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Story Entangle Photo App Has Out A New Release Rianne Schestowitz 03/05/2014 - 6:21am
Story New OpenMandriva, Updated KDE, and Ubuntu EOL Rianne Schestowitz 03/05/2014 - 6:14am
Story Wine Announcement Rianne Schestowitz 02/05/2014 - 8:27pm
Story NixOS 14.04 Is a Unique Operating System That Uses KDE 4.2 Rianne Schestowitz 02/05/2014 - 6:25pm
Story XBMC 13.0 Gotham – Release Candidate 1 Rianne Schestowitz 02/05/2014 - 6:15pm
Story No, ARM Didn't Open-Source Their Full Mali Linux Driver Rianne Schestowitz 02/05/2014 - 6:02pm
Story Mozilla Firefox 29 Lands in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and All Other Supported Ubuntu Distros Rianne Schestowitz 02/05/2014 - 5:56pm
Story Steam For Linux Last Month Showed A Slight Rise In Usage Rianne Schestowitz 02/05/2014 - 5:49pm
Story Will Android Silver split Google and Samsung apart? Rianne Schestowitz 02/05/2014 - 5:41pm
Story DNF 0.5.1 Improves Its CLI Output Rianne Schestowitz 02/05/2014 - 5:36pm

Psystar planning Mac OS X notebook

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blogs.zdnet: A spokesperson for Psystar tells AppleInsider that the company is working on its first Mac notebook clone, which it will “price aggressively.”

Three scripts for package management on Debian and Ubuntu systems

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linux.com: Five of the top 10 most downloaded distributions on Distrowatch use the Debian package system. It has developed a rich infrastructure of utilities -- not just the core commands apt-get and dpkg, but also such less well-known commands as apt-cache, apt-spy, and apt-listbugs. In addition, an array of other scripts, some mashups of existing utilities, and some original, are regularly available on sites like openDesktop.org.

Installing Ubuntu Hardware Requirements

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Ubuntu

computingtech.blogspot: The hardware required to run Ubuntu depends on what kind of system you want to set up. A very minimal system that runs a textual (command line) interface and has very few software packages installed requires very different hardware from a system that runs a GUI.

Is Linux Truly Small Business Ready?

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Linux

earthweb.com: Nearly everyday we hear about how the modern Linux distributions are not only ready for the home user, they can even meet the growing demands of many small businesses as well. But rather than debating this point, I’ll examine the tools that would potentially mean that more small businesses would feel the confidence to take the open source plunge.

Fedora 10 on SD Card for the OLPC Laptop

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Linux
OLPC
Hardware

on-disk.com: For adults who may not find the child focused graphical interface called Sugar practical for daily use, the Fedora 10 option allows your XO to behave in a more familiar way.

HP revs netbooks: Attempts custom Linux OS

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Linux
Hardware

blogs.zdnet.com: Hewlett Packard on Wednesday rolled out a netbook lineup designed to play catch up with Dell, Asus and others. But the real interesting play here is HP’s move to develop a custom Linux operating system for one of its netbooks.

Ubuntu quality: or, “but what about my bug?”

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Ubuntu

mdzlog.wordpress: Leading up to the Ubuntu 8.10 release, Ubuntu developers and quality assurance engineers have been very busy sorting bugs, deciding what can and should be fixed for the final release, and what cannot. They make these decisions by estimating the importance of each bug, identifying whether it is a regression, assessing the risk of potential fixes, and by applying their best judgement.

Photoshop Express Is An Awesome Cloud App

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Software

What is a "cloud" application? It’s any application that has the power of a desktop (as in installed locally to your computer) app - except it’s all on the web. You probably use cloud apps already. But this is about Photoshop, except this one is free - and it’s still Photoshop.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 now in a browser with Ulteo

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Linux
Web
OOo

The latest and full featured version of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now available through Ulteo.com using a web browser with a single click of a mouse. No download or installation process of the productivity suite is required.

Give your old PowerPC Mac a new lease of life with Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

itwire.com: Windows Vista gets a bad rap for its hefty hardware requirements, but it's not alone. Apple's MacOS X platform has left a lot of Macs with PowerPC G3, G4 and G5 chips out in the cold. However, Linux isn't just for the Intel set; here’s how Ubuntu to can bring new life to your old Mac too.

A look at pdftk

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Software

scottnesbitt.net: I don’t know how many ways you can create PDF files in Linux. Most applications let you save documents directly to PDF, and you can convert files to PDF quite easily. But manipulating those PDFs is a bit trickier.

Lost and Lonely "About Me"

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Software

blog.ibeentoubuntu: If you take a trip to System > Preferences > About Me, you'll notice a place for all your personal information. It's probably completely empty. You've probably never visited there before. Why would you? It's not used for anything ....

today's leftovers

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News
  • Get a Linux-powered HP netbook for $299 shipped

  • Ubuntu Server Or Desktop? Some Tips For Making The Right Pick
  • Converting Videos For The Android T-Mobile G1 Phone With Linux
  • about:mozilla 10/28
  • Linux: The Latest MF Operating System?
  • aseigo: When to Backport?
  • Properties For RandR 1.3 Discussed Again
  • Goodbye Fedora and Welcome Ubuntu!
  • Is Canonical overly paternalistic with Ubuntu?
  • New KTorrent version plugs security vulnerabilities
  • When Slackware was still an option to me...
  • Installing Gentoo Linux on PS3 - part I
  • Walmart MP3 hits 74 cents, gains Linux & Mac support
  • How to Enable Facebook Chat for Pidgin in Ubuntu
  • Ontario LinuxFest 2008
  • Reconstructor: When You Lose Your Restore CD
  • First Look: Ubuntu 8.10 Beta

KDE4 apps: digiKam

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polishlinux.org: DigiKam is an application to manage your digital photos professionally, with a claim of: “Manage your photographs like a professional, with the power of Open Source”.

Using Your Linux Computer As A Media Center

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makeuseof.com: If you are a Windows or Mac user, you will be familiar with Windows Media Center or Front Row that both have the ability to turn your computer into a Media Center PC. Linux users don’t have such luck as most distros do not come with a media center application pre-installed.

Sharpen Your Mind and Have Fun With Tux

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Software

linuxplanet.com: It is time to take a break from Linux commands and have some fun playing computer games. Luckily, the open source software community offers many gaming and educational choices among the other applications.

Update Twitter and FriendFeed from the Linux command line

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Linux

Here's a nice Linux command line Twitter and FriendFeed tip.

Faces behind Popular Linux Distros

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Linux

yabblog.com: Have you ever wondered who are the people behind Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware,..? Stop wondering and have a look at faces behind popular Linux Distros.

Why I don’t like Canonical

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Ubuntu

Mandriva's Adam W: Canonical is a privately-held company. It has no external shareholders and is not listed on any stock exchange. This means it has no legal obligation to provide any information to the public about its assets, liabilities, revenues, costs, or anything at all along those lines.

The Windows 7 GUI from a Linux user's perspective

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Microsoft

tgdaily.com: Today, hard core Linux users were able to view for the first time some of nifty GUI features in Microsoft's next generation desktop operation system - Windows 7. The only significant feature Linux doesn't already include natively in its many free versions is multi-touch.

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Docker 1.13, Containers, and DevOps

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Kernel Space/Linux

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