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Story Separating The Opportunities From The Obstacles In Open-Source Networking Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 9:35pm
Story 11 open source tools to make the most of machine learning Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 8:51pm
Story PuzzlePhone: An open-source Project Ara challenger appears Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 8:38pm
Story A Week in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 8:34pm
Story Open-source tools will benefit military and Wisconsin vehicle makers Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 8:27pm
Story A huge leak may have just revealed the Galaxy S6’s monster specs Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 6:37pm
Story Reclaiming the PDF from Adobe Reader Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 6:18pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 8:55am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 8:55am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 8:55am

"Evil" and Technology: Not a Black and White Issue

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penguinpetes.com: So, the other day, I'm in a lengthy discussion with an acquaintance, and as usual the conversation gravitates towards technology. I made my usual elevator spiel about Linux and BSD and FOSS, why I use it, blah blah. No, I say, it's not because "Microsoft is evil" that I use Open Source, but because Open Source is good.

How Open Source Comments (by Programming Language)

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riehle.org: We recently looked at the commenting practice of active working open source projects. It is quite impressive: The average comment density of open source is around 19%. That is much more documentation than most people thought!

First Experience with CrossOver Linux

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Software

techgage.com: Last week, Codeweavers, a company that aims to see Windows-based software running on both Mac OS X and Linux, decided to give away all their software since gas prices plummeted (or something), and not one to sit on the sidelines, I decided to put my name in for a code and finally give their solutions a try.

KDEs big mistake

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KDE

blogs.techrepublic.com: In the migration from 3.x to 4.x the KDE developers decided to make a rather bold move: replace KDE’s file browsing function with Dolphin. Now before I get into this rant I want to say that Dolphin isn’t horrible, it’s just that Konqueror was probably one of the finest file managers available.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #116

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #116 for the week of November 2nd- November 8th, 2008 is now available. In this issue: Mark Shuttleworth interview, Ubuntu Open Week, and Jaunty: Open for development.

Try OpenOffice.org. I dare you!

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Just talk

So, you’ve installed OpenOffice.org, and opened the Writer module. As you sit staring at the empty page, thoughts of writers’ block waft through your mind. Where do I start? This looks different. Let me introduce two people - real people - who have just started the same journey.

The Terminal: A Grand Tour

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Software

thatlinuxguy.wordpress: Today, lets take a look at the behind-the-scenes action of your Linux distribution. There won’t be any terminal code in today’s post, but I advise you follow along and take a real look with your own eyes.

Open Warning / The Open Source project that made me angry

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kurppa.fi/blog: So as usual, I wrote this author an e-mail. Having read the website of the software throughly, I was happy to see the GPLv2 license link there, on the front page. I was trying to find a mailing list, an IRC channel or a SVN repository to be able to follow what’s happening in the development. but found nothing, only releases.

Could Debian Lenny be a Refuge for KDE 3 Lovers?

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KDE
Linux

jaysonrowe.wordpress: I used to follow DistroWatch.com pretty closely, and although I use that site as a “launching pad” for all things Linux. I came across this issue where Distrowatch maintainer Ladislav Bodnar wrote a very interesting Editorial about KDE 3 and 4.

Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex/8.10 Is Ruining My Hardware

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Ubuntu

blog.beplacid.net: I’m a long time user, advocate and all-round fan of Linux. In particular, I’ve used Debian or variant distributions and have never had any major issues. But of curiosity I thought I’d try out Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex for good measure. To my surprise

It Is Time To Stop Looking Over Our Shoulder

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Microsoft
OSS

linuxcanuck.wordpress: So Microsoft in its infinite wisdom has stuck it to the open source community, yet again. They have shut us out of Hotmail. Yawn. Like, who cares? Yet, to some people they see this as one more sign that Microsoft is out to get us. “The sky is falling!

Love with Ubuntu

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Just talk

less than 2 days after playing with linux/ubuntu...

Rock on with Exaile

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Software

newlinuxuser.com: The quest for an awesome music player happens every so often. I’ve gotten used to Rhythmbox but it has no equalizer =_= I’ve been frustrated with how my music sounds. Exaile has come to my rescue!

10 Lamest Reasons Fo Giving Up On Linux!

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Linux

helpforlinux.blogspot: Last time you read "7 Shit Ass Reasons for Using Linux" now here are "10 Lamest Reasons For Giving Up On Linux! "

Hotmail does work--badly--with Linux

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: Linux-Watch has reported that at least one Linux user was unable to use the newly redesigned Windows Live Hotmail. However, a closer look reveals that the problem isn't with Linux and Hotmail's interoperability, but with how Hotmail handles browsers.

KDE Four Live 1.1.72

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KDE
SUSE

kdedevelopers.org: KDE 4.2 is approaching its first Beta release and it has been a while so here is a new KDE Four Live release with KDE 4.1.72 snapshot SUSE packages from the KDE:KDE4:UNSTABLE:Desktop repository.

How to make your Linux computer boot faster

scienceblogs.com: Your computer probably boots with grub, and in a grub configuration file, there is a "timeout" value that you can reduce. It is not recommended that you let it be less than 2, but if it is three or more, go ahead and change it.*

Installing Xen On CentOS 5.2 (i386)

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HowTos

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on a CentOS 5.2 system. Xen lets you create guest operating systems (*nix operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD), so called virtual machines or domUs, under a host operating system (dom0).

Fedora 10: Next generation GNU/Linux

ujjwollamichhane.blogspot: Fedora 10 offers some nice new features, including the new Plymouth graphical boot system, a new version of Network Manager with improved support for 3G connectivity, better printing support, and lots of virtualization improvements.

The pain-free guide to switching Linux distros

techradar.com: The most recent official count of Linux distros put the number at 'one hell of a lot'.This is good because it gives us plenty of choice. Maybe it can feel as if there's a little too much choice at times.

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