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April 2007

Free, Open, Eating Its Young

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OSS

The FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) world is cram-full of interesting, smart, fun people. It's also full of trolls, jerks, and abusive wastes of time, and very confused when it comes to civility. A lot of FOSSers fall into the Five Geek Social Fallacies trap, especially the first two:

Geek Social Fallacy #1: Ostracizers Are Evil

XO laptop is fun for child's play

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OLPC

The hardest thing about learning to use the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project's XO notebook PC is finding the right way to twist its antenna ears and open the display. Once you can see the screen, just follow the icons to write a note, snap a photo, or compose a tune.

Linux: Releasing With Known Regressions

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Linux

Following the release announcement of the 2.6.21 Linux kernel, Adrian Bunk noted that he no longer planned to track regressions. He explained, "if we would take 'no regressions' seriously, it might take 4 or 5 months between releases due to the lack of developer manpower for handling regressions.

The real tune on real time Linux

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SUSE

Generally, I’m a fan of taking the high road. I’d much rather talk about what we do than talk about what the competition is doing. But sometimes you can’t let things slide…

Shiny Dolphin Mockups

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KDE

Nookie provided some Dolphin Mockups to show how he imagines Dolphin. While some of the enhancements do look a bit like a file manager of a certain wide spread operating system they do look good.

Nookie is a kbfx developer. I’m not sure why he produces Dolphin Mockups, but they look very slick and shiny anyway.

VDrift: Three confessions, an exaltation and a warning

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Gaming

I don’t play racing games. I’ve been driving for decades, and so it’s not really that appealing. I mean, if I wanted to race a car, I’d just make the arrangements and do the real thing. A racing game just isn’t far enough detached from reality to amuse my sense of imagination. And I’m not a gearhead at all, so it’s only an oblique interest to start with.

Love and hate with Kommander

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Software

Kommander is, IMHO, a great idea which needs a lot of technical improvements. The core idea is very good, but Kommander has many problems and bugs that need to be solved if it wants to be much more useful. I am currently using Kommander for a couple of things and fully acknowledge its power. There’s also a Kommander scripts section at www.kde-apps.org.

Ubuntu lays down the trademark law

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Ubuntu

Trademarks have recently become something of an issue in open-source circles. Debian, for example, recently took exception to Mozilla's Firefox trademark rules and called its version of the popular browser, IceWeasel. So, Ubuntu has decided to address possible trademark issues by creating its own trademark policy.

17 Must-Have Free Apps for New Ubuntu Users

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Software

If you haven't tried Ubuntu, the new Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn offers the PC user a chance to try out this open source software with little fear.

How to Rip DVD audio to mp3 or ogg

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HowTos

You can extract sound from a DVD, one track at a time or a chapter at a time. Some simple command line examples should suffice to demonstrate how this is done.

First thing you need to do is make sure you have lsdvd and transcode installed:

sudo apt-get install lsdvd transcode

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