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May 2013

Ubuntu is NOT a Community Project

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Ubuntu

linuxadvocates.com: When Canonical Ltd. chose to create Skunkworks, Ubuntu ceased being a community Distro. If there are gradations between one extreme black (proprietary) and white (community, open source) Ubuntu has moved in the grey scale towards black ever so slightly.

Also: Fork Ubuntu to Preserve Community Participation

One Week With GNOME 3 Classic: Day One

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Software

sgallagh.wordpres: Over the course of a week, I’m going to be experimenting with the new GNOME Classic desktop in Fedora 19 beta. I will be recording my experiences (hopefully) daily on this blog.

10 Linux Distributions and Their Targeted Users

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Linux

tecmint.com: This article aims at briefing why a certain distro exist, who are the targeted user of the distro, and what special features it has as compared to its’ counterpart.

Slackpkg Update Fixes Long Standing Annoyance

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Slack

ostatic.com: Slackware's Slackpkg has long had a design flaw that could result in inoperative applications or systems. But Patrick Volkerding recently addressed the issue with a simple but significant change.

Reinventing Simple

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Software

linux-magazine.com: The days when Linux applications were small and simple are long gone. With Firefox and LibreOffice installed on most desktops, the community has embraced monster-sized apps so unreservedly that you can sometimes need to look twice to see what operating system you are using. In fact, the complexity has become so great that simplicity is being reinvented again and again -- by adding complexity.

Selecting a distribution is a personal decision

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Linux

Jon "maddog" Hall: Every time I have been asked, "Which distribution do you use?" I have given a truthful answer: "I use whatever distribution my customers use. It depends on the situation." Typically, that answer is sufficient, but recently someone asked: "Who are your customers? Why is it dependent on customers? There are many 'Linux' (sic) distributions, like Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc. Anyone can choose what he likes."

Review: SolydXK 2013.04.06

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Linux

dasublogbyprashanth.blogspot: What is SolydXK? Debian-based Linux Mint never had a KDE edition, so SolydK was born out of the unofficial project featuring KDE in Debian-based Linux Mint. Then, Linux Mint pushed its Xfce edition back to an Ubuntu base, necessitating the emergence of SolydX. Together they form SolydXK, based on Debian Testing but with update packs, just as Debian-based Linux Mint is.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Legend of Grimrock Linux Version Released
  • BioShock Infinite Will Not Arrive on Linux
  • Recent Experiments with Konsole
  • Drupal.org compromised
  • Former Microsoft Exec Embraces Linux for Networking Software
  • Abducted brings alien adventure to Linux
  • useful vim plugins & keymaps
  • Linux Thermal Daemon
  • How to install pf-kernel in debian
  • Save time with AWK print
  • Much improved multiple monitor support in Fedora
  • Finger Command To Find User Details
  • Floss Weekly 253
  • TuxRadar: Podcast Season 5 Episode 9
  • TLLTS Episode 507 Released May 29

Woe is Linux. Woe is Me.

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Linux
Ubuntu

pcmag.com: Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, publishers of Ubuntu, has given up on the idea that Linux (which Ubuntu is based on) will ever supplant Windows. So what happened? Lots happened and none of it good.

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