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Google Desktop on Ubuntu Linux 7.04

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linuxondesktop: Similar tools already existed on Linux like beagle (supported by novell ), meta tracker etc. However Google Desktop search is not based on any of these tools and uses its proprietary algorithms to search for files on the computer, also being 1.0 release and more stable then these products it could be preferred over tools like beagle.

Free Software Licenses in a Nutshell

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sheehantu: When I jumped into the Linux/open-source world I didn’t know nor care about the different licenses software had attached with it. I guess I was used to adhering to whatever license that was forced upon me by Microsoft. Now I have a choice. There are many software licenses out there - here are a few popular ones in a nutshell:

Myah OS 3.0 Now Has GUI Package Management

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I am proud to announce for the first time the Myah OS project will have a graphical package installer. I have used the Xdialog program to create a GTK2 interface for the simple shell script. This means you will be able click on a package and get a Graphical User Interface to assist you.

Linux Gains Windows Muscle

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Microsoft Of all the accusations Microsoft has levelled over the years against open source, perhaps the least contentious is that it lacks the tight integration offered by Microsoft's own products.

Thin clients and OLPC at OLS day three

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Linux The third day of the Ottawa Linux Symposium (OLS) featured Jon 'maddog' Hall talking about his dreams for the spread of the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP) throughout the third world as an inexpensive, environmentally friendly way of helping get another billion people on the Internet, along with an update on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, and several other talks.

Tweak Ubuntu for speed

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HowTos You want your Ubuntu desktop to be more responsive? It will take less than a half hour to perform all these tweaks. These tweaks will make your system faster and more responsive without a doubt.

Getting Started With QEMU

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free-bees: QEMU lets you emulate a machine - in other words, you can run a virtual computer on top of your real computer. This makes it perfect for trying the latest release of a distribution, running older operating systems, or just testing.

Troubleshooting Linux Audio, Part 1

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LinuxJournal: I have a friend who has had nothing but nightmares result from his attempts at setting up the fabled low-latency high-performance Linux audio system. In sympathy with his plight I present here a primer in three parts for troubleshooting common and uncommon problems with the Linux sound system.

Nouveau: Where It Stands Today

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phoronix: The last time we had written an article on Nouveau, the community project working on developing an open-source 3D display driver for NVIDIA hardware, was this past January after being enlightened by glxgears finally being able to run on NVIDIA's NV4x GPUs. Since then many developments have occurred.

Linus Torvalds: Microsoft Just Made Up The Number

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EFYTimes: How concrete are the claims made by Microsoft that Linux infringes on approximately 235 of its patents, which have not been named? Linus: How concrete? Since Microsoft hasn't named them, there is no ''concrete''. For all we know, Microsoft just made up the number.

DropTeam review

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The Open Source Activist: Installing Dropteam isn’t as straightforward as one might expect. It required adding a lib file and making the ‘SpaceVikings executable’ executable. Luckily with help from the friendly Dropteam forums I was able to solve these problems with relative ease.

Flash Games: Bloxorz, Cursor Invisible, Phit

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Gaming Every Friday, I present three or more browser-based games, all of which depend on the Adobe Flash Player and your web browser. All the games should work on Mac, Windows, Linux, and any other operating system that supports Flash. I'll tell you whether each game has music or sound, so you can adjust your speakers accordingly.

LinuxWorld 2007 to Showcase the Latest Open Source and Linux Technologies

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LinuxWorld 2007 is tipped to set the latest trends in Open Source and Linux technologies. The show, which is expected to attract IT decision makers, business professionals and Linux enthusiasts, will showcase the latest technology, debate the use of Open Source in the desktop environment, touch on the use of Linux in the datacentre and discuss the development of a common Linux-based platform for mobile phones.

Episode 22 - GPL 3 Released

linuxonthedesktop: Big News today and no it’s not the Apple iPhone. The next version of the GNU GPL, GPL 3, was released and over 5,500 software projects are already slated to adopt the GPL 3. Neo1973 a Linux-powered iPhone killer?

GPLv3 Arrives, But Is It What Developers Want?

wired blogs: Greg Stein, engineering manager at Google and current chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, maintains that developers want more permissive licenses than the GPL -- a position he often speaks out in support of. "They don't want conditions imposed upon them," he told Wired News.

Project Gutenberg

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Red Hat Mag: Free as in, well, free. At least, that’s what the folks at Project Gutenberg believe. They work hard to make as many literary (in a very broad sense of the term) works as possible available in a variety of formats, languages, and media to as many people as possible.

Major Update to Firefox 1.5 Rolled Out

mozillazine: Users of Mozilla Firefox have been offered a major update to Mozilla Firefox via the automatic update notification. As reported earlier, Mozilla Firefox is the last release from the Firefox 1.5 Branch.

PCLinuxOS ‘Popularity’

Limulus: As was pointed out earlier here, PCLinuxOS has dramatically risen in the Distrowatch HPD stats, but in terms of OS share on itself only has about a quarter of Ubuntu’s and what I wonder about is that if you look at the Google search volume:

Google flirts with online OS

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the register: It's only a matter of time before Google unveils a full-fledged online operating system. This week, Microsoft's biggest rival rolled out a new version of Docs & Spreadsheets - its online answer to Word and Excel - adding Windows-like folders, an improved search engine, and an all-around prettier interface.

Is The New GPL a Target?

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LinuxToday: The language is complex, which some are already complaining about. Novell seems to have "gotten off," which others will complain about. Still others are looking at this license and the pressure Microsoft is trying to put on the community with its patent protection racket and are predicting doom and gloom in the form of a civil war.

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