Person of The Year 2015 in the Linux/OpenSource Community: Open Voting

Year 2015 ends. Taking time to honor those peoples who work in Linux and Open Source community and don’t have deserved popularity. Maybe you use everyday several products from these peoples – this is your personal chance to say “thank you”.

Note: the first three winners will receive personal congratulations and “Happy New Year”. If you need to add something: notes, wishes or congratulations – feel free to write in comments or send private email to “tlhp at list.riseup.net”.
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KDE Plasma 5.5 Extended Review: New Features and Improvements

Update 24.01.2016: KDE 5.5.3 (check the end of page)

KDE – desktop environment written in C++/Qt/QML and better for users which need more and love the powerful instruments. KDE can help you in everyday tasks like work with web, multimedia (photo, video, music), text and specific tasks: programming, video editing, education, games and many others. Many peoples say that KDE is very good for users with Windows experience, but I’m not sure. I highly recommend to try KDE: this desktop environment can give you many positive emotions.

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Life with Wayland – Fedora Rawhide: Real Experience And List of Native/XWayland Applications

Wayland is default in Fedora Rawhide since November. This rolling Linux Distribution with the newest software positioned for developers and advanced users. This article may be helpful for all Wayland users and peoples that interests in Wayland.
Note: this isn’t unstable and always broken distribution: I use it last ~6 months and have an only one serious bug. More details here.

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Node OS Review – Ultra-minimal Linux Distribution With Node.js/JavaScript Userspace

Introduction

The Project has started in 2013 as “the first operating system powered by npm” with the main goal to build OS with truly community driven. Node OS use npm (Node Package Manager) as default system package manager and Node Shell. Any npm package can be used in NodeOS. PID1 is REPL that help to run Java Script code in interactive mode. Future plans – Web-interface and integrated web-server with proxy. NodeOS can be used on:

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20 Years of GIMP Evolution: Step by Step

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) – superb open source and free graphics editor. Development began in 1995 as students project of the University of California, Berkeley by Peter Mattis and Spencer Kimball. In 1997 the project was renamed in “GIMP” and became an official part of GNU Project. During these years the GIMP is one of the best graphics editor and platinum holy wars “GIMP vs Photoshop” – one of the most popular.

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Github’s Atom vs Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code: Comparison, Review and Voting

Introduction

Microsoft with a big promotional company “We are good for Open Source” try to convince us today that corporation with negative reputation can make the big and high-quality open source cross-platform product. Big step – MS released their Visual Studio Code under Linux – unbelievable thing for the old leadership with Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates.

In other side – Github also don’t need an advertisement and now is the one of the biggest icons in Open Source and the biggest hosting of source code. Slogan “A hackable text editor for the 21st Century” sounds like a “just another Emacs alternative”. In this article we try to understand ‘who is who’ and describe all bad and good things.

Why comparison of this two editor with steroids is very interested? Because they are very similar – both use Chromium and Electron Framework; both have some popularity in “new wave” of editors for software development and some visual likeness.
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File-System Benchmarks on USB Flash: VFAT vs NTFS vs HFS+ vs Ext2 vs Ext4 vs F2FS vs Btrfs vs XFS

USB Flash devices – one of the most popular electronic devices today. In this benchmark series I want to show which file-systems is better at work and compare with most popular FS in USB Flash add SD-cards – VFAT. Remember that Microsoft has some patents for VFAT.
Very interested results of F2FS – flash file system developed by Samsung for the NAND flash devices.
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Top 40 of The Best Quotes of Linus Torvalds: Money, Hardware, Source Code And Most Important Things For All

Today Linus Torvalds don’t need PR or advertising – he is popular programmer, charismatic leader in Linux community and cult figure in modern IT. Yes, Linus has no such popularity like a Bill Gates and Steve Jobs – his work isn’t looks so big without the Microsoft’s and Apple’s PR managers.
The success of Linux today can’t be impossible without his technical and managerial talents. Linus also has their personal belief and can say it outright and boldly. In this article I want to quote the best citation from 90’s to now. If you can remember a better quote(s) – feel free to write it and source in comments. All quotes get in open sources, some uncensored words mask with * character.

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Let’s Encrypt And WoSign – How To Get A Valid SSL Certificate Absolutely Free

Update 05.12.2015: Let’s Encrypt without ssh and renew/revoke instructions

Today the SSL certificate from the top SSL providers costs ~$50-100 Рbig money for non-commercial websites and bloggers. But some peoples can change it just now. In this article I try to describe a practical guide for getting a free as a beer certificate for your blog, website or e-mail. There are two ways:

Let’s Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt – certificate authority that provides free X.509 certificates for TLS encryption. Founders and sponsors – Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF), Akamai, Mozilla Foundation, Cisco, Linux Foundation and many others. Let’s Enrypt own a RSA root certificate cross-signed by an IdenTrust certificate authority.
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