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August 2007

Short-Term/Long-Term: The Battle of OOXML

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Microsoft

Linux Today: It was, for me, a fascinating study of short-term versus long-term as I watched the proceedings surrounding the standardization process of Microsoft's Open XML document format unfold this week. But then, I am easily fascinated.

Speed up Debian with Xfce (or Fluxbox)

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Linux

CLICK: I've probably written the following line a hundred times: "The Xfce desktop didn't seem any quicker than GNOME." After running the Xfce-based Xubuntu, Vector and ZenWalk, as well as running Slackware with Xfce, I decided to try it in Debian.

OLPC parts shortage manageable, says maker

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OLPC

computerworld: The company manufacturing the One Laptop Per Child notebook played down the impact of component shortages, rebutting local reports that the shortages will affect supplies of the computer when it ships in October.

Browser betrayals

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Software
Security

Tux Love (PC World): Most people don't realise how their browsers betray them. It's not so bad at home, but in a work context it could cost you your job.

Also: FileZilla 3 brings Windows FTP goodness to Linux

Entire city of Vista users can't access the internet

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Microsoft

the inquirer: PEOPLE in the city of Lund in Sweden that use the Microsoft Vista OS can't connect to the Internet. The reason is because Lund is a Linux city which has a a Linux server that doesn't like Vista.

Microsoft's ISO manipulation will hurt us all

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Microsoft

jem report: I've always resisted the urge to blindly bash Microsoft -- indeed it does make a few really nice products, and has had a positive impact on the computing world in some important ways. Today I'm writing about something that all computer users need to be aware of, and Microsoft's at the forefront of the effort that goes against user interests.

Also: Microsoft and Its Rivals Take 'Office' Politics Global
And: When the standards are this low, no one wins

Some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Linux backups powered by Tar

  • Working with GNOME in Fedora 7
  • How to install/use packages in UBUNTU 7.04 DVD?
  • How to use Squid as an easy web filter
  • Ubuntu: Huawei E220 for the sake of Celcom 3G
  • Software audio mixing in Ubuntu
  • Delve deep into drives

Stable Linux Kernel 2.6.22.6 Released

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Linux

PCBurn: Greg KH and the -stable team have tagged another release of the 2.6.22 stable kernel. 2.6.22.6 fixes PCI, USB, and TCP bugs which will affect most users along with a handful of more specific issues.

Mandriva Demonstrates KDE/Linux Desktop on the New Intel MID platform

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MDV

Mandriva PR: Mandriva showcased the first prototype of the Mandriva Linux distribution with KDE running on the new Intel Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform at the aKademy 2007 conference.

Ubuntu Release Parties

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Ubuntu

JonoBacon: Well folks, we are getting closer and closer to the release of Ubuntu 7.10, the Gutsy Gibbon, and it is going to rock like a good ‘un when it comes out. Now, I need to draw your attention to something that is always important.

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