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Story Dell cooks up an Android PC on a HDMI stick Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2014 - 2:28pm
Story Help the FSF bury Windows 8 Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2014 - 2:20pm
Story Linux on the NUC: Using Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, and the SteamOS beta Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2014 - 2:12pm
Story Installing Linux: The Good, Bad and Ugly Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2014 - 9:27am
Story LibreOffice 4.2 Released with Focus on Performance Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2014 - 8:12am
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Story Canton of Bern parliament votes for open source Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2014 - 2:02am
Story ETSI: 'Open source clouds worth considering' Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2014 - 1:55am
Story QupZilla 1.6.1 QtWebKit Browser Adds New Features Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2014 - 1:33am
Story Galaxy Note 3 Neo has a hexa-core processor Rianne Schestowitz 01/02/2014 - 1:24am

Mint 5 Revision 1

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Linux I have made no secret here of my love for Mint. In the pantheon of Linux distros (and that is a huge pantheon full of worthies), it is the one that just works for me more than any other that I have tried. So I took the opportunity to install the new Mint 5 Revision 1 to the Dell laptop.

Behind the doors of the Free Software Foundation

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Linux The purpose of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) is probably obvious from its name -- but what does promoting free software mean in terms of everyday activity? Examining the roles of the organization shows how complex the FSF's advocacy role has become. It also reveals the range of services.

"Green" integrated PC runs Linux

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Hardware Tangent announced a fanless, Linux-compatible PC that runs on 24 Watts and tucks neatly behind its 17-inch display. The Evergreen 17 is available with a 1GHz Via Eden, 2GB SDRAM, and either a 160GB hard drive or a 64GB solid-state drive (SSD), says Tangent.

Are the best open source software applications being used?

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Software InfoWorld put out their 2008 Best of Open Source Software Awards (BOSSIES) and SourceForge put out their Community Choice Awards. I thought it would be interesting to see how prevalant these products were in the Open Source Census findings.

Intrepid Feature Freeze this Thursday

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Ubuntu This is a short, but pointed, reminder that Feature Freeze is scheduled for this Thursday, August 28.

TechieMoe tries Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

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Microsoft Microsoft's heir apparent has had its fair share of negative publicity since launch. In fact, I dare say it's had two or three operating systems' worth of negative publicity. Since the last versions of Vista I played with were a beta and a release candidate, I didn't really have an up-to-date opinion on the whole matter.

Opening minds to open source

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OSS Anyone who has used the Internet has open-source licensing to thank. Programs licensed as open-source - like Apache, which retrieves and loads Internet pages - are maintained by an online community. Anyone can write new programming code to update or improve the software.

Ubuntu Keeps Building Momentum

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Ubuntu Many enthusiast PC sites create buying guides for people looking to build their own PC’s from components. For instance, The Tech Report released their latest system guide. For the first time they made a recommendation for a “mini-econobox” built around Intel’s Atom processor, and intended to be as small and quiet as possible. Their recommended OS for this machine?

Vulnerability in OpenOffice

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OOo The current version of OpenOffice reportedly contains a security flaw that allows attackers to inject code into a system. The problem apparently only affects the 64-bit version of the office suite.

Intel acquires Linux distro developer "Poky Linux" and Matchbox developer OpenedHand announced that it has been acquired by Intel Corp. The U.K.-based embedded Linux services team will join the Intel Open Source Technology Center, and will focus on Moblin development for mobile Internet devices and other mobile devices.

Release Team Members Propose New Development Process

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KDE At Akademy 2008, KDE Release Team members Sebastian Kügler and Dirk Müller discussed the future of KDE's development process. Describing the challenges KDE faces and proposing some solutions, they spawned a lot of discussion.

Complete Kickstart: How to Save Time Installing Linux

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Software If you have to perform a lot of Linux installs, there’s a fast and easy way to do so quickly and efficiently without having to babysit the installation process each time. By making use of Kickstart, you can save time and effort by setting up a Kickstart server and spend your time getting more useful work done.

Quebec sued for not considering open source. Why this is bad policy

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Matt Asay: Facil, a Quebec-based open-source organization, has sued the Quebec provincial government for buying Microsoft software without considering open-source software, as CBC reports. The problem, it seems, is that Quebec has an "open markets" policy that it is supposed to follow.

Four Twitter clients for Linux

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Software Twitter is a social networking platform that keeps you in conversation by allowing you and your friends to follow each others' updates. The service lets users post and read 140-character updates, called tweets. I tested four Twitter clients for Linux on a desktop running Ubuntu Hardy Heron.

Brazil's love of Linux

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Linux Walk into the Ponto Frio electronics store here, which proudly displays a penguin-shaped logo, and you will find a healthy supply of Linux PCs alongside the usual Windows machines. The store's Linux love is indicative of Brazil's deep ties to open-source software.

Really free Linux takes hold

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weblog.infoworld: It's hardly news these days when RHEL or Suse Linux boots Windows or Unix off a server. But have you ever heard of a community version of the open source operating system displacing one of the popular commercial distributions?

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 36

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Issue #36 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! In this week’s issue: Hack Week III, openSUSE Election Committee Founded, and openSUSE at Utah Open Source Conference.

10 terms to know before switching to linux

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When switching, or planning to switch to Linux, most people find it hard to understand the new or technical terms that come with using Linux. Here is a list of 10 terms you probably should know.

Open source: What you should learn from the French

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OSS A decade ago, European countries leapt out of the gate to take the lead in the radical open source movement -- none more so than France. Through policies and high-profile projects, the French Republic for years has been advocating for all open source all the time, in government and education. And France is not stopping:

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