
  • Can you trust 'NSA-proof' TrueCrypt?
  • 5 Years of KDE Community Forums
  • Open codec pioneer leaves Red Hat, joins Mozilla

LightZone: Totally Free Photo Lab lets you Forget Adobe Lightroom

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noupe.com: If you want to do quick everyday photo manipulations on a bunch of images, you will usually not go for Photoshop. Adobe Lightroom is what people inside the Photoshop universe will recommend you. Today we have an even greater solution for you.

15 Ways to Reduce Image Size

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  • 15 Ways to Reduce Image Size without Losing on Quality
  • 5 Easy Ways to Download YouTube Videos in Ubuntu
  • GNU Make 4.0 Brings New Features, Extends With Guile
  • Music App ‘Musique’ Adds Cool Stuff
  • writing a lua interpreter
  • How to block countries using iptables – Debian
  • 12 Linux Time Command Examples
  • Video Editor LiVES 2.0.6 Gets Kaleidoscope Option
  • Doing more with less – The Free Software Column
  • LibreOffice OpenGL Canvas Merged
  • How to take 16:9 Screenshots
  • Better database replication with MySQL Utilities
  • Cinnamon 2.0 Desktop Is Readied For Release
  • TimeShift – Provides System Restore functionality in Ubuntu
  • How to configure keyboard layouts in Unity, GNOME 3, KDE
  • Steam Now Has Support for Converting Third-Party Source Mods
  • How They Popped The Penguin: The Bash Tactic And What It Means
  • Linux only needs one 'killer' game to explode, says Battlefield director
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