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OSHackers – Find a Linux lover near you!

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unixmen.com: OSHackers is a website that aims to count GNU/Linux users and place them geographically using their Linux distribution as the marker.

How Much - and How Little - the Web Has Changed in 9 Years

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readwriteweb.com: For ReadWriteWeb's ninth anniversary last week, our founder and Editor-in-Chief Richard MacManus took a loving look back at how the site has evolved over the years. But RWW isn't the only thing that has stuck around.

Linux.org on the comeback trail

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itworld.com: It seems to be a bad time to be a Linux website. After a September 2011 breach on kernel.org and several other Linux Foundation web sites, it appears that community site Linux.org has been down for quite a while as well.

Is the radioactive H.264 going to poisoning us, and the web, until 2028?

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Whether we like it or not, H.264 is "the" de-facto standard on the Internet. Every time you visit Youtube, you are watching a video encoded using the H.264 standard. The video quality is great, the compression is astonishing. And so is the price. H.264 is subject to a huge number of software patents. You need to pay hefty licensing fees if you want to create H.264 files today. We, the users, are not feeling this as we are not paying a cent. However, the freedoms allowed by this format are limited, and vague at best: here is why.

Read the article at Free Software Magazine.

Raspberry Pi retailers toppled by demand as $35 Linux computer launches

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arstechnica.com: The Raspberry Pi foundation attempted to launch its $35 Linux computer on Tuesday evening, but the organization's retail partners couldn't cope with the massive demand. Two British electronic component distributors that intended to sell the product were unable to do so--their websites went down.

Funny stuff what I encountered

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dedoimedo.com: This is going to be a clowns-quality article - sad and tragic and most likely unfunny. But some of you may yet chuckle at the contents displayed. For 'tis not just any article about funny stuff, it's one that has to do with computers and operating systems.

Facebook is a surveillance engine, not friend: Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation

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indiatimes.com: "You know about the two rules right for interviewing Richard?" a volunteer asks before leading us to meet Richard Stallman, the man who fights for free software day in and out.

DesktopLinux & LinuxDevices acquired...

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DesktopLinux.com's publisher, Ziff-Davis Enterprise, has been acquired by a Californian company -- as yet undisclosed, but rumored to be Foster City-based QuinStreet. Future plans for the site have not yet been announced ...

Why I Switched To Duck Duck Go

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ghacks.net: Some time ago I started to look into Google Search alternatives. This had a number of reasons, from too much noise on Google results pages over deteriorating quality to privacy concerns.

SOPA Protests: Results And Aftermath

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  • Why SOPA and PIPA are bad for open source
  • SOPA a controversy against the Open Source world
  • SOPA protest by the numbers: 162M pageviews, 7 million signatures
  • SOPA Protests: Results And Aftermath
  • SOPA backer reassures his troops: "Facts will overcome fears"
  • What SOPA and PIPA could end up enabling (video)
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