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today's leftovers:

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  • Improving Battery Life in Ubuntu Precise 12.04 LTS, (part 2)
  • Oxygen-gtk3 1.0 is out
  • Introducing Ubuntu Secured Remix 11.10
  • Sourceforge's Featured projects, January 16
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 248
  • Phosphor: a terminal for the Hipster generation
  • New developments in the color management world
  • Photography software for Linux

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  • New Unity Features: Shortcut Hints Overlay & Launcher Switch
  • Bash Lamp Setup
  • happy with Gnumeric: text as "text"
  • happy with Gnumeric: finding the leading apostrophe
  • GRUB 2 Editor
  • Wi-Fi And NBN Lessons From An Open Source Town
  • Feedback & Errata 2 | LAS | s19e10
  • Linux Outlaws 245 - Dirty I/O
  • Trying out initramfs with selinux and grsec
  • How we enable others to write 3rd party plugins with Maliit
  • testing Linux Mint 12
  • Sorry state of dynamic libraries on Linux
  • Peppermint OS Two Review
  • Lubuntu 12.04 News Roundup
  • Aurorae 3: Window Decorations with QtQuick
  • 3 must-have extensions for GNOME 3
  • Why Open Source is Good for German Software Businesses
  • Samsung Sacrifices Bada To Make Linux OS Great
  • New GIMP brushes collection

UK Government u-turns on open standards policy - and look who's behind it?

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When the coalition UK government was formed following the last general election there was some guarded optimism among those who support open standards (many of whom also support the ideals of free software).

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HowTos
  • HOWTO: Bodhi Linux on Genesi Smartbook
  • My BirthDay Wish List
  • Running a File System Check
  • Becoming an Ubuntu Contributing Developer
  • Linux SSD partition alignment tips
  • Microsoft hustled UK retreat on open standards, says leaked report
  • Beginning Linux - Part II
  • How to enable desktop slideshow on Linux Mint 12 KDE
  • Big rise in registrations for Drupal Downunder
  • Preventing DDOS attack on Quake 3 Servers
  • Listing Files in a RPM package
  • The Linux Foundation Announces 2012 Event and Onsite Linux Training Schedule
  • 11 useful commands for Linux/Unix administrators
  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 437

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  • Revamp Linux 12 Review
  • Easily Install Daggerfall, Doom And Many Classic Games On Linux
  • Automotive Advances--Linux-Based and Solar--at CES 2012
  • A Bash Shell Script to Update Firefox Nightly
  • Interview with Brian Alleyne, Sociologist Studying KDE
  • A response to a FOSS skeptic
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Editing Text Files With Vi
  • 5daysprofitable: A corporate web site, start to finish, in 4 hours
  • Instant search Big Switch open-sources Floodlight, an OpenFlow controller
  • Formatting the output from tail
  • alternative-To
  • digital picture frame runs Linux better than you might think
  • FLOSS Weekly 197

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  • Checking Out The Ubuntu TV Prototype
  • Windows to Mac to Windows to Mac to... Linux?
  • Eight Reasons You Can Enjoy Mesa 8.0
  • Western Digital MyBook Live
  • KDE Plasma Desktop Wallpapers
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 247
  • How to use laptop function keys in Archbang
  • Fuduntu 2012.1 Features Linux Kernel 3.1.6
  • On disaster reports
  • Scribus 1.4.0 Released With 2000 New Features
  • Qt 4 moved to open governance
  • Drupal conference keynote to focus on accessibility
  • Spice up your desktop with these 5 cool GTK themes
  • Happy New Mageia Year!
  • Great Features of KDE Workspaces and Applications - Interlude
  • New Linux Desktop goodies: Razor-Qt and Cinnamon

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  • A Little Bit is A Lot Better
  • Learning lessons from Drupal
  • Redo- A simple backup restore
  • Download the Official Ubuntu TV Wallpaper
  • How to Dual Boot Asus Transformer With Ubuntu
  • Linux News From The Consumer Electronics Show 2012
  • Freezy Linux – A Retro Distro
  • Get Public External IP From Command Line
  • CentOS upgrade from 6.0 to 6.1
  • Learn more about the Free Software Foundation
  • A snapshot of Linux on the desktop
  • Canonical outs Ubuntu TV: Brave or stupid?
  • Sourceforge's Featured Projects Jan 9
  • Sync Files with bitpocket
  • Revamp Linux 12 Review
  • Major Linux Vs UNIX Kernel Differences
  • Good and quick kernel configuration creation
  • Great Collection of Small Utilities - Littleutils

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  • Unexpected requirements for creating a video DVD with Brasero
  • Eidete - A simple screencasting application
  • Where are the Firefox Channels Today?
  • 'Sintel The Game' Update
  • Second beta version of Debian Edu / Skolelinux based on Squeeze
  • System And Sound Settings To Be Redesigned For Ubuntu 12.04
  • Cinnamon Desktop Gets First Custom Theme

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HowTos
  • Sprite Support For Wayland's Weston
  • San Francisco State University signs an MOU with OLPC
  • On Demand ssh-add
  • Using Screen Captures Of Xscreensaver Modules For Image Sources
  • An eye on simpleLinux GNU/Linux
  • Super short review: Minix 3
  • Cool little cheapo Linux device for 2012…
  • New iodoom3 Project will Improve Doom 3 Game Engine
  • active settings: modular, embeddable configuration
  • Before Dual Booting: What you Need to Know
  • Linux p-p-picks up power profiling for peripherals
  • Bufferbloat To Be Fought In Linux 3.3 With BQL
  • Geek Software of the Week: Dr. Bill’s Perfect Fedora 16 Build!
  • Linux Mint signs a partnership with Blue Systems
  • How To Install Dungeons Of Dredmor Mods
  • Here Comes the National Internet
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich Theme For Gnome Shell
  • Why open source needs Simon Cowell
  • Hope GTK3 Theme Is Gorgeous, Supports Unity And Gnome Shell
  • Why the Fedora ISV SIG never caught fire
  • Drupal Business Summit PR

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  • 3.3.3 Of GNOME Shell, Mutter Try To Fix Things Up
  • When Open Source Doesn't Do It Anymore
  • Liferea Feed Reader Reviewed
  • Linux Format 154 On Sale Today - Learn to Hack!
  • HP Pavilion dm1-4010ez - Installing Linux Mint 12
  • NASA opens it Open-Source Code Doors
  • FLOSS Weekly 196
  • The Commodore 64 is 30 this year
  • Razer BlackWidow, Other Products On Linux?
  • Is ‘Ubuntu Concept Design’ a Unity Phone?
  • Linux Will Eat Oracle's Lunch in 2012, Says Analyst
  • $40 mp3 player with wifi, speaker, linux support
  • Drupal 2011 retrospective and 2012 predictions
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