News Category: Desktop

How to Benchmark Your Linux System

If you go out looking for PC benchmark results, there’s a very strong chance the tests won’t perfectly translate to performance under Linux, since they were likely run in Windows. This is particularly true if certain hardware has limited support in the Linux kernel. However, there are still plenty...
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In this preview of his upcoming talk at ApacheCon, Julien Nioche explains how StormCrawler can be used to build a distributed web crawler.

StormCrawler: An Open Source SDK for Building Web Crawlers with ApacheStorm

StormCrawler is an open source collection of reusable resources, mostly implemented in Java, for building low-latency, scalable web crawlers on Apache Storm. In his upcoming talk at ApacheCon, Julien Nioche, Director of DigitalPebble Ltd, will compare StormCrawler with similar projects, such as...
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IRC 3: The Original Online Chat Program Gets Updated

Long before there was Whatsapp, Slack, or Snapchat, IRC was the program for online chatting. And, it's not dead yet. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) was born in 1988 to help people message each over over the pre-web internet. While many other programs have become more popular since then, such as Whatsapp...
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Beginner's Guide to the Linux Desktop

There is much talk in the Linux world about the mythical “average user.” There is no such thing with Linux. First off, people who use Linux usually are those who know a thing or two about computers to begin with and want to take advantage of all the choices Linux offers. Linux has been considered...
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An Open Source Font System for Everyone

A big challenge in sharing digital information around the world is “tofu”—the blank boxes that appear when a computer or website isn’t able to display text: ⯐. Tofu can create confusion, a breakdown in communication, and a poor user experience.Five years ago we set out to address this problem via...
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Classic Emacs Editor Gets a New-School Makeover

Longtime users of the venerable Emacs editor can now use it with a sleek new skin that emphasizes consistency and ergonomics. A new distribution of the Emacs editor, called Spacemacs, repackages the classic developer's tool in a new skin for greater usefulness to a new generation of programmers....
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The Rise of the Helpful Operational Bots: ChatOps

Over the last number of years, the idea of a conversational interface to technology has entered the mainstream conscience. As is often the case, many of the ideas that get neatly packaged up into consumer facing technology have been knocking around for a long time, and conversational interfaces are...
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The Document Foundation has provided statistics indicating that LibreOffice is gaining traction with Linux users, developers, administrators, and enterprises.

LibreOffice Suite Now Competes Directly with Google Docs

On the heels of announcing new versions 5.2 and 5.1.5 of the free, LibreOffice suite of productivity applications, The Document Foundation has provided statistics indicating that LibreOffice is gaining traction with Linux users, developers, administrators, and enterprises. In fact, the new version...
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Why I Love These Markup Languages

Around this time last year, I wrote a brief introduction to various markup languagesfor this column. The topic of language selection has come up several times recently, so I thought it might be time to revisit the subject with my biases more overt. I'm here to explain why I prefer the languages I...
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OpenOffice, After Years of Neglect, Could Shut Down

OpenOffice, once the premier open source alternative to Microsoft Office, could be shut down because there aren't enough developers to update the office suite. Project leaders are particularly worried about their ability to fix security problems. An e-mail thread titled, "What would OpenOffice...
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