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[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: This week at LWN: Book review: Open Advice

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The recently released Open Advice has much to offer those who are new to free software and its communities, but there is plenty of interest to veterans as well. It is a collection of essays from an auspicious number of contributors (42) to free and open source software (FOSS) that centers around the idea of "what we wish we had known when we started". As might be guessed, the book encompasses more than that—it ranges all over the FOSS map—including recollections, war stories, philosophical musings, academic research, and good advice.

https://lwn.net/Articles/481222/


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Red Hat vs. Oracle Linux Support: 10 Years Is New Norm

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The Linux chess match between Red Hat and Oracle now involves a showdown on long-term support strategies. Indeed, both Red Hat and Oracle recently extended their Linux support life cycles to a lengthy 10 years. [url=http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/02/26/red-hat-vs-oracle-linux-10-years-is-new-support-standard/]Here's the background[/url].

http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/02/26/red-hat-vs-oracle-linux-10-years-is-new-support-standard/


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Ubuntu Customization App 'MyUnity' Released With Revamped UI And New Features

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One of the best customization utility for Ubuntu MyUnity has just received a massive update. This release brings a much cleaner UI, lots of tweaking options, quicklists editing and many more other features.

http://www.ubuntuvibes.com/2012/02/ubuntu-customization-app-myunity.html


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Steve Jobs' Birth Anniversary: Commemorations Pour in, but the Foxconn Issue Mustn't be Ignored!

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Apple has called for independent audits of its suppliers' factories in China, in a bid to ensure that they "treat workers with dignity and respect." How far are they going to get?

http://technonstop.com/foxconn-working-conditions


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Tag Sound Files With Easytag (Linux Mint 12)

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This tutorial is supposed to show you how to change your sound files' information like artist or title, also called tags, in a fast way using Easytag. I am using Linux Mint 12 as an operating system, however the steps should not differ greatly from other Ubuntu based distributions. Easytag is only capable of tagging MP3, MP2, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP4/AAC, MusePack or Monkey's Audio files.

http://www.howtoforge.com/tag-sound-files-with-easytag-linux-mint-12


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: MyUnity 3.0 Supports Ubuntu 12.04 and Themes

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Softpedia has been informed this morning, February 27th, by Fabio Colinelli that the fabulous MyUnity Unity configuration utility for the Ubuntu platform reached version 3.0, supporting desktop themes and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

http://news.softpedia.com/news/MyUnity-3-0-Supports-Ubuntu-12-04-and-Themes-255220.shtml


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Mozilla’s Boot to Gecko phone partners with Telefónica, T-Mobile

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Mozilla also showing off it’s new open web based mobile platform at MWC, supported by Qualcomm and Adobe

http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/news/mozillas-boot-to-gecko-phone-partners-with-telefonica-t-mobile/


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: If you want reproducible science, the software needs to be open source

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Modern scientific and engineering research relies heavily on computer programs, which analyze experimental data and run simulations. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a scientific paper (outside of pure theory) that didn’t involve code in some way. Unfortunately, most code written for research remains closed, even if the code itself is the subject of a published scientific paper. According to an editorial in Nature, this hinders reproducibility, a fundamental principle of the scientific method.

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/02/science-code-should-be-open-source-according-to-editorial.ars


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: The Lafayette Deception, Chap. 11: I Guess I've Just Got to be Frank with You

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Frank shook his head in disbelief as he turned his radio off. Who could have predicted that talking heads on the evening news would ever look to Fidel Castro to provide a cogent assessment of an American primary season? 

http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=2012022619012189


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Canonical Demonstrates Ubuntu for Android at MWC

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The highly anticipated Mobile World Congress event takes place these days (February 27th - March 1st) in Barcelona, Spain, and this is the first time for Canonical to be present at the show.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Canonical-Demonstrates-Ubuntu-for-Android-at-MWC-255259.shtml


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: XFCE4 Desktop Application Finder

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For everyone that wants to know more about the application finder for the Xfce4 desktop here it is. The coming 4.10 release is expected to bring some big changes to the application finder. They are planning to merge the xfce4-appfinder with xfrun4. You can use the Xfce4 application finder to find and launch installed applications on your system. This is a very convenient little tool for finding lost applications. You can open the application finder by selecting run program from the main menu, or using the Alt + F2 keyboard shortcut.

http://linuxlibrary.org/desktop/xfce4-desktop-application-finder/


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Desktop Syncing Comes To ownCloud Through Mirall And Csync

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Desktop syncing is now possible with ownCloud, through Csync and Mirall. Csync is a command line synchronization tool that comes with an ownCloud module and Mirall is a Qt tray sync client that uses Csync and allows you to synchronize data between the local machine and ownCloud.

http://www.webupd8.org/2012/02/desktop-syncing-comes-to-owncloud.html


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Let's Play: Dungeons of Dredmor

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A funny bidimensional RPG with some strange monsters and a bunch of useless items... This is Dungeons of Dredmor!

http://ubuntugamingproject.blogspot.com/2012/02/lets-play-dungeons-of-dredmor.html


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Hack and / - Forensics with Ext4

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Learn from my mistakes as I figure out how to gather forensics data on an ext4 filesystem. One great thing about writing technical articles is that you have a nice collection of documentation you can turn to. I tell people that I probably reference my books and articles more than anyone else, because although I may not always remember specific steps to perform a task, I do always remember whether I wrote about how to do it.

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/hack-and-forensics-ext4


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Introducing Ubuntu Stock Quotes Lens for Unity

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The Ubuntu Stock Quotes Ticker is an Unity Launcher plugin that allows you to search for stock quotes for United States stock markets via the Yahoo! Finance website, directly from the Unity Dash.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Introducing-Ubuntu-Stock-Quotes-Lens-for-Unity-255337.shtml


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: New Wake Locks Patches Published For Linux Kernel

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While this weekend saw the release of the Linux 3.3-rc5 kernel, which Linus Torvalds self-admitted was pretty boring, also hitting the mailing list this past week were new kernel patches to implement auto-sleep and "wake locks" support.

http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA2Mjg


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Terrible Linux 0.0.1 Screenshot Tour

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Terrible Linux 0.0.1is released. Terrible Linux is a distribution featuring the Xfce desktop and a classic desktop interface. Based on Debian's testing branch. [url=http://www.thecodingstudio.com/opensource/linux/screenshots/index.php?linux_distribution_sm=Terrible%200.0.1]Terrible Linux 0.0.1 Screenshot Tour[/url]

http://www.thecodingstudio.com/opensource/linux/screenshots/index.php?linux_distribution_sm=Terrible%200.0.1


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Android-x86 4.0 RC1 Released (Android Ice Cream Sandwitch Optimized For Netbooks / Laptops)

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Androix-x86 is a project that provides Android support for x86, making it easy to install it on netbooks or laptops. You can use it like any other Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwitch device: install applications from the Android Market, add widgets and so on.

http://www.webupd8.org/2012/02/android-x86-40-rc1-released-android-ice.html


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Mozilla, Backed By Big Partners, to Compete in the Smartphone Arena

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For a long time now, Mozilla has been talking up its plans to become a serious player in the mobile operating system and smartphone arenas. We've covered the company's Boot to Gecko platform, an open, web-centric operating environment centered on the Gecko rendering engine, and Mozilla is slated to show off its new app store at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. Now, Mozilla is in an alliance with Telefonica and Qualcomm that could make its smartphone ambitions reality.

http://ostatic.com/blog/mozilla-backed-by-big-partners-to-compete-in-the-smartphone-arena


[#] Wed Dec 31 1969 19:00:00 EST from rss

Subject: Report: Open source software quality is better than proprietary software

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Coverity's latest Coverity Scan Open Source Report has found that the quality of open source code is equal to, or even better than that of proprietary software. This is the third open source report from Coverity since it took over producing the report in 2009. The project was originally founded by the US Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with Coverity in 2006. Coverity's conclusion is that the assumption that open source software is of lower quality should not be considered a valid reason for avoiding open source.

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Report-Open-source-software-quality-is-better-than-proprietary-software-1443437.html


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