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Story Leftovers: Gaming Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 4:08am
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 4:05am
Story FFmpeg 2.2.3 Officially Released Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:27am
Story Linux Kernel 3.10.41 LTS Is Available for Download Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:18am
Story RASPBERRY PI IN SCHOOLS Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:13am
Story An open-source robotics OS is moving from the lab to farms and even into space Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:07am
Story LibreOffice 4.3 Beta 2 Is Now Available for Testing Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:07am
Story Help Labour Get Its Digital Policy Right This Time Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:03am
Story Weatherman’s best friend: How Australia used open source for its supercomputing network Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:00am
Story GNOME: Notify me Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 2:52am

DNA expert called in to Reiser trial

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Reiser

insidebayarea.com: A DNA expert for the defense team in the Hans Reiser murder trial said it is difficult to say how and when a small sample of blood was left on a post in the living room of Reiser's home.

In memoriam: free software projects of 2007

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Software

linux.com: Recently I looked in on the project Web site for a small application I use, only to find the wiki completely filled with spam. The project itself was clearly in disrepair, and the code abandoned for six months or more. I wondered: how many other apps that I use have halted development without my realizing it?

Ubuntu the New Generic Linux?

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Ubuntu

jonreagan.wordpress: Ubuntu seems to be becoming ever more mainstream, with new users coming to the system every day. There are signs that Ubuntu is becoming “Linux” in and of itself. Now, technically speaking, Ubuntu is not Linux, it’s just based on Linux, and Debian, although the popularity of Ubuntu makes it almost seem like it’s “Linux,” and Linux is referring to Ubuntu.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Quick Tip - When Linux Won’t Give Your CD Back

  • An OpenOffice Letterhead Tutorial
  • HOWTO: Compiling 101
  • A Quick Way to Improve Ubuntu Linux Operating Speed Performance
  • Ubuntu: Get Wireless Working After Hibernate
  • Is GDM hanging for you?
  • OOo: Using Names in Formulas

OOXML critics: ISO approval demonstrates the need for reform

arstechnica.com: Following yesterday's announcement that Microsoft's Office Open XML format (OOXML) has been approved as an ISO standard, critics of OOXML are voicing support for the competing OpenDocument Format (ODF) and have expressed concerns about the future of document standards and of the ISO.

Red Hat gets into the fast lane

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Linux

itwire.com: Max McLaren sounds very satisified these days. Not to say that the man who's been managing Red Hat's affairs in Australia and New Zealand for nearly two years has sounded disconsolate at any time when I've spoken to him.

Keep tabs on documents with Referencer

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Software

linux.com: While desktop search engines like Beagle and Recoll can quickly find any file on your hard disk, they can't help you organize documents and files into neat and easy-to-manage collections. That's why we have tools like digiKam for managing your photos, BasKet Note Pads for keeping tabs on your notes, and Referencer for filing and tagging your documents.

Linux desktop market share is up as much as 61 percent, study finds

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Matt Asay: It's possible that the Linux desktop will never be anything more than a fad among geeky enthusiasts. If so, a growing swell of people appear to be much more faddish of late, as numbers from W3Counter.com appear to indicate.

Why I Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

linuxcanuck.wordpress: Linux is small enough. Let’s face it, most computer users don’t even know about Linux, let alone know what Ubuntu is. However, among new Linux users, Ubuntu is quickly becoming synonymous with Linux. And that is a shame.

A Brave New World for Linux Newbies

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Linux

techticker.net: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes over at ZDNet seems to have insighted a small firestorm of debate on a recent post “Is Ubuntu becoming the generic Linux distro?” What Ubuntu has done, both in its tagline “Linux for Human Beings”, and the solid user-friendly distro that accompanies it, is to enable free software and open source programs to spread more freely and easily outside the boundaries of the initiated.

Sun Microsystems' Next Linux Move

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Ubuntu

seekingalpha.com: In recent weeks, Sun has quietly increased its bets on the fastest growing version of Linux in the market. And it isn't from Red Hat or Novell. Rather, Sun is preparing to certify more of its servers for Canonical's Ubuntu Linux.

Also: Red Hat, Novell get more competition on servers

Opera 9.27 Released

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Software

my.opera.com: We released 9.27 today, which addresses a few security and stability issues, plus a print fix on Mac. This release is a recommended upgrade for all those running the latest stable releases.

Intel Vs. The XO

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Linux
Hardware

forbes.com: For months, computer chip maker Intel and Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child program have fought bitterly over which could sell more cheap, rugged laptops to schools in Asia, Africa and South America. Now Intel is instead turning its focus onto a long neglected market for affordable PCs: American children.

Slackware 12.1 RC1

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Slack

slackware.com: Finally, Slackware 12.1 RC 1 has been officially announced by Patrick Volkerding. He noted that some minor works still to be done, but we are getting closer to final version that leads to Slackware 12.1. Here's the latest batch update that makes the 12.1 RC 1:

Free/Open-source Spreadsheet Programs

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Software

junauza.com: A computer application that replaced paper worksheets is called a spreadsheet. If you think that the proprietary and expensive Microsoft Excel is the only available and capable spreadsheet software, then think again because you are wrong. There are quite a number of free/open-source spreadsheet programs that are almost as good or even at par with Excel.

Ubuntu gets "hardier" with Hary Heron

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Ubuntu

youssefsblog.blogspot: The Beta's still hot out of the oven, and a lot of reviews have appeared throughout the internet describing the numerous improvements, so I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about them too. I will talk about what the Hardy Heron release can do for Ubuntu.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Time is Right For Linux Desktop PCs To Emerge

  • All Linux Distros Suck
  • Gartner: The good news and the even better news about open source
  • Terminal commands which make you laugh
  • Congrats to the OOXML Team!
  • Fedora 9: Should I wait or fear the release?
  • Sagasu, the lost gem
  • FSFE concerned about quality of standardisation process
  • Digikam Plans for KDE 4
  • Xubuntu on Macbook Pro (Penryn)
  • Which of These Six Open Source Companies Will Be the Next Red Hat?
  • Intrusion detection with Tripwire
  • Short Tip: A simple udev rule for burn rights on /dev/sg*
  • Linux: Always a Bridesmaid
  • A quick look at Firefox 3.0beta5: Part 1
  • Ubuntu Linux - My First Experience
  • Format and reuse your Floppy Diskettes in Ubuntu with Kfloppy
  • PenguinPolitik: Only Ballmer could go to Linux
  • Ran Across the Silent Heron

What the OOXML fiasco can teach us

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OSS

itwire.com: The late Charles M. Schulz, the genius behind Peanuts, could make a much more telling comment on human foibles through one of his cartoon strips than many a writer can in 1000 words.

Beyond Synaptic - using apt for better package management

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Software
HowTos

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I’m a Debian user and—like many—I use apt and its associated tools. If you haven’t yet discovered apt here’s a brief summary of some of it and some of its tools which can make your package management even more powerful.

Switching to Linux: Linux Alternatives to Windows Apps [Part I]

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Software

makeuseof.com: I have now made a switch - I am a full time Ubuntu user and I love every minute of it. What Windows software is there to miss that I used a lot?

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