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KDE's Kontact vs. GNOME's Evolution: Best Personal Info Manager?

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earthweb.com: Personal information managers (PIM) are the major influence on most people's opinion of a desktop. When you launch an application, the desktop is simply something to move past as quickly as possibly.

Amarok 2.1: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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itnewstoday.com: When I first checked out Amarok 2.0 back when it made its debut, I didn’t think it could match up to Amarok 1.4.x in terms of usability or features. Now, I actually find myself preferring it to Amarok 1.4.x.

GNOME 3.0 may have more Mono apps

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itwire.com: The next major version of the GNOME desktop environment, version 3.0, may contain more than the one Mono-dependent application than it currently does, according to GNOME Foundation member Dave Neary.

nullmailer: simple send-only mail transport agent

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debaday.debian.net: Nullmailer is a minimal MTA (Mail Transport Agent) that provides mail delivery services to programs (cron jobs, system integrity checkers, log inspectors, etc.) in a host that otherwise does not require a full MTA like Exim or Postfix.

2 Minutes for Ubuntu Eye Candy

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buntfu.com: When taking a look at "CompizConfig Settings Manager" in Ubuntu it can be a little overwhelming when considering all the possible combinations available to us.

Blogging with Blogger from your desktop with BloGTK

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ghacks.net: BloGTK is an application that allows you to easily blog from the comfort of your own desktop. With BloGTK you can blog off line, save drafts, have multiple accounts, and more.

Best Linux Notetaking Application

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sharms.org/blog: I know a lot of people out there like to take notes with Linux, and probably didn’t come across this program yet, as it look me a bit googling to find it again. The program is called KeepNote.

GNOME makes Linux look bad?

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ubunite.com: So I recently did a small test to see what my family and friends would think about Ubuntu or any distro that uses GNOME, the results all favor one common thing; the UI SUCKS, as in how it looks.

A new VFAT patent avoidance patch

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lwn.net: Andrew Tridgell has posted a new patch intended to enable the kernel to work around the VFAT patents. Unlike the previous version, this patch preserves the long filename functionality.

10 Great Apps to Convert Audio & Video Files in Linux

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makeuseof.com: With the different audio and video formats available, there is often the need to inter convert amongst them - sometimes for quality and sometimes for compatibility. Here are some of the better software.

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Why Dell’s gamble on Linux laptops has paid off

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A Short MATE Desktop 1.17 Review in February 2017

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