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Development Release: Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 3

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Ubuntu

distrowatch.com: Steve Langasek has announced the availability of the third alpha release of Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope."

7 tech comics that will put a big smile on your face

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Misc

royal.pingdom.com: Sometimes you just need to take a short break, relax and have fun. A great way to do so is to check out some funny web comics, and we here at Pingdom are big fans of comics that dive into the slightly more geeky aspects of life.

The love for apt-get

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Software

the-gay-bar.com: In Linux circles RPM has a really bad reputation, the whole idea of "RPM-hell" (like Windows' DLL-hell) has spread through the years. It's a reputation that was really deserved in the past when getting exactly the right RPM for your distro was a huge pain.

Web browsers compared; Opera comes out on top

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Software

ajc.com: Many PC buyers assume there is one way to get onto the Internet — Internet Explorer. It’s already on the desktop, it seems to work, so why mess with a good thing? But these days there are many choices when it comes to browsers.

Why I Think Open Source Will “Win” In The End

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blog.eracc.com: Have you ever called or e-mailed Microsoft or some other software manufacturer’s technical support about a problem as a user? What was your result? Did the technical support personnel begin with the assumption that you were the problem, not their software?

Windows 7, A Linux User's Perspective

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Microsoft

linuxjournal.com: It’s no secret that I’m a Linux fan. I love it. I use it. I tell of its goodness far and wide. It’s also true, however, that I administer and use a variety of operating systems throughout any given day. This week, I tried out Windows 7 Beta.

Death of the CD, a new world for Linux?

raiden.net: One of the things that's been coming up over the past couple years is how CD's have effectively died as a music medium. Well, others, despite the rise of Blueray, have begun calling the death knell on the DVD and all disk media for movies.

Novelist hired for 'Doom 4'

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Gaming

news.zdnet.com: The original Doom didn't have much in the way of story. The bulk of the game consisted of running around shooting all the demons that came through that portal.

Linux vs. Windows: Which is a better Web host?

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OS

news.cnet.com: It used to be that choosing Windows or Linux to host your Web site made a big difference in the kind of functionality or services offered. On Friday, as this informative article on KnockOutHost.com suggests, the choice between Linux and Windows has become somewhat less stark.

Three SMALL Linux Distributions

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Linux

zdnet.co.uk/blog: There are a number of different small/mini/tiny/whatever distributions available, and each has its own special strengths. I have been looking at three of them.

Linux Elitism: Fact or Fiction?

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Linux

linuxinsider.com: Newcomers to open source software might be intimidated by the insider nature of the communities, but they shouldn't mistake that for elitism, writes LinuxInsider columnist Jeremiah T. Gray. Stick with it, and the benefits will become clear, he advises.

Will GPLv3 Kill GPL?

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OSS

links.org: I started looking at the LLVM project today, which is a replacement for the widely used gcc compiler for C and C++. I thought perhaps the interest in LLVM and clang (the C/C++ front end) were prompted by a sudden surge of interest in open source static analysis, but asking around, it seems it is not so.

Linux Mint 6.0 Felicia - Minty and sweet

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dedoimedo.com: I have already reviewed Linux Mint about a year ago - and already loved it back then. With version 6 out for grabs, I decided to see what new changes the latest version of Linux Mint brings.

Russia to create "National OS" Based on GNU/Linux?

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Linux

opendotdotdot.blogspot: Here's an interesting idea: for Russia to fund the creation of a "national operating system" to replace Windows, based on GNU/Linux:

Browser battle? They're more alike than different

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Software

news.cnet.com: A panel discussion among browser executives shed a little light on the philosophical differences between four major browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera), but more than anything showed how these products are moving in the same direction.

ATP EarthDrive: A USB Flash Drive Made Of Corn

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Hardware

phoronix.com: Today we are looking at two new products. There is the ATP 8GB EarthDrive, which is advertised as the world's first recyclable USB drive, and secondly there is the ATP 8GB ToughDrive. The EarthDrive is made of a biodegradable material that is derived from corn.

GoblinX Releases G:Mini 3.0.beta01

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Linux

GoblinX just released the second beta of the next stable release.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 - why neither will lose

  • Don't Convert Mandriva Systems to ext4
  • From Ubuntu Netbook Remix to Ubuntu UMPC
  • A diagram of the apt system
  • get_iplayer - Download BBC iplayer, BBC Radio & ITV programmes
  • Learning more about Nagios for server monitoring
  • Microsoft and open source
  • Holiday Cheer, Holiday Uncheer - Part 2
  • Windows 7 on Netbooks: Does Linux Stand a Chance?
  • Fastest web serving on earth made possible by 64 Bit Linux
  • Asus confirms Eee phone
  • Shared data feed
  • Open source lessons in the Nortel bankruptcy
  • Technology firms in the recession
  • Firefox 3.1 beta 3 now due Feb 2
  • Some Fanboys Don’t Like Windows 7 Either
  • Can Mozilla Prove Firefox Is the Most Secure Browser?
  • What Keeps Me Going with One Laptop Per Child
  • Proprietary Barriers to Education

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Talking to a Wiimote in Ubuntu 8.10

  • Setting up an access point with WPA on Ubuntu Intrepid
  • Sierra MC8775 UMTS/HSDPA modem with Gentoo
  • Linux Shell Editing Shortcuts
  • Unix time - 1234567890
  • adduser vs useradd -Debian / Ubuntu-, Gentoo, Fedora/CentOS
  • Hidden Linux : Don't smash that drive!
  • Making eye candy for GRUB
  • /dev/vcs and /dev/tty

Suggested Tips for Taming the Extreme Side of the Linux Community

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Linux

codingexperiments.com: Sometimes, I feel that Linux is so very close to making it on the desktop. Sometimes that I feel that there are only few barriers to populating the world with a massive amount of cheap, secure computers running Linux and other open source software.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Did Amazon Just Kill Open Source?
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