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Compiz Bugfixing and a-Testing

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smspillaz.wordpress: So a release is coming around, but there is nothing stopping you from testing the next development version of compiz right now!

Add a Pandora Screenlet to your Linux desktop

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ghacks.net: If you haven’t experienced Pandora radio you don’t know what you’re missing. Pandora can stream music to your web browser specifically tuned to your tastes. Imagine having that ability right on your desktop – always at your fingertips? Pretty cool eh?

Morevna: Open Source Anime Using Synfig, Blender, Gimp, and Krita

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blog.ibeentoubuntu.com: Most of the readers of this blog probably already know about Big Buck Bunny, Blender's open movie project codenamed Peach; some may even know about Sintel (Durian). Few, however, know about the Morevna project, an anime project dedicated to using only open-source tools in its production.

GNOME-Do Alternative: Kupfer

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omgubuntu.co.uk: In case you haven't noticed, we're pretty big fans of Gnome-Do around these parts. However, there's a new little app that, in some ways, might just be drinking Do's milkshake. Its Kupfer, and no, I have no idea how thats pronounced.

Blender and Stephen Hawking

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blendernation.com: Although the final CGI for the new Discovery Series: Into The Universe with Stephen Hawking, was created with Maya, Blender was used for pre-vis and concept tests.

Running Windows games on Linux gets easier

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blogs.computerworld: Two recent developments have made it even easier to run Windows games on Linux though. The first is Valve and the other is an improved version of Crossover Games.

7 Best Free and Open Source Content Management Systems

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junauza.com: A content management system (CMS) is a software used to simplify the management and publication of HTML content such as documents and images. It provides authoring and other tools designed to allow users with little technical knowledge of programming languages or markup languages to create and manage content with relative ease.

Evolution of Evolution

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omgubuntu.co.uk: With the default apps chosen and announced for 10.10, Maverick Meerkat, I decided that I wanted to take a look at a few apps in particular and look at some of their strengths and weaknesses. First up on the chopping block? Evolution.

Vim vs. Emacs: Indenting text before copying

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briancarper.net/blog: I find myself often writing code in Vim or Emacs and needing to copy/paste it into a browser in a Markdown-suitable way.it back. This is easy to do in Vim and Emacs, only a few keystrokes. But "a few" is still greater than "one".

CXGames 9.0 - Hands on Review

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: The first thing you will notice when using CXGames 9.0 if you had used past versions is that the GUI has under gone a refreshing change.

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Security Leftovers

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    As you already know, Linux kernel is secure by default. But, it doesn’t mean that the softwares on the Linux system are completely secure. Say for example, there is a possibility that any add-ons on your web browser may cause some serious security issues. While doing financial transactions over internet, some key logger may be active in browser which you are not aware of. Even though, we can’t completely give the bullet-proof security to our Linux box, we still can add an extra pinch of security using an application called Firejail. It is a security utility which can sandbox any such application and let it to run in a controlled environment. To put this simply, Firejail is a SUID (Set owner User ID up on execution) program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications.
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Containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs

  • Setting the Record Straight: containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs
    I’m tired of having the same conversation over and over again with people so I figured I would put it into a blog post. Many people ask me if I have tried or what I think of Solaris Zones / BSD Jails. The answer is simply: I have tried them and I definitely like them. The conversation then heads towards them telling me how Zones and Jails are far superior to containers and that I should basically just give up with Linux containers and use VMs. Which to be honest is a bit forward to someone who has spent a large portion of her career working with containers and trying to make containers more secure. Here is what I tell them:
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Wine and Games

  • [Wine] Packaging changes
    Today we want to announce some important changes regarding the Wine Staging packages provided at repos.wine-staging.com and dl.winehq.org. We completely reworked our build system to make the packages available sooner after a release and also added some new features, like downloading old packages for Debian / Ubuntu. The complete list of changes can be found in the announcement email on the Wine mailing list.
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    Have you ever played Fez on Linux ? Transistor ? Speed Runners ? Shenzen I/O ? Bastion ? or more recently, Owlboy ? Well if you have, you have benefited from the work of Flibitijibibo who is directly responsible for the port of such titles to your platform.

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