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Creating a Community: Pieces of a Project

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Many hands make light work, as they say. More importantly, though – many hands come with many minds. An FOSS project consists of a lot more than just the source code that powers your application. Most successful projects consist of at least the following: WebsiteDocumentationUser SupportApplication(s)
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Announcing issue 2.3 of Libre Graphics magazine

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We’re very pleased to announce the long-awaited release of Libre Graphics magazine issue 2.3. This issue is guest-edited by Manuel Schmalsteig and addresses a theme we’ve been wanting to tackle for some time: type design. From specimen design to international fonts, constraint-based type to foundry building, this issue shows off the many faces of libre type design.

With the usual cast of columnists, stunning showcases and intriguing features, issue 2.3, The Type Issue, given an entrée into what’s now and next in F/LOSS fonts.

The Type Issue is the third issue in volume two of Libre Graphics magazine. Libre Graphics magazine is a print publication devoted to showcasing and promoting work created with Free/Libre Open Source Software. We accept work about or including artistic practices which integrate Free, Libre and Open software, standards, culture, methods and licenses.

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Valery Kholodkov: The value of qualitative programming

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Imagine that you run an online service company and you do some service for people and your business becomes so big that your departments no longer fit in entire floors of a big building and your budget is so big, … Continue reading
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Linux Basics: How To Check The State Of A Network Interface Card

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unixmen: cat /sys/class/net/eth0/carrier

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Running Plan9 using 9vx - using vx32 sandboxing library

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Now a days I'm more and more attracted towards Plan9, an Operating System meant to be the successor of UNIX and created by same people who created original UNIX. I'm always baffled by the simplicity of Plan9. Sadly Plan9 never took off for whatever reasons.

I've been for a while trying to run Plan9, I ran Plan9 on Raspberry Pi model B using 9pi, but I couldn't experiment with it more due to some restrictions in my home setup.

I installed original Plan9 4th Edition from Bell labs (now part of Alcatel-Lucent), I will write about it in on different post. But running virtual machine on my system is again PITA as system is already old (3 and half year). I came across the 9vx which is port of Plan9 for FreeBSD, Linux and Mac OSX by Russ Cox.

I downloaded original 9vx version 0.9.12 from Russ's page linked above. The archive contains a Plan9 rootfs along with precompiled 9vx binaries for Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X. I ran the Linux binary but it crashed.

./9vx.Linux -u glenda

I was seeing some illegal instruction error in dmesg. I didn't bother to do more investigation.

A bit of googling showed me Arch Linux's wiki page on 9vx. I got errors trying to compile the original vx32 from rsc's repository but later saw that AUR 9vx package is built from different repository forked from rsc's found here.

I cloned the repository to local and compiled it, I don't really remember if I had installed any additional packages. But if you get error you will know what additional thing is required. After compilation the 9vx binary is found inside src/9vx/9vx. I used this newly compiled 9vx to run the the rootfs I downloaded from Russ's website.

9vx -u glenda -r /path/to/extracted/9vx-0.9.12/

This launches Plan9 and allows you to work inside Plan9. The good part is its not resource hungry and still looks like you have a VM running with Plan9 on it.

But there seems to be a better way to do this directly from plan9 iso from bell labs. It can be found on 9fans list. Now I'm going to try that out too :-). And in next post I will share my experience of using Plan9 on Qemu.

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Welcome to Me - Trailer

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What happens when a young woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the lottery? In the case of Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), she quits her psychiatric meds and buys her own talk show. Inspired by the immortal Oprah, she broadcasts her dirty laundry as both a form of exhibitionism and a platform to share her peculiar views on everything from nutrition to relationships to neutering pets. Also starring Wes Bentley, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Linda Cardellini.
Directed by: Shira Piven
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Wes Bentley, James Marsden, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Linda Cardellini
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