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Amarok gets a facelift

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linux.com: After more than a year in development, Amarok, a multipurpose media player with a host of features, has issued release candidate code for version 2. It comes with a completely redesigned interface, and takes advantage of KDE 4's new libraries and interfaces.

Also: Hands-on: Amarok 2 rocks the house

Unison and Canonical’s Ubuntu Attack Microsoft Exchange

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thevarguy.com: Unison Technologies, with an assist from Canonical and Ubuntu Linux, says it is “launching a major threat to Microsoft Exchange.” Hmmm. The VAR Guy has heard similar grandstanding before from a range of companies. But Unison has caught our resident blogger’s attention a few times. Here’s why.

Five Features Perl 5 Needs Now

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oreilly.com: Perl's 21st anniversary of release is next Thursday, 18 December. Perl 5 is already 14 years old. Though the language has seen many changes since 1994, it can't stand still. Perl 5.10 added many wonderful features and Perl 6 will change the landscape for programming languages, but what's the vision for Perl 5? How can the language stay relevant?

Amarok 2.0 Rocks the World

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dot.kde.org: After two years of intense development, Amarok 2 has become a reality! Some of the highlights that are included in the 2.0 release are a completely redesigned user interface, tight integration with online services such as Magnatune, Jamendo, MP3tunes, Last.fm and Shoutcast.

Types Of Repositories

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codeghar.wordpress: Many linux distributions divide their repositories into different parts based on certain criteria. It could be for support, policy, or anything else. I will provide a brief introduction here and link to more information.

Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 Preview Release

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mozillamessaging.com: Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 is now available for download. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality of the new features and platform changes that will be included in Thunderbird 3.

Protecting networks with SmoothWall Express

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linux.com: Corporations and home users alike need firewall protection. Many choices abound, including some expensive, commercial options that only run on specialized hardware. Others, like SmoothWall Express, are freely downloadable, built on the same technology as the commercial solutions, and even deliver some superior features.

xfmedia player for Ubuntu - bye bye Audacious

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geekzone.co.nz: After a recent upgrade from Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.10, which works really well for me, I discovered to my dismay that xmms is not in the repositories anymore. The prefered replacement now is 'audacious' which around 12% to 14% of my CPU.

Installing Programmes In Linux Vs. Windows: Which Is Easier?

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linuxcanuck.wordpress: I don’t usually do follow ups. This one illustrates a point that I made in the previous post and it underscores the kind of thinking that I was referring to in my article and is worth singling it out. "What is hard about clicking on an exe?”

Review: Songbird 1.0

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raiden.net: Songbird has been one of those media players that's been an enigma of sorts, a player that tries to be an all in everything player, an iTunes competitor, and so much more, and yet seemed to ultimately try to do too much, and yet succeed at too little. At least that was my impression of it in it's beta stages. Has that changed these days?

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