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Automating Firefox with iMacros

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Do you have some mundane task that you have to do regularly through a Web browser? Are you a developer who wants to automatically test the interface of your latest Web application? Maybe you want to log into all of the sites you visit on a daily basis with one click. If you fall into any of these categories, you should check out the iMacros Firefox extension.

KDE4 System Settings

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KDE

abhay-techzone.blogspot: In KDE4 they have changed the KControlCenter and named it System Settings. I found it to be easy to navigate and very intuitive. Lets start the visual review.

PCLinuxOS Day 8 - Between a Desktop and Server

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PCLOS

ruminations: Another day at the control center. I am impressed with the scope of tasks that can be executed via one tool. Earlier I mentioned Webmin and the control center shares quite a few characteristics with that tool (though the functions are different, of course). Let’s continue digging deeper.

Why Linux Users Should Be Furious At BBC

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Linux

OSWeekly: Recently the BBC had a bit of a wake up call regarding numbers and how many Linux users were really out there. Why does any of this matter?

First look to Spicebird 0.4

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Software

mozillalinks.org: Synovel Techologies has released Spicebird 0.4, the first public release of its open source Mozilla-based personal information manager that integrates Thunderbird, Lightning and XMPP to deliver email, calendaring, instant messaging and other communication tools on a single product.

ubuntu blogs

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Ubuntu
  • Why I like my Ubuntu box more than my iMac

  • Why I like my iMac better than my Ubuntu box
  • Ubuntu On My Laptop

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • linux commands

  • Linux : Using loop devices (eg : mounting an ISO file)
  • Verify DNS records with Dlint
  • Short Tip: Start an application in a foreign language

DARKSTAR Linux 2008.1: quite Alpha to me

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Linux

beranger.org: Released on Jan. 8, DARKSTAR Linux 2008.1 is still difficult to download, as the server is overwhelmed. This torrent might be your best choice. I initially downloaded the DVD image in the night of Jan. 10 to 11, using the torrent. I have however only tried it yesterday.

Flipping the Linux switch: Text editors for new users

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Software

downloadsquad.com: First, a little experiment. What are the first three applications you think of when someone mentions text editors? If you can only answer Notepad, Notepad and Notepad, there's help for you yet.

more KDE 4 stuff

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KDE
  • KDE 4.0.0: Sweet Follows Sour

  • KDE4 offers new glitzy look
  • Konqueror 4.0 brings some vast improvements.

Testing Mandriva 2008.1 Cooker KDE

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KDE
MDV

Frederik's Blog: This week-end, I tested Mandriva Cooker 2008.1 KDE. The procedure was the same as last week: a default KDE network installation via my local FTP mirror (only main) in a Virtualbox virtual machine. Here are the issues I noticed. I submitted the most important ones to Bugzilla.

Asus expands Eee distribution

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Linux

iTWire: Possibly reflecting increased supply of its popular subnotebook, Asus has announced the Eee PC will be available through mass-market outlets.

Also: ASUS Eee PC goes on sale almost everywhere Down Under

SLAX 6.0: How does it work?

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Linux

PolishLinux: I don’t like Slackware. No, please! Do not stone me right away! Slackware is a very good operating system. It’s just not “compatible” with my nature. If one would like to select reasonable software, have it installed, then configure it carefully, and finally burned it as a LiveCD… Yes… and have the logo of a green clover added just for luck… Wow, that’d be something!

What Led to the OLPC-Intel Split?

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OLPC

LinuxInsider: The project repeatedly hit snags. Unforeseen production costs nearly doubled the projected price of $100 per machine, hindering poor nations from purchasing it. A Nigerian-owned, Massachusetts-based firm, Lagos Analysis, is suing the foundation for copyright infringement of its laptop keyboard design.

Advantages To Running Linux Over Windows

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Linux

merlinsminute.com: Realizing that this in no way will cause masses to defect to Linux, my intentions here again are to show that there is a definite advantage in running Linux over Windows especially these days.

From Freedom came Excellence

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Linux

beyondart.wordpress: That is Mint’s slogan and in my opinion it suits them well. Mint was my very first experience with Linux. I installed it from a DVD found in Linux Format Magazine. I was so enthralled with Linux that I started searching for other distros - maybe something even better.

Introducing the first Android prototype

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Linux

USAtoday: A small software developer today plans to unveil a suite of applications — browser, camera, games and more — based on the new Google-endorsed operating system, Android.

more KDE 4.0 accounts

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KDE
  • KDE4 - New look, new concepts, less functionality -- for now!

  • KDE 4.0.0 - KWin Composite Showcast
  • Giving 4.0 a go
  • Giving 4.0 a go, Part 2
  • Inside of K Desktop Environment (KDE) 4
  • KDE 4.0
  • First Look at KDE 4
  • KDE 4: Houston, we have a problem! (video)
  • Disappearing Panel in KDE 4 (howto)

Projects that make GNOME rock!

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OSS

perkypants.org: With my GNOME Foundation hat on I thought that, rather than taking the easy way out by plugging a bunch of our rocking applications, it might be cool to show off some of the projects that make GNOME rock:

KDE4 reviewed

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KDE

eikke.com: I’ve been able to download the KDE4 LiveCD by now, so I wanted to give it a test ride and write a basic KDE 4 review. These are my findings.

Also: Is KDE 4 a Huge Step Backwards?
And: KDE 4 Vs KDE 3.5: KMix - Volume Control

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Leftovers: OSS

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    In this Advisory Board, our experts discuss the pros and cons of open source virtualization and which platforms are giving proprietary vendors a run for their money.
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  • Proprietary Election Systems: Summarily Disqualified
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Creative Commons News

  • Creative Commons Is Resurrecting Palmyra
    Creative Commons launched its 2017 Global Summit today with a rather moving surprise: a seven-foot-tall 3D printed replica of the Tetrapylon from Palmyra, Syria. For those who don't know the tragic situation, Palmyra is one of the most historic cities in the world — but it is being steadily destroyed by ISIS, robbing the world of countless irreplaceable artifacts and murdering those who have tried to protect them (the folks at Extra History have a pair of good summary videos discussing the history and the current situation in the city). Among ISIS's human targets was Bassel Khartabil, who launched Syria's CC community several years ago and began a project to take 3D scans of the city, which CC has been gathering and releasing under a CC0 Public Domain license. He was captured and imprisoned, and for the past five years his whereabouts and status have been unknown. As the #FreeBassel campaign continues, Creative Commons is now working to bring his invaluable scans to life in the form of 3D-printed replicas, starting with today's unveiling of the Tetrapylon — which was destroyed in January along with part of a Roman theatre after ISIS captured the city for a second time.
  • Creative Commons: 1.2 billion strong and growing
    "The state of the commons is strong." The 2016 State of the Commons report, issued by Creative Commons this morning, does not begin with those words, but it could. The report shows an increase in adoption for the suite of licenses, but that is not the whole story.