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Even hackers get the blues

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Web

blogs.zdnet.com: The bonds of the FOSS community go far beyond software. Case in point, Arjen Lentz is stepping outside the bounds of the comfortable realm of software and launching bluehackers.org.

What is so bad about the command line?

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: All the Linux bashers use this as an excuse/reason why Linux is not suitable as a desktop operating system. You should never have to use the command line they say. I personally don't think the command line is bad at all.

Will the economic downturn mean a free software upturn?

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Linux

So here we are, entering another year — and no doubt at some point during this year, more than one person will declare it the “year of the Linux desktop”. Of course it won’t happen and those who consider themselves free software opponents will soon let us know.

Linux Distro Review - #! CrunchBang 8.10

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Linux

linux-hardcore.com: I am going to review one of those distributions that have as a mission to be minimalist and without frills, but just trying to be effective. It's called CrunchBang and I was very surprised, we see why.

Virtual Machines, Put To The Developer Test

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OS

ddj.com: Often, a developer's goal is to create software that runs on many different operating systems, while giving users the same experience no matter which operating system they happen to be using. Virtual machine technology lets developers run multiple operating systems each installed in a VM, which should save them time and money -- if the VM performance doesn't suffer.

Songbird 1.0 Review - An Awesome Release!

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Software

tuxarena.blogspot: Not long ago I reviewed Songbird 0.7.0, and in the meantime version 1.0.0 was released. What are the new features Songbird comes with and what improvements over the previous releases features 1.0?

Is it the End of the Road for Live CDs?

freesoftwaremagazine.com: I was window shopping in a high street electronics store a few days ago. I was delighted to see a shelf display full of netbooks from vendors like Samsung, Acer, Dell, Advent and Asus (of course), to name a few. It looked like the Asus EeePC had launched an idea whose time had come and in the process possibly heralded the long withdrawing roar of the live CD.

MS Office vs OpenOffice

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OOo

blog.lib.umn.edu: MS Office is a pain. It's not the worst word processor in the world, but I find that Word actually makes it more difficult for me to create and edit my documents. It's much easier to do the same work under OpenOffice.

today's leftovers

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News
  • How I went from a stable Gentoo install to a Full Funtoo System

  • CAOS Theory Podcast 2009.01.23
  • Linux Outlaws 73 - If It Works, Don't Touch It! (Mythbuntu Review)
  • Process Substitution
  • mv linux.conf.au linux.conf.nz?
  • Windows 7 Buzz Could Hold Off Mac and Linux
  • A Unix/Linux "Where's Waldo?" Or "Who Wants Some PI?"
  • New FSF microblogging communities
  • An Explanation of .bashrc and .bash_profile
  • 10 Ways to Make Your Open Source Database Project Float
  • My 5 Favorite Free Linux Games
  • Remote Desktop Between Ubuntu/Linux and Windows, Part I
  • Big Ubuntu Jaunty promises
  • How to remove “Online Help” and “openSUSE” icon on OpenSUSE 11.1
  • Pleasant Linux Surprises
  • Commercial game looking for a Linux maintainer

Ubuntu Christian Edition: Truth Remains Stranger Than Fiction

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Ubuntu

linuxshellaccount.blogspot: If you haven't had a chance yet, and you're the type who likes to mix your religion in with your work (oh yeah, and you're Christian), this Unique Ubuntu Distribution may be for you!

Microsoft Deserves Some Credit for Reaching Out to Moonlight

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Microsoft
Software

linuxloop.com: Whatever you might want to say about Microsoft calling Silverlight “crossplatform” and not making a version for Linux, you have to give them credit for what they did leading up to Obama’s inauguraiton.

Not Linux' Quietest Couple of Weeks

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Linux

ldn.linuxfoundation.org: Well, I'd have to say that for January, these past few days have certainly been chock full o' Linux news. And not just any news: a big Linux conference, a significant licensing shift for a big-name Linux library, layoffs in Redmond, and--perhaps most earth-shattering of all--Bdale Garbee got his beard shaved off for charity.

Introducing KDE 4 - Kontact: Kmail

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KDE

introducingkde4.blogspot: I can't truly comment on how much it improve, since I didn't use Kontact in KDE 3.5.x, however, what I can say is I'm completely amazed by it. It works well, it has a overall good interface (with some, from my point of view, little mistakes here and there).

Editor's Note: Joe Sixpack Must Die

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Linux

linuxtoday.com: Linux advocacy is caught up in a race to the bottom, and this is understandable, because for those who wish to dethrone Windows, diving to the bottom appears to be the most direct route to the throne. But appearances are deceiving.

Linux pitfall of soft links ln - Rhythm Box - Music Player on Ubuntu

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Software

watkissonline.co.uk: I came across a strange issue on one of my Ubuntu computers. I had added some more MP3 files to my music folder and so to my surprise I ended up with two of each file in my library on Rhythm Box.

Jolicloud OS for netbooks grows up, gets its own interface

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Linux

liliputing.com: Jolicloud is an operating system that’s being designed specifically for netbooks. It’s based on Ubuntu Linux, but it’s really designed to provide quick and easy access to internet based applications like Facebook, Gmail, Skype, and Twitter.

3 Hacks for Firefox That Will Double Your Internet Browsing Speed

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Moz/FF

gnoted.com: There are many people out there complaining about the Firefox RAM Memory Bug. Now a lot of us have found the ’secrets’ on how to manipulate settings in “about:config” to drop the memory usage as long as possible and to increase the speed at which Firefox loads sites.

Combo media box runs Linux

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Linux
Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Blusens Technologies has announced a combination set-top box, digital video recorder, network-attached storage device, and media server that runs Linux on a Sigma SMP8634 SoC.

Tabbed Browsing for Packages

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SUSE

lizards.opensuse.org: There are many approaches to managing software packages. Some users like to use command line tools like zypper. Others prefer a GUI tool like the YaST2 package selector. How do you select any of those filter views?

Suse Studio: Linux customization for the masses

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Software

news.cnet.com: One of the great promises of software is its infinite malleability: software can be whatever you want, so long as you have the skills necessary (and legal rights) to modify it. I'm therefore hugely impressed by Novell's Suse Studio, an innovative way to enable both standardization and customization of the Linux kernel.

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Linux 4.8.14

Turns out I'm going to be on a very long flight early tomorrow morning, so I figured it would be good to get this kernel out now, instead of delaying it by an extra day. So, I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.14 kernel. All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-st... Read more Also: Linux 4.4.38 Linux Kernel 4.8.14 Hits the Streets with Numerous Networking Improvements, More