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Story Gnome Revisited? Numix Project Announces OS and Shell Rianne Schestowitz 25/02/2014 - 11:18pm
Story EasyTAG 2.1.10 Released with Several Memory Leak Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 25/02/2014 - 11:02pm
Story Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Galaxy S5 vs. iPhone 5S Rianne Schestowitz 25/02/2014 - 10:55pm
Story A look at Tanglu 1.0 'Aequorea Victoria' GNOME Rianne Schestowitz 25/02/2014 - 10:48pm
Story Can You Survive on a Chromebook Alone? Rianne Schestowitz 25/02/2014 - 10:35pm
Story How to Avoid Breaking Ubuntu Rianne Schestowitz 25/02/2014 - 10:20pm
Story HTC announces Desire 816 and 610 at MWC14 Rianne Schestowitz 25/02/2014 - 10:15pm
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Story Galaxy S5 revealed in all its glory — launches in April Rianne Schestowitz 25/02/2014 - 9:41pm
Story MakerBot's Creative Revolution Runs on Linux Rianne Schestowitz 25/02/2014 - 9:18pm

Ultraportable laptops: Their rise and possible fall

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Hardware

computerworld.com: For some users, the new generation of ultraportable notebooks comes close to embodying the Holy Grail for road warriors. Their laptop-like keyboards make them more usable for typing tasks than smart phones, but they are lighter and cheaper than traditional laptops. However, while pundits and technology journalists have lavished attention on these products, skeptics have raised questions.

28 Coolest Firefox About:Config Tricks

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Moz/FF

maketecheasier.com: You may have installed countless add-on in Firefox to enhance your using experience, but if you want to get the most out of Firefox, you really have to hack your way into the about:config.

Using Linux for Photography, where we stand

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Software

jcornuz.wordpress: I feel like it is time for a little rant indepth analysis summary of where we stand. I mean of where Linux stands as far as photography is concerned.

Isn't Linux just UNIX under a different name?

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Linux

itwire.com: What's the big deal about Linux? Isn't it at heart just a PC-based version of UNIX – the ‘70’s hit operating system which has outlived the predictions of its demise throughout the ‘90’s? If you’ve come from a Solaris or HP/UX or AIX background isn’t a PC-based UNIX a bit, well, passé?

5 Great Alternative Linux Music Players

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Software

makeuseof.com: Amarok, Rhythmbox and Banshee are a few of the popular music players in Linux. They are great in features and have received plenty of good reviews. But what is unknown to many is that there are a lot of other music players for Linux which are also great in features, but are hidden in some corners of the world.

Also: 8 Free, Open Source Tools for Video Playback and Encoding

Linux popularity across the globe

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Linux

pingdom.com: The Linux landscape is constantly changing and has a strong community of both developers and users. But where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?

today's leftovers

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News
  • MySQL Drizzle Project

  • Red Hat: The money's in JBoss, not the desktop
  • How the Internet All Began…
  • Open source and the ‘fear factor’ mentality
  • Opera patches 7 bugs but keeps one secret
  • openSUSE to add SELinux Basic Enablement in 11.1
  • A starring role for open source in Government
  • SLE 11 Beta Testing - Apply If Interested…
  • Help your favorite "public interest" free software project win $10,000
  • Atlanta Linux Fest 2008
  • Pidgin IM Client 2.5.0 Released
  • Shadowgrounds Linux Game Update
  • Linux gains backup utility
  • Dragon Multimedia Player For Linux
  • Open Source: Why BusinessWeek is Wrong And Compiere Is Right
  • Ubuntu: Old Hat?

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • SMILE - Slideshow video creator for Linux in openSUSE 11.0

  • How SUSE Loads the Kernel
  • Furius ISO Mount - Mount and Unmount ISO images
  • Ubuntu security repository structure
  • Replace Those Cute Kittens On Your Desktop With Auto Updating Wallpaper
  • Exclude Packages from being Installed and Upgraded in Debian/Ubuntu
  • Packages and Binaries: Where is it?
  • openSUSE Build service : layering, linking, patching and aggregating
  • Scheduling jobs based on filesystem activity with incron
  • Regular Linux desktops on the XO
  • HP Pavilion dv2940se Guide
  • Ubuntu on the Thinkpad X300: impressions and installation tips

Is Ubuntu Really the Most User Friendly Distribution?

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Ubuntu

itmanagement.earthweb: For several years, Ubuntu has been synonymous with user-friendliness. A Web search quickly unearths dozens of articles that suggest that Ubuntu is the distribution you should give non-technical people to introduce them to GNU/Linux. It even won a "Most User-Friendly Linux Distribution" award, which you might think confirms its status.

FSF Spring 2008 bulletin available online

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OSS

fsf.org: Our bulletin from Spring 2008 is now available online. Highlights include: GNU is 25 by Matt Lee, The Wikipedia Naming Controversy by Josh Gay, and End Software Patents by Peter Brown.

SUSE Linux GRUB Versus LILO

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Software

computingtech.blogspot: You may not realize it unless you are dual booting multiple operating systems, but after your BIOS starts firing up the fan, the microprocessor chip, and the power supply, a boot manager, or bootloader, takes over the process until the kernel starts up.

Windows 7 will be warmed over Vista

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Microsoft

blogs.computerworld: Vista has been, to be kind, a flop. For several months now, Microsoft has been hinting that the next version of Windows, Windows 7, will be the answer. I'm beginning to wonder, though, if Windows 7 will be little more than Vista rehashed.

Open Source applications: Recorder

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Software

celettu.wordpress: There’s no good GTK burning application. Well, at least for me there isn’t. I don’t know what it is, but neither Brasero, nor Gnomebaker or Nautilus CD Burning work well with my Philips CD burner. Enter: Recorder.

15+ Ways to Make Your Linux Box Hip to Web 2.0

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Linux

mashable.com: The market of applications managing various Internet-related tasks is divided generally into three parts: Windows-based, Mac OS X-compatible, and Linux-friendly. Some function across all platforms, or perhaps the most mainstream and consumer-centric of the two. We’re going to do Tux a solid today and see what’s up in the land of “Net apps” to save you from having to search the open source galaxy yourself.

WebKit vs. Firefox: choice is a victory for integrators

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Software

arstechnica.com: Earlier this week, we looked at a collaborative project by Nokia and Mozilla which aims to port Firefox to the Qt development toolkit. Nokia's decision to fund Firefox development despite already having a strong investment in WebKit raises some intriguing questions.

Linux: Low end capable does not mean inferior

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Linux

raiden.net: One of the things that Microsoft has been silently beating Linux over the head with for the past couple of years is that, since Linux works so well on older, and lower end PC's, it is an inferior, obsolete, and outdated OS. I find FUD like this to be a bit annoying, as the inverse is true of Windows.

New Debian GNU/Linux Update

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Linux

community.zdnet.co.uk/blog: A new Debian GNU/Linux Update was released a few weeks ago - well, actually one and a half new updates, to be precise. I just got around to giving it a try, and I'm pleased and impressed.

10 Most Beautiful Plasma Themes for KDE 4 Desktop

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KDE

junauza.com: The latest series of the K Desktop Environment now utilizes Plasma, a new desktop and panel user interface tool. If you want to further enhance the look of your KDE 4 desktop, I have here a list of some of the most beautiful Plasma themes available

Return of the Rock-n-Roll DOSBox Freak Show

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Gaming

penguinpetes.com: Summer's going too fast, man. The kids are almost back in school, already, which makes this the perfect time for the grown-ups to huddle back to their simulated DOS directory and play at some goofy, childish fun. So once again, we crank up DOSBox and grab random stuff off the abandonware buffet. Sometimes for nostalgia, sometimes for thrills, and most of the time just for the endorphin rush from the masochism.

new nvidia beta driver: kde4 flies, but has stability issues

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KDE

vizzzion.org: Last night Nvidia released a new beta version of their binary driver. This one has some new features, where especially a couple of RENDER pathes are now hardware accelerated. I've installed the driver on my desktop machine on a rather clean OpenSuse 11 and a 7600GS and tweaked it.

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