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Hands-On with Ubuntu 8.04 Beta

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Ubuntu

blog.laptopmag.com: When you turn on your television, it’s hard to avoid those Mac vs. PC commercials. They’re clever, funny, and also misleading. Judging by those commercials, the average non-techie consumer would assume that those are the only two computing platforms available, which would be quite erroneous.

And: Preview: Ubuntu 8.04 Beta

PC? Mac? Linux? Who knows?

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OS

utahstatesman.com: Batman vs. The Joker. Superman vs. Lex Luthor. The U vs. the Y. Epic battles are found in every age, every population and every medium thinkable. Computers are no exception.

Mozilla fixes 10 Firefox flaws, half seen as 'critical'

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Moz/FF

computerworld.com: Mozilla Corp. yesterday patched 10 vulnerabilities, half of them marked "critical," in its open-source browser as it updated Firefox to Version 2.0.0.13. "There's a little bit here to interest most everyone," said Andrew Storms.

Also: SeaMonkey 1.1.9 update available now
And: 5 Firefox Plugins Related to Linux

Upcoming Opera Passes the Acid3 Test

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Software

opera.com: Since the test was officially announced recently, our Core developers have been hard at work fixing bugs and adding the missing standards support. Today we reached a 100% pass rate for the first time!

Why GIMP is Better than Adobe Photoshop

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GIMP

junauza.com: I’m no graphics professional, but like probably most of you, I do need to edit photos from time to time. Since GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is included by default in most Linux distros, I forgot about Photoshop. Here are my reasons why I think GIMP is better than Photoshop:

Top 10 Linux FUD Patterns, Part 6

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Linux

linuxfud.wordpress: Every once in a while, an article or post will appear, claiming that Linux is just not good enough for everyday use. The reason? Concerns over quality. That’s the topic of this sixth installment of my Top 10 List of Linux FUD patterns, the accusation that Linux is low-quality software.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to get Ubuntu version and nickname

  • Installing Iris Explorer on Ubuntu
  • Turn Your PC into a DVD Ripping Monster (Linux Version)
  • Mandriva Linux One 2008 eee Live USB creation
  • Linux file system
  • Using Color In The Linux Or Unix Shell
  • Downloading and installing Thunderbird extensions
  • pam_mount and sshfs with password authentication
  • How to use emerge in Gentoo
  • HowTo: Motion Picture Linux Paint and Retouching Tool

SFLC Forms Moglen Ravicher LLC

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OSS

softwarefreedom.org: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro bono legal services to protect and advance free and open source software (FOSS), today announced the formation of Moglen Ravicher LLC, a law firm which will represent select for-profit clients that support FOSS but are not eligible to receive SFLC's pro bono services.

openSUSE

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SUSE

jamesangus.ucantblamem: It’s a well known fact that if you want a usable linux distribution, you download Ubuntu. However, like many IT pro’s, I like to investigate alternatives and try new things. This curiosity led me to download OpenSUSE recently and I was pleasantly surprised by what I swiftly had installed.

Also: OpenSUSE -- thy name is stability

Document Freedom Day is more than a single day

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OSS

linux.com: Today marks the first Document Freedom Day. Inspired by Software Freedom Day, which is now is now in its fifth year. DFD is not directly related to the struggle against Microsoft's efforts to have its Office Open XML (OOXML) format become an ISO/IEC standard.

UK to fly the flag for OOXML

channelregister.co.uk: A source close to the matter told The Register today that the technical group chaired by Francis Cave and assigned to make recommendations to the policy making panel overwhelmingly came out five to one in favour of OOXML.

Also: Microsoft claims Office OpenXML standard Czechmate
And: Microsoft Files Complaint About India's No Vote on OOXML

Linux Reality Episode 100 - The Final Episode

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Linux

linuxreality.com: In this, the last Linux Reality episode: I bring back some old audio clips, fire up one last listener tip, play a bunch of audio comments, and then take a few minutes to say thanks.

Is open source anti-American?

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OSS

Dana Blankenhorn: While Matt Asay and Paula Rooney chose the meat in Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst’s remarks at OSBC, others chose to play the political game of gotcha. So, is open source anti-American?

Disruptive Technologies that Affect Desktop Linux

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Linux

Matt Hartley: Perhaps what has given desktop Linux its biggest shot in the arm is the evolution of various disruptive technologies that have, by design, made desktop Linux adoption just that much easier. The following are some of the most disruptive examples of disruptive technology on the Linux platform.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 15

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Issue 15 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out. In this week’s issue: openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 3 is Out, SoC Student Application Period Open, and One-Click-Install improvements.

10 ways that Linux is outgrowing the stereotype

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Linux

distro-review.com: Linux has a negative image associated with it; a most unfortunate affliction when that image is contrary to the truth. I'm occasionally asked "why do you bother with Linux?" by people who haven't used it recently under the assumption that it's difficult to use. However it is my intention to raise awareness that Linux is remarkably usable these days.

Windows Application Emulation: Wine vs VirtualBox

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Software

raiden.net: In my ever ongoing efforts to completely shed all connections to Microsoft Windows and all Windows applications, including 3rd party ones, I've been doing a lot of research over time into various methods by which I could make that one final push to completely shed all of those lingering connections.

Taking A Good Long Look At Vector Linux 5.9 Standard

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Linux
Reviews

Caitlyn Martin: Over the past 14 months I’ve reviewed two previous releases of Vector Linux: Vector Linux 5.8 Standard and Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO. Anyone who has run those versions of Vector Linux would find the new version quite familiar. In reality the changes between 5.8 and 5.9, which was released in December, are like day and night.

Installing My First Linux OS

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PCLOS

carlanderson.blogspot: Well, I am excited. I have been reading/researching open source software for a long time and I have the go ahead to do a trial. My goal is to install Linux on a handful of school computers in the computer lab and load them with open source software that equates with the proprietary software our students and faculty are used to.

Today is Document Freedom Day!

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OSS

documentfreedom.org: Today is Document Freedom Day: Roughly 200 teams from more than 60 countries worldwide are organising local activities to raise awareness for Document Freedom and Open Standards. The question of Document Freedom has severe repercussions for freedom of choice.

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FOSS in 3D Printing

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LibreOffice Liberation

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  • The Document Liberation Project: What we do
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Kali Linux Alternative: BackBox Linux 4.6 Released With Updated Hacking Tools

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Chromebook and GNU/Linux

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