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Azureus: A Better Way to BitTorrent

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BitTorrent has become one of the most widely used apps on the Internet — so popular, in fact, that it’s estimated that over 33% of all Internet traffic is now generated by BitTorrent. 33%!

Why Software Suites Suck

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With the release of StarOffice 8 and OpenOffice.org, and the rumors about MS Office 12, office suites are making their rounds in the press again. The one thing that all software suites have in common is that they suck.

klik: True click-and-run software

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Debian's APT makes installing software a breeze: you just run apt-get update&&apt-get upgrade to download and install the latest versions of all your software, or apt-get install widget to install widget on your machine. Pretty easy and painless. But now there's something available that's even easier and more painless: klik.

MySQL 5.0 Now Available for Production Use

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MySQL AB has announced the general availability of MySQL 5.0, the most significant product upgrade in the company's ten-year history. Starting today, MySQL 5.0 can be downloaded under the open source GPL license.

Free Sequoia Open Source ERP Software Released

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Free open source software took a further step toward meeting the needs of business users today with the release of Sequoia Open Source ERP. Unlike commercial software solutions, however, Sequoia ERP is freely available to users to download, use, and modify without paying license fees.

Screenshots of Flock

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I've posted some screenshots of Flock 0.4.9 in the gallery if anyone is interested. In the short time testing Flock, I've found it to be a nice looking, stable firefox clone.

Opera Releases Browser Preview

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The new version for Windows, Mac and Linux users includes improved e-mail and stability, support for additional Web standards, and changes to the user interface designed to make it easier to switch from Internet Explorer or Firefox.

Flock founder hopes new browser will fly with users

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The Web has evolved very dramatically, but the evolution of Web browsers, however, have not been as significant. Flock hopes to change that by integrating more functionality into the browser, giving users easier access to the Web's social aspects.

Super 'Firefox' previewed

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A BROWSER based on the open source browser Firefox, called Flock, has just been released and claims to give a taste of what life would be like under Web 2.

PHP Puts Web Apps, Wikis in Users' Hands

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PHP, which was introduced in 1999 as Personal Home Page, has developed into a popular alternative or supplement to the Java and .Net enterprise application development platform, largely due to its relative simplicity of configuration, lack of licensing fees and ability to run on any operating system.

Also: HOWTO: Creating an Online Survey with PHP

OpenOffice nears download milestone

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The open source productivity application OpenOffice.org has been downloaded almost 50 million times since the project was started.

OpenOffice.org Releases RC3 of Version 2.0

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OpenOffice.org made available for free download a third release candidate of Version 2.0 of its popular open-source office suite Friday. The release includes bug fixes only and no new features.

Apache 2.0.55 Released

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The Apache HTTP Server Project is proud to announce the release of version 2.0.55, a security and bug fix release, of the Apache HTTP Server ("Apache").

OpenOffice.org Delays Version 2.0 Release

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The planned fifth-anniversary release of the ODF-compliant MS Office alternative has been pushed back to allow time for key bug fixes.

New MySQL database may ship next month

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MySQL is eyeing a November release date for Version 5 of its open-source database, a major upgrade that the company hopes will make it a bigger player among enterprise customers.

Tango Project aims to simplify, beautify Linux desktops

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Introducing the Tango Project, a collaborative effort on the part of a variety of software designers and artists to unify the visual style of software on Linux and other open-source desktops.

A survey of Linux Web development tools

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Choice is a good thing, and Linux users have plenty of it when selecting a program for Web development. Users can choose from the basic no-frills text editors, to full-featured "what you see is what you get" (WYSIWYG) programs. Here's a survey of the best programs I've used.

Gary Edwards: OpenOffice.org 2.0

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As we approach the imminent release of the "stable" version of OpenOffice.org 2.0 (OOo 2.0), it is becoming increasingly apparent that OOo 2.0 and is going shake up the desktop software industry. The "clean" XML standard adopted by the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee (TC) and the State of Massachusettst is at the heart of massive changes now under way in the multi-billion dollar office productivity software industry.

Why the DCC Alliance needs to love Synaptic

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Debian users have always boasted that their Advanced Package Tool (APT) was the best and fastest way there has ever been to install and delete software. They were right, except for two details:

GNOME to fish in embedded Linux pond

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The team developing the open source desktop environment claims to have made 'very significant improvements' in performance and memory usage, as they target the embedded market with future versions.

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