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Story AVLinux Goodies, Linux Tops XP Poll, and Learning Linux Rianne Schestowitz 05/04/2014 - 3:10am
Story London borough drops Windows, goes with Chromebooks, saves around £400,000 Rianne Schestowitz 05/04/2014 - 3:05am
Story vogl support for Unreal Engine 4 Rianne Schestowitz 05/04/2014 - 2:56am
Story 13-Way Radeon Graphics On Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 05/04/2014 - 2:10am
Story Plasma Next Alpha Rianne Schestowitz 05/04/2014 - 1:46am
Story Google gives a sneak peak at Project Ara development Rianne Schestowitz 05/04/2014 - 1:25am
Story In-Vehicle Systems: The Next Frontier Rianne Schestowitz 05/04/2014 - 1:10am
Story APT's New Version Rianne Schestowitz 05/04/2014 - 1:00am
Story Fedora Present and Future: a Fedora.next 2014 Update (Intermission) Rianne Schestowitz 05/04/2014 - 12:22am
Story Cisco edges away from VMware, tries Red Hat on for size Roy Schestowitz 04/04/2014 - 9:25pm

GIMP 2.6 changes are mostly internal

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linux.com: The GIMP -- the GNU Image Manipulation Program -- is one of the flagships of free software. On October 1 the project released version 2.6, with many new and improved features. Most of the user-visible features are just polish; the real changes are lurking under the hood.

Flash 10 on Linux: Better, not great, better

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blogs.computerworld: Adobe Flash is still a proprietary program and I, and a lot of other open-source people, wish that it wasn't. That said, the latest Flash Player 10 on Linux is a lot faster than the last version and it opens up the doors to a lot of Web-based video content.

Firestarter - A modern Linux Firewall

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Software

brajeshwar.com: Irrespective of the operating system, intrusion is one of the key concerns for computers connected to a network. Firewalls, as a matter of fact provide a resistance to this, if not a fool proof protection.

Four password lockers that can help you keep your Web logins secure

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Software

linux.com: It is good practice to use a different password for each Web site you need to log in to. Good passwords tend to be long and contain a wide selection of characters. That can make remembering all your passwords difficult. But you can make things easier on yourself by storing passwords for various Web sites in an encrypted file on your computer.

Compositing With Metacity - An Early Look

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hehe2.net: When the compositing capabilities of Spiftacity merged into the Metacity trunk, it caused a fair bit of stir among GNOME users. Included in version 2.21.5 of GNOME, though hidden from casual users, the compositing showed a lot of promise but remained just something to play around with.

Why OpenOffice.org Failed – and What to Do About It

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Glyn Moody: Last week I noted that the release of OpenOffice.org 3.0 seems to mark an important milestone in its adoption, judging at least by the healthy – and continuing – rate of downloads. But in many ways, success teaches us nothing; what is far more revealing is failure.

Opera 9.61 released

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opera.com: Hot on the heels of 9.60, we had to release Opera 9.61 to address problems in Opera Link. Alone, each issue we discovered was miniscule and shouldn't have caused any problems, but together, and coupled with some server issues, it turned out to be more serious than we thought.

In these trying economic times will Linux be the answer

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Linux

dthomasdigital.wordpress: I was told today that if I’m lucky my budget will only be cut by 10%. Being that I work for State government you would think that I would be more worried than I am. Then why do I think this is a great opportunity for me?

Why should Microsoft fans want (even help!) Linux to succeed

Imagine that your football team wins the championship the last years and it has completely crashed all competition. Would you be happy with the way your team played with no competition at all? It would surely play crappy, because it wouldn't need to try any harder.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Debian Project News - October 20th, 2008

  • gOS To Support Intel's Moblin Project
  • Gallery 2.3 (Skidoo) Released
  • Novell Betas Open Enterprise Server 2 SP1
  • Inquisitor stresses and benchmarks your hardware
  • Canonical Hiring KDE Desktop Developer
  • The dying embers of Microsoft's IP claims against open source
  • Back to Linux
  • Vinyl + Audacity = MP3
  • Test Drive Firefox 3.1 Beta 1
  • Where Would We Be Without Open Source?
  • Memory lane: Microsoft blames Red Hat for not making Linux popular enough
  • Perspectives extension improves HTTPS security
  • Re: Switch to Ubuntu Linux not Apple Mac OS
  • Novell's identity management gets some open-source competition
  • Indian political party turns to FOSS
  • Mandriva and Turbolinux to Join Moblin Project to Expand Atom-Based Products
  • Linux Foundation Reports on First End User Summit
  • UK gains LPI affiliate
  • Firefox new tab page to change

OpenOffice.org 3.0 scores strong first week

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computerworld.com: OpenOffice.org 3.0 was downloaded 3 million times in its first week, with about 80% of the downloads by Windows users, an official with the group said in a blog post on Monday.

Worldwide 2009 Mandriva Linux Installfest

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MDV

mandriva.com: In order to bring Linux to new users and present the new features and technologies available in Mandriva Linux 2009, Mandriva is mobilizing its network of Linux User Groups (LUGs) to coordinate a worldwide Installfest on November 22nd, November 2008.

Community vs. Commercial GNU/Linux Distributions

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earthweb.com: You can categorize most GNU/Linux distributions as either community or commercial. Community-based distributions like Debian, Fedora, or CentOS are maintained largely by volunteers and donations of services or money, while commercial distributions like Suse, Red Hat, or Xandros are backed by a company and compete directly against proprietary operating systems such as Windows and OS X.

Open Source Is Far From Free

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OSS

law.com: In his highly acclaimed best seller, The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman hails open-sourcing as one of 10 "flatteners" of the world. Nevertheless, many enterprises have included open-source code in their proprietary software without fully understanding the risks.

Ubuntu 8.10 “Intrepid Ibex” feels more like a service pack than a new release

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blogs.zdnet.com: With only ten days to go until Ubuntu 8.10 is released I decided to take a look at the latest beta to see what the new release has to offer. Oddly enough, “Intrepid Ibex” feels more like a service pack to me than a new release.

How much have you saved by using GNU/Linux?

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itwire.com: At a time when economic problems dog the world, people's thoughts generally turn to saving. It is not surprising, therefore, to find many technology writers beginning to recognise that GNU/Linux and other open source software can reduce the amount that companies spend on IT.

Mandriva 2009 on the Asus EeeBox

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eeextra.com: Every major distribution generates a lot of hype at launch, and the new Mandriva 2009 did not depart from the rule. After completing the installation, I have used the new system for a few days and would like to share my first impressions.

Review: Pioneer Dreambook Light IL1

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Hardware

polishlinux.org: Cheap notebooks with preinstalled Linux distributions conquer Western markets. Polish hardware distributors did notice it and one of them launched a new subnotebook in the Polish market. They call it: Airis I-Design IL-1 Nanobook.

10 reasons for switching to a different Linux distribution

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Linux

blogs.techrepublic.com: Sooner or later, you’re going to get the urge to switch distributions — maybe for a change of pace or maybe out of more practical considerations. Here’s a look at some of the most common reasons users feel compelled to make that jump.

OpenOffice.org Base is No Microsoft Access Replacement

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eweek.com: The OpenOffice.org 3.0 desktop database application offers new features that make it better than previous versions, but it still lags behind what Microsoft Access offers. Among the key concerns is OpenOffice.org Base's limited filed support for Microsoft Access database files.

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