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"Open source business model" takes on a new meaning with the Open Business Foundation

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linux.com: The Open Business Foundation (OBF) operates on two premises: that the open source development community makes good business sense, and that small businesses can be more successful if they band together with each other to share resources of all kinds.

Linux: Reliability, Availability. and Serviceability

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kernelTRAP: A recent patch posted to the lkml aimed to make it possible to use both kdb and kdump at the same time, and instead led to an interesting discussion about RAS (Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability) tools.

Unforked Ghostscript released, now under the GPL, and works with CUPS

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arstechnica: This week Ghostscript, an open source postscript processor, released version 8.6.0. Ghostscript releases are not normally newsworthy since they are frequent and incremental, but this release is special.

What do you want to hear from Dell about its Linux plans?

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desktoplinux: In an unusual move, Dell is asking its users what they want Dell CTO Kevin Kettler to talk about at next week's LinuxWorld trade show at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Securely Delete Files in Linux

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MaximumPC: It used to be that only paranoids cared a whit about shredding their data—or their office paperwork, for that matter. But these days, there really are people out there just waiting for you to slip up and expose your private data. Fortunately, if you're running Linux, deleting sensitive information is fast and easy with the 'shred' utility.

Collaborating with Mindquarry

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Software

linux.com: If there's one thing the world doesn't lack for, besides bad movie sequels and dishonest politicians, it's collaboration software. Good collaboration software that's open source, on the other hand, is a rare thing indeed.

KDE Quickies: Awards to Enter, Magnatune Hires Amarok Developer, and an Old Interview

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dot.kde.org: A few quickies again this week: the 4th Trophées du Libre (International Free Software Awards) contest is open. Also new this week: Nikolaj Hald Nielsen has announced that he is being hired full time to work on Amarok, courtesy of the Magnatune music store.

SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Prebeta - A First Look

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Linux

shift+backspace: Yesterday, the first release pre-release version of MEPISSimplyMEPIS 7.0 was announced. This release marks the end of a great Ubuntu-based distribution, but the beginning of a spectacular distribution based on Debian.

Has Ubuntu clinched the desktop Linux market?

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Ubuntu

zdnet blogs: On the surface a two-month delay in Red Hat’s release of Global Desktop Linux is no big deal. The aim of the project is not just to deliver an operating system, but a complete environment, including applications, aimed at the mass market.

GIMP User Manual 0.13 Released

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GIMP

After four months of hard work we are proud to announce a new release of the user manual for GIMP 2.2 with new content, spelling and grammar fixes, and new tutorials from gimp.org.

Review: SuperGamerVL

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Linux

Raiden's Realm: SuperGamerVL (aka SuperGamer3) is the next generation in Linux gaming live dvd's that aims to bring the fun of Linux gaming to a PC near you and help Linux geeks everywhere demonstrate to their friends that Linux really is fun and can be used for gaming.

Linux command line

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tuxwatch: Linux has come a long way in the past two years. Today much of what needs to be done on a Linux machine can be done using a mouse and a little pointing and clicking. Occasionally, however, there are things that still require a little under-the-hood tinkering, where a rudimentary understanding of the command line comes in handy.

The Comdexification of Linux

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Dana Blankenhorn: Linuxworld hits San Francisco next week with 11,000 attendees. The media is filled with stories about the “mainstreaming” of open source. Maybe. I’m more worried about open source Comdexifying, about Comdexification if you will.

Windows' dominance stifles demand for Linux

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ZDNet: There's been much fanfare about Linux replacing Windows on desktops but we've yet to see any major adoptions take place. This may have something to do with the fact that none of the major PC manufacturers have offered Linux as a pre-installed option.

LINUXWORLD SF - Open source going mainstream

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LinuxWorld: As more than 11,000 attendees prepare to converge on San Francisco for the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo next week, one industry analyst says customers are evaluating open-source software the same way they evaluate proprietary software: It has to be priced right and work well.

An open proposal for Microsoft open source certification

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Microsoft

FreeSoftware Mag: Microsoft. Open-Source Certification. This is not an April Fools, apparently. According to various news feeds (this was brought to my attention from PCWorld, but YMMV as these stories are periodic) they will be submitting some of their "shared source" licenses to the OSI. This is genuinely fantastic news.

Share Your Music Collection With gnump3d

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Gnump3d is a streaming server that can help you share your music collection with others. Although the name is using mp3 it can serve ogg as well, so you don't have to convert all your mp3 files to ogg files.

Linux: Ready for Prime Time?

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Redmond Mag: I've always been a Microsoft and Windows bigot, and I've suffered for it-big time. Bosses have chastised me for always recommending a Microsoft solution when there were other companies out there whose software often did the same thing for less. I could easily roll with all those punches, until Microsoft came out with Vista.

Power up your photo sharing with Desktop Flickr Organizer

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linux.com: We have examined several applications for working with Flickr before, and they all have one thing in common: they focus on uploading images from the desktop. But uploading only scratches the surface of what the Web service can do. Desktop Flickr Organizer (DFO) gives you a lot more power.

Acer gives mixed message on Linux line-up

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ZDNet: The apparent green light in the UK is an about face from earlier this week, when an Acer spokesperson told ZDNet Australia's sister site, ZDNet UK, it wouldn't offer Ubuntu as an option due to a lack of demand. Acer won't commit to pre-installing Linux on its line-up in Australia.

Also: Acer clarifies position on Linux PCs

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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