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Story KDE’s Vivaldi tablet, Improv project are dead! Roy Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 10:04pm
Story Leftovers: Games Roy Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 4:49pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 4:49pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 4:47pm
Story Why You Shouldn’t Have To Buy The $630 Super-Secure Blackphone In Order To Protect Your Privacy Roy Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 12:02pm
Story THE NEW 501(C)(3) AND THE FUTURE OF FREE SOFTWARE IN THE UNITED STATES Rianne Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 6:22am
Story Why XFCE is the Best Linux Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 4:30am
Story New Commercial Rolling Linux, Xfce the Best, and More Mint Rianne Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 4:26am
Story Red Hat Delivers Cloud Certification Plan, and Teams with HP Rianne Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 12:44am
Story Automotive Grade Linux group releases Tizen-based IVI stack Rianne Schestowitz 01/07/2014 - 12:27am

SaxenOS goes PCLinuxOS

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Linux

saleem-khan.blogspot: SaxenOS from Germany once based on Slackware and Zenwalk-based distribution with the Xfce desktop and designed for older, low-specification computers adopts PCLinuxOS as its base and Xfce desktop.

Plasmoids in a web page

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Software

grundleborg.wordpress: For the last two days I’ve been working on a little project that I’ve wanted to do since I saw the idea mentioned by Aaron in an interview some time ago. I interpreted what he said as meaning “plasma doesn’t just need to revolutionise the desktop but could even spread into the internet space by having plasmoids on web pages”. I set about making this possible.

The A-Z of Programming Languages: BASH/Bourne-Again Shell

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Interviews

computerworld.com.au: Computerworld is undertaking a series of investigations into the most widely-used programming languages. Previously we spoke to Alfred v. Aho of AWK fame, and in this article we chat to Chet Ramey about his experience maintaining Bash.

Got Vision?

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Linux

ofb.biz: Seven years ago this week I published my first online commentary piece. The topic was the predicted death of the Linux desktop brought on by the demise of Eazel, the original developer of GNOME’s Nautilus file manager. A lot has happened since that time, but not precisely how I would have predicted it would. Let’s review.

Learn 10 more good UNIX usage habits

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News

As a follow-up to Michael Stutz's excellent article, this article provides 10 more good habits to adopt that will improve your UNIX command-line efficiency. Learn about common errors and how to overcome them, and discover exactly why these 10 UNIX habits are worth picking up!

gNewSense distro frees Ubuntu

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Linux

linux.com: Free software lovers can rejoice at this month's release of gNewSense 2.0 (pronounced "guh-new-sense"), the latest version of the popular distribution based on Ubuntu Hardy Heron. Code-named DeltaH, this operating system includes only software where users have the right to run, study, adapt, redistribute, and improve all of the software and code.

An Impressive Week with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

community.zdnet.co.uk/blog: I was surprised to find that Ubuntu loaded very quickly (less than an hour), and seemed to run just fine, so I decided to continue working with it, testing various parts of it, to see how far they have come. After a week, I would say that the answer is that they have come a long, long way! I am impressed. Very, very impressed.

Firefox Or Flock? Or Both?

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Moz/FF

informationweek.com/blog: With a release candidate of Firefox 3 upon us and the final version set to drop sometime in June, I'm finding myself a bit torn: Do I upgrade to FF3 once it's fully baked, or stay with my current browser? What makes the dilemma all the tougher is that my current browser isn't Firefox 2 -- well, it is, sort of, but not really. It's Flock.

Novell CEO: Red Hat Never in Desktop Linux

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SUSE

internetnews.com: Novell's CEO Ron Hovsepian used the investor call with analysts as an opportunity to land a low blow against Linux rival Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) and its desktop Linux business.

The Installer For OpenSUSE 11.0

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phoronix.com: Yesterday OpenSUSE 11.0 RC 1 was released with 578 bug-fixes since OpenSuSE 11.0 beta 3. This summer release of OpenSuSE 11.0 brings quite a bit to the table, among which is a new installer.

Dell’s Ubuntu 8.04 Plans

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Ubuntu

practical-tech.com: According to sources close to Dell, the Austin, Texas computer giant will be pre-installing Ubuntu 8.04 on its laptops and desktops starting in late June.

Remote Backups for Linux and BSD

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Software

raiden.net: Backups are an important element of system maintenance on any system, and should be, at least in my opinion, mandatory for all users to perform regularly. Without doing backups, you could find yourself in a world of hurt.should something bad happen. But there are some things that even the best backup system in the world can't protect you against.

The Meaning of Open Source

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OSS

linuxjournal.com: Like many Linux Journal readers, I have been upgrading my Gibbons to Herons recently. And like many readers, I imagine, I have been finding a few little challenges along the way. That was no surprise, since it's pretty much par for the course when carrying out a major upgrade. But something else did surprise me, although in retrospect I see that it shouldn't have.

Open source and the hardware roadblock

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Hardware

blogs.zdnet.com: There’s a lot of open source hardware out there. But not in stores. The obvious reason is that hardware requires a business model for distribution. Hardware also costs money to make. Why invest in what everyone else can make as well?

Ubuntu desktop (LTS) 8.04

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Ubuntu

dlfound.org: I’ve been running Linux for many years, but mostly in its server-flavor, not desktop. Over a year ago I was playing with Debian Linux and for reasons I don’t recall I decided to load up Ubuntu. It is really a great little system! Why should anyone care about Ubuntu? Well there are many reasons.

openSUSE 11.0 RC First Glance and Initial Review

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benkevan.com/blog: Today openSUSE 11.0 RC was released, and without a second to spare I downloaded the ISO and started the installation on a Dell D820 with NVIDIA NVS 110M Card and Intel 3945 Wireless Driver.

Gnome Music Player Showdown

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Software

ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: I’ve been reading a lot of reviews recently about the upcoming Banshee 1.0. (Arstechnica and Linux Magazine, for example) It looks like it’s going to be an awesome release, but I wanted to see where it is now and compare that to Rhythmbox.

Discover the Best Ubuntu Resources on the Web

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Ubuntu

yaserxp.wordpress: Whether you are trying Ubuntu for the first time or you are a long-time Ubuntu power user, you will find below a list of the best Ubuntu resources on the Web.

Could the EEE 900 be the School Computer of the Future?

hartmansblog.blogspot: My eee 900 test unit arrived on May 19th, exactly one week after the official release day. I literally ran down the stairs to the office when I saw that it had been "delivered" and the reaction from all the office ladies and parents was exactly what I had come to expect after reading about the little machine all over the net: intrigue, excitement, and enthusiasm. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited too, but I sobered up pretty quick.

GIMP 2.4.6 Released

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GIMP

GIMP 2.4.6 is a bug-fix release in the stable 2.4 series. No new features are being added here, just bug-fixes.

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