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Microsoft cements OpenXML standard with Daisy deal

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Dana Blankenhorn: Microsoft has cemented OpenXML as a standard by creating an open source plug-in for the Daisy Consortium enabling Word files to be used by the blind and those with severe dyslexia.

Foresight Linux KDE Edition: The start of the odyssey!

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ogmaciel.com: I decided to give KDE a chance on my home system. The first step was to download the brand spanking alpha ISO for Foresight Linux KDE Edition and bring it home.

short takes

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  • Firefox Cool Add-on : speed dial

  • KuFtp — A Graphical FTP Client for KDE
  • Display graphic representation of Linux system load average over ssh session
  • “Service” Tool Available on Ubuntu 7.10
  • GPW: generate pronounceable passwords

KWin Basics part 1.1 - Window Management

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KDE

gnuski.blogspot: KDE has its own Window Manager (WM) named KWin. KWin is great! It remembers your window sizes and placements, so that when you open those applications in the future, they're right where you left them.

Kernel space: Memory management for graphics processors

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linuxworld: The management of video hardware has long been an area of weakness in the Linux system (and free operating systems in general). The X Window System tends to get a lot of the blame for problems in this area, but the truth of the matter is that the problems are more widespread and the kernel has never made it easy for X to do this job properly.

Arch 2007.08-2 Review

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Linux

Acrh Linux is lean, wicked and it allows all types to possibilities. It allows the user to custom tailor the distribution as per his/her taste. It has a great package manager. A package manager that is being used by lot of other distributions like frugalware, archie and faun.

Makagiga: More tools than you can shake a stick at

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linux.com: While it's unclear what Maka stands for, the "giga" part of Makagiga most likely refers to the number of tools this application has on offer. It comes with a to-do manager, RSS reader, a basic photo viewer/editor, a text editor, miscellaneous widgets, and much more. Makagiga is written in Java, so it runs on any platform with Java Runtime Environment.

Windows vs. Linux Compared With Mixed Results

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Microsoft

OSWeekly: I hear this too often - Windows is easier to use than Linux. And so in light of this, being as I have used both operating systems for years, I thought I would put this to the test, the results are not going to make Windows users feel too good about this desktop choice overall, I'm afraid.

Ubuntu desktop eye-candy with AWN

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HowTos

tectonic: Tired of the regulation grey bars at the top and bottom of your Gnome desktop and hankering after something a little cooler? Say something a little bit more like the dock in Apple's OSX? Then give AWN a run and get all the bouncing icons you can handle.

Eeextremely Eeenticing: a review of the Asus Eee PC

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Hardware
Reviews

arstechnica: The Asus Eee PC challenges many conventional assumptions about mobile computing. The daring, diminutive device combines a svelte subnotebook form factor with a unique Linux software platform and a budget-friendly price—factors that could make this unprecedented product a mainstream marvel.

I dunno what people say when they talk about RPM hell

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Rudd-O: When people talk about RPM dependency hell, I really have no idea what they’re talking about. Here’s a factual look into RPM that should set the record straight:

today's leftovers

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News
  • aseigo: chinny chin chin

  • Benchmark your system in Ubuntu
  • Retrieving Linux Standard Base and Distro Information
  • Nice games for your Linux box
  • Fedora Firstboot
  • Linux Vs Bsd - a comparison
  • Desktop Linux old and new
  • Ubuntu Customization Kit 2.0 is out
  • Don't cry for Microsoft (the truth is, it never loved you)
  • My Own Linux Distro: The Beginning
  • BBC Radio Player and Linux
  • Worldwide Mandriva Linux 2008 install fest
  • Update on the Firefox 3 Linux Theme
  • Rory Reiser Thinks His Dad May Have Killed His Mom

Windows Users download Ubuntu

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abhay-techzone.blogspot: Today I was downloading Ubuntu 7.10 desktop i386 iso and came across an interesting fact. I was using kTorrent and was delighted to see more than 1400 seeders and around 150 leechers. There were seeders from many countries.

Is Wal-Mart's gPC The Linux Version Of The Mac Mini?

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Serdar Yegulalp: Back when Everex's Linux-based "Green PC" hit stores courtesy of Wal-Mart, I wasn't all that excited about it -- I saw it as being an also-ran to a much more exciting product, the Asus Eee subnotebook (also Linux-based). That said, the gPC is apparently selling like mad -- and now I think I see why: it's the Linux version of the Mac Mini, sort of.

Car computer runs Red Flag Linux

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linuxdevices: DingCheng Electronics has announced a GPS-enabled PC that fits "double DIN" stereo bays. The CarPC 102 has a 4x45W amp, and runs Red Flag Linux or Windows on a 1.1GHz Pentium M processor.

some howtos:

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  • Emulate Google’s Android Mobile Stack in Linux

  • Printing from Firefox on Gentoo
  • Fix for Master password expose for Pidgin
  • Two Finger Scrolling on Ubuntu
  • Setting up openSUSE in VMware Workstation
  • Installing Ubuntu to a USB hard drive

KStars Image Challenge

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KDE

kdedevelopers: Do you want to help improve KStars, but don't want to do programming or debugging? Do you like pretty pictures?

Tour of GNOME Online Desktop

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Software

Red Hat Magazine: Here’s a tour of the pre-alpha demo release of GNOME Online Desktop included in Fedora 8. Learn more about what it does and how you can get involved in the project.

Portrait: Alien Arena creator John Diamond

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Gaming

linux.com: John Diamond is the creator and lead developer of the popular free software game Alien Arena. He turned his hobbies and a talent for coding into a small business.

ATI's New Drivers: Did The Paradise Come?

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Software

phoronix: It's been nearly seven months since I wrote my first article about ATI drivers and how they literally crippled my computer and my daily life. Last month, ATI had finally released their latest drivers which contains the new OpenGL component and AIGLX support. Was this release worth the amount of hype and did it solve everyone's problems?

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