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Should open source boycott Cisco’s contest?

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blogs.zdnet.com: While lawyers debate the merits of the FSF’s suit against Cisco, open source developers may be asking themselves how they can make their views heard. Here’s an idea. Boycott Cisco’s contest.

10 things Linux Ubuntu should REALLY copy from Mac OS X

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Linux

grigio.org: Linux grows up less than Mac OS, Why? The most important reasons are: Mac still offers a better user experience (as Mark Shuttleworth admits) and not enought commercial software are avalaible for Linux. So, what is this "user experience" that Mac has and Linux lacks?

Is Phoenix about to Enter GPL Violation HyperSpace?

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OSS

computerworlduk.com: If ultraportables were last year's big surprise success for GNU/Linux, one of the potentially exciting technologies for this year is the instant-on pre-operating system that loads in seconds when you power up a desktop or portable. Does Phoenix hope to get away without respecting the GNU GPL?

Memo to Dell: Pump Ubuntu Into the Channel

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: Pssst: Hey Greg Davis. You’ve just been named Dell’s global channel chief — in charge of the PC giant’s worldwide partner strategy. What are you going to do next? Here’s one suggestion:

Linux and Netbooks

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Linux
Hardware
  • When is a netbook no longer a netbook?

  • Linux and Netbooks
  • ARMing GNU/Linux Netbooks for Success in 2009
  • New Freescale processors target Linux netbooks
  • Notes from the netbook revolution

16 Free Games - Part 2

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Gaming

pcmech.com: Did you get your fill of games from part 1? We didn’t think so! So here’s part two.

Introducing KDE 4: Dragon and SMPlayer

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KDE
Software

introducingkde4.blogspot: Kaffeine was the most used Video Player on KDE 3, however, for KDE 4.x it's in a pretty early stage, but fear not, the SMPlayer (which is technically a Qt application, not a KDE one) and Dragon Player came to fill this hole.

End Game Piracy: Open Source

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OSS

ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: As 2008 has proven - draconian digital restrictions management (DRM) does not stop people from illicitly using computer games. Spore, whose DRM was so bad they got ratings bombed on Amazon.com, was the most pirated game of 2008. The DRM caused hassles for legitimate users and did nothing to stop illicit use. This is always the case.

Turning Linux’s Advantages in to Advantages

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Linux

linuxloop.com: Linux’s key advantages, such as customizability, the repository system, hardware support, and excellent interfaces, are frequently viewed as downsides or deal-breakers to new users.

KDE4 performance on NVidia 8600GT: problem solved by bying ATI

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KDE
Hardware

adymo.blogspot: I've been running KDE4 desktop since May and I've constantly suffered from poor desktop performance and various graphics card related problems. Now I've solved those problems:

today's leftovers

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News
  • 5 Best Linux Distros to Convert Windows Users

  • Installing Games in Steam
  • KDE 4.2 [Beta 2] on openSUSE 11.1
  • LGP Launches PenguinPlay
  • Upgrading to Fedora 10
  • Using Wget's User Agent Option Safely
  • The Software Freedom Law Show Episode 0x04
  • Podcast, Novell’s John Dragoon
  • What OS for Your Netbook?
  • Virtualization Congress 2009: vote now for the Ulteo presentation
  • /bin/bash: bad interpreter: Text file busy Error and Solution
  • How the next openSUSE theme is chosen
  • How To Resize And Create Partitions With Gnome Partition Editor (GParted)
  • Blog from your Ubuntu Desktop
  • Open source trends
  • The difference a year makes
  • Linux Distro Review - BIG LINUX 4.2
  • Vietnam to Widely Use Open Source Software
  • How MIDs Are Complicating Mobile Linux Development
  • Super Hi-Fi Digital Audio in Linux

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 53

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SUSE

Issue #53 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: Masim Sugianto: First Hackfest for Indonesian openSUSE Community, How to Make openSUSE 11.1 LiveUSB, and Joe Brockmeier: openSUSE - One of the 10 coolest of 2008.

Review of Circus Linux

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Gaming

ryanorser.com: Well, I am back from holidays and I wanted to get a game review in. The game I have decided to review is called Circus Linux.

Fedora, Two Weeks On

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Linux

bushweed.blogspot: After two weeks of using Fedora on a daily basis, i thought it important to give an overview. With any OS there are pros and cons. Fedora 10 is definitely no exception.

Song Parodies: Ubuntu's Full of User Guys

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Ubuntu
Humor

Ubuntu's full of user guys
Their forums are insane
Whenever a new distro's out
My question is the same

Opinion: Absolutism hurting Debian

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Linux

VC funding for open source: mixed messages from 2008

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OSS

blogs.the451group: The figures for publicly disclosed venture capital funding in open source vendors during Q4 and FY08 are in and while the numbers themselves provide a mixed picture, the statistics don’t necessarily tell the full story.

Tools for Migrating from Windows to Linux

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Software

earthweb.com: Taking baby steps to become more familiar with a new operating system can be as simple as revamping the OS already in use on your computer. Here are some tips on utilizing different open source resources to make the goal of a full time switch over to Linux a lasting one:

16 Free Games - Part 1

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Gaming

pcmech.com: Here’s a list of free games you can get right now. Many of these games run on Windows, Mac OS X and/or Linux. All of them are ready for download and don’t cost a dime.

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