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Story Opportunity Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 4:59pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 4:23pm
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Story Leftovers: Games Roy Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 4:21pm
Story New Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 4:20pm
Story Did Blue Pup jump the shark with its Windows 8 Metro interface? Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 7:44am
Story Fedora 20 KDE, Baconless Ubuntu, and Witcher's Bad Spell Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 6:10am
Story Knoppix 7.3.0 / ADRIANE 1.7 (CeBIT) Release Roy Schestowitz 4 24/05/2014 - 12:59am
Story The inside story of the open source PC, and how it could stop you being a slave to your hardware Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:53pm
Story MIPS Open-Source Group Takes Aim at ARM, Intel Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:49pm

Why would anybody need PulseAudio?

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Software

blog.flameeyes.eu: That’s a very common question as of lately, and somehow I feel like most people who haven’t dealt with ALSA in the past would find it very difficult to properly answer to it. Even myself I would have ignored one particular issue till last night, when I hit another reason why I want to keep PulseAudio.

Troubling times for OpenSUSE

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itwire.com: Some Novell developers, who were also contributors to the OpenSUSE project, were laid off by the company. This has caused some other contriburors to apparently ask the OpenSUSE board about the future of the project.

Who's buddying up closer with Microsoft: Novell or Red Hat?

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: I know for a fact that either Novell or Red Hat, or perhaps both, will be announcing next week that they'll be shifting their server virtualization offerings from Xen to XenServer. What I don't know is what, if anything, either one of them may be doing beyond that to further their virtualization partnerships with Microsoft.

Opera, all prettied up with nowhere to go

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Software

bushweed.blogspot: In general i find Opera to be a far superior browsing experience to any other browser at the moment.

Speedboot explained

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MDV

crozat.net: For those of you not following Mandriva Linux development closely, we just released Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring Beta and this is our first release featuring speedboot feature, in its initial phase.

More Ear Candy (0.3)

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Software

anotherubuntu.blogspot: Ear Candy is a sound level manager, written by Jason Taylor, that nicely fades applications in and out based on there profile and window focus.

Compiz 0.8.0 Has Been Released, Finally

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Software

phoronix.com: Compiz 0.8 was branched from master back in November, but only today do we now have the v0.8.0 release of Compiz.

RIP Linux

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Linux

linuxsysconfig.com: Recovery Is Possible is a Slackware based Live OS. It can be used for various tasks like maintenance, troubleshooting, rescuing an installed system, or even as a Live OS for browsing the Internet, chatting with friends, listening to music or watching movies.

Ubuntu 9.10: Karmic Koala

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Ubuntu

ubuntu.com: Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the Karmic Koala, the newest member of our alliterative menagerie. When you are looking for inspiration beyond the looming Jaunty feature freeze, I hope you’ll think of the Koala, our official mascot for Ubuntu 9.10.

Also: 10 things you did not know about Karmic Koalas

Linux distributions new users should avoid

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Linux

linuxlala.net: What distribution is ideal for me? This is by far the most often asked question on just about every forum board. New users are adopting Linux by the hordes everyday, and that’s a great thing, but because of the large number of distributions to choose from, they can’t help but wonder which is best for them.

Is Ubuntu Jaunty quick enough to beat Windows 7?

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Ubuntu

tectonic.co.za: When Mark Shuttleworth first announced plans for Ubuntu 9.04 his primary objective was to make the operating system boot faster. With a battle with Microsoft’s Windows 7 looming, the speed of startup - and shutdown - of a laptop PC has become a critical battleground.

Download the Linux Starter Pack

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Linux

tuxradar.com: New to the wonderful world of Linux? Looking for an easy way to get started? Download our complete 130-page guide and get to grips with the OS in hours rather than weeks or months.

Friday Fun: Racing Fun with SuperTuxKart Racer

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Gaming

blogs.howtogeek: We finally made it to another Friday so it's time to kick back with a cool free racing game! Tux Racer is a free game based on the Mario Kart concept, but features the Linux mascot Tux instead.

The Problem With “My First Experience With Linux” Posts

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Linux

linuxloop.com: A popular topic for bloggers and technology journalists are “my first experiences with Linux” posts. It should be useful to understand the experience of a new user, but all it ends up being is a war. What’s wrong?

Mini Review: Miro 2.0

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Software

raiden.net: Miro is an integrated toolset for finding, organizing, downloading and watching media files on the Internet. It has a lot of features and I'm hoping that this mini review will give people a good idea of Miro's abilities.

Business is booming for open source adopters

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OSS

crn.com.au: We're in a downturn - we've heard it enough times itmust be true. We've all been asked to do more with less, to ensure our employees survive the coming year.

OpenOffice.org: 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do

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OOo

pcmag.com: OpenOffice.org–an application suite, not just a Web site—has tricks even Office can't manage. Here are a few that may not be obvious, plus a few ways to make it less annoying out of the box.

Knoppix: live CD par excellence

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Linux

itwire.com: While the bigger and better-known Linux distributions tend to get more than their fair share of publicity, there are other bright stars that light up the FOSS firmament and rarely get a mention.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Linux comes to Windows users' rescue

  • Open Letter to the openSUSE Community
  • How developers see openSUSE
  • Petition - Free and Open Source OS's In Schools
  • Citrix, Microsoft, and Red Hat or Novell gang up on VMware
  • 10 things you need to know about Linux if you are coming from windows
  • Canonical’s April 2009 Surprise: More Than Ubuntu 9.04
  • Tour of LinuxFest Northwest 2008
  • Interview: Bringing a community together with free software
  • Does Open Source Experience Help in Today’s Job Market?
  • ISU politics professor takes his knowledge abroad
  • is gentoo dying?
  • Mozilla: Sometimes govt. is answer to Microsoft
  • Hacker and Community, part 2/2: Defining Community
  • A Review of the ASUS Eee PC with Xandros Linux pre-installed
  • Tiemann: 'Honeymoon is over' for software lock-in
  • Access Linux Platform 3.0 live, in person, and oh-so-full of widgets
  • Easy Steps to Rip a DVD to ISO in Ubuntu 8.10
  • How to encrypt your Linux backups
  • 5 Apache Troubleshooting Tips for Friday

To Linux or not to Linux?

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Linux

education.zdnet.com: One request that actually made it past the budget gods for FY10 was 60 convertible Classmate PCs (30 for each of two schools). This leaves me with a question to answer, though: Do I use Windows XP Home or Edubuntu?

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Lenovo Cloud Director: Open Source Technologies Are The Glue That Binds The Hybrid Cloud
    Hardware giant Lenovo is banking on a future where both public and private clouds are critical in driving IT innovation, and the glue binding those hybrid environments is mostly open source technologies. Dan Harmon, Lenovo's group director of cloud and software-defined infrastructure, encouraged solution providers attending the NexGen Cloud Conference & Expo on Wednesday to explore opportunities to engage Lenovo as its products stock the next generation of cloud data centers. Both public and private clouds are growing rapidly and will dominate the market by 2020, Harmon told attendees of the conference produced by CRN parent The Channel Company.
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Remembering Linux Installfests

Ah, yes. I remember the good old days when you had to be a real man or woman to install Linux, and the first time you tried you ended up saying something like “Help!” or maybe “Mommmmyyyyy!” Really, kids, that’s how it was. Stacks of floppies that took about 7,000 hours to download over your 16 baud connection. Times sure have changed, haven’t they? I remember Caldera advertising that their distribution autodetected 1,500 different monitors. I wrote an article titled “Monitor Number 1501,” because it didn’t detect my monitor. And sound. Getting sound going in Linux took mighty feats of systemic administsationish strength. Mere mortals could not do it. And that’s why we had installfests: so mighty Linux he-men and she-women could come down from the top of Slackware Mountain or the Red Hat Volcano and share their godlike wisdom with us. We gladly packed up our computers and took them to the installfest location (often at a college, since many Linux-skilled people were collegians) and walked away with Linuxized computers. Praise be! Read more

What New Is Going To Be In Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus'

Right on the heels of Ubuntu 16.10 'Yakkety Yak' is Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. Ubuntu 17.04 is currently scheduled for release on April 13, 2017 but know that this is only an estimate. One thing to know is that all things being equal, it is going to be released in April 2017. Ubuntu Zesty Zapus will be supported for only 9 months until January 2018 as it is not a LTS (long term support) release. Read
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