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How Social Networking Works

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itworld.com: The first thing that jumps out at you is that they're almost all based on open-source software. For example, the operating systems behind Twitter, LinkedIn, and MySpace are all Linux. Facebook uses F5 Big-IP, which is a family of Linux-based appliances that also perform network management.

The Evolution of Ubuntu.com

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workswithu.com: If you’ve checked out Ubuntu’s website lately, you’ve probably noticed that it’s looking pretty slick, especially compared to a few years ago. Here’s a look at how ubuntu.com has evolved over time, and why it matters.

Photobucket “no longer supporting Linux”

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omgubuntu.co.uk: Please note YouTube supports different systems and we do not support Linux. We apologize for the inconvenience but we have stopped supporting this OS a couple years ago and it was merely a matter of time and updates before you started having issues.

IBM developerWorks looks back on 10 years of Linux

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h-online.com: On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, IBM's developerWorks site for software developers and IT professionals has compiled a list of the top ten developments in the Linux world. The list leaves out several things that Linux enthusiasts might be inclined to include:

community linuxmint.com (alpha)

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linuxmint.com: We’re currently developing a website for the Linux Mint community where you’ll be able to do the following:

Open source commemorative challenge coin minted

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itwire.com: Need something unique for the open source Linux-loving GNU-spouting Free Software Foundation member in your life? ThinkGeek has the answer.

Museum unearths Web origins

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theinquirer.net: THE WORLD'S FIRST museum gallery showcasing the technology of the Internet opened recently at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) and the interactive exhibit tells the story of the pioneering British boffins without whom the World Wide Web could have been a very different place.

Where to Find Linux Screencasts/Video Tutorials

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stephencuyos.com: The importance of video in learning Linux cannot be overemphasized. For most people, the best way to learn is to watch someone do it first. The video tutorials and screencasts offered in the following sites cover a wide range of Linux systems and applications.

"Now it's time to say goodbye, to all our fam i ly..."

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linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: I find myself becoming argumentative and generally frustrated trying to argue about nuances in Linux development and that is not what I want to come across as or be. So, I will be letting Polar Bears and Penguins go. I want to thank everyone who visited and was supportive of the things posted here.

Less blogging about Ubuntu - (Funny) Howto

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andrearatto.homeunix.org: There’s blogging nowadays and everyone has to be writing stuff on the web all the time about what they have been doing. Sometimes even to the cost of not actually doing it properly.

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