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Possible data loss in Ext4

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h-online.com: A bug report posted in the bug tracker for the next version of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) describes a massive data loss problem when using Ext4, the future standard file system for Linux.

An Interview With The Developers Of FFmpeg

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phoronix.com: Earlier this week the FFmpeg project reached version 0.5, which was quite significant considering no new FFmpeg release was made available in years. This release contained a plethora of new encoders and decoders, support for VDPAU, a variety of bug-fixes, and many other improvements. What is next for FFmpeg?

Etymology of an Open Source App/Project

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hehe2.net: The natural extension of the “Etymology of a Distro” blog would be delving deeper into Open Source project’s etymologies. Indeed many readers already suggested that. Here are 20 Open Source applications and the interesting (and not so interesting) stories behind their names:

Desktop GUI - Quick Clarification

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wolf911.us: I run across people that get confused as to what a GUI is. Of course a GUI stands for Graphical User Interface and can be applied several ways and methods, but I want to focus on 3 things for this post.

Outfit Your Netbook With Open Source: 21 Tools

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earthweb.com: These days everyone is looking for a bargain, and laptop manufacturers are eager to deliver. As you might expect, these cheaper netbooks often lack the performance and security features you'll find in higher-priced models. Fortunately, you can overcome many of these limitations – without spending an extra cent – by turning to open-source software.

Photoshop and GIMP Performance Shootout

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extremetech.com: Everyone takes digital photographs. The explosion of digital photography, ranging from cell phone cameras to simple point-and-shoot units has created an burst of photographic content. It also means that more and more of us are editing our photos on our PCs.

What Goes On Within AMD's Linux Beta Program?

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AMD maintains a private beta program for their Catalyst Linux driver. Phoronix has been apart of this program for years, but those testing this driver are under a strict Non-Disclosure Agreement. Today, however, AMD has decided to declassify some information.

the best window managers of 2000

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tuxradar.com: A lot people read and enjoyed our previous article, "From the archives: the best distros of 2000", so we had a hunt around in the dark, damp cellar where old copies of Linux Format magazine live, and dug up another gem, this time from issue 2: a group test of the best window managers, complete with screenshots.

Xfce Linux Desktop: Better Than KDE or GNOME?

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earthweb.com: A few years ago, Xfce had a reputation as a lightweight desktop that made few concessions to inexperienced users. However, the Xfce 4 series of releases have shown steady improvements in usability, and version 4.6 is no exception.

10 reasons why GNOME is better than KDE

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blogs.techrepublic.com: A new battle is playing out in the Linux desktop arena. See why Jack Wallen believes that today’s GNOME has pulled ahead of today’s KDE in terms of design, stability, and usability.

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FOSS Licensing

  • Confused by license compatibility? A new article by Richard Stallman may help
    Richard Stallman has published a new guide on gnu.org titled License compatibility and relicensing. Gnu.org is home to a whole host of resources on free software licensing, including frequently asked questions about GNU licenses and our list of free software licenses. Our license list contains information on which licenses are compatible with the GNU General Public License as well as a brief description of what it means to be compatible. This latest article by Stallman provides a more in–depth explanation of what compatibility means and the different ways in which it is achieved.
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    What is licensing? Why does it matter? Why should you care? There are many reasons that licensing is an important part of a project you are working on. You are taking the time to write code and share it with the world in an open way, such as publishing it on GitHub, Bitbucket, or any number of other code-hosting services. Anyone might stumble across your code and find it useful. Licensing is the way that you can control exactly how someone who finds your code can use it and in what ways.

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