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

Subject: Virtualization With KVM On Ubuntu 12.10

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This guide explains how you can install and use KVM for creating and running virtual machines on an Ubuntu 12.10 server. I will show how to create image-based virtual machines and also virtual machines that use a logical volume (LVM). KVM is short for Kernel-based Virtual Machine and makes use of hardware virtualization, i.e., you need a CPU that supports hardware virtualization, e.g. Intel VT or AMD-V.

http://www.howtoforge.com/virtualization-with-kvm-on-ubuntu-12.10


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

Subject: Interview: Linus Torvalds - I don't read code any more

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I was lucky enough to interview Linus quite early in the history of Linux – back in 1996, when he was still living in Helsinki (you can read the fruits of that meeting in this old Wired feature.) It was at an important moment for him, both personally – his first child was born at this time – and in terms of his career. He was about to join the chip design company Transmeta, a move that didn't really work out, but led to him relocating to America, where he remains today.

http://www.h-online.com/open/features/Interview-Linus-Torvalds-I-don-t-read-code-any-more-1748462.html/from/rss


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

Subject: Newcomer experience survey for open source communities

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In a guest post on Debian Project Leader Stefano Zacchiroli's blog, Kevin Carillo, a PhD student from the Victoria University of Wellington, is calling for participants for a survey that seeks to collect data on the experiences of newcomers joining open source communities. Carillo says he is "interested in hearing from people who are either technical or non-technical contributors, and who have had either positive or negative newcomer experiences." The goal of his research project is to collect data on how newcomers to open source communities turn into contributors or what prevents them from doing so.

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Newcomer-experience-survey-for-open-source-communities-1748936.html/from/rss


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

Subject: Jim Zemlin: Proprietary Software Is Doomed

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Slightly delayed but wearing a big smile, Jim Zemlin reaches the meeting. He is “delighted” to be speaking about free software, a theme that is his personal passion. The setting could not be more perfect. The lobby of the Barcelona hotel where LinuxCon takes place is overflowing with developers from around the world. All of them came here with one goal: to exchange ideas. The agenda is full of interesting activities for software engineers and open source enthusiasts. Everyone is eager to hear about the state of the industry from the mouth of the father of Linux, Linus Torvalds, and Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical. The two share some pretty radical opinions and rarely disappoint the crowd.

http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/interview/jim-zemlin-linux-vs-proprietary-software-98767


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

Subject: openSUSE Board election 2012 has begun

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Apply now to stand for a position in the openSUSE Board, with votes being cast in just one month’s time

http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/news/opensuse-board-election-2012-has-begun


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

Subject: Shumway: Mozilla's open SWF runtime project

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The Research team at Mozilla has announced the launch of a new open SWF runtime project called "Shumway". Described as "an HTML5 technology experiment", Shumway is intended to provide a web-native implementation of Adobe's SWF Flash file format, used for vector graphics and multimedia.

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Shumway-Mozilla-s-open-SWF-runtime-project-1748816.html/from/rss


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

Subject: How to upgrade your Linux box for Steam

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When you consider that none of us could have much of an interest in Linux if it wasn't for the hardware it runs on, x86 hardware gets relatively little attention. This might be because Linux is now so stable, and performs well enough on older hardware, that we seldom need to think about it.

http://www.techradar.com/news/computing-components/how-to-upgrade-your-linux-box-for-steam-1111796


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

Subject: Proprietary Linux extensions reportedly violate the GPL

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Linux developer Andy Grover has posted to the kernel developer mailing list (LKML) to accuse RisingTide Systems of violating Linux kernel licensing conditions with its RTS OS storage operating system. This has led to a discussion in which prominent kernel developers, a RisingTide employee and a legal representative for the company have explained their positions. Discussion has also turned to NVIDIA's proprietary Linux drivers and related cease and desist notices.

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Proprietary-Linux-extensions-reportedly-violate-the-GPL-1749304.html/from/rss


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

Subject: Was Sinofsky fired for Microsoft's sins?

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I’m convinced: If Windows 8 and Surface had been the run-away successes Microsoft hoped for and needed, Sinofsky would still be at Microsoft. Instead, he's the scapegoat for their failures.

http://www.zdnet.com/was-sinofsky-fired-for-microsofts-sins-7000007344/


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

Subject: A Template For Writing Linux Kernel Drivers

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LDT has been published, a Linux Driver Template for helping new Linux kernel developers begin writing hardware device drivers.

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


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

Subject: Samsung Raises Prices To Apple: I Wonder Why?

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Now this is an interesting little tale: Samsung has raised the price it charges Apple for the main applications processors in the iPhone and iPad. The interesting question is why have they done this? I have a suspicion that I know the answer why: no proof, just a suspicion. Samsung Electronics , the world’s largest technology firm by revenue, raised the price of mobile processor supplied to Apple Inc. AAPL +0.67% by 20% recently, Chosun Ilbo reported Monday, citing a person familiar with negotiations between the two tech giants. “Samsung Electronics recently asked Apple for a significant price raise in (the mobile processor known as) application processor,” the person was quoted as saying in the report. “Apple first disapproved it, but finding no replacement supplier, it accepted the (increase.)”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2012/11/12/samsung-raises-prices-to-apple-i-wonder-why/


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

Subject: The Cake Copyright Is A Lie; Safeway Just Doesn't Want To Be Mocked

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A few folks have sent in this story on the blog of the wonderful (and super popular) site Cake Wrecks, which (as the name suggests) highlights hilariously bad cake designs, supposedly done by "professionals." Not surprisingly, the site is well known among those who wield cake decorating bags. However, some do not appreciate the wonders of such a site... especially when it features their own cakes. Cake Wrecks recently put up a blog post in which it reveals that at least one Safeway (a part of the giant supermarket chain) has apparently told its bakery that there is a "no photography" rule, officially set up to avoid having its cakes show up on the site -- though, they're using copyright as their excuse..[size=11]So it is easier to claim that their cakes are copyright protected than to just make cakes that look decent? Now that's funny. - Scott[/size]

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121112/02460021013/cake-copyright-is-lie-safeway-just-doesnt-want-to-be-mocked.shtml


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

Subject: Chromium for the Masses

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Every time my paycheck is direct-deposited, I contemplate purchasing a Chromebook. Long gone are the days of the CR-48 laptops with the clunky interface and frustrating usability. Although I never quite seem to pull the trigger and buy a Chromebook, thanks to the developer Hexxeh, it's possible to run the Chromium OS on a wide variety of hardware combinations.

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/chromium-masses


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

Subject: Peppermint OS Three Screenshot Tour

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We're proud and happy to announce the first re-spin of Peppermint Three in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. The downloads are live now via our standard download links and are also available for purchase in both CD and USB format. The re-spins offer a fully updated install as of November 5th, 2012, so you aren't left needing to download hundreds of megabytes of updates immediately after the install. In addition, we changed the desktop notifications back to the way they were in Peppermint Two after several users noted that the way they were implemented in Three seemed to be a bit of a step backward compared to the previous iterations. For users already running Three that also want this, it's actually quite simple: simply install the packages 'notify-osd' and 'notify-osd-icons'.

http://chrishaney.com/?linux&release=Peppermint%20OS%20Three


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

Subject: Xubuntu 12.10 - Customising the desktop

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With Xubuntu I can customise the way my desktop works and I can keep the system highly responsive even on older hardware. This article shows how.

http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2012/11/xubuntu-1210-day-2-customise-desktop.html


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

Subject: MOOCs trend towards open enrollment, not licensing

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MOOCs—or Massive Open Online Courses—have been getting a lot of attention lately. Just in the last year or so there’s been immense interest in the potential for large scale online learning, with significant investments being made in companies (Coursera, Udacity, Udemy), similar non-profit initiatives (edX), and learning management systems (Canvas, Blackboard). The renewed interest in MOOCs was ignited after last year’s Introduction to Artificial Intelligence course offered via Stanford University, when over 160,000 people signed up to take the free online course.[he]nbsp[/he]

http://opensource.com/life/12/11/keeping-moocs-open


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

Subject: Copyright Maximalism: Turning Satirical Works Into Ridiculous Reality

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Last week, we discussed Microsoft's patent filing on a content distribution system that counted heads and charged license fees accordingly. Utilizing the Kinect or some other unnamed technology, Microsoft had the beginnings of the copyright industries' wildest dreams: an opportunity to treat the public's living rooms like theaters and collect "admission" from every viewer.Rick Falkvinge has amusingly pointed out that "prior art" exists for this "Content Distribution Regulator" -- in the form of a satirical piece published at BBspot (and covered here years ago, noting that it "hit too close to home") five years before Microsoft's filing. [quote]Six years ago, a satire site wrote a story about how the copyright industry wanted more money if you invited friends to watch a movie in your living room. This notion has now been patented in new technology: automated headcounts coming to a living room near you, to enable new forms of restrictions. Apparently, the copyright industry takes six years to catch up with the very worst satire of it.[/quote]

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20121112/14563021022/copyright-maximalism-turning-satirical-works-into-ridiculous-reality.shtml


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

Subject: Descent|OS 4.0 Drops Ubuntu for Debian

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Brian Manderville proudly announced a couple of days ago on Twitter that the development for the upcoming Descent|OS 4.0 Linux operating system has started.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Descent-OS-4-0-Drops-Ubuntu-for-Debian-306746.shtml


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

Subject: Should There Be A Unified BSD Operating System?

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There's a call for unification of the four largest *BSD operating systems in a move to create a "unified BSD" with the best features in order to better compete with GNU/Linux. It's unlikely that this call for unification will result in any action, but an independent user has written a brief statement cross-posted to several BSD mailing lists about a Unified BSD? The user asks why the BSD community can't band together and form a unified platform rather than fragmenting their resources into several different projects/forks/distributions. He wants to see the four largest BSD variants merged: FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and DragonflyBSD.

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


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

Subject: Want to take Firefox OS for a spin? Firefox Plugin Makes it Easy

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While Firefox OS isn’t here yet, it is coming soon— sometime in early 2013. If you are interested in the OS and want to give a test drive, you previously could use a nightly build and throw it onto the Raspbery Pi or even flash it to a Galaxy Nexus. These methods were both quite complicated, though. Good news, a new Firefox browser plug-in allows you to emulate FireFox OS on Mac, Linux and Windows.The plug-in is called r2d2b2g and works pretty well.

http://www.mobilemag.com/2012/11/12/firefox-os-firefox-plugin/


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