Archive for September, 2015

The Young, the Gifted

September 30th, 2015
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When we first introduce Linux to a new user, whether child or adult, we take our time with the introductory stuff. The file system itself is a sticking point with many new Linux users. The ever-present “My Documents” isn’t to be found. Instead, they have their “Home” folder. Now, that’s easy enough to explain. In fact, we show them just how much easier their file system is for them under Linux.

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Distro - Other, Education

Dropbox Alternatives for Linux Users

September 30th, 2015
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Sync your files between computers over your LAN or across the web, using strong encryption and open source software. When BitTorrent Sync first mentioned their new premium version some users felt betrayed; they felt it should have remained completely free. Instead, the free version lost features to the paid version. For some, switching to Syncthing was the natural course of action.

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Open Souce Applications, OpenSource - General

Celebrating 5 years of LibreOffice

September 29th, 2015
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LibreOffice was launched as a fork of on September 28, 2010, by a tiny group of people representing the community in their capacity as community project leaders. At the time, forking the office suite was a brave—and necessary—decision, because the open source community did not expect to survive for long under Oracle stewardship.

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LibreOffice/OpenOffice, Open Souce Applications

Microsoft Linux Distro?

September 22nd, 2015
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Late last week, hell had apparently frozen over with the news that Microsoft had developed a Linux distribution of its own. The work was done as part of the company’s Azure cloud platform, which uses Linux-based network switches as part of its software-defined networking infrastructure.

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Distro - Other, Networking, Really?

Bluetooth keyboard with the Raspberry Pi

September 21st, 2015
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Bluetooth is really useful for wirelessly connecting peripherals to your Raspberry Pi. I wanted to use a bluetooth keyboard with my Raspberry Pi, but to do this, first of all I needed a Bluetooth adapter like the one shown below, which is available from Cut Price Cables.

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Hardware, How To, Raspberry Pi

Better Collaboration with LibreOffice 4.0

September 21st, 2015
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Windows/Mac/Linux: Free and open source office suite LibreOffice got a major update today. LibreOffice 4.0 can attach comments to selected text in documents, import Visio and Microsoft Publisher files, get Firefox Persona themes, and much more.

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How To, LibreOffice/OpenOffice

Open Mainframe Project Pushes Linux’s Limits

September 17th, 2015
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The Linux Foundation on Monday announced the formation of the Open Mainframe Project to advance the development of Linux on the mainframe among academia, government and corporate partners. The foundation announced the software consortium at the LinuxCon / CloudOpen / ContainerCon gathering in Seattle.

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Distro - Other, Education, Hardware, Really?

Point Linux

September 17th, 2015
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In several ways, Point Linux belies the criticisms of Linux desktop newcomers who find that Linux not simple and straightforward to use. Point Linux is easy to install. It has a clear interface. Everything works out of the box.

Two reasons for this glowing assessment are Point’s roots in Debian GNU/Linux and its integration of either the GNOME 2 fork desktop MATE or a slightly tweaked version of Xfce. Either choice contributes to a very carefree computing experience.

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Desktop, Distro - Other

Holding Hands With Intel

September 17th, 2015
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As part of a new strategic collaboration, Intel will lead a US$100 million funding round in Mirantis, the companies announced earlier this week. Intel is a long-time investor in Mirantis. This round includes existing investors August Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Ericsson, Sapphire Ventures and WestSummit Capital, as well as new investor Goldman Sachs.

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Hardware, OpenStack

Raspberry Pi Touchscreen

September 17th, 2015
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Tuesday announced the availability of a touchscreen that brings the low-cost tiny computer one step closer to becoming a standalone mobile device. The touchscreen was in development for nearly two years.

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Education, Hardware, Raspberry Pi