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In search of the Linux desktop

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itpro.co.uk: KDE and GNOME are the mainstream desktop environments for GNU/Linux. There are lightweight options that use fewer resources, such as Xfce or Fluxbox, but new users are more likely to encounter KDE or GNOME.

What Does a Linux Support Contract Buy?

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linuxinsider.com: Companies that traffic in free open source software don't make their money selling licenses. They make it by selling support. What's that really worth? What does a company get for support fees?

9 Ways to Make Linux More Secure

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nixtutor.com: The Linux operating system has already been proven to be very reliable and secure. It is often the most popular operating system found on web servers largely accredited to its track record in security, but can it be improved?

Review: gNewSense Version 2.2

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raiden.net: The gNewSense project today announced version 2.2 of its free GNU/Linux distribution. This is the second point update to the release codenamed 'deltah'. We're especially excited to see that, as a result of the cooperation between SGI and the FSF to relicense the core 3D library code as free software, today's release re-introduces GLX.

Wireless Linux group chalks out ambitious plans

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reuters.com: Open-source wireless Linux foundation LiMo aims to grow its share of the mobile phone operating system market, dominated by Nokia, by adding about 10 members and launching 20 new models this year.

Why are we pinning Linux desktop hopes on netbooks

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infoworld.com: Consumers already have a user experience in mind when using a device focused on personal computing tasks. That experience is largely Microsoft Windows-based.

Musix To My Ears

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beginlinux.wordpress: Musix is a Live CD/DVD Linux operating system that is based on the popular Debian distro. Musix focuses on the x86 processor and contains many audio production, graphic design, and general applications.

Hands-on: Intel brings rich UI to Moblin Linux platform

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arstechnica.com: Intel has unveiled the next-generation user interface of Moblin, the company's open source Linux platform for netbooks and mobile Internet devices. We tested it on real netbook hardware so that we could give you a detailed hands-on look.

Desktop Linux: it ain't a better Windows

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itwire.com: One debate which the FOSS community will never give up on is the one about GNU/Linux on the desktop. No matter that the two big companies which were once interested in putting GNU/Linux on the desktop have now officially given up.

Linux Hater is an Excuse Lover

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lunduke.com: Oh good. Linux Hater has replied to my challenge to stop being anonymous and debate me. And, look at that, it is a numbered list of excuses why he isn’t going to man up.

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