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Story A different kind of suicide srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 1:34pm
Story Is the FSF shooting the open-source community in the foot? srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 1:36pm
Story 6 of the best media burners for Linux srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 1:38pm
Story Gentoo Ten LiveDVD Testing srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 6:01pm
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Story 5 alternative image manipualtion apps for Linux newbies srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 7:50pm
Story Ubuntu Spelunkers Need Help srlinuxx 27/09/2009 - 7:52pm
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 28/09/2009 - 1:38am
Story Ubuntu gets set to mark fifth birthday srlinuxx 28/09/2009 - 3:11am

OLPC Just Got Gutted, 50% Staff Gone!

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OLPC The official OLPC blog so innocently says that One Laptop Per Child is "Refocusing our mission" with an email from Nicholas Negroponte that clearly shows that the OLPC organization is really being gutted.

The smallest threat to open source in 2009

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OSS How much of a problem is security updating for open source software going to be in 2009?

The Linux Deployment Iceberg

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Linux There are over 1 million Linux system deployments worldwide. No, make that 2 million. Wait, it's really closer to 3 million. Ok, I really have it this time--there are over 3.5 million Linux deployments worldwide as of January 7, 2009. But according to the Linux Counter, there's fewer than 150,000.

ReactOS - Open Source Windows

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OS ReactOS is based on the earlier versions of Windows. Hence, it is not really directly competing with Vista or even XP. Hence, we wont be seeing it running on modern PCs anytime soon.

Novell: Another Channel Chief Change

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SUSE After less than four months as Novell’s channel chief, Javier Colado (pictured) has been promoted into a new position and Novell’s partner program will now report to Chief Marketing Officer John Dragoon.

Searching for the Linux of Mass Appeal

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jehurst.wordpress: As a computer service volunteer and Linux advocate, how can I get the average computer user to adopt Linux?

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 - Review

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Linux SimplyMEPIS is a Debian-based distribution, aiming at being simple and usable out of the box. Currently, version 7.0 is available to the users, with advanced betas of version 8.0 getting ever more ready toward the release. I decided to give it a whirl.

GOS 3 is Still the Best Linux OS

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Linux A few months back I wrote a review about gOS on one of my blogs which received some raving reviews. I did not just review it, but decided to start using it as my default Linux desktop. So here is what I think after a month of using it as a default desktop.

MoLinux 4.2: Linux de La Mancha

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Ubuntu Based on Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10), MoLinux is put out by the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha in Spain. The name is derived from the Spanish word "molino."

How does Ubuntu Linux differ from Debian?

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Ubuntu Bring up the topic of Ubuntu and you'll receive a mixed response from unexpected corners. No, it's not the Windows brigade, but the Debian crowd. So just how does Ubuntu differ from Debian to inflame such passion?

Should open source boycott Cisco’s contest?

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OSS While lawyers debate the merits of the FSF’s suit against Cisco, open source developers may be asking themselves how they can make their views heard. Here’s an idea. Boycott Cisco’s contest.

10 things Linux Ubuntu should REALLY copy from Mac OS X

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Linux Linux grows up less than Mac OS, Why? The most important reasons are: Mac still offers a better user experience (as Mark Shuttleworth admits) and not enought commercial software are avalaible for Linux. So, what is this "user experience" that Mac has and Linux lacks?

Is Phoenix about to Enter GPL Violation HyperSpace?

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OSS If ultraportables were last year's big surprise success for GNU/Linux, one of the potentially exciting technologies for this year is the instant-on pre-operating system that loads in seconds when you power up a desktop or portable. Does Phoenix hope to get away without respecting the GNU GPL?

Memo to Dell: Pump Ubuntu Into the Channel

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Ubuntu Pssst: Hey Greg Davis. You’ve just been named Dell’s global channel chief — in charge of the PC giant’s worldwide partner strategy. What are you going to do next? Here’s one suggestion:

Linux and Netbooks

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  • When is a netbook no longer a netbook?

  • Linux and Netbooks
  • ARMing GNU/Linux Netbooks for Success in 2009
  • New Freescale processors target Linux netbooks
  • Notes from the netbook revolution

16 Free Games - Part 2

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Gaming Did you get your fill of games from part 1? We didn’t think so! So here’s part two.

Introducing KDE 4: Dragon and SMPlayer

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introducingkde4.blogspot: Kaffeine was the most used Video Player on KDE 3, however, for KDE 4.x it's in a pretty early stage, but fear not, the SMPlayer (which is technically a Qt application, not a KDE one) and Dragon Player came to fill this hole.

End Game Piracy: Open Source

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OSS As 2008 has proven - draconian digital restrictions management (DRM) does not stop people from illicitly using computer games. Spore, whose DRM was so bad they got ratings bombed on, was the most pirated game of 2008. The DRM caused hassles for legitimate users and did nothing to stop illicit use. This is always the case.

Turning Linux’s Advantages in to Advantages

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Linux Linux’s key advantages, such as customizability, the repository system, hardware support, and excellent interfaces, are frequently viewed as downsides or deal-breakers to new users.

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