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Is Google About to Sell the Internet Down the River?

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blogs.computerworlduk: So far, so conventional. But there is a joker in the pack in this game: Google. It's striking that the bigger the company gets, the more it moves away from its natural geek roots, and its reflexive defence of everything that is important to hackers.

Spotify 'will launch in US by end of 2010'

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telegraph.co.uk: Spotify has vehemently denied an American news report that its negotiations in the US have made no progress, saying it is “still on track to launch in 2010”.

New Kubuntu website is live!

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dohbuoy.wordpress: The Kubuntu team have remodeled their abode, with astounding results.

Novell Launches Linux App Store

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channelregister.co.uk: Novell sometime today is expected to launch an app store of sorts called SUSE Gallery. With SUSE Gallery, partners and end users can browse and download SUSE Linux software appliances that fulfill specific business needs.

5 Cool Sites for buying Computers Preinstalled with Linux

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ghabuntu.com: Dell has all but bowed to pressure from Microsoft to torpedo its Ubuntu line of computers. In case you are wondering, there are still lots of other vendors that offer a choosy range of machines preinstalled with Linux for your convenience.

Portable Linux Apps Which Work With Any Linux Distro

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makeuseof.com: Portable Apps for Windows and Mac have been around for a long time, but are less common in the Linux world. Due to the complexity of Linux dependencies, and the different way different distributions locate these dependencies, the portable Linux application long seemed like a pipe dream. Until now.

5 Websites To Learn About GIMP Photo Editing

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makeuseof.com: If you are into photo editing and you don’t want to pay for a program that you’ll never use enough to pay for itself, check out GIMP. There are also so many other GIMP photo editing resources out there on the Internet.

The Open Source Software That Runs Facebook

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developer.com: If anyone tells you open source can't run a large business or scale, remind them that Facebook is serving a half billion people with a network built on open source code. Quite a bit of it, as Developer.com notes, much of what runs Facebook is open source languages and software.

fedoracommunity.org Website Design

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mairin.wordpress: Fedora has a lot of local community websites. A somewhat recent addition to the mix is Fedora’s local community domain program, whereby a local Fedora community can obtain a *.fedoracommunity.org domain to point to their self-hosted website.

Get ready for a whole new forge

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sourceforge.net: Today SourceForge is announcing an open beta period for a new set of tools for developers. Specifically, our engineers have begun work on new and better tools for project members who want to use our tracker, wiki, and source code management.

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