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News about open source software and sometimes open source hardware too...
This is a blog of various articles that I find interesting and I curate them to stay on this topic with about 3 to 7 posts per week in this group - I'm running it on the same principles as a G+ Collection. Anyone is free to comment and discuss the posts as long as it stays on the topic of the post. Note you canb filter on hardware or software as categories for this Collection.



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    Best Linux VNC remote desktop clients of 2018

    Yes, it's 2019 but as far as I'm aware there is no major new entrant to the market that has swept these products away.

    Although plain SSH is very useful for quickly doing remote admin tasks you may want to remotely control a graphical user interface and even run a game or watch a video from the remote machine. VNC is the most commonly used protocol for this purpose. I Have a VNC viewer on my main Linux computer and with two clicks I can quickly vi...  more
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    Indian State of Kerala Has Saved Over US$400 by Choosing Linux for its Schools

    Southern Indian state Kerala is known for its beautiful backwaters. Kerala is also known for its education policy. The first 100% literate Indian state has made IT classes mandatory in schools since 2003 and around 2005 they started to adopt free and open source software. It was a long term plan to boot out proprietary software from the education system.

    As a result, the state claimed to save around $50 million per ...  more
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    5 Best Application Launchers for Ubuntu and Linux Mint - You have options...

    Ubuntu (and Linux Mint) is one of the most used Linux distributions worldwide. It is also the reason why it has the maximum number of available programs for itself. Ubuntu’s default application launcher is decent and good enough for most users. The community also provides exciting alternatives. Some of them may not aim for optimal usability but have features that you didn’t know existed. Here are 5 top picks for best a...  more
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    Comparing free and open source Kanboard and Wekan self-hosted alternatives to Trello for kanban functionality

    Whilst the free version of Trello has some really nice features along with the slickest GUI on the desktop as well as mobile, what if you want a securely in-house hosted and scalable alternative? One thing you have to accept is you're not quite going to get that same interface especially when it comes to mobile, but there is still rich functionality to be found in alternative products.
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    Open source Graphical PDF manipulation tool PDF Arranger can merge, split, rotate and crop PDF documents and reorder their pages

    PDF Arranger is a free and open source application for manipulating PDF documents, that can be used to merge, split, rotate and crop PDF documents and reorder their pages, using an interactive user interface. It's a fork of PDF-Shuffler, which hasn't had a release since April, 2012, with Gtk3 and Python 3 support, and various minor new features and bug fixes.

    This al...  more
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    The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows - Has Hell Frozen Over?

    The Windows Subsystem Linux (WSL), which lets you run Linux programs on a Windows box, has seen some serious love from Microsoft as its engineers attempt to demonstrate their commitment to open source and Linux.

    As such, the next version of WSL, version 2.0, will, fingers crossed, contains a Linux 4.19 kernel within a so-called utility virtual machine, which wi...  more
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    If your Steam Games on Linux complains about lack of exec permissions on a shared NTFS partition it could be Windows' fault

    This caught me out yesterday again as I have a shared Steam folder on a NTFS partition so that the game download once and run from Windows 10 or Linux. I mostly play in Linux but World of Tanks had some issue accessing the online store and that only seemed to work if I booted into Windows proper. Windows is now often defaulting to going into hibernation mode which does not...  more
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    What Is Open Source Software, and Why Does It Matter?

    Geeks often describe programs as being “open source” or “free software.” If you’re wondering exactly what these terms mean and why they matter, read on. (No, “free software” doesn’t always just mean that you can download it for free.)

    Whether a program is open-source or not doesn’t just matter to developers, it ultimately matters for users, too. Open-source software licenses give users freedoms they would not otherwise have.

    If a program i...  more
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    Netflix: Python programming language is behind every film you stream

    The next time you're streaming on Netflix, you can thank popular programming language Python and the developers who use it for much of the experience.

    According to Python developers at Netflix, the language is used through the "full content lifecycle", from security tools, to its recommendation algorithms, and its proprietary content distribution network (CDN) Open Connect, which ensures that content is streamed from network ...  more
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    New ‘Linux App Store’ Website Lets You Find Apps, whether on the Snapcraft Store, the Flathub website, or the AppImage directory

    A brand new website makes it easier to find Linux apps, regardless of their packaging format or app store host.

    The broadly named “Linux App Store” is a free, online hub that lets you search for applications by name to see if they’re available on the Snapcraft Store, the Flathub website, or the AppImage directory.

    The source code for the app store website is freely ...  more
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    Nextcloud 16 introduces machine learning based security and usability features, ACL permissions and cross-app projects

    Nextcloud 16 is smarter than ever, with machine learning to detect suspicious logins and offering clever recommendations. Group Folders now sport access control lists so system administrators can easily manage who has access to what in organization-wide shares. They've also introduced Projects, a way to easily relate and find related information like files, chats or tasks.

    Pri...  more
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    Your Firefox extensions are all disabled? That's a bug!

    Some Firefox users started to notice that installed browser extensions were all disabled in the web browser suddenly. Extensions would display "could not be verified for use in Firefox and has been disabled" messages in the add-ons manager of the browser. Firefox would display "One or more installed add-ons cannot be verified and have been disabled" at the top as a notification next to that.

    Turns out, the issue is caused by a bug. If you...  more
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