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Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 04/01/2015 - 1:07am
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2015 - 6:23pm
Story New tool to track use of open source Web code Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2015 - 4:17pm
Story Coreboot Ported To Another Lenovo ThinkPad Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2015 - 4:13pm
Story X.Org Server Saw More Code In 2014 Than 2013, But Its Heydays Are Over Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2015 - 4:10pm
Story Korora 21 (Darla) Beta - Now Available Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2015 - 4:02pm
Story So the Smartphone 'Bloodbath' Annual Preview for Year 2015 - This is so boring Roy Schestowitz 03/01/2015 - 12:51pm
Story New Apt-Fast Version, Now With Full Apt-Get Syntax Replacement hotice 2 03/01/2015 - 8:16am
Story Open source carries software-defined storage forward Rianne Schestowitz 03/01/2015 - 5:11am
Story ArchBang New Release 2015 Rianne Schestowitz 03/01/2015 - 4:46am

OpenOffice.org Base is No Microsoft Access Replacement

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OOo

eweek.com: The OpenOffice.org 3.0 desktop database application offers new features that make it better than previous versions, but it still lags behind what Microsoft Access offers. Among the key concerns is OpenOffice.org Base's limited filed support for Microsoft Access database files.

Fedora's Cobbler project to automate Linux deployments

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Linux

techtarget.com: While most members of the Fedora open source community have begun to develop new features for the next version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), over the past two years some have worked to simplify everyday systems administration tasks such as installing and provisioning servers over a network.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Quickly Convert Ogg Theora to Flash Video

  • Linux: Find and remove matching files
  • Take Screenshots in Xfce
  • Configure LVM in Mandriva Linux Free 2009
  • Resizing Logical Volume (LVM) on ext3
  • Emacs - Getting Paragraphs to Wrap Lines
  • Bash Script To Access Wikipedia
  • Linux setup default gateway with route command
  • Converting 2.35 Aspect Video to DVD

Canonical Expanding Online Store

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Ubuntu

thevarguy.com: Businesses don’t buy operating systems. They buy applications. With that fact in mind, Canonical is gradually expanding its online store for Ubuntu Linux applications.

Mandriva One 2009 fails to impress

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MDV

bitburners.com: Or does it just simply fail? I have always rated Mandriva’s releases highly, and the past year has been especially good for them as the 2008 and 2008.1 have been awesome releases. Therefore the expectations were high when I was loading the Mandriva One 2009 edition to my IBM Thinkpad.

9 Must-Have OpenOffice Extensions

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OOo

makeuseof.com: Like Firefox, OpenOffice also comes with extensions that you can use to improve its functionality. Here, we have tested all the extensions and sorted out those that are useful for everyday use. Some of them are for general use while some are only meant for Writer, Calc or Impress.

Switching from Windows to Linux, what you need to know

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Linux

benkevan.com: Since we are in touch economic times the most important question is “How much will this cost me”? The answer is nothing, zero, zilch or nada. I would go on the edge and say it may actually save you money. How?

Does Linux Need a $300 Million Ad Campaign?

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: Microsoft is now spending $300 million to counter Apple's "I'm a Mac" ads. Does Linux need its own ad campaign?

MEPIS jumps on 2.6.27

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Linux

desktoplinux.com: Only ten days after the release of Linux 2.6.27, the SimplyMEPIS project has decided to work the new kernel into its next release. The project today used the kernel in both 32- and 64-bit versions of the third beta release of SimplyMEPIS 8.

Introducing Open Source to the World - Part 2

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OSS

raiden.net: In part 1 I covered some great examples of things I've learned while trying to share Open Source with those around me in school. In this part I'll be going over some of the things I've learned about evangelizing Linux to others around me.

Silly Linux users..

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Linux

jerkin.us: I read alot of Linux related news and articles. Why is it people find it so hard when trying to convince people to switch over to Linux that the chances of them being programmers is almost zero? Here’s a little stat, of the Windows users I know who ask frequently about switching to Linux, none of them even remotely care about programming.

An Introduction to Tiling Window Managers

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Software

tuxtraining.com: In computing, a tiling window manager is a window manager with an organization of the screen into mutually non-overlapping frames, as opposed to the more popular approach of coordinate-based stacking of overlapping objects (windows) that tries to fully emulate the desktop metaphor.

odds & ends

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News

Is the Linux community afraid of Opensolaris?

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OS

c0t0d0s0.eu: In the last few weeks i´ve heard one sentence quite often: "Why you you still develop Solaris? You should contribute to Linux!" from people administering Linux systems. And you could read at other places, that Solaris is irrelevant, that there is nothing worth of mentioning it or even for an integration to Linux. Just think about the Zemlin quotations!

Call it a 'sub-subnotebook.' New 'PC' is small as a cell phone

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Linux
Hardware

blogs.computerworld: IMOVIO launched today a smaller alternative to a subnotebook -- much smaller. The new iKIT is about the size of a PDA from ten years ago, but has a QWERTY keyboard and connects to the Internet at 3G speeds via your cell phone or Wi-Fi.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 275

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature: Linux package management cheatsheet, part 4

  • News: Upgrading Mandriva with mdkonline, Blu-ray sets for Debian "Lenny", Linux Mint 5 for 64-bit systems, interview with KPackageKit developers, K12Linux update
  • Released last week: NetBSD 4.0.1, Parted Magic 3.1
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 11.1 Beta 3, Ubuntu 8.10 RC
  • New additions: BSDanywhere
  • New distributions: Bardinux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.28 - Part 2: network infrastructure and network drivers

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heise-online.co.uk: The commit flood for 2.6.28 during the current merge window doesn't look like ending soon – in the last 24 hours alone, Linus Torvalds has integrated a further 700 patches, most of them contributed by other kernel developers, into Linux's main development tree.

Ubuntu vs. XP From A Blogger’s Perspective

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Ubuntu

pcmech.com: I have an older Dell Inspiron 6000 that I recently decided to go true-blue dual boot with Ubuntu v8.04 and Windows XP Professional SP3. The first thing I found myself dealing with is that I can’t use Windows Live Writer in Ubuntu.

Lessons Linux Should Learn From Windows and Mac

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Linux

hehe2.net: Sometimes we can be pretty quick to dismiss the competition and really try to aggressively push the Linux ’cause’, if you get what I mean. We can see that Windows and Mac do a great number of things right, and not all of them are things that Linux gets perfect.

Mac, Linux, BSD open for attack: Kaspersky

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Security

computerworld.com.au: Looming attacks will soon pop the security bubble enjoyed by Linux and Macintosh users, according to Russian security expert Eugene Kaspersky.

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