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June 2006

KDE Switches To CMake

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KDE

The KDE4 build system is now centered around CMake. If you are a developer, CMake will be much easier to learn, handle and maintain than what you are used to so far.

Portland Project betas common tools for GNOME, KDE

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Software

The Portland Project, the collaborative venture of Linux vendors and developers to simplify the process of porting and integrating applications for Linux desktops, has announced the beta release of its first application tools for the Linux desktop's GNOME and KDE environments.

The Office 2007 demo and Linux

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Linux

Have you wondered what's really behind Microsoft's web-based Office 2007 demo beta? I did, and what I found was more than a little interesting.

Kernels 2.6.17.2 and 2.6.17.3 released

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Linux

Linux 2.6.17.2 is out with: "Assorted fixes, see the diffstat and short summary of the fixes below." Linux 2.6.17.3 has also been released, it addresses: "Another SCTP remote crash fix, CVE-2006-2934."

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How Open Source Saved My Neck

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Misc

Though Microsoft might disagree, open source software in many cases can be a real cost saver. It can also save your neck. Literally.

Edgy sudoers file: syntax error

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HowTos

I lately updated my dapper box to edgy eft. Has edgy eft is unstable and had just been started up, it happens to get surprise. Today, update-manager stopped to work.

ratpoison

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Software

Well, I have used LOTS of window managers... KDE, Gnome, XFCE, FVWM, Windowmaker, etc... So recently I decided to try a new one, of a new kind to me: ratpoison.

GPL version 3 evaluation committees admit Stallman is ultimate 'decider'

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OSS

Evaluation committees are hard at work on the latest draft of the General Public License (GPLv3), but members of those groups say it will ultimately be up to one person to decide what the license will look like when it's finished in early 2007.

Switch to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Remember those “Switch” adverts from Apple? Well, the Switch is happening all over again. But this time people are switching away from Mac and onto Ubuntu.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Digging in the Open Sandbox

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OS

While those of us here in the United States are getting ready for some serious holiday loafing-about next week, our friends across the pond are getting some work (and perhaps some schmoozing) done at the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) Europe in London.

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Meld is an excellent file and folder comparison tool for Windows and Linux

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