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Microsoft's Pain in Spain Lies Mainly in Secure Boot

It's not exactly any secret that Microsoft has had its fair share of legal troubles over the years, many of them arising from its pesky little habit of finding ways to shut the door on competitors. So when Secure Boot came along in Windows 8, many considered it just a...

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10 Ways to Start Contributing to Open Source

I wonder why more open source users do not actively participate in the open source community and become committers or contributors. After understanding a project's capabilities and roadmap, anyone is able to start directly hacking the source code and contributing useful extensions. Because open source is a distributed, participatory meritocracy,...

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Kernel Prepatch 3.9-rc5

The 3.9-rc5 kernel prepatch is out. Linus says: "Nothing really peculiar stands out. Exynos DRM updates, IBM RamSan driver updates are a bit larger, l2tp update... The rest is pretty much small patches spread out all over. Mostly drivers (block, net, media, tty, usb), networking, and some filesystem updates (btrfs,...

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ZFS on Linux is "Ready for Wide-Scale Deployment"

The developers of the native ZFS port for Linux have announced that the project is now is ready for wide scale deployment. ZFS for Linux 0.6.1 also adds packages for Debian, Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux...

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Migration to Document Freedom Isn't As Easy As It Seems

In case you missed it, March 27 was Document Freedom Day, and The Document Foundation released a whitepaper in honor of the day. The whitepaper provides a 10-step migration plan on how to standardize on Open Document Format (ODF). In the report, there is detailed discussion of LibreOffice and the benefits of its support for ODF. There is just one problem with this otherwise noble effort: Document compatibility isn't good enough between free and open office suites and proprietary office application suites. 

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Introducing BBQpad

Recently I have been working on a project with my best buddy Stuart ‘Aq’ Langridge, called BBQpad. I haven’t really talked much about it on my blog as we have been fixing up the rough edges, but I wanted to share a little about it now. 

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