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August 2008

21st Century Desktops, Linux or Windows, Does It Matter?

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OS

techrepublic.com/forum: It is with considerable amusement I view the verbal skirmishes between the gathering Linux and Windoze factions, almost like watching differing Religious sects gather. There are obvious advantages to each O.S. and the philosophy's behind their development. So what, does it really matter what the desktop of the 21st century is? In the whole overview I doubt it makes any difference at all.

20 Linux apps you can't live without

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Software

techradar.com: Following the success of our 25 killer apps for Linux post, we've dug deep to find the 20 must-have apps you should get your hands on today. Believe us when we say that for Linux users, they're indispensable.

Top 7 Best-kept Linux Secrets

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Software

As we all know, there are a vast amount of applications available for Linux. People outside the Linux scene will probably have heard and used the most famous open source apps, but there are a select few programs that are either insanely cool and innovative, or just extremely polished.

4 Open Source Collection Manager Apps

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Software

makeuseof.com: I have way too much stuff. I managed to find four open source programs that all call themselves “collection managers.” That is, they all claim to make it easy to catalog and keep track of your collections of things like books, movies, and CDs.

Top Free Linux Online Courses

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Linux

brajeshwar.com: If you plan to get your Linux knowledge a formal nurturing, an online course may be something you would be interested in! These courses would be beneficial for people interested to master the art of Linux.

Open Source In Action -- Xi'An

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OSS

zdnetasia.com/blogs: Last month, I had a good opportunity to visit Xi'an Software Park with SUN, Intel and Red flag for 'Open source In Day'. This is second time I went to Xian, the event also let me more understand the development of software in this ancient city.

It’s a joke: In a Linux world without walls who needs Windows?

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Microsoft

itwire.com: Microsoft are poised to launch a new $USD 300 million advertising campaign this week, starring comedian Jerry Seinfeld among others. The marketing types responsible are intending to counter Apple’s successful "I’m a Mac" line, but the slogan picked out is simply on the wrong foot from the start and is thwarted by Linux immediately.

My Favorite Linux Podcasts

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Linux

internetling.com: In the recent years, podcasting has been gaining momentum and today we have a multitude of podcasts for almost every topic, including my favorite (and yours, I hope), GNU/Linux. Instead of listening to the same song over and over, why not educate yourself about the latest in open source technology?

Boxee

Boxee is an open, connected and social media center for Linux and OSX (Windows not supported yet). At the moment it is still in an Alpha stadium, but I haven’t had much problems with it. You will need an invite to be able to use Boxee, not to worry, I’m giving them away.

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Where are the best GNOME communities

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