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Story OpenSuSE 11.2 KDE: Actually quite nice srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 7:48pm
Story A review of GNOME Do srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 7:49pm
Story Latest OpenShot Release Gains Enhancements srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 7:51pm
Story Finally: rebranding KDE srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 7:53pm
Story Repositioning the KDE Brand srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 9:56pm
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Story Microsoft: ”Do it our way, or not at all”? srlinuxx 24/11/2009 - 10:15pm
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Story Inkscape 0.47 Released With a Batch of Cool Improvements srlinuxx 25/11/2009 - 12:22pm

Netscape Navigator 9 Beta 1 released and reviewed

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Software

mozilla links: Continuing this week’s release spree, Netscape has released yet another version of the venerable Netscape Navigator. Netscape Navigator 9 Beta drops support for Internet Explorer’s rendering engine (Trident) and is now Gecko only.

Also: Howto install Netscape Navigator 9 beta 1 on the average Linuxbox

switching to PCLINUX from UBUNTU week 1

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PCLOS

fos-softwares.blogspot: Last week I accidentally destroyed my laptop's (Toshiba a105-s1013) hard drive partition table. Since I need to reeformat my hard drive, I decided to install PCLINUXOS2007.

Review: Fedora 7

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Linux
Reviews

linux.com: Fedora 7 was released last week, a little bit behind schedule, with a spate of new features, updates, and live CD installable "spins" of Fedora in KDE and GNOME flavors. I found a lot of good in this release, but a bug in the FireWire stack that attacked my external backup drive made this release just a little shy of perfect.

Also: Fedora 7 FAQ Online

Linux Game Review: World of Padman

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Reviews

Raiden's Realm: "World of Padman - Stand Alone Complex" is an exciting, comic, and downright loony adventure through the fictitious world of "Padman", a comic book superhero drawn in the oddest of styles.

Interview with Kororaa's Chris Smart

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Interviews

packt publishing: Kororaa's developer Chris Smart probably had the best tutors introduce him to Linux, including Andrew Tridgell, the author of Samba file server. In this discussion with Chris, he talks about why he developed Kororaa, why people interested in learning Linux should use Gentoo, and his new project to help users make the move to Free and Open Source software.

An Ultra-Lite MEPIS Derivative, AntiX "antics", is Available for Testing

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Linux

MEPIS has announced that the release candidate of a community built and maintained ultra-lite derivative of MEPIS has been released for public testing. AntiX is not a lite version of SimplyMEPIS and it is not an official product of MEPIS. It is built from the MEPIS Linux core.

Desktop search tools for GNU/Linux: the competition hots up (part two)

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine: In part one, I looked at the Beagle search tool on the command line and the graphical user interface and in part two I want to look at alternative front-ends for it. First out of the stable is...

On the other side…

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Moving to Freedom: I’m getting moved in at 1776 Freedom Lane. Just a few boxes unpacked so far. I have backups set up going to the slug, and am getting mail in Thunderbird. I knew the house came furnished with some nice accessories, but was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it was to use one of the features.

TreeLine: Outliner meets free-form database

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Software

linux.com: TreeLine is a hybrid application that combines the features of a traditional outliner with a free-form database. As such, it offers a unique way to organize heterogeneous data, be it contact information, bookmarks, text snippets, bibliography, task lists, or something else.

How To Block Spam Before It Enters The Server (Postfix)

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Security
HowTos

The last few weeks have seen a dramatic increase in spam (once again). Estimates say that spam makes now up for 80 - 90% of all emails, and many mail servers have difficulties in managing the additional load caused by the latest spam, and spam filters such as SpamAssassin do not recognize large parts of that spam as they did before. Fortunately, we can block a big amount of that spam at the MTA level.

Microsoft with the carrot and the stick

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OS
News
Microsoft
Legal

There is no doubt about it. Microsoft knows what they are doing. However it seems to me that no-one else, particularly businesses, can see what they are doing. To use a cliche or two Microsoft is using the carrot and stick method to divide and conqueror.

The sad part about it is the open source community is letting them.

Spice up Windows: replace it with Linux; part 2

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Linux

A Blog Of Gentoo: In my previous post I started to explain the process of "spicing up" the Windows installation by moving to Linux. This time I will explain the 2nd step: Spicing up Multimedia applications.

Microsoft's Linux IP Moves: What Does It All Mean?

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Microsoft

WindowsITPro: If you've been following the tech news lately, you might be aware of an interesting development in the virtual cold war that's existed between Microsoft and the open-source movement since, well, the inception of the open-source movement. Microsoft's reaction to those who make "free" software has evolved over the years, and oddly enough, it seems to have followed the cycle of the Kübler-Ross "5 stages of grief":

OTS: Command line text auto-summary

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Debian Package of the Day: Open Text Summarizer is both a library and a command line tool (developed by Nadav Rotem) that, well, summarises text. It is similar to the functionality incorporated into Microsoft Word and available in all native Mac OS X applications.

Xandros users not too happy about Microsoft deal

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PCLOS

click: I purchased all four major releases of Xandros, starting with 1.0, and all the Premium versions when available. Now, after four and a half years, I learn it was a lie. I'm currently installing PCLinuxOS 2007.

Also: PCLinuxOS 2007 is amazingly well done !

Navy CIO 'recognizes the importance of OSS to the warfighter'

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OSS

linux.com: John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software Institute, told Linux.com today that, effective immediately, the Department of the Navy has adopted a new policy which requires that open source software must be considered in every software acquisition the Navy makes.

KDE-PIM to be released with KDE 4.0

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KDE

/home/liquidat: The KDE-PIM developers decided to release their KDE module together with the main release. That means that KDE 4.0 will ship with a KDE 4 version of the KDE-PIM tools.

Ubuntu Light

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Ubuntu

Tux -o- Blog: I wanted a new distribution that sported a nice Gnome desktop, but without the many additional programs that come installed by default in a standard Ubuntu installation. What did I do in the end?

Personalize your Firefox menu

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Moz/FF

Mozilla Links: In Firefox, one thing you can’t customize is the main menu. And you may find it’s a waste of space to have a whole bar for just a couple of frequent tasks like bookmarking, history or tweaking a preference here and there. Pesonal Menu is a Firefox extension developed by Merci Chao that comes to solve this.

OpenType support in OpenOffice.org

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HowTos

Fabrice Facorat: What a bad luck Sad I've just noticed that OpenOffice.org doesn't support OpenType fonts ( .otf ) under Linux. This is really disappointing. Freet(ype and others Linux applications ( koffice, abiword ) are able to handle OTF fonts whereas OpenOffice.org can't. There's 2 ways to workaround this issue :

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