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LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Feb-2012
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 13, 2012



LXer Feature: 13-Feb-2012

Its been quite the week, Canonical pulls the funding for Kubuntu, Jared Smith steps down as the Fedora project leader and then Robyn Bergeron is named as his successor, unsung heroes of Linux, Is Linux still cool? Is is fractured? and Why The Linux Desktop Matters More Than Ever, This Time? All these questions and more in this week's Roundup. Enjoy!
Why The Linux Desktop Matters More Than Ever, This Time?
By - Feb 12, 2012
LXer Feature: 12-Feb-2012

If we look back at failures of Linux on Desktops till today and analyze the technical part, it was due to hardware support and the software quality (GUI) that general computer users could use.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 05-Feb-2012
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 05, 2012


LXer Feature: 05-Feb-2012

Is it February already? This week we have a new Linux powered Spark tablet and btrfs goes production ready. Take the road less traveled in installing Ubuntu, the death of file sharing, Venn diagrams and a whole lot more. Enjoy!
SCaLE 10x: Onward and Upward
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 30, 2012


LXer Feature: 30-Jan-2012

As I walked into the Hilton on Saturday morning I knew something was up. I saw lots pf people wearing lanyards with a silhouette of a Penguin, it seemed SCaLE 10x was upon me already in full swing. I walked right onto the exhibitor floor and 'did a loop' through the Expo as it were..
Why OEM's Should Avoid (possibly) Making It Harder To Install Linux.
By Rpim - Jan 24, 2012
LXer Feature: 24-Jan-2012

There has been a lot of worry lately about windows 8 secure boot making it (possibly) much harder or impossible to install certain Linux's (possibly all) on pcs with windows 8 secure boot. So I decided to list the arguments against making it possibly harder or impossible to install Linux's.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 22-Jan-2012
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 22, 2012


LXer Feature: 22-Jan-2012

What a week, no? What started out as Wikipedia joining Reddit, Mozilla and others in blacking out their websites this past Wednesday in protest to the SOPA and PIPA vote in Congress, quickly exploded into thousands of websites following suit. For one, it made surfing the internet on Wednesday a scavenger hunt to find a site that wasn't dark. And two, the ensuing media storm it created had the effect of actually getting Congress to postpone their vote on it. I have been in Los Angeles all weekend attending SCALE 10x and will have my full review for you later in the week, but I will tell you that it was bigger and better than ever. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 08-Jan-2012
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 09, 2012


LXer Feature: 08-Jan-2012

In the Roundup this week we have 13 niche Linux distros, an OpenDNS freeze on Google, Linux on the Windows Cloud, Data predictions for 2012, some confusion about Gnome 3 and last but not least..could RMS have been right all along? Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 01-Jan-2012
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 03, 2012


LXer Feature: 02-Jan-2012

You have my apologies for the lateness of my first Weekly Roundup of 2012 but I have been as sick as its gets over the weekend and have only just now come to realize what year it is. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 25-Dec-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 26, 2011


LXer Feature: 25-Dec-2011

For Christmas this year I bring you a LXWR overloaded with FOSS goodness such as Larry the Free Software Guy spends a "Week in Limbo", BT gives the gift of a patent war to Google, Ubuntu..a Linux apart, two original articles entitled "Why The Linux Desktop Still Rocks" and "Why Linux Desktop Makes Total Sense", the 5 types of very annoying Linux users and last but not least Helios gets to play Santa..and likes it. Enjoy!
Why Linux Desktop Makes Total Sense
By - Dec 21, 2011


LXer Feature: 21-Dec-2011

Unity is more natural and user friendly to me than anything else..finally. I have not booted windows for 4 months. This is not one of those hate article or Windows vs Linux article, so if you have such intentions please feel free to escape this article presently.
Why The Linux Desktop Still Rocks
By Alfred 'vector' Moabi - Dec 20, 2011
LXer Feature: 20-Dec-2011

I needed that peace of mind that I never got with Windows, viruses always crashing my PC. I would have liked to get a Mac at some stage but the cost of it was a problem. Then I settled on Linux, and haven't looked back since.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 18-Dec-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 19, 2011
LXer Feature: 19-Dec-2011

In the news this past week we had Dell pulling out of the Netbook market, CNet caught adding malware to Download.com, two articles on how 2011 was apparently not a good year for Linux and our own Emery Fletcher's rendition of 'The Day The Desktop Died'. Enjoy!


LXer Weekly Roundup for 11-Dec-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 12, 2011
LXer Feature: 12-Dec-2011

In this week's Roundup we have another dagger in the heart of the desktop proclaimed, the Mozilla - Google deal still lives, a cool developerWorks article on shells in Linux, HP to contribute webOS to FOSS, Glyn moody and the Open Source TCO as well as the late addition of a LXer Feature entitled "Gnome 3, Try 3". Enjoy!
Gnome 3, Try 3
By number6x - Dec 11, 2011
LXer Feature: 11-Dec-2011

I just finished my third try with gnome 3. This time was the longest. I spent the month of November using it daily.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-Dec-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 05, 2011
LXer Feature: 05-Dec-2011

In the LXWR this week we have the news of a secret application on millions of smart phones that logs everything you do, Cloud predictions for 2012, Continued debate over Distrowatch rankings, R.C. Harner responds to Lisa Hann's "Disadvantages of Using Linux." article and Linus says he is actually starting to like Gnome 3. Enjoy!


The Advantages of Using Linux
By R.C. Harner - Nov 29, 2011
LXer Feature: 29-Nov-2011

This is article is in response to the article, "Disadvantages of Using Linux." from DarkDuck; By Lisa Hann
LXer Weekly Roundup for 27-Nov-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 28, 2011
LXer Feature: 27-Nov-2011

In the Roundup this week we have why Linux isn't just for geeks, Steven Rosenberg wants to keep it our Internet, LibreOffice might get a visual touch up, syslog may not be around for long and an apology to the Debian community. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 20-Nov-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 21, 2011
LXer Feature: 21-Nov-2011

Welcome to this week's collection of big stories from the LXer Newswire. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-Nov-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 14, 2011
LXer Feature: 13-Nov-2011

This past we saw the usurping of Ubuntu off the top of the DistroWatch.com rankings which Ubuntu has held for several years, Kes Hess continues his search for the ultimate desktop, Sam Varghese thinks its time for Ubuntu to drop 'it', in a guest editorial by Cathy Malmrose she describes "The Computer I Need" and Larry Cafiero is gearing up for SCALE 10x..as well am I. Enjoy!
The Computer I Need
By Cathy Malmrose - Nov 10, 2011
LXer Feature: 10-Nov-2011

I never knew I needed a tablet the same way I did not know I needed a cell phone. Once that first cell phone landed in my pocket, I never looked back. The transition was purely natural. It increased my productivity by allowing me access to hundreds of previously physically-based things. My phone now scans my receipts (no paper, no saving and stashing), tracks my tasks (no To Do lists floating around), takes photos (no extra camera), and a hundred other backpack-lightening life upgrades.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 06-Nov-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 07, 2011
LXer Feature: 06-Nov-2011

Welcome to this week's collection of big stories from the LXer Newswire. Enjoy!
Be in Peace, Alex Bayley
By Martin Bähr - Oct 27, 2011
LXer Feature: 27-Oct-2011

After seeing two great people leave us, I thought this month could not get any worse. but it did. Many of us mourn the loss of John McCarthy and Dennis Ritchie. but what are we losing really? their legacy lives on. Much greater is the loss of a person who has left our community not because of death but because she has been made to feel unwelcome!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 23-Oct-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 24, 2011
LXer Feature: 24-Oct-2011

Welcome to this week's collection of big stories from the LXer Newswire. Enjoy!
The Little Desktop That Could
By Emery Fletcher - Oct 19, 2011


LXer Feature: 19-Oct-2011

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, the Elder Gods of the Digital Universe decreed that the Icon would rule the World of Desktops, just as it had dominated the Land of the Hand-held since the dawn of time. No matter that on a giant monitor the Firefox appeared at nearly life size, all desktop items were to be stripped of verbal clues to the nature of their meaning.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 16-Oct-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 17, 2011
LXer Feature: 17-Oct-2011

Welcome to this week's collection of big stories from the LXer Newswire. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 09-Oct-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 10, 2011
LXer Feature: 10-Oct-2011

In the Roundup this week we have Linux on a flash drive saving the day, Larry the Free Software Guy goes deep into the heart of TexOS, Helios wants to know if you can name that app, My Linux Rig profiles our Publisher Bob Whitinger and Carla Schroder asks do volunteers write better code? Enjoy!
Why Do Volunteers Write Better Code?
By Carla Schroder - Oct 06, 2011
LXer Feature: 06-Oct-2011

Volunteers write better code, and maintain it better. At least that's what Michael Meeks, SUSE's desktop architect and senior LibreOffice developer says.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 02-Oct-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 03, 2011
LXer Feature: 02-Oct-2011

In the LXWR this week we have memory leaks found on Firefox 6.0, an impatient distro dev sings a song, the KDE vs. GNOME schism and are Linux users playing to their strengths or shooting themselves in the foot? Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 11-Sept-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 12, 2011
LXer Feature: 11-Sept-2011

Welcome to this week's collection of big stories from the LXer Newswire. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-Sept-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 05, 2011
LXer Feature: 05-Sept-2011

The latest installment of the LXer Weekly Roundup. Enjoy!
Linux Desktop Flamewars: Is the News Media Too Negative?
By Carla Schroder - Aug 22, 2011
LXer Feature: 22-Aug-2011

Is the tech press too focused on negativity, to the detriment of the FOSS community? I don't know how he does it, but Bruce Byfield writes calm, thoughtful, lengthy articles that somehow ignite mad passions and flamefests. In his latest piece he discusses some of KDE4 developer Aaron Seigo's thoughts that the tech press presents an unbalanced, negative perspective, and sparks yet another round of heated discussions. So what's going on here?
LXer Weekly Roundup for 21-Aug-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 22, 2011
LXer Feature: 21-Aug-2011

This week's installment of the LXer Weekly Roundup. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 14-Aug-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 15, 2011
LXer Feature: 15-Aug-2011


"Samsung vs Apple in Europe" for dummies
By H.Kwint - Aug 13, 2011
LXer Feature: 13-Aug-2011

For everybody who understands less about the current Apple/ Samsung battle in EU than I do, here is my attempt to share the few things I understand with you. I'll briefly discuss the situation in both Germany and the Netherlands. The article should be especially suited for those who cannot read Dutch / German and are not up to date with what has been happening the last few days.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 24-Jul-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 24, 2011
LXer Feature: 24-Jul-2011

In the Roundup this week we have RMS telling to resist the temptations of the cloud, good bye Kubuntu, numeric relativity with the Einstein Toolkit and Microsoft is in the top 5 contributors to the Linux kernel? Methinks not.. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Jul-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 18, 2011
LXer Feature: 18-Jul-2011

In the LXWR this week we have the 10 best open source apps you never heard of, the freeload factor in FOSS, why Jason Perlow is smarter than an Open Source surrender monkey, IBM donates its Lotus Symphony code to OpenOffice and will Toyota's membership in The Linux Foundation actually spur it to contribute? Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 03-Jul-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 04, 2011
LXer Feature: 04-Jul-2011

Here is a roundup of the big stories to hit our newswire this past week. Enjoy!
Teo Natty Netbook: Good Things in Small Shiny Packages
By Carla Schroder - Jun 27, 2011
LXer Feature: 27-Jun-2011

I like netbooks a lot. Portable, long battery life, sharp bright screens-- what's not to like? I took ZaReason's Teo netbook on a torture trip and learned a few things.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 26-Jun-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 27, 2011
LXer Feature: 27-Jun-2011

Here is a roundup of the big stories to hit our newswire this past week. Enjoy!


LXer Weekly Roundup for 19-Jun-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 20, 2011
LXer Feature: 20-Jun-2011

In the Roundup this week we have both the killing of the Linux Desktop and the fall of OpenOffice.org, Jeff Hoogland talks about the first time Linux experience, 10 ways in which Ubuntu can improve Unity, Graham Morrison's top 10 Linux distros of 2011 and our own Hans Kwint asks why Gnome and Ubuntu don't understand 'usability'. Enjoy!
Why Gnome, Ubuntu and the like don't understand "usability"
By Hans Kwint - Jun 16, 2011
LXer Feature: 16-Jun-2011

Lately there has been some uproar about the 'dumbing down of interfaces'..KDE4 didn't offer the settings 3 did, Gnome dumbs everything down, and maybe Apple did the same the last decade. I couldn't tell because I never touch anything Apple, and the only time I did the software crashed and all this dumbing down for the sake of usability! However in my opinion, they are wrong. They confuse 'usability' with 'approachability'. Which leads to software which many times is not user friendly.
Anyone Can Use The Linux Operating System
By Jeff Hoogland - Jun 13, 2011
LXer Feature: 13-Jun-2010

Today’s topic of conversation is something I feel fairly strongly about. It is something I have seen happen countless times, both in person and posted various places around the internet. Some semi-tech head (or Windows system admin) downloads this “Linux” thing and decides they are going to boot it up. They don’t look up their hardware online for compatibility, they just pop the disc in and expect everything to work...
LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Jun-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 13, 2011
LXer Feature: 12-Jun-2011

For the LXWR this week we have the parting of Linux and Mono, a FOSS hacker reverse-engineers Skype, Larry The Free Software Guy gives us his top 10 Linux Lists as well as our own Carla Schroder talks about Ubuntu's contributions to Linux. And last but not least we have yet another doozy of a piece by Ken Hess that Caitlyn Martin just couldn't stop herself from responding too. Enjoy!
Ubuntu's Contributions to Linux
By Carla Schroder - Jun 06, 2011
LXer Feature: 06-Jun-2011

Ubuntu and Canonical attract a lot of praise and a lot of criticism, and are characterized as angels and devils and everything in between. Love 'em or loathe 'em, Ubuntu has been an energizer all across the Linux world, especially desktop Linux.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 29-May-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 30, 2011
LXer Feature: 30-May-2011

Was it just me or did yesterday not feel like a Sunday? In the Roundup for this week we have SJVN talking about Novell & SUSE's new structure under Attachmate, Linux Mint 11 ships with retro GNOME 2.32 desktop, Emery Fletcher pontificates on Linux World Domination, it is revealed that HTC pays Microsoft $5 for every Android phone they make and Microsoft is in decline? I thought we already knew that.. Enjoy!
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Linux World Domination
By Emery Fletcher - May 23, 2011


LXer Feature: 23-May-2011

A whole lot of things, actually, among them the fact that Linux has become the engine that runs somewhat over 90% of the world's supercomputers, Linux servers now handle a large fraction of all traffic on the Internet, Linux powers major stock markets all over the globe, and the Android surge is currently swamping iDevices of all sorts. But then there's the desktop...
LXer Weekly Roundup for 22-May-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 23, 2011
LXer Feature: 22-May-2011

In the LXWR this week we have PJ officially handing over the daily operations of Groklaw to Mark Webbink, Graham Morrison thinks Linux needs rebranding, Miguel de Icaza starts up a company to keep Mono going while almost simultaneously Attachmate names a new head for SUSE. Ever wanted to run Linux in a web browser using a JavaScript emulator? Well now you can. Enjoy!
10 Things That Make Ubuntu The Best Alternative Operating System
By Zoe Davis - May 20, 2011
LXer Feature: 20-May-2011

In recent years, Ubuntu Linux has become increasingly popular as a replacement for Windows. Ubuntu is an operating system which features a number of advantages that make it an appealing alternative for everyday users. Here are 10 reasons why Ubuntu beats Windows hands down.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-May-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 16, 2011
LXer Feature: 15-May-2011

The big news this week would have to be the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft for 8.5 Billion dollars, Acer and Samsung unveil Chrome OS laptops, and it must be the time of year again to ask ourselves just why is Linux so much more secure than Windows? Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 08-May-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 09, 2011
LXer Feature: 08-May-2011

In the Roundup this week we have Unity not all that unifying, Steven Rosenberg can feel the speed, Mono Developers get the Axe from Novells new owners, Oracle's claims against Google drop from 132 to 3 in one fell swoop and Emery Fletcher asks just what is the target audience for Natty Narwhal? Enjoy!

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