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Story First Look at GNOME 3.16 Rianne Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 7:24pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 11:22am
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 11:22am
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 11:21am
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 11:21am
Story Lubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Is Not Using Systemd, Nor LXQt - Screenshot Tour Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 11:15am
Story What is keeping you from switching to Linux? Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 11:07am
Story 5 Surprising Reasons Behind The GNOME Resurgence Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 11:04am
Story What will it take to merge LibreOffice and OpenOffice? Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 11:02am
Story NHS rolls out Vendor Neutral Archive initiative to open source records Roy Schestowitz 28/03/2015 - 10:39am

Why 100% Free Software Destroys Linux

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lunduke.com: If we take a stand that our Linux-based desktops must only consist of 100% free and open source software… Linux is doomed to failure.

Is Linux Cheaper on the Desktop Than Windows?

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serverwatch.com: No, this isn't another rant about how you should convert to Linux because it's free, although it is free. Free is a four-letter word among those who scoff at the mere mention of Linux. Yes, Linux is free, but that doesn't give it an unfair advantage on the desktop because most computers arrive preloaded with Windows — so to the buyer it appears Windows is also free.

Silverlight, via Moonlight, comes to Linux

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blogs.computerworld: If you're like me, you don't like proprietary video and audio codecs. Be that as it may, some sites, like NBC's Olympics site, use Microsoft's proprietary Silverlight streaming technology. Until recently, if you were using Linux that meant you couldn't watch videos from these sites at all. Until now.

Open Source is Already Naturally Green

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OSS
GIMP

linuxplanet.com: For years now, there's been talk brewing about the concept of Green IT. Pundits have predicted in years past that sustainable IT would be job one soon, really soon.

NVIDIA Pushes Out Another Binary Driver Update

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Software

phoronix.com: Two weeks ago NVIDIA released four new Linux drivers and then just a day later they released another driver. Well, NVIDIA has now pushed out yet another proprietary driver update.

Multiple shell management with GNU Screen

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Linux

Create and manage multiple shells on your console with GNU Screen

Rigs of Rods goes Open Source and Glest 3.2

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Gaming

freegamer.blogspot: Rigs of Rods is going open source. How cool is that? Glest 3.2 is out. Which is interesting given I proclaimed official Glest development dead.

Why "open source" is not "free software"

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: Choosing to release a piece of software under the terms of a free software license is an important step. The myriad of licenses available can sometimes confuse and disorient the user, sometimes making this first step much harder than it should be. Let’s try and make things clearer.

Benchmarked: Firefox Javascript on Linux and Windows

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tuxradar.com: As you might have guessed from our domain name, TuxRadar.com, we're big fans of Linux. But being a fan of Linux doesn't necessarily make you a Linux fanboy. We think more Linux users need to admit there are some places where Linux isn't quite as good as its competitors.

Avant Window Navigator 0.3.2: Form and Function on the Linux Desktop

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ostatic.com/blog: I've used other dock applications in Linux, and while I've always liked the idea (and look), they were too rough around the edges for day to day use. I've been running AWN in lieu of the lower GNOME panel for several days, and I'm really pleased.

Is using Windows Dumb? It will be.

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Microsoft

aplawrence.com: That was a real question, asked by someone considering buying a new computer. It surprised me: I've been seeing more people asking if they should consider Mac or Linux, but this question goes way beyond that. It made me pause; the answer is complicated.

Linux has no domino effect

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toolbox.com/blogs: The domino effect. This means that when one part of an electronic component fails, the surrounding parts also fail. Just like a row of falling domino's. The same thing can also happen in software. Linux does not have this problem due to the nature of the operating system.

Miro 2.0... the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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writemsg.blogspot: First lets start with the good news. The gui is much more responsive. Interacting with the sidebar is a smoother experience. Not only has the underlying code obviously been reworked but the look and feel has been overhauled too. It fits in with my GNOME desktop better than before.

Is Microsoft out to kill, rather than conquer netbooks?

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raiden.net: Microsoft has apparently changed it's mind about it's lineup of versions for Windows 7. So now, instead of a "netbook" version, they will apparently be offering their "starter" edition instead on notebooks. While they haven't said that verbally, their actions have spoken volumes about what they think of netbooks.

today's odds & ends

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News
  • Is Open Source A Recession-Fighting Tool?

  • Fix a borked terminal
  • Why free trade results in less freedom
  • Better reasons to use Linux on the desktop?
  • How piracy benefits Microsoft
  • Open letter to Obama: Uncle Sam should go open source
  • Open-Source ATI Driver Nears New Release
  • Comux 000111 - Free can't be good
  • Opera Adds Carakan to Browser JavaScript Engine Wars
  • Cheaper OLPC promised
  • back to GNOME
  • Firefox vs. IE Smackdown, Mozilla Jumps at Microsoft's Jugular
  • The Good News, Linux Fans, is Venture Capital Is Harder to Find
  • Data recovery from a USB key
  • Nouveau Driver 2009 Status Update
  • Linux, Windows Seek Strength in Competition
  • MAPI 0.8, OpenChange, Evolution, and OpenSUSE 11.1
  • Interview: Wired’s Chris Anderson on the ‘free’ business model
  • Mozilla Developer News Feb 10
  • Linux Void: Episode 20 - Reacting
  • Open source security debated
  • Why KDE 4.2 should use Qt 4.5
  • Get Kannada Language displayed properly in Gentoo and Sabayon
  • Building the ultimate open set-top box
  • How to write a Linux virus in 5 easy steps
  • Making The Bash History More Useful
  • Red Hat CEO Kills Open Source Financial Myth
  • Russian Federation Commits to Red Hat Open Source

Minty fresh Linux

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blogs.computerworld: In case you haven't guessed by now, I like desktop Linux. I admit though that Linux is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to dealing with proprietary media formats. There are answers though to this problem and that's one of the reasons why I like the Linux Mint distribution.

German schools pilot remote virtual Debian/KDE desktops

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Software

linuxdevices.com: An educational software organization in Germany is pilot testing an educational software system based on virtualized Debian/KDE desktops, letting students and teachers access their desktops from home or school.

Giving console applications a bad name

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kmandla.wordpress: Everybody knows what a console application is like: Sparse. Unfriendly. Terse. Mute. Spartan. It’s part of the code of console applications. It has to be this way. It is the law of the jungle. That’s why we, as computer users, can no longer allow a program like calcurse to exist.

5 Must-have Linux office applications

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ghacks.net: If you work in a business environment then you know the value of the office application. And if you have ever thought about using Linux in your office you know there are boundaries to adoption. The good thing is those boundaries are growing smaller and smaller with every year.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • 7 ways to optimize Firefox 3 for your netbook

  • Compile mplayer with VDPAU support on Ubuntu
  • Changing Ubuntu’s Default Configuration
  • Small tip - How to prevent Linux to "remember" your sudo password
  • Get broadband on the move with Linux
  • CPU frequency scaling in Linux with cpufreq
  • Ubuntu 8.10: Support dropped for ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 / rv300 chips
  • Blocking IP address of any country with iptables
  • Installing OpenOffice 3 in *buntu
  • Compiling a Linux kernel
  • How to patch and recompile a source rpm
  • Force Firefox To Remember Initial Window Setting In KDE
  • Read & Remove EXIF Data From the Command Line
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