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OpenOffice: Future Uncertain

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linux-magazine.com: Florian Effenberger is co-lead of the international OpenOffice.org marketing project. Our sister publication Linux-Community asked him how the deal between Sun and Oracle would affect OpenOffice.

Linux Commands You Need To Know

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Linux
HowTos

praveenweb.blogspot: Here are some linux commands that you would surely need to know..if you are a linux user..

5 Free Backup Tools for Linux

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  • 5 Free Backup Tools for Linux

  • Back In Time - a simple backup system for Linux
  • System backup program for Ubuntu Linux
  • Utility backs up Linux thin clients to USB

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 will Ship on Time This Week

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pcworld.com: The Mozilla Foundation says it is still on track to release Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 sometime later this week despite the lack of a firm release date.

Novell, Sun, and Red Hat: Three degrees of open source

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cnet.com: Red Hat is an open-source company, while Novell is not, as Novell's CEO and CFO both emphasized in Novell's most recent earnings call. Sun, for its part, was desperately trying to reinvent itself as an open-source company, but struggled to do so given the weight of its declining hardware businesses.

The Future Of Computing Will Be Good Enough

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Linux

pcworld.com: The latest version of the Linux kernel includes an experimental driver module that tears apart the fabric of space-time. Keir Thomas tested this module, and in doing so managed to retrieve the following article, posted on PC World supersite in the year 2025.

Netbook 2009: The four big changes

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Hardware
  • Netbook 2009: The four big changes

  • OCZ Neutrino "DIY" Netbook Reviewed
  • Intel Linux Driver Kills The Netbook Experience
  • Opinion: Microsoft still harming netbook markets
  • MSI Wind vs ASUS Eee PC vs MacBook Air vs Acer Aspire 4710

Migrate to a virtual Linux environment with Clonezilla

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Linux

Learn how to convert a physical server to a virtual one using the open source tool Clonezilla Live

Taking LXDE For a Test Drive

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Software

maketecheasier.com: There are a lot of contenders in the ring when it comes to open source desktop environments. I’d been hearing more and more about a new challenger for the lightweight crown, LXDE. Can it stack up against the likes of Window Maker, Enlightenment, and Openbox?

Just how strong is Red Hat's open-source business?

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Linux

cnet.com: Red Hat stands alone as the only significant public open-source company. Is this a testament to its execution, or is it a hint that open source is not well-suited to big business?

Six Levels Of Linux Customization

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Linux

customdistros.com: I’ve noticed that if you spend any time investigating the benefits of using Linux you will undoubtedly run across a few people commenting on how customizable it is. A person can tweak their desktop to make it look and behave to their precise liking.

Kernel Log: 3D support for Radeon; new Intel drivers

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h-online.com: Developers for AMD and Intel graphics chips have been extremely productive, having introduced a range of improvements, with others in the works. Developers of the xf86-video-intel graphics driver – "intel" for short – have released version 2.7.0 of the driver.

Mac Users Prefer Linux Over Windows

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daniweb.com/blogs: Apple users are the most dedicated and fervent operating system fans. However, when given the option of a Linux-based computer or a Windows-based one, 100% say they would rather use Linux.

Music Notation Software for Linux: a Progress Report, Part 2

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linuxjournal.com: In this article, I conclude my status report on the development of some of the most active notation software projects for Linux.

The packages with the worst build systems in the world.

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silentcoder.co.za: Some packages have excruciatingly complex build systems, that are hard to master, harder to package… and in short, the bane of a distribution developer’s existence. Herewith, my top list of packages with the most terribly stupid build system:

Xubuntu 9.04: Where’s the beef?

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Ubuntu

celettu.wordpress: It’s hard to see the point of Xubuntu. Most of the polish and new features Canonical comes up with are reserved for Ubuntu itself, and I feel that side projects like Xubuntu and Kubuntu just can’t keep up.

KDE 4.2, NEPOMUK and Linux distributions

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rudd-o.com: NEPOMUK and Strigi do not work in the vast majority of Linux distributions. We'll see why, and how we can fix that.

Intel Core i7 Virtualization Performance

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Hardware

phoronix.com: Earlier this month we published Intel Core i7 Linux benchmarks that looked at the overall desktop performance when running Ubuntu Linux. One area we had not looked at in the original article was the virtualization performance.

Linux Foundation Announces LinuxCon Keynotes

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Linux

(PR): The Linux Foundation confirmed keynotes for the year's highly anticipated LinuxCon. LinuxCon combines the developer and end user communities to produce more than 75 sessions that address "all matters Linux."

Linux Don't Need No Stinkin' ZFS: BTRFS Intro & Benchmarks

linux-mag.com: ZFS may be locked into the Solaris operating system but “Butter FS” is on the horizon and it’s boasting more features and better performance.

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