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Windows 7 is enough to kill Linux on the desktop

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Linux
Microsoft

theinquirer.net: FOR THE PAST three years I have been a Linux fan-boy using Ubuntu most of the time. I decided to play with the new Windows 7 beta. It was pretty good and, if I am right, could result in the move away from Voleware to Linux and OSX being stopped in in its tracks.

The "just works" crowd

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Linux

raiden.net: One of the things I've been seeing more and more as of late is an attitude of "I just want it to work". Oddly, it's not a new attitude, but as we expand out into new markets, and go after new groups of users, we're starting to encounter people like this more and more.

How To Migrate Your Desktop From Windows To Linux

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Linux

bmighty.com: Moving from Windows to Linux is a big decision, but actually making the leap can be challenging and intimidating. Deciding in principle that you'll move to desktop Linux is one thing; actually executing such an important -- and potentially controversial -- decision is quite another.

Also: Step-By-Step: Migrating Your Desktop From Windows To Linux

The Gremlins of Open Source Software

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Linux

getshotwithlinux.zenerves: It seems that every time stuff kinda works, and in any possible, logical way I want to built upon it to improve/update/refine, the rest has to fail.

Ironically, it's free: a review of GIMP 2.6.4

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GIMP

arstechnica.com: As the open-source image editor of choice, the feature list of GIMP 2.6 is very long, and despite its status as a free application, it's as feature-packed as any commercial application.

Free Ways to approach Ubuntu from Windows

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Ubuntu

kabatology.com: For Windows Users: Apart the rhetoric that Linux is not Windows, how can one gradually get used to this different way of conceiving an operating system?

The New Ubuntu Brainstorm

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Ubuntu

linuxloop.com: The new and much improved version of Ubuntu Brainstorm, Ubuntu’s site for receiving ideas from users and allowing other users to vote on those ideas, was launched today.

Nokia Qt LGPL switch huge win for cross-platform development

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Software

arstechnica.com: Nokia has announced plans to make the open source Qt toolkit available under GNU's Lesser General Public License (LGPL), alongside the existing GPL and commercial licensing options.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Linus: Odd Hardware

  • 3D graphics are 100% free software
  • What’s next for OLPC?
  • Why Pre is the right move for Palm
  • Fun With Linux
  • about:mozilla 01/13
  • Gentopia has left the building
  • X Input 2.0 Protocol Draft Specification
  • Humanitarian FOSS Project
  • The Outer Limits
  • Can Microsoft Make Windows For a Small World?
  • Is Linux really better than Windows 7?
  • Windows 7 Anti-Competitive in Nature?
  • The New York Times On Ubuntu: Half-Right
  • The real (sort of) $100 laptop
  • Interview: Dann Washko, The Linux Link Tech Show
  • Conky now supports MOC player
  • New Friends of GNOME
  • Linux is the Engine Under the Hood of Instant On
  • Portable Linux is now available
  • Ubuntu Launchpad to go open source
  • Where is all the open-source EDA software?
  • Where’s Open Source At National Retail Federation Convention?
  • Bridging the Server Divide
  • Liferea: Rewrite/Redesign From Scratch

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • An rsync primer

  • Make Sudo Applications Beautiful
  • How to reduce the icon size in Ubuntu 8.10
  • Adding Grub After Ubuntu Installation
  • Turn Thunderbird into a Full-Blown PIM with Lightning
  • Diff Two Directories
  • Regular Expressions in Python 3
  • Linux tip: How to run multiple X sessions
  • Discwrapper - Design CD/DVD covers and labels for your personal discs
  • BleachBit - Cleans unnecessary files to free disk space and maintain privacy
  • openSUSE 11.1 - The Workarounds
  • Gentoo Cache Mirror using apache and php
  • Understanding automatic blank Pages in Open Office
  • Mail Merge in Openoffice.org: Everything You Need to Know

Linux Succumbs to Creeping Windows-Itis

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Linux

blog.linuxtoday: I've been using Linux since 1995, and while that doesn't quite elevate me to grizzled geekbeard status, it's long enough to have observed a whole lot of growth and changes. Most of them are good; but some of them are rather alarming.

KDE 4.1.4 and 4.2 Release Candidate Available Now

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KDE

dot.kde.org: The KDE community has made available two new releases of the KDE desktop and applications today. KDE 4.1.4 is the latest update for the KDE 4.1 series. KDE 4.2 RC is the release candidate of KDE 4.2.

Where have all the community managers gone?

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Linux
OSS

blogs.the451group: As we have seen open source vendors trimming headcount just like many other companies in search of controlling costs and weathering the storm during recent months, community managers seem to be on the line among the layoffs.

Also: building a community around your F/OSS project

The Secret Lives of Ubuntu and Debian Users

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Linux
Ubuntu

earthweb.com: Using free and open source software (FOSS), advocates like to say, is not a popularity contest. It's about doing what's right. However, the Debian and Ubuntu Popularity Contest projects might disagree.

Linux Powers New Security System

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Linux

ostatic.com/blog: French security company M2M Solution has developed a security gateway device called Homebox to monitor your home, office, vehicle, and even your pets while you're out.

Firefox to use Chrome-like tabs

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Moz/FF

techradar.com: Mozilla has announced a subtle but significant change to Firefox, tweaking the way tabs work on the browser.

Audio system taps Linux, 802.11n

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Cisco's Linksys division is shipping a networked home audio distribution system that runs Linux and uses 802.11n WiFi. The Cisco Wireless Home Audio system supports Internet radio and DLNA discovery, and includes a variety of receivers, speakers, players, iPOD docks, and a tablet-like touchscreen remote.

Whither Fedora?

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Linux

technologytales.com: I suppose that the calm is also a reflection of the fact that Ubuntu has matured but there is a sense that some changes may be on the horizon. For one thing, there are the opinions of a certain Mark Shuttleworth but the competition is progressing too.

Ubuntu 9.04 Boots in 21.4 Seconds

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Ubuntu

news.softpedia: There are only two days left until the third Alpha version of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) will be available (for testing), and... we couldn't resist the temptation to take the current daily build for a test drive.

10 Linux RSS fead readers

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Software

linuxnongeek.com: RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (but also sometimes refers to Rich Site Summary or RDF Site Summary). It is an XML-based format for sharing and distributing web content. Here I compiled a list with the best (IMO) 10 RSS readers for Linux:

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Mozilla: Rust, Security, Things Gateway, Firefox and More

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Fedora Workstation 28 Coming Soon

  • Warming up for Fedora Workstation 28
    Been some time now since my last update on what is happening in Fedora Workstation and with current plans to release Fedora Workstation 28 in early May I thought this could be a good time to write something. As usual this is just a small subset of what the team has been doing and I always end up feeling a bit bad for not talking about the avalanche of general fixes and improvements the team adds to each release.
  • Fedora Workstation 28 Is Shaping Up To Be Another Terrific Update
    Fedora Workstation 28 is shaping up to be another compelling update for those that are fans of this bleeding-edge Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution. I've been running Fedora Workstation 28 snapshots on a few laptops and test machines here and am quite happy with how it's shaped up as another Fedora release that delivers not only the latest features, but doing so in a seemingly sane and stable manner: I haven't encountered any problems unlike some of the past notorious Fedora releases from years ago. Overall, I am quite excited for next month's Fedora 28 release and will be upgrading my main production system to it.

Android Leftovers

Configuring local storage in Linux with Stratis

Configuring local storage is something desktop Linux users do very infrequently—maybe only once, during installation. Linux storage tech moves slowly, and many storage tools used 20 years ago are still used regularly today. But some things have improved since then. Why aren't people taking advantage of these new capabilities? This article is about Stratis, a new project that aims to bring storage advances to all Linux users, from the simple laptop single SSD to a hundred-disk array. Linux has the capabilities, but its lack of an easy-to-use solution has hindered widespread adoption. Stratis's goal is to make Linux's advanced storage features accessible. Read more