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workswithu.com: The Gnome application Empathy was set to become the default instant-messaging client in Ubuntu 9.10 upon its release October, replacing Pidgin. But Ubuntu developers have been reconsidering that decision in the last few days.
Over the years, Xfce gained a reputation of being a lightweight alternative for the two major desktop environments on Linux, KDE and GNOME. In this article I will overview 7 essential applications for the Xfce desktop environment, including screenshots, most popular features, strong and weak points.
This week in DistroWatch Weekly:
- Reviews: First look at Puppy Linux 4.2.1
- News: KDE becomes default in openSUSE, Novell promotes appliance building tool, Mandriva switches to Plymouth, Sabayon starts testing 5.0, interview with kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman
- Released last week: CentOS 4.8
- Upcoming releases: Fedora 12 Alpha, FreeBSD 8.0-BETA3
- Site news: Distribution pages get new layout
- New additions: NuTyX GNU/Linux
- New distributions: ÆrieBSD, Gordus GNU/Linux, juntaDados, VENENUX GNU/Linux
- Reader comments
Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
techradar.com: The release of Fedora 11 comes hot on the heels of Ubuntu's latest offering. Both products are wedded to a six monthly release cycle that follows the biannual release of the Gnome desktop, and they both package the same version – 2.26. They also bundle the same versions of Xfce (4.6), the X server (1.6) and KDE (4.2).
blogs.techrepublic.com: The scene comes up with Larry David (creator of Seinfeld and star of TVs “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) sitting at a desk in front of a laptop. He’s obviously having a bit of trouble (in the way only Larry David can have trouble). He’s getting frustrated at something. He’s growing verklempt over an issue with his laptop. He’s picking it up and shaking it saying “No, no, no, no, no!”
spreadfirefox.com: Mozilla Foundation surely do not believe in resting on their laurels. Mozilla Firefox 4 suits the idiom perfectly as it is coming up with some features we could have never imagined in a browser. So let us sneak into that world.
itwire.com: What do you do when Windows will not boot and cannot repair itself from the installation CD? You fire up a Linux Live CD!
osnews.com: A reader asks: Why is Linux still not as user friendly as the two other main OSes with all the people developing for Linux? Is it because it is mainly developed by geeks? My initial feeling when reading this question was that it was kind of a throwaway, kind of a slam in disguise as a genuine question. But the more I thought about it, the more intrigued I felt.
- Noteworthy Linux console fonts
- Pidgin 2.6.1: The best Linux IM client gets better
- Chromium popularity rising on Ubuntu, gains 64-bit support
- New LGPL Python bindings for Qt slither into the light
- Jolicloud Review on the HP Mini 1000
- First look at Nokia N900
- Mac and FreeBSD guy trying Debian
- FLOSS Weekly 83: Web Comics
- Test If My Graphics Card Has OpenGL Support Or Not
- Powerful Remote Incremental Backup with rdiff-backup
- Searching for multiple strings with grep
- Speed Up Applications Load Time in Ubuntu - Preload
- Increase The Maximum Sound Level in Ubuntu Linux
- Headless X setup with Debian (Lenny)
- Command Line Basics: Redirecting Output
- FreeBSD: Benchmark The Disks Seek And Transfer Performance
- small tip - How to play protected CD/DVD on Arch Linux
- How to Control Startup Services on ubuntu
d0od.blogspot: Below are 8 minimal GTK2 themes for your Ubuntu desktop. To install them either follow the instructions given or use the ‘Appearances’ dialog from the ‘System’ menu.
debaday.debian.net: fcheck is a program that emails an alert when important files or directories change. This is useful for change control or detecting unauthorized modifications that may indicate an intrusion.
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #156 for the week August 16th - August 22nd, 2009 is available.
dmartin.org: I do understand why companies often prefer BSD and Apache products to the GPL. But what I don't understand is why companies prefer proprietary over GPL.
techradar.com: Having so much choice can be confusing, and it's often hard to tell which add-ons are worth installing and which are best left alone. So look no further - here's our 12 essential Firefox extensions.
artipc10.vub.ac.be: Two weeks have passed, so it’s time for a Mandriva Cooker update again. There were lots of interesting changes in Cooker during this period:
osrevolution.com: Who said that Linux has nothing to do with graphics editing didn't try one of these pretty nice and, if I may say so, production ready vector graphics editors.
mossmash.blogspot: This year marks my 10th year as a Linux user. So I guess you could call me a fan of Linux. Fan enough to be able to tell you: its not going to knock Microsoft off its dominate position in business IT.
informationweek.com: Over the past year, every major browser has undergone an equally major revision. Sometimes the revisions are reflected to the left of the decimal point, sometimes to the right, but always with big changes in functionality, performance, and under-the-hood optimizations.
World of Padman is an open-source, cartoon-style first-person shooter game available for Linux too, besides Windows and Mac. It is a wonderful standalone game based upon the Quake 3 engine.
newsobserver.com: What did you do with your summer vacation? John McLean wrote software to help IBM automate the process of counting computers on its Research Triangle Park campus. Last summer, at Raleigh-based Red Hat, he developed software that helps control robots.