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Story Smoothwall Express 3.1 RC5 Is a Powerful Firewall and It's Completely Free Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 7:11pm
Story GCC 4.9.0 Released Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 7:05pm
Story Calligra 2.8.2 Office Suite Gets Lots of Krita Fixes and Improvements Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 6:59pm
Story OpenBSD forks, prunes, fixes OpenSSL Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 6:53pm
Story LG Electronics Places Open Source Bet on Smart TV Apps Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 6:46pm
Story Nitrux OS Icons Features Superb Handcrafted Themes for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Arch Linux Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 6:35pm
Story OpenSSL Forked By OpenBSD Into LibreSSL Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 6:30pm
Story (GNOME) What's coming in Maps 3.14 and beyond Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 6:24pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 4:43pm
Story Leftovers: Software Rianne Schestowitz 22/04/2014 - 4:42pm

today's leftovers

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News
  • Me and You and a GPG Key Named Boo

  • Downloading Music the 1337 Way!
  • Timeline of the Debian project
  • Configure Exim with anti-spam
  • FSF New Website and Newsletter
  • A “Word” on Document Interoperability
  • Decibel in 14 easy steps
  • an interview with pmdematagoda
  • Will it always be about Microsoft?
  • People power transforms the web in next online revolution
  • Linux a few months in
  • Linux Mint Darnya on HP Pavilion dv6000

Eee PC to Get Intel’s Diamondville, Hard Drives, and Fashion Forward Style

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Hardware
Interviews

laptopmag.com: Asus’ Eee PC has become a low-cost laptop to reckon with. Everex has snuck up on the low-cost leader with the CloudBook and other vendors are rumored to be releasing their own low-cost notebooks in the near future. Shen thinks the days of the Eee PC are just taking off and that the competitors will try to knock them off their course but won’t succeed.

Linux Filesystem Exposed

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Linux

gorkee.com: On Linux, there is only a single hierarchical directory structure. Everything starts from the root directory, represented by ‘/’, and then expands into sub-directories. Where DOS/Windows had various partitions and then directories under these partitions, Linux places all the partitions under the root directory by ‘mounting’ them under specific directories. The closest to root under Windows would be c:.

Talking Ubuntu Linux: Q&A with System76 President Carl Richell

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Interviews
Ubuntu

allaboutubuntu.wordpress: System76, one of the best-known providers of Ubuntu systems, recently introduced new servers certified to run the operating system. All About Ubuntu caught up with System76 President Carl Richell to discuss his views on the Ubuntu server market.

Plasma improvements: KDE 4.0.2 and beyond

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KDE

arstechnica.com: When KDE 4.0 was officially released in January, there were a lot of gaping holes in basic functionality. During the past few months, the codebase has matured considerably and the environment is steadily approaching the point where it will be sufficiently robust for widespread day-to-day use.

IBM brings 'Microsoft-free' PCs to Europe

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Linux

computerworld.com.au: In a move to challenge Microsoft on the desktop, IBM has teamed up with Austrian and Polish system integrators to supply the emerging Eastern European and Russian business PC markets with "Microsoft-free" systems based on Red Hat Linux and open standards-based productivity software.

Mainstream U.S. Media Discovers Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

thevarguy.com: The VAR Guy was flipping though his Sunday morning paper when he spotted an article about Ubuntu Linux. He took a few more sips of coffee to perk up and make sure his eyes weren’t deceiving him. Sure enough, Ubuntu had made the leap into the mainstream media.

Why I am Making the Switch from Gentoo to Kubuntu

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Gentoo

evildomain.org: I am an advocate of Gentoo. Linux ricer? Sure, why not, I live for those minute speed advantages. I also, perhaps masochistically, prefer building every package from source. Why, then, am I dumping Gentoo, and for kubuntu of all distros?

Also: Bye Gentoo... Welcome Ubuntu

Be the next big thing in open source

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OSS

itwire.com: So you’ve got an idea for a great app and you’re thinking of making your own open source project? Here are some items to consider and some sites that will help you on your journey. We’ll also see how some well-known open source teams did it.

Mandriva 2008 Spring - RC1

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MDV

planetoss.com: Mandriva was the first distribution I used back in 2001 when I started using Linux. Mandriva's earlier decisions like releasing their OS to the public after a month or so and some annoying bugs made me to stay out of Mandriva but recently I tried Mandriva's 2008 release and was really impressed with their work.

Coupla gaming releases

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Gaming

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Ubuntu TIP: Extending Nautilus, Scripting Your Way To UI Bliss

  • Terminator - Multiple GNOME terminals in one window
  • Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Brings Better MTP Support
  • Conky on Ubuntu 64 Bit - conkyrc
  • Restoring GRUB boot menu from ubuntu live CD
  • Ubuntu Studio Theme a cool looking theme for your Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10
  • Watching live soccer in Gentoo - part 1 - SopCast

Laptop Review: Dell XPS m1330n (Ubuntu Pre-Installed)

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Linux
Hardware

adventuresinopensource: I finally got my shiny new Dell XPS m1330 laptop recently and I have to say I really love it. It's very nice to be able to order a new laptop from a large manufacturer with Linux pre-installed, especially as a home user, it's been an easier option for enterprise customers for a while now I think.

If Linux Distributions Were Women

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Linux
Humor

computersight.com: If Red Hat were a woman... Red Hat is the first of three sisters--Fedora and CentOS--and the bossiest. She pretends to have money, and her family has definitely been involved in plenty of businesses, but everyone knows she's doesn't.

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Gets An XRandR GUI

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Software

phoronix.com: A week ago, Canonical's Bryce Harrington had pushed an XRandR GUI into Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, which can now be found inside Alpha 6. This utility facilitates the dynamic management of displays using the RandR 1.2 extension.

New Compiz Fusion Animations!

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Software

thelinuxmovement.blogspot: The three new animations are called, helix, blinds, and sandstorm. There are some preview videos of them on youtube.

Cool Ubuntu Projects on Launchpad

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Web

ubuntulinuxhelp.com: For those not familiar, Launchpad is a free software hosting and development website. One thing I like about services such as these, is that I often find interesting (and usable) projects. Let’s see what Ubuntu based projects are hosted on Launchpad:

KDE Commit-Digest for 2nd March 2008

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KDE

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Work on WebKit integration, the ability to access Plasma data engines in Plasmoids rendered through WebKit, and a HDDtemp daemon data engine are added to Plasma, plus work on Plasmoid packaging and KRunner. Items can now be dragged from the Kickoff menu to the desktop or the panel.

Compiz-Fusion Community News for February 9, 2008

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Software

smspillaz.wordpress: There are some more new features for you users out there and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them! Among the highlights are: Session manager integration and support, New animations, Compiz Desktop Menu, and 0.7.2 Development release.

Microsoft promises ODF, OOXML interoperability

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OSS

itwire.com: In the wake of the ISO rejecting Microsoft's OOXML document format as an international standard, Microsoft has launched its Document Interoperability Initiative pledging to work with industry to ensure its document formats remain interchangeable with industry standards.

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