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Microsoft Is Way Too Lazy to Fix Its Bugs

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softpedia: Microsoft software versus open source software has been, and still is a never-ending debatable issue. Both camps have harsh supporters who claim their favorite is the best. Personally, I think that both sides have their own ups and downs and you cannot just say one of them is better. Just because one suits you better, doesn't imply the other is lame.

Linux-alliance sets free school software in Russia

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c•news: Russian Linux software developers have created an alliance to jointly participate in tenders to supply schools with open source software. The total number of specialist entering the alliance has exceeded the given number in Mandriva and Ubuntu Canonical producer, all in all.

OLPC team shows off UI design

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arstechnica: At the keynote for the recent UX Week conference in Washington, DC, designers from the OLPC project and Pentagram Design gave a live demonstration of the laptop's Sugar user interface.

Are You Ready to Switch to Linux and Open Source Software?

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Linux Over a year ago, I wrote a column about the small and midsize market and Linux. I argued that there was never a better time for smaller companies to consider Linux and open source software. The market didn't seem to move as quickly as I thought it should.

Linus and Debian

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beranger: The most recent interview with Linus (by the publishing date) couldn't pass unnoticed: Linus Torvalds talks future of Linux. Torvalds looking naïve, mediocre and uninformed! It's at the same time: nice, intriguing, and outrageous.

A user-friendly version of Linux renders Microsoft obsolete

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newstatesman: Since that fateful day in Buenos Aires, I have been borrowing a laptop that runs a version of the free and open-source operating system Linux. And my Summer of Ubuntu has proved to me that it can handle all these tasks fabulously.

today's leftovers:

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  • Browser, graphics stack tag-team eyes Linux devices

  • The Apache Modules Book
  • The Secret Linux Agenda
  • XMMS, Still The Best
  • Firefox gets experimental support for the HTML 5 video element
  • Linux conference returning home
  • KDE Multimedia Meeting Video Interviews
  • id Interviews

Some Howtos:

  • What's My Public IP Address?
  • Quick and dirty automounts
  • Linux kill all active process except your login session with killall5 command
  • Finding files Part 2 - By Content
  • recover root password on linux
  • Cafe Con Leche - Ubuntu How To

Comparing Distribution Boot Times

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Linux I’ve been interested in the way different distributions handle boot time lately, and with openSUSE’s recent and very impressive boot time improvements I thought I’d make a few extra comparative statistics using bootchart.

Linspire: Doomed to failure

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freesoftware mag: Linspire is doomed. No, they haven’t signed an unholy alliance with ID Software involving pre-installing DOOM on all Linspire computers. In my opinion, they are doomed to die a painful death in the operating system world. Why? Read on to find out.

Midnight Commander in Action

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polishlinux: There are a lot of free file managers. There is Nautilus in GNOME environment (with GTK libraries), KDE users have Konqueror and Krusader. There is also more and more useful Dolphin. Of course, console zealots and users looking for “light” solutions are not left alone. They have MC!

Should CNET be supporting Windows? The answer is 'No'

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Matt Asay: CNET Channel has announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to help consumers purchase Windows-supported products with ease and little hesitation. Just what I wanted from my unbiased, neutral news broker.

I have been playing with KDE lately.

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KDE I have a new girlfriend, and she has the initials KDE. My wife, Gnome, is probably going to have a problem with this, but, see, at the ripe old age of 10, Gnome is starting to look a little long in the tooth.

Also: KDE to Have Room at FrOSCon

Why the Distrowatch chart counts

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seopher: I recently postulated that PCLinuxOS was gaining more popularity than Ubuntu based on the feable metric of the Distrowatch "clicks per day" chart. I received lots of feedback insulting my use of this as metric so I felt it worth defending my decision.

Do you need an excuse to dump Windows?

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iTToolbox blogs: I was clicking through random pages with StumbleUpon and I came across this list of 50 reasons to dump Windows. Some of them are quite good and some are not so good. Here are a couple of my favourites.

Portrait: Phil Shapiro

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OSS Phil Shapiro seems to delight not only in remaining a staunch supporter of free software ideals, but also in his role as a encourager and defender of people. "I see myself as more of a follwer than a leader," he says. But Shapiro really is a leader, the best kind: one that nurtures the gifts in others instead of promoting himself.

2007 Desktop Linux Survey results revealed

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DesktopLinux: According to's just completed survey, the number of Desktop Linux users has more than doubled in the past year, and Ubuntu remains their Linux distribution of choice.

Singapore Airlines puts a Linux PC in every seat

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LinuxWorld (IDG): To make flying more enjoyable for its passengers, Singapore Airlines Ltd. is adding bigger screens, more in-flight movies and a PC, running Red Hat Inc.'s distribution of the Linux operating system, in every seat on its newest planes.

Mozilla Aims At Cross-Site Scripting With FF3

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Moz/FF Mozilla is aiming to put an end to XSS attacks in its upcoming Firefox 3 browser. The Alpha 7 development release includes support for a new W3C working draft specification that is intended is secure XML over HTTP requests which are often the culprit when it comes to XSS attacks.

Open Source Supporters Question Microsoft Motives — Again

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OSS Bloggers and tech journalists are still trading barbs over Chris DiBona’s reaction to Microsoft’s OSI submission, it seems. In his Open Source Guy blog, Guy Snir points to a comment piece in The Register in which Ashlee Vance argues that it’s “near impossible not to take Microsoft’s side here.” Google is a bigger threat to open source than Microsoft is, in his view.

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