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5 New Chrome Extensions Worth Trying

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It’s been a while since my last pick of the best Chrome extensions and to celebrate Chromium finally supporting extension “tool tips” here are 5 new “toolbar” extensions to enjoy!

Contextual Playlists in Amarok

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liveblue.wordpress: We propose a system for displaying music libraries in a more intuitive way for the music player Amarok, through a 2D representation (two dimensions), in order to organize the songs by the similarity between them.

Making Multi-Channel Firewire Music With Linux

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linuxtoday.com: This column is a bit premature because I haven't had time to set things up and test them yet. But I'm excited about getting started, so here are some preliminary notes on multi-track recording in Linux using a Firewire device.

Conky has now cairo support embedded

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norsetto.890m.com: A great feature is in the pipeline for the next release of Conky. Not happy to have included built-in lua support, Brenden and co. have now included bindings for Cairo and Imlib2 as well. This will allow us to use the whole Cairo API within Conky!

Amaya: A Simple, Yet Useful Alternative to Dreamweaver

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maketecheasier.com: While on a project, where money was scarce, we were scrambling around looking for a free or open source HTML editor that can provide us the same functionality as Adobe Dreamweaver. During my analysis of the different HTML editor out there, I came across Amaya.

Perl far from dead, more popular than you think

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royal.pingdom.com: Perl has been around since 1987 and became an early darling of web developers. These days, however, you don’t hear much about Perl. Everyone seems to be talking about trendier languages like PHP, Python and Ruby, with Perl left in the back as a neglected, not-so-hip cousin.

kde apps update

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Current State of Intel Video, Ubuntu, and Composited Desktops

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redmonk.com/sogrady: I’ve had persistent issues with Intel Video since the Jaunty release of Ubuntu. The short version is that the fancy effects that I eventually came to depend on stopped working after the Intrepid release of the distribution. Both Jaunty and Karmic include Intel video drivers – and I’ve tried every bleeding edge PPA version I can find – that simply don’t work with Compiz.

Apache Software Foundation: 10 years and still open to innovation

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networkworld.com: It's been 10 years since the Apache Software Foundation hung out its feather, creating what has become a series of communities filled with focused project entrepreneurs working on a laundry list of innovative efforts, one of which landed in the White House just a few weeks ago.

Faster booting with Upstart

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h-online.com: A good portion of the boot time on current Linux systems is spent on system initialisation and starting dozens of daemons sequentially. The Ubuntu 9.10 development team have started to parallelise and accelerate the boot process through the large scale use of Upstart.

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