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  • Fedora 16 Verne Beta Wallpapers
  • Interview Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst
  • Qt 5, KDE 5 To Be Written In C++11 (C++0x)?
  • A new Ubuntu-based OS is currently under development
  • openFATE News
  • Novell v. Microsoft Antitrust Trial Re: WordPerfect
  • www.LinuxFoundation.org is Back
  • Beta Testing Phase Beginning for Plasma Active OS
  • FLOSS Weekly 183: Cassandra

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  • Ubuntu Linux and Wayland Display Server: Status Update
  • 'Tiny & Big in : Up That Mountain'
  • Interview: Stuart Langridge, Strategic Architect for Ubuntu One
  • Linux Online Backups
  • Malta open source apps on government desktops doubled
  • Fuduntu Quarterly Release
  • Gentoo Stabilizations: situation stable
  • Moorfields opens its eyes to open source software
  • Windows 8, Metro, and the Linux Desktop
  • 20 years of Microsoft at the tender-free European Commission
  • Pardus 2011.2 screenshot preview
  • Samsung Looking to Open-Source Bada
  • Want to work for Red Hat?
  • Acid3 Test Simplified; All Modern Browsers Score 100
  • SUSE Linux Prepares Partner, Customer Surprises
  • openmamba 2.2 review
  • Going Linux Sep 20: #150 Nosillacast and Mintcast

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  • Debian Project News - September 19th
  • Why Linux Mint LXDE?
  • Freedom redefined – Linux in my pocket
  • Building an OS: The workflow
  • Does open source exclude high context cultures?
  • LibreOffice Won’t Ship With Global Menu By Default in Ubuntu 11.10
  • Software Freedom Day Boston / Ninja Recruitment
  • Packt announce Finalists for 2011 Open Source Awards
  • Software Freedom Day in Fredericksburg.
  • TuxRadar Podcast Season 3 Episode 18
  • Deepak Fights Robots : Fun Arcade Platformer
  • LibreOffice Conference Program
  • Linux Counter Project New and Improved
  • DockBarX 0.47 released with themeable stuff
  • Low-vision eyewear runs Linux
  • Is Salix XFCE 13.37 better than 13.1.2?
  • ASeigo: plasma active workshop: day 0
  • Z: The open source generation
  • New Desura games

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  • Bodhi Linux Service Pack 2 Ready
  • Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Quiz
  • 3 Secret VLC Player Tips And Tricks
  • Flash Doctor – An easy way of fixing Flash problems
  • One Liner Remove Offending Key sed
  • Minecraft Adventure Update I
  • Braindump: How to get window stacking right
  • FLOSS, A Better Way To DO IT
  • Banshee won’t play musics in new installed Ubuntu 11.10
  • Quiz: Exit Codes
  • Earnings Preview: Red Hat Reports Results Wednesday
  • Bash scripting – Statements and variables
  • Podcast: Pete Savage
  • Best Firewall Ever | LAS | s18e07

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  • Getting what you want on Arch and Slackware - AUR and Slackbuilds
  • The Bodhi Guide to Enlightenment - in HTML
  • Kubuntu and KDE love story continued
  • Adamant Armor Affection Adventure (and more) open sourced
  • Ripping problematic DVDs using dvdbackup and genisoimage
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 11th September
  • TI Proposes A Low-Level Linux Display Framework
  • ffDiaporama - creation of videos sequences
  • A Beginners' Guide to Internet Trolling
  • Securing Apache—Part 10
  • PGP/MIME Versus S/MIME
  • Fedora Design Bounty: Installer Ransom Notes
  • Kapow - A punch clock program
  • NetbootCD: Install Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian & More From One CD
  • InfoWorld Awards Best Of Open Source To LibreOffice
  • FSF speaks against patent and DRM provisions
  • Password Protect Firefox Bookmarks
  • Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Ten: Dancing in Bare Feet
  • How-to Install Adobe Flash Player 11 Beta
  • Linux Mint Debian Edition 201109 Screenshots
  • combine two images together in GIMP

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  • XBMC, Now with Less XB!
  • A Native Enlightenment EFL Port To PlayStation 3
  • Oil Rush Build 0.80 released
  • The Little Woman Now Uses a GNU/Linux Terminal Server
  • Openshot Prepares New Release
  • Open source tool enables security tests for chip cards
  • LibreOffice Writer headers and footers revisited
  • The world's largest Linux desktop deployment
  • Knoppix 6.7.1 with Firefox 6.0.2, LibreOffice 3.4.3 and Linux 3.0.4
  • The Tails Project's The Amnesic Incognito Live System
  • Oracle Further Commercializes MySQL Database
  • KDE e.V. Report for Second Quarter 2011
  • How NOT to Push a New Open Source License, Part 2
  • Nepomuk – What Comes Next
  • Fedora 15 Configuration Series: Gnome Tweak Tool
  • New Award: Sourceforge Community Member of the Month!
  • Linux Outlaws 229 - The Windows of Linux Podcasts

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  • Quick and dirty: why sudo is bad for security
  • APT Woodchuck
  • Release for CentOS-5.7 i386 and x86_64
  • Eina - A classic player for a modern era
  • A brief introduction to Arduino
  • Scientific Linux 5.7 has been released for i386 and x86_64
  • Red Hat Expands Brisbane Support and Engineering Facility
  • Government open source must have an open standards plan
  • Critics call foul as Google takes aim at JavaScript with Dart
  • IBM sells Google 1,023 patents for Android legal defense
  • Tsung - distributed load testing tool
  • FLOSS Weekly 182
  • Another Apache update due to byte range flaw
  • Gaming In Linux : Steam Installation
  • LXF 150 On Sale Today
  • Active play and test
  • Make the Most of Your Media with These Free Tools
  • Dungeons of Dredmor soooooon!
  • Tmux – the Terminal multiplexer
  • commandline directory warning

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  • Another reason why I choose free and Open Source software
  • A bug’s life
  • Cheese vs Ekiga for Software Engineering class
  • The “Gleaners” of Paris
  • Software Freedom Day 2011
  • Ohio Linux Fest 2011 report
  • Speed Up Your Computer Commercials
  • Linux Foundation sites still offline after attack
  • Post PC my butt
  • Top 8 worst suggestions on Linux
  • Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone
  • Red Hat 6 gets thumbs up from SAP, Amazon
  • Linux is popular in Argentina due to its low cost

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  • Wally 2.4.2 with GNOME Shell Support
  • Vinux : Ubuntu For Blind (visually Impaired users)
  • The OpenJDK as the default Java on Linux
  • A quick look at Mageia 1 and Mandriva 2011
  • Pinta Revived, New Release Planned
  • digiKam Software Collection 2.1.0 is out...
  • Ubuntu 11.10 Gets Updated Installer Slides
  • Canonical Focuses Efforts on Engaging Independent Developers
  • Introducing CoffeeScript
  • KVM and the great outdoors
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 4th September
  • Happier OpenSuse Days
  • MIB Mandriva/ROSA backgrounds
  • Removing the Fedora Release Notes from the releases?
  • Linux Crazy Podcast 92 The Perfect Desktop IMHO
  • Ubuntu 11.10 Preview | LAS | s18e06

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  • Moving on from Desktop Wars
  • Phonon-Xine is dead. Long live Phonon-GStreamer.
  • Minbar and the Islamic Tools and Libraries
  • Death of the command line revisited
  • 5 Free Apps for Eye-Popping Graphics
  • Oresme, plotting for GNUstep
  • Longene: The Linux Kernel With Windows Support
  • Contributor hunt begins as libVLC goes LGPL
  • Learning Unix
  • Two More Developers Join The Chicago Linux Panel
  • A Way off the Ranch
  • Adobe Offers Flash Player 11 Release Candidate
  • Tracking Server Uptimes
  • Can Linux Kill Your Hardware - A Warning to Asus T101MT Owners
  • are distros trying to be too easy?
  • Munich Migration From The User’s Viewpoint
  • If you have a mysterious problem with a Linux box, try sys_basher
  • Three Top Open Source Bug Tracking Apps
  • X.Org Smooth Scrolling Prepped For Merging
  • FLOSS Weekly 181: libcloud
  • The Linux Link Tech Show Episode 419
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GNOME/GTK News

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