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Story Valve Has Turned On The Greenlight For 34 More Linux Games This April Rianne Schestowitz 19/04/2014 - 10:16am
Story eRacks Keeps Pushing Linux, Open-Source Systems After 15 Years Rianne Schestowitz 19/04/2014 - 10:12am
Story Music streaming hotspot launches on Kickstarter for $30 Rianne Schestowitz 19/04/2014 - 10:06am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 18/04/2014 - 10:06pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 18/04/2014 - 10:05pm
Story [ANNOUNCE] Git v2.0.0-rc0 Rianne Schestowitz 18/04/2014 - 9:51pm
Story Wine Announcement Rianne Schestowitz 18/04/2014 - 9:46pm
Story 13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison With AMD's AM1 Athlon Rianne Schestowitz 18/04/2014 - 9:39pm
Story Hands on with Ubuntu 14.04: The best Ubuntu desktop ever Rianne Schestowitz 18/04/2014 - 9:30pm
Story Ubuntu 14.04 will power “first commercially available Ubuntu tablets” Rianne Schestowitz 18/04/2014 - 5:06pm

Killer open source monitoring tools

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Software

infoworld.com: In the real estate world, the mantra is location, location, location. In the network and server administration world, the mantra is visibility, visibility, visibility. If you don't know what your network and servers are doing at every second of the day, you're flying blind.

Audioplayers are easy, right?

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Software

the-gay-bar.com: I love music. When I moved to Linux I started out with XMMS, a WinAmp Clone, no surprises there, things worked as I was used to. Along came the "Library based" players that offered so much more.

lns: Simple symbolic links

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Software

arstechnica.com: Sometimes an idea so simple, so brilliant, so obvious crosses your path and you think, "D'oh! Why didn't I come up with this several decades ago?" This morning, I once again experienced that sense of awe and shame, when fellow staffers Ryan and Clint pointed me to lns.

What’s new in OpenOffice.org 3.0

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OOo

blogs.techrepublic.com: On October 13 of this year, OpenOffice.org 3.0 was released. This highly anticipated release provides a number of enhancements. Vincent Danen shares some of the best new features.

Software as a Subversive Activity, Part 2: Open-Source Ticket Splitting

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Linux

jdeeth.blogspot: Microsoft dominates three big branches of the computing experience: the operating system, the browser, and the office suite. At the top of the ticket, the operating system race, Microsoft wins in a landslide with about 90 percent. The Mac is at around 8 and Linux is pushing toward 1.

Is Ubuntu Family Friendly?

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Ubuntu

davestechsupport.com/blog: Yesterday while I was browsing Ubuntu Forums I came across a thread posted by someone named EssexJames. He recounts a recent experience with showing his 10 year old son Ubuntu. “Daddy, what’s Brainf**k?” he said.

Ding, dong SCO is dead

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OS

news.cnet.com: Though SCO still has the option to appeal, a federal district court judge Dale Kimball has now effectively written its death sentence in the form of a somewhat blistering final judgment, as Groklaw reports.

Fedora 10: the GNU/Linux Desktop Steps Forward

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Linux

earthweb.com: Any release of a GNU/Linux distribution marks a milestone in a continuous cycle of software development. However, Fedora 10 promises to be a larger milestone than most, both for its development community and users, according to Paul W. Frields, the Fedora leader and chair.

Is open source killing developers’ ability to cash in?

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OSS

blogs.techrepublic.com: Today I read an article on Slashdot about a software maker concerned that open source software was causing a “race to zero” (as in the price of software). His problem was that his company produced a piece of software worth $5K one year and, because open source developers were creating the same tools and giving it away, the next year the software was worth $0.

2008 State Of The Penguin Report

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Linux

linuxlock.blogspot: The computer user and the operating system are melded into one, once he or she sits down at the machine. It is the user that makes an operating system successful or not. If you care to disagree, let's take a look at general public opinion.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 279

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature stories: Novell wins and SCO loses, Linux netbooks hit store shelves

  • News: Fedora claims 9.5 million users, openSUSE plans for Zypper 2, Gentoo outlines Council activities, sidux celebrates second birthday, Shift Linux changes direction
  • Released last week: Mandriva One 2009 "Xfce", Yellow Dog Linux 6.1, PC/OS 2009
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora 10, openSUSE 11.1 RC1
  • Site news: New DistroWatch Weekly editor announced
  • New additions: CrunchBang Linux
  • New distributions: SecurPC
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Ubuntu vs. OpenSolaris vs. FreeBSD Benchmarks

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OS

phoronix.com: Over the past few weeks we have been providing several in-depth articles looking at the performance of Ubuntu Linux. In this article, we are now comparing the 64-bit performance of Ubuntu 8.10 against the latest test releases of OpenSolaris 2008.11 and FreeBSD 7.1.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #118

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Ubuntu

ubuntu.com: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #118 for the week of November 16th- November 22nd, 2008 is now available. In This Issue: Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 1 released, The Ubuntu Hall of Fame, and Ubuntu for the Holidays.

The Netbook Newbie's Guide to Linux

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Linux
Hardware
  • Netbooks + Ubuntu: On fence about form factor; OS solid

  • ASUS CEO Says Linux Netbook Returns On Par With Windows
  • The Netbook Newbie's Guide to Linux

Linux has moved away from geekdom

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: Linux has made some very big improvements over the past few years and I have always said that it is ready for everyone to use, if they can only get out of the proprietary mindset.

I've Got A Penguin in My Briefs

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Linux

linux-mag.com: Steven A. Reisler explains his experience with GNU/Linux, and how he has completely freed his computing environment from proprietary software.

Set your Linux alternative programs.

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HowTos

There are many things you can do in Linux and there are many ways to do them. You can have several different programs all able to do the same task and all installed at the same time. So how do you choose which one is the default program?

odds & ends

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News
  • Henry Ford Would Have Hated Linux

  • In A Tighter Economy, Why Not Open Source In All Government Offices?
  • Microsoft vs. Open Source: Differences Explained by the Real World
  • Linux Community to Redmond - Do The Right Thing
  • My Eee Desktop
  • Ubuntu on the Aspire One
  • Wallpaper displaying weather of your city
  • Clean up your filesystem using FSlint
  • How To Convert Fonts To .ttf Format In Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Notifications using libnotify-bin

some shorts

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News
  • Worldwide Mandriva 2009 Install Fest

  • Is Ubuntu for you?
  • Ubuntu's Impressive Numbers
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 9 Episode 9
  • Drupal on cover of Information Week

15 Inspiring Steve Jobs Quotes for FOSS Developers to Ponder

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Mac

junauza.com: Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and CEO, is the genius behind some of the most innovative and influential tech products in history. It's a known fact that Free and Open Source software developers are inspired by the words of Stallman and Torvalds, but I think it won't hurt if they will also reflect on some of these great quotes by Steve Jobs:

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