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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #114

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Ubuntu The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #114 for the week of October 19th - October 25th, 2008 is now available. In this Issue: * Ubuntu 8.10 RC released, * Intrepid Release Parties, and * Pre-order Intrepid CDs.

Battle for Wesnoth - Awesome Turn-Based Strategy Game

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tuxarena.blogspot: Battle for Wesnoth is one of the most popular and played turn-based strategy (TBS) games on Linux, if not the most popular. It's a free, open-source community-driven project which has done some amazing improvements since its initial release.

My Intrepid Desktop

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Ubuntu I couldn’t wait any longer so I did a 100% new install of Intrepid yesterday. I decided that is was time for an entirely new install. It takes a lot of faith to wipe out 200GB of data. However, I’m happy to report that my new Intrepid desktop is running beautifully and all my data survived, I hope.

My Firefox 3 experience

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myviewmytake.wordpress: A few months ago, I wrote an article entitled Opera 9.5–My browser of choice. Since Firefox 3 has been released, I have used it more often than I have used Opera 9.5, mainly due to the way it works with WordPress.

How long until Apple is bigger than Microsoft?

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Mac While Microsoft executives like to talk about Apple as an insignificant company with less than 5% of the worldwide market share of all PCs and servers sold, the Mac maker now has more cash than Microsoft and earns more than half of its profits and over three fourths its revenues.

Features I’d Like to See in Ubuntu 9.04

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Ubuntu There are so many things I’d like to change in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (it is still a great Linux OS), but don’t have the time/knowledge to do. I am very active in promotion, but maybe someone who knows his stuff will read this list of ideas for inspiration.

Dolphin Features for KDE 4.2

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ppenz.blogspot: The feature freeze for KDE 4.2 starts on the November the 17th. Time again for a summary of the features that made it into Dolphin since KDE 4.1...

Fedora 10 Prepares For Development Freeze

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Linux The release date for Fedora 10 (codenamed Cambridge) is less than one month away and as a result this Red Hat distribution will go into a development freeze beginning Tuesday. The new desktop background in Fedora 10 is part of their solar theme. Some of the packages currently in Fedora 10 / Rawhide are GNOME 2.24.1, the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X Server 1.5.2, 3.0, Firefox 3.0, and GIMP 2.6.1.

Linux Provides a Secure Hierarchical Filesystem

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computingtech.blogspot: A file is a collection of information, such as text for a memo or report, an accumulation of sales figures, an image, a song, or an executable program. The Linux filesystem provides a structure whereby files are arranged under directories, which are like folders or boxes.

Rename music files through Ex Falso

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Software If you have a huge collection of music files already, sometimes you realize that you were too lazy to add tags and/or descriptive file names to them. It’s a mess! But no need to worry! Ex Falso will help you organize your files.

rdiff-backup: Easy incremental backups from the command line

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Software Storage is becoming cheaper and cheaper: you can find hard drives that cost less than a dollar per GiB. Buying an external hard drive to make backups (or even having a backup server) is a must if you value your work and what you have stored in your computer. However, doing backups should be easy enough to be done on a regular basis. The more automated, the better.

First-Person Shooter Games for Linux II: Nexuiz and OpenArena

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tuxarena.blogspot: Today I will continue with two other first-person shooter (FPS) games, natively available for Linux: Nexuiz and OpenArena. They both are currently maintained and the wonderful thing about them is that they all are completely open-source, free and usually available in all the major distributions.

Windows 7 pre-beta build: What’s inside

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blogs.zdnet: Microsoft isn’t going to show Windows 7 to attendees of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles until Tuesday, October 28. But new info about what’s part of the pre-beta build that will be provided to show-goers is beginning to trickle out.

Review: Gentoo 2008.0 and beyond Part 1

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Gentoo Another distro in the seven distros included in Linux Format Magazine issue #110 is Gentoo 2008.0. This is an interesting release given the recent news that, at least for the time being, Gentoo is not going to be releasing these discs anymore. Apparently for both of the last two years there has been a lot of trouble with compiling the LiveCDs.

Puppy 4.1: What’s Not to Like?

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Linux I have used Puppy in the past, over a year ago, and I thought it was OK…just OK. Now you have to realize that Puppy is a small form distribution which is designed to use minimail resources and at the same time provide all of the functions that a Desktop user would want. All that said, when Puppy 4.1 came out I decided to look at it again….I am glad I did.

Arch Linux Report Card

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eyemeansit.blogspot: I've used Kubuntu, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, but was irked by all the bloat, as well as the need to wait for the next "Intrepid Ibex" or whatever.

odds & ends

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  • Why Linux Is Popular with Hardware Companies and Developers

  • The Fastest Way To Upgrade Ubuntu
  • Open Source Coding: A new buzzword for college graduates
  • SourceForge using Drupal
  • Test Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 in Debian Without Changing Your Existing Installation
  • No need for VMware Tools in openSUSE 11.0
  • Ridiculous Resumes - Unix, Linux And Everything In Between
  • Security Flaw Is Revealed in T-Mobile’s Google Phone
  • The TV Server I Always Wanted, Part 2 -- Options
  • Firefox Removes its License Agreement From Ubuntu
  • How to fix an Ubuntu crash

ZIM - A Desktop Wiki / Note Taking App

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Software Wikis are great for collaboration and note taking. ZIM is one such package that helps you create a wiki on your desktop. Or in other words you can use it as an excellent note taking application.

Linux Hater's Blog goes bye bye

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linuxhaters.blogspot: It was fun while it lasted folks. I'm closing up shop. Moving on. It turns out, the more hate I dished out, the less I had to hate on.

Listen to Linux

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  • FLOSS Weekly 46: SCALE

  • Linux Outlaws 60 - ...Poking a Hole Into Your Firewall
  • Linux Void Episode 10.1 - Open Force
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