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Story Best Android phones of 2015 so far Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 11:17pm
Story GNU Hurd 0.7, GNU Mach 1.6, GNU MIG 1.6 released Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 11:14pm
Story How can you make a drone better? Install Linux on it! Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 11:01pm
Story Where to find high-quality, Linux-compatible music Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 10:54pm
Story How To Join The Power Linux Evolution Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 10:41pm
Story European Parliament wants EU institutions to switch to open source Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 10:36pm
Story Fedora 23: A walk through my favorite Linux installer - Anaconda Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 10:33pm
Story PSA: Do **NOT** upgrade FreeIPA servers to Fedora 23 yet Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 10:27pm
Story Linus Torvalds launches Linux kernel 4.3 (and a Torvalds rant) Roy Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 10:21pm
Story Release Dates: It’s On-Time When It’s Ready Rianne Schestowitz 02/11/2015 - 10:17pm

eog versus Shotwell

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Software

nicubunu.blogspot: I do a lot of photography, having a huge collection of pictures and such, but I see no use for photo managers, like F-Spot or Shotwell. My "photo management" needs are covered by the following:

Spotlight on Linux: VectorLinux 6.0

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: VectorLinux is one distribution that seems to hum along under most users' radar. This is a mistake because Vector has many of the characteristics that make Linux great while adding some that has often been heralded by competitors as not existing except with larger commercial distributions.

The Kno Textbook Tablet Preview

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Hardware
Ubuntu

maketecheasier.com: Almost every new tablet that has emerged in the iPad-dominated market has essentially been a direct competitor to the iPad, offering little, if any, basic usability advantages. It is for that reason that the Kno tablet stands out.

How You Know When It’s Time to Switch to Linux

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Linux

pcworld.com: It's easy to be content with your computer installation as long as it keeps doing what you want it to without too much trouble. When frequent problems arise, however, it's hard to remain faithful for long.

The Real Future of Linux and FOSS (Is Not Shiny Toys)

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Linux
OSS

linuxplanet.com: There is a word that is to me as a pebble in a shoe, as fingernails on a blackboard, and that is the word consumer. Consumer is a perfectly good word that has become incurably tainted. What does this have to do with Linux and FOSS? Everything.

Browsers 2010: The Year in Review

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Software
Moz/FF

internetnews.com: The past year was one of the busiest in recent memory for browser developers, with multiple releases and innovations from Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Opera.

The Big Presentation: The Familiar, the Frustrating and the Flashy

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Software

linuxinsider.com: The world of Linux includes several options for users who need to create slide presentations in the style of Microsoft PowerPoint.

Pinguy OS 10.10.1

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Ubuntu

zdnet.co.uk/blogs: I have had mixed feelings about Pinguy OS since I first heard of it. I am really not interested in trying out "Yet Another Ubuntu Derivative" every time one comes along, so my tolerance level for ignoring what I consider "background noise" is set fairly high. With Ubuntu themselves wandering off in some rather strange directions, and some free time over the holidays, I decided to take a look.

Cuba sets to migrate to free, open-source software

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Linux
OSS

xinhuanet.com: Cuba has set a strategic goal in 2011 to migrate most of its computers to open-source software, a move designed to strengthen the country's technological security and sovereignty.

10 Instant Messaging Clients for Linux

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Reviews

aMSN is a powerful, highly configurable and feature-rich client for the WLM (formerly known as MSN) protocol with support for skins, plugins, system tray integration, webcam, tabbed chat windows, multi-accounts, offline messaging, chat history, display picture and many, many more. The configuration options are abundant via the Account->Preferences menu.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Is Linux dead on the desktop?
  • World of Padman 1.5
  • Schools Prefer Not To Scrap Working PCs
  • Can an old PC be saved by Linux? Yes, but
  • Coding styles comparison in the Open Source Software world
  • Ettercap Troubles on SourceForge
  • Red Hat goes after Windows server market share
  • Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.9: urgent update for single-sourceslist users
  • Linux Mint News Update
  • Microsoft: Novell is toast and the patent Juggernaut rolls on

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Desktop, Create Custom New Tab Page In Firefox
  • How to build your own router
  • gpg: decryption failed: No secret key
  • Appnr - Web-based ubuntu package browser
  • Switch Between Tab Groups in Firefox with a Keyboard Shortcut
  • Create & Use A USB Ubuntu Linux Boot Jump Drive
  • The best way to dual boot Linux and Windows
  • A Guide to Wine on Ubuntu for Beginners
  • Manual disk partitioning guide for Linux Mint Debian Edition
  • Securing Apache—Part 4
  • Systemclean- A nautilus script to clean your system from unnecessary files
  • Tips and Tricks for the Python Interpreter
  • Integrate Thunderbird In The Ubuntu Messaging Menu [PPA]
  • How to add gbr files to gimp in windows...
  • Replace Default Scrollbar Buttons For Mint-X-Metal Theme

PCLOS 64-Bit Suffers Delays, but Still Coming

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PCLOS

ostatic.com: A long anticipated 64-bit version of PCLOS was reported to be in development this past November. And as 2010 draws to a close, some wonder what is its current status.

Swiched to Fedora

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KDE
Linux

omat.nl: Yesterday I was so annoyed by my computer that I burned a cd with Fedora and installed it. I also had a 1,5TB disk waiting to be inserted, combining that made the switch pretty easy.

Linux for the rest of us?

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Ubuntu

firstarkansasnews.net: Back in the late 1990s, people were touting Linux as the “next big thing.” Think back to 1998 when an internal memo released by Microsoft about the “Linux threat” was leaked to the public. It appeared that Linux might be on the verge of seriously challenging Microsoft’s dominance in the marketplace.

More details emerge on ‘mystery’ Ubuntu tablet

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Hardware
Ubuntu

omgubuntu.co.uk: More information has surfaced on the new Ubuntu-powered tablet device we wrote about last week.

Finally a Download Accelerator for Linux that Works with Chromium

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Software

ubuntuvibes.com: There are not many download accelerators for Linux that integrate well with web browsers and have support for downloading links right from the browser. Command line tools like Axel download accelerator and Aria2 are available for Linux but then you have to download links by copy/pasting them into terminal or in a GUI for it.

Red Hat reasserts itself in Thailand

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Linux

bangkokpost.com: Seeing the growth potential of cloud computing in the Asia-Pacific region, Red Hat is promoting its open source software to universities and reasserting its presence in Thailand for the first time in three years.

Opera 11 Takes On IE, Safari, Chrome

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Software

eweek.com: Opera 11 shipped Dec. 16 with new extensions, tab stacking and visual navigation aids that put the web browser on a competitive footing with Microsoft's IE. The features add productivity and conveninece to the Opera experience and could be compelling advantage.

Will Intel's Sandy Bridge & P67 Play Well With Linux?

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Hardware

phoronix.com: Next week Intel is set to roll out their much-anticipated "Sandy Bridge" CPUs during the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. With these 32nm, LGA-1155 next-generation Intel Core processors will also come the Intel P67 Chipset on a whole selection of new motherboards at launch like the ECS P67H2-A2 and ASRock P67 Pro3. How well though will Intel's newest hardware play with Linux?

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today's leftovers

  • 10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn’t Mainstream – For The Record
    10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn’t Mainstream. Yeah, the title is totally link-bait. However, it’s worth noting that I actually deliver what the title describes and then some. Linux is awesome, but sadly, most people haven’t heard of it. Here’s why.
  • Linux Works For You
    Linux allows YOUR computer to work for you, not against you. Wearing this shirt/hoodie demonstrates to all who see it that you are not a slave to your PC. You are in control and Linux is the reason for this.
  • Robin "Roblimo" Miller
    The Linux Journal mourns the passing of Robin Miller, a longtime presence in our community.
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  • Pidgin / Libpurple SkypeWeb Plugin Sees New Stable Release
    SkypeWeb is a plugin that allows using Skype in Pidgin / libpurple chat clients. The plugin can be used to send instant messages and participate in group chats, but it does not yet support voice / video calling.
  • Feral's GameMode May Soon Have Soft Real-Time Capabilities
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  • Mini DebConf Hamburg
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