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Two views of the 3D desktop

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Over the last couple of weeks, I have been exploring two available 3D environments: Croquet and Project Looking Glass. The two projects take distinctly different approaches to their 3D environments.

New Xen better for desktops

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Programmers have released a new version of Xen with a graphics feature that makes the virtualization software more useful on desktop computers.

Google Toolbar 3.0 beta improves browsing experience

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The Google Toolbar 3 (GT3) beta for Firefox, released earlier this month, includes a slew of new features, including bookmarks, integration with Google Apps, and customizable buttons. I tested the toolbar with Firefox 2.0 and Flock 0.7.9. Once I had it installed, I signed out of Google services and signed in using the Google Toolbar sign-in feature

Smarter YaST Control Center for openSUSE 10.2

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If you're annoyed by the openSUSE 10.2 YaST Control Center not remembering its last size (but starting always too small/with one column) as me, my home project in the openSUSE Build Service has a yast2-control-center package which does.

RSS Aggregators on openSUSE 10.2

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RSS feeds initially hit my scene around July of 2004. Below is a graph with the results of my evaluations of each of the aggregators. In the first column is each of the criteria. In the next column is how important that particular criterion is to me personally. Then there are the individual aggregator columns. In the left column is my grade for that aggregator. In the right column is my grade multiplied by the weight. At the bottom of each column is the total score for each aggregator. The image links to a spreadsheet that you can download.

BasKet Note Pads Usability Survey

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Users of BasKet Note Pads, an advanced notepad application for the KDE desktop, are called to participate in a usability survey. The survey is carried out by the recently launched BasKet Usability Project, a sponsored student project in the "Season of Usability" of OpenUsability.org.

Nouveau: A First Look

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Nouveau is a community project that is working on producing open-source 3D display drivers for NVIDIA's graphics cards. Nouveau is not affiliated with NVIDIA Corporation and is an X.Org Foundation project. While this project is still far from being completed, for this holiday special we are sharing some of our first thoughts on this project from our experience thus far. This article today will also hopefully shed some light on the advancements of this project so far.

Speed comparison between OpenOffice Calc 2.1 and MS Excel XP

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There has been so many comparisons between OpenOffice and Microsoft Office its not funny. However they have all been between older versions of OpenOffice so now that 2.1 has been released I thought I would conduct my own speed test.

MPlayerXP-0.6.1 Has Been Released

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MPlayerXP is a branch of the well known Mplayer (http://mplayerhq.hu) which is based on the new (thread based) core. The new core provides better CPU utilization and excellently improves performance of video decoding.

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Vim the MacGyver of text editors : Ubuntu

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If you’ve been following this blog or using Ubuntu for any amount of time I’m sure you’ve had to get your hands a bit dirty on the command line and use a text editor of some sort. Everyone seems to have their favorite. Some people prefer nano, maybe pico and the old-school peeps will always tell you about vi/vim. Why vim?

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