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Story Clonezilla: A Drive-Duping Monster With a Fearsome Face srlinuxx 29/12/2011 - 2:40am
Story Interview with Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation srlinuxx 29/12/2011 - 2:35am
Story As 2012 Dawns, Mint Leads the List of Top Linux Distros srlinuxx 29/12/2011 - 2:27am
Blog entry Kobo Tablet fieldyweb 29/12/2011 - 1:04am
Blog entry Maybe it's not coincidence, maybe the Mayans were onto something..? fieldyweb 28/12/2011 - 1:50pm
Story Changing the LightDM login background in Ubuntu 11.10 mcasperson 28/12/2011 - 6:40am
Blog entry Top 10 in Tech of 2011 fieldyweb 26/12/2011 - 5:42pm
Story Full Circle Magazine #56 srlinuxx 25/12/2011 - 8:56pm
Blog entry What Does Linux and Role Playing Games Have in Common? bigbearomaha 25/12/2011 - 8:30pm
Story openSUSE Weekly News 207 is out srlinuxx 25/12/2011 - 8:00pm

What Happened To XGI Graphics?

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Phoronix: XGI Technology is still in business, but what has happened to them? We once saw hope in them for providing discrete graphics processors to take on the NVIDIA and ATI duopoly, but they have since discontinued their Volari 8 series.

Kit Out A PC For Free!

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Ubuntu Firstly, you'll need an Operating System (OS). Even if your computer has an old version of Windows, you may find that it's not supported anymore (so you won't be able to get help easily if you run into problems) or it doesn't work well with new technology. One of the best we've found is Ubuntu.

Firefox may scuttle support for older Linux

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computer world: Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser will probably abandon support for older distributions of Linux, a company executive has said.

Author rejects Microsoft's use of his report in veiled open source threat

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Microsoft The author of a report used by Microsoft as evidence of open source patent infringement has said that his report means the opposite of what Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said it means.

Also: OIN Statement: "We stand ready to leverage our IP portfolio" - Updated
And: Linus Torvalds Responds To Microsoft Patent Claims

Free Advice for the Litigious...

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Jonathan Schwartz: Years back, Sun was under pressure in the market. Although many users loved our core Solaris operating system, others thought it was built for high end computers, not grid systems. We gave customers one choice - leave Sun. Many did. Where did they go? They went to GNU/Linux.

OpenSuse plans to massively improve boot time

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/home/liquidat: Like other distributions, OpenSuse has a group of people working at a faster boot system. Atm there is no discussion about a new init system but about improvements on all fronts: kernel, init scripts, unnecessary system calls, etc.

Review: Kubuntu 7.04 (Part I)

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techpersona: Well today I took a sip of the magical drink and tried out a new OS (Operating System) on my PC. No, I did not switch to that OS with the fruit on it. No, what I have done is tried out one of the projects from Ubuntu known as Kubuntu.

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 7.04

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howtoforge: This tutorial shows how you can turn Ubuntu Studio 7.04 into a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Also: Phoronix has the Screenshots

A Serious Inconsistency Emerges in the Microsoft-Novell Stories

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Groklaw: Did Microsoft detail what patents it thinks Linux infringes when it was negotiating the deal with Novell or not? The parties are telling two different stories, and furthermore, Microsoft has now told two different stories. First it said it didn't, but now it says it did. Let me show you what I noticed.

And: Novell rejects Microsoft’s Linux patent claims

Linux too vanilla? Try this

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the Inquirer: I'VE BEEN TRYING to reinstall my old laptop recently. It's a battered old Thinkpad i1200 series from about 2001. No kernel newer than 2.6.15 will run on it. I've tried FreeBSD before but found it a real trial to get it installed and working. But PC-BSD is a /very/ different beast.

Sun, allies broaden open-source chip push

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ZDNet: Sun Microsystems' open-source chip plan is bearing some early fruit, but the server and software company hopes to increase further involvement by sharing the designs of its forthcoming "Niagara 2" processor.

Crossing the digital divide with

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ITWeek: The productivity suite, whose main modules are the Writer word processor, Calc spreadsheet and Impress presentation package, has extremely good filters for exchanging files. You can use these to open and edit Microsoft Office format documents in and vice versa.

There is only one reason left why Windows exists

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Really Linux: 156 minutes of pain compared with 26 minutes of success. That’s the difference between a Windows installation and a Linux installation. After two and a half hours fiddling with a Windows install on my Toshiba laptop, it became pretty obvious what is one major reason why Windows remains a viable operating system.

Nokia's maemo 3.1 update is an incremental improvement

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Software Nokia has released the first software update for its N800 Internet tablets. Officially dubbed Internet Tablet OS 2007 Edition version 3.2007.10-7, it corresponds to the maemo 3.1 platform. The update fixes several performance and stability problems in the 3.0 release that shipped with the tablet at launch, and offers a few improved features.

Java and Ubuntu

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OSS Watch: A great deal of noise has been made about feisty fawn, the latest version of Ubuntu, and better support for Java and the NetBeans Java development environment. Better support for Java is a good thing, even a very good thing.

Server Monitoring With munin And monit On Debian Etch

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In this article I will describe how you can monitor your Debian Etch server with munin and monit. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration, whereas monit checks the availability of services like Apache, MySQL, Postfix and takes the appropriate action such as a restart if it finds a service is not behaving as expected.

MOC — Console Audio Player for Linux

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polishlinux: MOC is a console-based (build on ncurses library) audio player for Linux/BSD. It’s very easy to use, fast and functional so basically it has all the features of a decent player except for a fancy GUI. What is more — it takes a fraction of system resources consumed by most popular GUI players but still plays all popular formats „out-of-the-box”.

Meeting on Future Mozilla Firefox Support Forums Held

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mozillaZine: The notes from the second meeting on the future of Mozilla Firefox support have been made available online. The telephone conference was organised by the Mozilla Corporation and took place on Thursday.

Also: Real time customization for Firefox with Personas
And: Raising Mozilla on Linux Runtime Requirements Proposed

Windows Vista review

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Software in Review: It's been more than 6 years since the last release of Microsoft's Windows desktop operating system. In that time, the operating system market has changed dramatically. No longer are there simple, standard PCs -- we now have tablets, handhelds, set-top boxes, and network appliances. We have low-end "email and Web" desktops, high-end gaming machines, and superpowered workstations. Having tested Windows Vista Ultimate Edition I have to wonder if the Microsoft software engineers have been paying attention.

Also: No end in sight for Vista's Long Goodbye

Behind enemy lines: A post from Ubuntu

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Ubuntu To think Ive spent 3 years trying to go back in time. Trying to get MS to see the errors it has made in regards to the main mistake of disbanding IP&Ts division. But now that Im here in Ubuntu - I can finally say that with conviction - as I am a Linux troll now!

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