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Blender 2.48: It isn't all about play

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heise-online.co.uk: Blender 2.48 is the latest version of the the open source Blender 3D suite to be released by the Blender Foundation. The suite is designed to allow users to model, render and animate 3D scenes.

The State of Linux Docks

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linuxhaxor.net: Almost every linux docks, one way or another, exists to mimic the functions of Mac OS X docks. The Linux purists dislike docks because of its similarities with OS X the same way some of them dislike KDE3 and earlier KDE versions, for its similarities to Windows OS.

Python 3.0 makes a big break

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linux.com: Typically, each new version of the Python programming language has been gentle on users, more or less maintaining backward compatibility with previous versions. But in 2000, when Python creator Guido van Rossum announced that he was embarking on a new version of Python, he did not sugar coat his plan: Version 3.0 would not be backward-compatible.

I hate Skype. So Should You.

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gnuru.org: Skype is a predatory virus that should be banned from your computer. But don't take my word for it. Look at the facts.

Linux an equal Flash player

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desktoplinux.com: Once upon a time, desktop Linux was a second-class citizen, where Flash was concerned. Welcome to the future. Linux is now a first-class desktop operating system citizen.

MythTV, Rainy Day Project With Staying Power

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ostatic.com: My MythTV box has been humming in my living room just shy of a year. It's not a project for a new user, but it's a better application, and less complicated to install and maintain than you've been led to believe.

Flock 2.0 Has Arrived

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webpronews.com: Flock, the social Web browser built on Mozilla Firefox is now out. Social networking users can have access to MySpace, Facebook, Digg, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket and Twitter via Flock's sidebar.

Xfce 4.6 BETA-1 ('Fuzzy') released

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We are one month since the release of Xfce 4.6 ALPHA. And now it's time to release the first BETA, codename 'Fuzzy'. A lot of bugs have been fixed in this release.

RPM Fusion enters testing state

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liquidat.wordpress: RPM Fusion, a merge of several former Fedora 3rd party repositories providing licence/patent problematic packages, has entered the public testing state. Fedora Rawhide users can now start using it, and the brave among the Fedora 9 and Fedora 8 users can also help testing.

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