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Story 5 factors to consider when selecting an open-source vendor Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2013 - 11:28pm
Story Ubuntu Lab Tests OpenStack Interoperability Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2013 - 10:10pm
Story Acer introduces $299 touch-screen Chromebook Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2013 - 9:41pm
Story Android head talks Project Svelte and how Android 4.4 KitKat is the leanest Android version yet Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2013 - 9:18pm
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Story The Future of Cloud Computing Now Runs on All Versions of Linux Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2013 - 8:10pm
Story The Burning Bridges of Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 27/11/2013 - 6:54pm
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Exaile — versatile audio player for GNOME

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polishlinux.org: Exaile is a wonderful application for listening to music in a GNOME environment, although it could be considered a newcomer to the music player world. I have been using Exaile for quite a while now and I think it is the best application of its kind.

Xfe Review - Wonderful File Manager

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vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: The first impression Xfe gave me was of a solid, full-featured, powerful and good-looking file manager. I have to admit, I was really impressed by this application, and I've never used it before. But Xfe is a completely new and pleasant experience. Let me tell you what I've found so nice about it...

10 Awesome Linux T-shirts

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linuxhaxor.net: I often find it necessary to express my inner geek side through my t-shirts. Be it in the form of my views about politics, computers, nature or just confusing tees that most people don’t know what they mean. So today I will share with you 10 of my favorite geeky linux inspired t-shirts that I own.

PCLinuxOS Magazine July 2008 Released

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PCLOS

PCLinuxOS Magazine, July 2008 (Issue 23) is available to download. Some highlights include: Linux Media Players - Part 1, How to change your localization, and Chapter 4 - Kde User Guide.

Opera 9.5 - Now leaner and meaner!

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techtree.com: Slick, fast, feature-rich, excellent security, not only a browser but also email client, rss reader, IRC chat client, newsgroup reader and bittorrent downloader, Os compatibility with various OSes, Linux and Mac OS. Opera is more than just a browser. It's a one-stop-Internet-shop.

The Simply Simple Mandriva 2008.1 Spring

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linuxtreat.blogspot: Mandriva Linux 2008.1 Spring have up-to-date version of the major components such as KDE 3.5.9(KDE 4.0.3 also available), GNOME 2.22, Compiz Fusion 0.7.2, OpenOffice.org 2.4.0, Linux Kernal 2.6.24.4. Mandriva support vast varieties of hardware, it automatically detects and configure most of the hardware.

Also: Mandriva Pludge: Following the 2009 Release

The Perfect Server - CentOS 5.2

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This tutorial shows how to set up a CentOS 5.2 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and web hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of CentOS 5.2, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

today's howtos & leftovers

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HowTos
  • Whoa!! Virtualbox needs kernel maintenance?

  • What New Users Need To Know About Ubuntu
  • Ask Linux.com: IT, Japanese, and crafting bigger and better bash scripts
  • rinetd - Internet TCP redirection server
  • How-To: encrypted partitions over LVM with LUKS
  • Extract and Compress Right Click Menu on KDE4
  • Getting Compiz Fusion on Fedora 9
  • Fedora 9, Skype for Linux 2.0x and the Microphone
  • AOL Voyager 105 Modem and PCLinuxOS 2007
  • PolicyKit Solutions with Ubuntu 8.04
  • Installing and uninstalling .deb package
  • Drupal Sourceforge 2008 award finalist

  • GPL Project Watch List for Week of 07/04, 4th of July Edition
  • From the Middle English Phrase "God Be With Ye"
  • Why is Open Source/Community Developed Better?

People of openSUSE: Bryen Yunashko

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Bryen Yunashko, a openSUSE member, is a recent acquisition to the openSUSE project who is involved in the openSUSE-GNOME and Marketing teams, coordinating the Helping Hands Project as also giving a hand at the accessibility of openSUSE.

Crummy Stats on the Gentoo 2008.0 release

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Gentoo

robbat2.livejournal: Ok, so this isn't a full one week period yet, but I'm going to be out tonight probably, so 8 hours ahead of time is close enough. This is just a quick scrape of the numbers.

More Unix And Linux Humor

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linuxshellaccount.blogspot: I'm putting some more funny stuff I've found while crusing the web, regarding our two favourite flavours of OS. Cheers, and enjoy!

Stop this GNOME 3.0 Tabs Stupidity!

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i-nz.net: I really hope this GNOME 3.0 Tabs “mania” is a prank, because it just seems so, sooooo stupid. Really. It’s like flushing down the toilet all of the UI simplicity that GNOME is supposedly aiming for. Here is a mock-up.

Notes from the Field: Mandriva 2009 KDE Alpha 2

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blogbeebe.blogspot: Mandriva 2009 Alpha 2 hit the wires yesterday for both the KDE and Gnome desktops. As usual I did the download/ISO burn/boot three-step to check out the KDE version. And as usual, in spite of glowing reviews it had enough rough edges to constantly remind me this is an alpha release.

10 Best KDE Applications

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vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: This article is a continuation of the 10 Best KDE Applications Not Included in KDE which I wrote a while ago. In this second part I'll add 10 more applications which I consider to be full-featured and to have a high quality. So, here goes the list...

The Dragon Roars: Myah OS 3.0 KDE Edition Review

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: SOME Linux distributions are fair game for a reviewer's criticism. I am thinking of the mega-distros like Ubuntu, Mandriva, openSUSE, Fedora, Debian – the big boys with deep pockets, large teams of developers, or both. But how is a reviewer to approach a distribution born of one person's many long, frustrating, sleepless nights?

We don’t want you to talk, Mr. Ballmer

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: Steve Ballmer deigns to talk about open source. I hate to go all Bond villain on Mr. Ballmer, but the question of whether Microsoft talks to open source, about open source, or even engages open source is just not relevant any more.

Banshee 1.0, A Great Gnome Media Player

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kdubois.net: Banshee logoBanshee 1.0 was released in the recent past, and I just got around to installing it to give it a whirl. All in all, I’m impressed.

Brasero vs K3B: CD Burning in Linux

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alternativenayk.wordpress: I have not hidden my preference for KDE over GNOME. However, for K3B my comparison was mainly Nero or GNOME’s older default burning application. With Ubuntu 8 point whatever came the Ubuntu CD Burner Brasero. And I was keen to see how it worked. Here’s a brief comparison.

Beyond the Rumors of KDE 4.1's Folder View

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earthweb.com: No icons on the KDE 4.1 desktop? For over a month, rumors of this change have been sweeping through the free software community, adding to the controversy that has surrounded the popular desktop.

X.Org 7.4, Mesa 7.1 In Ubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: Since last night's release of Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 2 we have been trying out this latest work from the Canonical camp. While many Linux desktop users would just shrug off X.Org 7.4 as not being too relevant to them if you're a faithful Phoronix reader you should already know about much of the recent driver work.

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  • Google just saved the journalist who was hit by a 'record' cyberattack
    Google just stepped in with its massive server infrastructure to run interference for journalist Brian Krebs. Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks. Now just days later, Krebs is back online behind the protection of Google, which offers a little-known program called Project Shield to help protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship. And in the case of Krebs, the DDoS attack was certainly that: The attempt to take his site down was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service allegedly created by two Israeli men that would carry out cyberattacks on behalf of paying customers.
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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

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Linux and Open Source Hardware for IoT

Most of the new 21 open source software projects for IoT that we examined last week listed Linux hacker boards as their prime development platforms. This week, we’ll look at open source and developer-friendly Linux hardware for building Internet of Things devices, from simple microcontroller-based technology to Linux-based boards. In recent years, it’s become hard to find an embedded board that isn’t marketing with the IoT label. Yet, the overused term is best suited for boards with low prices, small footprints, low power consumption, and support for wireless communications and industrial interfaces. Camera support is useful for some IoT applications, but high-end multimedia is usually counterproductive to attributes like low cost and power consumption. Read more