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Stallman calls for file-sharing to be legalised

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OSS The chairman of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman, has called for internet file-sharing to be legalised in order that people could benefit from sharing material that they should rightly be able to.

The Future Of Basilisk Games And Eschalon Updates

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Gaming A lot is going on with Basilisk Games, the bringers of the Eschalon Books cRPG series.

How To Set Up Apache2 With mod_fcgid And PHP5 On Fedora 13

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This tutorial describes how you can install Apache2 with mod_fcgid and PHP5 on Fedora 13. mod_fcgid is a compatible alternative to the older mod_fastcgi. It lets you execute PHP scripts with the permissions of their owners instead of the Apache user.

Bringing D-Bus Into The Linux Kernel

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Linux Alban Crequy, a Maemo developer, for the past several weeks have been working on bringing D-Bus directly into the Linux kernel. Why? Huge performance improvements.

Look out Ubuntu, look out Arch:

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  • Look out Ubuntu, look out Arch: Linux Mint Debian
  • Linux Mint Debian installation screenshots

Rebuttal to "Goodbye, OpenOffice. Nice Knowing You."

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OOo I recently read the article "Goodbye, OpenOffice. Nice Knowing You" by Mr. Serdar Yegulalp with great interest. has been of particular interest to me of late due to the recent controversy surrounding Oracle's Google lawsuit.

Diaspora puts out Developer Release

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  • Diaspora puts out Developer Release -- source code is here!
  • Facebook Competitor Diaspora Revealed: Sparse, But Clean
  • Diaspora review – first experiences
  • Live from New York, it's finally Diaspora night! (Sort of.)
  • Facebook alternative Diaspora rolls out first code
  • A Brief Look at What Diaspora Will Do
  • Diaspora fail

Red Hat To Acquire Novell?

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SUSE Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) was named by the Wall Street Journal yesterday to be one of the potential purchasers of Novell, which the New York Post announced would sell itself in two parts;

Firefox 3.6.10 and 3.5.13 updates now available for download

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Moz/FF Firefox 3.6.10 and 3.5.13 are now available as free downloads for Windows, Mac, and Linux from As always, we recommend that users keep up to date with the latest stability and support versions of Firefox.

today's leftovers:

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  • Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat Review + Screenshots Tour
  • Power Management Patches For Nouveau, Finally
  • OpenIndiana project first screenshots
  • Phishing warning:
  • Opera, The Fastest Proven Browser
  • UK Government 'committed' to open source
  • Matthew Garrett: Thoughts on upstreams
  • FreeBSD’s SoC Summer Highlights
  • New Way To Get The New Official Ubuntu Font Family
  • The Novell news is not news
  • Fundamental Round Gnome Theme 2.1 Adds 6 Color Schemes
  • Cisco doesn't contribute nearly enough to open source
  • MeeGo a no-show at NokiaWorld
  • BEAST - Your Solution for Music Composition and Synthesis
  • DtO: Sorry you asked.

some howtos:

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  • XBMC – Get Shoutcast Working
  • Dual Boot Windows 7 and Fedora 13
  • VMWare ESXi 4: How to Add Virtual Hard Disk
  • Finding IP addresses of devices in your network using port scan
  • Easily share files on LAN with fellow Ubuntu users with Giver
  • Iat Converts many CD-ROM image to ISO9660
  • Unix How-To: Counting Anything
  • How to make Photographs Vintage in GIMP
  • Script To Notify You When Someone Logs In
  • Exploring /dev/random vs. /dev/urandom and /dev/zero vs. /dev/null
  • How to use ‘locate’ to find files in Linux?

Vincent Untz: Explaining GNOME 3

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Interviews The openSUSE Conference 2010 Sneak Peaks will introduce some speakers and talks to you. Today we feature the talk “Explaining GNOME 3″ from Vincent Untz.

A Primer on HTML5 <Video> and Why You Should Care About It

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Software There is good news: the “open Web”, a vision for the future of the Internet that is participatory, collaborative and free from vendor lock-in is finally coming to fruition.

rekonq: KDE's Webkit Browser Continues To Come Of Age

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Software As many of you no doubt know, and a few might not, rekonq is KDE's Webkit-based browser. Under heavy development for a while now, we can see this super-fast browser coming of age in a hurry.

Adobe Warns Of Flash Bug, Testing new 64-Bit

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  • Adobe Warns Of Flash Player Zero-Day Bug
  • Adobe begins 64-bit Flash Player test

Linux Applications With Peculiar Names

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tuxarena.blogspot: I'm sure most of us were put before in the situation of discovering a new great application, but had to stop and try to figure out how to actually read and spell its name letter by letter.

Debian Updates, Code Names, Back Ports, Screenshots, and Derived

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Linux Things have been anything but quiet on the Debian front lately. Between updating 5.0, naming 7.0, and officially approving backports this has been a busy week for Debian.

Testing Gnash 0.8.8 On Ubuntu

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Software Late last month, the GNU Gnash project released version 0.8.8 of its open-source flash player, which touts much better compatibility than its predecessors with popular Flash-centric sites, like YouTube. But how well does Gnash 0.8.8 actually work on Ubuntu?

Audacity Delivers Bold Sound Editing Tools

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Software Audacity is no mere virtual jukebox. Sure, it'll play music, but what it's really there for is editing audio files -- everything from MP3s you may have in your collection to recordings you make yourself.

Choice is Messy (Free Software Likes It That Way)

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OSS Does free software offer too many choices? In the last dozen years, the question has been revived more often than the Daleks on Doctor Who.

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