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Story Sabayon Five Oh! srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 8:44pm
Story Moving media players into the future srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 8:42pm
Story The Issues With The Linux Kernel DRM, Continued srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 8:39pm
Story Nicaragua to host Debian Developer Conference 2012 srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 6:00pm
Story Red Hat's Steady March to the Big Leagues srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 5:57pm
Story 4 reasons to love Firefox 4 srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 5:55pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 6:54am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 6:43am
Story EU Bodies Plan Upgrade to Windows 7 Without Public Tender srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 4:15am
Story GNOME Shell 3.0 Nears Release srlinuxx 25/03/2011 - 4:14am

HA! rm -rf Contest at Mad Penguin

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Linux
Humor

Hilarious! Mad Penguin is holding a contest to determine the fastest system meltdown using rm -rf. Too funny. There was an interesting thread on the gentoo forums not too long ago along those lines.

Cheech and Chong Didn't Inhale?

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Movies

Oh no, say it isn't so! The heros, the icons of my youth are now giving in to this "don't smoke, don't drink, don't have sex" mentality our culture has become to say they didn't really smoke marijuana while filming their famed hit movies of the 70's and 80's. tsck tsck. What's next? Homer didn't really drink beer ... oh wait...

Atari Plans New Matrix Title

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Gaming

Atari is planning to release another video game based on The Matrix Trilogy just in time for Christmas. Their 2003 title Enter the Matrix sold approximately 6 million copies. I found Enter the Matrix to disjointed and far removed from it's namesake. The storyline, if you can call it that, was hard to follow, the goal was unclear, and the "action scenes" were boring and repetitive. I hope for more with The Matrix: Path of Neo".

Desktop Linux Standardization

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Linux

DesktopLinux is running a story on using standards to increase the success of Linux on the enterprise desktop.

Government agencies adopt open source

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OSS

Starting with the tagline, "State, cities see savings in sharing software," the Boston Globe writes, "State and city governments, spearheaded by Massachusetts, are becoming the newest converts to the open source software movement."

Future of the GPL

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OSS

Stephen Shankland has written an interesting read of the current re-vamping of the General Public License governing Linux distributions and much of the associated software. Highlights include how to intermingle open source and proprietary software and some of the big players positions.

World Expo Prez Predicts Future Growth for Linux

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Linux

"Thousands of Linux devotees are gathering in Boston this week to celebrate the corporate coming-of-age of open-source software products developed in distinctly non-corporate ways."

Study Finds Linux Use May Continue to Grow

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Linux

InformationWeek has published a report on a study conducted to guage the use of open source use in businesses. Those that responded cited Microsoft security issues as main reason they use open source.

LA County Considering Open Source

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OSS

FCW.com is carrying a story describing how LA County is considering using open source software for it's many desktops in order to save millions of dollars. I think it's a good idea and hopefully will lead to a trend all over the country.

In Quest of Freedom

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Linux
-s

This is not a brand new story. I imagine it reflects many users' experience with their favorite distro. They get disgusted with windows, try many different linux distros, and finally settling on a favorite to use. I told Reader's Digest Condensed Version of this story on the gentoo forums once and on a mailing list once. But what's a site from srlinuxx without the telling of her journey taken to Gentoo? This is my story.

More Competition

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Linux

Our beloved PCLinuxOS has another rival in the wild. Klax based on Slackware 10.1 and features KDE 3.4 beta2 is being discusssed on KDE's news.dot

Firefox Putting on the Pressure

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Microsoft
Security

Microsoft must be feeling the pressure from competing browsers as they are putting a lot of thought into how to improve Internet Explorer. However, they probably won't have a new version ready until Longhorn goes gold planned for 2006. Eweek is carrying more on this story.

In other news, Bill Gates' trip to Turkey only proved that Linux is cutting into his profits more and more as well. The newer Turkix was found to be quite popular there and is picking up speed as other European nations begin to show interest.

UPDATE: More Passing the Buck from M$.

New Forum Open for Business

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-s

I've enabled and setup the drupal forum module so that it matches the site and theme better than the old minibb. This one is integrated so one only needs the one password for the site and forum. Please feel free to post there as well.

Will Nutch Nudge out Google?

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Web

There's a new open source web crawler/indexer on the horizon. Will Nutch give Google a run for it's money? Time will tell I suppose, but those are pretty big shoes to fill. I'm skeptical. Read Steve Mallett's article here speculating that it is possible given enough resources.

LokiTorrent Ordered to Pay Million Bucks

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Legal

LokiTorrent was ordered Thursday to pay a settlement of $1 million dollars and turn over their logs that could get others fined as well. CNET has the story.

In a related story, "Researchers at Royal Philips Electronics are developing new "fingerprinting" technology that could automatically identify and block transmission of digital-video files, potentially

Suicide Pact in Yahoo Chat Rooms

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Web

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that "an Oregon man has been arrested on suspicion of soliciting women and children on the Internet for a Valentine's Day mass suicide on the lawn of his parents' home." CNN is covering this too.

Script Kiddie Gets Probation

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Legal

The youngin' who released RPCSDBOT and took down Microsoft's site for a few hours was sentenced to probation and community service yesterday. I don't know, seems a little steep to me. But that's the thanks ya get! The Seatletimes is carrying the story.

KDE 3.4beta2 revisited

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KDE
-s

KDE 3.4, due out mid-March, is going to be really nice, judging by the betas. I ran beta1 when it was released and finished installing beta2 this morning (or actually last night while I slept). I've found both of the betas to be stable enough to run daily and expect this to only improve by final release. There are many new features and a definite speed increase over 3.3. In fact, there are a few new surprises since beta1. Please feel free to venture over to the gallery to take a look at some screenshots. Mostly they are the default look, but some customizations are shown at the beginning and end of the album.

Desktop Summit Proves Linux Interest on the Rise

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Linux

Anne Saita has written a nice article on Linux advocacy as she observed it at the Desktop Summit. While citing some great looking stats she quotes happy users and Michael Robertson, then concludes with one stating "(Linux) is the way to go."

Arthur Miller Dies at 89

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Obits

Playwright Arthur Miller dies of cancer last night in his Connecticut home at the ripe old age of 89. His long career reaped many Broadway hits, but he's probably best known for once being married to Marilyn Monroe. ABCnews has a nice write-up on him here.

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