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Story Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE released! Rianne Schestowitz 23/12/2013 - 5:15am
Story New SteamOS Build Updates the Intel Graphics Stack Rianne Schestowitz 22/12/2013 - 9:28pm
Story Epiphany 3.11.2 Web Browser Brings Lots of Goodies for Christmas Rianne Schestowitz 22/12/2013 - 6:25pm
Story Today's Howtos and Software Roy Schestowitz 22/12/2013 - 6:08pm
Blog entry PCLinuxOS 2013--An Old Friend Revisited gfranken 6 22/12/2013 - 4:16pm
Story Reiser4 Is Now Available For The Linux 3.12 Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 22/12/2013 - 3:59pm
Story Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS Alpha 1 (Trusty Tahr) Officially Released – Screenshot Tour Roy Schestowitz 22/12/2013 - 12:28pm
Story Opinion: Steam and DRM Roy Schestowitz 22/12/2013 - 12:21pm
Story Jolicloud 2 offers a one-stop shop to your social and Cloud storage accounts Roy Schestowitz 22/12/2013 - 12:19pm
Story Kdenlive's Video Editing Future Has Been Revived Roy Schestowitz 22/12/2013 - 12:09pm

Browser Security: IE vs. Safari vs. Firefox

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Software When browsing the net, I’m safest when I’m using Mozilla’s Firefox 3.0 browser—at least after I’ve tweaked it just a bit. Yup, I have absolutely no doubt about it. But instead of just taking my word for it, let’s take a closer look at why I believe this to be true. First, let me describe the contestants.

Debian Project News - July 7th, 2008

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Linux Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Some of the topics covered in this issue: DebianDay 2008, DPL-initiated teams survey finished, and Bits from the testing security team.

School switches to Linux, hopes to keep MS funds

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Linux Warrington School, in Otago, has decided to jump ship and deploy the GNU/Linux operating system with free software across the board by a target date of 2010, says the school’s principal, Nathan Parker.

TokBox - A Nice, Simple VideoChat Alternative (also for Linux!)

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Software TokBox looks very nice. It is a simple browser/flash-based video chat application, which appears to work quite well. The fact that it is flash-based accounts for most of its strengths and weaknesses.

Don't compare GNU/Linux with Windows or MacOS

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Linux Recently a blog post entitled “Why Desktop Linux is its own worst enemy has come across my feed-radar a few times. It’s yet another in the long line of “Linux ain’t ready yet” jeremiads and it doesn’t really say anything new yet it got on my nerves. Why?

Checking In with An Ubuntu “Switcher”

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Ubuntu About a year ago, I installed Ubuntu on the laptop owned by a friend of mine who lives back east. Here’s her Ubuntu story … back in 2007, and today.

Is it time for Open Source to grow up?

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ittoolbox/blog: In the past ten years Open Source software and its poster child, Linux, has expanded quite remarkably. It has changed from a rebel without a cause to an entity that even the tried and true establishments have sat up and taken notice. Yet Linux and open source seems to have hit a glass ceiling.

Shape of things to come

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Hardware ACER will be rolling out the Aspire One mini-notebook this week in Manila, its answer to the ground-breaking Asus Eee-PC. When it was introduced at the Taipei Computex last month, Aspire One seemed to be the most credible challenger to the Eee PC. But in a rapidly growing market, what’s hot is a fast-moving target.

FORK PROPOSAL: Rebuild KDE 3 with QT4

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blogbeebe.blogspot: Here's a proposal I throw out to the world: Who would work with me to 'fork' KDE 3 and rebuild it with QT 4.x (4.4 at this point)? This would be the entire KDE 3 environment. I'm curious to see if anyone would step up and work with me to establish a new branch, porting KDE 3 to QT 4.4.

Ubuntu At Best Buy?

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Matt Hartley: Wow, this certainly surprised me. Today I found out that Ubuntu Linux is now being sold at Best Buy online and even at some stores. And normally I would say this is great, except there is a problem - what the heck is Ubuntu “complete” edition?

Gentoo 2008.0-r1 may help if you've had LiveCD problems

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For those unfortunate souls who couldn't boot, install, or burn the LiveCD, we've provided the 2008.0-r1 revision bump. It fixes these specific problems:

How To Block Spammers/Hackers With mod_defensible On Apache2 (Debian Etch)

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mod_defensible is an Apache 2.x module intended to block spammers/hackers/script kiddies using DNSBL servers. It will look at the client IP and check it in one or several DNSBL servers and return a 403 Forbidden page to the client. This guide shows how to install and use it with Apache 2 on a Debian Etch server.

today's leftovers

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  • An earthshaking use of open source

  • Book review: Blender 3D: Architecture, Buildings, and Scenery
  • GScrot -a good screenshot tool
  • Open Source is taking new turns in Africa
  • An Introduction to IRC on Linux for Beginners
  • Linux - Still chasing that elusive 1% market share
  • Abit Offers Broadcasters New Linux Based Automation System At IBC
  • Linux in the Stores
  • Easy Debian For Everyone! OpenOffice, Firefox 3, Java, AbiWord, IceWM, etc
  • Will Alienware Ship Linux-Based PCs?
  • GNOME hires Stormy Peters as Executive Director
  • Using the Desktop…why?

Review: GoblinX 2.7 Micro Edition

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: GoblinX is a Slackware-based Linux distribution which comes in live CD format. The Micro Edition is GoblinX's smallest version - the ISO only measures around 100MB – and it comes with only Fluxbox and several GTK/GTK2-based applications.

Hans Reiser leads police to wife's remains

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Reiser ABC News has confirmed that authorities are in the process of recovering Nina Reiser's remains from Redwood Regional Park, east of Skyline Boulevard. ABC News reports Reiser led them to his wife's remains.

few more howtos:

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  • Tweaking the Eee PC part 2

  • Automating the creation of slide shows in
  • Auto-Hide Your Mouse Pointer When Idle With “Unclutter”
  • How-To: Use cdparanoia to Rip Audio CDs
  • Training Tips for New Linux Users
  • Helpful Tip: Disable Drag & Drop Images in Firefox
  • Fixing NTFS Mount Error in GNU/Linux
  • Killing those runaway processes that refuse to die

Is Gentoo Ready for Latest Linux Release?

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Gentoo Linux distributions often live and die on the strength of their respective communities. Such is the case with the Gentoo Linux distribution, which canceled its last release in 2007 but has now emerged in 2008 with a new release. Tanned, rested and ready?

KDE-Bluetooth for KDE 4: first test release

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liquidat.wordpress: One of the main 3rd party packages for KDE is the KDEBluetooth suite. It is the graphical interface to Bluetooth for KDE. The KDE 4 port was now released in a first test version.

Ubuntu’s nice, but I’m headed back to OpenSuse

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SUSE I ran Ubuntu for about a month. It is a very nice distribution. Everything worked very smoothly. I had no real problems with it.

Four favorite distros

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usalug-org.blogspot: It is difficult for me to say that these are my four favorite distributions, period, without any qualifications. On the Ubuntu project alone, I am always torn between the XFCE based Xubuntu derivative and the KDE based Kubuntu derivative, and the 8.04 release is no exception.

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Linux 4.8.4

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New Releases: Budgie, Solus, SalentOS, and Slackel

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Security News

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  • DDOS Attack On Internet Infrastructure
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  • This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Update: It’s Getting Worse]
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