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more firefox stuff

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Moz/FF
  • Firefox 3 Beta 2 - faster and easier to navigate

  • Firefox 3 Beta 2 Arrives As Mozilla and Microsoft Jostle for Security Crown
  • Mozilla QA Seeks Pre-Release Testers for Release Candidates and Developer Builds

Apple's Christmas gifts to open source

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Mac

Matt Asay: Apple gets a lot of grief for being a net pillager of open source. The company has adopted open-source software into critically important products, yet gives little in return (so the story goes). And yet the Mac gets a lot of love from the open-source crowd. Why? What has Apple done to deserve it?

GNOME: the cowboy project

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Software

iTWire: What is the relationship between the GNU Project and the GNOME desktop suite? GNOME itself claims to be a part of the GNU Project. But its relationship with the organisation is not the same as that of other software projects which are part of GNU.

NetBSD 4: A Force to Be Reckoned With?

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BSD

internetnews.com: NetBSD 4 is finally out, boasting a long list of feature and speed improvements in the open source operating system. The NetBSD 4.0 comes nearly two years after NetBSD 3.0 was released. As with earlier versions, NetBSD 4 continues to competitively position its BSD variant against its BSD, Linux and Unix peers.

Dell's Ubuntu 7.10 Offering - Technical Details

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Ubuntu

direct2dell: Now that we have shared that Ubuntu 7.10 is available for sale on select Dell systems, I'd like to take the opportunity to give an update on what customers can expect with this offering. Most of the Ubuntu 7.04 technical details are still valid for this release, but there are a number of changes that I'd like to point out:

Flightgear 1.0.0 Released

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Gaming

freegamer.blogspot: After more than 11 years of development, Flightgear 1.0 has arrived. Flightgear can be played on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, as well as other *nix platforms including FreeBSD, Solaris, and IRIX. Flightgear is one of the first major Free Software games and has become a flight simulator that rivals it's commercial counterparts.

Foolish Forecast: Red Hat in the Black

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Linux

Motley Fool: Longtime Linux platform leader Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) will don a fresh fedora on Thursday night to report its third-quarter 2008 results. Sales and gross margins are on the rise, but Red Hat keeps scaling up its operational staff, so the bottom-line results don't always follow suit.

The VC Floodgates Open for Drupal and Acquia

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Drupal

computerworlduk blogs: A little while back, the creator of the Drupal open source web collaboration and publishing platform, Dries Buytaert, announced that he was setting up a company alongside the project. Now that company has just got a lot of dosh:

Open Office standards row heats up

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OSS

The Register: Microsoft is facing growing criticism of its bid to have Office Open XML (OOXML) accepted as an international standard ahead of a crucial vote by the ISO scheduled for February.

Also: KOffice's stance against OOXML more practical than political, developer says

Why Linux didn't win in 2007 and why it won't in 2008 either

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Linux

seopher: 2007 was touted as 'the year for Linux' and indeed the first quarter looked promising but things never really took off. Why is that?

Ulteo plans free and paying subscriptions for online OpenOffice service

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Software

zdnet blogs: Ulteo’s online OpenOffice service will be officially launched to the marketplace to a limited number of subscribers in the first half of 2008, the company’s CEO said.

Opera 9.25 released

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Software

my.opera.com: We released 9.25 today, which mainly addresses a few security issues - it is a recommended upgrade for all those running the latest stable releases.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to install KDE 4 RC 2 on Ubuntu 7.10 (screenshot tour)

  • One click monitor power-down for Linux
  • Enhancing cluster quorum with QDisk
  • Short Tip: Add Plasma widgets to the panel in KDE 4
  • HowTo: Rename Multiple Files Without A Script
  • Create an MP3 file server using Amarok and ObsidianMusic
  • How to Install Vmware Server in Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)
  • Monitor Multiple Logs in a Single Shell with MultiTail for Linux

Ubuntu 7.10 vs. Early Ubuntu 8.04 Benchmarks

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Ubuntu

phoronix: Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2 is due out tomorrow, and while we'll have more extensive testing as the Hardy Heron release nears in April, today we are publishing our first -- very initial -- benchmarks of Ubuntu 8.04 using the 12-19-2007 daily build and comparing these results to Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. These tests are focused upon OpenGL gaming, encoding, disk, and memory performance.

First Looks at Firefox 3.0 Beta 2

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Moz/FF
  • First Look at Firefox 3.0 Beta 2

  • First look: Firefox 3 beta 2 officially released
  • Firefox 3 Beta 2 review
  • Firefox 3 beta 2 Arrives with More Speed and Less Memory

A Taste Of Mandriva

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MDV

junauza.blogspot: I have tried and tested almost all major Linux distros but not yet Mandriva. Fortunately, I had a not-so-busy weekend so I finally had my hands on Mandriva 2008.

Katapulting away from the menu

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Software

ITtoolbox blogs: One of the programs that, when I first saw it in Kubuntu, I thought that I would never have any use for. After using it for a bit I now miss it on systems that don't have it. That program is called Katapult and it does more than just Katapult you into a program launch.

Linux Photographers, LightZone Is Here

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Software

softpedia: Light Crafts, the producing company of LightZone, announced yesterday the availability of a beta release for the photo-editing software. With the help of this version, Linux users now have all the LightZone tools for editing and improving digital photos that Windows and Mac users have already had.

Choosing a Linux Distro, Part 2: Favorite Flavors

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Linux

linuxinsider: "Each Linux distro comes with its own powers and problems, and to say which one you should use would be tantamount to answering, 'What kind of car should I drive?'" said Scott Whitney of Journyx. Whitney has a strong view about not getting too fanatical over the differences in Linux distros. The particular flavor you select will matter less than the fact that you are not using the Mac or Windows platforms.

Simple, fast administration with Webmin

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Software

linux.com: Linux has so many tools, settings, parameters, and configuration files to learn that administering your box can be a challenge. Webmin, a Web-based comprehensive administration tool for Linux, can help you get on your way.

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