Dia Does Diagrams Dutifully and Beautifully

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Dia is an editor for diagrams, graphs and charts. It is the perfect tool to use for explaining a process or procedure in a concise, standardized visual representation. You will find numerous diagramming applications in both the commercial realm for Windows PCs and the free open source marketplace. Many of them are very lightweight tools. Others...

Dreaming a Little Dream of the Ideal Linux Distro

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Here in the world of Linux, with hundreds of distributions to choose from, it seems safe to say that there's something for just about everyone. Of course, that doesn't mean we can't all dream a little. While Linux is famous for its virtually infinite customizability, sometimes we may wish our favorite distro were a little bit different, even if...

Samsung Reigns Supreme in US Smartphone Market

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Samsung ranked as the top smartphone in the U.S. for the three-month average period ending in June, claiming 25.6 percent of mobile subscribers, according to the comScore MobiLens service. LG followed, with its 18.8 percent share. Apple ranked third in the OEM market, claiming 15.4 percent of mobile subscribers. Next came Motorola with 11.7...

Instapaper: A Nice Way to Save Web Pages for a Rainy Day

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Instapaper is finally available on the Android platform. If you're unfamiliar with the iPhone-originating app, it's an offline reader with a difference. I've always had a problem with offline readers. Offline readers, like the good-looking Pulse, function by pulling in XML feeds online. They are essentially Feed Readers that eat standardized XML...

Is GNOME in Free Fall?

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Between the arrival of both MATE 1.4 and KDE 4.9 and the emergence of SolusOS' brand-new GNOME Classic on the scene, there's no denying it's been an exciting few weeks here in the world of Linux desktops. That, in turn, has made it all the more difficult to witness the identity crisis that has apparently befallen GNOME itself. "Core developers...

Can Samsung's Big Note Bring the Stylus Back in Style?

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Samsung on Monday announced that its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, which primarily uses a stylus for input, will hit the market this month. The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a 10.1-inch screen, a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, and a multiscreen feature that lets users run two applications simultaneously. "I think it's an interesting differentiator for Samsung...

Who Loves Hadoop?

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Mention big data and the first thing that might come to mind is Hadoop. The open source software framework has recently enjoyed a great deal of popularity among vendors and enterprise users. However, if it is to really be useful to the enterprise, Hadoop may need to be taken out of open source, argues Brian Christian, chief technology officer of...

XFCE Makes Mint Even Fresher

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The latest incarnation of the XFCE desktop proves once again that when you delve into the wonders of the Linux OS, something old definitely becomes something new again. The Linux Mint 13 team has released a specially flavored distro built around the latest version of the XFCE interface. This is not a bolted-on graphical user interface loaded as...

In Search of the Best Linux for Windows Refugees

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Much as we here in the Linux community may wish that everyone could cut their proverbial computing "teeth" on our favorite operating system, the fact remains that the majority of the world starts off on Windows. That, after all, is why the tragedy of "Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome" has persisted all these years. It only stands to reason, then,...

Oh Yeah! Ouya Raises Big Money for Open Source Game Console

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Ouya looked to kickstart funding of its Android-based game console, and the effort has resulted in more than nine times the amount it sought. Ouya had asked to backers to pledge $950,000 through the Kickstarter website, and the total climbed to nearly $8.6 million as of Thursday, the day the campaign was scheduled to end. In addition to...

IP Cam Viewer Pro: Well Worth a Bit of Configuration Hassle

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IP Cam Viewer Pro lets you view and control an Internet protocol camera through Android OS on a phone or tablet. App features include SSL encryption, pan tilt and zoom, relays for lights and garage doors, and recording functions. DVRs and network video recorders also can be controlled. Included are add-ons like a traffic camera database and...

Qt's Move Gives FOSS the Jitters

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There's been much ado about Linux desktops in recent months, but few would dispute KDE's prominence among them. That, indeed, is one of the many reasons there's been so much concern over Nokia's impending sale of the Qt toolkit, upon which KDE is based. "There is no question that Qt will continue to be actively developed on some level regardless...

How to Sync Files to Amazon S3 on Linux

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Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) has a lot to like. It's cheap, can be used for storing a little bit of data or as much as you want, and it can be used for distributing files publicly or just storing your private data. Let's look at how you can take advantage of Amazon S3 on Linux....

Android Skins Refuse to Go Away

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After years of trying and failing to discourage manufacturers from adding user interface (UI) layers to Android, Google appeared destined for success with the visually refined Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich"). Despite predictions that ICS would kill off the "skins" for good, however, HTC's Sense and Samsung's TouchWiz have not only arrived in...

Weekend Project: Replace Active Directory with Resara Server and Samba4

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Samba4 aims to be a drop-in Active Directory server replacement. It's still in alpha, so the easy way to try it out is with Resara Server, which supplies a polished administration console and decent documentation. So grab your Windows peecees and come take Resara for a spin....

China Blesses Googarola and Open Source, Too

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"Openness" is not a term that jumps to mind when describing the Chinese government. Yet on Sunday when Chinese regulators approved Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, they applied a surprising caveat: Google must keep Android free and open source for the next five years.

The approval lifted the last obstacle to the $12.5 billion merger and...

Backing Up on Linux with Duplicity

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Recently, we covered syncing files to Amazon S3 using the S3 Tools. This time around, we're going to take a look at another handy tool for making backups, Duplicity. While Duplicity supports S3, it also supports a number of other services that S3 Tools do not. If the command line seems like a hassle, don't worry: the Deja-Dup front-end...

Tiny Pluggable Linux ARM Computers Are Red-Hot

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The new wave of fun geek toys is inexpensive, hackable, tiny Linux-powered ARM computers, and they're red hot. This is the year to go small....

Get a Grip on Your Collections with GCstar

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If your comic books are chaos, or your board game collection has gone out of control, GCstar might be the solution you need. GCstar is a free, open source collection management application for GNU/Linux systems....

Chrome OS Sells Out But in a Good Way

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Lightweight Linux distributions have grown in popularity in recent years, but few have been as buoyant as Google's Chrome OS. When it debuted a year ago on Samsung and Acer Chromebooks, the web-centric operating system was basically a Chrome browser and a media player linked to cloud services. The open source platform has evolved over the last...

Fedora 17 Enterprise Preview

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Fedora is always loaded with new technologies, and the new Fedora 17 release has the most ever. Get a head start on what's going to appear in Red Hat Enterprise Linux by grabbing a copy of the new Beefy Miracle....