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Who is promoting Linux? and who isn't.

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linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: We read columns, articles, blogs all the time, telling us where companies should be adopting GNU/Linux, tossing out other OS's and using Open Source software to reap maximum savings.

New tab switching added for Firefox 3.1

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks.org: As announced before, tab switching is getting a dramatic update for Firefox 3.1 in both visual and behavior.

Will hypervisors make Ubuntu and other Linux operating systems obsolete?

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itwire.com: Computing is on the verge of a major paradigm shift with the modern rise in prominence of virtualisation. Fuelled by big corporates interested in the consolidation and energy saving potentials, improvements in virtualisation have hit the point where Linux could be a casualty. Here’s why:

Arch Linux for the DIY Linux user

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linux.com: There's no dearth of Linux distributions for desktop users or even for running high availability servers. But if you are a do-it-yourself computer user, your choice of Linux distros is fairly limited. You can build Linux from scratch with Linux from Scratch or compile your own set of packages with Gentoo. But if you want a distro that teaches you the basics of Linux as you set it up; is well documented, lightweight, and zippy; and has a dependency-resolving packaging system, you need Arch Linux.

Open Source OS's Part 2: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

thedullbulb.blogspot: Today we will focus on Ubuntu. I really like Ubuntu. It was the first Linux distro that I used and I really think it is intuitive and very similar to Windows XP. Ubuntu does all the basic things you would expect from an OS and with style.

CyberLink Sees Opportunities in Netbooks, Linux

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Software

pcworld.com: Multimedia software maker CyberLink sees a lot of opportunities in the fast-growing netbook segment of the computer market, from online access to files stored on home PCs to multimedia software made for Linux OSs.

KDE 4.1 Packages available

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AbiWord: A Scalpel, Not a Chain Saw

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linuxinsider.com: AbiWord is an open source word processing program that offers basic functions without getting bogged down with unnecessary features, writes Los Angeles Daily News columnist Steven Rosenberg. While OpenOffice offers a more full-featured alternative to Microsoft Office, AbiWord is slim and loads faster, especially on slow computers.

Package Management Security on openSUSE

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SUSE

opensuse.org: There has been a report looking at package management security on various distributions that IMO was rather condensed in its summary report and therefore raised some false alarms for various distributions including openSUSE.

Ubuntu is not perfect

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Ubuntu

jldugger.livejournal: Nick Ali, author of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter (among other things), writes that Ubuntu doesn't get a fair shake in a Pingdom report on update site availability. Microsoft had a measured 100% response to pings, Apple a 99.9%.

Disk corruption can be virtual too

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technologytales.com: It’s the sort of sight that causes you to fear the worst, an unchanging black screen with a flashing cursor. That was what started greet me in recent days when I tried to fire up a Windows XP guest in VMware Workstation.

aria2: high speed command line download utility

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debaday.debian.net: If you’re a frequent downloader and comfortable on the command line, then you need to try out aria2. aria2 is a cross platform download utility, similar to graphical download managers except that it uses less system resources.

Ubuntu Ireland goes for open source success

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Ubuntu

siliconrepublic.com: Microsoft Windows remains the standard operating system (OS) for most personal computers throughout the world but advocates for the open source Linux-based OS Ubuntu are pushing its benefits for personal, educational and organisational uses, not least because it is free and community developed.

How Does OpenOffice 3.0 Beta Handle Microsoft Office Files?

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OOo

linuxloop.com: Like it or not, one of the most important features of any Microsoft Office alternative is being able to read Microsoft Office files. With the recently released OpenOffice 3.0 Beta adding support for importing Office 2007 files, I decided to test.

12 Web Browsers for Linux - Review

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Linux

The article reviews 12 web browsers for Linux, including GUI and CLI ones. Among the popular ones like Firefox, Opera or Konqueror, included are Kazehakase, Galeon, Epiphany, Dillo, lynx, w3m, elinks, links2, links.

9 File Managers for Linux

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9 file managers for Linux, including Konqueror, Nautilus, Krusader, Xfe, PCManFM and Thunar

today's leftovers

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News
  • Firefox 2.0.0.16 security and stability update now available

  • Survey about openSUSE 11.0
  • Linux Outlaws 47 - Hip with Da Yoof
  • Chris Pirillo on Ubuntu, and me correcting him…
  • Finding Version Information On Ubuntu Hardy Heron
  • Hammering at cost with open source
  • A Storm In The Computing World: Stormy Peters
  • A few things you may not know about YUM
  • Thoughts on OpenSUSE 11.0
  • How to revert to pure Debian
  • Perl and Bash Versions Of Binary To Decimal Conversion Script
  • Ubuntu….painful experience
  • Windows, Linux, and Mac housing projects
  • Offline Wikipedia for Linux

Event aims to bring Lindependence to one California town

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linux.com: An enterprising group has taken on a radical approach in attracting users to Linux: switch a whole town! Dubbed "Lindependence 2008" (a.k.a. LIN08), this event strives to switch citizens in Felton, Calif., for at least a week from Microsoft Windows to Linux.

Windows Now Open Source

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linuxtreat.blogspot: The news is here, today 'LinuxTreat' in association with other open-source developer had released some flavor of Windows for free. If you are shocked, here are some screen shots of this 'Open Windows Flavor' with their description.

More Productive “Open With” method

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Ubuntu

ubuntuproductivity.com: In switching from the Mac OS Leopard to Ubuntu Linux there was one Mac feature I seriously missed—the ability to drag-and-drop a file onto any application icon to open it. On Linux (at least the setup I am running—Ubuntu 8.04 Linux with the Gnome 2.22 desktop) this does not seem to be possible.

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OSS Leftovers

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Ubuntu: New Users, Unity Remix, 18.04 LTS News

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