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Create Your Own Avatar for Free on Linux

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junauza.com: Create Your Own Avatar for Free on Linux: Do you want to create your own avatar? I'm not talking about the Avatar movie but the graphical representation of yourself inside the computer world that you can use as a profile image.

CoverGloobus 1.6 "WOW!" lives up to its name

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omgubuntu.co.uk: CoverGloobus - an awesome application for displaying cover art and lyrics on your desktop - quietly released version 1.6 at the beginning of this month.

LXDE - the cure for what ails our older PCs

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education.zdnet: It’s been a while since Ubuntu could be called a leaner alternative to Windows. However, one of the nicer features of Linux (at least for the end user) is the ability to choose the windowing environment with which we interact with the underlying OS.

Rhythmbox + Last.fm

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everyjoe.com: I haven’t used Rhythmbox’s Last.fm to scrobble lately because it doesn’t let me ‘love’ a song. Well, that is until I found this particular Last.fm plugin for Rhythmbox called “New Style Last.fm Scrobbler.”

PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager

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linuxbsdos.com: The firewall application on PC-BSD is OpenBSD’s Packet Filter. It is a very powerful firewall application with many advanced features and functionalities. This post takes a look at the graphical firewall manager.

Two new-mail notification apps for Linux

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downloadsquad.com: Do you sometimes find yourself desperately checking for new emails, afraid you're going to miss something important? Well, no more! All you need to do is to choose one of these extremely handy panel plug-ins!

Issues Within The X.Org Foundation?

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phoronix.com: For the past two weeks elections have been going on by X.Org members to elect five people to serve as board of directors for the X.Org Foundation, the formal 501(c)(3) organization that backs the development of the X.Org project. Since the elections started there has been a rather explosive mailing list discussion.

Flinks—Speed-Reading Web Browser

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linuxjournal.com: I'm always on the lookout for original projects, and this particular application really took me by surprise. According to its Web site, “Flinks is a text-mode flashing word Web browser. It is intended for speed reading.

Multimedia Codecs: The Legal Path

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workswithu.com: If the American government invested as many resources rounding up violators of software licenses as it does fighting “terror,” I’d have been put away long ago, because all of my Ubuntu systems use patented multimedia software that I didn’t pay for.

Getting a good grip on Claws - a review for daily use

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nuxified.org: In 2009 I had written about my experience with Claws Mail. After almost a year with Claws and a few minor releases, I thought it useful to share my experiences after a longer period of time.

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