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Story Report: NSA has little success cracking Tor srlinuxx 07/10/2013 - 10:02am
Story 2 Reasons Red Hat Really Shouldn't Be This Cheap srlinuxx 07/10/2013 - 10:00am
Story Limpag: Elementary, my dear PC srlinuxx 07/10/2013 - 9:59am
Story History of Linux: The Timeline srlinuxx 07/10/2013 - 9:48am
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 06/10/2013 - 5:41pm
Story The Question of the Moment: Too Many Distros? srlinuxx 04/10/2013 - 8:53pm
Story arkOS: Building the anti-cloud (on a Raspberry Pi) srlinuxx 04/10/2013 - 8:51pm
Story Zorin OS 7 - The sum of all parts is average srlinuxx 04/10/2013 - 8:50pm
Story E-Mail App Geary Gets New Look, New Features srlinuxx 04/10/2013 - 8:49pm
Story some odds & ends: srlinuxx 04/10/2013 - 5:09pm

sash - the Stand Alone SHell for system recovery

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screenage.de/blog: Let me introduce you today to a package that is quite unknown as you hopefully never need it. But when you need it and have not thought about it before, it is probably already too late. I am talking about “sash” - the “Stand Alone SHell”. Yet another shell? Yes and no.

today's leftovers

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  • Screenlets

  • 2.6.26-rc6, "A Few Less Regressions"
  • Four little Security tools you should install in Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Developer Channel: Packaging 101 Video
  • Linux maintainers woo device developers
  • Make Ubuntu a simple "Gateway" Distribution, make switching to something else easy
  • Debian Installer Lenny Beta 2 released
  • Comparison of Windows and Linux
  • Mark Shuttleworth: Interview with Linux-Magazine Italia
  • Record Your Desktop With recordMyDesktop, Part 2
  • Time to Switch to Linux?
  • Open source snub in UK schools
  • Government CIOs 'do not understand open source'

Dell E and E Slim revealed, taking on Eee and Air in one fell swoop

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Hardware

engadget.com: We got a nice helping of slides dropped on our virtual doorstep this evening, fleshing out Dell's upcoming netbook -- which they seem to be calling the "Dell E." Um, Eeenteresting name choice, but that doesn't seem set in stone, and there's plenty else going on here to ponder over.

The Neuros OSD

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Hardware

ericsbinaryworld: The Neuros OSD is a device created by Neuros Technology. This is a device I am REALLY excited about buying. I first heard about it in the latest issue of Linux Format Magazine, which gave it a rating of 9/10. What’s so awesome about this device? It runs Linux! “So what?”

Prevent RSI with Workrave

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opencomputer.net: Workrave is a Windows and Linux only program that can help prevent dreaded repetitive strain injuries. Unfortunately techies are quite familiar with RSI. Once installed, Workrave runs silently in the background monitoring how much time you’re using the computer.

Dolphin

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digested.blogspot: I hate graphical file managers. Not only graphical. I hated the text mode filemanagers of yore. I feel deep comfort seeing the lonely and stark command prompt. Using Dolphin the other day to browse through my drives, I realized why.

Opera 9.5 review

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pcmag.com: Opera is hoping to steal some of Firefox's thunder, with a launch timed to fall just before the open-source darling's version 3 unveiling. Although I found a few sites that didn't fully support it, and occasionally ran into a stability issue, Opera's problems are minor. Opera is a one-stop Internet shop, and it's faster, safer, and more compatible than ever.

is it a desktop?

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Aaron J. Seigo: Havoc Pennington wrote recently in his blog about reinvigorating GNOME development and reflects upon the idea of delivering yet another "desktop system" to the market. There are two problems with his statement.

Standalone OSS revenue to reach $4.83 billion by 2012

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  • Standalone OSS revenue to reach $4.83 billion by 2012

  • Open source as industrial policy
  • The Subtle Art of Open Source Migrations
  • ISO: there can be only one
  • Open source tour of Europe: Turkey
  • Yahoo's open-source search man to leave

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Google search in command line

  • Speed up your Ubuntu Linux boot
  • Fedora 9: Rsyslog - Most Advanced Log Server
  • Better font display in Firefox 3 on Ubuntu
  • How to prevent a package from being updated in Debian
  • ASCII Pronunciation Rules for Programmers
  • Headless torrent downloads with rTorrent and Screen
  • Howto Increase video performance in Ubuntu
  • Using NTSYSV To Manage Linux Services

Wall Street becoming Linux stronghold

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Linux

networkworld.com: Wall Street firms increasingly are buying into Linux, but some still need convincing that open source licensing and support models won't make using the technology more trouble than its worth.

Linux Mint 5.0 is Simple (in a good way)

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Linux

alternativenayk.wordpress: I finally found time to download and install Linux Mint 5.0 today, and happily wiped my already-feeling-outdated Ubuntu 8.04. The moral of the story is, Linux Mint 5.0 (Elyssa) is not a “rock your world” kind of distro, but it certain is easy to use as promised.

A day at the Opera

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celettu.wordpress: I hate Opera. I really do. And I hate it even more because, unlike Internet Explorer, or Konqueror, I want to like it. I want to make it work, and I just can’t. It’s maddening.

Also: Opera 9.5 Takes Aim at Browser Market Share

Finally, it's time for Wine

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linux.com: Fifteen years in the making, everyone's favorite software to run Windows programs on Linux and Unix, Wine, is almost ready for its 1.0 release. If all goes well, Alexandre Julliard, Wine's lead developer, says that Wine 1.0 should appear on June 20, two weeks after the program's fifteenth birthday.

The Inevitability of Open Source Windows

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Microsoft

temporaryland.wordpress: The FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) Community knows, thanks to leaked Microsoft internal documents, that since about 1998 Microsoft has been in a sort of war against them. Because of this, it is not surprising that the FOSS community has looked at Microsoft with suspicion and has vilified it to no end. But, is Microsoft really evil?

What's 'Disruptive' About Open Source

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informationweek.com/blog: The other day, while in a phone conversation, the old canard about open source being a "disruptive technology" came up. It's true, but I think it's one of those things (like "information wants to be free") that runs the risk of becoming a thought-cliché. You always want to talk about what's being disrupted, and why, and to what end.

Ubuntu gets the Remix right

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Rarely does one find the proprietor of a company that is closely connected to any kind of software getting on mailing lists to try to correct public perceptions of his product. In that respect, Mark Shuttleworth stands apart from all his peers.

10 Best Windows Games That Can Be Played on Linux

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Gaming

junauza.com: For most hardcore gamers, Linux is taboo since they probably think that they cannot play their favorite Windows-only games with it. They do have a point of staying away from Linux, but if they knew that they can play some of their most wanted games on Linux, will they take the switch?

Ubuntu is early favorite in initial OpenLogic open source survey returns

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techtarget.com: Launched with fanfare a month and a half ago, OpenLogic Inc.'s Open Source Census, a survey of open source software adoption has scanned more than a thousand computers to date, but the tally is far short of the volume required to draw meaningful conclusions.

Forth and back again - having a look at Fedora 9 and KDE 4.1beta

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KDE

liquidat.wordpress: Recently my distribution of choice, Fedora, published a new version, Fedora 9. This one featured KDE 4.0, and there were also KDE 4.0.80 packages available, and I decided to take a look at them. Unfortunately, I had to return to Fedora 8 and KDE 3.5.9 - but not for long, that’s for sure.

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