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Debian is BIG! :P

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Arjaybe, a fellow MEPIS user, posted this on the MEPIS Forum. I don't know if the image is real or not, but certainly it is interesting!

Linux and Ruby Geeks Compared

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igneousquill.net: If you think there's only one type of geek, you apparently don't know many geeks. It could be argued that there are as many kinds of geek as there are geeks in the world. Still, they can be loosely broken down into groups and sub-groups, recognizing that there is overlap and some exceptions.

Microsoft To Open Source Windows

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networkworld.com: In a shocking move that has stood the entire tech world on its head, Microsoft announced on April 1, 2011 that it will open up the source code to Windows. It will heretofore be licensed under the GPL. Will pigs fly next?

Ubuntu moving forward with Jono Bacon at Fedora

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ftbeowulf.wordpress: I woke this morning to news that rocked my world. Jono Bacon was a Fedora employee and he had decided to tell the entire world about it. His conscience had finally wrestled with his ID and won.

Microsoft Buys Open Source ReactOS For $12.3 Billion

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marcelgagne.com: Unofficial sources inside Microsoft suggested that ReactOS was "just getting too close to producing a completely free and open source version of Windows" and was becoming a threat to the software giant. We spoke to Microsoft's Harold Linberry, marketing manager in charge of legacy software, who refused to comment on these allegations, saying instead that the move was meant to "protect Microsoft customers."

Delaying GNOME 3.0, again

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vuntz.net: It was not an easy decision, but after announcing that GNOME 3 would occur in September 2010 instead of March 2010 as originally planned, and then pushing it back to March 2011, we have to announce another delay: GNOME 3.0 is now scheduled for September 2011.

Lady Gaga goes gaga over Ubuntu

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junauza.com: After enthralling the techies at Google last week, Lady Gaga has given her geek fans another reason to smile. In a press conference this Monday, the Grammy award-winning singer confessed that she is an avid fan of Ubuntu.

A dark new future Compiz

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smspillaz.wordpress: It has been decided that Aero and Quartz for Microsoft (R) Windows [TM] 8 and Apple (R) Mac OS [TM] X Lion [TM] will be moving to will now use compiz as a base instead of DWM and WindowServer.

Richard M Stallman Says Its Linux Not GNU/Linux

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muktware.com: ichard M Stallman the father of free software movement yesterday stated that “Its Linux and not GNU/Linux..." He was speaking at the Brussels Free Software & Linux forum.

Your Chance to Win KDE

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dot.kde.org: The international KDE community today announced that it will offer itself up in an exciting lottery. Even though the prize is far more substantial than that offered in El Gordo, the entry fee is a mere €100, which can be spread over a year.

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