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Story The legacy of Mandrake Linux: Rosa Linux Rianne Schestowitz 12/02/2014 - 1:37am
Story Top 10 legal issues for free software of 2013 Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 10:02pm
Story Early Benchmarks Of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:53pm
Story Tomahawk 0.7 Released – A Ultimate Social Music Player for Linux Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:43pm
Story Scientific analysis and visualization is better with open source Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:37pm
Story SteamOS beta gets update Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:11pm
Story Updated Debian 7: 7.4 released Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:05pm
Story Finally, Debian chose* systemd as default init systemd, bye bye upstart Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 9:00pm
Story Dutch towns Typo3 association model for others Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 8:54pm
Story Pennsylvania High School Rolls Out 1,700 Linux Laptops to Students Roy Schestowitz 11/02/2014 - 8:53pm

5 Gmail Notifiers For Linux

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Software

helpforlinux.blogspot: Gmail is undoubtedly the best web-based email around. Unfortunately Google doesn't have any Gmail notifier for Linux. However thanks to the open-source world there are many alternatives out to choose from.

Hands-on experience: Linux on the PS3

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news.cnet: The PS3 makes for a reasonably good desktop when not performing tasks that require a lot of memory, such as word processing, instant messaging, or viewing browser-based video. Unfortunately, because of the lack of available memory, hi-def video playback is near impossible to watch, and even a standard-res video (from the hard drive) will occasionally skip.

Kernel Log: New Atheros WLAN drivers and stable kernels, radeon vs. radeonhd

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: Linux Wi-Fi specialist and developer Luis R. Rodriguez, who has worked for Atheros for several months now, has announced the release of the Otus driver under the ISC open source licence.

NVIDIA Delivers Beta OpenGL 3.0 Linux Driver

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phoronix.com: The OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30 specification were released back in August during SIGGRAPH 2008. Just days later NVIDIA had delivered a beta driver for Windows that added OpenGL 3.0 functionality, but Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris users were left in the dark. Two months later though NVIDIA has now published a beta Linux driver that implements most of the latest GL/GLSL specification.

On the Linux laptop the distro is key

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Linux

blogs.zdnet: Last time I wrote about the second Linux laptop to come here for review, the Asus EeePC 1000, I talked about my frustration installing Open Office and promised to keep trying. I’ve given up.

Boycott Novell: Champion of freedom or den of paranoia?

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Linux
Web

linux.com: Few sites about free software attract more controversy than Boycott Novell. Founded in 2006 in response to the first Microsoft-Novell deal, as its name suggests, the site has evolved more recently into a site for commentary and investigation of any subject that might be a threat to free software.

the next battle lines

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OS

Aaron Aseigo: Microsoft recently conceded the Vista struggle and is now refocusing it's market on the yet-to-materialize Windows 7. Sure, Vista is slow and piggish and has some rather cute ideas of what "bling" means. People now see both Linux and Mac as viable options and no longer feel beholden to trudge along besides Microsoft and their pace.

Real life Linux: The ASUS Eee PC 1000

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Linux
Hardware

blogs.computerworld: For years, the mom-in-law had resisted getting a computer of her own. She just doesn't like technology. Everyone knows the old joke about people who are so slow when it comes to using technology that they never managed to set their VCR's clocks. She can't use a DVD player.

Ubuntu's Live USB Disk Creator

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phoronix.com: Ubuntu 8.10 is shipping next week with a horde of updated packages including the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X.Org 7.4, Pidgin 2.5, GIMP 2.6, and many other packages that have experienced significant milestones since the April release of Ubuntu 8.04. On top of these updated packages from the community, Canonical has been working on a few desktop Linux innovations of their own. For instance, arriving late into the Intrepid Ibex release cycle is a USB start-up disk creator.

Three Linux Distros To Watch and Use

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Linux

daniweb.com: There are three Linux distributions that didn't make it into my top 10 list of best Linux distributions but they are ones to watch. These three distributions are all aimed at the Desktop, are simple to install and use, and they're free.

Mandriva Linux Used to Save a XP Professional PC

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MDV

blog.eracc.com: I recently had to recover data from a very sick Dell Dimension computer running Microsoft XP Professional at one of our client sites. As usually happens in these cases Windows had chewed its’ hind legs off and was not working.

Linux Netbooks Impact Microsoft Sales

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Microsoft
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  • Microsoft sales tumble from quarterly high
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Dropbox For Linux is Now Available

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Software
HowTos

ubuntu-unleashed.com: It's here! Dropbox for Linux is finally available and ready for your everyday use. I tested this and it works with Intrepid Ibex RC1, Just download the Ubuntu 8.04 Version or use its repository!

Linux browser smackdown!

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techradar.com: Never before has the once humble browser been so powerful. A six-app deathmatch for the crown of ultimate Linux browser

3 Best Video Players for Linux: SMPlayer, VLC and Kaffeine

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tuxarena.blogspot: SMPlayer is built in Qt4 and it uses the MPlayer engine for video playback. It's one of the most powerful applications out there for watching DVDs, and it supports plenty formats like AVI, MKV, MPG, FLV.

Fedora 10 beta snapshot 2: Screenshots

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zdnet.com.au: The Fedora Project is in the final throes of testing version 10 of its Linux distribution, and is regularly releasing "snapshot" updates to Fedora 10 beta. We take you on a graphical tour of the installation and desktop of Fedora 10 beta, snapshot 2.

Ubuntu Intrepid release candidate out

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Ubuntu

tectonic.co.za: The initial hype around Intrepid was that is would bring with it major improvements in the way it handled mobile computing. And while that is still the case, there are also a number of other changes that users can look forward to from the latest release.

From XMMS to Amarok

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raiden.net: As odd as it sounds, I never would have expected myself to be making the jump to Amarok. For years and years I've been a big XMMS fan, mostly because of it's simple and easy to use interface. But with the advent of XMMS2, the player I loved has gone the way of the dodo.

today's leftovers

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News
  • KDE 4.1 and the WoW

  • Taking Ubuntu Ibex on vacation
  • An idiot's view of open source
  • BMW wants to pimp your ride with open source
  • How to get VC investment for your open source business
  • Life in the trenches: an OpenSSH developer speaks
  • A pile of stable kernel updates
  • Hidden Linux : Spot the diff
  • Split mp3 Files With mp3splt
  • All MySQL's children
  • United Nations using Drupal
  • Wise and True Sayings About Computers
  • Open-Source Database Adoption May Be Linked to Economy
  • More DRM Patches For Linux 2.6.28 Kernel
  • Gentoo-sources 2.6.27-r1 release
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