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Story Facebook will trial Btrfs Linux file system in its data centres Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2014 - 9:33am
Story KTAP Dynamic Tracing Called For Merging Into Linux Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 29/03/2014 - 9:21am
Story Wayland in 3.12, and beyond Rianne Schestowitz 29/03/2014 - 9:07am
Story Xen Automotive: Bringing Virtualization To Cars Rianne Schestowitz 29/03/2014 - 8:26am
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Story Mozilla CEO Oops, Ubuntu 14.04 Beta, and a GNOME Review Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2014 - 7:53am
Story Linux Kernel Panel: What's what with Linux today Roy Schestowitz 29/03/2014 - 7:14am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2014 - 11:17pm
Story Leftovers: Screenshots and Themes Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2014 - 10:51pm
Story University course teaches computer-human interaction with open hardware and OSS Rianne Schestowitz 28/03/2014 - 10:42pm

Ubuntu’s biggest threat

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rafavargas.wordpress: Yesterday, I installed Skype for Linux in Ubuntu. It was very easy. I just had to download a .deb package file and double-click it. I was prompted my password (my account is in sudoers file) and voilà. Some people might say this is okay, but I think this is WRONG!

The 2008 State of My Linux Address

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meandubuntu.wordpress: Hooray! This is the one-year anniversary of my adoption of Ubuntu! And that’s a good as an excuse as any for me to indulge in a bit of reflection and pontification.

Having trouble with your wireless internet connexion? Try Wicd

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The Gnome Network Manager is really buggy and a lot of people are having trouble configuring the network connexion and getting it to work. That’s when i found out about Wicd, an alternative for the gnome Network Manager.

Nautilus and Light Windowmanagers

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Interesting article explaining how to run Nautilus inside light windowmanagers such as Fluxbox.

today's leftovers

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  • Customize a fresh Ubuntu Desktop

  • 2 of CNET's Best Cell Phones of 2008 Run on Linux
  • Introducing KDE 4... on Windows
  • Paalam Kubuntu
  • Famous Awk One-Liners Explained, Part II
  • Install Fedora Cursor Theme in Ubuntu
  • Desktop with screenlets
  • ‘I develop for myself’, trolls, criticism
  • Firefox: Most Risky App to Businesses in New Study
  • Thank God Ubuntu comes as Live CD
  • The F Word Still Remains - More Linux Humor
  • Ubuntu World of Warcraft Desktop Panel on top
  • Configure Your Own FTP Server In Linux
  • Deploying ActiveMQ on Ubuntu 8.10
  • Circular Application Menu for Ubuntu
  • A day with RMS
  • Teaching Teachers About Linux
  • Ubuntu vs XP
  • Safely Remove USB Device in Ubuntu with Ejecter
  • Sabayon 4: 8 good reasons to not use KDE 4.1 by default

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 50

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SUSE Issue #50 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: Pre-order openSUSE 11.1, Wanted: Tester from SUSE Studio, and Password Protect for GRUB.

NVIDIA 180.16 Beta Linux Driver

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Software It was just eleven days ago that NVIDIA had released the 180.11 Beta Linux Driver, but in the wee hours of Saturday morning NVIDIA has pushed out a new beta driver. This driver contains a few fixes, support for new GPUs, and an updated implementation of the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix.

The Ideal Xmas Gift: Mandriva Flash 2009

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MDV Now here's a special Christmas present for all of you Linux enthusiasts out there, as Mandriva just launched a new version of its portable USB Mandriva Flash Drive.

playonlinux - Play Windows Games on Linux

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ubuntu-snippets.blogspot: playonlinux seems to be similar to cedega except that playonlinux is open-source and free. playonlinux almost support 11 Linux distros. Although there is no package for Ubuntu Intrepid but adding Ubuntu Hardy sources file to my intrepid seems to be working fine.

Ten Linux and Open Source milestones in 2008

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OSS As we are winding up another year I felt the urge to write about milestones. Of course they would have to be Linux and Open Source associated milestones.

New kernel versions, progress with Btrfs and Tux3

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Linux After the release of kernel version in the second half of November, the maintainers of the stable kernel series recently released version Both versions contain a fix for a security vulnerability, while in more than a hundred other changes offer small improvements.

Myst Online goes fully open-source

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Gaming As many know, Myst Online: URU Live has had an incredibly rocky road throughout its history. First sunsetted by Ubisoft, then by GameTap, URU's fans agreed to trying MORE (Myst Online Restoration Experiment) after Cyan Worlds got their IP back.

Best Linux/FOSS News Websites of 2008

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Web The Best Linux/FOSS news websites of 2008 were chosen based on the site’s relevance, importance, and popularity. Also, the freshness, quality, and consistency of the news stories or information that are featured on these sites are essential.

Review: Mandriva One 2009

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MDV Somewhere in the middle of 2008 my wife’s computer kept making very disturbing noises upon boot up. She had told me she would move to Linux when her current computer broke. So, I told myself I would switch her over to Mandriva the next time I got a DVD in LXF.

Checking out the Neighbors, part III

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meandubuntu.wordpress: Continuing looking at more non-Ubuntu distros! This time it is SliTaz and Puppy Linux!

Azureus is dead, long live Vuze

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Software When it comes to downloading content from the Internet using a P2P protocol of some sort, I'm more of an eMule (aMule) sort of a person. However, if you are into viewing, publishing and sharing DVD and HD modern and current content, Vuze is the application you want.

Interview With Warren Woodford - Founder Of Mepis

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Interviews In this interview we talk with Warren. In specific, we talk about: The origins of SimplyMEPIS, Ubuntu’s role in the larger community, Differences among distros from a developer perspective, and The Linux desktop and the future of client-side Linux.

Lancelot, and the Knights of the Plasma Widget

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bushweed.blogspot: As controversial as it has been, i've been a supporter of KDE 3's Kickoff menu ( as introduced by openSUSE Linux ), and hence a supporter of the new KDE 4 default menu. There are some vocal protesters, but i feel that this sort of menu is a huge leap forward in general.

Eight Crazy Nights of Hanukkah and Linux

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Linux Trying to find something for your gelibte this year? Look no further, my Linux Geek's Guide to Hanukkah will help you make the right decisions.

All aboard for the FLOSS Community interaction! (part 1)

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OSS In this piece I try to explore who the community is and how people and organisations both formal and informal could interact, and what their ground rules might be in some cases, after all it would be unfair of anyone to presume that the same rule sets apply to all groups.

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