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The opposite of Feature Creep

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linuxcritic.wordpress: There’s a disturbing trend that I’ve been running into everywhere for a while now. I’m talking about the tendency of developers committing the cardinal sin of software: Thou shalt not release a new version that has fewer features than the previous version.

FVWM for fun & productivity

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oneandoneis2.org: So I'm now spending eight hours a day on a dual-head Linux box. It's got the latest Ubuntu 10.04 on it. I managed to put up with the interface for maybe a week. Then came the final straw and I had to scrap it.

Brasero Burns Data, Not Time - or Piles of Discs

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linuxinsider.com: There are a lot of CD/DVD burners for Linux out there, but Brasero stands out as a straightforward, easy-to-use, burner that has some nice extra features but won't make you relearn a lot of complex commands if you only use it occasionally.

Bordeaux 2.0.4 - Hands on Review

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: Competition is an important part of all markets. Don't get me wrong, I think Crossover is fantastic software, but with Cedega pretty much being dead where is the choice in commercial Wine software? Lesser known than the two previously mentioned is Bordeaux.

6 Useful Widgets For Amarok Music Player

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maketecheasier.com: Linux has no shortage of music players, and even KDE has at least two: JuK and Amarok. Amarok is my music player of choice. Once I started exploring the latest version, I noticed that Amarok has several extraordinary widgets.

Top Antivirus For Linux

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blogote.com: To help you select the best one for your system and to ensure complete protection, we bring you some of the top antivirus programs available for Linux.

Ultra-minimal Linux Desktops Roundup

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linuxplanet.com: To finish off my window managers series, here's a quick roundup of some seriously ultra-minimal window managers.

Keep Your System Clean with BleachBit

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linux-magazine.com: Keeping your system clean can be a time-consuming affair, unless you use specialized tools like BleachBit. With just a few mouse clicks, this nifty little utility can help you to purge all the junk produced by the system and installed applications.

8 Great Paint Programs for Linux

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linuxplanet.com: You need to do some simple graphics work. Maybe you need to crop some photos or take out some sensitive information in a screen capture. Maybe you want to create a simple logo for your website or create a freehand drawing.

News In The Linux Audio World

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linuxjournal.com: This week's news includes reports about a new Linux audio blog, music made by particle acceleration, how to use a laptop as a virtual music stand, synth emulation from the terminal command prompt, and watching the Linux Audio Conference on-line.

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GNOME and Other Software

  • Nautilus 3.24 – The changes
    Since Nautilus was created, if a user wanted to open a folder where the user didn’t have permissions, for example a system folder where only root has access, it was required to start Nautilus with sudo. However running UI apps under root is strongly discouraged, and to be honest, quite inconvenient. Running any UI app with sudo is actually not even supported in Wayland by design due to the security issues that that conveys.
  • GNOME hackaton in Brno
    Last week, we had a presentation on Google Summer of Code and Outreachy at Brno University of Technology. Around 80 students attended which was a pretty good success considering it was not part of any course. It was a surprise for the uni people as well because the room they booked was only for 60 ppl.
  • Peek Gif Recorder Gets Updated, Now Available from a PPA
    Peek, the nifty animated gif screen capture app for Linux desktops, has been updated. Peek 0.9 reduces the size of temporary files, adds a resolution downsampling option (to help the app use fewer resources when rendering your gif), and introduces fallback support for avconf should ffmpeg be unavailable.
  • Cerebro is an Open Source OS X Spotlight Equivalent for Linux
    Billed as an ‘open-source productivity booster with a brain’, Cerebro is an Electron app able to run across multiple platforms. It’s an extendable, open-source alternative to Spotlight and Alfred on macOS, and Synapse, Kupfer, Ulauncher, GNOME Do, and others on Linux.
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    Red Hat announced the latest update to the Red Hat JBoss Fuse-based integration service on Red Hat OpenShift. With the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud-based SaaS systems, and new data streams, organizations can face increasing pressure to more quickly deliver innovative new services. Traditional centralized, monolithic ESB-style integration approaches are often ill-suited to support the business in responding to this pressure.
  • Fedora 25: The perf linux tool.
  • Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer [Ed: Used to work for Microsoft and now spreads the GPL ("cancer" according to Microsoft) in the US government]
    The manager of the project, Berg said, really wanted to release MOOSE as open source, but didn't know how to do so. As a result it took 18 months to traverse government bureaucracy and to obtain the necessary permissions. It's now available under the GPL 2.1 license.