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Rwanda joins low-cost laptop project

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Misc

Rwanda is the eighth developing country to join the One Laptop Per Child initiative aimed at giving away inexpensive computers to all young students.

Speaking Unix, Part 6: Automate, automate, automate!

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Linux

Discover how to use shell scripts to mechanize virtually any UNIX personal or system task, and learn more command-line tricks while doing so. Scripts can monitor, archive, update, report, upload, and download. Indeed, no job is too small or too great for a script.

30 Days In GNOME vs. 3 Days In KDE

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Software

At the end of 2006, I prepared myself for a "survival experiment". After having read how a KDE fan was able to "survive" after a month of immersion in GNOME, I thought I could undergo a similar, though opposite process: how can a GNOME fanboy survive in KDE?

Free Culture Foundation enters the copyright debate

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OSS

Just before new year, on December 31st 2006 the Free Culture Foundation site has been launched. The site appears to be mimicking the Free Software Foundation in form and also presents four core freedoms on which the Free Culture Movement should be based, to use, create, share and learn.

Software ain't patentable, damn it!

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OSS

"Thus, this [Supreme] Court's precedent repeatedly sets out that software, which is nothing more than a set of instructions – an algorithm – to be performed by a computer in order to solve some mathematical problem, is subject matter that is not patentable..."

Linux File Services: Good Things Arrive in Fours

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Linux

Neither the ext4 filesystem nor Samba 4 are ready for prime-time yet, but they are chock-full of promise and potential, so let's take a look at what they are promising to deliver.

Survey: Linux reaching critical mass

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OSS

Nearly half of all enterprises will be running mission-critical business applications on Linux in five years' time. The company predicts a steep rise: only 18 percent of businesses will be using Linux in business-critical roles by the end of 2007.

Also: Quarter of firms on Linux by 2009, say analysts

Anger as EU ignores open-source video

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OSS

More than 7,000 angry Linux users have protested against the European Union after it excluded them from viewing streaming videos. Stefan Esterer created an online petition last Friday which calls on the EU to stop excluding open-source users.

Reiser Headlines:

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Reiser
  • Son's Testimony May Be Key In Reiser Murder Hearing

  • Missing woman's husband nervous, witness says
  • DA case looks at Reiser's actions

Mark Shuttleworth: The Extra Dimension

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Ubuntu

Apple calls it Quartz. Microsoft calls it something else but it’s most visible in Aero Glass - the transparent theme in Vista. In the free software world we have Xgl and AIGLX (Ubuntu is going down the AIGLX road).

Windows vs. Open Source in 2007

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OSS

The open souce arena is forming a rather formidable fan following. In the beginning this was a small community known onl to a niche audience but today we see a different pisture. Commercial software and the the open source software seem to be at the same footing.

Book Review: Core Python Programming - 2nd Edition

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Reviews

I found the book titled "Core Python Programming" authored by Wesley.J.Chun and published by Prentice Hall to be an ideal book to learn the wonderful Python language. This book is quite voluminous, with 23 chapters spanning 1050 pages.

Bzflags: Kill or be killed

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Gaming

The aim of this article is to introduce the reader to Bzflags. Bzflags is a free software multiplayer 3D tank game that is frantic, full of immediate action, with a kill or be killed emphasis. The game is best served in multiplayer mode where you can hunt in packs, fight to the last ounce while chatting. Instant violent fun, gratification for those of you that need to let off steam and clear your minds living for the moment.

The Real Firefox-Killer

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Software

Firefox fans will be facing 2007 with more tranquillity than they did 2006. A year ago, it was clear that Firefox's free ride was about to end: after an astonishing five years of inactivity, Microsoft was finally launching an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Today's Howtos:

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HowTos
  • Install d4x Download manager in Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu Tute Part 1
  • Pull in HDTV with Linux and the HD-5500
  • Clone Your Ubuntu installation
  • HowTo: Ubuntu home LAN server
  • Searching your world with Beagle
  • Disable Text Wrapping in Vim

The year of the Linux desktop!

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Linux

That the idea has been floated again does not surprise me. This is a year when Microsoft will be seeking to push a new version of its Windows operating system down consumers' throats. It's also a year when several GNU/Linux distributions can claim to be sufficiently desktop-oriented for the average person to have no problem using any one of them.

Exit Interview: Why Open Source Guru Left Novell

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Interviews
SUSE

Jeremy Allison is a hero in the open source community these days. After spending two years at Novell, he decided to leave the Waltham, Mass.-based software company for reasons of principle right after the Linux-vendor signed a deal with Microsoft. Before he starts a new job at search engine Google Tuesday, Mr. Allison answered some questions from Red Herring.

Kubuntu 6.10 Review

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Kubuntu is a distribution which takes Ubuntu's base packages and adds to it the KDE desktop and a set of KDE applications. Although the two distributions are similar in many ways, their desktop and default set of applications are extremely different.

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Today in Linux news, Jeff Hoogland posted a short update on the progress of Bodhi Linux 4.0 and reported on the updates to the project's donations page. In other news, An Everyday Linux User reviewed Arch-based Antergos Linux saying it was "decent" and Ubuntu-fan Jack Wallen reviewed "beautiful" KDE-centric KaOS. makeuseof.com has five reasons to switch to the Ubuntu phone and Brian Fagioli asked if Linux can survive another 25 years. Read more

Rise of the Forks: Nextcloud and LibreOffice

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Red Hat News

  • Red Hat Virtualisation 4 woos VMware faithful
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  • Forbes Names Red Hat One of the World's Most Innovative Companies
    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has been named to Forbes' “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. Red Hat was ranked as the 25th most innovative company in the world, marking the company's fourth appearance on the list (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Red Hat was named to Forbes' "World's Most Innovative Growth Companies" list in 2011.
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GNU/Linux Leftovers

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  • Linux at 25: A pictorial history
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