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Would this have been a better strategy for the UbuntuPhone?

Sat, 2017-12-02 06:20

Was just wondering if this would've been a better strategy for Ubuntu:

  • Fork Android
  • Strip away closed-source apps/components (ie Google Play Store)
  • Add FDroid (or create their own app store)
  • Focus on maintaining a secure completely open-source mobile OS
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Is there work on any download manager that supports websites like and such (that requires login)?

Sat, 2017-12-02 01:47

Using to download a lot of files. Some over 30 GB. Archival purposes. Most of them require a login.

Are there any github project for download managers that works with websites like these?

Using for example KGet does not work as it doesn't support login.

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How do you feel about people selling Linux?

Sat, 2017-12-02 01:41

Today's epic facepalm brought to you by this gem I found today. $35 for a bootable thumbdrive with Linux on it ($79 for the 64 GB thumbdrive).

On one hand they are ripping people off by selling something that's free, and making insane claims about speed improvements. Buyers are going to be furious when they find out they can't install Program.exe, and they'll carry that to Linux as a whole not just this company.

On the other hand people often think free equates to worthless. I remember Staples advertising and selling Redhat on CD 20 years ago (although minus the outrages claims). It's nice to see advertising dollars promoting Linux again. Maybe this is a catalyst to get people started in Linux and move to other distros.

What do you guys think?

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Where do you go for Linux news?

Sat, 2017-12-02 00:17

After reading about the demise of Linux Journal, I wonder where else besides r/linux does everyone go? Are there LJ competitor sites that you still go to or is that model completely dead?

I used to read Linux Journal, Sysadmin Mag, and LinuxFormat when they were in print. After print, I stuck to slashdot and then Reddit.

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Mount drive and sync when VPN is connected

Sat, 2017-12-02 00:10

I'm running Ubuntu and am looking for a way to automatically copy changes in my home directory on my laptop to a network share when I connect to my VPN. I travel a lot so this is a very frequent scenario.

The network share is on a Mac server and that is backed up to crashplan so I'm not concerned about versioning.

I can do things manually with rsyc and it works fine but if it isn't automatic, it will be forgotten.

It's there a way to trigger a script when the VPN connects?

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Just In: SCO vs. IBM: Response of Plaintiff-Appellant, The SCO Group, Inc., to Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing en Banc of Defendant-Appellee, International Business Corporation

Fri, 2017-12-01 23:50

Here's SCO's response:

"Plaintiff-Appellant, SCO, respectfully submits this Memorandum in Opposition to IBM’s Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc.


"SCO’s claim for unfair competition is based on IBM’s fraudulent misconduct in connection with a joint venture, called Project Monterey, to develop and license a UNIX-based operating system (the “IA-64 Product”). SCO alleges – and, as the Panel found, presents evidence from which a jury could reasonably conclude – that IBM pretended to proceed with Project Monterey to induce SCO to contribute its proprietary UNIX (“SVr4”) source code to the project, whereupon IBM took SCO’s code and used it in its own AIX for Power operating system. The Panel reasoned that (1) SCO’s claim is an “independent tort” because it is based on a “bad faith” breach of a “business relationship in which each reposed a degree of trust and confidence in the other” and (2) the Copyright Act does not preempt the claim because such “bad faith” is an “extra element” beyond a copyright claim.
(Order dated Oct. 30, 2017, at 22, 28.)"

Read more:

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Reddit is allready broken because of netneutrality

Fri, 2017-12-01 23:35

There is no frontbage just netneutrality. So please America get your shit together! You were the ones who made internet happen, You got people to the MOON for gods sake. Try not to fuck this one up. Senserely one drunken Finnish man!

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Lenovo raid mode

Fri, 2017-12-01 22:54

My Linux Moment of the year

Fri, 2017-12-01 22:47

This might not become a very informative post but I need to tell my story to people who know about the beauty of Linux. Alright. Everything began 4h ago. I had ordered one of those cheap 20€ video grabbers to finally save some of my slowly dying vhs tapes. My grandfather had made video recordings almost every time my brother and I visited him in our first years. So those tapes are of huge emotional value. But back to the story.

I unpacked the video grabber (it’s a usb video interface with composite input - for those who don’t know) and checked the manual. The software included which came on a CD was windows only - of course... since my Thinkpad doesn’t even have a cd drive anymore and - of course - is running Linux I didn’t even consider using it. Instead I picked up my father‘s windows notebook and began installing the drivers and software. It seemed to work ok up to the point when i wanted to start capturing... the included capturing software - which looked like it came straight out of 1996 btw - didn’t show the device. So I started standard windows debugging procedure. Double check drivers, device manager, start software as „root“ user etc. Finally I decided to reboot the system which indeed made the video card come up. D’oh! Ultimately I was getting exited. I could see the video in the preview section and everything seems to be fine. I started capturing and went to grab a beer from the fridge. When I came back I stoped capturing to get a first impression of the results.. but ... there was no file in the selected output directory. By that time I started to get angry. Some more windows debugging later I chose vlc for playback. It worked ok but had quite a low resolution.. also audio worked only in live preview but not when capturing. In the meantime another hour had past and I went to grab another beer (this is not the story about an alcoholic. I’m sorry).

When I passed the kitchen table on my way back to my room I saw my dear Linux Thinkpad and thought about giving it a try. What did I have to lose? So I plugged the grabber in and ran lsusb - and there it was. Just like that.. I thought „well it’s probably only recognising some random usb grabber. It’s never gonna work“. To dig deeper into it I checked dmesg, /dev and alsa and indeed. There was a new video card and a new sound card. I still could not believe it so I fired up vlc and started playback of those new devices... well and what can I say? After all those hours of struggling with windows I sat there watching the 3-years-old version of me in pretty good resolution and quality. But would recording and encoding work? I tried it and stopped it after only 10 seconds again because I was so exited. It did work! I was literally stunned. It took my less than 5 minutes to set everything up and get a decent recording. I hadn’t even touched my beer, yet :D

So that’s it. My Linux Moment of the day or most certainly the moment of the year. At that moment I was so „in love“ with Linux that I could not find the right words for it. I feel sorry for those who think windows is what they want and I’m just glad I’m a Linux user!

TLDR; windows is a pain. Linux is awesome

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Guide to Linux and Open Source Charitable Giving

Fri, 2017-12-01 22:28

I thought it would be a good idea to collect links to charitable giving pages for Linux and open source organizations and projects. 'Tis the season, after all. If you add more, please link directly to the charitable giving page.


Electronic Frontier Foundation

Free Software Foundation

Mozilla Foundation

Open Source Initiative

Wikimedia Foundation
























Python Software Foundation





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Is your computer a slave?

Fri, 2017-12-01 22:23


Fri, 2017-12-01 21:36

I am a bit paranoid about google right now and I don't trust that the password extension is leaky either by accident or design. Does anyone know whether it can be removed from chromium?

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Building ChromiumOS for QEMU

Fri, 2017-12-01 21:04

Writing a Simple USB Driver

Fri, 2017-12-01 20:57