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

Subject: Network Services Aren't Free or Nonfree; They Raise Other Issues

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Programs and services are different kinds of entities. A program is a work that you can execute; a service is an activity that you might interact with. For programs, we make a distinction between free and nonfree (proprietary). More precisely, this distinction applies to a program that you have a copy of: either you have the four freedoms for your copy or you don't. An activity (such as a service) doesn't exist in the form of copies, so it's not possible to have a copy or to make copies. As a result, the four freedoms that define free software don't make sense for services.

http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/network-services-arent-free-or-nonfree.html


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

Subject: An Alternative Reading of the IADB Study on Peru's OLPC Implementation

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I was surprised by the beginning of the Economist's article "Error Message" (based on the IADB study) that says the Peruvian Una Laptop por Niño project "did not accomplish anything in particular". The IADB study clearly stated that the project "substantially increased use of computers both at school and at home", "positive effects were found in general cognitive skills" and improved "competence in operating laptops in tasks related to core applications (like a word processor) and searching for information on the computer".

http://www.olpcnews.com/countries/peru/an_alternative_reading_of_the_iadb_study_on_peru_olpc_implementation.html


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

Subject: My iptables reference cheat sheet

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"This is a small manual of iptables, I’ll show some basic commands, you may need to know to keep your computer secure." This article is a small compendium of my most used iptables command, and a compilation of some of my previous posts about iptables.

http://www.garron.me/linux/iptables-manual.html


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

Subject: Ellison Fumbles Testimony in High-Stakes Java Case

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison showed his trademark brashness on the witness stand, as the trial over Google's use of Java code in Android began in earnest. However, his testimony was less than smooth, at times, and may have abetted the enemy. It wasn't just the gift he handed to opposing counsel with his admission of an interest in the smartphone market, said tech analyst Rob Enderle. "He also stumbled about certain aspects of Java."

http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/74891.html


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

Subject: PHP: a fractal of bad design

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I can tell you all manner of good things about languages I avoid, and all manner of bad things about languages I enjoy. PHP is the lone exception. Virtually every feature in PHP is broken somehow. The language, the framework, the ecosystem, are all just bad. And I can’t even point out any single damning thing, because the damage is so systemic. Every time I try to compile a list of PHP gripes, I get stuck in this depth-first search discovering more and more appalling trivia. (Hence, fractal.)[found via LWN]

http://me.veekun.com/blog/2012/04/09/php-a-fractal-of-bad-design/


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

Subject: Larry Ellison knocks Oracle's Linux strategy

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The Oracle v. Google trial is kind of hard to miss this week, and it's dragging out all kinds of nuggets of information. One of the best this week? Oracle's CEO unintentionally taking a jab at his own company's enterprise Linux strategy.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/larry-ellison-knocks-oracles-linux-strategy


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

Subject: When is it time to change your operating system?

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Can you imagine yourself in any of these situations? You sit in front of your computer, whether a laptop or desktop, look at the screen, move your mouse and … wait until the computer is ready to take your commands. But, the computer is too busy doing other operations to respond to your commands …

http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2012/04/when-is-it-time-to-change-your.html


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

Subject: Fedora 17 GNOME, KDE, LXDE and Xfce beta: Last before the final

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Fedora 17 GNOME beta, as well as the beta of the KDE, LXDE and Xfce Spins, were released yesterday – almost two weeks past due date. This, however, is not highly unusual for the Fedora project. Unlike Ubuntu, their release schedule is not cast in concrete. They are more interested in getting stuff that works out the door, instead of shoving something out to meet a set deadline. Even for a beta release.

http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/04/18/fedora-17-gnome-kde-lxde-and-xfce-beta-last-before-the-final/


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

Subject: ROSA Marathon 2012 LXDE beta: First impression

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This is the Moscow-based outfit’s desktop distribution that uses the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, a low-resource usage desktop environment that the release announcement states “is guaranteed to work on machines with 256 MB of RAM and will likely work even with less amount of memory.”Do not take that literally, because a base installation with nothing running uses that amount of RAM. With Firefox running (two tabs open), usage jumps to over 350 MB of RAM.

http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/04/19/rosa-marathon-2012-lxde-beta-first-impression/


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

Subject: The Top Contributors To Wayland

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Here's a look at the top contributors to the Wayland Display Server project and the related Weston reference compositor along with some other statistics to reflect its development history...

http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA4OTM


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

Subject: The GNU Scientific Library: An interview with Mark Galassi

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This is an interview with Mark Galassi, one of the core developers of the highly revered GSL (GNU Scientific Library) project. Mark took out time of his very busy schedule to answer our questions and we are very grateful for that. Enjoy!

http://www.floss4science.com/the-gnu-scientific-library-gsl-mark-galassi/


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

Subject: Six (plus one) ways to use Linux Live CDs in your business

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There are basically two types of media which you can use as your Live Linux: CD/DVD or USB. Some distributions allow you to have Live USB, some only work from optical media. In both cases, some distributions allow you to save changes you’ve made. This feature is called “Persistence.”Here are the main ways in which Live Linux can help your business.

http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2012/04/six-ways-to-use-linux-live-cds-in-your.html


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

Subject: Fusion-io shoves OS aside, lets apps drill straight into flash

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There's a party in the PCIe cache and your kernel isn't invitedFusion-io is wooing programmers with a software development kit loaded with interfaces so apps can directly access a flash cache as a memory tier.…

http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/19/fusion_io_sdk/


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

Subject: Linux Creator Linus Torvalds Receives One of World’s Highest Technology Honors

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The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Linux Creator and Linux Foundation Fellow Linus Torvalds is a Millennium Technology Prize laureate. This prize, determined by the Technology Academy of Finland, is one of the world’s largest such prizes with candidates sought from across the world and from all fields of technology.

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2012/04/linux-creator-linus-torvalds-receives-one-world %E2%80%99s-highest-technolog


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

Subject: Beefy Fedora could use a dash of miracle whip

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Chunky between the buns, Btrfs-freeIf you’re called Beefy Miracle, you better pack a punch. And when the Fedora crew christened their next Linux desktop, that was certainly the plan.…

http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/19/fedora_17_beta_review/


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

Subject: Open Source Done Right: Interview With Yubico’s Fredrik Thulin

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Last month we had the chance to review Yubico’s YubiKey, a low cost, high accessibility authentication token that is aiming to change the way individuals connect with their online services. We came away very impressed, and...

http://www.thepowerbase.com/2012/04/open-source-done-right-interview-with-yubicos-fredrik-thulin/


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

Subject: Oracle and the slippery bars of soap called Java and MySql

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News about the lawsuit between Oracle (which owns Java) and Google (which uses aspects of Java in Android) are resonating far and loud at the moment. At this point in the article, I should summarise the story: the trouble is that a summary at this point is impossible. The main problem is with Oracle, and their inability to understand free software.

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/articles/oracle_and_slippery_bars_soap_called_java_and_mysql


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

Subject: CrunchBang Linux -- So far it's 'like' at first sight

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I've been distro-hopping/shopping lately, and last night it was time for CrunchBang Linux, a Debian-based distribution that uses a very nice implementation of the Openbox window manager. CrunchBang is appropriately minimal but with its Debian underpinnings can be just about anything you want.

http://stevenrosenberg.net/blog/linux/crunchbang/2012_0412_crunchbang


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

Subject: Red Hat Enterprise Linux plus IBM Hardware equals Performance Computing

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Red Hat, Inc. is the clear leader in the Linux market. It has the strongest, commercially supported Linux distribution and the best-performing virtualization solution for servers and desktops. It is the first billion dollar open source company in the world and is the most successful Linux company thanks in part to its dedication to the open source community and free software. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), its flagship Linux product, is the one to watch in the data center for enterprise-level workloads including databases, application delivery and virtualization.

http://frugalnetworker.com/2012/04/18/red-hat-enterprise-linux-plus-ibm-hardware-equals-performance-computing/


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

Subject: Linux Mint 13 Will Be Named Maya

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Clement Lefebvre, father of the Linux Mint project, announced a few minutes ago, April 19th, that the codename for the upcoming Linux Mint 13 operating system will be Maya.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Linux-Mint-13-Will-Be-Named-Maya-265425.shtml


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