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Two Reasons the Command Line Trumps the Graphical User Interface

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blog.eracc.com: I am not a text mode Luddite. I use a graphical user interface (GUI) every day. However, for certain tasks a GUI is just not the best choice.

Why Is Moblin's X.Org Stack Faster Than In Ubuntu?

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phoronix.com: Canonical's Scott James Remnant recently set out to explore why X.Org started up so much faster on Moblin than on Ubuntu.

Delayed allocation and the zero-length file problem

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thunk.org/tytso: A recent Ubuntu bug has gotten slashdotted, and has started raising a lot of questions about the safety of using ext4. The essential “problem” is that ext4 implements something called delayed allocation.

Group test: note takers

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tuxradar.com: Paper - don't you just hate it? We live in the 'information age', and yet the much promised era of the paperless office still seems decades away. But there has to be a more elegant solution...

Possible data loss in Ext4

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h-online.com: A bug report posted in the bug tracker for the next version of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) describes a massive data loss problem when using Ext4, the future standard file system for Linux.

An Interview With The Developers Of FFmpeg

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phoronix.com: Earlier this week the FFmpeg project reached version 0.5, which was quite significant considering no new FFmpeg release was made available in years. This release contained a plethora of new encoders and decoders, support for VDPAU, a variety of bug-fixes, and many other improvements. What is next for FFmpeg?

Etymology of an Open Source App/Project

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hehe2.net: The natural extension of the “Etymology of a Distro” blog would be delving deeper into Open Source project’s etymologies. Indeed many readers already suggested that. Here are 20 Open Source applications and the interesting (and not so interesting) stories behind their names:

Desktop GUI - Quick Clarification

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wolf911.us: I run across people that get confused as to what a GUI is. Of course a GUI stands for Graphical User Interface and can be applied several ways and methods, but I want to focus on 3 things for this post.

Outfit Your Netbook With Open Source: 21 Tools

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earthweb.com: These days everyone is looking for a bargain, and laptop manufacturers are eager to deliver. As you might expect, these cheaper netbooks often lack the performance and security features you'll find in higher-priced models. Fortunately, you can overcome many of these limitations – without spending an extra cent – by turning to open-source software.

Photoshop and GIMP Performance Shootout

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extremetech.com: Everyone takes digital photographs. The explosion of digital photography, ranging from cell phone cameras to simple point-and-shoot units has created an burst of photographic content. It also means that more and more of us are editing our photos on our PCs.

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