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Cyan Worlds Revives Myst Online, Moots Shift to Open-Source

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Gaming

wired.com: After two years of downtime, Cyan Worlds relaunched its star-crossed MMO Myst Online this week. Cyan Worlds retained the rights to the game, and says on its official web site that its plans are to make it an open-source project.

Thunderbird in 2010

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Moz/FF

ascher.ca/blog: 2010 will be a big year for Thunderbird. Last year, we launched Thunderbird 3, which is a huge milestone for us. In this post, I’d like to give people a heads-up as to what the coming year will look like.

Why can’t I send myself an e-mail on Gmail?

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Google
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  • A quick privacy note on Chromium
  • Google Goes With Gentoo Portage for ChromeOS Build
  • Think big with a gig: Google experimental fiber network
  • One month later, Google still censors China search

Using Amarok

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Software

everyjoe.com: Music is one thing I couldn’t live without. Especially while working, music keeps me sane. Whether I am writing a lot of documentation or testing software, background music helps me from going ballistic. And because Amarok was installed when I installed the Kubuntu desktop package, I thought of giving it another try.

Five Brilliant Ubuntu-based Distros You Never Knew Existed

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Ubuntu

linux-mag.com: The major derivatives of Ubuntu are well known, but what about the others? Just because they aren’t as popular doesn’t mean they don’t have something to offer! We introduce five of the least known, yet simply outstanding distributions.

Linux users, get your Windows refund today

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Linux
Microsoft

zdnet.co.uk/blog: The problem of the "Windows Tax" as some call it, is that PCs are being offered by vendors with Windows, for less than systems that have Linux.

Mozilla Developer Preview (Gecko 1.9.3a1) available

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Moz/FF

developer.mozilla.org: A Mozilla Developer Preview of improvements in the Gecko layout engine is now available for download. This is a pre-release version of the Gecko 1.9.3 platform, which forms the core of rich Internet applications such as Firefox.

Linux-based Roku Player has an SDK

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Hardware

The Roku player, that nifty little Linux-based device which streams Netflix, Amazon movies, Revision3 shows, and more, now has an SDK available for programmers to create their own channels:

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With the Roku Software Developer’s Kit, you too can build a channel that streams your content to the TV.
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http://gnuski.blogspot.com/2010/02/roku-sdk-available-someone-make-my.html

Small distro, big ego

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Linux

dedoimedo.com: Dedoimedo lemma to happy computing states that the fanaticism of a Linux user is inversely proportional to the size of the user base for the said distro.

Xfce Desktop: Less Lard, More Usability

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Software

linuxplanet.com: This is the first in a series of articles looking at some lightweight, but still fully-functional, desktop alternatives to KDE or Gnome. First up: Xfce.

Telling the Linux Story

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Linux

itworld.com: If you were one of the 106.5 million people who watched the Super Bowl this year, you very likely caught the now (more) famous Google ad, "Parisian Love." I got to thinking about the search field as a storytelling metaphor the other day when I had yet another occasion to explain to a technological newcomer just exactly what Linux and open source was.

An Application Ballot Screen For Ubuntu? Oh Jeez...

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Ubuntu

omgubuntu.co.uk: The following idea, proposed on Ubuntu Brainstorm, puts forward the sugeestion that users should be allowed to configure the application set before installation. Sort of like the Windows Browser ballot but for, well, pretty much everything.

Fedora 13 Features Preview

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Linux

blog.taragana.com: It's almost time for Fedora 13 feature freeze and we hardly expect any new last minute additions. With most accepted Fedora 13 features highlighted on Fedora Project Wiki we decided to provide a comprehensive preview of the Linux distribution.

Life with Linux: Adding a Mac-like dock

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Software

sutor.com: One of the nice things about using a Mac is the dock, the area on the bottom of the screen that contains the Finder (file and directory lister) and other applications you use. By default, Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Gnome-based user interfaces do not come with a dock, but it is easy to add.

What happened Ubuntu? You used to be cool…

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Ubuntu

botptr.wordpress.com: These problems with ubuntu are pretty much show stoppers for me. This weekend my plan is to find an OS that will work instead.

KDE SC 4.4: Fresh breeze for KDE

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KDE

h-online.com: The latest 4.4 release of the KDE Software Compilation (KDE SC) offers far more than just stability and bug fixes: The developers have added a special new desktop for netbooks, as well as more program options. They have also made major structural changes.

Linux stays single while others are married

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: There are all types of people in this world of all different nationalities, political and religious affiliations as well as languages. However, they all have something in common. They are either married or they are single. When it comes to our digital computing friends it is a similar situation.

Follow-up post to Canonical Microsoft

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Ubuntu

theopensourcerer.com: It seems as though I completely failed to make the point I was trying to make. With the question “Is Canonical becoming the new Microsoft?”, I was trying to ask if the overall level of “bad-karma” that is being directed toward Ubuntu/Canonical was potentially making it into the next entity that the world loves to hate?

Krusader Conquers Linux Files

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KDE
Software

linuxinsider.com: Linux offers users numerous separate apps to manage files and handle system-related computing chores, but Krusader packages these functions in its own tool sets.

Three signs your corporate culture isn't ready for open source

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OSS

opensource.com: It's a good bet that the next generation of defining companies will have corporate cultures built the open source way-- around openness and collaboration, while fostering community and culture that extend outside the company walls.

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    Atari released more details about its Ataribox game console today, disclosing for the first time that the machine will run Linux on an Advanced Micro Devices processor and cost $250 to $300. In an exclusive interview last week with GamesBeat, Ataribox creator and general manager Feargal Mac (short for Mac Conuladh) said Atari will begin a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo this fall and launch the Ataribox in the spring of 2018. The Ataribox will launch with a large back catalog of the publisher’s classic games. The idea is to create a box that makes people feel nostalgic about the past, but it’s also capable of running the independent games they want to play today, like Minecraft or Terraria.
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