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Ubuntu Human Theme for Awn

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Software

the linux movement: Now that I am using Gutsy and a Ubuntu based wallpaper background, I thought I would make a Ubuntu theme for awn and share it with all of you. Its pretty basic but fits in with the Human theme for Ubuntu very well:

Also: Gutsy Desktop effects Choices
And: Clean install with Gutsy....

Man wins damages from Acer over pre-installed XP and software

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Microsoft

tech.blorge: A French national has won a lawsuit against Acer over a laptop he purchased that came pre-loaded with Windows XP and other software he didn’t want installed.

BillG sings blues over open standards, becoming obsolete, Winblad says

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Dana Blankenhorn: Venture capitalist Ann Winblad said open source and open standards has made life tough for Microsoft’s co-founder and other kingpins that used to rule the software industry.

1942: The Pacific Air War

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Gaming

dedoimedo.com: I use DOSBox to play the great oldies. 1942: The Pacific Air War runs quite well, with the exception of sound that sometimes stutters a bit, but it's exceptional fun regardless.

Selling your soul is clearly worth the money (Novell)

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SUSE

Dave Rosenberg: I am hesitant to even mention Novell at this point but I saw this article "Novell credits Microsoft for soaring Linux sales" wherein Novell gushes about how well they are doing thanks to their satanic pact with Microsoft.

Also: openSUSE Quickies: Goldmaster, oS 10.3 RC 1 Report, Bug Reporter Statistics, Reinforced Linux Drivers Project

Ndiswrapper and SMC USB Wireless Adapters

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HowTos

tiagoboldt.net: Today I had the roughest Ubuntu installation ever. The problem was the lack of documentation to get ndiswrapper and SMC adapters working. After some reading and trying, I’ve figured out the solution:

Grr... out of Fedora soon (again!)

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Linux

Beranger: I want stability and reliability, I don't need a Linux as bad as Vista, and I don't need a system that can break (1) at random, after an update; (2) six months later, when I install (or upgrade to) the next release.

How to install beautiful X11 cursors

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blog.ccw.com.cn: X11 comes with unattractive mouse cursors, but it’s trivial to replace them with other themes. In this article I’ll explain how to install mouse cursors system-wide or for a single user, and give you links to my favorite cursor themes.

Review: Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon (beta)

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Ubuntu

seopher: While I may be taking Seopher.com away from being completely Linux oriented, it's impossible for the impending release of Ubuntu 7.10 to be completely overlooked. Let's take a look at the newly released Gutsy Gibbon Beta to see quite how big a splash the Gibbon is going to make.

Capturing your screen with Istanbul

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HowTos

FOSSwire: Making video recordings of your screen can be very useful. If you’re trying to demo something to someone or just want to record something on your desktop, it can be an invaluable tool. One such program for recording your Linux (or other X11-based) desktop is Istanbul.

Also: Short Tip: Get file extension in Shell script

Applet Browser in libplasma

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KDE

Ivan Čukić: The Plasma Applet Browser is now integrated into the libplasma and it will be available in the next Beta that is going to be published on Wednesday. I’ve replaced the old drag-and-drop with a bit fancier stuff.

Also: Gallium3D, Shaders and LLVM

101 (36) reasons why Linux is better than Windows

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cityblogger.com: Many a times Windows users talk about what Windows can do but Linux can’t. To be fair, they need to know what Linux can do but Windows can’t.

UBIFS Writeback

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kernelTRAP: UBIFS is described as, "a new flash file system which is designed to work on top of UBI." It has replaced the JFFS3 project, a choice explained on the project webpage, "we have realized that creating a scalable flash file system on top of bare flash is a difficult task, just because the flash media is so problematic (wear-leveling, bad eraseblocks).

Smolt towards other distributions; KnetworkManager devel version 0.7

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liquidat: Smolt got a new project home page outside the Fedora project, making a step further towards other distributions. Also, KNetworkManager, the KDE tool for NetworkManager, was released in a new development branch which works with the new NM 0.7.

Open Source Software for Corporate IT

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opensource.sys-con.com: Selecting open source software is often bewildering for corporate IT departments accustomed to commercial closed source software. Of all the choices, which ones are likely to meet business and technology requirements? The Enterprise Open Source Directory (www.eosdirectory.com) helps companies find the gems they need.

New Release of Zonbu imminent

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Linux

mrzonbu.wordpress: Great news - a MAJOR new Zonbu OS release should be arriving any day now and I’ve been playing with an early preview. It’s full of lots of changes and improvements.

The Progress Of The RadeonHD Driver

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phoronix: It's going on two weeks since the RadeonHD driver was made available, which is AMD's sanctioned open-source driver for the Radeon X1000 (R500) and Radeon HD 2000 (R600) series (as well as future generations of AMD GPUs). In this time, we have seen some great progress made with this open-source driver and have a few additional remarks to share about its status and the first bits of this driver's roadmap.

Linux and Me, Part 1: Distros and life beyond Windows

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carsonspost.wordpress: A year ago I had the frightening Windows realization that between Anti-Virus, Firewall and Defender (what does it do?) software, my PC was still not secure. I had a couple of days of stress as I tried to unload some ugly spyware. I found this really upsetting, unbelievably frustrating and that was the point where I no longer trusted Windows.

Taoism of open source

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linux.com: Confucius say, "Lao-tzu has passed us the Tao. In his mouth, there are no teeth but only a tongue. The hard ones (teeth) died, but the soft one (the tongue) lives; the soft power is stronger than the hard power. That's the Tao!" Open source is such a soft power.

Merging the iwlwifi Wireless Driver

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "It doesn't seem to pull any dependency nor affect any other external piece of code unless I'm missing something, so it's a perfect example of what we've been discussing back then: there is just no point not merging it at any time right ? :-)"

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