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Story First RC for KDE SC 4.5 Ready to Go srlinuxx 27/06/2010 - 11:33pm
Story A Look At The Latest Firefox 4.0 Design srlinuxx 27/06/2010 - 11:38pm
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 28/06/2010 - 2:22am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 28/06/2010 - 3:23am
Story Has Oracle been a disaster for Sun's open source? srlinuxx 28/06/2010 - 3:03pm
Story The Best Browser: Summer 2010 Edition srlinuxx 28/06/2010 - 3:04pm
Story Peppermint, a web-centric Linux OS srlinuxx 28/06/2010 - 3:06pm
Story Red Hat, Inc. Q1 2011 Earnings Call Transcript srlinuxx 28/06/2010 - 3:08pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 360 srlinuxx 28/06/2010 - 3:10pm
Story Bilski loses, but the patent madness continues srlinuxx 28/06/2010 - 5:31pm

GIMPShop Review: GIMP Made Friendly

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GIMP

OSWeekly: I have been successfully using GIMP for what seems like years. It's free, it's stable and once you understand the rather strange menu layout, it actually provides fantastic functionality. But the reality remains that some people are still trying to come off their Photoshop dependency, and for these individuals, the argument about how fantastic it is tends to fall on deaf ears.

Canonical's new Ubuntu paves way for server push

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Ubuntu

c|net: On Thursday, Canonical plans to release "Gutsy Gibbon," the Ubuntu Linux version 7.10 that the company hopes will lay the foundation for a serious push into the server and other markets six months from now.

Small Linux Distros For Every Occasion

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Linux

Carla Schroder: One of the (very many) areas in which Linux has pulled ahead of the pack is with live, complete Linux distributions on every form of removable media. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of different rescue Linuxes, so we'll take a tour of my favorites.

Easy software install under Linux

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HowTos

geekzone.co.nz: Even in this day and age you can sometimes still hear the echo of the old FUD: Installing software under Linux is difficult. Really? Maybe that was the case in the past, but it certainly doesn't hold for modern Linux distributions anymore.

Source Mage's Jaka "lynx" Kranjc Interview

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Interviews

magepower.org: Hello Jaka, thank you for taking the time to do this interview for Mage Power. Would you tell us about yourself and how you became interested in Linux?

Happy Birthdays

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OSS

Birthday wishes go out to Sebastian Kügler, KDE, and OpenOffice.org.

Months into the Ubuntu Switchover, rants and raves

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Ubuntu

cubicgarden: So its been a while but I'm finally getting my head around the gnu/linux system and environment. There are some great things about the switch which makes me cringe everytime I go back into windows (on my work pc and when I want to read my busted sd card - more on this soon). But there are some bad things too.

Also: Ubuntu Gutsy: Lookin’ better than ever!

Trowser: A graphical less command that is more

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Software

linux.com: Translating a command line tool to a graphical interface usually means a loss of functionality. However, in the case of the newly released trowser text browser, while I wouldn't swear that the transition has retained all the functionality of the less command that it is intended to replace, I doubt that anyone short of an expert is likely to notice the difference.

Linux Kernel: just engineering without a vision?

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Linux

antirez.com: Yesterday I bought a Microsoft webcam: it's not an exception, like most of the stuff from Microsoft I had (very little, fortunately) something to do with in my life it's a low quality product: all eye candy and little substance.

Communists switch to open-source software

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OSS

canada.com: Vietnam's Communist Party plans to switch its 20,000 desktop computers nationwide to open-source software next year, avoiding problems with copyright infringement, state media said Friday.

What's Wrong with Open-Source Software?

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OSS

John C. Dvorak: Though the open-source movement isn't going to die anytime soon, it's looking a little ragged at the edges. And with the appearance of the onerous GPL v3 and the slow deterioration of the popular Firefox browser, I now wonder if open source may have been a fad, or perhaps just a more elaborate iteration of the shareware phenomenon in the 1980s.

All systems go for Ubuntu 7.10 Linux Desktop launch

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Ubuntu

desktoplinux: Canonical, Ubuntu Linux distribution’s commercial sponsor, has announced that the release version of Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Edition will launch Oct. 18.

Mandriva 2008: keeping the faith

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MDV

iTWire: Last week I downloaded Mandriva 2008 just to have a look. The 2008 version of Mandriva is extremely easy to install - it took just 14 minutes for a working interface, including configuring every bit of hardware that I wanted to configure.

KDE 4 Beta packages now available for Fedora 7

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KDE

liquidat: While Fedora 8 will not ship with KDE 4 as the default KDE version there will be all necessary packages available to provide a development environment. Now these packages also entered the Fedora 7 repository.

So, what about the Linux desktop?

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Linux

novell cool blogs: The past few weeks I’ve read a number of pieces on the viability of Linux on the desktop. Pros (very few in most cases), cons (complete lists of them!) and more than a few passionate responses. It’s hard to read through these and not be taken by the fervor that nearly everyone writing and commenting has regarding this topic.

An Ubuntu guide to taming the Linux kernel

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Ubuntu

iTWire: Although Linux is frequently referred to by the names of various distributions, what can properly be called “Linux” is really the management part of the operating system known as the kernel which interacts with the computer’s hardware. Here’s how the kernel works in Ubuntu, and how to rebuild it.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 224

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: A look at openSUSE 10.3

  • News: Mandriva 2008 simplified, avoiding Ubuntu download rush, Fedora artwork, interviews with Lucas Villa Real (GoboLinux) and Gerard Beekmans (Linux From Scratch)
  • Released last week: Mandriva Linux 2008, Linspire 6.0
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 7.10
  • New distributions: MitraX, PureOS, Syllable Server, Untangle Gateway Platform
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Upgrade to Gutsy RC

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Ubuntu

jon-reagan.blogspot: Yesterday afternoon I decided to go ahead and get Ubuntu 7.10, via upgrade. I could not be happier.

Also: Ubuntu will be my primary OS
And: First experience with Ubuntu

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GNOME and Other Software

  • Nautilus 3.24 – The changes
    Since Nautilus was created, if a user wanted to open a folder where the user didn’t have permissions, for example a system folder where only root has access, it was required to start Nautilus with sudo. However running UI apps under root is strongly discouraged, and to be honest, quite inconvenient. Running any UI app with sudo is actually not even supported in Wayland by design due to the security issues that that conveys.
  • GNOME hackaton in Brno
    Last week, we had a presentation on Google Summer of Code and Outreachy at Brno University of Technology. Around 80 students attended which was a pretty good success considering it was not part of any course. It was a surprise for the uni people as well because the room they booked was only for 60 ppl.
  • Peek Gif Recorder Gets Updated, Now Available from a PPA
    Peek, the nifty animated gif screen capture app for Linux desktops, has been updated. Peek 0.9 reduces the size of temporary files, adds a resolution downsampling option (to help the app use fewer resources when rendering your gif), and introduces fallback support for avconf should ffmpeg be unavailable.
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