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Story Fedora 21 may come with Gnome 3.14, Gnome 3.13.3 released with major improvements Rianne Schestowitz 28/06/2014 - 4:10am
Story Elive 2.3.0 Beta and Webconverger 25 Rianne Schestowitz 28/06/2014 - 4:10am
Story Valve Has Greenlit 36 More Linux Games For Steam Rianne Schestowitz 28/06/2014 - 4:08am
Story Telegram Connection Manager (Still Under Development) Will Bring Telegram Support To Telepathy, Empathy And Other Multi-Protocol IM Clients Rianne Schestowitz 28/06/2014 - 4:07am
Story Wallen on KDE, Quiet Revolution, and Ryan Gordon on Gaming Rianne Schestowitz 28/06/2014 - 4:06am
Story Free software for healthcare facilities in need Rianne Schestowitz 28/06/2014 - 2:31am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 9:31pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 9:31pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 9:29pm
Story Google Releases Cayley Open-Source Graph Database Roy Schestowitz 27/06/2014 - 9:17pm

A Lesson in Encryption, Part 2

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HowTos

You don't need a secret decoder ring to use cryptography on your system--just some keys and a few tips.

Chic Laptop Bags for Fall

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Misc

Tired of papers hanging out of your plain old, torn-up black nylon laptop bag and ready to upgrade to something bigger, more manageable or ultra-stylish? The following ten uber-cool, hand-picked bags aim to please.

Debian developers ponder trademark changes

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Linux

The leader of the Debian Linux distribution has called for changes to be made to the open source project's trademark policy, to ensure it has the appropriate level of protection against legal challenges.

Sony to cut 10,000 jobs

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Misc

Sony has announced plans to cut around seven per cent of its global workforce, amounting to almost 10,000 jobs.

OpenOffice is great alternative to Microsoft

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Software

The biggest coup of open-source software isn't that it's (usually) free for the downloading. No, it's one of the few remaining incubators for truly great apps. You'll use it because OpenOffice 2.0 is an attractive and compelling suite of office apps in its own right.

Make mine a Lite, a MEPISLite

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Linux

MEPISLite 3.3.1-2, a late beta version, is designed from the ground-up to be a fully functional Linux system that will run on a Windows 98 class machine. It is reported to run on as little as a Pentium II system with 128MB of RAM and a 2GB hard drive.

I believe it.

Open-Source Success Roiling Software Field

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OSS

For every multimillion-dollar software program being sold, there's a good chance that at least one free alternative can do the same thing, at a fraction of the cost.

Symantec knows who butters their bread

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Misc

If people use operating systems less prone to viruses, or browsers that don't infect computers as easily, Symantec doesn't get as much bang for the buck out of their "buy our software or die" (tm) marketing strategy.

Announcing KDE 3.5 Beta 1

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KDE

September 21, 2005 (The Internet) - The KDE Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of KDE 3.5 Beta 1, dubbed "Kanzler".

Dell gives Linux a vote of confidence

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Linux

But it's not all good news for Microsoft, as Dell plans to sell OS-free PCs as well. With Linux becoming more popular, the company recognises there is a sizeable niche market that wants to choose which operating system to use.

The trouble with open source-it's not this stuff

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OSS

Stephen Hemminger sent me this gem from the British Computer Society "The trouble with open source" and I have to think that this is either a joke or written by someone so out of touch with today's technology market that the BCS editors published it so they could drive some website traffic.

When Bill Gates first heard about Linux

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Linux

Do you know who was responsible for telling Bill Gates about Linux for the first time? My dear husband offers up this question to aquaintances at regular intervals. Then, as they shake their heads, he replies:

OOo Off-the-Wall: Back to School with Bibliographies

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HowTos

Setting up a bibliography is hard enough, but misleading OOo examples don't help the process. Learn how to do it the right way.

ISPs should be compensated to tackle terrorism

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Misc

The European Commission will propose on Wednesday that telecommunications operators and Internet service providers should be compensated for the extra costs of collecting and storing call data to help law enforcement officers track terrorists.

Tricky steps for open source Mambo

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OSS

Open source projects steered by commercial organisations frequently reach a fork in the road. Unfortunately a fork may be looming in the development of Mambo.

Wolvix: Leader of the Pack

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Linux
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A new distribution is in our midst and it clearly deserves some attention. Wolvix is a Linux distribution livecd based on Slax and is available as a 456M download. The site says, "It's a desktop oriented distribution made to fit the needs from regular to advanced desktop users." When the head developer wrote and asked me to take a look, I said, "sure." But I sure wasn't expecting quite what I found.

NVIDIA 1.0-8XXX Series Preview

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Software

Although a majority of this preliminary information has been Microsoft Windows centric, today we'll be sharing with you some of the features that should be on the horizon for Linux users and the 1.0-8XXX drivers, one of which feature is the long awaited SLI support.

Building Evacuated After SCO Unix Discovered

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Humor

One of the IT guys accidentally discovered that the company's phone system, purchased second-hand a few months before, was running on a SCO Unix server. "I had no choice... I had to evacuate the building and shut down all operations!"

Google library push faces lawsuit by US authors

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Legal

U.S. writers are suing Google Inc. in a federal court, alleging that the Web search leader's bid to digitize the book collections of major libraries infringes individual author's copyrights.

Mozilla Linux Command Line URL Parsing Security Flaw Reported

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Moz/FF
Security

A critical input validation security vulnerability affecting Linux versions of Mozilla Firefox and the Mozilla Application Suite has been reported today. The flaw could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a victim's system. Fix already in place.

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