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Changes to the GNOME System Administration Team

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lwn.net (gnome-announce-list): We'd like to announce a formal system administration team. GNOME has long had an informal sysadmin team that has managed the gnome.org services.

Where do I find Linux software?

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ghacks.net: But what if you are searching for Linux software? Where do you go? Is there a one stop shop for all of your software needs? Yes and no. Even though that answer is not a resounding YES! there is a plus side.

Dconf in GNOME 3.0 : one step further to Windows registry ?

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linux-wizard.net: Today, while reading LWN.net Weekly Edition for April 9 concerning GNOME 3.0, I noticed the part about dconf. Dconf aims to replace ... gconf already. Yeah, we can't keep a simple technology as simple as reading and writing application configurations settings more than 8 years ...

Lancelot and Raptor menu - the other way

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polishlinux.org: Lancelot and Raptor are alternative menus intended for KDE 4. We are, however, at the frosty point, and we should ask ourselves the most important question here - which one to choose.

BBC iPlayer goes high definition

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bbc.co.uk: The BBC's iPlayer is to start offering high definition (HD) streams and downloads of some programmes, and a cross-platform manager that will allow Windows, Mac, and Linux users to download BBC programmes, including those in HD.

Top 5 Media Center Programs for Linux

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thelinuxcauldron.wordpress: I though I would share my thoughts on my exploits with the popular Media Center Solutions for Linux. While none of them are perfect some come very close.

Can Open Source Songbird Compete with iTunes?

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datamation.com: With the open source music player Songbird finally making its v1.0 debut this past December after two years in development, the big question swirling around Songbird continues to be whether or not this Mozilla-based player will be able to give iTunes a run for its money.

Can GNOME Regain the Evolutionary Advantage over KDE?

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earthweb.com: The Internet has a habit of making anything you say obsolete as soon as you say it. No sooner had I compared the future of the GNOME and KDE desktops than GNOME announced that a version 3.0 would be released after all.

GNOME 2.26.1 Fixes Various Bugs

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softpedia.com: Almost one month after the big 2.26 release, the popular GNOME desktop environment reached version 2.26.1 yesterday, April 15th. Though changes were made in all areas, including development tools, mobile or platform, the desktop received the highest amount of attention.

In a Desert, TV-Browser is an EPG Oasis

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: It is not often that you fail to find half a dozen free software programs to fill a particular niche -browsers, e-mail clients or file managers to name a few; so it was with both surprise and disappointment that I nearly drew a blank in my search for an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) for GNU/Linux.

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