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Vim Tip of the Week - Word Find?

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HowTos

ubuntu tutorials: Vim is the greatest editor of all time. Let me tell you! Every week when I go to put together a new tip there is just so much to offer. I can keep this going for years!

People of openSUSE: Francis Giannaros

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SUSE

opensuse news: Here is another ‘People of openSUSE’ interview: this time you can read Francis Giannaros’ answers! He does things like writing and editing articles on the wiki, bug reports, IRC and mailing list discussions still, and launching openSUSE-Community.org.

A look at the Mozilla-based One Laptop per Child web browser

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OLPC
Moz/FF

mozilla links: The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project is in the final steps to finally ship the first laptops to poor children living in poor countries. The Gecko-based browser is as simple as it gets and then a little bit simpler.

Changes at MySQL draw fire from community

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Software

LinuxWorld: MySQL AB has made it harder for developers to use the enterprise edition of its database software for free, sparking a debate about whether the company has strayed from its obligation to its open-source community.

Also: Another Reason Why MySQL Gets It

First Impressions: My Ubuntu-based Dell

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Ubuntu

MaximumPC: When Dell first announced its line of preinstalled Linux PCs a couple of months ago, Maximum PC was eager to check them out. But, fearing the tough criticism for which Max PC is widely known, Dell flatly refused to send us a system to check out.

OpenGL 3.0: Longs Peak in September

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Software

/home/liquidat: OpenGL Architecture Review Board has officially announced OpenGL 3 for the next month. This release will be the expected “Longs Peak” release, while “Mount Evans” is now scheduled for 4-5 months after “Longs Peak”.

Novell wins; SCO loses

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SUSE

groklaw: Hot off the presses: Judge Dale Kimball has issued a 102-page ruling [PDF] on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell. Here is what matters most: [T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights.

Linus explains why open source works

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Linux

linux.com: Linus Torvalds is often described as an open source champion, interested in licensing only insofar as it affects his ability to share code and improve software more quickly. However, his real position is more complicated -- and to some, perhaps surprising.

Linux: The 0.10 Release

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "BACK UP ANY IMPORTANT DATA," began the Linux 0.10 installation instructions. "Linux accesses your hardware directly, and if your hardware differs from mine, you could be in for a nasty surprise. Doublecheck that your hardware is compatible:

BitTorrent's closed protocol: fact or fiction?

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Software

arstechnica: Last year, BitTorrent Inc. acquired the company that makes uTorrent, one of the most popular BitTorrent clients available on the Windows platform. The next major version of the official BitTorrent client—which is currently in beta—is based on the closed-source uTorrent client rather than the open-source BitTorrent reference implementation.

Linspire executives exodus?

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Linux

linux-watch: According to multiple sources close to Linux distributor Linspire, former CEO Kevin Carmony was not the only executive to leave Linspire at the end of July. Sources say that Chad Olson, the company's CFO, and other high-ranking officials including the comptroller and the head of the Linux engineering team had also left by July 31.

Linux Is Boring

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Linux

internetnews: There was a time when selling Linux (or even just writing about it) was an evangelical endeavor. Users needed to be sold on Linux's benefits and, more importantly, assured that it actually worked. Not so at LinuxWorld San Francisco 2007.

The Year Of The Small Distro

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Linux

Caitlyn Martin: Articles about Linux and mainstream Linux news tends to be dominated by the big Linux distributions. In the past year a number of medium sized and small distros have lept past the big players among Linux distributions, offering single CDs with lots of apps, excellent hardware support, speedy performance, and relatively few bugs.

Immoral Choice

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Software

cyberorg: When guys like Richard Stallman are fighting to maintain the freedom of software developers and users, compiz-fusion project goes and picks a paid, closed source and proprietary software for it’s community forum.

MEPIS Releases KDE 4 Beta 1 Live DVDs

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KDE
Linux

mepis.org: Warren Woodford of MEPIS has built KDE4-Beta1 Live DVDs to verify the compatibility of KDE 4 with SimplyMEPIS 7.x. The 32 and 64 bit DVD isos are available from the testing directory of the MEPIS subscriber site and the MEPIS public mirrors.

The Ultimate Linux Handheld

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Linux
Hardware

LinuxJournal: Last year's winner in this category, the Nokia 770, has a younger sibling, and, as oft happens, the kid takes the cake. Nokia's N800, the follow-up to the 770, is smaller, lighter, better-looking, faster and has a larger brain.

LyX 1.5: What you see is what you mean

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Software

linux.com: According to its Web site, LyX is "the first WYSIWYM document processor," coupling a familiar word processing front end to the powerful LaTeX typesetting engine. Last month's new version 1.5 release includes a revamped interface, big improvements in multilanguage support, and enhanced tools for incorporating math, tables, and outlines.

Using Ubuntu on the Desktop

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Ubuntu

itmanagement: With Ubuntu installed and ready to rock, it's time to get started using your new desktop. This chapter is excerpted from the Second Edition of The Official Ubuntu Book.

It's free - until later..

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OSS

OneAndOneIs2: There's an interesting interview with Sun's CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, at news.com. It basically sums up the counter-argument to the ever-popular FUD statement "FOSS is bad, because you can't make money by giving the software away" in one sentence.

Novell CEO Speaks Truth To Linux

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Linux

Alexander Wolfe: It's been a good news, bad news kind of week for Linux. On the one hand, some supporters remain deluded that the open-source operating system has a legit chance of taking on Vista. At the same time, Novell CEO Ron Hovespian took a hard look at the Linux landscape and came to a conclusion not to different from my recent rant about their being way too many distros.

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PulseAudio 10 and Virtual GPU in Linux

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