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Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring review

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MDV

zdnet.co.uk: Linux distros are a bit like buses (bear with me on this) — miss one and another is bound to come along sooner or later. In the case of Mandriva Linux, it's the 2008 Spring edition that benefits from the usual long list of component updates together with full support for the Asus Eee PC, improved synchronisation with mobile devices, PulseAudio sound infrastructure and a handful of other enhancements.

Slackware 12.1 First Impressions

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Slack

ever-increasing-entropy.blogspot: Late last week I downloaded and installed Slackware 12.1 on my aging (OK, old) Toshiba laptop side by side with Vector Linux Light. My first impression: Slackware is still Slackware.

Is OpenOffice.org getting faster?

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OOo

oooninja.com: Some complain OpenOffice.org is slow and bloated. With each release there may be dozens of performance improvements, but there are also new features, some of which may slow things down. This the natural balance in software development, but in the end, what is the net effect on performance from one version to the next?

5 Extensions That I Wish Were Working In Firefox 3

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Moz/FF

maketecheasier.com: One of the feature that makes Firefox a great favorite among users is its huge library of extensions that improved both its functionality and user’s experience. While there are a good number of extensions that are ready for Firefox 3, there are also some of the great add-ons that are not compatible and are sorely missed by many. Here are 5.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Linux kernel compile secrets. Part 2

  • How To Patch Perl 5
  • Use the OR operator in grep to search for words and phrases
  • Clean up Ubuntu Junk Files
  • Best Method To Reboot Remote Linux / Windows / UNIX Server
  • Controlling desktop applications with six degrees of freedom
  • Ubuntu: Disabling Service on Startup
  • removing outdated ssh fingerprints from known_hosts with sed or … ssh-keygen
  • Fedora 9: Fix No Flash Sound Issue with Firefox 3.0

today's leftovers

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News
  • Compro Technology responds to GPL accusations

  • Multi-Pointer X Merged To X.Org Master
  • Donnie Berkholz speaks with LinuxCrazy
  • Operation OOXML, Part 7 x 10512: The Appeals Arrive
  • Arora, a WebKit browser in Qt
  • Dependence, entitlement, victimhood
  • Linux Users: no MSDN downloads for you
  • GPL-Violations.org and FTF to work more closely together
  • Wikindx facilitates academic writing in a browser
  • Flock is top browser in PC World’s 100 Best Products
  • Open-Source ATI Driver Achieves Major R500 3D Success
  • What is KDE4 meaning to me (parody)
  • Linux green activists unite

Free software vs. software-as-a-service: Is the GPL too weak for the Web?

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: You’ve read the GPL’s preamble, you can name the Four Freedoms, and you do your best to keep proprietary bits off our computers. But what’s the future of free software in the era of Flickr, Google Apps, and Facebook?

Bluewhite64 Linux 12.1 "LiveDVD" just screwed my evening

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Linux

beranger.org: Linux is already the same piece of shit as Windows. Period. Nothing stable. Nothing that would work in the next version. Bluewhite64 Linux 12.1 "LiveDVD" just screwed my evening. The problem is that the previous Bluewhite64 Linux 12.0 "LiveDVD" just worked, and now the 12.1 LiveDVD is a PITA.

OpenSUSE 11 Beta 3

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SUSE

lazytechguy.com: OpenSUSE 11 Beta 3 marks the end of Beta series of OpenSUSE 11. With final version scheduled to release in 22 days on 19th June 2008; I felt its time to test what is in-store for us. I was specially interested in the KDE4 version and the new installer.

Nonprofit chooses Ubuntu for servers, OpenOffice for desktops

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Ubuntu

techtarget.com: Oxford Archaeology, one of the largest independent excavation firms in Britain, has twin missions: discovering and preserving historical artifacts that might otherwise be destroyed by construction projects, and sharing its finds and experiences with visitors to increase their appreciation of archaeology and history.

2.6.26-rc4, "Things Are Calming Down"

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "You know the drill by now: another week, another -rc," began Linux creator, Linus Torvalds, announcing the 2.6.26-rc4 kernel. "There's a lot of small stuff in here", he continued, "most people won't even notice. "

Open source on the wire

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OSS

idg.no: Once upon a time, using open-source servers and applications for business was frowned upon in many circles. Today, you'd be hard pressed to find any sizeable infrastructure that doesn't leverage open-source code in some form or another.

EeePC 900 running 8.04 OOTB from ZaReason

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Hardware
Ubuntu

ubuntu-rocks.org/blog: I picked up an Asus EeePC 900 from ZaReason and it arrived today. Now, on the order form it says Xandros but I mentioned in a comment that it would soon be running Ubuntu. Within two minutes of placing the order they replied saying they can put a basic Ubuntu install on it, so I said “heck yeah!”.

GNOME file manager gets tabbed file browsing

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Software

arstechnica.com: Although Nautilus—the GNOME file manager—includes many useful features and offers an excellent implementation of the spatial paradigm, its browser mode is less impressive and is missing some must-have functionality. The Nautilus developers are about to deliver a big improvement, however, with the addition of full support for tabbed browsing.

Paying The "Linux Tax"

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Linux

informationweek.com/blog: Most of us know about the "Windows Tax" -- the extra cash you shell out to pay for the cost of a Windows license when you buy a new PC. But what about a (so-called) "Linux Tax," the cost incurred by an ordinary user switching to Linux from Windows?

Mozilla makes Firefox 3.0 bug-fix decision

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Moz/FF

computerworld.com: Mozilla Corp. decided today to roll out a second release candidate for Firefox 3.0 that will include fixes for about 40 bugs. The alternative was to declare the open-source browser good "as is," then patch the problems with a later update.

Also: Mozilla Developer News May 27

Why the pre-loaded Linux Desktop is important

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Linux
Hardware

practical-tech.com: I will never cease to be amazed at how fast things change and how quickly people forget. Today’s example is a Slashdot posting with the title, “Why Buy a PC Preloaded with Linux?” Specifically, the dotter—slasher really doesn’t give the right tone—wants to know “‘Why should I buy a PC preloaded with Linux?’

RIP, Levanta

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Linux

linux.com: It seemed like such a great idea. Linux is moving from edge and departmental servers to the data center, so why not offer Linux data center automation, complete with virtualization Linux lifecycle management? Well, maybe it's still a great business idea, but Levanta wasn't able to make a go of it.

Penny Arcade: Linux Screenshots

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Gaming

polishlinux.org: Hothead Games together with Penny Arcade released a very interesting game called “Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness”. It can be purchased at $20 in Greenhouse Internet store, which is a counterpart of more known Steam Games. Nothing peculiar, you say? And you’d be right if not for one small detail: the game is available also for GNU/Linux.

LinuxWorld Expo to Offer Installfest for Needy Schools

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Linux

ostatic.com: As the LinuxWorld Expo conference, slated for August 4th to 7th in San Francisco, starts to take shape, more news is emerging about events to happen there. At LinuxWorld, Untangle is organizing an Installfest event to donate open source (Ubuntu) computers to schools in need of technology resources.

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