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Story Open source is the fastest way to innovate big data Roy Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 12:32pm
Story SteamOS: interviews and review Rianne Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 11:46am
Story Sadly, Two X.Org GSoC Projects Already Failed Rianne Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 11:37am
Story Google will NOT discontinue its Nexus devices Roy Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 10:55am
Story Linux is the quiet revolution that will leave Microsoft eating dust Roy Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 10:39am
Story GNOME 3.13.3 Rianne Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 9:18am
Story Smartwatch Battle: Pebble Steel vs. Galaxy Gear 2 Rianne Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 9:10am
Story UT Update and the Futures of Fedora and KDE Rianne Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 9:05am
Story Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) alpha-1 released! Rianne Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 9:00am
Story Intel Haswell HD Graphics Benchmarks With Linux 3.16 Rianne Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 8:55am

Detox your Linux box!

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Linux

tuxradar.com: We like to install things. Lots of things. The net effect on the average Linux installation is that things will eventually start to break. It might not be in the first six months, or even the first year, but there will be a point when things start to fail.

Writer's Tools extension for OpenOffice.org

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OOo

linuxbeacon.com: Writer’s Tools is a set of utilities designed to help OpenOffice.org users perform a wide range of tasks. Using Writer’s Tools, you can back up documents, look up and translate words and phrases, manage text snippets, and keep tabs on document statistics.

Thunar File Browser: Tips, Tricks and Scripts

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com: If you are looking for a minimalist system with low processor and memory overheads to revive an old “underpowered” machine or make the latest PC look even faster, you have to start thinking about alternatives. One of them is Thunar.

In response to “Firefox may already be dead”

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Moz/FF

darrenyates.com.au: The author has two basic argument to support his cause that Chrome is better - 1) it’s faster and 2) there’s enough rumbling on the web in some quarters that Firefox is not longer the open-source darling. Really?

Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) - My Thoughts So Far

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Ubuntu

blog.joeb454.com: As I’m sure plenty of you are aware, Ubuntu 9.04 is due to be released in little over a month’s time. Testing is in full swing.

Oracle: We're Not Forking Red Hat Linux

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Linux

earthweb.com: For the last two and a half years, Oracle has been selling its own supported version of Linux based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. But the company claims it's not a fork.

KDE4 you let me down

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KDE

ossrocks.blogspot: I have been using KDE since version 1 came out and have always liked it over Gnome. Until recently, I would not even consider switching to or installing Gnome on my desktop. My choice of distributions always depended on a strong support of KDE: Mandriva, Xandros, PCLinuxOS, SuSE, etc.

today's leftovers

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News
  • openSUSE Build Service 1.5 now supports distribution builds

  • Ubuntu and me
  • CAOS Theory Podcast 2009.03.20
  • Open source math programs and languages
  • Linux.com: It Takes a Village
  • Ubuntu Developers Aren't Scary
  • Mandriva's Per Øyvind Interviewed
  • FOSS Debates, Part 3: Mission Control
  • Open Source Licenses: EUPL got OSI Approval, but Still Doesn’t Show Up
  • Europe gets its own GPL
  • Shopping on Penguins
  • good old gentoo.. all gone
  • What Ubuntu Server *could* be
  • If open source is future proof the test has begun
  • A Blog That I Love: Command Line Kung Fu
  • Is Oracle Forking Red Hat Linux?
  • Software-properties-kde, jockey-kde enhancements for Jaunty
  • Ballmer: GNU/Linux Will Win on Netbooks
  • Video: The seeds of open source
  • OLPC: A Project That Labor Could Turn Around for the Better
  • IBM Plus Sun Equals What?
  • Teaching Kids About Computers With Tux Paint
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Excitement

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • eWEEK Labs Shows You How to Install Apps on Ubuntu Linux

  • Directory to iso image
  • Stop Telling sudo Your Password
  • Wubi: Install Ubuntu in Windows Partition - A Complete Guide
  • Using Debian GNU/Linux on the Lenovo IdeaPad S9e netbook

some more tomtom stuffstuff

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Legal
  • "They Started It!" -- TomTom Countersues Microsoft
  • TomTom sues Microsoft on patent infringement
  • TomTom chooses a moderate limited hang out route
  • Strike/Counterstrike: TomTom Sues Microsoft
  • TomTom fights back, but not over Linux

Exploring the Stars with KStars Planetarium Software

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Software

classhelper.org: For Linux users, KStars is a fantastic celestial navigation aid that offers tons of custom features. Designed to be easy for beginners, yet powerful enough to satisfy serious astronomy fans, this desktop planetarium package really delivers.

PCLinuxOS 2009.1 - A Taste of an Old Friend

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PCLOS

sloppyganger.blogspot: My goal was to check on what was new in this distro but not necessarily to fully replace my installation of Ubuntu 8.10. After about 10 minutes in 2009.1, I could not double click the "Install" icon on the desktop fast enough.

7 Excellent Linux Apps You May Not Know About

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Software

linuxplanet.com: Everyone is writing "Foo Best" lists all full of good Linux apps, so here are my own 7 Best Excellent Linux Apps You May Not Have Been Introduced To Yet.

Fashion robot runs real-time Linux

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has demonstrated a Linux-based humanoid robot that will perform in a fashion show next week. The HRP-4C runs the robotics-focused hard real-time ART-Linux distro, which was released this week for Linux 2.6xx under GPL.

Knowledge Is Terrifying

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Linux

linuxtoday.com: There is a strange disconnect in the thought that the CLI is dangerous and the GUI is safe. I think that as a general rule GUIs are more dangerous because they let users click randomly and make things happen without having any real knowledge.

The Zen of Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

blogs.zdnet.com: Many Linux users and enthusiasts are said to have a religious devotion to their operating system of choice. But does Linux itself have almost a Zen-like quality? The monks of the White Wind Zen Community would likely say so.

Comparison of File Systems And Speeding Up Applications

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Software

amitshah.net: How should one allocate disk space for a file for later writing? ftruncate() (or lseek() followed by write()) create sparse files, not what is needed. A traditional way is to write zeroes to the file till it reaches the desired file size. Doing things this way has a few drawbacks:

Free Online Book On Blender: Solid 3D Rendering/Animation Lessons

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Software

ostatic.com/blog: One of the great things about open source platforms and applications is that skilled authors often put free books online as guides.

Firefox inches towards 50%, Safari holds steady

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Moz/FF

blogs.zdnet.com: These are the kind of stats that should make the Mozilla folks very happy. According to W3Schools data, Firefox climbed to 46.4% in February, while the various versions of IE dropped by 1.2% to 43.6%.

"man pages" and why to use them - and in text format too

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Software

linux-hardcore.com: This is for you new to Linux users out there who are still not sure about things and are a bit panicky with the "CLI", "Command Line Interface." Go slow, ask questions, and above all, when in doubt: check the "man pages"

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