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  • make sure that a Firefox plugin never activates (again)
  • Early Firefox OS Phones Stay Focused on Low End
  • Windows 8.1: Close, but no cigar
  • Synology DS213j NAS review – a worthy upgrade
  • KDE AudioCD. Week 3
  • Linux Kernel News - June 2013
  • Red Hat appoints Scott Musson to alliances role
  • That Wayland Fork Doesn't Seem To Be Thriving
  • July 13th: Debian/Ubuntu BSP and Skolelinux/Debian Edu developer gathering in Oslo
  • Close Your Computer in Style with KShutdown 3.0 Final
  • Get VLC to Download Subtitles Automatically
  • GNU/Linux Breaking Out in Germany
  • Happy 30th Birthday, GNU!
  • Change Grub2 Default Boot OS Order & Duration in Fedora
  • Linux Foundation releases Xen 4.3

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  • Stay Away from PRISM with DuckDuckGo Plus for Firefox
  • Ubuntu 13.10 Refines Click Behaviour, No Longer Previews Installed Apps
  • Teach Your Toddler How to Use a Mouse and Computer on Ubuntu with Open Source Games
  • Final Term - Don't Just Use it, Command it.
  • Open Source Dictation: Acoustic Model
  • Play Old-School FPS Games Doom and Quake in 4MLinux Game Edition
  • looking back, looking ahead at KDE e.V.
  • Adding mcstrans to Gentoo
  • SP3 for Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Released
  • Linux User Add Command And Its All Options
  • Collaborative Projects: Transforming the Way Software is Built
  • GNU Radio Release 3.7.0 Available for Download
  • A New Message Tray Button for GNOME Shell 3.10
  • Memory Corruption – Debugging Tools in Linux
  • Ramblings about compilers…
  • How did I fix a bug in kubuntu installer?
  • SUSE Linux tunes up for latest iron with SP 3

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  • Zelda-like indie adventure Ittle Dew out now on PC
  • Update and Install With the Command Line Using Apt
  • Fedora 19 Overview / thoughts / opinions.... (video)
  • GNOME Shell Apps Picker – Revisited
  • The Ubuntu PC Case Mod Pt.5 Powdercoating
  • New Unix Chips Coming
  • Full Bore - A Puzzle Adventure coming soon to Linux
  • Raspberry Pi learns the lost art of Teletext
  • LibreOffice 4.0 Math Guide and Base Handbook published
  • Raspberry Pi with HDMI - VGA converter
  • 3 Ways to Hide Confidential Data Inside Images in Linux
  • 5 Linux Commands to shutdown/reboot/restart the system
  • Amarok MTP (Android) GSoC: week 3; Amarok 2.8 Released
  • Add Special Effects On Audacity – Tips And Tricks
  • KTouch Typing Trainer Introduced for KDE
  • Improvements to Continuous Integration
  • MIR Problems | LAS s27e08

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  • Lawmakers: Aaron Swartz Was Right About Open Internet
  • Oculus Rift First Impressions
  • The Linux Setup - Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation
  • KDE 4.10.5 and Linux Kernel 3.9.9
  • Natural Selection 2 FPS Looks Amazing on Linux
  • Salix OS Xfce 14.0.1 RC1 Gets a New Linux Kernel and LibreOffice
  • Adding Microsoft Core Fonts to Fedora 19
  • Google, doing what it does best, not
  • This weekend I will be mostly upgrading to wheezy
  • Okular: "fit best" zoom. Yes? No? How?
  • New in kdepim 4.11: Send Later Agent
  • No Small Text For Firefox Makes Websites Easier To Read

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  • New Breath of Fresh Air with Mint
  • GNOME File search system polishing and modernization
  • Screen with multiple sessions
  • Light Debian Linux for Family and Friends
  • Introduction to Vim Sessions
  • Ubuntu Touch no longer launched by Android
  • Time on Your Side
  • Touch the future of Mail
  • Mythbuntu Screen Saver is Screwed Up
  • Fix Grub Boot Loader Errors With Boot-Repair Utility
  • Interview with Founder of PCBSD Kris Moore

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  • Systemd 205 starts conversion process to cgroups usage
  • The Engadget Show featuring OLPC
  • Building Blocks Of Old Linux Boot Process
  • News in kdepim 4.11: Archive Mail Agent
  • AudioCd. Week 1., Week 2.
  • Numbers is openSUSE
  • LB - Episode 82 - Sync the Games
  • TLLTS Episode 512 Released July 03

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  • Reorder network devices set by udev
  • Fourth alpha release of Debian Edu/Skolelinux Wheezy released
  • Left 4 Dead 2 mutates past Linux beta
  • DoudouLinux 2.0 is out
  • Steam for Linux Gets a Shiny New Beta Update
  • DOS on Linux
  • Peppermint in Asheville's Mountain Xpress
  • Explaining Intel Rapid Start Technology
  • Linux: SSH Tunneling, Port Redirection and Security
  • Newbies Guide to Debian 7 – Part Two
  • FreeBSD begins process to support secure boot
  • How To Clear Memory Cache On Linux
  • Static Blogging With Pelican
  • Computer mouse inventor Doug Engelbart dies at 88
  • Linux Gamers Brace Yourselves, the Steam Summer Sale Starts Today
  • Open Source Never Dies

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  • The Last Big Lie
  • KDE 4.10.5 for Slackware 14.0
  • Inky to Update Users on Progress of Linux App
  • introducing sources.debian.net
  • Interview Concurrent's Chris Wensel
  • Firefox OS mobilises HTML5, without the added Steve Jobs
  • Mozilla Prepares to Launch First Firefox OS Smartphones
  • WattOS R7 x64 Linux Distro Review (video)
  • Blender 2.68 rc released
  • Interstellar Marines released in Early Access on Steam

few odds & ends:

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  • Everything in Mozilla’s new office is open source
  • Red Hat May Be a Buy After Turning the Corner
  • Intel brings Linux support to System Studio Extended

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  • Fedora release days aren’t as frantic as they used to be, and why it’s mostly a good thing
  • Nouveau Changes Pulled For Linux 3.11 Kernel
  • an OpenSUSE 12.3 Minimal Server
  • Linux Tail Command Options With Examples
  • R.I.P. Altavista
  • 20 Advanced Commands for Linux Experts
  • On my movement to GRUB2
  • New To Linux Programming? Say Hello To Memory Corruption
  • Using hash tags to organize bash history
  • LibreOffice At FISL 14
  • Red Hat, Inc. (RHT): The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • 3.10 Linux Kernel Development Rate
  • XenServer Goes Open Source
  • Newbies Guide to Debian 7 – Part One
  • 22 Linux Foundation newbies slideshow
  • Interviewed: madddog answers your questions
  • Working on Pisi: Display and GRUB 2
  • Game Preview: Mad Max
  • Name your price for Shank and Shank 2
  • Go with the Best of Breed: Fedora 19
  • Linux Outlaws 316 – Sentient Sideburns
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