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Linux, 2.6.23-rc2, "-rc2 is the new -rc1"

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kernelTRAP: "So I tried to hold people to the merge window," Linus Torvalds began in announcing the 2.6.23-rc2 kernel, "and said no to a few pull requests, but this whole '-rc2 is the new -rc1' thing is a disease, and not only is -rc2 late, it's bigger than it should be. Oh, well."

PCLinuxOS - A little walk down history lane (Updated)

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Texstar: In the summer of 2003 I became interested in livecd technology after looking at knoppix and a fresh distribution from a fellow named Warren called Mepis. I came across a South African fellow by the name of Jaco Greef who was developing a script called mklivecd and porting it to Mandrake Linux. I got an idea to make a livecd based on Mandrake Linux 9.2 along with all my customizations.

Good Son, Bad Son

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OS

Linux Today: A couple of weeks ago, my mom got a bee in her bonnet about no longer being able to connect to her favorite web sites, due to the age of her browser and operating system. Her options: get a new Apple machine with OS X or get a new PC and let me get Linux on it for her.

Compiz Core 0.5.2 is out

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Software

A new compiz release 0.5.2 is now available. Highlights include: Better support for multiple X-screens, Major improvements to option initialization, and Plugin plugins that make it possible to adjust and extend the behavior of existing plugins through new plugins.

People Behind KDE: Summer of Code 2007 (1/4)

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KDE

The People Behind KDE series takes a temporary break, as we talk to students who are working on KDE as part of the Google Summer of Code 2007 - in the first of four interview articles, meet Aleix Pol Gonzàlez, Piyush Verma, Mike Arthur and Nick Shaforostoff!

Firefox 3 alpha 7 released

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks: As expected, a seventh alpha version of Firefox 3 has been released and while it brings some visible changes, most of the improvements are still happening in the background, just like in previous alphas. Let's start.

Are Linus Torvalds, IBM, AMD, others at odds over pushing hardware drivers out of Linux?

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ZDNet blogs: I can’t possibly profess to know what the pros and cons are of pushing hardware device drivers into the hypervisors that support virtualization technologies like those from XEN and VMware. But it’s clear from a recent thread over at the Linux Foundation that there’s some disagreement amongst experts (including Linus Torvalds himself) as to whether it makes sense or not.

Recover Your WordPress Password

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HowTos

watchingthenet: If you manage a Blog on Wordpress than I'm sure there have been a few times you attempted to log on, only to completely blank out and forget your password. Or maybe you just changed your password and never wrote it down or saved it.

Windows vs Ubuntu - why switch?

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OS

TALL blog: I want to re-install my work PC - get rid of Windows and install Ubuntu. Here’s why…

"Open source business model" takes on a new meaning with the Open Business Foundation

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OSS

linux.com: The Open Business Foundation (OBF) operates on two premises: that the open source development community makes good business sense, and that small businesses can be more successful if they band together with each other to share resources of all kinds.

Linux: Reliability, Availability. and Serviceability

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kernelTRAP: A recent patch posted to the lkml aimed to make it possible to use both kdb and kdump at the same time, and instead led to an interesting discussion about RAS (Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability) tools.

Unforked Ghostscript released, now under the GPL, and works with CUPS

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arstechnica: This week Ghostscript, an open source postscript processor, released version 8.6.0. Ghostscript releases are not normally newsworthy since they are frequent and incremental, but this release is special.

What do you want to hear from Dell about its Linux plans?

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desktoplinux: In an unusual move, Dell is asking its users what they want Dell CTO Kevin Kettler to talk about at next week's LinuxWorld trade show at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Securely Delete Files in Linux

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MaximumPC: It used to be that only paranoids cared a whit about shredding their data—or their office paperwork, for that matter. But these days, there really are people out there just waiting for you to slip up and expose your private data. Fortunately, if you're running Linux, deleting sensitive information is fast and easy with the 'shred' utility.

Collaborating with Mindquarry

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linux.com: If there's one thing the world doesn't lack for, besides bad movie sequels and dishonest politicians, it's collaboration software. Good collaboration software that's open source, on the other hand, is a rare thing indeed.

KDE Quickies: Awards to Enter, Magnatune Hires Amarok Developer, and an Old Interview

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KDE

dot.kde.org: A few quickies again this week: the 4th Trophées du Libre (International Free Software Awards) contest is open. Also new this week: Nikolaj Hald Nielsen has announced that he is being hired full time to work on Amarok, courtesy of the Magnatune music store.

SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Prebeta - A First Look

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Linux

shift+backspace: Yesterday, the first release pre-release version of MEPISSimplyMEPIS 7.0 was announced. This release marks the end of a great Ubuntu-based distribution, but the beginning of a spectacular distribution based on Debian.

Has Ubuntu clinched the desktop Linux market?

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Ubuntu

zdnet blogs: On the surface a two-month delay in Red Hat’s release of Global Desktop Linux is no big deal. The aim of the project is not just to deliver an operating system, but a complete environment, including applications, aimed at the mass market.

GIMP User Manual 0.13 Released

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GIMP

After four months of hard work we are proud to announce a new release of the user manual for GIMP 2.2 with new content, spelling and grammar fixes, and new tutorials from gimp.org.

Review: SuperGamerVL

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Linux

Raiden's Realm: SuperGamerVL (aka SuperGamer3) is the next generation in Linux gaming live dvd's that aims to bring the fun of Linux gaming to a PC near you and help Linux geeks everywhere demonstrate to their friends that Linux really is fun and can be used for gaming.

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