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GNOME Journal November 2009

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  • The Un-Scary Screwdriver
  • Where are they now? Participants 2006 Women's Summer Outreach Program
  • Telepathy Overview
  • Easy Breezy Beautiful GNOME Shell
  • Telepathy, Empathy and Mission Control 5 in GNOME 2.28
  • GNOME desktop testing automation and how to use Mago
  • Epiphany from a - not so experienced - user perspective
  • An Interview with Leslie Hawthorn

Up Close and Personal with LXDE

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linuxcritic.wordpress: Fluxbox’s biggest drawbacks are that customization is somewhat less intuitive and significantly more labor-intensive than the full-featured environments’, and that the interface as a whole is foreign and unintuitive. After evaluating several environments and window managers, the testers and I agreed that LXDE provided the best balance.

No more rebooting

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  • No more rebooting. Period.
  • Linux reboots are a thing of the past with Ksplice

The GStreamer, Cairo Video Hackfest Results

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phoronix.com: Last month we talked about a hackfest to improve Linux video playback that came about after a GNOME developer began work on using Cairo/Pixman for raw video in GStreamer and looking at other ways to leverage hardware acceleration within this major open-source multimedia framework.

Novell Strips BitTorrent DHT Technology from openSUSE

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torrentfreak.com: The Pirate Bay’s tracker closure has spurred several discussions about DHT, BitTorrent’s fallback technology for when central trackers are unavailable. According to some, DHT has some problems of its own. Novell, for example, decided to ship openSUSE with the BitTorrent client Transmission, but not before stripping DHT support.

Docky & AWN

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A Quick Chat With OpenShot Creator Jonathan Thomas

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omgubuntu.co.uk: I took a few minutes to chat with Jonathan Thomas, creator and all round nice guy from OpenShot (better known as “iMovie for Linux” around these parts!), to find out what the application is up to, what their plans are for the future and when we can expect a stable release…

mpreaper: keep your temp files under control

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debaday.debian.net: The tmpreaper utility will clean out your temporary file directories by recursively removing files that haven’t been accessed in some amount of time.

Opera 10.10 Just A Smidgeon Away

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Oracle recently updated their VirtualBox open-source and cross-platform virtualization software with initial support for the latest Linux 4.14 LTS kernel series. VirtualBox 5.2.2 is the first maintenance update to the latest VirtualBox 5.2 stable series of the application, and it looks like it can be compiled and used on GNU/Linux distribution running the recently released Linux 4.14 LTS kernel. It also makes it possible to run distros powered by Linux kernel 4.14 inside VirtualBox VMs. Read more

Today in Techrights

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  • How a Linux stronghold turned back to Windows: Key dates in Munich's LiMux project [Ed: This explains the progression of Microsoft's war on GNU/Linux, typically using proxies]
    The project is temporarily put on hold while a study investigates whether it could be derailed by software patents.
  • End of an open source era: Linux pioneer Munich confirms switch to Windows 10 [Ed: Microsoft paid (bribed) all the right people, got a Microsoft fan -- by his own admission -- in power, gifted him for this]
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  • Am I willing to pay the price to support ethical hardware?
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More Coverage of New Lumina Release

  • Lumina 1.4 Desktop Environment Released
    The TrueOS BSD folks working on their Qt5-powered Lumina Desktop Environment have issued a new feature update of their open-source desktop.
  • Lumina Desktop 1.4.0 Released
    Lumina 1.4.0 carries a number of changes, optimisations, and feature improvements. Lumina is the default desktop of TrueOS, a BSD-based operating system. The desktop itself is lightweight, modular, built using Qt, and uses Fluxbox for window management. Although Lumina is mostly aimed at BSD users it also runs on Linux, including Fedora, Arch and — *mario coin sfx* — Ubuntu.