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Elderly Ubuntu User Says Books Far Better than Forums

earthweb.com: in a recent article about Ubuntu, Linux guru Carla Schroder -- author of the Linux Cookbook -- noted that she had never met anyone who bought a “how to” book for their PC – though she recommended it. A Datamation reader wrote to respond.

Economics behind the Open Source Model

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brajeshwar.com: Open Source and Economics are related in a sense that they require time and effort to be quantified and measured by both - producers and consumers.

Dell Introduces Colorful Inspiron Netbook, Laptop and Desktops

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Ubuntu

eweek.com: Dell is announcing colorful new Inspiron netbook, laptop and desktop updates. Customers can choose between 120- and 160-GB hard drives and a 16GB solid state drive (with both the XP and Ubuntu operating systems) or an 8GB solid state drive with the Ubuntu OS.

Up to 24 percent of software purchases now open source

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news.cnet.com: Open source has become big business, suggests an article in the Investors Business Daily, but it has done so by becoming more like the proprietary-software world it purports to leave behind.

Panel PCs run Linux

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Hardware

linuxdevices.com: The 15-inch Protege 15 and 8-inch Protege 8 respectively offer 1GHz Via Eden or 500MHz AMD Geode LX800 processors, and both include gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

Linutop 2 super small desktop PC

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Hardware

reghardware.co.uk: French vendor Linutop's original model of its eponymous machine was the size of a Nintendo DS, with no on-board storage at all – it booted from a USB stick. It's now been replaced with the Linutop 2, essentially a rebadged Ion A603 MiniPC from First Computer – but with European support.

Audacity: The Versatile Audio Tool for Everyone

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I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s computers, and I see Audacity installed on a lot of them. Not many software programs deserve the adverb “versatile”, but Audacity is one of them. It is the Swiss Army knife of audio applications.

Audacity is used for all sorts of audio tasks. There may be more specialized applications in each category, but Audacity does a great job. If you have anything to do with audio, this program deserves to be in your toolbox.

Speak UNIX fluently with the best tools available

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Linux

The universe of UNIX tools changes constantly. Here are 10 tools—some you may have overlooked and some new—to tinker with.

Fresh vs. rotten ext3

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patrick-nagel.net: Did you ever hear sentences like “Linux/Unix filesystems are superior, to stuff like NTFS, let alone FAT32 - you don’t even need a defragmentation tool.”?

The X Window innovation: welcome to the new Xorg

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: Over time, many people have complained about the X Window system. One thing is sure: it has evolved over the last year or so, immensely, especially as far as 3D and hardware acceleration.

Switching My Dad to Linux - Part One

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Linux

pcworld.com: I take a live-and-let-live approach to computers that aren't mine. But this changed a few days ago when my father got a new laptop that had Vista pre-installed. He asked me to set things up for him and, to cut a long story short, he got Ubuntu 9.04.

The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2009.1 Free (x86_64) [ISPConfig 2]

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MDV
HowTos

This tutorial shows how to set up a Mandriva 2009.1 Free (x86_64) server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc

Test driving UbuntuOne

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Ubuntu
  • Test driving UbuntuOne

  • Ubuntu One
  • Is this the One for Ubuntu?

Does GNU/Linux need cult figures like Jobs

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itwire.com: Does GNU/Linux need a cult figure like Steve Jobs to spread the word and convert the doubters? And does FOSS lend itself to the development of such egos, where technical merit alone does not count?

Ubuntu on my netbook

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manilastandardtoday.com: ONE of the attractions of the new release of Ubuntu, a popular open source operating system based on Linux, is that it’s supposed to run well even on inexpensive netbooks.

Ubuntu 9.04 vs. Mac OS X 10.5.6 Benchmarks

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: We have already looked at the performance of Ubuntu's Jaunty Jackalope, and even found it to perform with old hardware, but how does it now compete with Mac OS X? We have more benchmarks this morning to continue this performance investigation.

Give Linux for the holidays

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sutor.com: Now that Microsoft is evidently going to try to ship Windows 7 for the late 2009 holiday season, I see this as a challenge to the Linux comunity.

SA department of education shuts out FOSS

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tectonic.co.za: Despite a national open source strategy and a well-publicised set of minimum interoperability standards for government, the South African education department has launched a teacher laptop project that excludes free and open source software (FOSS).

5 Easy Wine Front-ends for Linux

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repasik.com: WINE, which stands for ‘Wine Is Not an Emulator’ is a piece of software which enables Linux systems to run Windows software. These front-ends do the tweaking for users, resulting in a better ease of use of Windows software installation on Linux . Here are 5 easy wine front-ends.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Linux business pioneer dies in home accident

  • Mozilla Brings Webapps to the Desktop, Challenges AIR, Silverlight
  • Mozilla Magazine?
  • Linux is not an OS
  • GloobusPreview - Quick Look For Ubuntu Jaunty
  • Create your own yum repository
  • Remembering Apogee & 3D Realms
  • How To Install Arch Linux Via FTP
  • Education lessons for open source
  • Duke Nukem material released
  • Finding Files in Linux
  • Gmail Notifier For Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” – Review
  • Bluetooth , Network manager & Nokia n80i on Ubuntu 9.4
  • Commandline 101: cat, Not Just for Purring
  • Garmin Delays Nuvifone Again
  • Cadets Trade the Trenches for Firewalls
  • How do open source projects develop? Continuation.
  • 2009 OSI Board Elections held in April
  • How to Setup P2P Tv with gtk-SopCast on Ubuntu 9.04
  • Parted Magic 4.1 Brings GParted 0.4.5
  • Get Amarok 1.4 In Kubuntu 9.04
  • GNU secrets – argp
  • Linux's position in cloud computing efforts
  • Adventures in Benchmarking - Part 4 : (Re)constructing an Environment
  • EMTEC Gdium Liberty 1000
  • The Second Most Dangerous Game!
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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
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    He added, bleakly that "we are not aware of an actual fix."

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