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April 7, 2013
On Saturday, Wikimedia France posted a press release regarding the recent deletion of a Wikipedia entry titled “Station hertzienne militaire de Pierre-sur-Haute.” According to the foundation, France's Homeland Intelligence agency had demanded “classified” information taken down from Wikipedia.fr, and when the Wikimedia Foundation (which hosts Wikipedia) refused, it allegedly sought out a volunteer systems operator with the power to delete articles, brought him to the agency's office, and demanded that he take the article down there or face legal charges.
I have been writing regular updates to the Alien’s ARM page on this blog which can be found in the top of left sidebar. Readers of this blog who only visit the blog’s front page, will probably not have noticed, so I decided to write a more visible status update on the main page.
This week, you could get 3 games (2 also for Linux, 1 only for Windows), which are Red Orchestra (for Linux with soundtrack), Red Orchestra 2 (only for Windows, with soundtrack, GOTY edition) and Killing Floor (for Linux + soundtrack and 11 DLCs).
Seems after getting the middle finger from Linus Torvalds for its hardware support and lack of open-source drivers, Nvidia has started to care more about the Linux users. Most recently, the GPU manufacturer has open-sourced its 3D Tegra driver code.
This post is coming to you courtesy of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. While I could tell you I thought it would be cool to use Ubuntu Linux as my primary desktop OS for a while, I would be lying. The fact is I don't have a choice because I messed up the Windows 8 boot partition on my laptop last night while trying to install Ubuntu in a dual-boot situaion. I wasn't going to keep Ubuntu on for long. I had booted it from a USB stick previously. So why wasn't booting Ubuntu from a USB stick good enough, and how did I wind up stuck in Linux land? I'm glad you asked; it is a bit of a long story.
Free software projects heavily rely on user feedbacks, especially bug reports. Filing bug reports is one of the best ways for a user to contribute to his favorite app and make it better. However at times lack of proper bug report makes it harder for a developer to understand what problems a user is facing. So as important as it is to file a bug report, it's more important to file it correctly. Incorrect bug report irritates a user as he feels that no one pays attention to his report and discourages him to file a report in future. At the same time it irritates a developer because he wants to know what's wrong, help the user and make the application better he doesn't even understand what the problem is.
April 6, 2013
I really like XFCE's window manager, but somewhat regularly I would get a little annoyed by where it would place new windows. So I had a look at how it determines where new windows will be placed, and wrote a patch to change that behavior to one that I feel works better.
There is a heightened interest in Big Data and Big Data analysis and the implications they have for businesses. Big Data analysis is the process of examining huge quantities of data to find patterns, correlations, and other useful information that can help firms become more responsive to change, and to make better informed decisions.
It seems as though everything is a trend. Everything is a buzz word. Perfection is just another abstraction away. It's sad really. The magical software powering the world was really created in 1969 and everyone acts as if the old should be done away with to make room for the new. Is there any other piece of software still running in such a major capacity? UNIX was created in 1969. BSD, Solaris, AIX, HPUX and others are still running. UNIX inspired MINIX, which inspired Linux. Linux powers phones, desktops, servers, mainframes, and super computers. It says that everything is a file. It says that everything should do one thing well. It says that all tools should expect string input and give string output. The simplicity is beautiful.
Denx Computer Systems has introduced a second member of its SODIMM-style COM (computer-on-module) product line. The M53 module is available with Freescale’s i.MX535 or i.MX537 SOCs (system-on-chip processors), which integrate an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU core, graphics engines, and numerous other functions.
Leans heavily on Steam for Linux and isn't much cheaper than the Windows version. Dell is one of the few PC makers that attempts to cater to Linux users with its computers. The company's "Project Sputnik" laptop, a developer-centric version of its XPS 13 that comes with Ubuntu, is one such effort. PC gamers can also get in on the fun with the Linux version of Dell's Alienware X51 slimline desktop, which as of today can be purchased running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
LinuxCertified,Inc. a leading provider of Linux training, will offer weekend Linux system administration bootcamp on [url=http://www.linuxcertified.com/class_schedule.html] April 20th - 21st, 2013[/url] in South Bay (CA). This workshop is designed for busy information technology professionals and is designed to cover the most important Linux administration areas.
Ubuntu 13.04, scheduled for release on April 25, is now available for testing in its second and final beta release. Nicknamed "Raring Ringtail," Ubuntu 13.04 is one of the final releases that's just for desktops and servers. By this time next year, Canonical intends to release a single version of Ubuntu targeting all form factors, including smartphones and tablets.
Gamers are the people that push PC hardware forward. Now for the first time a major Gamer PC vendor is offering Linux and it's loaded for max fragging. Dell's Alienware division is now out with its X51 Ubuntu PC and it's the sweetest Linux rig we've ever seen from Dell (or any other major tier 1 PC vendor).
The game developer Wildfire Games has recently released a new version of the free real-time strategy game 0 A.D. Magadha. The new alpha version includes a variety of improvements and so achieves a further milestone on the way to the final game release.