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How a school from England switch from Linux to Windows (one year after interview)

Stuart Jarvis did an interview with Malcom Moore, the network administrator of Westcliff High School for Girls Academy in England, regarding their switch to Linux on the student's desktop pc's (using an OpenSUSE version).

One of the biggest selling points was the fact that it helped them reduce operating costs by not being forced on updating their computer hardware since Linux works well even on older hardware.

Author: CoolGoose

MorphOS 3.2 released with additional support for Power Mac G5 workstations and iBook G4 laptops

The MorphOS development team is proud to announce the public release of MorphOS 3.2, which introduces support for Power Mac G5 workstations, iBook G4 laptops and additional PowerBook G4 models. The 3.2 release also has a strong focus on improved network support with a completely new and improved NetStack core as well as support for wireless networks. In addition, there are several new network-related tools such as VNC client, a Remote Desktop Client and a tool showing detailed network statistics. As usual, the latest release also offers many new features and bug fixes.

You can read the full announcement on MorphOS News or Download this new release.

Release Date: 
Mon, 2013-05-27

How to manage dotfiles with dfm

If you're tired of managing your various dot files across pc's or reinstalls (be it .screenrc / .bashrc / .vimrc or others) it might be that at some point you've encountered dfm.

In easing the set up of dfm, liquidat created a nice how-to.

From the how to:

Using dfm on a new system is straightforward as well: clone the repo, invocate dfm, and you are done:

$ git clone git@git.example.com:dotfiles .dotfiles
Cloning into '.dotfiles'...
remote: Counting objects: 418, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (142/142), done.
remote: Total 418 (delta 211), reused 401 (delta 207)
Receiving objects: 100% (418/418), 66.83 KiB, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (211/211), done.
$ ./.dotfiles/bin/dfm
INFO: Installing dotfiles...
INFO: Backing up .vimrc.
INFO: Symlinking .vimrc (.dotfiles/.vimrc).
INFO: Backing up bin.
INFO: Symlinking bin (.dotfiles/bin).
INFO: Symlinking .bashrc.load (.dotfiles/.bashrc.load).
INFO: Backing up .inputrc.
INFO: Symlinking .inputrc (.dotfiles/.inputrc).
INFO: Backing up .vim.
INFO: Symlinking .vim (.dotfiles/.vim).
INFO: Appending loader to .bashrc

Author: CoolGoose

Chrome OS 27

Google seems to be improving Chrome OS at a rapid pace lately with more useful features.

The latest round of updates brings, in addition to the usual speed increases and bug fixes, some nice improvements to the Panel and File Manager.

From the release notes:

  • Panel windows for chat and more
  • New Launcher positioning mode
  • Per App list of open tabs & windows
  • Horizontal three finger scrub moves between tabs
  • New folder hierarchy on file manager
  • Autocomplete in Drive search
  • Memory management optimization
  • Enhanced support for common wireless touchpads/mice
  • Updated Chrome Office Viewer extension
  • Pepper Flash updated to 11.7.700.202-r2
  • GTalk plugin updated to

Source: Chrome Releases Blog

Release Date: 
Thu, 2013-05-23

Mageia 3 is now available

Mageia (a community fork of the old Mandrake/Mandriva distribution) have just reached version 3.

Some notable major packages updated in this release:

  • Updates to RPM (4.11) and urpmi, which has been given a good Mageia turnout and cleanup
  • Kernel 3.8
  • systemd 195
  • GRUB is the default bootloader; GRUB2 is available to test.
  • Revamped package groupings for installation and rpmdrake
  • KDE 4.10.2
  • GNOME 3.6.
  • Xfce 4.10
  • Libreoffice 4.0.3

Also, Valve's Steam Store is available in the repository for easy access.

Upgrade from Mageia 2 | Release Notes | Download

Release Date: 
Sun, 2013-05-19

New Linux compatibility option on Logitech's website

It seems more companies are starting to support Linux (especially after Valve started offering Steam support for the platform).

Recently an option for filtering products by Linux compatibility appeared on Logitech's website.

While the option right now only seems to be available for the M185 Wireless Mouse there's hope for more support from Logitech in the coming months.

Source: RootGamer

Author: CoolGoose

KolibriOS tries to kickstart it's own Summer of Code 2013

The KolibriOS team (A freeware OS for x86 computer that's written in Assembly and uses only 8MB RAM and 1MB disk space to run) is trying to host their own version of Summer of Code this year after Google not picking their project to participate.

KolibriOS 2013

From their campaign pleddge:

The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an annual program, first held from May to August 2005, in which Google awards stipends (of 5,000 USD, as of 2013) to hundreds of students who successfully complete a requested free and open-source software coding project during the summer.
Together with 416 other orgs, we have applied for participation in Google Summer of Code 2013, but unfortunately, we weren't selected. Here is the link to our ideas page:
Here is where you can help us - raise the money needed to "hire" at least one student. Please pledge if you like open-source projects and what we are trying to do here. But we don't only want your money - we want you, the community, to help us decide which project(s) will get done as part of our "Summer of Code", and which student(s) will get in.

Source: Kickstarter Page

Author: CoolGoose

Haiku tries to find new sources of income.

Haiku (a fast, simple to use operatin system successor of BeOS) is trying to atract more funding for sponsoring more developers to work full time on the project.

They've recently added a trio of new options for helping them succeed.

First they've partnered with GoodSearch (a custom search engine based on yahoo) so that they can earn part of the money generated by the ads showed on the search results. You can find further details on the official announcement.

Second they've created an official Flattr page (social donation system tailored more towards small subscriptions). You can find further details on the official announcement.

Third but not last, they've now started to accept Bitcoin donations. You can find further details on the official announcement.

Author: CoolGoose

MenuetOS M64 0.99.10

It's time for another release for MenuetOS (an Operating System in development for the PC written entirely in 32/64 bit assembly language)

M64 0.99.10 is mostly a bugfix / performance impovement release with no new notable features.

You can download the diskette image or the windows installer.

Release Date: 
Sat, 2013-05-11

Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview Hands On

Author: CoolGoose
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