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Story From Noobs to Experts: Is There an ABC for Linux Distros? srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 6:44pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 4:28pm
Story Blender 2.64 released srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 4:00am
Story Thinking Small With Tiny Core Linux srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 3:58am
Story 10 obscure Linux apps you should know about srlinuxx 04/10/2012 - 2:03am
Story Greg KH: 5 Open Source Projects That Need Developers srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 9:38pm
Story Calligra Productivity Suite: Too Much Trouble srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 9:36pm
Story Ubuntu 12.10 review: finally growing up srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 9:34pm
Story KDE 4.9.2 Released srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:56am
Story A Quick Look at Gimp3 (2.99) ..Yeap, 3 :) srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:53am

Review: Puppy Linux

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Raiden's Realm: Puppy Linux is a light weight Linux distribution built from scratch and born in mid 2002. It’s creator, Barry Kauler, originally created Puppy Linux as a fun project to do in his spare time. But recent tension in the community have spawned some heated controversy of late.

With new code base, Supergamer is fun again

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linux.com: Supergamer is a unique Linux distribution whose primary focus is on fun -- specifically, gaming. Supergamer VL, now based on VectorLinux, is all new, with additional games, new code base, and new look and feel. Let the games begin.

Windows users are whiners

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Linux

vnunetblogs: "Linux is hard to install" You probably bought a computer with Windows preinstalled and bought a new one when it came to a grinding halt. Next time try reinstalling it from scratch, drivers and applications included.

Too Many Linux Distros Makes For Open-Source Mess

informationweek blogs: Remember the 1980s worries about how the "forking" of Unix could hurt that operating system's chances for adoption? That was nothing compared to the mess we've got today with Linux.

Ubuntu is more popular than kittens AND pie

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Ubuntu

seopher: In a mildly childish attempt at putting the popularity of Ubuntu into real context, I've enlisted the help of Google trends to benchmark searches for "Ubuntu" against other words. Mindless spam or important sociological experiment?

openSUSE gets a new manager

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SUSE

LWN: It appears that former openSUSE manager Andreas Jaeger has been promoted within Novell, so the management of the openSUSE distribution has been passed to Stephan Kulow.

Innovate! Innovate!

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OSS

Paul Cutler: GUADEC, the annual GNOME user and developer conference, is in full swing in England right now. One of my favorite times of the year as a GNOME user, all the GNOME developers get together and blog about all the cool stuff they’re working on, or want to be working on.

Blindly applying proprietary metrics to open source

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: I am constantly amused at how people try to apply the metrics of proprietary software to open source. This can even happen within open source companies.

Howto: Add a new yum repository to install software under CentOS / Redhat Linux

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HowTos

nixcraft: CentOS / Fedora Core / RHEL 5 uses yum for software management. Yum allows you to add a new repository as a source to install binary software.

Installing Freespire 2.0 for Newbies

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Linux

softpedia: Not yet in its final version, Freespire 2.0 is a Ubuntu-based Linux operating system that combines the best that free, open source software has to offer. It provides users with the choice of including proprietary drivers, codecs and applications as they see fit.

Hardware and Software on Linux Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Random: I was surfing the net when my brother asked me to print something for school. It occurred to me that I had forgotten to install my printer when I was setting everything up. I had to reboot into XP for him.

Novell Launches Linux Champions Club in Asia Pacific

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smbedge.com: Novell announced today the launch of the Asia Pacific chapter of the Novell Linux Champions Club, following the success of the Champions Club in Europe. The objective of the Club is to build a community of Linux proponents among Novell’s strategic partners and their partners, eventually creating a Linux-friendly ecosystem in Asia Pacific.

More KWord & KOffice updates

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KDE

kdedevelopers: Some weeks ago KOffice alpha1 got tagged; but some balls were dropped and it never was uploaded to the ftp site. The good news is that even more new cool stuff is visible in the KOffice Alpha2 which will probably come out end of August.

Finding the hidden bells and whistles in Firefox

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Moz/FF

zdnet (techrepublic): Mozilla Firefox, now in release 2.0, has made huge advancements in Web browsing. Tabbed browsing and anti-phishing protection are its most visible improvements. Other features can be added into the browser through extensions, making this browser do more of users' bidding.

Also: Firefox 2.0.0.5 On Mirrors

Linux: PlugSched, Pluggable CPU Schedulers

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kernelTRAP: Updating the pluggable scheduler patches for the 2.6.22 kernel, Peter Williams noted, "probably the last one now that CFS is in the main line". CFS author Ingo Molnar asked, "why is CFS in mainline a problem?

Open Source Science-Fiction Movie Aims to be a Fully Collaborative Effort

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Movies

Press Release: New open source movie project aims to create a full community of users who collaborate in the creation and execution of a short science-fiction film titled Jathia's Wager, from writing and editing the script to choosing the cast.

Ubuntu plus Dell equals better support for devices in Linux

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Hardware

All About Linux: One of the best things that has happened to Linux enthusisasts the world over is the confluence of two big players one in the Linux arena (Ubuntu aka Canonical) and the other in the PC hardware space (Dell). And the end users have already started reaping the benefits.

Installing The PHP-MemCache Module On CentOS 5.0

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HowTos

MemCached is a high-performance, distributed memory object caching system, generic in nature, but intended for use in speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load. In this article I explain how you can very easily install it and make it avaible in PHP.

Pan - a feature-rich newsreader for Linux

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Software

linux.com: If you still visit Usenet or occasionally participate in its discussions and newsgroups, you can get by with Linux newsgroup readers that are integrated into browsers or email clients such as Thunderbird, Evolution, and the Opera Web browser. But if you're an advanced user who wants a more feature-rich newsreader, you need Pan.

MySQL Management

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Software

lxpages: A large percentage of small to medium sized websites depend on Mysql server to support their db infrastructure. Working with it is as easy is saying it and for some reason there are numerous web and non-web administration software written specifically to manage a Mysql server and sites running on it. This article lists quite a few of them which you may find useful.

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