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We learn by doing

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Linux

linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: Many articles try to tackle how best to learn Linux. We thought we'd take a stab at answering this. There are "phases" in learning Linux and the approaches to learning change over the course of a persons time spent using Linux.

Bill Gates, in other people's words

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Microsoft

computerworld.com: "Is it the tradition here to give Bill the finger whenever you go through these doors?" — Free software movement leader Richard Stallman, to a student outside Stanford University's Bill Gates Building.

OpenSuSE 11: Channeling Vista

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SUSE
  • OpenSuSE 11: Channeling Vista

  • OpenSUSE 11: A Feature-Rich Distro in Search of Direction
  • Opensuse 11 Released and First Impressions

  • openSUSE 11.0
  • openSUSE 11 installation this weekend

htop as an alternative top

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Software

screenage.de/blog: “top” is one of those programs, that are used quite often but actually nobody talks about. It just does its job: showing statistics about memory, cache and cpu consumption, listing processes and so on. It’s the ncurses based “htop” and we’ll have a closer look at it now.

Use the source

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OSS

thebatt.com: On too many occasions I've found myself staring dumbfounded at my computer screen, wondering "what's going on in there?" Despite the steadily raising computer savvy in today's high tech populace, many software companies still believe it best to not burden our pretty little heads with what exactly they're doing on our machines. The Open Source paradigm seeks to do away with the black box mentality.

Ubuntu Team Readies For 8.04.1

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Ubuntu

tectonic.co.za: With Ubuntu 8.04.1 scheduled to be released on July 3 the Ubuntu development team is putting the final touches to the popular Linux distribution. Ubuntu 8.04.1 not a new release of Ubuntu but an updated CD image so that users trying Ubuntu 8.04 for the first time only have to download the CD image and not all the updates.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 258

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: From Fedora 9 to openSUSE 11.0

  • News: Mandriva 2009 release plans, extended support for RHEL 4/5, Debian on ASUS Eee PC, Ubuntu Netbook Remix review
  • Released last week: openSUSE 11.0, Kurumin NG 8.06
  • Upcoming releases: Pardus Linux 2008, Mandriva Linux 2009 Alpha 1
    Site news: Annual package database update

  • New distributions: BoliviaOS
  • Reader comments

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

Linux is Subversive....

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Linux

Glyn Moody: So begins Eric Raymond's famous analysis of why free software works, The Cathedral and the Bazaar. But alongside this deep-rooted, conceptual subversion, there is Subversion the program, a new release of which has just appeared:

openSUSE 11.0

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SUSE

skywake-andstuff.blogspot: Having spent the last three days downloading openSUSE 11.0 only for it to finish downloading at 11:10 PM last night I must say it was worth the three days of waiting for what is probably the simplest and most complete OS install I have ever done.

Position Statement on Linux Kernel Modules

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Linux

kroah.com: As part of the Linux Foundation Technical board, we confront the issue of closed source Linux kernel modules all the time, and we wanted to do something that could be seen as a general "public statement" about them that is easy to understand and point to when people have questions.

Installing applications on Linux

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Software

itwire.com: In my last article I talked about changing Linux so that software updates come from your ISPs local Linux mirror, which may not count towards your monthly download allowance. In this article I'll chat about how to install applications.

ohh no, George Carlin, irreverent comedian, dies at 71

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Obits

iht.com: George Carlin, the Grammy-Award winning standup comedian and actor who was hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, and groundbreaking routines died in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He was 71.

today's leftovers

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News
  • How-To: Add a New Web Shortcut in Konqueror

  • Open-source smart card project launched
  • Using Linux Rescue
  • SliTaz -- 25 MB Live Distro
  • Setting up Ubuntu as a Desktop / Media Server
  • Asus charges same for Linux and Windows on new Eee PC
  • Awesomebar or Breach of Trust?
  • Did Microsoft Fake XP on XO Press Media?!
  • New Tremulous Server
  • Ubuntu is dying , Debian Lenny is the Future
  • Skype 4.0 Beta - hands on review
  • BasKet - The Complete Notes-Taking Application
  • Crystal Ball Sunday #6: Desktop Virtualization and the Common Desktop Environment
  • Installed OpenSuse 11.0

What Is the Best Way to Learn Linux?

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Linux

vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: There are many ways to learn Linux, and I can't think of one as being the 'best'. Of course, something may work for some users while failing miserably for others. I remember that when I started I made some very dumb questions.

How To Love Linux On The Desktop

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Linux

crn.com: Blowing away a computer and installing a different operating system is all part of a day's work for the Test Center. In fact, some projects in the Test Center over the past year have included a lot of time spent simply installing and reinstalling various Linux distributions on a single machine.

A look at Ubuntu Netbook Remix

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Ubuntu

greenhughes.com: I can't help noticing the number of Asus EEE PCs around now, it is strange to think that twelve months ago these weren't really about and there was still discussion of when will be the "year of the Linux desktop". And now Canonical has been working with a couple of them to produce the Ubuntu Netbook Remix.

Stop the press: Watch the news with Linux!

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Linux

useopensource.blogspot: I don't know which stars aligned to cause this, but every single news website that I tested with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS now has a correctly working video feed! I wasn't expecting this.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #96

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Ubuntu

ubuntu.com: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 96 for the weeks June 15th - June 21st, 2008, 2008 is now available. In this issue we cover: how to run a Bug Jam, French Live CD derivative, new core developers, Jalapa (Nicaragua) government migrates to Ubuntu, Pennsylvania LoCo featured on local radio, and Ubuntu in the Debian Packages Tracking System.

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Securing Your Linux Or Unix System - Part 4a

  • Howto Install Gimpshop in Ubuntu Hardy
  • Bash Functions
  • Resolving OpenSUSE 11.0 Sound Issue With Some Audigy Cards
  • Crazy Ubuntu and getting Openbox running
  • OpenVPN on Fedora 9
  • KDE Tip - Switching NumLock On at the KDE Login Screen
  • openSUSE 11.0 Get rid of pulse audio

The Ubuntu Project: Is Linux Right For Word Workers?

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Ubuntu

copywriterunderground.com: My six year-old HP laptop has never failed me. But lately, it has been making me wait. Was I screwed? Time to shell out for another laptop?

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OSS Leftovers

  • Tools for writing the next best seller
    I am using bibisco in conjunction with LibreOffice on my Ubuntu 16.04 Asus laptop that I converted over from Windows 7 to develop my characters, scenes, and plot. I tried Manuskript, but find that I like bibisco better, although the results are similar. For one, it gives helpful prompts.
  • GNOME Calendar App to Feature a New Sidebar, Week View & Attendees in GNOME 3.24
    GNOME developer Georges Stavracas wrote an in-depth blog post the other day to inform the GNOME, Linux, and Open Source communities about the upcoming improvements and new features coming to the GNOME Calendar apps. Now that some of us are already enjoying the recently released GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, the GNOME developers are hard at work to improve the GNOME apps and core components by either adding new exciting features and technologies or improving existing ones.
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  • Kubernetes Arrives in New Flavors
    Kubernetes has taken center stage in recent days, and, as we’ve been noting in recent posts, the open source container cluster manager is heading in new directions. Google has just announced the release of Kubernetes 1.4, which makes the tool much easier to install. Meanwhile, Canonical has now launched its own distribution of Kubernetes, with enterprise support, across a range of public clouds and private infrastructure. It's Kubernetes at the core, but features a number of extra bells and whistles.
  • 2016 Women in Open Source Award Winners
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    On the one hand, open source should mean lower cost of entry for people from poorer communities (like me, growing up). But on the other, I feel it is hard to contribute when under- or unemployed. I had a grant to work on the Web Animations API documentation, but I can't do as much as I'd like with other animation features (motion paths, advanced timing functions) because I need to spend a lot of time working on my own business, getting paid. Essentially this leads to an awkward model where the only contributors are employed programmers—and when it comes to open source animation or design APIs, platforms, etc, this lack of user input really starts to show. Or, the only products with thriving open source development teams are those that have financially lucrative futures, turning the open source software (OSS) model into a capitalist one.
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