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GIMP tricks: Snooker ball as a pseudo 3d object

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GIMP
HowTos

polishlinux: I don’t really remember when and where, but I have read once about that GIMP isn’t suitable to create pseudo 3D graphics. Nothing more fallible. I will try to show you that it’s wrong.

Extreme Tux Racer

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Gaming

freegamer: The team over at Extreme Tux Racer - the latest fork to take on the Tux Racer continuation mantle - have made their inaugral release. It's still a bedding-in period with no real major updates other than a new campaign (cup?) but hopefully it will signal the start of a new lease of life for development of a popular open source franchise.

Upgrade Ubuntu from Feisty to Gutsy

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HowTos

howtogeek: Ubuntu Gutsy is the next major release of the most popular Linux distro, due for release in October. Like all Linux distributions you can upgrade to the beta version anytime you want, as long as you don't mind encountering a few bumps in the road.

Expect a settlement in Monsoon GPL suit

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OSS
Legal

Dana Blankenhorn: I was sent a link to a Hava support thread on the issue, which was still online at this writing. The thread makes it clear that the facts of the case are on the side of GPL advocates, and that many people are checking the tools they get, looking for GPL violations.

KWin improvements

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KDE

Rivo's blog: One of the most interesting things is compositing settings autodetection. KWin now tries to detect your video driver and it's version and if it's good enough then compositing will be enabled by default.

Also: In praise of KDE Edu and Games

PC-BSD Day 17: Multimedia

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BSD

ruminations: Any desktop that wants to cater to the needs and wants of end users has to be multimedia enabled or at least be enabled as easy and quickly as possible. How is PC-BSD holding up in this regard?

OpenOffice.org Free Software Proves a Success at WalMart

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OOo

linux electrons: On July 18th 2007, Everex launched its first 'Back to School' PC with OpenOffice.org 2.02 into WalMart stores throughout the United States. The response was fantastic.

elive 0.6.9 unstable on 450Mhz K6-2, 256Mb

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress.com: This is a system that’s built around visual impact. And it succeeds, in spite of this archaic hardware. Visually this puts everyone else to shame.

Vietnam to begin working on free software

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Linux

thanhniennews.com: The Vietnamese agent for Asianux, an Asian consortium distributing open source software LINUX, is set to develop the open source software market in the country.

KDE development priorities

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KDE

vizzzion.org: The KDE Release Team has a list with things that need to happen before we can get KDE 4.0 out of the door. We need to get our noses aligned and head for 4.0.

PSI messenger - a truly promising open messaging application

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Software

vertito.blogspot.com: In the Open Source world, linux gives us more freedom and alternatives on achieving things from simple to complex technical server and dsektop issues. Linux applications does not confine us into one corner spot of the room and learn from that corner spot alone all time through. Linux open source applications expands your knowledge from your own stand point of interest supported by worldwide community and not from a commercially grown application interests.

Also: Google chat setup using PSI howto

CFS and sched_yield

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "sched_yield() is not - and should not be - about 'recalculating the position in the scheduler queue' like you do now in CFS," Linus Torvalds stated in a discussion with Completely Fair Scheduler author Ingo Molnar.

Also: White Space

AWN Updates: New 3D Effect

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Software

grumpy mole: AWN is developing so quickly that it is worthwhile updating and recompiling on a daily basis to see the changes. Today brought a new look for the Volume-Control-Applet and a new Icon effect: 3D turn.

Gallium3D

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Software

zrusin.blogspot: Critics are raving: "Gallium 3D is the best thing that ever happened to Free Software graphics", "It's breathtaking!", "Never before has nudity been so tasteful!"... Alright, maybe not the last one. Actually none of them, since it's a brand new project. In fact that's the point of this entry. To introduce you two.

Some New FUD Is Born - And a New Wallpaper for Edubuntu

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Microsoft

groklaw: I can usually tell what the new Microsoft anti-Linux FUD is by reading what Rob Enderle writes. Not that I seek it out. People send it to me. He's as reliable as Old Faithful at spilling the strategies, just as he channeled SCOthink before. I found it very helpful, by the way. Thanks for being so transparent.

How open source saved a school district’s IT department

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OSS

LinuxWorld: Heather Carver faced major dilemmas when she became the IT director at Windsor Unified School District in California one year ago. There was no virus protection, no data backup, and upgrading to current Microsoft technologies would have cost more than $100,000, half of the district’s IT budget. Buying security from Trend Micro to cover all seven schools would have cost $200,000 a year. The solution to most of Windsor’s problems boiled down to two words: open source.

Open Source Is the Big Disruptor

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OSS

eWeek: Gartner declared open-source software the biggest disruptor the software industry has ever seen and postulated it will eventually result in cheaper software and new business models.

My Mother’s Top 10 Computing Rules

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Humor

lockergnome.com: Now I completely adore my mother, however I often wonder (and cringe) about the very unique set of computing rules that she seems to follow quite faithfully. As a tribute to her, I thought I would share just a few of them with you.

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