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Disputes over ODF spreadsheet interoperability

h-online.com: Microsoft's release of Open Document Format (ODF) support in Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 has triggered a war of words over the handling of spreadsheet formulas.

Ubuntu 9.04 UNR on Asus Eee PC

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Last night I downloaded the Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix (UNR) and installed it on my Asus Eee PC 901. Here’s how it all went.

Is Ubuntu Elitist?

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: Discussions of Ubuntu with people outside (and sometimes inside) the free-software community often devolve into criticism of Linux advocates as arrogant elitists.

Open Source iTunes Look-Alike

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Software

pcmech.com: aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems,

five simple recipes for grep

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HowTos

arstechnica.com: The grep search utility is one of the most essential building blocks of command line text filtering and processing. In this tutorial, we will give you a few simple examples.

Thinking about Refreshing the Firefox Icon

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Moz/FF

blog.mozilla.com/faaborg: As we get closer to releasing Shiretoko (Firefox 3.5) we are considering that this might be a good time to update and evolve the Firefox application icon.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • How much does open source cost schools?

  • How many desktop Linux users?
  • KDE 4 job notifications issues when using removable medias
  • Open Source Sour Grapes
  • Use the Bash trap Statement to Clean Up Temporary Files
  • How to setup dual monitor in Mandriva 2009.1 with nVidia
  • 100 Tests & Counting For Linux Benchmarking
  • Interview with Kubuntu developer Jonathan Thomas
  • Vulnerability in libwmf graphics library
  • Extraterrestrials, Computers, and Open Source
  • Commandline 101: Redirecting Output
  • Installing Ubuntu 9.04 Guide
  • Zimbra Desktop
  • Terminal server for Debian Linux
  • Deleting GNOME saved sessions
  • Hardware losses doomed Sun but Linux hurt too
  • Red Hat Makes its Position Patent
  • FastMailMerge: An Alternative OpenOffice.org Tool
  • Why You Should Not Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04
  • Planet gets boring on feature freeze
  • A Few Of The Changes For GNOME 2.27.1
  • 'Long Tail' Guru: 'Free' Not a Four-Letter-Word
  • Libre.fm Is Gathering Speed
  • Literal Ubuntu "Desktop" Wallpaper
  • Windows 7 Prepares to Face Off With Newly Popular Desktop Linux
  • Comux 010011

Songbird in Linux

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Software

ghacks.net: Recent “upgrades” to Rhythmbox and Banshee which left either 1) much to be desired or 2) the application unusable made me take a look at Songbird.

FOSS: Project Busking, Funding Software Development

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OSS

doctormo.wordpress: What is disappointing to me about the current situation is that I do not believe there is a single company of note which makes software development with FOSS licenses it’s business.

10 Other Great Linux Browsers

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Software

geektechnica.com: Firefox has been a reliable browser for me for many years and it still continues to be so to a certain extend. However, over the last few releases Firefox has become bloated and slow. I have been looking for an alternative Linux browser. Here are 10.

Military-grade workstation braves the elements

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Intergraph announced a Linux-compatible workstation designed to withstand punishing environmental conditions for military, industrial, and marine applications.

Memory usage - 2009.1 with KDE4

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MDV

blog.linuxbox.co.nz: Running Mandriva 2009.1 on my EEE pc, I am sensitive to performance, as it’s a fairly low end system. I could not understand why plasma was using 47 MB of ram and some other processes where also really hogging a lot of ram considering what they do.

The Open-Source Market - Limitless and Forever expanding?

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OSS

thinkmoult.com: In this post, I have decided to go a bit back into basics, take a broader look at things, and actually consider the nature of open-source compared to other models.

The Best Linux Distribution Will Be Invisible

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Linux

informationweek.com/blog: No, I'm not talking about the fact that Linux is effectively invisible on the desktop right now. Rather, this is about how the best Linux on the desktop won't need to even call itself that.

ImageMagick and Ubuntu 9.04

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Software

technologytales.com: Using a command line tool like ImageMagick for image processing may sound a really counter-intuitive thing to do but there’s no need to do everything on a case by case interactive basis. Image resizing and format conversion come to mind here.

9 Great Gnome Themes with Ubuntu Repositories

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Linux

On his website there are the nine themes so far, all with very exotic names, usually some variation in colors and shapes. Most themes even come with a AWN themes.

The Holy Grail of Linux Is Shattered

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Linux

jehurst.wordpress: Linux is one giant hobby. The day it is owned and controlled, even if only in fiction, in the eyes of the consuming public, is the day it ceases to be Linux.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 70

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Issue #70 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: KDE4 Reloaded, Google Summer of Code Introduction, and OpenOffice.org 3.1beta6

The 1% Solution: Cocaine, Statistics and the Linux Desktop

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Linux

linux-mag.com: Linux cracks 1% of the OS client market. But does this represent the path forward, or the beginning of the end?

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Security Leftovers

  • [Older] The Secure Linux OS - Tails
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    In the last 24 hours, news broke that a serious Cloudflare bug has been causing sensitive data leaks since September, exposing 5.5 million users across thousands of websites. In addition to login data cached by Google and other search engines, it is possible that some iOS applications have been affected as well. With the scale of this leak, the best course of action is to update every password for every site you have an account for. If there was ever a good time to modernize your password practices, this is it. As consumers and denizens of the Internet, we have a responsibility to be aware of the risks we face and make an attempt to mitigate that risk by taking best-effort precautions. Poor password and authentication hygiene leaves a user open to risks such as credit card fraud and identity theft, just like forgetting to brush your teeth regularly can lead to cavities and gum disease. This leaves us with the question of what good password and authentication hygiene looks like. If we stick with the (admittedly poorly chosen) dentistry analogy, then there are five easily identifiable aspects of good hygiene.
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    The award-winning Smoothwall Express open-source firewall—designed specifically to be installed and administered by non-experts—continues its forward development march with a new 3.1 release.

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • 'Big Bang Theory's' Stuart wears Ubuntu T-shirt
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    Ubuntu is the most well-known version of Linux around. It’s how millions of people have discovered Linux for the first time, and continues to draw new users into the world of open source operating systems. So the interface Ubuntu uses is one many people are going to see. In this area, Ubuntu is unique. Even as a new user, rarely will you confuse the default Ubuntu desktop for something else. That’s because Ubuntu has its own interface that you can — but probably won’t — find anywhere else. It’s called Unity.
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