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Xfce 4.6 ALPHA ('Pinkie') released

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Software

xfce.org: After about 18 months of development, we are pleased to announce the release of Xfce 4.6 ALPHA, codename 'Pinkie'.

Battle Brews Over Firefox In Ubuntu 8.10

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Moz/FF
Ubuntu

phoronix.com: Firefox, what's not to love about this open-source web browser? Well, a number of users following the development work on Ubuntu 8.10 (the Intrepid Ibex) are feeling rather outraged over Mozilla Firefox 3.0.2 and later. In the latest Ubuntu packages, Firefox requires an EULA (End-User License Agreement) be accepted the first time you launch the browser.

mythtv: A personal TV recorder

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Software

debaday.debian.net: No one likes to sit at home and wait for their favorite show to come on anymore and many have turned to buying hardware to record them for later viewing. Popular solutions to this problem include the expensive and proprietary TiVo and cable/satellite boxes with built-in TV recorders. MythTV aims to solve these problems without the need to rent a cable box ($15/month) or buy a TiVo (~$200).

Cousin MilaX

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OS

kmandla.wordpress: A thoughtful forum member sent me a PM mentioning MilaX, which employs a lot of the lightweight software I mention here, and some more that I mention here. I promised to take a look at it and today, I finally got a free moment to do just that.

Two betas in the road to Firefox 3.1

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Moz/FF
  • Two betas in the road to Firefox 3.1

  • 5 Useful Tips to Customise Firefox 3
  • about:addons - Sep 13

gOS 3 Google Gadgets Review

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Linux

penguinway.net: This weekend I decided to take the Linux distribution known as gOS for a spin. The gOS is an Ubuntu 8.04.1 derivative that shows some promise with it’s integration of Web applications. Although they are not affilated with Google, gOS has incorporated many Google online tools into their desktop.

What is happening in the world of Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: I have been talking about Ubuntu for a number of articles now and how easy it is to use. In this article I will look at the next two upcoming versions and investigate what they have to offer.

What To Look For In Fedora 10

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Linux

linuxloop.com: Previously, I covered some features that might be included in Fedora 10. Today, here are some interesting features that have already been approved.

some bloggings

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Linux
  • Word-of-mouth is Linux’s best bet for success

  • What is with the all Linux users?
  • Things I Miss in Linux
  • Big LOL at a Linux old-timer
  • Why Linux funding will skyrocket
  • Linux: It’s Not About Winning
  • Recording Sound in Kubuntu 8.10 (running KDE 4.1)
  • Dell Mini 9 Netbook Unboxing
  • The commonwealth fights back against OOXML?
  • My First Linux Encounter or How to Switch to Linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Writing a Shell Script

  • Basic Linux commands for Beginner’s
  • Making the most of the acer aspire one
  • playing m4a song files in Amarok
  • Speed up Amarok with Large Music Collections
  • DynDNS plus SSH
  • Installing Gentoo from a LiveCD or Desktop using LVM
  • Removing annoying “The media contains digital photos”
  • Dual boot linux and mac osx leopard kalyway 10.5.2

Fedora 9 Review (also Gnome in Fedora 9 Part 2)

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Linux

ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: Once KDE 4.1 was finally out and most of the complaints had stopped, I took the plunge. I am actually very happy with Fedora 9. I think most of the reviews you may have read criticizing Fedora 9 focused on the initial version.

Unigine Tropics Sets Linux OpenGL Precedence

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Software

phoronix.com: Unigine Tropics is set around a tropical environment (hence its name) and it runs through various scenes of an island during both the day and night. Some of its technical features though include a dynamic sky with light scattering, live water with a surf zone and caustics, special materials for vegetation, HDR rendering, parallel split shadow map for the sun, depth of field, and real-time ambient occlusion.

The Difference Between Debian and Ubuntu

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Linux

debiantoday.com: Since Ubuntu showed up on the scene many people have asked what the differences between the Debian based distribution and Debian GNU/Linux actually are. Ubuntu as most of you know is very much like Debian in many ways from the package system to the user community Debian and Ubuntu have done a great job coinciding.

Introducing the darkest power of PowerDevil

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KDE

drfav.wordpress: Some of you might know what PowerDevil is, some might not; well, for you who fear this is yet another attempt of threatening your lives, PowerDevil is a power manager for KDE4, and it won’t kill you.

The Problem with Windows

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Linux

computingtech.blogspot: The world’s most popular operating system is Windows, which is made by the Microsoft Corporation. Linux has no links with Windows at all. Microsoft doesn’t contribute anything to Linux and, in fact, is rather hostile toward it, because it threatens Microsoft’s market dominance. This means that installing Linux can give you an entirely Microsoft-free PC.

C-DAC inks MoU with ELCOT to deploy BOSS Linux

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Linux

topnews.in: The scope of this strategic alliance between C-DAC and ELCOT is to install BOSS Linux across the state in all Government departments for their productivity application and e-Governance applications, large scale promotional activities in the areas of Open source Software, e-Governance, setting up of BOSS Linux support centre within ELCOT campus.

The Linux naming strategy

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Linux

sathyaphoenix.wordpress: I had always wondered why ppl keep wierd names for the linux distros and it turns out tht they are not indeed wierd and i googled for the naming strategy of fedora and Ubuntu and here are the results…

some odds & ends

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News
  • Making feh work for you

  • whowatch - Monitor who is doing what on your system
  • Ask Linux.com: document wrangling, lighter distros, and Boot Loops II
  • Enhanced Debugging With Gallium3D
  • Crowdsourcing: Many Are Smarter Than One

Chinese Penguin Love: The Lenovo and Linux Story

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Linux

itwire.com: Speaking from China, Tux the penguin says "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" as the media continues to report that Lenovo is slaying the kernel mascot with the relish of a Canadians near a seal pup. iTWire digs a little deeper to reveal just WTF is really happening with Lenovo and Linux...

Why I Can't Wait for PCLinuxOS 2008

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PCLOS

junauza.com: Though PCLOS is not my most favorite Linux distro, I honestly consider it as one of the best. I have used the May 2007 stable release version and I was really impressed with almost all of its features. For now, I'll act like a fanboy and write a short list of expectations for the upcoming PCLinuxOS 2008(?).

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