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Running Windows games on Linux gets easier

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blogs.computerworld: Two recent developments have made it even easier to run Windows games on Linux though. The first is Valve and the other is an improved version of Crossover Games.

7 Best Free and Open Source Content Management Systems

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junauza.com: A content management system (CMS) is a software used to simplify the management and publication of HTML content such as documents and images. It provides authoring and other tools designed to allow users with little technical knowledge of programming languages or markup languages to create and manage content with relative ease.

Evolution of Evolution

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omgubuntu.co.uk: With the default apps chosen and announced for 10.10, Maverick Meerkat, I decided that I wanted to take a look at a few apps in particular and look at some of their strengths and weaknesses. First up on the chopping block? Evolution.

Vim vs. Emacs: Indenting text before copying

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briancarper.net/blog: I find myself often writing code in Vim or Emacs and needing to copy/paste it into a browser in a Markdown-suitable way.it back. This is easy to do in Vim and Emacs, only a few keystrokes. But "a few" is still greater than "one".

CXGames 9.0 - Hands on Review

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: The first thing you will notice when using CXGames 9.0 if you had used past versions is that the GUI has under gone a refreshing change.

Diaspora about to hit $100,000 in donations

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news.cnet.com: Perhaps the most damning critique of Facebook's recent controversial moves has been that a group of programmers have been raising money to create an alternative--and people are donating.

The issues with client side window decorations

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martin-graesslin.com/blog: As you probably have noticed I oppose the introduction of CSD. I think they will have more disadvantages than benefits to the user. In fact I do not see any pro argument for CSD.

Ubuntu Utils – It’s The Little Things

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lockergnome.com: Sometimes in life, you have to get it where you can. In that spirit, I got to thinking about which smalls apps or utilities really made things great on my (X)Ubuntu systems.

Pidgin 2.7.0 addresses emoticon vulnerability

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h-online.com: The Pidgin developers have announced the release of version 2.7.0 of their open source instant messenger application.

Illumination Software Creator Beta 1

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lunduke.com: The Illumination Software Creator allows you to visually create your application by linking together colorful building blocks of functionality.

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