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Story BlankOn 9.0 review Rianne Schestowitz 22/02/2014 - 11:46am
Story Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta Rianne Schestowitz 22/02/2014 - 5:32am
Story GNOME Sanity, FAQ, and Gaming Options Rianne Schestowitz 22/02/2014 - 5:25am
Story The Flat Owl Linux Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 22/02/2014 - 2:14am
Story Cantata 1.3.0 Music Player Released with 87 Fixes [Ubuntu Installation] Rianne Schestowitz 22/02/2014 - 1:29am
Story Rugged Android tablet offers IP65 ingress protection Rianne Schestowitz 22/02/2014 - 1:24am
Story Recommending Linux to a Friend Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 10:08pm
Story Are Android phones too big? Rianne Schestowitz 2 21/02/2014 - 10:07pm
Story 11 Percent of Windows XP Users Will Switch to Linux, Survey Claims Rianne Schestowitz 2 21/02/2014 - 10:03pm
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 9:00pm

Linux is still not ready for the masses

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Linux

theinquirer.net: THE GREAT LINUX debate still rumbles on, and looks set to continue for some time. While market share has been creeping up on the desktop, it can't match the impact and use of Windows - yet Linux advocates will not tire of pushing their beloved Tux onto a public tired of Microsoft's efforts. But the operating system just isn't ready for day-to-day use by non-experts.

Poland Ministry of Education recommends Open Source

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OSS

metamorphosis.org.mk: The Polish Ministry of National Education is advising schools and universities to use Open Source software. The recommendation comes at the end of a volunteer campaign to help schools switch to Open Source.

Comcast Gives Cold-Shoulder To Non-Profit School Running Linux

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Linux

crashsystems.net: New Generation is a non-profit, private school. This morning, the school was having problems with it’s Comcast cable Internet connection, so Mrs. Gorman decided to call Comcast tech support. However, the support agent refused to give her the case number, restating the fact that Comcast does not support Linux.

Review: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (ET:QW)

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Gaming

headshotgamer.com: When it comes to games you can buy 'off the shelf' at your local game store, the list of ones that can be installed natively (without wine) on Linux is very short. The list gets extremely short if you only want to include newer games. Thankfully, companies like id Software openly support Linux and provide not only installers for Linux, but have also open sourced some of their earlier engines (Quake 1, 2 and 3). They continue this support with their latest game; Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (ET:QW).

The LXF Guide: Top 10 Firefox add-ons

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Moz/FF

linuxformat.co.uk: Firefox 3 may have introduced a number of new features, but it is the ability to add extra functionality with the use of extensions that remains one of its biggest assets. There are hundreds of extensions to choose from -

Got any old iMacs laying around?

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Ubuntu

zdnet.com: You know the ones I’m talking about. The candy-colored ones that live forever, even as you’re hoping they’ll die so you can replace them with something that will run OS X? Instead of wishing for them to die, though, why not just install Ubuntu on them?

Screens of Death Humor

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OS

junauza.com: The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) once again made an epic appearance. This time, it happened at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. Although the Beijing blunder is hard to beat, this is not the first instance that this notorious Windows operating system critical error screen appeared in the wrong place at the wrong time.

From scripting to object-oriented Python programming

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News

Often it is difficult to make the transition from procedural scripting to object-oriented programming. This article explores how to reuse knowledge from PHP, Bash, or Python scripting to transition to object-oriented programming in Python. The article also briefly touches on the appropriate use of functional programming.

Beef up the Find command in Firefox

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Web

The Find command in Firefox locates the user-specified text in the body of a Web page. The command is an easy-to-use tool that works well enough for most users. Sometimes, however, a more powerful Find-like tool would make locating text easier. Learn how to build a tool that isolates relevant text in Web pages faster by detecting the presence and absence of nearby words.

Howto Securely Wipe A Harddrive With Linux

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Security

Examples of "shred" usage on a fresh install of Ubuntu 8.04.1

Webilder 0.6.3 - wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots

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Linux

Webilder delivers stunning wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots.

few leftovers

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News
  • LinuxWorld's Garage

  • Anyone can play guitar...or hack the Linux kernel
  • Get a complete security toolkit with BackTrack 3
  • Hans Reiser Case: Aug. 12, 2008
  • Get A Brand New Computer For Less
  • Linuxvoid Episode 2 - Mammoth Edition

Firefox 3.1 beta freeze delayed until September 9

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Moz/FF

blogs.zdnet.com: The beta of Firefox 3.1 has been pushed back to mid September. At the Mozilla group’s weekly meeting Tuesday, one developer said “there is a big gap between the features planned for 3.1 and what will make it if we freeze on the 19th.”

Also: Mozilla Developer News for Aug 12

Red Hat: Gateway to open source in Latin America

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Linux
Interviews

Matt Asay: Latin America has tended to be one of the worst performing geographies for most software companies, generally coming in at one to four percent of total company revenues. That may be about to change.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Zypper Tips and Tricks

  • Add pictures and passwords to Ubuntu’s boot menu
  • Queuing tasks for batch execution with Task Spooler
  • urpmi auto-update
  • How To Copy and Paste From the Command Line
  • HOWTO : Home made NAS server with Ubuntu 8.04.1 – Part I
  • Capture gaming videos with GLC
  • Using free software for HTTP load testing

SAP, Oracle Holding Out on Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu

internetnews.com: Linux vendor Canonical is working hard to get more software and hardware certifications for its Ubuntu Linux distribution. In its latest round of partnerships, Canonical is expanding its relationship with IBM (NYSE: IBM), Alfresco, Zimbra, Likewise, Centrify and others.

Dell’s comeback machine

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Linux
Hardware

blogs.fortune.cnn: There are some surprises beneath the surface of the Latitude line as well. One is an optional Linux-based low-power mode called Dell Latitude On, which boots in two seconds.

Also: Dell Mini Inspiron Likely to Launch Today

Nokia Gives Out N810s to KDE Hackers at Akademy

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KDE

dot.kde.org: During the Emsys-sponsored Mobile and Embedded day at Akademy 2008 Nokia distributed 100 N810 internet tablets among the KDE hackers, and gave another 50 for the project to decide who to give to.

And:

  • KDE Utils Lineup

  • Newsflash: one hundred KDE developers start using GNOME!

KDE e.V. Endorses Community Working Group, Code of Conduct

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KDE

dot.kde.org: On Monday at Akademy, KDE's yearly world summit, the KDE e.V. held its general assembly, covering a wide range hot topics, regarding licensing and community scalability. While part of the meeting is dictated by intricacies of German association law, the AGM also provides a way of effectively solving issues arising in the KDE community and deciding on ways to move forward as an organisation.

RadeonHD Driver Switches To AtomBIOS

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Hardware

phoronix.com: A month ago we had shared that the RadeonHD driver would be switching to AtomBIOS, or the ATI video BIOS abstraction layer used since their R400 series graphics cards, and today they have completed this code merger.

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