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Story Leftovers: Games Roy Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 4:21pm
Story New Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 4:20pm
Story Did Blue Pup jump the shark with its Windows 8 Metro interface? Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 7:44am
Story Fedora 20 KDE, Baconless Ubuntu, and Witcher's Bad Spell Rianne Schestowitz 24/05/2014 - 6:10am
Story Knoppix 7.3.0 / ADRIANE 1.7 (CeBIT) Release Roy Schestowitz 4 24/05/2014 - 12:59am
Story The inside story of the open source PC, and how it could stop you being a slave to your hardware Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:53pm
Story MIPS Open-Source Group Takes Aim at ARM, Intel Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:49pm
Story Linux Becoming a ‘First Class Member’ of the Unreal Engine Family Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:42pm
Story My first patch Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 11:21pm
Story How FOSS Brought New Life To My Once Linux-Unfriendly Laptop Rianne Schestowitz 23/05/2014 - 10:23pm

Avant Window Navigator

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ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: For a long while there I didn’t want to check out the Avant Window Navigator (AWN) because I was shunning Compiz. But now that I’m back on the Compiz (and since Metacity should have compositing “soon” anyway) I decided to give a shot.

Linux Continues to Define the Future of Computing While Microsoft Follows

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Microsoft

Jim Zemlin: It is hard for the executive director of the Linux Foundation to feel bad for Microsoft, but they are having a bad week while Linux continues to move forward in innovative ways.

GIMP 2.6.2 Released

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GIMP

The GIMP development team has made another bug-fix release in the stable GIMP 2.6 series. Improvements and fixes include faster Scaling, unit and zoom entries now in Statusbar, and Printing now to scale.

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A Better File System for Linux?

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Linux

internetnews.com: At the heart of every operating system is the file system that provides read/write access to data. Since 2001, Ext3 has been the mainstay of Linux file systems. But the winds of change could be blowing toward a better file system in the works.

Hugin panoramic photo editor extends its reach

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Software

linux.com: The developers of the free panoramic photo editor Hugin released version 0.7 this month, culminating a two-year development cycle. The new release incorporates key new technical abilities and usability improvements to help demystify the panorama creation process for the average shooter.

Ubuntu: And Heeeerre We Go

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Ubuntu
  • Official Ubuntu Release Announcement

  • The LXF Test: Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
  • Ubuntu 8.10 - A Positive Evolution
  • Ubuntu 8.10 First Tryout
  • Ubuntu 8.10: Good, but underwhelming
  • Ubuntu 8.10 Arrives, Bringing More User-Friendly Features
  • Notes on notes on Ibex
  • Intrepid Ibex - Installation Tips
  • Tips for a better Ubuntu download
  • (Intrepid) Watch out for this bug..

Dreamlinux - Review & Tutorial

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: I've heard of Dreamlinux from fellow members at one of the forums I frequent. They said it was beautiful, they said it was easy. So I figured, I had to try it.

Review of Puppy Linux

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Linux

helpforlinux.blogspot: Just out of curiosity I downloaded Puppy Linux and gave it a try. Now both Puppy and Damn Small Linux are petits, however I decided to give Puppy a go because it has few essential things like Java and flash pre-installed. It also comes with proprietary media codecs.

Mark Shuttleworth: Ibex design

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Ubuntu

markshuttleworth.com: With Intrepid on track to hit the wires today I thought I’d blog a little on the process we followed in designing the new user switcher, presence manager and session management experience, and lessons learned along the way.

OpenOffice is a worthy alternative

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OOo

newsday.com: The final version of Open-Office.org 3, the open source competitor to Micro-soft Office, came out two weeks ago and looks better than ever.

Opera 9.62 Released

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Software

opera.com: We released 9.62 today, which addresses some security issues. This release is a recommended upgrade for all those running the latest stable releases.

Xfce 4.4.3 released

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xfce.org: Just because we're gearing up to release 4.6.0, it doesn't mean we've forgotten the 4.4 branch. A bunch of bug fixes had accumulated since 4.4.2, so we have a new release for you.

Automatic And Up-To-Date Fedora 9 Installations With Kickstart And Novi

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HowTos

Kickstart allows you to do automatic Fedora/RedHat/CentOS installations. This is useful and time-saving if you have to deploy tens or hundreds of similar systems (e.g. workstations). Kickstart reads the installation settings from a Kickstart configuration file.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Novell Turns Linux Desktop Setback Into Victory

  • Microsoft mugs old folks homes Down Under
  • 12 great apps for bridging Windows, Linux and Macs
  • Kubuntu Intrepid and Desktop Notifications
  • XFCE 4.4.3, distros, stuff: angry morning
  • OpenOffice 2.4.2 fixes critical vulnerabilities
  • ApacheCon US 2008 Keynote Speakers Announced
  • Red Hat Video: Spotlight on PackageKit
  • Drupal wins 2008 Best PHP Open Source CMS Award
  • EC to publish open source procurement guidelines
  • Wow! Windows 7 UI preview - Double YAWN…. zzzz
  • Linux Is Less Annoying Than Windows 7
  • Tools for creating TCP/IP packets
  • Linux Outlaws 61 - Bono Jacon, You've Got Mail!
  • Linus' Blog: Penguins on Parade

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to Create A Minimal And Beautiful Desktop With Conky

  • Making a Local Copy of openSUSE Repository (Mirror Server)
  • How to fix your Windows MBR with an Ubuntu liveCD
  • Use BitTorrent to Upgrade to Ubuntu ‘Intrepid Ibex’
  • Convert .BIN/.CUE files to .ISO/.CDR/.WAV files using bchunk
  • Renaming a Logical Volume (how to rename)
  • The Ubuntu Upgrade Guide
  • More tricks with BashDiff
  • Secrets for controlling VirtualBox from the command line
  • VirtualBox Guest Additions, the Gentoo Way
  • Network traffic & bandwidth monitoring with darkstat on Gentoo
  • How to compile a custom kernel for Ubuntu Intrepid
  • How To Fix Virtualbox After Upgrading Ubuntu

Landscape 1.2 Released with More Customizable Features

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Ubuntu

canonical.com: We have just released Landscape 1.2 which is the next version of our management and monitoring software that lets you manage multiple Ubuntu systems as easily as one.

Photos: Ubuntu 'Intrepid Ibix' boldly goes forth

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zdnet.com.au: Linux developers Canonical have released their latest version of Ubuntu (8.10), Intrepid Ibix, into the wild. This screenshot gallery gives you a look at the new distribution and all the free goodies inside.

Ubuntu 8.10: What’s New?

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fosswire.com: Another six months, another Ubuntu release. This time around the table we have the Intrepid Ibex; 8.10. Not quite a ground-breaking release, but rather the framework for one. Why do I say that? Because there isn’t much new immediately visible to the user. Let’s take a look.

Opera 9.62: To be released soon, try it now

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kyleabaker.com: It looks like Opera is about to do a follow-up release of 9.62 to fix a zero-day flaw that made it into 9.61. The International install file is dated 10/29/2008 02:47:00 PM on the ftp server.

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Leftovers: OSS

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  • Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot
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Security Leftovers

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