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Setting the record straight on sudo

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blogs.techrepublic.com: I recently read a blog posting that denounced the use of sudo as insecure. My first reaction was that the author had no idea how to use sudo properly or why you would want to.

Konqueror doesn’t pass Acid2 (occasionally)

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kamikazow.wordpress: Five years ago it was announced that Konqueror is the second browser of all to pass Acid2. Just for fun I thought to check how KHTML is doing these days and ran Acid 2 and 3 with it. Well… how times change…

8 Advanced OpenOffice.org Add-ons

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OOo

linuxplanet.com: OpenOffice.org (OOo for short) is a great office suite for Linux and pretty much any other operating system, but can always use improvement. This is especially true for templates and clip art. Fortunately, the open source community provides many add-ons or extensions. Here's a look.

Rocking with Zeitgeist

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  • Rocking with Zeitgeist
  • Making free smarter

mind control support may be coming to compiz

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Hardware
Software

omgubuntu.co.uk: Always feared that controlling Compiz with the power of thought alone was something only available for Jedi's and Sylar from Heroes? Think again.

The Case for Gnome Shell

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workswithu.com: A couple weeks ago, I wrote some posts on GNOME Shell which included a number of criticisms of the desktop environment that will likely become Ubuntu’S default at some point in the future. Jon McCann, lead designer for GNOME Shell, recently got in touch to offer his responses to the problems I found with the new interface. Here’s what he had to say.

Do You Have an Aptitude for Software?

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linux-mag.com: If you think smart is intelligent or if you think yum is tasty, aptitude will expand your thoughts with attitude.

I have seen the future, and it is GNOME 3

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blogs.techrepublic.com: Today I finally managed to get GNOME Shell installed so I could get a preview of what is to come on the Linux desktop (at least through the eyes of GNOME). GNOME 3 is different. Very different.

Also: GNOME 3 System Status Area Mockups

adeskbar, for fun and profit

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kmandla.wordpress: I have used wbar in Openbox setups off and on for the past year or so, since I saw it at work with Tiny Core Linux. If you’re GUI-oriented anyway, adeskbar might be a winner for being quicker on the configuration.

No excuse for programmers and multiple platforms.

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toolbox.com/blogs: You most probably know that the people who produce Songbird have dropped Linux support. Programming across multiple operating systems is easy. I do it.

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