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Story Linux 3.13-rc4 Kernel Released, But It's Too Big Rianne Schestowitz 15/12/2013 - 9:33pm
Story Lenovo X201 Support Comes To Coreboot Rianne Schestowitz 15/12/2013 - 9:14pm
Story Running The SteamOS Kernel On Ubuntu Linux Rianne Schestowitz 15/12/2013 - 8:58pm
Story The First NVIDIA GeForce Benchmarks On The SteamOS Beta Rianne Schestowitz 15/12/2013 - 1:36pm
Story CentOS 6.5 Review – Red Hat for all Rianne Schestowitz 15/12/2013 - 1:22pm
Story Dell also joins the Chrome OS bandwagon launches Chromebook 11 Rianne Schestowitz 15/12/2013 - 12:28pm
Story Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it Rianne Schestowitz 15/12/2013 - 12:19pm
Story The Steam Controller Works "Out Of The Box" On Linux Rianne Schestowitz 15/12/2013 - 12:15pm
Story Slideshow: 10 Linux-Based Robots by Land, Air, And Sea Rianne Schestowitz 15/12/2013 - 12:23am
Story MintBox 2 review: Linux Mint in a compact, powerful computer Rianne Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 9:57pm

NEBC Bio-Linux distro falls short

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Linux

linux.com: As the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics become more important, not only to the economy, but to our understanding of the natural world and ourselves, Linux is becoming a better platform on which to build and deploy the software scientists will rely on. A few groups have even gone so far as to create entire distributions geared for computational biolog. One of the more prominent comes from Oxford's National Environmental Research Council's (NERC) Environmental Bioinformatics Centre (NEBC). Bio-Linux does not sell itself as your average distribution, but it does not measure up to an average distribution either.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Creating business cards the easy way (Linux)

  • Howto: Accessing VirtualBox VDI Disks on the Host Computer
  • Tracking your tasks at the command line
  • Changing Your User Information in Ubuntu Linux
  • How-To: Install Video Codecs and DVD Support in Ubuntu/Kubuntu 8.04
  • Optimize Firefox’s memory usage by tweaking session preferences
  • Turn your machine into enterprise storage with Openfiler
  • How to Run Linux from an USB Flash Drive In 5 minutes!

Grumpy Gnome-Hater Almost Changes Mind

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Software

Carla Schroder: I used to think that Gnome 1.4 was the Last Good Gnome. Because when Gnome 2.0 came along, everything I liked was gone. It was dumbed-down to the point of unusability, and the roadmap called for yet more dumbing-down. So I switched to KDE.

Second Life recognizes open source community with 2008 awards

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OSS

linux.com: Linden Lab, creator of the online virtual space Second Life, recognized the accomplishments of outstanding individuals in its open source community this week at its Linden Lab Innovation Awards. Seven winners were announced at a "mixed reality" ceremony held both at a convention center in Florida and simultaneously within the Second Life system.

Large Hadron Collider - powered by Linux

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Linux
Sci/Tech

blog.internetnews.com: The most powerful physics project in the history of the known universe - The $10 Billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC)- shot its first light speed beam this morning around its 27 km circuit. Beyond the 20 years it took to build and half of all the world's astrophysicists, it also takes another key ingredient to make LHC work -- Linux.

$98 Linux laptop makes Netbooks look pricey

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Linux
Hardware

cnet.com: Move aside OLPCs and Intel Classmate PCs, there's a new cheapo notebook in town. For a mere $98, Chinese manufacturer HiVision is offering a Linux-based laptop, the NB0700, which makes even Netbook buyers look like big spenders.

Me and My Cowon iAudio D2

kdubois.net: So I’ve never really owned an mp3 player before, however, with my Openmoko Freerunner being unusable as a media player*, I decided to go and buy a real mp3 player. Here’s my impressions from using it for a week.

Ubuntu Saves Compaq Presario 2100 From Death and Windows

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: Ubuntu Linux saved a Compaq Presario 2100 from certain death last weekend. Here’s the horror story and the happy outcome. For all of you with aging, slow-running Windows systems, I hope this quick blog post inspires you to breathe new life into the system by installing Ubuntu.

Survey: 96 percent of enterprises not deploying Ubuntu server

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Ubuntu

Matt Asay: Goldman Sachs September 2008 IT spending survey delivers a sobering blow to suggestions of the rise of Ubuntu: The enterprise isn't seeing it yet.

Faster application launching with GNOME-Do and GNOME Deskbar

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Software

linux.com: GNOME enthusiasts have a couple of good options when it comes to searching, launching, and otherwise manipulating and accessing files, applications, and information right from the desktop: GNOME-Do, and the GNOME Deskbar applet.

The Ubuntu Look Can be Changed, but Linux CAN NOT have a “Look”.

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Linux

internetling.com: A Linux distro is basically someone saying: here’s a collection of packages that works well together, now keep it or change it as you wish. Oh I get it, if GNU/Linux can’t make the user drool when he sees a Linux desktop, we’ll never get a large userbase. Here’s what I think.

5 Best Free and Open-source Real-time Strategy Games for Linux

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Gaming

junauza.com: Recently, I have tried a few free and open-source RTS games and was really impressed with some of them. The best thing is that I can play them instantly on my Linux box without the need for Wine and without having to spend a single dime.

How Linux is keeping Microsoft honest

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Linux

itwire.com: Imagine a world without Linux. There'd be no cute Tux penguin or any notion of software freedom day. Netbooks would not have come about. But more strikingly, there wouldn't be the modern powerful tools that Windows systems administrators have come to love. That's right; Linux is keeping Microsoft honest.

Fedora 8 and 9 updates re-enabled

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Linux

redhat.com: In a few hours, updates for Fedora 8 and Fedora 9 will start hitting mirrors. These updates are designed to transition users from our old repo locations to new locations that have all our updates re-signed with a new set of keys.

Linux in top five mobile OSes

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Linux

tectonic.co.za: Linux-based smartphones accounted for 7.3 percent of the overall market in the second quarter of this year according to IT analysts Gartner.

Analysis: Embracing open source GPLv3 and avoiding hardware lock-in

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OSS

electronicsweekly.com: It is almost a year since the Free Software Foundation (FSF) released the third version of its General Public License (GPL). Prior to the release there was a great deal of public consultation where several contentious issues were hammered out. The greatest of those was the Tivoisation clause.

Linux: has the horse bolted?

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Linux

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Richard Stallman wants to popularise the term GNU/Linux instead of using the currently popular term Linux. He correctly states that the term Linux, besides being thoroughly inaccurate, totally fails to introduce new users to the legal and philosophical concepts that underlie the basis of the GNU/Linux OS; but is it feasible to make such a change at this late stage?

10 Years Of Internet

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Web

informationweek.com: Lumeta's arresting visual images represent the explosive growth of the online world. Between 1998 and 2003, the number of nodes on the Internet doubled. By 2008 nodes had increased five times.

Vector Linux Partners With SQI To Provide Support Infrastructure

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Linux

oreilly.com: Vector Linux, the decade old Canadian Linux distribution based on Slackware, has partnered with SQI Incorporated of Reno, Nevada to provide support infrastructure, both for the commercial support Vector Linux began offering earlier this year and for the wider community.

Installing Games On Ubuntu With Playdeb

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Ubuntu
HowTos

Playdeb is a repository for Ubuntu games that makes it easy to install games that are available on getdeb.net. This article shows how you can install games using Playdeb on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop.

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