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A for Artha, The Awesome offline Dictionary for Linux

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bigbrovar.aoizora.org: One area that I have always found lacking on Linux is a good Dictionary software. I have tired quite a few free and opensource dictionary software for linux, some very good, but non had the WOW factor, until Artha.

VDR as an mp3, DVD player using plugin

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ubuntulandforever.blogspot: VDR (Video Disk Recorder) is an open source application for Linux designed to allow any computer to function as a digital video recorder, in order to record and replay TV programming using the computer's hard drive.

some shorts:

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PCLOS
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Moz/FF
  • Podcasts in Amarok 2.3
  • Firefox is really stupid
  • PCLOS 2010 Beta 1 Coming soon

Graphical Diary And Journal RedNotebook

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ghacks.net: A simple text file is sometimes all one needs to put thoughts on virtual paper. But text documents, even advanced ones like Microsoft Word documents, do not cut it when it comes to maintaining a regularly updated diary or journal.

A Linux Rubik’s Cube

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blog.tampakrap.gr: Recently some friends were spending most of their time in solving the Rubik’s Cube (3×3x3), finding new fascinating algorithms and reducing their time to the minimum. But as professional geeks they decided to take it one step further.

"Task Pooper" could revolutionize GNOME desktop

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arstechnica.com: The GNOME community's design and usability experts gathered for a week-long hackfest hosted by Canonical in the UK to shape the next major iteration of the GNOME desktop environment.

Two Open Source Tools for Photographers

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scribblesandsnaps.wordpress: digiKam is a truly versatile and powerful application for managing and tweaking photos, but it’s not the only photographic tool around. In fact, there are a few other nifty open source utilities that can make great additions to your photographic toolbox. Here are a couple.

Review: Linux Browsers

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  • Review: Linux Browsers, Part 1
  • Review: Linux Browsers, Part 2
  • Browser Wars: The Sequel

Pocketing Police

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doctormo.wordpress: An odd bit of news from the xorg foundation. During some discussion on their mailing list about missing funds it became apparent that PayPal had simply taken $5k of their money.

iPlayer On, iPlayer Off

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linuxjournal.com: The BBC's iPlayer has long been a thorn in the side of the Open Source community. Since it entered public beta in mid-2007, the BBC has consistently flip-flopped between completely ignoring FOSS users, serving them third-rate pacifier versions.

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