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Story New year, new resolutions and a new Mageia – here’s Mageia 4! Roy Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 9:50pm
Story Mozilla Firefox 27 Delivers Better Security, Performance Rianne Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 9:42pm
Story The Day the Light Came On for Eddie… Roy Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 9:40pm
Story Master the amazing Raspberry Pi Roy Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 9:08pm
Story MWC 2014: What gadgets to expect at this year’s show Rianne Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 8:43pm
Story freedreno/a3xx/compiler: new compiler Rianne Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 8:30pm
Story Copyright statements proliferate inside open source code Roy Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 8:28pm
Story Opinion: Arch Linux and Stability Roy Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 8:22pm
Story GNOME: Slight adjustment to the 3.12 schedule Rianne Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 8:21pm
Story DARPA publishes all its open source code in one place Rianne Schestowitz 04/02/2014 - 8:10pm

My wish for GNOME 3: better configuration tools

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qense.nl: A while ago there was a meme at Planet GNOME about the wishes for GNOME 3. Although I don’t have any influence on this, I do also have things I’d like to see in the next major release of my favourite desktop environment. But there is one thing that bugs me the most:

IP Innovation v Red Hat and Novell - 1 Year Later

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groklaw.net: It's been a while since we last looked in on the IP Innovation LLC v. Red Hat et al patent litigation. In fact, it's been exactly a year. The parties are deep in discovery, with trial set for April 12, 2010[PDF]. That could change, of course. But that's the date set.

Mandriva 2009: Is It Better Than Mac Or Windows!

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MDV

efytimes.com: PC users have never had so many choices ever before. All you are stuck with is Microsoft's Windows XP, which is almost a decade old. And latest Vista -- it's just not working. So what should you do?

Open Source Helped by Recession

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OSS

product-reviews.net: With the financial world witnessing what many stockbrokers have never seen in their lifetime, things are changing faster now than they normally do in finance. This change will also bring about big changes in the software industry.

A baby named Linux

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Misc

linux.com: Reader Christian Nielsen wrote from Sweden to tell us he and his girlfriend have named their baby Linux, after the operating system, and attached this darling photo.

Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex - The Good, Bad and the ugly

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Ubuntu

tuxmaniac.com/blog: Its been slightly more than 24 hours since I upgraded to the upcoming “bleeding edge” Intrepid Ibex edition of Ubuntu!

Who Uses Linux?

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Linux

computingtech.blogspot: Who uses Linux? The myth from the old days is that it’s only for techies and power users. When you needed to put everything together by hand, this was clearly true. But modern distributions make Linux accessible to all.

Shiny New Mandriva Linux 2009 Walkthrough and First Impressions

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MDV

junauza.com: The latest and as they say one of the most ground-breaking versions of Mandriva Linux has been released as scheduled. Mandriva Linux 2009 is jam-packed with exciting new features and innovations that will try to cater everyone’s desktop needs.

OpenOffice 3.0 - Where Did It Miss?

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OOo

pclinuxos2007.blogspot: Only yesterday I tried OpenOffice 3.0 final. It is a mega release of OpenOffice in many ways. Even it was the much hyped release of OO.o. Overall it seems a complete overhaul of the venerable open source office suite. There are dozens of new features and improvements.

Ohio LinuxFest Webcasts

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Linux

nooss.org: As you may know, this Saturday, October 11th is the annual Ohio LinuxFest (http://www.ohiolinux.org/). The Northeast Ohio Open Source Society (nooss.org) will be there this year, as in past years, doing a live webcast from the show floor.

Ubuntu 8.10 Has a Brand New Wallpaper

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Ubuntu

softpedia.com: Mark Shuttleworth promised a new and breathtaking theme for the upcoming Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) operating system. I think a new and professional theme will get the Ubuntu OS closer to the land of mature operating systems, such as Mac OS X, and it will have more and more devoted users.

MySQL in Amarok 2 - The Reality

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amarok.kde.org: There has been a lot of chatter lately regarding Amarok's switch to MySQL as its only SQL backend. A decent amount is FUD -- either by people simply pushing back against change, or by people that simply don't understand the decision.

today's leftovers

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News
  • LGP Porting Jets 'n' Guns To Linux

  • Microsoft's experiment in multi-touch computing is open source
  • Latest Linux Hits Networking Flaws
  • Ubuntu's Balancing Act
  • Picasa 3 for Linux: A video tour
  • Open Source Prizes: Knight News Challenge gives away 5$ million a year
  • Linux Distro "User Levels"
  • Bill Gates bumped off the top spot
  • Mandriva Linux 2009.0 is out - but do you care?
  • Open source is about belief in code
  • Netbook returns blamed on Linux 'teething problems'
  • One Size Fits All Versus The Right Tool for the Job
  • On the Linux laptop the bundle is all
  • Hard Times: Open Source's New Big Test
  • ALSA Driver For The Creative X-Fi Appears
  • Opera update quietly fixes bug brace
  • Jumping on the Open Source bandwagon
  • Let's Set Reasonable Expectations for Netbooks

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Move WUBI Ubuntu Install to an external USB drive

  • Mounting ISO's in Linux/BSD
  • Adding a User to a Group - Linux
  • How to Make a Compact Gnome Theme
  • Getting VirtualBox 2.02 working on Ubuntu 8.04
  • What's Compiled Into Running Kernel
  • Change prompt color dynamically
  • Page Numbers in OpenOffice.org 2.x Writer
  • How To Set Up A Headless X Server On Redhat Linux
  • Use Startup Manager to edit your boot menu

MySQL in KDE

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KDE

fruitsalad.org: MySQL is a database. I don't like it. It hurts my brain. A lot of things in KDE need a database, in the sense of a persistent store of indexed tabular data. At this point, both Akonadi and Amarok have picked MySQL.

Ease Linux Migration By Asking Hard Questions First

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ostatic.com: Over at TechRepublic, Jack Wallen details ten points to consider prior to moving your organization to Linux. Some points are far more critical for operation than others, but all require attention. Depending on the workplace and industry, it might be worth an administrator's time to consider a few other points as well.

Happy 10th Birthday Linux Today

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Web

linuxtoday.com: Ten years and going strong is quite an achievement. In that time LT has survived the dot-bomb and many changes. The archives have been maintained and are still available, which I think is pretty amazing-- you can go all the way back to the very first Linux Today story: Apache 1.3.2 is released.

10 Finger Licking Linux Desktop Themes

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linuxhaxor.net: Anyone can go to gnome-look and go through thousands of available theme, but we have decided to make a list of ten themes that we thought are a cut above the others.

VMware Workstation 6.5 consolidates the best of desktop virtualization

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linux.com: Virtualization software can help you run programs that your native Linux distro wouldn't. While Linux users have many virtualization options, none comes close to the all-encompassing VMware Workstation 6.5. Introduced last month, VMware Workstation 6.5 continues the tradition of outshining and outpacing the competition.

Kernel developers, Wall Street to come together

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linuxworld.com (IDG): The Linux Foundation is holding its first End User Summit beginning Monday in New York, in an effort to bring Linux kernel developers in closer contact with users at Wall Street institutions and other major companies.

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Android Leftovers

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Endless OS 3.0 is out!

So our latest and greatest Endless OS is out with the new 3.0 version series! The shiny new things include the use of Flatpak to manage the applications; a new app center (GNOME Software); a new icon set; a new Windows installer that gives you the possibility of installing Endless OS in dual-boot; and many bug fixes. Read more

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