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FOSS: Project Busking, Funding Software Development

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doctormo.wordpress: What is disappointing to me about the current situation is that I do not believe there is a single company of note which makes software development with FOSS licenses it’s business.

10 Other Great Linux Browsers

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Software

geektechnica.com: Firefox has been a reliable browser for me for many years and it still continues to be so to a certain extend. However, over the last few releases Firefox has become bloated and slow. I have been looking for an alternative Linux browser. Here are 10.

Military-grade workstation braves the elements

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Intergraph announced a Linux-compatible workstation designed to withstand punishing environmental conditions for military, industrial, and marine applications.

Memory usage - 2009.1 with KDE4

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MDV

blog.linuxbox.co.nz: Running Mandriva 2009.1 on my EEE pc, I am sensitive to performance, as it’s a fairly low end system. I could not understand why plasma was using 47 MB of ram and some other processes where also really hogging a lot of ram considering what they do.

The Open-Source Market - Limitless and Forever expanding?

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OSS

thinkmoult.com: In this post, I have decided to go a bit back into basics, take a broader look at things, and actually consider the nature of open-source compared to other models.

The Best Linux Distribution Will Be Invisible

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Linux

informationweek.com/blog: No, I'm not talking about the fact that Linux is effectively invisible on the desktop right now. Rather, this is about how the best Linux on the desktop won't need to even call itself that.

ImageMagick and Ubuntu 9.04

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Software

technologytales.com: Using a command line tool like ImageMagick for image processing may sound a really counter-intuitive thing to do but there’s no need to do everything on a case by case interactive basis. Image resizing and format conversion come to mind here.

9 Great Gnome Themes with Ubuntu Repositories

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Linux

On his website there are the nine themes so far, all with very exotic names, usually some variation in colors and shapes. Most themes even come with a AWN themes.

The Holy Grail of Linux Is Shattered

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Linux

jehurst.wordpress: Linux is one giant hobby. The day it is owned and controlled, even if only in fiction, in the eyes of the consuming public, is the day it ceases to be Linux.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 70

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Issue #70 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: KDE4 Reloaded, Google Summer of Code Introduction, and OpenOffice.org 3.1beta6

The 1% Solution: Cocaine, Statistics and the Linux Desktop

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Linux

linux-mag.com: Linux cracks 1% of the OS client market. But does this represent the path forward, or the beginning of the end?

A Peek at DeviceKit in Fedora 11 and Beyond

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Software

ostatic.com/blog: In my travels, I discovered David Zeuthen's informative peek at DeviceKit (and its use with and in lieu of HAL) in the upcoming release of Fedora 11.

KDE 4.3: First Widget for Social Desktop

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KDE

linux-magazine.com: A widget has been included in KDE 4.3 as the first implementation of the „Social Desktop“ which allows the user to view other KDE users in his or her city or region.

UNIX network analysis

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Linux

In this tutorial learn about a number of different UNIX tools and techniques to diagnose Network problems

Mandriva : thumbs up, GNOME : thumbs down

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MDV

blog.freeside.fr: Mandriva 2009 Spring has been out for a few days now. Congratulations to everyone involved ! I did my upgrade and everything went fine.

At long last, a console screensaver

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Software

kmandla.wordpress: Finally, about two years after originally hunting for a way to run a screensaver at the console, I have an answer.

NVIDIA Cards On Ubuntu Should Not Create Envy

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Hardware
Software

lockergnome.com: How difficult is it to get NVIDIA or ATI cards working with the latest Ubuntu releases? When it came to using restricted drivers for my video cards, I opted to use the Envy utility.

Top 7 reasons people quit Linux? How about 7 reasons to try it

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Linux

blogs.zdnet: Which brings me to my main complaint about Thomas’ approach, factual as it is: it just doesn’t address the fact that Linux is becoming more popular.

True believers: The biggest cults in tech

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Ubuntu

infoworld.com: Spend enough time around technology and it starts to get under your skin. It became a part of you. You began to identify with it, even develop a belief system around it. You may have attended regular meetings of others similarly afflicted, and openly despised members of other groups. Before you were even aware of it, you'd joined a cult.

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