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AMD R600/700 2D Performance: Open vs. Closed Drivers

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phoronix.com: While the ATI Radeon HD 5800 graphics cards were introduced last week, the open-source support for the Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 series is finally maturing. In this article we have benchmarks showing the 2D performance between these two driver options with both an R600 and R700 graphics card.

Power searching Linux with SearchMonkey

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ghacks.net: There are search tools and then there are SEARCH TOOLS. Any Linux user that has ever needed real power for their searches generally has to resort to the command line. But what if you could have a GUI tool that could also handle regular expressions?

Can You Boycott a Boycott?

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ostatic.com/blog: From the things-that-should-never-happen-but-you-knew-they-would-eventually department, comes more flamage in the Mono advocates vs. anti-Mono advocates vs. the now anti-anti-Mono advocates.

Evince: Speed and Functionality Combined

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softpedia.com: In the heterogeneous computing world of today, documents are encapsulated in a variety of formats, from the mundane PDF to the high-resolution tiffs needed in typography. To be able to view all of them you could use four or five different applications, or you could just employ Evince.

Free, Native Linux Plug-ins for energyXT for Linux

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createdigitalmusic.com: It’s simply stunning some of the terrific instrument and effect plug-ins available that are now free and open source – yes, free as in freedom, not just freeware. I had commented in the past something along the lines of, “boy, wouldn’t it be great if this now meant, say, a Linux port?”

Openshot Video Editor Gets HUGE Update

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d0od.blogspot.com: OpenShot - one of the best video editor available for Linux - finally has a PPA! That's news enough in-itself as it means pain free installation but the even better news is it now comes complete with effects!

Also: Openshot : The magic has arrived

There Are Now NO POVRay Modelers For Linux?

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penguinpetes.com: NONE? Zero, zip, swabbo, nothing? Empty, the opposite of full?

On Mono, Miguel, Stallman and Fusion with Microsoft

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groklaw.net: Jason Perlow has written an article about Richard Stallman, Watch Out for That Meteor, Stallman. There are some factual errors in the article, so let me step up to the plate and fix them.

OSMO: Your friendly personal organizer

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ghacks.net: Although integration has become widespread, there are instances when you might want a separate tool for organizing your life. What if you want something on your machine to organize your life – that doesn’t require an online connection, is simple to use, and has a tiny footprint. If that’s you, OSMO is the tool you’ve been looking for.

How Will Users React to GNOME 3.0?

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earthweb.com: GNOME 2.28 was supposed to preview GNOME 3.0. But it hasn't quite turned out that way, and whether what is visible will leave users eagerly anticipating or uneasy and rebellious is still anybody's guess.

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