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

Subject: Verizon called hypocritical for equating net neutrality to censorship

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Back in July, we covered Verizon's argument that network neutrality regulations violated the firm's First Amendment rights. In Verizon's view, slowing or blocking packets on a broadband network is little different from a newspaper editor choosing which articles to publish, and should enjoy the same constitutional protection. Plenty of folks disagree with Verizon's view. On Thursday a number of public interest groups, academics, and former commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission filed amicus briefs taking issue with Verizon's constitutional argument. Verizon, they argued, was ignoring the fundamental distinction between Verizon's own speech and its role as a conduit for the speech of others.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/11/verizon-called-hypocritical-for-equating-net-neutrality-to-censorship/


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

Subject: Dream Studio 12.04.1 Screenshot Tour

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Dream Studio 12.04.1 has been officially released. New features include: upgraded base system, based on the Ubuntu 12.04.1 install disc; many upgraded packages, such as Ardour, Blender, and GIMP; the Dream Studio audio indicator by default, instead of QJackctl; the addition of a hardware-specific software installer for some audio hardware; the addition of all the KXStudio repositories; the addition of slowmovideo by default, as well as a new graphics repository; many, many, small tweaks and performance upgrades. This is the latest release in the 12.04 series for Dream Studio. Any current 12.04 users will be upgraded automatically.

http://chrishaney.com/?linux&release=Dream%20Studio%2012.04.1


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

Subject: Buyer's guide to Linux distros

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Fancy giving Linux a whirl? Here are all the factors that you should look for when choosing from the wide range of available Linux distributions.

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/378142/buyers-guide-to-linux-distros


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

Subject: Upgrading Away From Office Suites

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Perusing the open source news today I came across this piece by “DarkDuck” titled "Top 5 Free Suites to Replace Microsoft Office”. It strikes me as odd that still, towards the end of 2012, the open source community is still interested in replacing the bloated corpse of Microsoft Office. In my mind, we now have so many other options available.

http://ostatic.com/blog/upgrading-away-from-office-suites#buzz


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

Subject: Samsung tells judge: We need to see Apple-HTC settlement

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Apple settled its patent disputes with HTC last Saturday, and lawyers from Samsung were paying attention. Papers filed in federal court Friday show that by Monday afternoon, Samsung was asking to get a look at that license agreement. It isn't exactly clear what patents are covered in the agreement, but at least two of the patents Apple was using against HTC were also being used against Samsung. If Apple licensed those patents, that wouldn't be in accordance with how a key Apple witness described the company's patent policies.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/11/samsung-tells-judge-we-need-to-see-apple-htc-settlement/


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

Subject: Linux in Enterprises, market share and Business which use Linux

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Unquestionably Linux is still struggling to claim a respectable share in desktop market. The trend does not seem to vary drastically in enterprises too. However in contrast to Linux share in desktop operating system, Linux claims a considerably larger market share when it comes to operating system used by enterprises. The post presents some latest stats depicting where does a Linux stand as an operating system for business. The post also details some enterprises that rely on Linux for their everyday computation.

http://www.unixmen.com/linux-in-enterprises-market-share-and-business-which-use-linux/


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

Subject: The H Roundup - Linus interviewed, Linux Mint 14 and a Popcorn Maker

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In the week ending 17 November - Google open sourced Android 4.2, an RC of Linux Mint 14 arrived and Popcorn Maker 1.0 was released. Also, an interview with Linux creator Linus Torvalds, and the Kernel Log looked at filesystems and storage for Linux 3.7

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/The-H-Roundup-Linus-interviewed-Linux-Mint-14-and-a-Popcorn-Maker-1751677.html/from/rss


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

Subject: The Not-Ready Btrfs and ExFAT Linux Filesystems

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Two newer filesystems of importance to Linux are exFAT and Btrfs. exFAT is the controversial Microsoft filesystem for Flash memory devices, and Btrfs is for "big data". Once upon a time there was much sound and fury around these, but lately it's been quiet, so let's see what's been happening.

http://www.linux.com/learn/docs/667605-the-not-ready-btrfs-and-exfat-filesystems


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

Subject: Top 6 Web Server Performance Testing Tools

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Web server benchmarking is a way of determining the performance of a web server with the aim of establishing how well it copes under a sufficiently high workload. Performance testing is important to help maintain continuous system performance.

http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20121116094525476/WebServerPerformanceTools.html


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

Subject: LongTail Video Launches New Version Of Its Open Source Video Player, With Support For Apple HLS

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The biggest change in JW6, at least on the surface, is the player UI itself. The player hadn’t changed dramatically since being launched in 2005, and it kind of looked that way. The new version follows the trend toward modern, chrome-less video players, with bigger controls to make it easier for users to navigate the video or turn on and off features.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/15/longtail-video-jw6/


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

Subject: Many more words on volatile ranges

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The volatile ranges feature provides applications that cache large amounts of data that they can (relatively easily) re-create—for example, browsers caching web content—with a mechanism to assist the kernel in making decisions about which pages can be discarded from memory when the system is under memory pressure. An application that wants to assist the kernel in this way does so by informing the kernel that a range of pages in its address space can be discarded at any time, if the kernel needs to reclaim memory.

http://lwn.net/Articles/522135/


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

Subject: Egosoft plans new Linux ports for X3

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Linux Game Publishing recently lost the license they had for selling the X-series of games. Now, we know why. The developer Egosoft is taking care of the porting themselves and aims to sell X3 with all the expansions (some of which were not previously released on Linux) on Steam.Egosoft is looking to hire a new developer for this, so if you have experience with OpenGL and SDL, be sure to apply for the job.

http://www.gamingonlinux.com/index.php?threads/egosoft-plans-new-linux-ports-for-x3.1445/


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

Subject: KDE Gets a Homerun

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An interesting post appeared today in the Planet KDE news feeds. Introducing Homerun almost gave me a mild coronary until I realized it was an add-on. Homerun gives KDE that GNOME 3-like application launcher.

http://ostatic.com/blog/kde-gets-a-homerun


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

Subject: FreeBSD.org Has Been Penetrated

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Two servers part of the FreeBSD.org cluster were intruded upon last week...

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


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

Subject: Valve's Linux Beta Is Ramping Up

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Valve is adding more individuals to its select group of beta participants on a regular basis. So far things are going well for the Valve Linux beta...

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


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

Subject: Download Linux Kernel 3.7 Release Candidate 6

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Linus Torvalds announced last evening, November 16, that the sixth Release Candidate of the upcoming Linux 3.7 kernel is now available for download and testing.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Download-Linux-Kernel-3-7-Release-Candidate-6-307822.shtml


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

Subject: Hackers obtained access to FreeBSD servers

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Unauthorised access has been detected on two of the FreeBSD project's servers. Whether manipulated software was distributed remains unclear

http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/Hackers-obtained-access-to-FreeBSD-servers-1752060.html/from/rss


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

Subject: Enlightenment E17 Alpha 3 Brings Many Changes

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It was just a few days ago that Enlightenment E17 Alpha 2 was released but there's already a third alpha of this window manager expected to finally debut next month after more than one decade of development...

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


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

Subject: Linux 3.7 Kernel Is About Two Weeks From Release

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The sixth RC for the Linux 3.7 kernel is another calm release. Linus anticipates releasing a 3.7-rc7, but then we should see the final release in about two weeks time...

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


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

Subject: New Catalyst For Linux Driver Improves Performance

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Weeks after NVIDIA released a new Linux driver to massively improve its OpenGL performance in large part to make the Source Engine and Valve's games run better on Linux, AMD is out with a similar Catalyst update. The latest Catalyst Linux beta is said to bring "significant performance improvements" for Left 4 Dead 2...

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


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