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Apache 2.2.0 Released

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The Apache HTTP Server Project is proud to announce the release of version 2.2.0 of the Apache HTTP Server ("Apache").

Flock Gains Traction with Downloads

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Flock, the new Web browser which aggregates services no other browser has yet been able to provide, has attracted widespread user attention with its first beta version after only six weeks in release.

Tango project aims to clean up the desktop

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One obstacle for Linux to overcome on the desktop is the lack of a consistent visual interface. The Tango Desktop Project is working to change that.

Autopackage: Toward a universal package manager for the desktop

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If Mike Hearn, Hongli Lai, and the rest of the Autopackage team realize their goals, the future of package management in GNU/Linux will be greatly different from the present.

Qmail Toaster makes mail server setup easy

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A mail server is an essential part of any organization's IT infrastructure, but installing and maintaining a mail server is not always easy, and it's often difficult for small organizations to pay an expert to set up a mail server. Fortunately, Qmail Toaster can simplify the task enormously.

SOHO: Office rival opens

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Last month's release of OpenOffice 2.0 has changed everything. The software is vastly improved. Almost every major flaw has been addressed. The new version is impressively fast.

Firefox Contest Calls on Independent Filmmakers

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Mozilla is doing something that no open-source Web browsing project has ever done before -- using independent filmmakers to spread the word about its next release.

Talk Back To The Web With Flock

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I have seen enough "good" from Flock to suggest to the ones of you who make the web work for them, to definitely give a good whirl to this elegant new browser.

Mono 1.1.1 Solves Deployment Problem

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The newest version of Mono, the open-source implementation of Microsoft's .Net, makes it much easier for developers to deploy .Net programs.

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Of Macs & Tux, More on Web Browsers

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I wrote about Safari version 2.0.2 that came with the 10.4.3 update from Apple a few issues ago. If I remember correctly, I did mention that it now passes the ACID2 test. I think this is the first web browser that supports web standards. Kudos to Apple for releasing this.

CrossOver Puts Windows Programs on Linux OS

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One of the most common reasons I hear most from people that they can't consider a Linux desktop is that they can't run their favorite Windows application on it.

Think again.

GNOME vs. KDE Revisited

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My comments in last week's column about KDE and Qt being superior to GNOME and GTK generated fewer gripes and flames than I expected. While I prefer Qt and KDE, I criticize GTK and GNOME hoping these environments will improve.

NVIDIA 1.0-8168 Drivers Leaked

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After months of speculations, and over a year of waiting for Linux SLI support, the NVIDIA 1.0-8XXX series have began to emerge in the hands of die-hard Linux users and although these drivers are only preliminary, they certainly have gamers on their heels.

Office Suite Software Without the Sticker Shock

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The first thing many people do with a new PC is install Microsoft Office. Sharing data with somebody usually requires a copy of Office. Fortunately, there's another choice -- a free one, called OpenOffice.org 2.0.

GNOME versus KDE on the Corporate Desktop

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The rub against KDE is the dual license model of Qt. Qt is the heart of KDE whereas GTK is the heart of GNOME. To write a proprietary application on KDE requires a commercial license from Trolltech.

The Art of Learning New Interfaces

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A great many people find new interfaces downright puzzling. However, most interfaces share common features. Having been there and done that, Don Parris shows the technologically challenged how to find their way around nearly any graphical interface, whether it's an operating system GUI or a new office suite.

Communicate with CommuniGate Pro 5.0

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Do you need an Internet communications server solution that handles email, instant messaging, calendaring, and VoIP? Want it to run on Linux? CommuniGate Pro 5.0 could be the ticket.

Review: Win4Lin Pro

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Running Windows under Linux is a suitable alternative to having to maintain two systems, or a dual-boot system with Linux and Windows. One of the options for running Windows under Linux is Win4Lin, Inc.'s Win4Lin Pro, which was released earlier this year.

Firefox 1.5 RC2 available for download

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It wasn't yet posted on the Mozilla Project homepage Thursday afternoon Pacific time, but a new beta (release candidate 2) of the Firefox 1.5 browser is now available for download.

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