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Story Valve Updates SteamOS and Fixes the Custom-Built Compositor Rianne Schestowitz 03/08/2014 - 7:35pm
Story The Best Features Of Linux 3.16 Roy Schestowitz 03/08/2014 - 7:33pm
Story Mesa 10.2.5 Rianne Schestowitz 03/08/2014 - 7:31pm
Story X.Org Server 1.16, Rootless X Now Available For Arch Linux Rianne Schestowitz 03/08/2014 - 7:21pm
Story Wine 1.7.23 released Rianne Schestowitz 03/08/2014 - 7:16pm
Story The GPLv3 GPU Is Now Available Rianne Schestowitz 03/08/2014 - 7:12pm
Story A year without Windows and a new love of Linux Rianne Schestowitz 03/08/2014 - 7:08pm
Story When Linux Was Perfect Enough Rianne Schestowitz 03/08/2014 - 6:58pm
Blog entry OMG what happened to CentOS 7 Desktop? fieldyweb 03/08/2014 - 4:59pm
Story Why the Android One Program is a Revolutionary Initiative for Developing Countries Rianne Schestowitz 03/08/2014 - 2:11pm

PC-BSD 7.1 released

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BSD

h-online.com: The PC-BSD developers have announced the release of version 7.1 – Galileo Edition of their open source operating system. PC-BSD 7.1 is based on the 7.2 Pre version of FreeBSD, an operating system derived from BSD UNIX that focuses on security and stability.

Is cloud computing a threat to open source?

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OSS

computerworlduk.com: Why the demise of proprietary software is creating a vacuum which is about to be filled... and we may not like it.

Android 1.5 "Early Look" SDK available

h-online.com: The Google Android Developers have announced the release of an "early look" of the Software Development Kit (SDK) for Android version 1.5. The new SDK provides a preview of the cupcake branch of the open source mobile platform and is based on the 2.6.27 Linux kernel.

Cooliris Now Available for Linux

ostatic.com/blog: Truth be told, I'm not sure I really get Cooliris, the browser plugin designed to enhance your photo and video browsing experience. Don't get me wrong, it's really cool, and fun, and now that it is officially available for Linux, I've spent way too much time fiddling around with it.

Book Review: Beginning Ubuntu LTS Server Administration

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Ubuntu

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Beginning Ubuntu LTS Server Administration From Novice to Professional aims to teach all you need to know to begin administering Ubuntu Server. The book covers installing, configuring and the systems administration tasks for Ubuntu Server Edition.

Your Distro is Insecure: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

linux-mag.com: Ubuntu Server has one of the cleanest and easiest Linux distribution installers. However, in many cases, its designers choose to ignore security in favor of ease-of-use. The result? An install that is not secure by default.

Parsing the nuances of OS decisions

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OS

blogs.zdnet.com: Perhaps the headline should be that Vista, Windows 7 and OS X are in decline—for Ubuntu.

SME Server: The Linux solution for growing businesses

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Linux

tectonic.co.za: f you’re running a small business and you’re in the market for server, you might want to consider SME Server, a Linux distribution customised specifically for the small and medium sized business environment.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • People of openSUSE: jean-daniel-dodin

  • Firewall Builder: an interview with Vadim Kurland
  • Open Source and Cloud: A Curse or Blessing
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition: What to Expect
  • Debian Lenny, Mighty Debian
  • Ubuntu 9.04 'Jaunty Jackalope' release on April 23
  • April tribute to the Fedora Project art team
  • Smolt in Mandriva
  • Will Linux overtake Windows on netbooks?
  • Bug Tracker Helps Mop Up Linux Kernel
  • Linux Foundation puts work into groups
  • Panelists ponder the kernel at Linux Collaboration Summit
  • Benchmarking On Fedora Is Very Easy
  • Driving Linux-based Benchmarking With Sandtorg
  • Grabbing Steaming Audio
  • Sacred: Gold Edition Available
  • Linux Migration for the Home PC User, Part 1
  • Ubuntu Wastes My Time and Money
  • Microsoft: Sorry, you can't use these vouchers to learn Linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Scheduling Commands with crontab

  • Manage Sony Reader in Linux
  • Surveillance video under Linux using ZoneMinder
  • How to block DDOS attacks in Linux
  • Dodge the challenges of a dual-head display setup with Fedora 10
  • Death to Processes
  • Compiling Perl into Binary Code
  • How to add a directory to the path
  • Debian Lenny AMD64 Install Tutorial
  • Ubuntu 9.04: Installing Landscape on the Server
  • KVM in Ubuntu - Setup and Virtual Machine Creation Guide

Enter gNewSense - the free Ubuntu

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Linux

freesoftwaremagazine.com: The project gNewSense started with the goal of creating a GNU/Linux distribution whose first priority is users’ freedom - even if this limits user comfort and hardware support. As a starting point Ubuntu’s operating system is used.

Firefox Extensions Guide

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Moz/FF
  • Firefox Extensions Guide: Extend Your Experience

  • 15 Firefox add-ons for Web developers
  • Lifehacker's Favorite Firefox Extensions--Plus a Few of Our Own
  • Firefox New Tab: Visual Update

What Price Cool? Mac vs. PC

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OS

pcmag.com: There are two major platforms: Apple and Windows, and Macs generally cost more than PCs. Thus ends the latest propagandistic report. But what about Linux?

My PCLinuxOS 2009.1 Desktop

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PCLOS

penguiniplanetblog.blogspot: Not too long ago PCLinuxOS released two versions of the PCLOS 2009 distribution. One uses KDE 3.5, the Other uses Gnome 2.24.3. So, I was faced with a decision. Which would I choose?

3 Easy Ways to Test-Drive Linux

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Linux

linuxplanet.com: Microsoft wants you to believe that their products are all you should ever have. Apple has been around as long as Microsoft, and are known for making elegant, stylish, user-friendly computers and other products. There is a third option, and that is the one that I prefer-- nice friendly, stout Linux desktop systems.

Distro Review - Arch Linux 2009.02

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Linux

danlynch.org/blog: The Arch fans are always really passionate and enthusiastic in describing it to me; so I figured it was high time I found out for myself. After many broken promises and much procrastination, I finally made it onto Arch Linux and that’s where I’ve been for the past couple of weeks now.

N280 netbook has optional TV tuner

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: MSI has announced a netbook that uses Intel's 1.66GHz Atom N280 processor and offers an optional TV tuner. The "Wind U123" has a 10-inch display, 80GB, 120GB, or 160GB hard disk drives, "EasyFace" security software, and available HSDPA.

Browser wars 2009: Firefox, Chrome, & Internet Explorer

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Software
Moz/FF

blogs.computerworld: Over the last weeks, I've been working a lot with all three of the major Web browsers, and I've come to some conclusions.

Review: Sandisk Sansa Clip w/ Linux

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Hardware

montanalinux.org: I have always wanted a good quality audio player that works well with Linux and plays Ogg Vorbis files. Even though the Sansa Clip was originally released in 2007, I somehow missed it.

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