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Open Core is over

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OSS

h-online.com: Commercial open source software fills a market need – and it works. What has outlived itself is the open core idea.

Oh great, another addiction: OpenRA

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Gaming

kmandla.wordpress: I was never a giant Red Alert fan; I played it enough times to have a few fond memories, but not anything that would cause a crying fit. On the other hand, OpenRA is a fantastic rendition.

command line alternatives to wget and so much better!

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Software

mynitor.com: Most people including myself are hooked on using wget to do whatever quickies that we need to do on our servers. I use it in my scripts, crontab entries and even site mirroring and web crawling.

You must be this tall to ride: __

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Linux
OSS

mairin.wordpress: I believe that Fedora and Linux in general need to reach and inspire a wider set of users. Free software affords us so many benefits we should strive to share, but there’s still a formidable bar in technical skill required to realize those benefits.

Is open source a dead end for desktop applications?

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OSS

infoworld.com: Try as they might, open source desktop apps never gained much ground against proprietary rivals -- and maybe they never will

SimplyMEPIS 8.5 [Review]

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Linux

thinkdigit.com: MEPIS is a Linux distribution (a.k.a “distro”) that is designed to give new users a no frills experiece when trying it for the first time. It is based on Debian and gives users the option of either running it as a LiveCD or installing it permanently on your hard drive.

Group educates about Linux at Installfest

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Linux

dailybruin.com: When the word “Linux” is thrown around campus, students may not recognize it as a computer operating system. But the UCLA Linux Users Group wants to educate students about it at its quarterly LUG Installfest on Saturday.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Warning: Google Chrome Removing Key Privacy Feature
  • Forking Time
  • Keeping Free Softare/Open Source Vendors Honest
  • Oracle is an open source of concern
  • The Needs of the Many
  • Catalyst Deluxe And Anirah Released
  • Is Linux Mint Debian Edition All It’s Cracked Up to Be?
  • Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
  • StarNet Brings Fast, Secure Linux Desktops to iPad
  • Fedora 14 Beta Screenshot Tour
  • Ubuntu 10.10 RC - What's New?
  • Insprit Joins Linux Foundation
  • The Awesome Croogo – Free and Open-Source PHP CMS
  • Learn Drupal Fundamentals
  • Firefox says Swiss Consumer Protection office not to be trusted
  • MySQL fork Drizzle goes beta
  • The Linux Box – a conceptual open source gaming platform
  • Novacut – FLOSS ideals for Video editing
  • FLOSS Weekly 137: Plone
  • OSS nets Red Hat prize
  • Unix’s Revenge
  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 369
  • When a company asks for your copyright

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to password-protect GRUB
  • Configuring Static Network Settings in Ubuntu
  • Install Latest Amarok 2.3.2 in Ubuntu
  • Consolidate: Put Your Servers into a VirtualBox VM
  • One-click WebYaST
  • Install LibreOffice on Fedora and Ubuntu
  • Setup Subsonic on Ubuntu to Stream / Access Your Video Collection
  • How to Resize Video In Mac, Windows and Linux
  • CLI Companion Makes It Easier To Use The Terminal
  • Glippy Clipboard Manager Can Now Upload Images To Imgur

Linux Distros as Food

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Linux

linuxaria.com: The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. Keywords: stable, classic, open, for every level, rich (software). Search Result: Chinese food

Canonical announces Ubuntu One music streaming service

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Web
Ubuntu

arstechnica.com: Canonical is preparing to augment its Ubuntu One cloud synchronization service with a new music streaming feature that will enable users to stream songs to their mobile phone from their Ubuntu One cloud storage account.

Google offers up new WebP format

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Google
Software
  • Google offers up to a 40% discount on all JPEGs -- with new WebP format!
  • Using Google’s WebP image convertor in Ubuntu
  • Google JPEG alternative speeds up web
  • With WebP, Google Aims To Replace Yet Another Elemental Web Format

The Humble README

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Software

sourceforge.net/blog: The README file goes back to the dawn of computing. We’re pretty sure Grace Hopper had one in a filing cabinet, right next to a folder marked “Bug”. It is a time-honored tradition:

Primal Carnage Says Goodbye To Unigine

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Gaming

phoronix.com: One more Linux game bites the dust...

5 Things Linux Does Better Than Mac OS X

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Linux
Mac

pcworld.com: I think the success of the Mac is mostly a matter of marketing. Whatever your own personal beliefs, though, there's no denying that there are certain things Linux clearly does better than Mac OS X. If you're trying to decide on a platform for your business, these factors are worth keeping in mind.

Actor Tony Curtis Dies At 85

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Obits

ny1.com: New York native and Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis has died of COPD and heart failure. He was 85 years old.

Sintel Blender open movie released

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Movies

Salix OS Live 13.1.1 LXDE

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Linux

desktoplinuxreviews.com: Salix OS is a distro based on Slackware. Slackware, as you probably already know, has not had a reputation as being the easiest distro to use. Salix OS makes Slackware accessible to more users by making it easier to install, configure and manage.

Stormy Peters talks GNOME 3

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Software
Interviews

linuxuser.co.uk: Stormy Peters, executive director of the GNOME Foundation and champion of the GNOME platform for more than ten years, talks exclusively to Linux User & Developer magazine…

Some Android apps caught covertly sending GPS data to advertisers

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Security

arstechnica.com: The results of a study conducted by researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel Labs have revealed that a significant number of popular Android applications transmit private user data to advertising networks without explicitly asking or informing the user.

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