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Story Linux group could hasten 64-bit Android for ARM mobile devices Rianne Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 11:46pm
Story Are there enough users for Linux Mint Debian Edition to survive? Rianne Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 11:38pm
Story Cover Oregon should have used open-source software: Guest opinion Rianne Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 11:28pm
Story Report: Android Marches to 62 Percent of Tablet Market Rianne Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 11:22pm
Story KDE PIM November Sprint Rianne Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 11:12pm
Story Qt embedded GUI adds Yocto recipes, hops up emulator Rianne Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 11:02pm
Story Rocking 2014! Rianne Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 10:58pm
Story Red Hat's Polymita acquisition to spawn new products Rianne Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 10:49pm
Story Ubuntu Mobile hands-on review Roy Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 3:50pm
Story Canonical CEO: Ubuntu wants to power everything from smartphones to the cloud Roy Schestowitz 03/03/2014 - 3:47pm

Linux incognito part two: Windows XP

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Linux For an awful lot of people their first encounter with a computer will invariably be Microsoft Windows. This straight away creates a barrier against considering alternate operating systems because they look different to what the user has been accustomed to. Here's how to paint a Windows facade over Linux and remove that obstacle.

Everything is (and should be) a file

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Linux I installed Linux on somebody's laptop recently. I installed Ubuntu, in fact. And I was going to give a quick explanation of some of the differences. I was going to start with the "everything is a file that forms part of the one, single filesystem" thing. Then I stopped.

Linux PC auction benefits charity

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Hardware Want to combine your love for robots and strange mini-ITX systems with your interest in furthering educational opportunities for U.S. schoolchildren? You, too, can bid on this strange, one-of-a-kind Linux system available only through a charity auction on eBay.

Ubuntu 8.10 Release Candidate Screenshot Tour

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news.softpedia: The release candidate version of the upcoming Ubuntu 8.10 (codename Intrepid Ibex), which is scheduled for launch in late October this year, arrived a few hours ago and, as usual, we intend to keep you up-to-date with the latest changes in the Ubuntu 8.10 development.

5 Gmail Notifiers For Linux

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helpforlinux.blogspot: Gmail is undoubtedly the best web-based email around. Unfortunately Google doesn't have any Gmail notifier for Linux. However thanks to the open-source world there are many alternatives out to choose from.

Hands-on experience: Linux on the PS3

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news.cnet: The PS3 makes for a reasonably good desktop when not performing tasks that require a lot of memory, such as word processing, instant messaging, or viewing browser-based video. Unfortunately, because of the lack of available memory, hi-def video playback is near impossible to watch, and even a standard-res video (from the hard drive) will occasionally skip.

Kernel Log: New Atheros WLAN drivers and stable kernels, radeon vs. radeonhd

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Linux Linux Wi-Fi specialist and developer Luis R. Rodriguez, who has worked for Atheros for several months now, has announced the release of the Otus driver under the ISC open source licence.

NVIDIA Delivers Beta OpenGL 3.0 Linux Driver

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Software The OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30 specification were released back in August during SIGGRAPH 2008. Just days later NVIDIA had delivered a beta driver for Windows that added OpenGL 3.0 functionality, but Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris users were left in the dark. Two months later though NVIDIA has now published a beta Linux driver that implements most of the latest GL/GLSL specification.

On the Linux laptop the distro is key

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blogs.zdnet: Last time I wrote about the second Linux laptop to come here for review, the Asus EeePC 1000, I talked about my frustration installing Open Office and promised to keep trying. I’ve given up.

Boycott Novell: Champion of freedom or den of paranoia?

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Web Few sites about free software attract more controversy than Boycott Novell. Founded in 2006 in response to the first Microsoft-Novell deal, as its name suggests, the site has evolved more recently into a site for commentary and investigation of any subject that might be a threat to free software.

the next battle lines

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Aaron Aseigo: Microsoft recently conceded the Vista struggle and is now refocusing it's market on the yet-to-materialize Windows 7. Sure, Vista is slow and piggish and has some rather cute ideas of what "bling" means. People now see both Linux and Mac as viable options and no longer feel beholden to trudge along besides Microsoft and their pace.

Real life Linux: The ASUS Eee PC 1000

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blogs.computerworld: For years, the mom-in-law had resisted getting a computer of her own. She just doesn't like technology. Everyone knows the old joke about people who are so slow when it comes to using technology that they never managed to set their VCR's clocks. She can't use a DVD player.

Ubuntu's Live USB Disk Creator

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Software Ubuntu 8.10 is shipping next week with a horde of updated packages including the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X.Org 7.4, Pidgin 2.5, GIMP 2.6, and many other packages that have experienced significant milestones since the April release of Ubuntu 8.04. On top of these updated packages from the community, Canonical has been working on a few desktop Linux innovations of their own. For instance, arriving late into the Intrepid Ibex release cycle is a USB start-up disk creator.

Three Linux Distros To Watch and Use

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Linux There are three Linux distributions that didn't make it into my top 10 list of best Linux distributions but they are ones to watch. These three distributions are all aimed at the Desktop, are simple to install and use, and they're free.

Mandriva Linux Used to Save a XP Professional PC

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MDV I recently had to recover data from a very sick Dell Dimension computer running Microsoft XP Professional at one of our client sites. As usually happens in these cases Windows had chewed its’ hind legs off and was not working.

Linux Netbooks Impact Microsoft Sales

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  • Microsoft sales tumble from quarterly high
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  • Microsoft: Blame Recession The Rise of Netbooks

Dropbox For Linux is Now Available

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HowTos It's here! Dropbox for Linux is finally available and ready for your everyday use. I tested this and it works with Intrepid Ibex RC1, Just download the Ubuntu 8.04 Version or use its repository!

Linux browser smackdown!

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Software Never before has the once humble browser been so powerful. A six-app deathmatch for the crown of ultimate Linux browser

3 Best Video Players for Linux: SMPlayer, VLC and Kaffeine

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tuxarena.blogspot: SMPlayer is built in Qt4 and it uses the MPlayer engine for video playback. It's one of the most powerful applications out there for watching DVDs, and it supports plenty formats like AVI, MKV, MPG, FLV.

Fedora 10 beta snapshot 2: Screenshots

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Linux The Fedora Project is in the final throes of testing version 10 of its Linux distribution, and is regularly releasing "snapshot" updates to Fedora 10 beta. We take you on a graphical tour of the installation and desktop of Fedora 10 beta, snapshot 2.

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