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Myth: Linux Doesn't Need a Registry Cleaner

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bleachbit.blogspot: Some say Linux's .rpm and .deb installation packages uninstall cleanly, so there is no need for any registry cleaners like CCleaner. Here are a few counterexamples to the myth:

Great Linux Innovations Of 2008

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phoronix.com: Last year we had looked at The Greatest Linux Innovations Of 2007, and as this year ends, we have compiled a similar list of what we believe were some of the greatest Linux innovations or achievements of 2008.

Also: Open source in 2008: Everything but interest is up

wbar, for fun and profit

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kmandla.wordpress: Since I started messing with Tiny Core Linux, I started appreciating wbar — another one of those floating icon punch-button bars that sometimes crop up in other big-name operating systems.

Interclue and the pitfalls of going proprietary

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linux.com: The Interclue extension is supposed to give you a preview of links in Firefox before you visit them, saving you mouse-clicks and, with a little luck, allowing you to move quickly between multiple links on the same page. Unfortunately, the determination to monetize the add-on and keep its source code closed results in elaborations that make the basic idea less effective.

Small Sister project protects against e-mail snoops

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computerworld.com.au: The Small Sister open source privacy project has released a first beta of its SmallMail application, allowing individuals to send e-mail messages that can't be intercepted or traced by governments or snoops.

Aircraft Manager: Save Battery By Turning Off WiFi and Bluetooth

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ubuntumini.com: One of the sacrifices I had to make when choosing to install Ubuntu 8.10 was that there would be no way to turn off wifi and bluetooth. The battery would drain faster because I would have to keep them powered when not using them. Recently it was brought to my attention that there is a Aircraft Manager .deb.

Linux vs Windows . . . TomTom GPS

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tycheent.wordpress: My wife gifted me with a TomTom ONE 125 GPS navigator. On charging it up and connecting it to my computer, I discovered that Microsoft had struck again.

Quick Thoughts on Amarok 2.0

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jintoreedwine.wordpress: I was very pleased to hear that Amarok 2.0 had finally been released and I have been awaiting it for some time now. I had heard stories of people not liking the new interface, but I didn’t have much of an opinion on it because I hadn’t used it.

Fast and 'free' beats steady and paid on MySQL

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theregister.co.uk: MySQL, the lovable little database engine that could - for reasonable values of could - is starting to feel the pain of being an open source project distributed by a large company.

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