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Adding a little Cream to (g)Vim

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Software

Linux.com: Even though I'm a die-hard Emacs user, there are times when I have to use the vi editor -- specifically gVim, the graphical face of the popular vi clone Vim. Since I use gVim so infrequently, I don't readily remember many of the editor's basic commands. Either I muddle through or reach for my well-thumbed copy of the vi Editor Pocket Reference. That was until I discovered Cream.

How to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu

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HowTos

apcmag: You want to install Linux on your system which is already running Windows XP. This tutorial has been tested on an AcerPower SK50 desktop system and a VMWare 6 virtual machine.

Keyjnote: presentation viewer with very nice graphical effects

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Software

Debian Package of the Day: keyjnote is an excellent presentation program with graphical effects that will make Apple’s Keynote users be jealous.

Three Reasons Microsoft Shareholders Need Open Source

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Microsoft

bmc blogs: Redmond is spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt through the media. It's SCO all over again, except this time they have a willing partner in Novell. Clearly Microsoft’s leadership doesn't realize the value of open source alternatives. The only group they’re going to hurt is their shareholders. This week I'm going to educate them on three reasons they need open source.

N.Y. attorney general accuses Dell of fraud

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Legal

CNET: Dell is being accused of making false promises to customers to drive sales, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Also: Dell drops consumer Linux desktops?

Bill Hilf and Clarifications

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Linux

Bill Hilf Blogs: A few folks have emailed or called me about statements I said in the Bangkok Post about the ‘end of Linux’ and ‘there is no free software movement.’ My statements were shaped in a sensationalist way, not surprisingly, this isn’t the first time the press has used shock value to get headlines. It then hit Slashdot and the blogosphere where a couple hundred people have called me every name under the sun. I have a tough skin – need to in this job. But days like this suck, to be honest.

Gartner joins squabble over the definition of open source

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OSS

computerworld: Gartner today joined squabbling by vendors over the meaning, purpose and spirit of open source by declaring that users demand the right to modify and redistribute software code and the resulting products.

Latest CrossOver for Linux ups 3D game performance

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Software

DesktopLinux: Many users can't avoid Windows applications for one or two tasks, or a game -- and that's where CodeWeavers Inc. comes in with its CrossOver platform. CrossOver 6.1, released May 15, enables enables Linux PCs and Apple Mactels to run more Windows applications and games, and with higher 3D performance.

Educational GCompris Live CD

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Linux
Reviews

Journal Of An Open Sourcee: Shortly after receiving a comment on my other blog (Brazilian Portuguese only) from Armando Silva about an educational Live CD, my curiosity got the best of me and I just had to check it out.

Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism

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Microsoft

Sweet!Computing: Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power at all costs.

Tiny Tiny RSS: A very very useful RSS reader

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Software

Linux.com: Tiny Tiny RSS (TT-RSS) is an excellent little Web-based RSS aggregator that, despite its tiny size, sports some clever features, including an AJAXified interface, a multiuser mode, tags, content filtering, and a lightweight interface for use with mobile devices.

Being Nice

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HowTos

Lxpages: Most people don’t even know that running processes at at a different priority is an option. Many have never even heard of the nice command. In this article, I will discuss what the nice command can do for your processes.

KDE tip - speed up KDE launch time

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KDE
HowTos

FOSSwire: Here’s a really simple but very effective tip for speeding up the time it takes for KDE to start up.

Also: Sharp Fonts On A KDE Desktop

Why supporting Tux500 is worth it

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Linux

Nuxified: Ken Starks and Bob Moore are trying to raise money to put the GNU/Linux advertisement on one of the cars that will be participating in the biggest racing event on the planet, Indianapolis 500. However the project has been at least slightly controversial. I will attempt to outline some of the reasons some in the community may have not to support this project.

What Happened To XGI Graphics?

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Misc

Phoronix: XGI Technology is still in business, but what has happened to them? We once saw hope in them for providing discrete graphics processors to take on the NVIDIA and ATI duopoly, but they have since discontinued their Volari 8 series.

Kit Out A PC For Free!

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Ubuntu

fool.co.uk: Firstly, you'll need an Operating System (OS). Even if your computer has an old version of Windows, you may find that it's not supported anymore (so you won't be able to get help easily if you run into problems) or it doesn't work well with new technology. One of the best we've found is Ubuntu.

Firefox may scuttle support for older Linux

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Moz/FF

computer world: Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser will probably abandon support for older distributions of Linux, a company executive has said.

Author rejects Microsoft's use of his report in veiled open source threat

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Microsoft

out-law.com: The author of a report used by Microsoft as evidence of open source patent infringement has said that his report means the opposite of what Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said it means.

Also: OIN Statement: "We stand ready to leverage our IP portfolio" - Updated
And: Linus Torvalds Responds To Microsoft Patent Claims

Free Advice for the Litigious...

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Microsoft

Jonathan Schwartz: Years back, Sun was under pressure in the market. Although many users loved our core Solaris operating system, others thought it was built for high end computers, not grid systems. We gave customers one choice - leave Sun. Many did. Where did they go? They went to GNU/Linux.

OpenSuse plans to massively improve boot time

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SUSE

/home/liquidat: Like other distributions, OpenSuse has a group of people working at a faster boot system. Atm there is no discussion about a new init system but about improvements on all fronts: kernel, init scripts, unnecessary system calls, etc.

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today's leftovers

  • The future of xinput, xmodmap, setxkbmap, xsetwacom and other tools under Wayland
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Leftovers: Software

  • choqok 1.6 Twitter Client was released and completely ported with KDE Frameworks 5
    Choqok is a fast, efficient and simple to use twitter client for Linux (especially built for the KDE desktop environment) that is installed by default to some of the Linux distribution which shipped with KDE Desktop Environment. The name comes from an ancient Persian word, means Sparrow!
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  • NetworkManager 1.2.6 Lets You Activate Multiple PPPoE Connections Simultaneously
    Beniamino Galvani was proud to announce the release and general availability of a new maintenance update to the stable NetworkManager 1.2 series of the open source network connection manager software for GNU/Linux distributions. NetworkManager is the most used network connection manager, adopted by almost all Linux-based operating systems on the market, and NetworkManager 1.2.6 is now the most advanced release of the 1.2 stable series, coming four months after the NetworkManager 1.2.4 update to fix a few bugs and regressions reported by users since then.
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    With the upcoming 20th birthday of GNOME next year, some of us thought that we should make another attempt at this application, maybe as a birthday gift to all of GNOME. Shortly after GUADEC, I got my hands on some existing designs and started to toy around with implementing them over a few weekends and evenings. The screenshots in this post show how far I got since then.

today's howtos

Linux Foundation: Blockchain and Automotive Grade Linux

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