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Story KDE Considering Three Month Release Schedule srlinuxx 10/07/2013 - 3:15am
Story Steam for Linux Officially Brings 64-bit Gaming Support srlinuxx 09/07/2013 - 10:35pm
Story With any luck, you don’t have an open source policy! srlinuxx 09/07/2013 - 10:32pm
Story OLPC XO-Tablet coming to Walmart July 16th (maybe) srlinuxx 09/07/2013 - 8:32pm
Story Opening the Box: Open Pandora Review srlinuxx 09/07/2013 - 8:27pm
Story How the Word 'Hacker' Got Corrupted srlinuxx 09/07/2013 - 7:19pm
Story Two weeks with Mir srlinuxx 09/07/2013 - 7:17pm
Blog entry Softpedia srlinuxx 09/07/2013 - 7:01pm
Story Giving GNOME 3 a GNOME 2 Look srlinuxx 09/07/2013 - 6:48pm
Story Ubuntu versus Linux Mint: Who's the desktop champ? srlinuxx 09/07/2013 - 5:48pm

Are your Firefox extensions proprietary software?

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Moz/FF

commandline.org.uk: In the last post I went through the most popular Firefox extensions and talked about whether they were good ideas or not. However, it seems that not a lot of people think about another side to this, i.e. what are your Firefox extensions licenced under?

Also: Firefox 3 RC1 forces you agree to EULA before usage
And: Welcome humans - We have come to visit you in peace and with goodwill!

A Fine Piece: Rhythmbox 0.11.5

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Software

vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: Following audio players reviews like this or this, today I decided to review Rhythmbox 0.11.5, the GNOME audio player. At first glance, Rhythmbox made me a good impression: the layout is simple and clean, similar in many ways to many other players for GNOME, like Banshee, Listen or Exaile.

Linux Flash Player Is GPU Accelerated

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Software

phoronix.com: Adobe has been using the GPU to accelerate the Flash Player when displaying full-screen content since their December '07 Flash Player update, but with the Flash Player 10 Beta, new GPU acceleration modes are supported -- even on Linux.

Ubuntu still not ready to replace my desktop

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Ubuntu

archisgore.blogspot: I've been using Ubuntu for the last couple of months, it still doesn't match the speed-of-use I get from my XP. Speed-of-use isn't always about raw speed of the software. Many times, there are simple UX pieces missing in the media players or GUI config tools which make you go to the command-line occasionally.

What might come of the OOXML revolt?

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: It’s late, and in terms of the process it’s hopeless, but the appeals of the ISO vote making Office Open XML (OOXML) an official standard could still have an impact

Ubiquitous Linux, or, how to become a household commodity

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Linux
Hardware

itwire.com: Whether it was to your taste or not, there’s no denying the ASUS Eee Linux subnotebook was a massive sales success. Demand far exceeded initial production so it’s not surprising competitor models are on their way. And here’s why the hardware manufacturers are going to bring Linux to the masses far in advance of any amount of Ubuntu fanboyism.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to disable vim syntax highlighting and coloring

  • vim taglist plugin for developers
  • Howto: graphical logout/shutdown/reboot in any Window Manager
  • Synchronizing a BlackBerry in Linux
  • Disable Ctrl+Alt+Backspace from Restarting X Windows on Linux
  • One way to change path on Ubuntu
  • Short Tip: Move an X window in Linux with the Alt key
  • Welcome KDE apps back onto your GNOME desktop
  • Changing the default 'generic' kernel to 'server' kernel
  • Installation of Fedora 9 with Vista on Dell 1525
  • A110 mini-laptop Debian installation HOWTO
  • Tips and Tricks for Using Xen under Ubuntu or Debian
  • Alternative Installation Methods for Hardy
  • Virtualbox 1.6.0 with Ubuntu 8.04 2.6.24-17-generic kernel
  • Howto Set Gnome Calendar First Day of Week in Ubuntu
  • Changing default applications

PCLinuxOS Moderation

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PCLOS
Web

linuxca.wordpres: It seems that PClinuxOS is getting slammed for the moderation by one or more mods. I feel that I need to put forth a view on this topic.

5 Ways the End-User Desktop Will Look Different in 5 Years

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Misc

eweek.com: Look around your organization. What does your end-user desktop environment look like? Windows-based PCs? Docked laptops? Some combination thereof? Look around your organization five years from now, and the desktop landscape will appear very different.

Will Epiphany be able to compete with Firefox's extensions?

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Software

commandline.org.uk: I recently looked at the forthcoming Epiphany browser based-on-Webkit. However, some people told me that Firefox has so many extensions that it would not be possible for a new browser to compete, even among the target audience of GNOME users. Is this true?

Free Postal 2 Multiplayer for Linux

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Gaming

icculus.org: To celebrate the release of the Postal movie, Running With Scissors has released a free download version of Postal 2: Share the Pain. This is the complete multiplayer portion of the game, with the single player campaign removed.

PCLinuxOS 2008.1 GNOME installed

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PCLOS

wamukota.blogspot: Being involved in the PCLinuxOS.NL team, I was constantly focusing on KDE. I thought it was about time to get to know a distro running GNOME, so last month I tried HH. The number one distro of the planet simply couldn't get my Wifi (Broadcom 4312) up and running out of the box. Next I tried Fedora 9 and once again it was no-joy with the Wifi.

Reasons to be Cheerful #3: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

mindrobber.blogspot: A couple of weeks ago I decided that the release of Ubuntu 8.04 was as good a reason as any to finally take the plunge into the world of open source software properly.

Now an OOXML Protest from Denmark's OSL

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OSS

groklaw: ComputerWorld Denmark is reporting that a strong letter of protest has been sent to ISO from Open Source Leverandørforeningen in Denmark (OSL).

Ext4 defragmentation with e4defrag

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HowTos

polishlinux.org: Lately I have described ok_defrag — a simple tool for defragmenting Linux file systems. Today, I want to describe a specialized program designed to defrag the new Ext4 file system.

10 Reasons to Love Debian

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Linux

vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: Here are the top 10 reasons for which I enjoy using Debian:
1. APT
2. Community
3. Releases are Rock stable

Open source doesn't make Gartner's "top-ten" list

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OSS

matt asay: Perhaps the biggest news in Gartner's latest "Top 10 Technologies" report is the absence of open source. Or perhaps its omnipresence. The report offers essentially the same technologies as last year's list, with some curious additions:

The community wars

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: The struggle to build open source communities is, I’m convinced, one of the biggest stories of 2008. The trend began two years ago when major projects broke away from Sourceforge and began launching their own forge sites. This began an arms race.

Education Ministry encourages Open Source use

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MDV
OSS

ec.europa.eu: The department at the French Ministry of Education that is handling purchasing of software and software licenses is increasing its Open Source offerings to some 1.5 million teachers and education workers in 250 institutes France.

Geek of the Month: Eric S. Raymond

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OSS

junauza.com: If you ask me who's the proudest hacker in the world, I would say that it's Eric S. Raymond. ESR, as he is often called, is a computer programmer and open source software evangelist. He is also a well-known author and has been very influential in giving the term 'hacker' a positive image.

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