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Story Opera 10.62 released srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 4:55pm
Story Linux Mint 9 Xfce or LXDE? srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 4:57pm
Story Whither with Ubuntu? srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 6:55pm
Story $35 Indian Tablet, Reportedly Set for Early 2011 Launch srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 6:57pm
Story Source code for Dell Streak unveiled srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 7:02pm
Story Fact or Fiction? Top 8 Linux Myths Debunked srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 7:04pm
Story Iron Man using KDE?! srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 9:06pm
Story Mozilla Asks, ‘Are We Fast Yet?' srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 9:10pm
Story 11 infamous software bugs srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 9:12pm
Story Linux & MS srlinuxx 09/09/2010 - 9:15pm

Latest Mozilla Sunbird is a well-connected calendar

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linux.com: Mozilla's Sunbird calendaring application lives perpetually in the shadow of its siblings Firefox and Thunderbird, garnering just a fraction of the developer effort and publicity lavished on the browser and email client. Nevertheless, it is slowing maturing into a reliable tool worthy of the Mozilla brand.

Opera 9.22 released

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We released 9.22 today and it's a recommended security update. Bit Torrent also received some nice improvements, so it should be quite a bit faster now.

AMD 8.39.4 Display Driver

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phoronix: Last month was an interesting time for AMD and their ATI Linux display driver. The Radeon HD 2400 and 2600 series were introduced, but as we have unfortunately come to expect, there was not a supported R600 driver that day or even that month.

DSL answers user requests with 4.0 alpha

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Linux

linux.com: The alpha 1 development release of Damn Small Linux (DSL) 4.0, which hit the Net on Tuesday, is "a very different version" that includes a number of features requested by users on the DSL forums.

Installing the new Oxygen icons under KDE 3

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HowTos

open device: KDE 4 is coming, and it is bringing a truckload of improvements and goodies. Among these, there is the brand-new Oxygen icon theme. It is not straightforward to obtain a KDE 3 -installable theme from the KDE 4 SVN repository, however someone (as often happens in the OSS world) has done the dirty work for you

Inkscape Tutorial - The Sun

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penguin pete: Half of the battle in graphic design is working smarter, not harder. I've done some tutorials for Gimp which push that tool to its limits, but too many folks focus on Gimp and forget that we have a whole arsenal of power graphics tools on the Linux desktop. Here is one image which would have been a pain to do in Gimp, but a snap in Inkscape.

TechBase Hits 1,000,000

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KDE

the dot: KDE's new technical documentation library, TechBase, hit an important milestone today when it served up its one millionth page. In step with the KDE 4.0 development cycle, TechBase is rapidly maturing into a central hub for high-level technical information related to KDE and the Free software desktop.

openSUSE News Goes Live

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beineri's blog: Today one of my hack week projects went online: openSUSE News. Actually I have been working on it together with Robert Lihm already before and finished it only after.

Open standards beat Microsoft 13 to 4

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OSS

tectonic: Microsoft's plans of having its OOXML document format accepted as a South African national standard were thwarted by a conclusive vote against the move in a meeting yesterday.

Scribus: Open Source Desktop Publishing

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Trusted Reviews: To read most of the digital press, you’d think InDesign was the only big-league desktop publishing (DTP) application anyone took seriously. A few might add QuarkXpress to that. There is a third contender, though, from a rather unusual source.

Useful OpenOffice Calc Formulas and Related Tricks

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OpenOffice.org Tips: Here are some great tips that I think are useful: formulas, related items, and calculations built into Edit > Paste Special.

Illegal Codecs Put Me Off Linux

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itmanagement: OK, I’ll be honest with you, the more I use Linux, the more I’m warming to it. But there’s one aspect of Linux that’s putting me off. This is the fact that to play a DVD or use WMA/WMV files I have to install codecs that are technically illegal to use.

Leaving Redmond, WA in 24 hours

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Ubuntu

tgdaily: This is the first install of what will be a periodic, ongoing series on how migrate from Microsoft's Windows to other Operating systems. This first article provides insight in the much discussed Ubuntu Linux.

Linux Expert: Microsoft Is Throwing Money Away

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rcpmag.com blogs: James Bottomley is really on top of things (sorry -- we had to say it) when it comes to Linux. The CTO of SteelEye Technology is also on the board of the Linux Foundation. As such, Bottomley's obviously got some insight into Microsoft's continued patent deals with Linux distributors.

Who copied who?

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venture cake: Popular Linux desktop application Avant Window Navigator received a large amount of flak for using the same depth effect as Apple’s upcoming release of OS X. But things aren’t always what they seem.

Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL On Mandriva 2007 Spring

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MDV
HowTos

This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine.

Slackware side by side with OpenSolaris and FreeBSD, NetBSD

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OS

softpedia: I have recently heard of an ambitious project, called Menhir, which targets the noble idea of bringing Linux closer to its users and providing more information on each of its aspects. According to its creator, the project mainly searches to bring to the users’ knowledge information on all the four open source systems.

Linux: History Of Nice Levels

kernelTRAP: In a continued thread about how the recently merged Completely Fair Scheduler affects the nice command, Ingo Molnar offered a history of nice levels in the Linux kernel. He began by describing the three most frequent complaints he has received.

Installing Kubuntu - a video tour

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Ubuntu

linux.com: Ready to try Linux but want some hand-holding when you do? Here are three videos that walk you through the process of installing Kubuntu, the KDE-based version of Ubuntu.

Confessions of a distro hopper

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CLICK: After years of sticking with Windows, once I discovered that you could download an ISO file, burn it to a bootable CD and run a whole new operating system, easy as that. My name is Steven R., and I'm a distro-hopper.

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GNOME and Other Software

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