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Meeting on Future Mozilla Firefox Support Forums Held

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Moz/FF

mozillaZine: The notes from the second meeting on the future of Mozilla Firefox support have been made available online. The telephone conference was organised by the Mozilla Corporation and took place on Thursday.

Also: Real time customization for Firefox with Personas
And: Raising Mozilla on Linux Runtime Requirements Proposed

Windows Vista review

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Microsoft
Reviews

Software in Review: It's been more than 6 years since the last release of Microsoft's Windows desktop operating system. In that time, the operating system market has changed dramatically. No longer are there simple, standard PCs -- we now have tablets, handhelds, set-top boxes, and network appliances. We have low-end "email and Web" desktops, high-end gaming machines, and superpowered workstations. Having tested Windows Vista Ultimate Edition I have to wonder if the Microsoft software engineers have been paying attention.

Also: No end in sight for Vista's Long Goodbye

Behind enemy lines: A post from Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

channel9.msdn.com: To think Ive spent 3 years trying to go back in time. Trying to get MS to see the errors it has made in regards to the main mistake of disbanding IP&Ts division. But now that Im here in Ubuntu - I can finally say that with conviction - as I am a Linux troll now!

Pocket-sized PC runs Linux

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Linux

LinuxDevices: Parisian startup Linutop has started shipping a compact, Linux-based computing appliance said to draw less than six Watts. Linutop's "Linutop" can serve as a standalone PC or Linux terminal, and targets web surfing kiosks in libraries, schools, offices, hotels, hospitals, Internet cafes, and family rooms.

Latest M$ Patent Headlines

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Microsoft
  • FSM Dead! Official!

  • Linux Foundation Prepares For Microsoft's Legal Action
  • Microsoft Wants to 'Kill' Open Source
  • Microsoft desperate, says patent target OpenOffice.org
  • Microsoft: Market Shrugs Off Linux Patent Claims
  • Microsoft’s Patent Play: The Q&A
  • Open-source users, companies scoff at Microsoft threats

RHEL 5: How's It Going?

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Linux

ITJungle: Commercial Linux distributor Red Hat hosted its eponymous customer and partner summit last week, and among the many announcements that the company made, including raising the curtain a little on its desktop strategy, partnering with IBM for Linux support on mainframes (more on that in next week's issue), and launching the Red Hat Exchange, the company's executives were obviously keen on talking about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, which was launched two months ago.

KOffice ODF Sprint Report

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KDE

dot.kde.org; The two days of the KOffice ODF sprint were very productive. Most time was spent on group discussions, and designing specific parts of KOffice in smaller groups. Of course, code was written as well, and for an overview of what happened, read on!

Open Source Can Make Money

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OSS

lockergnome: John Locke expressed the importance of making sure you fully understand two very important things regarding potential customers: they generally don’t care about software licensing, and they simply need everything to work with as little cost as possible. Based on this foundation of understanding, John then clearly outlined, step-by-step, how to get this done.

Microsoft Patent Violation Headlines

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Microsoft
  • Microsoft Won't Sue Linux Users, Company Exec Says

  • Author of Linux Patent Study Says Ballmer Got It Wrong
  • "Microsoft takes on the free world", and loses
  • What Does Microsoft Want From the Free World?
  • Novell Open PR: Fortune Magazine article
  • Microsoft vs. Linux: setting the battle lines
  • Microsoft Patent Claims Hint at Internal Issues
  • Why Microsoft Won’t ID Patent Violations…

Put The Power of Linux Into Your Business

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Linux

LinuxPlanet: Do you realize how much value is packed into each and every distribution of Linux? A Linux machine can help you solve problems that simply are too time consuming, complex, or expensive to solve with other operating systems. Mr. Small- and Medium-Businessman, what's holding you up?

Icculus Interview!

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Interviews
Gaming

LinuxGames.com: Our very own curmudgeon, Matt Matthews, had the opportunity to interview Linux gaming luminary Ryan "icculus" Gordon about various topics last week:

Is the desktop dead?

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Misc

FreeSoftware Mag: Red Hat’s, Brian Stevens, claims that the desktop is dead. This may seem a trifle premature, but from my own perspective, that has already been the case for several years.

Microsoft reignites its war on Linux

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Microsoft

Linux-Watch: "Even the founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman, noted last year that Linux infringes well over 200 patents from multiple companies The real question is not whether there exist substantial patent infringement issues, but what to do about them."

Going political and Linux the Ubuntu way

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Ubuntu

Life of Riley: I've posted here before some announcements about the fact that Venezuela was shifting to Linux as their preferred operating system in sync with Cuba who has made a major re-commitment to Linux in an .attempt to grow its open source community and steer further away from tech dependencies on imperialism.

Also: Ubuntu, Craft, and iTunes

Enhancing eBay with Firefox extensions

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Moz/FF

Linux.com: eBay is a great way to acquire hard-to-find collectibles. Trouble is, the best deals are often found in auctions that end in the middle of the night. When that happens, the Biet-O-Zilla (BOZ) extension for Firefox can help you, by tracking auctions and scheduling bids in advance.

Edubuntu update - still rocking

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Ubuntu

ZDNet: So all 4 of my kids spent the weekend on and off the computers in the basement. They played games, looked up cheat codes for their console games, sent emails, and wrote a research paper on Langston Hughes.

One Laptop per Child official criticizes WiMAX community

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OLPC

EETimes: An official at the One Laptop per Child project criticized the WiMAX community on Monday for mainly focusing on equipment in the licensed bands, which will stymie innovation and stall a rapid decline in equipment prices.

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OSS Leftovers

  • Tools for writing the next best seller
    I am using bibisco in conjunction with LibreOffice on my Ubuntu 16.04 Asus laptop that I converted over from Windows 7 to develop my characters, scenes, and plot. I tried Manuskript, but find that I like bibisco better, although the results are similar. For one, it gives helpful prompts.
  • GNOME Calendar App to Feature a New Sidebar, Week View & Attendees in GNOME 3.24
    GNOME developer Georges Stavracas wrote an in-depth blog post the other day to inform the GNOME, Linux, and Open Source communities about the upcoming improvements and new features coming to the GNOME Calendar apps. Now that some of us are already enjoying the recently released GNOME 3.22 desktop environment, the GNOME developers are hard at work to improve the GNOME apps and core components by either adding new exciting features and technologies or improving existing ones.
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  • Kubernetes Arrives in New Flavors
    Kubernetes has taken center stage in recent days, and, as we’ve been noting in recent posts, the open source container cluster manager is heading in new directions. Google has just announced the release of Kubernetes 1.4, which makes the tool much easier to install. Meanwhile, Canonical has now launched its own distribution of Kubernetes, with enterprise support, across a range of public clouds and private infrastructure. It's Kubernetes at the core, but features a number of extra bells and whistles.
  • 2016 Women in Open Source Award Winners
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  • Tech, talent and tools: The secret to monetizing open-source
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