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Seeing Linux clearly: Demystifying KDE and GNOME

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itwire.com: Ok, you have to give some kudos to Windows: everyone knows what a window is. In the Linux world, KDE and GNOME aren’t quite as obvious. A gnome stands in your garden or inhabits the World of Warcraft, and KDE doesn’t even spell a word.

It's Now or Never - Switch now while it's the Time

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lokuhetty.blogspot: Fedora 9 [Sulphur] has been released, the Most awaited version of the Fedora series. It had also been even Rescheduled for the sake of its quality. Even During this Busy Days, I haven't Forgot to Download ASAP when it was Released. This is my Journey...

Ubuntu and the Temple of Doom

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bushweed.blogspot: Honestly, why has Ubuntu become the love of the linux community? What I see is a nicely polished distro with virtually no consistent admin tools and a lot of hype. Yes you can configure your desktop, but try set up an ip route with 2 internal network cards without using a single line in the console.

My New OS - Mandriva Linux

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sufyanism.blogspot: I switched to Mandriva Linux this past week. Having tried and tested the Live CD, and verifying that everything was fine, I decided to install it on the HD.The boot was quiet, and the installation took around 15 minutes.

Angry enough at Ubuntu to spit

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kmandla.wordpress: You can reinstall Grub to the drive, but the 8.04 rescue mode doesn’t give you the option to pick a different partition as the destination for Grub. Next thing I know, Ubuntu is installing itself again. I broke out of the installer, praying that it hadn’t destroyed four hours of work. It had.

Moonlighting silverlight

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blogs.techrepublic.com: So this past week Miguel di Icaza (the overly caffeinated creator of GNOME) brought to us an open source version of Microsofts’ Silverlight. The project? Moonlight. Turns out it’s a browser plug-in to compete with Macromedias’ Flash.

Linux and Sun Partnering?

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practical-tech.com: What happens when you get Linus Torvalds, Mr. Linux, together with Jeff Bonwick, Sun’s master of storage and creator of ZFS? Well, right now, we don’t know.

easys, some Slackware guys, and the GPL

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beranger.org: I thought I am the only fundamentalist who notices when a distro is not GPL-compliant, but it seems I was wrong. I'd like to see that newcomers are not being referred to a parasitic distro like Easys, but instead taught how to use Slackware itself.

Survey: Programmers shunning Vista for Mac OS and Linux

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cnn.com blogs: “Developers,” a VP at Electronic Arts once told me, explaining why there were so many me-too Windows applications, “will walk through the desert in their socks to get to an installed base.”

Desktop Linux should address these little annoyances

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pclinuxos2007.blogspot: Users are right when they say linux is not ready for desktop. And they are right when they point to some rough edges of linux. I would like to add a small point that many others have missed out.

Goodbye PCLinuxOS!! Hello gOS!!

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themarktrix.blogspot: This happened on Friday, where my very loyal PCLinuxOS system had finally shown its age. Constant desktop freezes/crashes and the signs of slowing down prompted me to go distro-hopping again.

some howtos:

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  • XTerm Title

  • Using puppet on Gentoo
  • Yum Force Reinstall
  • Hybernate on CentOS5.1
  • Fixing Kubuntu’s trash icon

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 9

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This document describes step-by-step how to set up a Fedora 9 desktop (GNOME). The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment.

today's leftovers

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  • An interview with p_quarles

  • Reflections on Open Source Commerce, Part 2
  • My Fedora 9 upgrade story
  • Linux week in Vienna
  • Linux distro madness
  • And This is Why I Use Open Source Software
  • The path of least-patching
  • Ubuntu…What have you done?
  • Fedora 9 feature - kernel modesetting
  • Fedora 9.. round 1
  • Blaming Debian packaging
  • Back from vacation at Disney World and Tux Racer is all over

10 Most Beautiful Looking Linux Desktops

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linuxhaxor.net: Over the years I came across many many linux Desktop screenshots, it’s amazing how someone can spend huge amount of time tweaking and customizing their desktop look. Here are some I really liked.

few howtos:

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  • Make Your Distro Free of Miguel de Icaza’s junk code

  • How to indent lines in text files using sed, awk, perl
  • Tips for Upgrading Fedora 8 to Fedora 9
  • Building Software From Source
  • QEMU - machine emulator and virtualizer Setup in Ubuntu
  • Doing Search And Replace In Multiple Files With Unix and Linux Perl

Ubuntu's need to catch a wave

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dag.wieers.com/blog: Let me play devil's advocate here. Mark Shuttleworth's recent pledge to join a synchronised release plan for Enterprise Linux distributions is no more than a wish to benefit from a lot of work that Novell and Red Hat are already doing in the Enterprise space.

Why I won't even try Fedora 9

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beranger.org: It might sound very bizarre, knowing that I was using Rawhide quite some time before F9 was released. However... I am not impressed by the way Fedora 9 is becoming "yet another Ubuntu."

Adventures with Ubuntu and XP and the family computer

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mindstab.net: So my folks Windows XP box started having difficulty booting. Most of the time it would go to boot and suddenly you'd be back at the BIOS. So I burned a copy of Hardy Heron, the newest Version of Ubuntu, released just last month. It loaded up and recognized all the hardware and installed, no trouble.

Ubuntu Security Notice another win for Linux

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dthomasdigital.wordpress: What is that I say, a win for Linux? I think was handled much better than any Microsoft vulnerability ever has. Notifications were sent from multiple sources. If it was a Debian based distribution it was made perfectly clear you needed to install the security updates.

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  • Debian seminar in Yokohama, 2017/11/18
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  • MariaDB Energizes the Data Warehouse with Open Source Analytics Solution
    MariaDB® Corporation, the company behind the fastest growing open source database, today announced new product enhancements to MariaDB AX, delivering a modern approach to data warehousing that enables customers to easily perform fast and scalable analytics with better price performance over proprietary solutions. MariaDB AX expands the highly successful MariaDB Server, creating a solution that enables high performance analytics with distributed storage and parallel processing, and that scales with existing commodity hardware on premises or across any cloud platform. With MariaDB AX, data across every facet of the business is transformed into meaningful and actionable results.
  • AT&T Wants White Box Routers with an Open Operating System [Ed: AT&T wants to openwash its surveillance equipment]
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  • GCC 8 Feature Development Is Over
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Programming Leftovers

Security: Linux, Free Software Principles, Microsoft and Intel

  • Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds
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  • Free Software Principles
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  • New warning over back door in Linux
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