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Two New Linux Beta Distributions

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Linux If you're interested in new Linux distributions, here are a couple of new Betas that I have taken a quick look at:

OpenSolaris 2008.11: Its Time Is Coming

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: I was attracted to OpenSolaris 2008.11 in the first place by a couple of other internet articles. Solaris is a Unix-based operating system introduced by Sun Microsystems in 1992 as the successor to SunOS, and OpenSolaris is its Open Source spin-off.

Thoughts on Linux migration

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  • Thoughts on Linux migration

  • Why I Switched From Ubuntu To Vista
  • Beranger Sucks!

Sabayon Recruiting Beta Team Testers

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planet.sabayonlinux: Once again Sabayon Linux is looking to grow. We are looking for a small group of 30 people or so to do beta testing. We’ll have a mailing list and irc room setup for the group to use.

Debian Lenny (5.0) Release Date

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Linux If you are wondering, like me, what happened to the Debian’s upcoming release a.k.a Lenny/5.0, here is a short story for you curious types.

Unboxing the CherryPal: It’s alive!

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Hardware After much skepticism due to poor company communication, I can admit I was extremely pleased to have the small CherryPal box hit my doorstep. So, I can confirm that the CherryPal does exist, well sorta.

Installing ubuntu-system-panel (USP) On Ubuntu 8.10

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ubuntu-system-panel is a simple launcher for the GNOME desktop, providing easy access to Places, Applications and common configuration items for your computer. This guide shows how to install and configure it on an Ubuntu 8.10 desktop.

odds & ends

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  • openSUSE: Linux for the Lazy

  • Why Geeks Love Drupal
  • Chrome, Firefox, IE Reveal no Major Bugs
  • Work Imitates Life On Linux - Some Surrealism For A Change
  • Don't forget to Smolt
  • 3D desktop revealed in Apple patent filing
  • HP gives SUSE Linux a try: The world yawns in disbelief
  • The Evolution of a Programmer
  • On the adoption of CPAL and the AGPLv3
  • Boekenbeurs using Drupal
  • Compiling A Debian Kernel
  • Review: Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 adds speed and privacy
  • More Pre-installs, More Market Share
  • Spending a Day with Ubuntu
  • OR operator for Grep
  • UDS developer interviews
  • Brazil Seeks 150,000 GNU/Linux Notebooks for 300 Schools

OpenSolaris now on Toshiba laptops

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OS Sun has reached an agreement with Toshiba to pre-install the OpenSolaris operating system on Toshiba laptops. The laptops will be available in the US from early 2009.

6 Ways to Get Much More Out of GIMP

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GIMP GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a long-standing and hugely respected open source graphics program, and many readers probably already use it. The GIMP site has many useful resources for the application, and there are also a lot of other places to visit for turning yourself into a power user.

Red Hat and Novell duke it out in real time

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Linux When it comes to processing financial transactions, money can be won or lost in milliseconds. That's why high throughput, low latency, and consistent latency for transactions are the name of the game. Financial institutions are fanatical about their market data and trading systems, and Linux distros want to cash in on that.

4000 Attendees at French Team Ubuntu Release Party

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Ubuntu Every 6 months, the French Team holds release parties. For Ubuntu 8.10, a release party was held in Paris with 12 install parties throughout France. 4000 people attended the event, which broke the record from last year, almost 3000 visitors!

Igniting Linux Desktop Security

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Software Long ago, my all-time favorite desktop firewall was none other than sygate pro (symantec junkies sought-and-destroyed a while back). But like most other desktop firewalls, sygate is/was windows only. But this article isn’t about just any desktop firewall; it is about Firestarter, the Linux GUI firewall solution.

Amarok gets a facelift

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Software After more than a year in development, Amarok, a multipurpose media player with a host of features, has issued release candidate code for version 2. It comes with a completely redesigned interface, and takes advantage of KDE 4's new libraries and interfaces.

Also: Hands-on: Amarok 2 rocks the house

Free Software Foundation Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations

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Legal The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Cisco.

Open source in a closed market

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blogs.zdnet: In a truly open market the battle to set new mobile standards would be fairly clear. It’s not, because this is not an open market.

Can Firefox 3.1 pull me back from Chrome?

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blogs.computerworld: As a formerly enthusiastic Firefox user, I'd been looking forward to version 3.1 eagerly. Now, however, after trying out Beta 2 and reading Preston Gralla's review, I'm not so sure.

The Inspiration behind Netbooks

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Hardware Suddenly, Netbooks are all the rage. Turns out the UMPC (ultramobile) form factors were a bit too small and too expensive to make a mass market, but the Netbook is JUST RIGHT.

Choosing your linux

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translxp.wordpress: Don’t have much experience on linux? Don’t have much time trying out? Well, if so, you’ll love searching for the right distribution that suits you in minutes with distribution comaparer and distribution choosers.

Chinese Linux hit by credit crunch

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Linux Linux has been doing pretty well in China, with recent year-on-year sales going through the roof. However, there can be no escaping the global economic crisis, not even for Chinese Linux.

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today's leftovers

  • Acer updates Chromebook 15 with 12-hour battery life -- $199 exclusively at Walmart
    Chromebooks are not for everyone, but for many home users, it is absolute perfection. If you live in the web browser -- as many people do nowadays -- laptops running Google's Linux-based Chrome OS are a godsend because they are maintenance free. No need for confusing OS upgrades or anti-virus software. It just works, and it works well. Since they can now run Android apps too, they could become a serious threat to Microsoft and Windows 10. One of the most attractive aspects of Chromebooks is price -- they are often quite affordable. Today, Acer refreshes its 15.6 inch Chromebook 15 with a mind-boggling 12 hours of battery life. Best of all? It starts at $199. Yes, this model will get Android app support in a future update too.
  • Of Life, Linux and Karma Angels
    Angel filed appeal after appeal only to be denied on every attempt. Texas is an "at will" employment state so being terminated for cause can mean anything. Over the next few weeks, Angel became more and more fearful of losing her house, as she had just purchased it a year before. On top of that, her HP desktop had taken a nose dive into severe brokeness and that made it extra difficult for her to look for work. I put together a decent desktop for her and installed it that day, and was a Linux computer. Angel didn't have even the slightest problem with the new machine, and she wasn't particularly good at using one. So, let's put another slash in the falsehood that Linux is too hard for the everyday user. Most of them anyway. YMMV. To her glee, the OS picked up and configured her Epson all in one without her lifting a finger to do so. She almost clapped for happiness, stating that in Windows, installing that printer had been a nightmare, even with the included driver CD. And just to pinpoint the time frame for you, it was the summer of 2006.
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