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Story How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95 srlinuxx 03/06/2013 - 10:24pm
Story ZorinOS – Gateway to Linux for Windows Users srlinuxx 03/06/2013 - 8:04pm
Story Linux Mint 15 Olivia MATE review srlinuxx 03/06/2013 - 8:02pm
Story What happened to Linux? srlinuxx 03/06/2013 - 6:44pm
Story The University of Linux srlinuxx 03/06/2013 - 6:43pm
Story A house divided: Linux factions threaten success srlinuxx 03/06/2013 - 6:42pm
Story Since When Was Ubuntu A Community Distro? srlinuxx 03/06/2013 - 6:41pm
Story Chakra 2013.05 gets graphical package manager srlinuxx 03/06/2013 - 4:42pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 510 srlinuxx 03/06/2013 - 3:04pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 02/06/2013 - 4:03pm

The Power of Plasma theming - a gallery of 23 themes

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KDE

liquidat.wordpress: One of the most often mentioned concerns at the KDE booth at LinuxTag was the question if Plasma would force the user to have a black panel. While we did have a second machine showing another theme to resolve all doubts it showed that not all users now yet the power of Plasma theming.

PCLinuxOS 2007: Funny name, serious distro

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PCLOS

techiemoe.com: The last time I looked at PCLinuxOS was version 0.92, which according to DistroWatch was about 3 years ago. I was asked to take a look at it again, so here I go.

Review: TinyMe 2008

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PCLOS

raiden.net: About a year ago we reviewed TinyMe when it was still in its beta and test stage. But a lot has happened in the past year, and all of it good. But what makes it so good? Well, in addition to fixing all the bugs and little quirks, TinyMe has become more stable and loads faster than it was in the early days.

Announcing GNOME Do 0.5: “The Fighting 0.5″

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Software

blog.davebsd: It has been 41 days since we released GNOME Do 0.4.2, and today I’m honored to present GNOME Do 0.5: “The Fighting 0.5″. Without further ado, here are the main improvements and new features, accompanied by plenty of sexy screenshots.

What is the ultimate goal of Linux?

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Linux

blogs.ittoolbox: Microsoft has a goal. Apple has a goal. What is Linux's goal? Linux is such a large amoebic entity that it has no clear boundaries. There are no real limits to what Linux can be made to do.

Settling is Not Winning

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Linux

beranger.org: Dear Red Hat, I know it might have been cheaper and definitely shorter this way, and I know your North American users will think you did it right, but it's NOT right!

Chiron FS lets you set up RAID-1 over the network

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Software
HowTos

linux.com: The Linux kernel includes support for performing RAID-1 in software. RAID-1 maintains the same filesystem on two or more disks, so that you can lose all but the last disk and still retain all of your data. This seems wonderful until you consider that an error in RAM, a power supply failure, or another hardware component in the machine can still potentially corrupt your precious data.

Invigorating GNOME

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Software

jonobacon.org: There has been some discussion recently about the future of GNOME. Although I am an ardent supporter and fanboy around GNOME, and I love the desktop for its simplicity and elegance…GNOME has become the software equivalent of my dad’s comfortable trousers - predictable and reliable.

Red Hat settles 2 patent lawsuits filed against it

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Linux
Legal

reuters.com: Business software maker Red Hat Inc said on Wednesday that it has settled two of three pending patent lawsuits that the company has been fighting.

Open source vs. proprietary? Turn the question around!

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OSS

geekzone.co.nz: Several decades ago the software 'industry' managed to re-write our perception of history and make most people believe that proprietary software is normal, and open source is the aberration, while in reality software actually started out as open. It is time to change our thinking and to stop trying to justify the use of open source software.

OpenOffice 3.0

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OOo

computerworld.com.au: OpenOffice 3.0 shows that you don't have to pay a bundle for a great office suite — in fact, you don't even have to pay a penny. OpenOffice 3.0 is a free, open-source software suite that provides most of what anyone could want in an office suite.

Also: Openoffice vs Microsoft Office
And: I'm actually using OpenOffice Writer

today's leftovers

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News
  • Ubuntu Eee 8.04: Custom Ubuntu distro for the Eee PC

  • Shuttleworth talks up app launcher for 'netbooks'
  • Neelie Kroes: "Choosing open standards is a very smart business decision"
  • OpenOffice.org template collections
  • 2008 Open Source CMS Award Details Announced
  • Testing ebook readers for Project Gutenberg
  • Xubuntu Hardy died on me… Testing Gentoo Linux
  • Four national standards bodies appeal against approval of ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (PR)
  • Let's stop playing the numbers game: free software has changed the game.
  • Violate the GPL at your own risk
  • The amazing power of the community: real numbers from Apache
  • New FSF online store
  • Monitoring and Display Commands For LVM On Linux And Unix
  • Gentoo Linux Live USB key
  • Chapter 3: Configuring your project with Autoconf
  • Ubuntu Hardy on Compaq Presario 1240 (Living Without X)

Red Hat Summit sessions preview: Rik van Riel, Fedora 9, and RPM with Spot

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Linux

redhatmagazine.com: Here’s a little sneak preview of some of the educational sessions at this year’s Summit. And who better to outline their talks than the speakers themselves?

Also: Should Novell Invade Red Hat Summit?

IBM Lotus Symphony turns old OOo code into enterprise Judas goat

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Software

linux.com: Oracle and now IBM seem to have strange ideas about creating a business around open source software for the enterprise. IBM has taken old OpenOffice.org code under the now-retired Sun Industry Standards Source License and released it as a proprietary closed source freeware office suite.

Why Python is The Best

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Software

linuxjournal.com: At the Geek Ranch we recently made a decision to implement some software in Python. Or, more accurately, I decided and there was no disagreement. Then Python gets picked as the best scripting language in the LJ Readers' Choice survey. That inspired me to write this article (and get ready for Perl and Ruby fans to start yelling at me).

"Fake" Write Support

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: In a series of seven patches, Arnd Bergmann proposed adding in-memory write support to mounted cramfs file systems. He explained, "the intention is to use it for instance on read-only root file systems like CD-ROM, or on compressed initrd images. In either case, no data is written back to the medium, but remains in the page/inode/dentry cache, like ramfs does."

Introduction to Linux Gaming

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Gaming

makeuseof.com: When you think of Linux, you probably think of open source software and security, but not gaming. Most people think if you are into gaming, Windows is your only option. A few years ago this might have been the case but not anymore.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Boost security by stopping these 10 Linux services on your server

  • Save disk space - use compFUSEd to transparently compress filesystems
  • Access your Gentoo calendar
  • Realize the flexibility of OpenSSH
  • How To Create An Ubuntu Repository Mirror on Ubuntu 8.04
  • Ubuntu Mirror? What if I need it easy?
  • How do I… Set up a printer using the Common UNIX Printing System?
  • Making changes to an OpenOffice.org chart in Draw
  • Webalizer - Apache web server log file analysis Tool
  • Be in sync with your GMail Inbox with CheckGmail

All systems are go for Firefox 3 launch

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Moz/FF

blogs.zdnet.com: All systems are go for the market launch of Firefox 3 for Windows and Linux but Mozilla plans another minor release candidate for the Mac OSX version due to plug-in problems tntroduced by Apple’s 10.5.3 update.

Also: Mozilla Developers News June 10
And: Firefox 3 new features walkthrough

[ANNOUNCE] linux-staging tree created

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Linux

Greg KH: Oh great, not yet-another-kernel-tree, just what the world needs... Yes, this is an announcement of a new kernel tree, linux-staging. This one is for code that is good enough to build and run, but not good enough to get merged into the main kernel.org tree just yet.

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