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  • 5 Reasons why Microsoft Windows users should definitely avoid Linux

    Last Saturday I got myself an Acer Aspire One netbook (bought it on impulse, really) from a friend who had it gifted to him but said he had no use for it. It came preloaded as usual with Windows 7 and as a nay sayer to that OS, I opted to install the beta release of Ubuntu 11.10 on it.

  • Desktop

    • The “Gleaners” of Paris

      Here I digress. With my found computer I added a bunch more memory, uninstalled Windows, and installed a free Linux system, Ubuntu. The computer is old but works fine and is faster than Windows. It uses fewer resources.

      Ubuntu (http://www.ubuntu.com/) is project started by a South African millionaire to make computing systems more available to everyone and one they can understand. You can download it for free or order CD’s for a symbolic price. Regular updates of programs and the system itself are always free. Once installed, I thought, «OK, now I’m going to have to configure it to connect to internet and make stuff work in general.» But no, it connected to the net automatically and everything in the package worked without changing a thing. The first thing to do is to use its update system because things are always changing.

  • Kernel Space

    • Kernel Log: x32 ABI gets around 64-bit drawbacks

      “x32 ABI” promises to take advantage of the benefits of 64-bit x86 processors without suffering from the overhead in 64-bit operation. At present, maintenance at Kernel.org has slowed down kernel development. Some kernel hackers are demonstrating their sense of humour with a Linux logo reminiscent of Windows 3.1 and a rickrolling kernel module.

    • Let’s not be too hasty.

      In a recent post tech writer Sean Michael Kerner advocated moving the kernel to Github. Here’s why I think the evidence isn’t so clear cut. Note this is my personal opinion, since I’m not a member of the kernel developer community and thus have no real say in the matter.

    • The Evolution of Stupidity: File Systems
  • Applications

  • Desktop Environments

  • Distributions

    • Taking a look a Salix

      There seems to be a mad dash lately of bloggers tripping over themselves to write reviews of Bodhi Linux. Jeff Hoogland and his merry band of developers have come out recently with version 1.2.0 and I’ve put it through some paces. Overall, I like it, but rather than yet another Bodhi review getting lost in the shuffle, I thought I’d put that one off for another time.

    • New Releases

    • PCLinuxOS/Mageia/Mandrake/Mandriva Family

      • A bug’s life

        In an ideal world, software bugs get fixed shortly after they are discovered. (Actually, in a really ideal world, there would be no bugs to begin with, but let’s be a bit realistic). You might be led to believe that once a bug has been reported the Mageia packagers will fix the bug, issue a new package, and everyone will live happily ever after.

    • Red Hat Family

    • Debian Family

      • Derivatives

        • Introducing Lubuntu Software Center

          The upcoming Lubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system, due for release on October 13th, will introduce a new software center application.

        • Elementary OS Luna To Be Based On Ubuntu 12.04

          Good things come to those who wait – particularly elementary fans willing to wait until April 2012…

        • Canonical/Ubuntu

          • The Purrrfect Ubuntu 11.10 Login Sound?

            Opinion is split over whether or not the default Ubuntu login sound needs a refresh. Just what could it be replaced with?

          • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 232
          • 5 years with Canonical

            This month, I will have been with Canonical for 5 years. It’s been fantastic, but I’ve decided to move on. Next week, I’m going to start working for Google,

          • Ubuntu Certification – What do we test?

            We frequently get asked what do we test on the certification program. While we do have a simple page covering this topic, some times we are asked for further details. We have now updated the certification program guide with a more comprehensive description of the test cases. We review and update if necessary the list of test cases for each release:

          • Ubuntu Team to Cast a Wider Net for Indie Developers

            For some time now, there have been calls for Canonical and the Ubuntu team to find ways to reach out to more useful applications that Ubuntu users can take advantage of. For example, many users lament the fact that applications such as Photoshop are easy for Windows and Mac users to use, while Ubuntu users are boxed out. At the core of this debate is how the Ubuntu team approaches developers, and there are some strong signs that a larger and more diverse community of developers will start to contribute to Ubuntu.

  • Devices/Embedded

    • Raspberry Pi warms up

      The volunteers of the Raspberry Pi project have, with the arrival and demonstration of the first alpha “Model B” boards, moved another step closer to their vision of creating an ARM-based, low-cost computer for education. The Raspberry Pi computer now has two models, and the “Model B” board being shown has changed somewhat from its previous appearance, losing the “USB stick” styling in favour of a more traditional rectangular board – the size of a credit card but with lots of space for mounting I/O ports. The board is based around the Broadcom BCM2835, a 700 Mhz “application processor”, and over the last month the developers have been putting it through its paces. First they showed a demo of Quake 3 running on the Pi:

    • Why Be a Pirate? Use Open Source Software Instead

      It’s no secret that I think software patents are a scourge that needs to be gotten rid of, and I’m by no means alone in that opinion. In this era of lawsuits and revenue models based heavily on patent licensing fees (I’m looking at you, Apple, Microsoft and Oracle), the harm they’re doing to innovation is right before our very eyes all the time.

    • Phones

    • Sub-notebooks/Tablets

      • Best Buy: Android tablet sales ‘better than we expected’

        Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn said that tablet demand was one of the company’s few bright spots in its second quarter and Android devices delivered sales ‘better than we expected.”

      • Acer Honeycomb tablet to ship with 4G, modest price

        AT&T will begin selling the 4G version of its 10.1-inch Iconia Tab Android 3.0 (“Honeycomb”) tablet Sept. 18 for $480 outright, or $330 on contract. The Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G closely follows the typical Honeycomb script, from the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor to the five- and two-megapixel cameras, but it’s significantly cheaper than most of its rivals.

Free Software/Open Source

  • File Servers – The Business Case for High Availability
  • 60 Open Source Replacements for Audio/Video Tools

    Most computer users are spending much more time these days viewing and creating multimedia content. According to comScore, 85.6 percent of online Americans (178 million people) watched video online in June 2011, and they spent an average of 16.8 hours each watching those videos during the month. In addition, Nielsen reports that the number of people watching video on their smartphones and tablets has increased 41 percent since last year.

  • Another reason why I choose free and Open Source software

    A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine bought a new laptop for his work. He called me and asked me to come over, mainly so he could show that device off. And partly (as it turned out) to once again try to convince me of the wonders and superiority of Windows.

    Shortly after arriving at my friend’s place, he unveiled his new Acer laptop. It’s a nice piece of hardware. They keyboard even has a numeric key pad — something I haven’t seen or used in a while.

    Of course, my friend started his new machine for me. It booted up into Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (whatever the heck that means). I’ve used Windows 7 before and wasn’t really impressed.

  • Events

    • Early bird registrations now open for linux.conf.au 2012
    • Ohio Linux Fest 2011 report.

      Following a truncated workday on Thursday, I quickly packed, threw my stuff in the car, and raced up the road as quickly as torrential rain would safely allow to Reagan National Airport. I took a short flight to Columbus, Ohio, where this weekend the Ohio Linux Fest 2011 was set to go. I got into the hotel around diner time and fortunately I was able to hook up with a variety of folks including Ruth Suehle from opensource.com, Jared Smith, Red Hat mega-architect and superstar Thomas Cameron, and Fedora Docs hackers John McDonough and Zach Oglesby for dinner at Bucca di Beppo. Yum!

    • Software Freedom Day 2011
  • Web Browsers

    • Mozilla

      • Firefox for Tablets on Nightly

        We, Firefox Mobile front-enders, have been working hard for the last few weeks to get the new Firefox UI for tablets in place for general testing. It has now reached a functional state that is good enough for getting some early feedback. So, how can you help us?

      • Mozilla Takes its Fennec Technology Toward Firefox for Tablets

        All the way back in 2008, we were covering Mozilla’s effort to deliver an innovative mobile browser, dubbed Fennec (Fennec is a small Fox…smaller than a Firefox). The Fennec project has not taken the world by storm since then, but the underlying technology powers a new version of Firefox for tablet devices that could make some waves. This week, a blog post announced that Firefox for Tablets has arrived in Nightly Builds.

      • Community spotlight: Paul Booker, Mozilla contributor

        On opensource.com, community is very important. We want to continue to recognize our community members who contribute in ways other than writing articles–things like rating and commenting, voting in polls, and sharing our collective work on social media. This is the second of our community spotlight posts.

  • Databases

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

  • CMS


    • The State Of GCC 4.7.0: Still Months Away

      From Jakub’s message, the trunk code for GCC 4.7 should be done with state one by the end of October, if the same 4.6 schedule roughly follows. He’s called out on various branch maintainers to see if their respective feature work will be ready in time for merging to GCC 4.7 trunk within the next month and a half.

  • Public Services/Government

  • Programming

    • Gedit as a Django IDE for Linux
    • OpenTeacher – learn a new language with Linux
    • Lets face it, windows programmers are smart.

      So what has this to do with windows programmers being smart? Well they have to be and also patient. The current visual studio (yes, small letters again Gary) seems to be a real monstrosity. Not only does it take for ever and a day to start up, it also wants to connect to the internet. Then to open up a “solution” (more like a problem to me :P) it wants to connect to the internet again and takes several more minutes to open. Long enough to make a cup of coffee. The disk space it consumes is massive. In the gigabytes compared to hundreds of megabytes for what I use. But lets put all that aside. The program is started up, the code is loaded and I am about ready to peruse the mind of a fellow programmer.

    • Parallel Programming Crash Course
    • Modularizing Core Features

      Perl 5 project leader Jesse Vincent has made a textual version of his Perl 5.16 and Beyond speech available in prose form: Perl 5.16 and Beyond thread on p5p.

    • Vincent: Perl 5.16 and Beyond


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