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Story PLASMA ACTIVE ON QT5/KF5: WALLPAPERS AND ACTIVITIES CONFIGURATION Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 4:37am
Story GNOME MUSIC 3.13.2 RELEASED! Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 4:32am
Story Australian government will go Drupal Rianne Schestowitz 09/06/2014 - 4:28am
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Cast Your Own Net

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Web

Who will own intellectual property on the new internet? If Wikipedia has anything to say about it, everyone will have equal ownership in the sum of all knowledge.

Fedora time bug

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HowTos

The question of setting time comes up frequently. Setting the timezone and the system clock can be confusing, particularly if the machine is dual boot.

Some Useful XEmacs Customizations

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HowTos

The best Unix text editor is the one you know, and, today, many people do know Emacs. Scuttlebutt has it that even Bill Joy — the creator of vi — uses Emacs. With Emacs users in mind, Tom Benton presents some useful XEmacs customizations.

TI to use MontaVista Linux for digital video chips

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Linux

TI has teamed up with MontaVista Linux to launch the DaVinci development platform and Linux programmers will be able to use standard Linux APIs to program TI's digital video chips.

Linux Desktop Developers Find Common Ground

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Linux

Open Source Development Labs Inc. this weekend called together architects from over two dozen key desktop-oriented Linux projects to work out their differences and to find common cause in their efforts to create the best possible Linux desktop.

Palm likely to launch Linux-based smartphones

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Linux

Palm is likely to launch Linux-based smartphones while continuing to roll out mobile phones supporting its own Palm operating system.

New Firefox loses features

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Moz/FF

THE MOZZARELLA Foundation's new version of the open sauce browser Firefox is apparently shipping with reduced functionality.

Tiny PPC system runs OpenFirmware, Linux

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Linux

A vendor of OpenFirmware-compliant PowerPC boards and systems is shipping a tiny CPU module that supports Linux, and targets thin clients, home-theater PCs, industrial robotics and control, VoIP and video phones, and security cameras.

DSL 2.1r1 on old Laptop

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Linux
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The developers of Damn Small Linux have announced the availability of the first release candidate of version 2.1. My gentoo install is quite dated on my aging laptop, and due to speed and other certain hardware considerations, it isn't likely to be updated again. I decided to see if dsl could run on this ancient Dell laptop.

All in the Linux Family

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Linux

If you've read Iain Ferguson's latest op-ed at ZDNet, you'd get the impression that Linux enthusiasts have turned into Archie Bunker. Iain Ferguson has used the term "bigot" to refer to Linux enthusiasts.

Where did you want to go yesterday?

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Linux

It's not that I like to pick on Microsoft. It's just that they keep doing things that make me shake my head in amazement. Take, please take, for example, the Restart Manager. Well, we've been able to do this in Linux/Unix land since... the 80s?

The coming software revolution

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OSS

If Marc Benioff, CEO and founder of Salesforce.com, is the biggest spokesperson for SaaS, then Greg Gianforte, CEO and founder of SaaS CRM competitor RightNow Technologies, is in the avant-garde of that software revolution, adding open source to the war on packaged apps. The difference between the two may offer us a peek into the future of IT infrastructures.

Rootkit levels of infection and mitigation

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HowTos

Hackers don many disguises in order to sneak past IT security guards. The rootkit, one of the most effective disguises, not only masks the intruder, but covers his trail.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling on Open Source

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OSS

BELFAST, Northern Ireland-Initiatives are under way to create an Open Source Center of Excellence across Ireland that will provide the expertise to examine and discuss the use and potential of open source going forward.

MacOS X on Linux?

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Linux

Apple could simply license the MacOS X shell and integration technologies set for Linux - thereby creating an instant mass market for its software on Intel.

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"Dress for Less": Choosing the Best Budget Laptop

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Hardware

We are going to take a closer look at the budget notebook solutions available in the today's market. We will look at the sub-$800 models from Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, HP Compaq, LG, Samsung and Toshiba and try to find out what exactly the user can get for such an attractive price.

Cool tool: Blender, for all your 3D needs

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Reviews

If I were a 3D modeller able to manipulate a virtual 3D object into something resembling anything but a cube, I would definitely use Blender.

Damn, I like Damn Small Linux

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Reviews

Some Linux distributions are more just clever tricks than anything useful.

Take, oh I don't know, the Free60 Project, which means to bring Linux to the Xbox 360 game console.

Then, there are those distributions like Damn Small Linux (DSL), which may sound like it's just a neat trick, but which is actually darn useful.

Phoronix puts NVIDIA 1.0-8174 thru its paces

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Software

In two separate articles, Phoronix is tweaking, testing, and benchmarking the newest graphic drivers from nVidia, the 1.0-8174.

  • NVIDIA 1.0-8174 Linux Performance

  • NVIDIA Linux SLI (1.0-8174)
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  • Ubuntu Takes A U-Turn with 32-Bit Support

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