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4 new mini-laptops -- which is smallest, lightest, best?

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Linux
Hardware

computerworld.com: To see what all the excitement is about, I got my hands on four of the latest minis available: the Sylvania G Netbook, the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, the Acer Aspire and the Asus Eee PC 1000. These four mini-notebooks offer portability, low prices and a Linux operating system. How do they compare?

Open source and the Creative Commons

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OSS

stuff.co.nz: Open source software may sound like just another passing buzzphrase, but it is no fly-by-nighter. It has been around for decades and we have all relied on it for some time. As more and more people are coming into direct contact with open source, it's a good time to ask what makes it so special.

Video front-end comes with Linux drivers

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Nuvation is shipping a "video front end" reference design that digitizes multiple analog video streams, tiling them for display on a 1080i monitor. The Multichannel Video Front-End (McVFE) uses Texas Instruments (TI) video decoders and a Xilinx Spartan 3A FPGA, and ships with Linux drivers.

GIMP User Filter allows use of Photoshop filters

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GIMP

linux.com: One brake on the GIMP's popularity is that, while it boasts dozens of filters, a rival like Photoshop boasts thousands. You may only occasionally need a special effect that imitates a pencil sketch or a famous style of painting such as Impressionism or Cubism, but, when you do, having a filter to create the effect instantly saves serious amount of time. To help bridge this divide, the GIMP is reviving the User Filter.

Standing Up to Hurricane Ike. . . with Linux, of Course

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Misc

linuxjournal.com: All of us at Linux Journal's Houston office are just fine, and we have found ways to stay in touch with each other and our community. We have used whatever technology is available to us to exchange information and coordinate our efforts.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Top 7 Ubuntu GUI tips

  • Installing and Configuring Solr on Gentoo Linux
  • Get more from APT
  • Xubuntu 8.04.1 on USB drive
  • Securing your network premises with Endian
  • Spam prevention with Exim and greylistd - Part 1
  • Try command-line looping for added efficiency
  • Share One Keyboard and Mouse Between Multiple Computers
  • Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files
  • HowTo: Setting custom resolution in VNC Server
  • Get latest wine development version on ubuntu
  • How to install Fedora on your Eee PC
  • Two easy setup changes everyone should make in OOo
  • Howto: Build software updates in Ubuntu

Flash Player 10 RC updated

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Software

adobe.com: Flash Player 10 release candidate was updated on 9/15/2008 and includes several bug fixes. Highlights include: Many Linux camera issues have been fixed, Linux full-screen optimizations have been made, and New Text Engine.

Cassidy: Linux devotee tries to spread the word

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Linux

mercurynews.com: Cafiero is leading a revolution in the redwood-ringed town of Felton. He's been inspired by others around the country and with them he's dubbed the effort "Lindependence 2008,'' a scheme hatched to turn Felton into an all-Linux enclave.

How I Became A Happy Ubuntu User

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Ubuntu

iarematt.com: I have recently switched from Vista to Ubuntu on my Dell Inspiron 1525. I started off doing a dual boot with Vista but after playing around with Ubuntu for the past few days and customizing it to my liking, I am confident that I can format my Vista partition and switch to Ubuntu completely.

Michael Larabel talks about Phoronix

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Software
Interviews
Web

linux.com: Phoronix.com is the definitive Linux hardware review site, featuring articles on motherboards, processors, memory, power supplies, cases, and other components. While other sites throw a hardware review into the mix occasionally, hardware reviews are the primary focus of Phoronix.com. Phoronix founder and executive editor Michael Larabel has it down to a science -- so much so that he was able to package and released his primary tools as an open source hardware testing suite.

Call for SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Beta Testers

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SUSE

opensuse.org: In the “old days” SuSE had a closed list of beta testers that would help with SuSE Linux testing and try to help SuSE ensure the best possible Linux distribution. Many beta testers expressed an interest in joining the SUSE Linux Enterprise beta program as well. We’re happy to announce that we have found a way to make this possible.

See You on the Dark Side of the Moon :'(

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Obits

latimes.com (AP): A Pink Floyd spokesman says founding member Richard Wright has died. He was 65. Wright died today after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain.

Blender Game Engine Tech Demo

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Software

phoronix.com: For several months the Blender and Crystal Space projects have been working together to develop an open-source game they hope will be of a professional quality and deliver an industry standard 3D gaming experience.

On KDE4 Performance

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KDE

Aaron Aseigo: Andreas Pakulat recently blogged about performance issues with KDE 4.1 on his new desktop system. While I agree with some of the comments on that blog entry that his blog would've been better off on the kde-devel or even the kde-core-devel mailing list, since he's uncorked the genie I figured I may as well offer some commentary.

Ubuntu, Firefox and License Issues

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Moz/FF

Mitchell Baker: Ubuntu recently included a patch that causes an End User License Agreement for Firefox to appear. This has caused great concern on several topics. One is the content of the agreement. Another is the presentation. A third is whether there’s any reason for a license at all.

Codecs and DVD playback on Ubuntu 8.04 for all users

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Ubuntu

blog.canonical.com: For the first time we are making codecs for media playback and a DVD player, from our partners at Fluendo and Cyberlink, available through the Ubuntu store.

Extending Linux for Multi-Level Security

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Linux

Here's a paper originally presented at the SELinux Symposium that explores the evolution, rationale, and development of features to meet the Labeled Security Protection Profile.

Linpus Linux Lite Review

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Linux

linuxhaxor.net: A few weeks ago I became the proud owner of an Acer Aspire One Linux edition (reviewed here). Out of the box, this little wonder comes with the relatively unknown Linux distribution Linpus Linux Lite, which has been customized somewhat by Acer to make the most of the hardware in the Aspire One.

Top 20 Linux websites

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Web

alinuxblog.wordpress: I have compiled a list with the most useful websites about Linux. They are great resources you can learn from or to find answer to your linux questions. These should be in any linux user bookmarks, so go ahead and look through these links and bookmark your favorite ones:

OpenSUSE 10.3 > Kubuntu Hardy -> Fedora 9 -> Mandriva 2008.1 -> OpenSUSE 11

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Linux

movingparts.net: I got bored with my Ubuntu Hardy install last week and decided to have a look at what some of the other guys are up to these days. It was an interesting trek across the newest distros.

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  • Etcher Image Writer Is Now Better Than Ever
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  • Audacious 3.8 released
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  • New Version of Audacious Music Player Released
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  • Rambox Puts All Your Favorite Messaging Services In One App
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  • Stylish Markdown Editor ‘Typora’ Is Now Available for Ubuntu
    In the market for a desktop markdown editor for Linux? You may have helped but notice that you’re rather spoilt for choice. From Abricotine and Scratch to Simplenote, Springseed and Remarkable. Even Gedit can render markdown with the right plugin! With so much choice it can be difficult to know which app to pick.
  • YoutPlayer Floats Your Fave YouTube Videos on The Desktop [Ed: just an Electron app]
    Looking for a neat-o way to play YouTube playlists on your desktop, outside your browser? Take a looksie at Yout, an Electron app that lets you add and watch YouTube playlists on your desktop, floating window stylee. Yout is not the most user-friendly of apps.

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

  • Avoid the pile-up in 'Clustertruck', a first-person platformer with day-1 Linux support, it's great
    We have been steadily getting more 3D "beat the timer" games where you're up against others times, which is great because they really can be fun. I do love getting competitive in certain games, especially with some of my Steam friends and friends in the wider community. Games like this recently have been something I've been repeatedly going back to for a break from life. Clustertruck is not only about beating the times of other people, but it's also a "the floor is lava" game, so if you touch the floor you have to start again. The really funny thing is that the safe pads are moving trucks you have to keep up with. You can at least grab onto the back of a truck if you just about touch it, so it's not always instant death.
  • Fusion 3, the next generation game engine and editor from Clickteam will support Linux
    The difference between their tools and others, is the event system. Instead of needing to program every single line, you can stack up events and link them together to create a game. It works quite well and I'm pretty excited to give Fusion 3 a go on Linux myself to see what random games I can create for fun.