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New generation of browers emerges

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The major Web browsers are getting facelifts as they increasingly become the place for handling business transactions and running programs over the Internet rather than simply displaying sites.

Word to Writer

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There's an old phrase you may have heard, “There are some things that money can't buy”. A recent advertising campaign has appended, “For everything else...”. Clichéd as it is, the phrase can be turned on its head to neatly sum up the differences between Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.

Amarok "Fast Forward" 1.4.1-beta1 Released

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Usually one might expect nothing special from a minor release. But as you know: Amarok is different! The developers of your favorite media player have held a meeting in the Netherlands, all to improving Amarok!

What Sucks About DEs, pt. III: Kubuntu's KDE

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This is the 3rd installment in my series on deficiencies in common desktop environments. After GNOME and the Mac/MacOS, it is now KDE's turn. As with the other installments, this is a rant. Beware.

Removing sendmail

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Sendmail has a terrible reputation for security. While the latest releases are very good, past releases have been less than secure and that is where the reputation has come from.

MPlayer 1.0pre8 released

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It's been more than one year since our last release and yes, we are still alive! Like always, the length of the ChangeLog clearly shows we have been lazy to release but not lazy to code.

Flock 0.7 Released

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Welcome to the 0.7 release of Flock. We are very excited about this product, but please be aware that this is still beta software. This is their first public beta version, available for Windows, Mac and Linux machines.

AFPL Ghostscript 8.54 released under gpl

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I have some great news to report. The leading edge of Ghostscript development is now under GPL license, as is the latest release, Ghostscript 8.54.

Early Java EE 5 Users Praise Platform's Overhaul

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Developers are still kicking the tires of the newly released Java Enterprise Edition 5, but early adopters say the new platform makes good on its architects' pledge to greatly simplify Java development and deployment.

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As part of the work I’ve been doing with cpmish I’ve been trying to track down the copyright holders of some of the more classic pieces of CP/M software and asking them to license it in a way that allows redistribution. One of the people I contacted was R.T. Russell, the author of the classic Z80 BBC BASIC, and he very kindly sent me the source and agreed to allow it to be distributed under the terms of the zlib license. So it’s now open source! Read more

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