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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 289

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Preview: Moblin V2 Core Alpha

  • News: From Puppy to Woof, Mandriva Assembly, BSD distros in freeze, Fedora FAQ updates, Slackware package finder, interviews with developers from Xfce and KDE
  • Released last week: Linux Mint 6 "x86_64", StartCom Enterprise Linux 5.0.3
  • Upcoming releases: Mandriva Linux 2009.1 Beta 2, Frugalware Linux 1.0rc1
  • New additions: Ojuba
  • New distributions: PocketPC
  • Reader comments

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

What can Linux do for you?

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: As the Linux name has been filtering down from the dizzying heights of geekdom to the general mind share. I am sure that many people have been wondering exactly what this Linux thing is and what can it do for them.

Awn Window Navigator

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Software

Is Ubuntu Heading Down the Microsoft Release Path?

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: This thought hit home when I was working to fix a sound issue on my computer, although the seeds had been sown quite some time ago with my upgrade to Ubuntu 7.04. My concern is not about FOSS philosophy, but rather about updates and version releases.

Compiz community shakeup could bring big improvements

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Software

arstechnica.com: The development community behind the open source Compiz window manager is undergoing a major reorganization effort that will converge disparate branches of the project and help it overcome its recent lack of direction.

Debian Project seeks Hardware Donations

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Linux
Hardware

linuxelectrons.com: The Debian project is looking for sponsors for two new official services: snapshot and data archives. Both services utilize large amounts of data and therefore require a capable machine with a large disk array that provides 10 TB of disk space to start, with the ability to be easily extended. We'd like interested sponsors to contact hardware-donations@debian.org.

AMD Shanghai Opteron: Linux vs. OpenSolaris Benchmarks

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OS

phoronix.com: In January we published a review of the AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs on Linux when we looked at four of the Opteron 2384 models. The performance of these 45nm quad-core workstation/server processors were great when compared to the earlier AMD Barcelona processors on Ubuntu Linux, but how is their performance when running Sun's OpenSolaris operating system?

KDE 4.2 Progress Report

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KDE

benkevan.com/blog: Well, I’ve been a few days with KDE 4.2 and thought I’d give a little insight of my experience and why I made the decision to go back to KDE 3.5.10.

OLPC no longer wants to change the world

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OLPC

itwire.com: There is more disquieting news emerging from the One Laptop per Child project - or what remains of it, following the sackings and budget cuts in January.

Updating Software under Linux: Strikes 5 and 6

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Linux

blogs.computerworld: Many reader comments to my prior posting, Updating software in Linux: four strikes and you're out, raised interesting points that I'll address here. But in reading and responding to them, I came across two more gripes about updating software in Linux.

My wife gave up on KDE! :-(

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KDE

qashapp.blogspot: I really tried. At first I went ok. She complained about the system being way slower, but she could live with it. But over time more and more has just been to disturbing and now, after 3 months of KDE, I chose to reinstall her machine with Mac OS. I have myself over that period grown a bit less Kubuntu/KDE friendly.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #128

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Ubuntu

fridge.ubuntu.com: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #128 for the week of February 1st- February 7th, 2009 is now available. In this Issue: Ubunt Jaunty Alpha 4 released, Rock the Docs: Ubuntu LoCo Docs Day, and Hall of Fame interview: Christophe Sauthier.

KDE 4.2 Review

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KDE

linux-ninja.com: I recently did a bunch of package unmasking in my desktop Gentoo installation and did an emerge of KDE 4 .2 and I thought I would share my experiences in my shiny new desktop environment.

Average John & the Ubuntu Switch

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Ubuntu

johnbooth.typepad: So, the Booth Ubuntu Linux switchover is complete, though not completely spit-shined yet, but ... dude. This is freaking AWESOME and the overall experience has been way easier and smoother than I had anticipated.

Free software isn't freeware: why Linux and FOSS have a higher standard

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OSS

itwire.com: Microsoft's recent survey proclaimed nearly half the population believe it is ok to use pirated software for personal use. This diminishes the argument by Linux advocates that you can use their operating system without any cost. Yet, you can't confuse free as in cost with free as in freedom. Here's what FOSS really means.

The Unthinkable: Moving From Ubuntu to Debian 5 Lenny

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Linux

beginlinux.wordpress: I am thinking the unthinkable…..I am considering changing from Ubuntu 8.10 for my desktop to Debian 5. I have been running the Debian 5 Lenny candidate for awhile and have bee very pleased with the stability and features. It actually functions and acts more like the distribution I need and work on than Ubuntu.

Linux is a mixture, windows is a compound

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toolbox.com/blogs: The differences between Linux and windows are chalk and cheese in respect to how the two operating systems are put together. While the end result of putting together these operating systems are pretty much the same functionality. It is the way they are put together.

Ubuntu Codenames

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Ubuntu

pthree.org: With the release of Ubuntu 9.04 about 2 months out, Mark Shuttleworth will be announcing the codename of Ubuntu 9.10 fairly soon. Quit calling the releases after their codenames.

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Ubuntu-Based LXLE 16.04.2 Gets an RC Build, Promises to Be the Best Release Ever

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