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Story Hamburg Greens call for a switch to open source Rianne Schestowitz 03/10/2014 - 2:24am
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Story Android L build for Samsung Galaxy S5 gets previewed Rianne Schestowitz 03/10/2014 - 1:51am
Story Slide Show: 11 Smart Eyewear Devices Running Android or Linux Rianne Schestowitz 03/10/2014 - 1:42am
Story How GNOME 3.14 is winning back disillusioned Linux users Rianne Schestowitz 03/10/2014 - 1:34am
Story Atmel revs up Cortex-A5 SoC with video decode, security Rianne Schestowitz 03/10/2014 - 1:23am
Story Fedora 21 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Development Benchmarks Rianne Schestowitz 03/10/2014 - 1:15am
Story Learn GNU/Linux the Fun Way Rianne Schestowitz 03/10/2014 - 1:01am
Story 15-Way GPU Comparison With Mesa 10.3 + Linux 3.17 Rianne Schestowitz 03/10/2014 - 12:54am
Story An Everyday Linux User Review Of Play Linux Rianne Schestowitz 03/10/2014 - 12:47am

Linux Netbooks: Hit Microsoft where it ain't

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news.cnet.com: In open source or in product development generally, one of the biggest mistakes is to take on a deeply entrenched incumbent on its own turf. Almost inevitably, if you play someone else's game, even if you're a little cheaper/faster/better, you're going to lose.

Working to Rule

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OSS

tuxdeluxe.org: Office 2007 SP2 contains Microsoft's first native implementation of the file format Open Document Format (ODF). The devil, as always, is in the details.

wicd - A friendly network manager for Linux

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Software

dedoimedo.com: Linux distros have a broad range of managers. In KDE, the default utility is called KNetworkManager. In Gnome, it is - aptly called - Gnome Network Manager. Some Linux users do not like either of these two. Enter wicd.

Linux and the channel

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Linux

blogs.zdnet.com: Linux Pundit Bill Weinberg has produced two posts this weekend asking why we don’t have Linux laptops.

Fedora 12 Team Taking Codename Suggestions

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ostatic.com/blog: Contributing members of the Fedora community are putting their heads together again to come up with a codename for Fedora 12, and if you've got a good suggestion you've only got until May 23rd to shout it out.

Will European rules impact open source business models?

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: If open source wants to get around European procurement rules and tap the government market there can’t be differences between commercial and community versions of their products.

Ubuntu One Service Stirs Up Open-Source Controversy

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Ubuntu

pcworld.com: Unfortunately there's a stinky little issue, and it's related to a blog posting I made last week: Trademarks. Although it seems the Ubuntu One client is open source, the Web server side of things are still secret.

We should coin a name for non-geeks

terminally-incoherent: I’ve been thinking that we should come up with a name that would collectively describe non-geeks.

Create your own "Ubuntu" LiveCD with Reconstructor

blogs.techrepublic.com: But for creating a unique Ubuntu LiveCD that will allow you to customize what goes on the CD as well as the default username, theme, splash screens, wallpaper, etc. You need Reconstructor.

Microsoft, Linux Foundation issue joint letter opposing proposed software-licensing principles

blogs.zdnet.com: Truth can, indeed, be stranger than fiction — as is evidenced by a May 14 letter on software-licensing policies that was signed by both Microsoft and Linux Foundation officials.

Linux Unified Kernel Claims to Allow You To Run Windows Applications Just Like Running a Linux Program

Linux Unified Kernel claims to allow you to run Windows application native under Linux (I haven't tested it yet though). The installation is quite simple from what I saw, simply download the version called "Linux Unified Kernel 0.2.3 with wine and linux kernel" and then all you have to do is run this (make it executable and double click it):

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 303

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Tips and tricks: Running Slackware "Current"

  • News: Tentative features for Fedora 12, Ubuntu One controversy, Debian "Lenny" with KDE 4, PC-BSD with Xfce and GNOME
  • Released last week: Zenwalk Live 6.0, Foresight Linux 2.1.1
  • Upcoming releases: Sabayon Linux 2009 roadmap
  • New additions: Toutou Linux
  • New distributions: OWASP Live CD, Xange
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Getting Started with Inkscape

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beginlinux.wordpress: Inkscape is a program that behaves like and offers many of the same features as Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X. An open Source vector graphics editor, Inkscape uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Linux, FOSS and the Cellular Empire

raiden.net: One of the things that I've seen increasingly of late is a regular complaint by users of cellular services that data plans are far too expensive, and too limiting.

Ubuntu: Muslim Edition (Sabily) Review

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Ubuntu

extremetech.com: A while back I looked at the Christian Edition of Ubuntu. This time around I was pleased to find that there was a Muslim edition available. So I gave it a download and thought I'd add it to our collection of Linux distribution reviews.

OpenOffice.org 3.1: Better Performance

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OOo

eweekeurope.co.uk: The 3.0 release of OpenOffice left some issues in the productivity suite. This new version makes a good job of fixing them

Ubuntu Experience–How it Feels

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  • Ubuntu Experience–How it Feels

  • Ubuntu 64-bit More Competitive Against Mac OS X
  • Canonical's Landscape: Manage Your Clouds, Even on Amazon EC2
  • OWASP LiveCD switching to Ubuntu

some odds & ends:

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News
  • Why you shouldn't care about Linux on the desktop

  • What’s Playing, Doc?
  • Configure Linux printing via web browser
  • UK Government Open Source Action Plan
  • Why the free software community cares about The Pirate Bay
  • Fedora 11 Screenshot Tour
  • Indemnification, support woes plague open source systems management
  • Would Bill Gates have aired Laptop Hunters?
  • Linux Outlaws 92 - New User Special

Looking for Linux: InterOp Las Vegas

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daniweb.com/blogs: This week I'll be at InterOp Las Vegas looking for the latest and coolest Linux-based technologies that InterOp exhibitors have to offer. My favorites are certainly the "new innovators."

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