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Story Ubuntu Still Working On Stripping Python 2 Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2013 - 1:30pm
Story Trusting Trust and Trusting Red Hat et al. Roy Schestowitz 24/11/2013 - 10:31am
Story Open Sourcity is a place where great ideas inspire talented programmers Rianne Schestowitz 1 24/11/2013 - 8:39am
Story Mesa 10.0 Release Candidate 2 Has Arrived Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2013 - 8:34am
Story Ubuntu Touch Has Many Plans For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2013 - 8:30am
Story FreeBSD Is Getting Into The Magazine Business Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2013 - 8:20am
Story Heads up Apple, here comes 64-bit Android on Intel Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2013 - 8:07am
Story NTRU public key crypto released to open source community Rianne Schestowitz 24/11/2013 - 7:58am
Story Debian 6.0.8 is Out (and Other Debian News) Roy Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 11:49pm
Story Mastering Linux, Backdoor'd, & openSUSE 13.1 Rianne Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 11:37pm

Five Reasons Ubuntu Is the #1 Linux Distro

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Ubuntu

dawningvalley.com: Ubuntu is, according to DistroWatch, the #1 Linux distribution. That’s a huge feat in itself. However, once you realize that Ubuntu is only three and a half years old, the feat is much bigger. How did the Linux rookie beat out the nine-year-old Mandrake, the fourteen-year-old SUSE, or the fifteen-year-old Debian?

few bloggings & a post

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Linux
  • Installing Linux Mint 5 Elyssa

  • Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10- The Ugliest Ubuntu Ever?
  • Changing Distros
  • [Review] Dream Linux
  • Opensuse 11

Always Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Eating Crow: Ubuntu Not Better Than Mandriva

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MDV
Ubuntu

blogbeebe.blogspot: I could spend the next hour of my personal time (and a lot of digital ink) listing in detail what has gone wrong over the last year, as I've migrated from Ubuntu 7.04 to Ubuntu 8.04.1. In fact, the Linux Haters Blog is surprisingly close to documenting most, if not all, of my gripes.

Kevin Carmony Video Interview with Chris Pirillo about Linspire's Last Days

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Linux

kevincarmony.blogspot: I've known Chris Pirillo for several years, and he's one of only a handful of people I follow on Twitter because he's ALWAYS got his pulse on the latest, coolest stuff. In following my blog, he was surprised to learn about some of the "weird stuff" that was going on with Linspire, so he invited me to his live chat room for an Interview.

openSUSE 11.0 after a couple of weeks

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SUSE

jaysonrowe.wordpress: I want to post about my experience with openSUSE 11.0 after using it for a while. Many of these points may not apply to you, since they reflect my personal usage habits.

KDE4: The MS Vista of Linux?

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KDE

theeternaluniverse.blogspot: Most people in Linux circles have heard the slogan: "Release Early, Release Often." This often translates to a rule that you make small software changes frequently instead of doing major overhauls that take a long time to get out the door. Two projects, recently, have strayed from the above rule: Microsoft Vista and KDE4.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Control CPU scaling in Ubuntu

  • Add Open Command Prompt Here Functionality To Nautilus In Ubuntu
  • pstree command
  • IPSec between Linux and the NetScreen
  • Install OpenOffice.org 3.0 Beta on Ubuntu
  • Deploying a Git Repository Server in Ubuntu

Why Is So Hard for Windows Users to Understand That Linux Is Not Windows

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Linux

vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: This is just a rant (hopefully it will be regarded as pertinent and non-'laming') on why Windows users try Linux and return frustrated to Windows after several hours or days. I won't praise Linux and the way it works, I won't even compare and say 'here Linux is easier because ...', instead I have a few questions for all of you who blame Linux for not being and behaving like Windows.

Tough choices ahead for Red Hat?

weblog.infoworld.com: I missed Red Hat's fiscal 1Q09 release a few weeks ago, so I went back and read the transcript and dug into the numbers a little. Total revenue growth has averaged 31 percent/quarter since fiscal 1Q08. Surprisingly though, Sales & Marketing and R&D have grown 32 percent/quarter and 37 percent/quarter over the same period.

Open Source Development: About Community and Sponsored Projects

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OSS

robertogaloppini.net: Classifying Open Source production models is not an academic curiosity, as result from recent conversations on how the development model affects at large the software life-cycle and, more important, the business strategy.

Apricot - Open-Source Blender Game

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Linux

Apricot is the newest project from the Blender Institute with the goal to build an open-source game instead of a Blender video this time. The characters used in the game are from the Big Buck Bunny movie, the last free movie developed using Blender under the name Project Peach.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Desktop Enviroment

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Software

internetling.com: I hadn’t expected such a response to my article about choosing the right desktop environment when I was writing it. It was a really quick write-up, a kind of a brainstorming session. Well this time, I tried improving it. More info, more research and more work are contained in this post.

New Features, Games Coming To CrossOver

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Software

phoronix.com: CodeWeavers, the company behind the WINE-based CrossOver Office, had introduced CrossOver Games as a gaming-oriented version of their pay-to-use edition of WINE.

Quad Boot - Friday Update - It's Good!

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Linux

community.zdnet.co.uk/blog: After nearly a full week of working with this quad-boot setup in various stages of completion, I can say that I am very pleased. It is working well and it is allowing me to easily compare the three different versions of Linux, which is just what I wanted. Here are some notes about each of the versions.

Moving Forward with openSUSE 11.1

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SUSE

Andreas Jaeger: Since both Coolo and Michl are on vacation for two weeks, I’m a bit more involved with the openSUSE distribution. Besides announcing the openSUSE 11.1 roadmap, I was busy to stabilize the factory trees and get an installable distribution after quite some major changes have been checked into factory. The goal was to have a snapshot of factory as internal Alpha0.

Response to “Lancelot, KDE and Gnome”

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KDE

fomentgroup.org/blog: Well, this is one of the Aaron-style “explain to the unbelievers why they are wrong”. This is in response to http://blog.kov.eti.br/?p=19. Well, as all trolls on the internet, you have a couple of things obviously not clear to you.

Aspire One: the netbook Eee PC killer from Acer?

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Linux
Hardware

itwire.com: Hot on the heels of the Asus Eee PC comes more small subnotebooks, with Acer giving them the Intel inspired name of the netbook. Does the Intel Atom-powered Aspire One ‘netbook’ fill you with desire to acquire one?

Acer's Linpus Linux Lite (Fedora) ultra portable laptop piles the pressure on Microsoft

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Linux
Hardware

freesoftwaremagazine.com: First Asus, then Dell, then MSI, Elonex, the Cloud and all their clones. Now Acer has entered the fray and it is all, at least initially, good news. It looks like they’ve all found a bit of Dutch courage and started to turn on the schoolyard bully from Redmond. Of what do I speak? Ultra lightweight portable laptops computers. Running varieties of GNU/Linux.

An Introduction to Linux for Activists

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Linux

angryveteran.blogspot: So I have said that Linux is one of the keys to creating a truly free flow of information in the computer world. There is not just one kind of Linux. There are thousands of different versions availible. Most versions of Linux are completely free and all versions of Linux are OPEN SOURCE. Different versions are geared towards different uses. So with so many versions availible to you where should you begin?

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