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Story Linus Torvalds on Windows 8, UEFI, and Fedora srlinuxx 11/06/2012 - 8:02pm
Story It’s Time for Canonical to Stop Protecting Unity srlinuxx 11/06/2012 - 8:00pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 460 srlinuxx 11/06/2012 - 7:19pm
Story Dangerous Concessions: Red Hat, Fedora and the Secure Boot Shocker srlinuxx 11/06/2012 - 7:14pm
Story some odds & ends: srlinuxx 11/06/2012 - 5:29am
Story Making sense of memory usage on Linux srlinuxx 11/06/2012 - 3:42am
Story Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 1 Screenshot Tour srlinuxx 09/06/2012 - 7:30pm
Blog entry Linux Mint 13 MATE/Cinnamon review finid 09/06/2012 - 7:20am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 09/06/2012 - 12:49am
Story GNOME 3.5.2 introduces default power off button srlinuxx 08/06/2012 - 11:06pm

Report: U.S. likely to maintain 'yes' vote for OOXML in ISO

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OSS

computerworld.com: An esoteric-but-key technical committee will recommend that the U.S. maintain its support for making Microsoft Corp.'s Office Open XML document format an ISO-certified open standard, despite controversy at a meeting last week discussing fixes to the proposed specification.

Full Circle Podcast #1

We’ve finally got Full Circle Podcast - Episode #1 out! Yes, the audio quality has increased noticeably! Topics include Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 4, KDE 4.1 Feature Plan and Release Schedule, and Torvalds pans Apple with ‘utter crap’ putdown.

How to love Free Software in 3 steps: configure, make, make install

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HowTos

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I recently re-read the article how to hate free software in 3 easy steps by Steven Goodwin. I’m no programmer, but then I’ve also installed a few distributions myself. And frankly, I have trouble relating to that post.

Low-cost laptop runs Linpus Linux

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Linux
Hardware

linuxdevices: Thai systems integrator Norhtec is preparing to release a sub-$300 ultra-mini PC (UMPC) laptop based on a Quanta design. Aimed at the developing-country market, the so-called Gecko Laptop is being built by Quanta and runs Linpus Linux Lite, a new distribution designed for small-screen mini-PCs.

Amazon's Linux answer to iTunes is a winner

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Software

desktoplinux: Are you a Linux user suffering from iTunes store envy? If so, Amazon has a deal for you. While any good Linux media player, like my own personal favorite Banshee, will let you rip music from CDs, there hasn't been a good source to buy music online for Linux players ... until now.

Major Update to Prism, First Prototype of Browser Integration

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Moz/FF

labs.mozilla.com: Prism is an open source cross-platform prototype of functionality that lets users split web applications out of the browser and run them directly on the desktop.

NVIDIA 171.06 Linux Display Driver

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Software

phoronix.com: On the same day as the limited open-source support arriving in the xf86-video-nv driver, NVIDIA's binary display driver for Linux has been updated to officially add support for the GeForce 9600GT graphics card.

Amarok 2: Nearing first alpha, and lots of cool new stuff

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Software

amarok.kde.org/blog: Its been little while since I wrote a nice long update about the state of Amarok 2, and we have been getting a few complaints that there is not enough ews being posted, so I will try to remedy that here. And I have a nice pile of screenshots ready for you!

Starting a week with Ubuntu and Lenovo's X61 ThinkPad: First impressions

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Ubuntu

Matt Asay: I finally decided to put my OS where my mouth is. Or, at least, where my typing fingers are. I'm typing this from a Lenovo X61 ThinkPad...running Ubuntu 7.10. I'm going to spend the next week or so reporting on the experience. Well, today we're going to see just how much substance there is to my prior contention.

Flipping the Linux switch: Linux gaming

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Gaming

downloadsquad.com: What do Linux gaming, jumbo shrimp, and government intelligence have in common with each other? Think back to your English classes. (We're not responsible for any traumatic memories that surface from this exercise.) Got it yet? Anyone?

Linux for Mom

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Linux

linuxfud.wordpress: Mother’s Day is upon us! You did get a gift, didn’t you? I happened across this article on the VirtualHosting blog this morning. It links fifty-two websites to various Linux distros, tools, and guides to assist in setting up a Linux box for your mom.

KDE 4.1: Visual Changelog (rev 783000)

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KDE

polishlinux.org: You don’t always see this in the official changelogs but the KDE 4 development is progressing in an extraordinary speed. After a deep look at rev 777000 we are presenting you a new visual review of changes made to KDE 4 during the last couple of weeks.

The Simple Compiz Config Settings Manager

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Software

phoronix.com: In the first Compiz Fusion update since last October, Compiz Fusion 0.7.2 was released this morning and accompanied by an update to Compiz. This Compiz Fusion update was not only the first in five months, but also it was the first in the 0.7 development series leading up to the stable Compiz/Compiz Fusion 0.8 release.

Spicebird: Thunderbird, Lightning, and a dash of collaborative flavor

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Spicebird is a cross-platform email and collaboration client derived from Mozilla Thunderbird. If you are a fan of Thunderbird, but need more from it than the standard build provides, you may want to give this new bird a try.

Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 6: Tweaked Theme, Screen Resolution Utility, and relatime

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Ubuntu

tombuntu.com: Ubuntu Hardy Heron Alpha 6 is the final alpha release for Ubuntu 8.04. Let’s look at three of the new features: the new theme, Screen Resolution utility, and relatime.

The first Gnash beta is out

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Software

lwn.net: Gnash 0.8.2 - deemed the first beta release - is available. "Gnash is a GPL'd SWF movie player and browser plugin for Firefox, Mozilla, and Konqueror. Gnash supports many SWF v7 features and ActionScript 2 classes. with growing support for SWF v8 and v9."

Wolvix, My Kind of Wolf

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Linux

junauza.blogspot: Wolvix is probably one of the fastest rising distros today. First released 2 years ago, it has already gained plenty of loyal followers and is steadily going up in the ranks of Linux distributions over at Distrowatch.

Using Open Source to fight porn

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OSS

news.com: A new Red Hat employee queried an internal email list as to methods of protecting their children from accessing pornography, and through the responses I learned a few things I thought I'd share...

Open Source Game Review: Secret Maryo Chronicles

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Gaming

raiden.net: Secret Maryo Chronicles is an open source PC game designed around the original Super Mario World side scroller that takes what was great about that old console game and brings it to the PC, dusts it off and tries to improve on it.

Monitoring Multiple Systems With munin (Debian Etch)

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HowTos

In this article I will describe how you can monitor multiple systems with munin. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration.

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