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Writing a book with the help of the Sakai free software community

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Misc

This article is about writing a book with the help of the free software community. The book in question is Sakai Courseware Management with the main authors being Alan Berg (Me myself and Sleepy and Michael Korcuska, the executive director of the Sakai Foundation. In reality, around forty community members delivered valuable content, which the authors distributed strategically throughout the book.

Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Raster Graphics System in KDE 4

  • Free Desktop Communities come together at the Gran Canaria
  • Desktop Summit

  • Open Multiple Links At Once In Firefox
  • Add A Search Engine to Firefox Search Bar
  • Progress with Pardusman on Web
  • Debian stable(?) on the HP Mini
  • Tweet From your KDE 4 Desktop
  • Checking Chrome on Linux
  • Is Google's open-source advocacy a patent-busting scheme?
  • Is Google spending $106.5m to open source a codec?
  • AMD Releases OpenCL SDK For Linux Too
  • BOH lands on Linux
  • An ever increasing entropy war with CentOS
  • A Perfect Illustration of Why I Now Choose Scientific Linux Over CentOS
  • Is Your Linux Distro Here For The Long Haul?
  • Amanda McPherson: The Value of Linux Job Skills Rises 50%
  • Linux UI designer working on netbook-optimized calendar, mail

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to build a KDE 4.3 distro with SUSE Studio

  • Make Firefox Fit Your Netbook in 30 Seconds
  • How to connect to SmartBro Prepaid in Ubuntu Jaunty
  • Tech Tip: Remote Mirroring Using nc and dd
  • TIP: Resolving grub-probe warning message on libata transition
  • How to Open a docx file in Ubuntu 9.04 through Openoffice?
  • Snmpd Listen to Specific IP Address (BIND To Selected Interfaces)
  • How to Run Windows Software (and Games) on Linux with Wine
  • Migrating to an Encrypted Home Directory
  • Howto Set Movie Covers as Thumbnails on Ubuntu
  • Quick OOo spreadsheet tips
  • Converting OpenOffice files to/from Microsoft Office files

Music Player Review: Music Player Daemon Explored

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Software

gquigs.blogspot: Music Player Daemon is an application that organizes and plays your music, that can be controlled through various applications that you can actually see and use.

KDE 4.3 “Caizen” Review

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KDE

terminalvariant.co.cc: Now that KDE 4.3 “Caizen” is out of the oven I’d like to share my views on the latest release and see if it’s living up to the promise it showed in 4.2.

Buddi: Personal finances without a headache

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Software

linuxbeacon.com: Although the idea of using an application to manage your personal finances does make a lot of sense, not all of us have the time and patience to learn all the intricacies of tools like GnuCash or Money Manager Ex. In this case, you need Buddi.

Also: Digitalizing My Personal Finances on Linux

Linux Distro with a Hint of Hyper-V a la Perlow

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Linux

daniweb.com/blogs: My good friend and partner in crime, Jason Perlow is working on (as I'm writing this) a new Linux distribution that is Hyper-V ready. It is a modified OpenSUSE 11.1 that includes the Linux Integration Components (ICs) from Microsoft.

AMD FirePro V8750 2GB

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Hardware

phoronix.com: We reviewed the FirePro V8700 1GB workstation graphics card back in March, but AMD has now introduced its evolutionary successor to this ultra high-end product, and that is the ATI FirePro V8750 2GB.

Giving ATI a second glance

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Hardware

zdnet.com.au/blogs: For those of us running Linux desktops, a graphics card decision can make or break a system in ways no commercial OS user can fathom.

Firefox Director Talks Firefox 3.6, Tasks, and Competing with Chrome

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Interviews
Moz/FF

lifehacker.com: We were eager to know what's happening with Firefox. Mike Beltzner, the open-source browser's director, was glad to tell us. Here's what he had to say.

When “choice” becomes a burden

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OSS

weblog.obso1337.org: A recent LWN article on the openSUSE desktop debate has an excellent quote from user Naheem Zaffar: “Choice is only good if you are informed enough to exercise it.”

OpenOffice.org: It’s a little too late for April Fool’s jokes, don’t you think?

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OOo

linuxcritic.wordpress: The developers of the beloved OpenOffice.org office suite are giving serious development time to the despised and reviled ribbon interface of Microsoft Office 2007. I was, well, shocked to say the least.

Top 24 Linux Apps

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Software

laptoplogic.com: Though Linux comes in many different flavors, there are a common string of favorite apps that seem to unite all users.

A look at the server GUI argument

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Linux

linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: So much has been said about the pros and cons of using a GUI/X server on a Linux server. It has been condemned, vilified and threatened with brutality by the "command line only" crowd. It has been revered, praised and even worshiped by the "GUI or Bust" crowd. What is it really all about?

Another step forward for open source video

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OSS

opensource.org: The history and circumstances of video technologies have long militated against open source success, but a number of events this year point to the inevitability of open source reaching even into the video space. It's about time!

Linux Mint 7 (KDE)

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Linux

desktoplinuxreviews.com: I recently took a look at the Gnome version of Linux Mint 7. I’ve been patiently waiting for the KDE version to be finished and now it’s finally here. So I snagged a copy and gave it a whirl.

Slackware 13.0 RC2 Brings Updated X Server and Video Drivers

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Slack

news.softpedia.com: A few hours ago Slackware's creator, Patrick Volkerding, announced that the second release candidate of the upcoming Slackware 13.0 Linux distribution was available for download.

Tiny Core: The Little Distro That Could

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Linux

linux-mag.com: The way we use computers is changing, but Linux isn’t standing still. Tiny Core is a minimal Linux distribution that boots a complete live system for every day use. Its foundation and unique approach to the desktop helps it achieve certain goals like preventing system rot and ensuring your system is fresh every time it boots.

Wear Your Love for Linux on Your Sleeve

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Linux

ostatic.com/blog: Freelance Web developer Marc Ferguson wants sharp threads to wear around Atlanta Linux Fest 2009 next month. When he couldn't find any Linux-themed t-shirts he liked, Ferguson decided to team up with an apparel designer to create some cool duds.

Acer Aspire Revo, Ubuntu, Boxee and Remote Control

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Software
Ubuntu
HowTos

popey.com: On the latest episode of the podcast I briefly mentioned that I’d recently bought an Acer Aspire Revo to use as an Ubuntu based media player. Well, I’ve installed Ubuntu and Boxee on it, and it plays back all kinds of video including 720p and 1080p HD video via the HDMI port.

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ROSA Fresh R9

ROSA is a desktop distribution that was originally forked from Mandriva Linux, but now is independently developed. While the company which produces ROSA is based in Russia, the distribution includes complete translations for multiple languages. The ROSA desktop distribution is designed to be easy to use and includes a range of popular applications and multimedia support. ROSA R9 is available in two editions, one featuring the KDE 4 desktop and the second featuring the KDE Plasma 5 desktop. These editions are scheduled to receive four years of support and security updates. I decided to download the Plasma edition of ROSA R9 and found the installation media to be approximately 2GB in size. Booting from the ROSA disc brings up a menu asking if we would like to load the distribution's live desktop environment or begin the installation process. Taking the live option brings up a graphical wizard that asks us a few questions. We are asked to select our preferred language from a list and accept the project's warranty and license. We are then asked to select our time zone and keyboard layout from lists. With these steps completed, the wizard disappears and the Plasma 5.9 desktop loads. Read more

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Software: Linfo, EasyTag, Simple Scan, Albert, VLC, Remote Desktop, Frogr, Brisk Menu, and OpenShot

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  • 2 tag management tools for organizing your music library
    These days, EasyTag seems to be my go-to tag editor. While I can't claim to have tried them all, I have mostly stopped looking now that I have this one. Generally speaking, I like its three-panel layout: file system directory on the left; selected tracks in the middle, showing file name and tags; and specific tags and cover image on the right.
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    Simple Scan is one of my personal favourite and perhaps even one of the "essential" apps on the Linux desktop for me. It does what it says on the tin: it's simple and it scans, with a nice preview system and enough options to be decently functional. Some new designs for the app have emerged and they are looking quite nice indeed. GNOME UX designer and Red Hat Desktop Team Member, Allan Day, showed the new mockup designs off in his blog post. Simple Scan has a pretty sparse and simplistic interface already, and I mean that in a positive way, but Allan believes that "just because it's great, doesn't mean it can't be improved" and that most of the improvements are simply "refinements", rather than major overhauls, in order to make some of the app's functions a bit easier to discover and navigate.
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