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Story Finnish schools using open source reap savings Roy Schestowitz 28/01/2014 - 1:34pm
Story 5 Bleeding Edge Linux Distributions that are Actually Stable Roy Schestowitz 28/01/2014 - 12:35pm
Story The state of digital freedom in 2014 Roy Schestowitz 28/01/2014 - 12:29pm
Story 5 Must Have Steam Titles on Linux Roy Schestowitz 28/01/2014 - 12:26pm
Story First ever CryEngine Game to head for Linux Roy Schestowitz 28/01/2014 - 12:17pm
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Story 24-Way AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA GeForce Linux Graphics Card Comparison Roy Schestowitz 28/01/2014 - 10:47am
Story Ubuntu 14.04 vs. Debian 7.3 vs. Debian Jessie Preview Roy Schestowitz 28/01/2014 - 10:37am
Story Make Peace with pax Rianne Schestowitz 28/01/2014 - 10:22am
Story Ome: A New Cross-Platform Desktop Environment Rianne Schestowitz 28/01/2014 - 10:13am

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Vim Tips

  • Linux RAR/7z/ZIP Cracking
  • FreeBSD: Load Kernel Module at Runtime
  • Simplify system security with the Uncomplicated Firewall
  • Patch me gently
  • Get things rolling with GUI
  • Ubuntu 8.04 Persistent Install To USB Stick
  • HOWTO : Home made NAS server with Ubuntu 8.04.1 – Part VII
  • Gnome system wide shortcut keys
  • Getting a Hand With Bash
  • managing mysql binary logs
  • Adding a new hard disk to Linux, and why the Linux filesystem trounces Windows' butt

Book Review: Linux in Easy Steps

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Linux

canllaith.org: I recently went looking for a good beginner’s resource for a budding Linux user, and came across Linux in Easy Steps by Mike McGrath. It’s an excellent primer for the new Linux user. Focused on the Ubuntu Linux distribution, Linux in Easy Steps covers installation, desktop configuration, and basic command line use in a slim volume with plenty of screenshots.

Are Microsoft's open source actions enough?

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Microsoft
OSS

itworldcanada.com: The world's biggest software company is best known for its proprietary technologies, but a technology center opened this year may contribute to enterprise interoperability. And yet the skepticism remains

Simply Mepis 8 is Looking Good

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Linux

preacherpen.wordpress: Linux is what my computers run on, and Simply Mepis is the particular distribution. I have been using Simply Mepis for a number of years, and have been extremely pleased with it. I have version 7.9.8 beta installed on my laptop, and couldn’t be happier with what I see.

The State of Kernel Mode-Setting

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Linux

phoronix.com: Earlier this year Fedora 9 was the first distribution providing kernel-based mode-setting (or KMS for short). At the time there was only a kernel mode-setting driver for Intel hardware and it ended up being disabled. With months having passed since our first article and Red Hat engineers working aggressively on KMS improvements for Fedora 10, we are providing another look at this technology and some of the recent advancements.

Is the Cloud Stupid?

redmonk.com: Count me among those less than intelligent by Stallman’s reckoning individuals that considers cloud computing inevitable. I’ll go further and argue that’s it’s not inevitable, it’s done. Already.

Kernel Log: 2.6.27 nearing completion; Btrfs to be added to the kernel?

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: Linus Torvalds hinted that the eighth release candidate (RC) of Linux 2.6.27, would be the last RC prior to release of the next major kernel. Usually, once such a hint is dropped, it takes one to two weeks for the next version to be released.

Review: SimplyMEPIS 8.0 Beta 2

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Linux

headshotgamer.com: SimplyMEPIS was, believe it or not, my main distribution back in 2005 and used it with minimal complaints for a number of years. Then I moved away from Mepis and never returned - until now (/dramatic music).

OLPC / Amazon preparing to bring G1G1 to Europe?

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OLPC

olpcnews.com: There were 4 big questions when it was first revealed that Amazon would be running this year's edition of the Give 1 Get 1 program. 3 out of these 4 questions have been answered so what about the last one? Well, for the first time there are some indications that OLPC and Amazon are preparing to bring G1G1 v2 to Canada and Europe.

Rule #1: Hold On Loosely

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Legal

In the proprietary production world, what matters about a copyright is who owns it. In the free production world, however, who owns a copyright is relatively unimportant. What matters is what license it is offered under. There is a very simple rule of thumb about the best license to use: use a “free, copyleft license”.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Ubuntu Server: Canonical's Third Way to the Enterprise

  • Office 2007 docx to ODF Conversion
  • Video tour: Bluefish editor
  • Chávez chavs get Linux Classmates
  • Mandriva 2009 RC2 KDE4
  • ClickJacking! Nooooooooo!
  • Setting up your own certificate authority with gnoMint
  • Make Linux: Harder - Better - Faster
  • Ubuntu: Not A Small Business Server Replacement (Yet)
  • Running git-daemon under an unprivileged user
  • libZYpp, torrents and metalinks
  • The Conundrum of Choices and the Linux Learning Curve
  • Go Forward The Message
  • Pandora pre-orders go live
  • about:mozilla - Mobile Firefox, Weave, Data, Logos, FAQs and more…
  • “Linux Ahead” - - a new video podcast show on FOSS news
  • Critical hole in Mplayer
  • Open Source Census Tracks Enterprise Use of Open Source Globally

Open Source Census Finds FOSS Everywhere

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OSS

informationweek.com/blog: The Open Source Census, which I mentioned back in April, just dropped a press release this morning about the data it's been collecting. I chatted the day before with Kim Weins, senior VP of OpenLogic, a key co-sponsor of the census, and how they found a few ... surprises in the results.

Five programs you can afford in a financial meltdown

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Software

blogs.computerworld: No matter what happens to the bailout, it's a safe bet that times are going to be hard. So what can you do? The choice is clear: switch to open-source software. Like what you ask?

2001: A search odyssey

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Google

googleblog.blogspot: Now that we're a decade old, we figured we're long overdue for some spring cleaning. We started digging around our basement and found all kinds of junk: old Swedish fish, pigeon poop, Klingon translation books. Amazingly enough, hidden in a corner beneath Larry's and Sergey's original lab coats, we found a vintage search index in mint condition. We dusted it off and took it for a spin, gobsmacked to see how different the web was in early 2001.

Audio Rippers and Encoders in Ubuntu Linux

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Software

computingtech.blogspot: The application you use to rip audio files from CD and encode them into space-saving MP3 or Ogg Vorbis formats is commonly referred to as a ripper.

Four Easy Fun Useful Things You Can Do With Linux

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: Today you get a hearty serving of some of my favorite tips and tricks, painstakingly accumulated and carefully squirreled away for a special occasion. Autumn is here, which is always special, so here they are.

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 30 September 2008

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Gentoo

The September issue of the Gentoo Monthly Newsletter has been released. In this month's issue: EAPI-2 approved, Gentoo-Quebec training, learn to use iotop, and more!

Keep tabs on your finances with HomeBank

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Software

linux.com: "Where does all my money go?" If you want to know the exact answer to that question, you need HomeBank, a personal finance manager that can help you keep track of your income and expenses with consummate ease.

Nokia renames Trolltech and Qtopia

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Software

news.zdnet.co.uk: Trolltech, the software-development company bought earlier this year by Nokia, has been renamed 'Qt Software', after its main product Qt.

2.6.27-rc8, "This One Should Be The Last One"

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "So yet another week, another -rc," began Linux creator, Linus Torvalds, announcing the 2.6.27-rc8 Linux kernel. He continued, "this one should be the last one: we're certainly not running out of regressions."

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