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feed text Fedora 19 Released
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:10:00 PDT
Fedora project has officially announced the release of Fedora 19 code named Schrödinger's cat. Fedora 19 features the 3.9.0 kernel. For end users, the new features include the Cinnamon desktop environment, GNOME 3.8, KDE 4.10, and MATE 1.6 desktop; Out of the box support for extraction of RAR archives using File Roller archive utility, a new screen management software for KDE named KScreen, OpenVPN 2.3, and more.

For the developers, most of the development tools like Python, Java, PHP, Ruby, GCC (4.8.x) - have been updated. But more importantly, Fedora 19 now includes the Node.js JavaScript runtime environment for developing fast, scalable network applications using the JavaScript programming language. MariaDB a fork of MySQL has also been included which replaces MySQL.

How to download Fedora 19

There are multiple desktops available for use with Fedora. Each has a slightly different look and feel and offers varying levels of customization. Visit fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora-options and choose the one that strikes your fancy.

If you are already using a previous version of Fedora, then it is possible to upgrade to Fedora 19. Visit fedoraproject.org/wiki/Upgrading to know more.

You can find the full release notes here. Fedora also comes with comprehensive documentation on every aspect of the OS that the end user might encounter which is a big plus.

"UEFI Secure boot" is a technology that offers the prospect of a hardware-verified, malware-free operating system bootstrap process that can improve the security of many system deployments. Linux and other open operating systems will be able to take advantage of secure boot if it is implemented properly in the hardware. UEFI is meant to replace the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) firmware interface present in all IBM PC compatible personal computers.

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text openSUSE 12.3 Released
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:51:00 PDT
openSUSE 12.3 has been released. This release of openSUSE contain many features, and improvements under the hood.

Some of the endearing features of this new release of openSUSE are as follows :

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text Ubuntu - A Rolling Linux Distribution ?
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:46:00 PST
Will Ubuntu switch to a rolling release ? This is the big question that is playing in the minds of Ubuntu users and developers alike.

A rolling release model refers to a continually developing software system. In a rolling release, the user will never have to install a new version of the software. Rather, the updates to the software and the system will be pushed to the user as and when the changes are made.

An example of a Linux distribution that conform to a rolling release is Arch Linux.

Mark Shuttleworth - the founder of Ubuntu - says he is not convinced about rolling releases yet though he is keeping an open mind.

He went on to elaborate on the direction he wishes for Ubuntu in his blog post. Some noteworthy views he aired are as follows.

  • Canonical is still undecided on whether to make Ubuntu a rolling release Linux distribution. LTS point release mechanism has been quite successful for Ubuntu and Mark feels this is the way to go when targeting end users. "Rolling releases are not real releases" - says Mark Shuttleworth.
  • The real cost of supporting an architecture is way outside the scope of Ubuntu’s non-commercial commitments. Hence Ubuntu support for fringe architectures such as PowerPC may not happen. PowerPC was an officially supported architecture for Ubuntu between versions 4.10 and 6.10. From 7.04 onwards it is a community supported port.
  • The vision that Mark Shuttleworth holds is for Ubuntu to run on a wide range of consumer devices - not just computers. This includes phones, tablets, PCs and other devices. The idea is for Ubuntu to be a viable alternative and a competitor to the big shots - Android, Chrome, Windows and Apple. This is the goal of the Unity desktop.
  • Put succinctly, he "doesn't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a free and open platform that is THE LEADER across both consumer and enterprise computing".

text Linux Ate My RAM - Help!
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 01:43:00 PST
Help! Linux ate my Memory. Did it indeed?

I was curious where my memory had gone because, when I fired up a terminal and typed the command -
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text CentOS 5.9 has been released
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:15:00 PST
The CentOS is an acronym for The Community ENTerprise Operating System. It derives its sources from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and aims to be 100% binary compatible with it.
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text Fedora 18 has been released
Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:29:00 PST
This is the latest version of the Fedora Linux operating system code named "Spherical Cow". Fedora 18 "Desktop Edition" is made available as a Live CD so that you can try out Fedora 18 without needing to install it on your PC.
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Sending email unencrypted can be compared to sending a postcard. Anybody who choose to can read the contents of your email. You should know that there are various tools available that makes it easy for strangers to snoop into email you send to your people. If you want to ensure your email is secure and it is read only by its intended recipients, then you should consider encrypting your email.

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This is a review of Bodhi Linux - A light weight Linux distribution that runs the Enlightenment (E17) desktop.

Bodhi Linux is unique because it is one of the few Linux distributions that is based on the Enlightenment E17 desktop.

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Now be prepared to buy Ubuntu powered smartphones. Hardly a year back, Canonical had announced "Ubuntu for Android" project which enables high-end Android handsets to run a full fledged Ubuntu Desktop when the phone is connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard.

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text 30+ Cool ideas for your Raspberry Pi Project
Tue, 25 Dec 2012 17:42:00 PST
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. Raspberry Pi costs only $25 for the Model A and $35 for Model B and they ship to almost all countries.

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text E17 Officially Released
Sat, 22 Dec 2012 02:36:00 PST
E17 short for Enlightenment 0.17 has been officially released after a whooping 12 years of development. E17 is a light weight Window manager / Desktop that runs on Linux/Unixes. It has been developed from the grounds up which includes its own libraries. The libraries behind Enlightenment are collectively referred to as EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries), each with a specific name and purpose. The window manager is a lean, fast, modular and very extensible window manager for X11 and Linux.
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text Ubuntu 12.10 will have a shopping lens
Sat, 22 Sep 2012 19:06:00 PDT
When Ubuntu 12.10 is shipped in October this year, the Unity interface will include a shopping lens.

A 'lens' is a piece of code that allows you to search for specific information both locally and remotely. Many useful lenses have been created for Unity by various third parties. For instance, you can create a Wikipedia lens that will display search results exclusively from Wikipedia right on your Ubuntu desktop.
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text OpenSUSE 12.2 Released
Thu, 06 Sep 2012 04:45:00 PDT
OpenSUSE 12.2 has been released. Chock full of features and speed-ups, this latest version of OpenSUSE has embraced GRUB2, Plymouth, and has taken the first steps in the direction of a revised and simplified UNIX file system hierarchy.

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text Fedora 17 - Beefy Miracle Released
Wed, 30 May 2012 10:03:00 PDT
Fedora 17 aka "Beefy Miracle" has been officially released. Fedora 17 brings a wide range of improvements both over and under the hood. For the details, read about all the changes for Desktop users, for System Administrators, and the full feature list.

Watch the video below where the developers talk on the Fedora 17 release.

Fedora 17 Desktop edition and its various spins can be downloaded from the following page.

text Gimp 2.8 Final Released
Fri, 04 May 2012 02:23:00 PDT
Gimp 2.8 has been officially released. It includes over 35 new features that is sure to make even the hard core Gimp critic try it out.

To get the full details of what is new, head over to Gimp Users website for a detailed tutorial giving insights into what Gimp 2.8 has to offer.

If you want to try out Gimp 2.8, you will either have to wait for the next iteration of the Linux distribution you use, or download the Gimp source/binary from the Gimp website and compile/install it yourself.

Fedora 17 beta includes Gimp 2.8 in its repository. So you can also download a live CD of Fedora 17 beta to try out Gimp 2.8.

text Xfce 4.10 Released
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 18:58:00 PDT
Xfce team has released version 4.10 of the Xfce desktop. There are few visually appealing changes in Xfce 4.10. Rather, the developers have concentrated on fine-tuning and polishing existing features.

Notable changes in 4.10 are -

A new application finder xfce4-appfinder re-written from scratch that combines the functionality of the old appfinder and xfrun4. It also allows creating custom actions matching a prefix or a regex pattern.
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Ubuntu 12.04 aka Precise Pangolin has officially been released. This is the next LTS version of Ubuntu. One week back, I had downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 (then in final beta) with an intent to try it out. After I installed it on my machine and started using it, I was very impressed. It is my opinion that the Ubuntu team has pulled off a success here. Unity interface which many people (including yours truly) were eager to banish to the boondocks has made a comeback. It is now simple to use, efficient, and beautiful.

If what I experienced in Ubuntu 12.04 is to be believed, Ubuntu is on the right track in becoming a common peoples operating system.
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CDE (Code, Data, and Environment) is a packaging tool which allows you to identically replicate the execution of a program running on one Linux machine, on to another. Put succinctly, CDE aids you in creating portable Linux applications.

It does this by packaging up everything the program needs to run together, which can then be transferred and executed flawlessly on a different Linux machine.
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text Gimp 2.8 Review
Fri, 20 Apr 2012 05:48:00 PDT
I had recently written about the anticipated release of Gimp 2.8 which brings revolutionary changes to the Gimp user interface and lots more under the hood. However, as of now, if you want to download and try Gimp 2.8 you have to do one of the two things, namely -
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Linus Torvalds has been awarded the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize. The award is offered by a Finnish foundation called Technology Academy Finland (TAF). TAF promotes scientific research and innovation to develop new technology which is based on humane values and has a positive impact on quality of life.
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Remember Raspberry Pi ? The credit card sized $35 computer that comes preloaded with a customized Linux distribution ?

Raspberry Pi Foundation (people behind this project) have released 2 models. Model A costs $25 and Model B costs $35 excluding taxes.
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text Mosh - A replacement for SSH
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:12:00 PDT
Mosh is a secure shell that is touted as a replacement for the venerable SSH.

How is Mosh different from SSH ? Well, Mosh uses a new protocol called the State Synchronization Protocol (SSP) that runs over UDP. This means it is possible to synchronize the state of an object from one host to another.
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GIMP project has released GIMP 2.8 RC1 - a precursor to the upcoming GIMP 2.8.

GIMP 2.8 RC1 (Release Candidate) gives you a taste of the new features that are being offered in GIMP, which includes -
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text An Emacs Guide for Programmers
Mon, 09 Apr 2012 21:58:00 PDT
Emacs (barring Vi of course) is the finest text editor around. Many consider it to be the holy grail of software, which allow you to do everything from writing text, to checking mails, coding, and even playing games.

For a person new to using Emacs however, it does pose a learning curve. To use Emacs, you need to learn new habits and unlearn a few others. Having a nice, easy to understand tutorial definitely helps.
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