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New Opera 9.5 Beta Improves Security and Adds More Syncing Features

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blog.wired.com: Opera Software has release a second beta for version 9.5 of its flagship browser. Opera 9.5 beta 2 brings several new features and a number of bug fixes as Opera moves toward the final release.

Eurocrats study Microsoft OOXML under procurement rules

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Microsoft

the inquirer: THE EUROPEAN Commission has started investigating Microsoft's OOXML standard under procurement rules instead of the old competition statute with which they usually bash the software giant.

Switching to Linux which distro to use, openSUSE?

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SUSE

opencomputer.net: We’ll do this test with the live (Gnome) CD to analyze: parts of the hardware that are recognized, software package installed, general usability (setup adjustments, software installation).

Thinking Of Switching?: Linux Ubuntu vs. Windows Vista vs. OSX Leopard

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OS

athensexchange.com: Every few years, new operating systems are released for computers that promise new features, greater security and usability. Mac OSX Leopard 10.5.2 and Windows Vista Service Pack One were both released in February of 2008. Linux Ubuntu released the latest version of its operating system.

Coupla Early Ubuntu 8.04 Reviews

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Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 8.04: Hardy Heron Review

  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS: Jaded Janus
  • Official Ubuntu Tour
  • Downloads
  • Mark Shuttleworth: The Heron takes flight

  • Ubuntu Hardy Heron: A First Look

The Perfect Desktop - gOS Rocket G 2.0 (GNOME)

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can set up a gOS Rocket G 2.0 (GNOME) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Stuff I have learned about displays

  • K Module, a.k.a. the KDE Pages
  • Novell strips SLES down to its undies
  • Ubuntu propagandist creates cool Vista dissing sticker
  • OpenSUSE 11.0: Who gets top billing? GNOME or KDE?
  • Time and talent are the open source speed limits
  • A Linux Server in the Palm of Your Hand
  • Did Open Source Doom the OLPC?
  • SE Radio Interview on Open Source Business Models
  • Project Diaspora Open Sourced and Finished. Space MMORPG
  • Web 2.0 Conference: Lots of News for Open Sourcers
  • How big can Ubuntu get?

Microsoft’s eco system: cracks in the reliability

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Microsoft

liquidat.wordpress: The microsoft eco system is often mentioned to be long term reliable and therefore be a good option for companies with long term plans or needs. However, recently some parts of Microsoft’s eco system fall apart and became incompatible, which is not what you expect from a reliable system.

30 Similarities Between MS Excel and OOo Calc

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OOo

fanaticattack.com: This is another article in my series that shows the similarities between OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office. Using a new product requires some re-learning. But you rarely have to learn an entirely new set of skills. This article is to emphasize the similarities.

Sun Solaris 10 5/08

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phoronix.com: While all of the Solaris excitement at Phoronix as of late has been around Solaris Express Developer 1/08 and the forthcoming release of OpenSolaris 2008.05, today Sun Microsystems has announced the immediate release of Solaris 10 5/08.

Deploying KDE to 52 million young people

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KDE

aseigo.blogspot: Mauricio broke the news today in his blog about what can only be described as a massive deployment of free software. In summary: KDE on Linux has stepped up to become the software platform in the primary school education system in Brazil.

Linux vs. GNU/Linux: The Aftermath

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Linux

jonreagan.wordpress: Today, I wrote a post about why I call Linux “Linux” and not “GNU/Linux.” That post attracted quite a number of views, and a good number of comments as well.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Customizing the Default Theme in Drupal

  • KDE 4 on Slackware 12.0
  • Ubuntu Linux Install and Configure Ndiswrapper and wpa_supplicant
  • How to make Gnome menus Faster in Ubuntu
  • More advanced wget usage
  • Getting data into and out of an OpenOffice.org Base database
  • Installing and tracking software updates with toast
  • GRUB bootloader - Full tutorial
  • Getting help with the Linux Command Line

And the Most Reliable OS of All Is ...

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OS

serverwatch.com: If you were to be asked, out of all the server operating systems on the market, which platform had the highest reliability (in terms of downtime), what would your guess be?

KDE Commit-Digest for 13th April 2008

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KDE

dot.kde.org: In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Complete source rewrite, with many improvements, in KInfoCenter. Important work on the "Quick Launch", "Folder View", and "RSSNOW" Plasma applets. Initial work towards future support for a list of timezones tooltip for the digital-clock Plasmoid.

Red Hat Prepping Managed Services Strategy

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Linux

mspmentor.net: The convergence of open source with managed services and software as a service (SaaS) continues. The latest example: Red Hat, arguably the world’s best-known open source company, has created two staff positions to serve hosting partners. Plus, Red Hat is evaluating a strategy to work more closely with managed service providers, MSPmentor has learned. Here’s the scoop.

Reiser Jury Deliberating; Readers Predicting 'Not Guilty'

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Reiser

blog.wired: Jurors weighing Linux programmer Hans Reiser's murder case were deliberating for the first full day here Wednesday. Panelists have just broken for lunch and are headed for a nearby Mexican restaurant.

Xubuntu Hardy Heron is Ready for Takeoff

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Ubuntu

junauza.com: “So far, so good.” That is all I can say when I tested Xubuntu 8.04 RC last night on my Macbook Pro. My first impression with Xubuntu “Hardy Heron” was rather respectable because first and foremost, the installation was trouble-free and it was smooth sailing all the way.

Arch, an Awesome Distro for Power Users

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Linux

kdubois.net: Gentoo broke. I loved how Gentoo did not treat me like an idiot, and allowed me full control over my system. When my last `emerge world` command failed after 4 hours of working and had the happy effect of breaking libexpat.so.0, I decided that I was done with Gentoo. I decided to install Arch.

WebKit GTK+ port passes Acid3 on Linux

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Software

arstechnica.com: The GTK+ port of WebKit is the first open source HTML render to fully pass the Acid3 test on the Linux platform. WebKit, which is Apple's increasingly popular fork of KDE's KHTML rendering engine, is used by Apple's Safari web browser and the iPhone.

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today's howtos

Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more

DAISY: A Linux-compatible text format for the visually impaired

If you're blind or visually impaired like I am, you usually require various levels of hardware or software to do things that people who can see take for granted. One among these is specialized formats for reading print books: Braille (if you know how to read it) or specialized text formats such as DAISY. Read more