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Story The Book Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 6:07pm
Story In the Android Ecosystem, Fragmentation is Nothing New Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 5:52pm
Story Panamax Open Source Tool Simplifies Docker Management Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 5:45pm
Story Linux APIC Code Prepares For A Major Overhaul Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 5:41pm
Story Fedora Flock 2014 Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 5:33pm
Story KDE Frameworks Sprint - How to Release a Platform Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 5:29pm
Story Upstream and Downstream: why packaging takes time Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 5:24pm
Story Everyday I help libraries make the switch to open source Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 3:07pm
Story Open Potential Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 3:04pm
Story 9 Signs You Should Use Linux on Your Computer Rianne Schestowitz 13/08/2014 - 12:45pm

Installing Linux software 101 for Windows users

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blogs.computerworld: Lately, I've seen several articles by Windows users grumbling about how hard it is to install software on Linux. It is? You could have fooled me. Still, people are having trouble, so here's my 101 class on installing programs on Linux.

23 Useful System Applications for Linux

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techcityinc.com: It’s always great to have Linux Alternatives to popular applications so I’ve decided to write about some of the most useful System applications for Linux including Cd burners, Aniti Virus, FTP solutions and instant messengers that you can download today.

6 Great Apps to Analyze Your Disk Usage in Linux

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makeuseof.com: You may own a one terabyte hard disk, but the screen still shows an “Your disk is full” error message whenever you want to install a new application. Does this sound familiar to you?

Behind the scenes in Microsoft's war against Linux

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Microsoft

news.cnet.com: Even as Microsoft has slipped into the mainstream of open source by embedding it in its products and adopting open-source strategies for services such as customer relationship management, it continues its subversive fight against Linux.

Also: About That Microsoft 'Open Source' Job Opening

Preview: Three Trends At Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE)

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Linux

thevarguy.com: As the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) prepares to kick-off February 20 in Los Angeles, The VAR Guy did some preliminary poking around. He wanted to see if there were any key trends worth noting.

How do you beat free?

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OS

blog.ibeentoubuntu: Linux activists state that the dropping cost of computers will force Microsoft into a corner and it will be unable to compete with low-cost alternatives on either the MS Office or the MS Windows front. Hardware with a Linux distro is often either more expensive or the same price as hardware with MS Windows. Why is that?

Krita 2.0: a Host of New Features

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dot.kde.org: Boudewijn Rempt has summarised results of development for the next version of Krita, the painting and image editing application for KOffice. Krita 2.0 will contain a host of new features, some of which are unique in the free software world. Below Piotr introduces some of the new features which will be available in this release.

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 RC3: Entering the "Waiting for Lenny" Phase

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mepis.org: MEPIS has distributed ISO files for RC3 of SimplyMEPIS 8.0. For RC3, the kernel has been updated to upstream version, 2.6.27.15. Qemu 0.9.1+svn, libvirt 0.6., virt-manager 0.6.1, and virtinst 0.400.1 are available from the MEPIS pool to better match the virtualization configuration of the MEPIS kernel.

What’s new with Lenny

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debiantoday.com: Lenny’s long awaited target release date is just around the corner. Many in the Debian community have been using Lenny for some time now as testing but there is a lot of people out there who haven’t upgraded yet. For those getting ready to make the switch and for those who just haven’t really looked in to it, I have decided to list some of the key changes.

Bruce Perens: Combining GPL and Proprietary Software

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earthweb.com: Linux is a natural for embedded systems. That's why it's popping up in more cell phones, often without the customer even realizing it's there. But cell phone manufacturers, and the broader sector of embedded systems, must cope with the problem of how to combine the GPL Linux kernel, and software that isn't Open Source. How does one do that legally?

Minimalist Distributions

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jdeeth.blogspot: Old computers are less than a dime a dozen—-literally. I pick them up for free. So some local geek like me comes along and turns it into a Linux box. But how far can you push that? How little computer does it take to run a modern, GUI operating system?

The Kindle is a Swindle

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Hardware

informationweek.com: Amazon's Kindle v2 officially arrived today, and it's a swindle. I have no argument with the item itself, but $400 is a lot of dough to pay for a gadget that will sit gathering dust a couple of weeks after you've purchased it. Amazon customers are already up in arms--and they're right.

Richard Stallman: Up close and impersonal

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brucebyfield.wordpress: When Richard Stallman spoke the other night at the Maritime Labour Centre in Vancouver, I wasn’t going to see what he is really like, or to hear his arguments. I went to see his public persona, and to observe how other people reacted to it.

The incredible shrinking operating system

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infoworld.com: Windows, Mac OS, and Linux are all getting smaller. What does that mean for you?

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 289

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Preview: Moblin V2 Core Alpha

  • News: From Puppy to Woof, Mandriva Assembly, BSD distros in freeze, Fedora FAQ updates, Slackware package finder, interviews with developers from Xfce and KDE
  • Released last week: Linux Mint 6 "x86_64", StartCom Enterprise Linux 5.0.3
  • Upcoming releases: Mandriva Linux 2009.1 Beta 2, Frugalware Linux 1.0rc1
  • New additions: Ojuba
  • New distributions: PocketPC
  • Reader comments

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

What can Linux do for you?

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toolbox.com/blogs: As the Linux name has been filtering down from the dizzying heights of geekdom to the general mind share. I am sure that many people have been wondering exactly what this Linux thing is and what can it do for them.

Awn Window Navigator

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Is Ubuntu Heading Down the Microsoft Release Path?

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: This thought hit home when I was working to fix a sound issue on my computer, although the seeds had been sown quite some time ago with my upgrade to Ubuntu 7.04. My concern is not about FOSS philosophy, but rather about updates and version releases.

Compiz community shakeup could bring big improvements

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arstechnica.com: The development community behind the open source Compiz window manager is undergoing a major reorganization effort that will converge disparate branches of the project and help it overcome its recent lack of direction.

Debian Project seeks Hardware Donations

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Linux
Hardware

linuxelectrons.com: The Debian project is looking for sponsors for two new official services: snapshot and data archives. Both services utilize large amounts of data and therefore require a capable machine with a large disk array that provides 10 TB of disk space to start, with the ability to be easily extended. We'd like interested sponsors to contact hardware-donations@debian.org.

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