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My two cents on improving GNOME

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manishtech.wordpress: I have been a GNOME user since I have jumped into Linux bandwagon. Even though trying out KDE and XFCE, I always had to fall back to GNOME even though people are said never to be happy with it.

Powerhouse Programs of Linux

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nixtutor.com: Linux comes packed with some pretty powerful tools. Here is a list of what I consider to be the powerhouse programs of Linux and some common usage for each.

24 Open Source Apps for the ASUS Netbook

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earthweb.com: Eighteen short months ago, Taiwanese manufacturer Asus debuted the Eee, the netbook that launched the latest craze for small, lightweight, inexpensive laptops. And then they got to work – creating new open source apps specifically for the Eee and similar netbooks.

Kontact: The Swiss Army Knife of PIMs

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ghacks.net: If you’ve ever used a PIM (Personal Information Manager) you know how important they can be for both business and personal organization. Most users know Microsoft Outlook. Most Linux users know Evolution. But there is another PIM out there that has more to offer than any other PIM available.

Debian and LXDE

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celettu.wordpress: I’ve been trying to use Linux since 94. It replaced XP as my desktop OS in 2004, and I’ve been using it exclusively since then. So it’s rather puzzling to me I’ve never installed Debian.

Experimenting with Alternate Desktop Managers

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zdnet.co.uk/blog: I have been recently been looking into desktop managers other than Gnome and KDE. Fortunately, with Ubuntu (and probably others) it is relatively easy to download and install several such desktop managers, and then choose between them on login.

Ubuntu brings advanced Screen features to the masses

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arstechnica.com: The latest version of Ubuntu includes some nifty embellishments to the GNU Screen program. These improvements make some of Screen's more sophisticated features accessible to users and simplify.

Make Your Linux Desktop More Productive

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debaira.blogspot: Apple has convinced millions that they can make the switch from Windows to OS X, but those curious about Linux have to see for themselves if they can work or play on a free desktop. The short answer is that, for most halfway tech-savvy people who aren't hardcore gamers, yes, you can.

The Great Mixer Debate (or, Where Did All My Sliders Go?)

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happyassassin.net: Those of you - you poor, poor people - who read the Fedora development mailing list - were treated this week to a flamefest regarding the change to the official GNOME audio volume control applications which will appear in Fedora 11.

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Security Leftovers

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    A significant security vulnerability in Google technology that is supposed to protect videos streamed via Google Chrome has been discovered by researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC) in collaboration with a security researcher from Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin, Germany.
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  • Study finds Password Misuse in Hospitals a Steaming Hot Mess
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