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KDE vs. Gnome system management  View Printable Version 
Monday, December 17 2012 @ 06:18 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

General NewsA few weeks back, we talked about KDE and Gnome in daily life, and how they fared from the applications perspective, when you pit programs developed for one environment against those created for the other. We learned a valuable lesson that technology and practicality do not necessarily go hand in hand, nor that you can easily draw a clear line between the two. Finally, we discovered the joy of freedom, in that you can mix software, regardless of whichever desktop you choose, and get the best of all worlds. Now, the big question is, does the same set of conclusions apply when you try to administer your box? Well, to answer that, we will check how easy and intuitive it is to manage Linux when you choose KDE or Gnome as your platform.

Read the full thing at http://netrunner-mag.com/?p=2254

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OpenMandriva takes off  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, December 11 2012 @ 05:19 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

Mandriva LinuxThe OpenMandriva community is moving on. The statutes of the “OpenMandriva Association” have been sent to the French authorities and the incorporation process has thus started. At the same time, preparations are ongoing to migrate both the actual development environment of the distribution and the entire community infrastructure. On top of this, the development environment is not just migrated to another server, it is being upgraded to ABF and Git.

Read the full thing at http://standardsandfreedom.net/index.php/2012/12/10/openmandriva-takes-off/

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Ubuntu Spyware: What to Do?  View Printable Version 
Friday, December 07 2012 @ 10:31 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

General NewsOne of the major advantages of free software is that the community protects users from malicious software. Now Ubuntu GNU/Linux has become a counterexample. What should we do?

Proprietary software is associated with malicious treatment of the user: surveillance code, digital handcuffs (DRM or Digital Restrictions Management) to restrict users, and back doors that can do nasty things under remote control. Programs that do any of these things are malware and should be treated as such.

Read the full thing at http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/ubuntu-spyware-what-to-do

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On Nix and GNU Guix  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, December 04 2012 @ 04:38 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

General NewsQuite recently, the GNU project has announced Guix, a new package manager for the GNU system. Guix is described on their website as:

GNU Guix is a purely functional package manager, and associated free software distribution, for the GNU system. In addition to standard package management features, Guix supports transactional upgrades and roll-backs, unprivileged package management, per-user profiles, and garbage collection.

Read the full thing at http://sandervanderburg.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/on-nix-and-gnu-guix.html

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Munich city council saves over $12 million through switch to desktop Linux  View Printable Version 
Saturday, December 01 2012 @ 02:35 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

LinuxThe Munich city council has realised cost savings of over €10 million ($A12.36 million) as the result of a recent program to migrate its desktop PCs from Windows to Linux.

H-Online reports the city council conducted a study on the IT savings made by switching in comparison to two scenarios in which the city council continued using Windows.

Read the full thing at http://www.smartcompany.com.au/information-technology/053174-munich-city-council-saves-over-12-million-through-switch-to-desktop-linux.html

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Ex-Nokians fish MeeGo out of bin, launch Sailfish OS  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, November 21 2012 @ 10:58 CST
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General NewsA new phone OS based on the work Nokia abandoned on its Linux-based mobile OS has been unveiled in Helsinki. Jolla is a start-up run by former Nokia staffers devised to build on the old MeeGo project, which is now called Mer. The Sailfish OS is Mer with proprietary elements: a new user interface.

Read the full thing at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/21/sailfish_os_sets_sail/

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Netflix on Ubuntu (or any Linux distro)  View Printable Version 
Friday, November 16 2012 @ 06:01 CST
Contributed by: Linegod

General NewsNetflix on Ubuntu linux works! And it works great too! A winner has been found! Back in March of this year I Heart Ubuntu put out a call to get Netflix on Ubuntu working. Somehow. Legally. Without the need to install a virtual OS and have to boot into it. Something as native as possible.

Read the full thing at http://www.iheartubuntu.com/2012/11/netflix-on-ubuntu-is-here.html

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Steam for Linux Beta Now Available  View Printable Version 
Wednesday, November 07 2012 @ 12:29 CST
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GamesNov 6, 2012--Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the launch of a limited access beta for its new Steam for Linux client.

Read the full thing here: http://store.steampowered.com/news/9289/

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The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 3.6.3  View Printable Version 
Friday, November 02 2012 @ 06:16 CST
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General NewsBerlin, November 1, 2012 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 3.6.3, for Windows, MacOS and Linux. This new release is another step forward in the process of improving the overall quality and stability for any kind of deployment, on personal desktops or inside organizations and companies of any size.

LibreOffice has quickly become the de facto standard for migrations to free office suites, thanks to the growing feature set and the improved interoperability with proprietary software. Instrumental for the overall progress is the growing developer base, which has just reached the number of 550 since the launch of the project, making LibreOffice one of the fastest growing free software projects of the decade.

Read the full thing at http://blog.documentfoundation.org/2012/11/01/the-document-foundation-announces-libreoffice-3-6-3/

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Valve: Linux More Viable Than Windows 8 for Gaming  View Printable Version 
Tuesday, October 30 2012 @ 12:27 CST
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GamesIn a presentation at Ubuntu Developer Summit currently going on in Denmark, Drew Bliss from Valve said that Linux is more viable than Windows 8 for gaming. Windows 8 ships with its own app store and it is moving away from an open platform model.

Read the full thing at http://www.ubuntuvibes.com/2012/10/valve-linux-more-viable-than-windows-8.html

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