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Story Meeting Windows User Expectations With Linux Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 8:25pm
Story GNOME Software 3.12.0 Released! Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 7:59pm
Story No Android for Obama yet, sticking with BlackBerry Rianne Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 7:49pm
Story Intel’s Linux Driver Installer Updated to 1.0.4 Roy Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 7:22pm
Story Linux MintBox 2 sells out in European debut Roy Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 7:16pm
Story Hands-On: Zorin OS 8 Linux Roy Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 7:11pm
Story Should Governments switch to open source? Roy Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 6:50pm
Story Canonical Builds Open Source Email App for Ubuntu Convergence Roy Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 6:48pm
Story What are Chromebooks? And why you don’t need Windows any more… Roy Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 6:27pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 24/03/2014 - 5:29pm

today's leftovers

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  • Desktop Pattern reimplemented in Plasma

  • Keeping Linux Safe Since 1994
  • Ubuntu bread v1.1 - A better user experience
  • Linux Outlaws 66 - Ramrod
  • Time to Say Goodbye to Gentoo
  • How can open source programmers make money?
  • Vincent Danen: Mandriva community support
  • Open Source 'Fundamentally Superior': Red Hat CEO James Whitehurst
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #119
  • Major Suckages with Cinepaint
  • apticron: cron-script to mail impending apt updates
  • 8 of 2008's Latest Linux-Powered Mobile Phones
  • Shred and secure-delete: tools for wiping files, partitions and disks in GNU/Linux
  • Open Source: The Model Is Broken
  • Getting an XML File List from K3b Project Files
  • Creating or editing movie subtitles
  • How to enable the serial port on XEN servers
  • Set up a SSH-based point to point connection
  • Making Skype and Ubuntu 8.10 get along
  • Evolution Virus Scanning
  • Build your own PC Part III

Let it snow on Firefox

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Moz/FF For the South Hemisphere and tropical countries it is not even cold, so white Christmas happens only on TV, movies and books… … and Firefox.

The H3v web browser. Is it a Dillo killer?

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Software When it comes to browsers, the Unix community is positively spoiled for choice: Firefox, Konqueror, Flock, Opera, Epiphany, Galeon, Kazehakase, Links, Elinks, Lynx, W3m and Dillo. From the minimal to the relatively bloated all life is there.

Ubuntu Remains Best Linux Distribution for Desktops

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Ubuntu The latest version of Canonical’s Linux distribution, Ubuntu 8.10, still outshines the Linux desktop offerings from Red Hat and Novell, and is the best open-source alternative to Microsoft and Apple operating systems.

Linux on the iPhone! Why Should You Care?

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Linux Time and time again I expressed my disdain for Apple and their anti-competitive tactics by locking down the iPhone and iPod. So its no wonder that the news the Linux kernel has been successfully ported to the iPhone came as a breath of fresh air.

Why Ubuntu and Too Much Trust Can Be Bad

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Ubuntu One of desktop Linux’s chief selling points is its near-immunity to malware. Whether this superiority is due to the Unix security measures that Windows lacks, or to the mere fact that comparatively few people use Linux on desktop computers, it makes Linux attractive in an era when all manner of nasty things can be done to computer users by exploiting bugs in the software they run.

KDE 4 Video Editor Kdenlive Released

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Software The promising nonlinear video editor Kdenlive has made its first non beta for KDE 4, version 0.7 is on us. This closes another gap of the free desktop world: a usable open source video editor.

Microsoft Makes $20 billion dollar bid for Linux based Yahoo

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Microsoft The UK Times is reporting that Microsoft and Yahoo! are in a $20 billion dollar deal (less than half their bid in February of $44.6 Billion) , the question not asked is what is Microsoft going to do with all those Linux servers?

How a Mandriva Upgrade led to me installing OpenSUSE

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blogbeebe.blogspot: I've been waiting to upgrade europa, who's been running Mandriva 2008.1 Power Pack. I've been quite happy with it. Of course, the only reason to upgrade is because Mandriva 2009.0 Power Pack is the new hotness, which makes 2008.1 old and busted.

State of hardware support in Linux

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Linux I’m getting increasingly annoyed by the state of some aspects of hardware support in Linux.

Even More Madcap Manpages

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linuxshellaccount.blogspot: While out trudging through the wasteland of that thingy they call the Internet, looking far and wide for stuff to make me chuckle, I ran across this awesome collection of fake, and funny, man pages.

5 Pranks for Your Linux-Using Friend

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Linux Please use your judgment about the person, the computer, and the prank before attempting this. Always try whatever you plan to do on your own computer or some other safe computer before doing anything.

Creating your perfect Linux system

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Linux If you are looking for step by step instructions to creating your perfect Linux system then stop reading now. How can I know what your perfect system is? What I can do is give some guidelines to enable you to determine what your perfect system is.

Fedora 10 Comes Out With Five More Spins

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Linux Fedora 10 was officially released a few days ago, but the Fedora SIG (Special Interest Group) has this weekend announced the availability of a few application-specific spins for Cambridge. Well, seven different spins to be exact.

#!CrunchBang Linux: Flash! Bang! Wallop! What A Distro!

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: IT'S easy to ignore the tide of Linux distributions based on Ubuntu - there are just so many of them and you wonder what yet another could possibly be offering that is not already offered elsewhere.

Fedora 10 Review

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Linux Fedora 10 was officially released on Tuesday November 25, 2008. Since its release I have installed it on a number of machines and been running it as my full-time desktop.

Why do Windows programs suck so freaking much? (and what can they learn from Linux) Open Task Manager on any Windows computer and chances are there are a hundred processes even if you're just sitting idly on the desktop. What's with the obsession to constantly make crap run on startup? Let's look at some common offenders and how to cut them down to size.

full circle magazine issue 19 ready

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We’re almost to #20! Also, this month, we’re starting a new feature - Ubuntu Games. This month: Command and Conquer - Lost and Found, how-To : Program in C - Part 3, Make a WiFi Access Point, and Using GIMP - Part 8 and Create Mobile Multimedia.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 48

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SUSE Issue #48 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: Development Release: openSUSE 11.1 RC 1 Now Available, Joe Brockmeier: YaST Mascot Winner Chosen! Say Hello to Yastie, and Ben Martin: Debug your shell scripts with bashdb.

odds & ends & stuff

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  • FLOSS Weekly 48: OpenSUSE

  • Gentoo on an Clamshell iBook
  • Linux Action Show: Fedora 10 Review
  • The Best Gift This Christmas! Linux!
  • Data encryption and Ubuntu, Part III
  • The Fedora Girlfriend Test - More Linux and Unix Humor
  • Katowice saving public money with
  • On File Systems
  • MythTV Adds Support For NVIDIA VDPAU
  • Installing GNOME Shell in Ubuntu
  • Scottish Open Source Awards 2008
  • FOSS: Price Is Zero, Value Is Priceless
  • How to increase number of disk mounts before next fsck at system boot
  • Future Linux Geek
  • MP3 collection, a personal jukebox, an MP3 streamer - Zina
  • How To Create A Custom Splashimage For GRUB
  • Customize the command line terminal in Linux - Guide
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