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Introduction to the xmonad Tiling Window Manager

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Software What good is having a large display if you’re constantly rearranging windows to fit them on the screen? I got tired of try to fit a web browser with other smaller windows and decided to try xmonad, a tiling window manager that could do this for me.

Opera puts browsers in Turbo mode

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Software Browser maker Opera Software has released a test version of software called Opera Turbo, designed to use compression and the company's own servers to speed browsing over slow Internet connections.

Also: Web browsers battle at festival

Readers’ Choice: Awesome Linux Apps that Need Our Attention

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Software I got some very interesting comments on my post about Linux projects that need more attention, so I decided to feature a few of the readers’ recommendations.

BackupPC - A handy Linux backup tool

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Software Backing up Linux machines can be challenging, especially for storage/backup administrators who are used to working primarily with Windows.

How does Ubuntu's Upstart system initialization compare with runit?

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Software Vincent Danen takes a look at Ubuntu’s Upstart system, which is an event-based replacement for SysV init that handles the starting of tasks and services during boot.

10 Linux and open source developer tools you should not overlook

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Software To take advantage of the excellent Linux development environment, you need to have the right tools. Here’s a rundown of some of the best ones out there and the features they have to offer.

Get it done with GNOME Do 0.8.1

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Software GNOME Do is an open source launcher utility for the Linux desktop. Its new dock interface combines Mac-like polish and usability with highly efficient keyboard control, and we put it through its paces.

the best Linux newsreaders

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Software Ah, Usenet newsgroups… Online communication and file sharing for the masses, still equal today to what it was before the advent of blogs, instant messaging and P2P networks.

Don’t fear the fsync!

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Software After reading the comments on my earlier post, Delayed allocation and the zero-length file problem, it’s become very clear to me that there are a lot of myths and misplaced concerns about fsync() and how best to use it.

Ubuntu: Understanding The Media Codec Problems

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doctormo.wordpress: My problem is how he is lumping MP3 encoding and decoding into the closed-source pile and this is something that frustrates me terribly.

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