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To XFCE, or not to XFCE?

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beranger.org: The XFCE team seems to be more and more «tightly connected» to a specific distro. This is weird, given that the unnamed distro implements some custom hacks that weren't accepted upstream, allegedly because they would only work under Linux and when some dependencies are satisfied.

KDE and GNOME Users: Different Download Habits

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earthweb.com: Most GNU/Linux users get the bulk of their applications from their distribution's repositories. However, those who want the cutting edge take to the Web to find it, often to GNOMEfiles if they use the GNOME desktop, or to KDE.apps.org if they use KDE.

Ubuntu tweak 0.4.0 Released!

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ubuntu-unleashed.com: After two months of development, another milestone version of Ubuntu Tweak is released: that’s Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.0!

two more mono interviews

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  • Interview: Miguel de Icaza

  • Interview With Joseph Hill - Mono

Missing features in Amarok 2

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kde.org: Today on IRC a user asked the following question: "Is there a list of 1.4 features that are still missing in Amarok 2?" As this question comes up rather frequently, I will try to shed some light on this topic here.

In search of bigger, stronger calculators

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linux.com: If I had had SpeedCrunch or Qalculate! during high school, finishing homework really would've been child's play. From breaking down complex algebraic equations, to solving your calculus problems, to performing geometric computations and providing statistical answers, SpeedCrunch and Qalculate! are tools that offer quick solutions to difficult questions.

Opera maverick is still making waves

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theinquirer.net: TRIVIA QUIZ: Which browser was the first to implement tabs, integrated search, zoom, saved sessions, and runs on mobile phones and TVs? Hint: it wasn't Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome.

Hands on: How to get more from Linux

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pcw.co.uk: Following the recent releases of two popular Linux distributions, Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, we are looking at a couple of additional pieces of software you might want to install onto a fresh installation of either.

Why Mono and Samba Are Patently Different

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computerworlduk.com/blogs: To understand the principal difference between Samba and Mono, we need to explore what they do, and how they do it.

Opera 9.60 released

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Opera today released a new version of its desktop browser, Opera 9.60. Highlights include Feed preview, Speed enhancements, and Mail improvements.

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