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GNOME Keyring

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mdeslaur.blogspot: For the past week or so, people have been talking about a “security issue” in Seahorse. This sums up my opinion on the matter: This isn't a security issue, and there is no good way to fix it.

Value added equals useless bloat

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Linux
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toolbox.com/blogs: What is it with installing programs these days? Just about any program you wish to install comes with some useless so called value added junk which does nothing but use up computer resources and slow it down. I am not just talking about windows programs either.

Blender Game Competition 2010

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Gaming

freegamer.blogspot: Blender (everyones favorite GPL 3D modeling application) also has a build in game engine. And what would be nicer than having a nice competition for game creation?

Linux gets its own version of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery

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techtarget.com.au: Symantec has released a new version of its bare-metal restore software that adds support for Linux servers and tightens integration for centralized management of server backups.

Moovida: A Music Player for the Masses

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ostatic.com: If you're like most computer users, your hard drive is probably stuffed to the gills with movies, pictures, music, and media files you want to hang on to. If you're trying to figure out a good way to manage them all, have a look at Moovida.

GNOME 3.0 May Not Come Until September 2010

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phoronix.com: Back in July of 2008 we learned of GNOME 3.0 as plans were laid out during the GUADEC '08 conference to make the GNOME 2.30 release their "3.0" version in March of 2010. However, it looks like GNOME 3.0 may not hit in H1'2010 but rather September of next year.

Head to Head: Google Chrome 4 Beta vs. Firefox 3.6

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Moz/FF

pcmag.com: In the last couple of days, both Google's Chrome browser and Mozilla's Firefox have come out with new betas claiming improved performance. Why not compare these new betas head-to-head?

Previewing Gnome Shell in Ubuntu

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workswithu.com: In order get a taste of what this desktop of the future will look like, I’ve spent the last few days using the development version. Here’s what I’ve found.

Free and Open Source Bioinformatics Software for Linux

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junauza.com: Bioinformatics s the field of science in which biology, computer science, and information technology merge into a single discipline. I have a here a list of some of the most capable free and open source Bioinformatics software for Linux:

GNOME Cleartext Passwords: Bug or Feature?

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Security

ubuntu-user.com: The current discussion in the Ubuntu forums is about a possible security hole in GNOME, specifically about GNOME registered users having their passwords appear as cleartext on the keyring. Not a bug, say its defenders, but the security concept behind the GNOME keyring.

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