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Story The latest on GNOME Software from Fedora Rawhide Rianne Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 4:59pm
Story Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1 Looks Great, Performance Is Great Roy Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 8:16am
Story The first "Steam Machine" has been revealed Roy Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 8:01am
Story Mandriva moving closer to release Roy Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 7:57am
Story Qt 5.2 Released | The Best Qt Yet Roy Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 7:54am
Story Canonical Is Forking The GNOME Control Center Roy Schestowitz 14/12/2013 - 1:30am
Story Acer C720 Chromebook Delivers Fast Ubuntu Performance Roy Schestowitz 13/12/2013 - 11:49pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 13/12/2013 - 11:42pm
Story Cluster update Roy Schestowitz 13/12/2013 - 9:32pm
Story Dell and Red Hat's OpenStack Alliance To Open Many Enterprise Doors Rianne Schestowitz 13/12/2013 - 8:50pm

Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid" Alpha 1 Released

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phoronix: The first alpha release for Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" was supposed to be out over two weeks ago, but now Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 has finally made it out on this Friday night. There isn't much to look at unless you're a developer or Ubuntu-phile, but Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 has a massive selection of updated packages from Debian.

Time's a' Wastin' When I woke up this morning and started checking the news feeds for stuff to link to, I noticed a high degree of "Bill Gates' last day" stories out on the wires. Curiously, a number of them speculated on the eventual health of Microsoft.

Coming Battle Over Open Source Phones Forget the iPhone. The real battle in the mobile industry is over open-source software.

How To Deal With Shortage Of UNIX / Linux Administrators

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Linux It happens all the time. Sooner or later, every organization may run out of qualified UNIX system administrator / staff because of various issues. As a single admin you may have to do lots of work because other people in accouting, sales, or programmers may not have all the skills required to run servers.

Does Gentoo make sense?

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ceki.blogspot: When I mention to colleagues in the IT industry that compiling packages before installing them on a computer is a good thing, they either give me a blank look or an ever slight smirk. What is the point wasting many hours waiting for some package to compile instead of fetching the binaries from a repository and have it installed in seconds?

The Dawn of a Post-Gates, Post-Microsoft World The depth of Microsoft loathing among our clan is perhaps only second to our penguin loving. This loathing makes sense, given that Linux and open-source people are so fiercely merit driven, and great products have failed to end Microsoft's hegemony. But times they are a changin', for a post-Gates, post-Microsoft age has already begun.

Ten sticking points for new Ubuntu users

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Ubuntu With Ubuntu, Canonical has had notable success in convincing people to switch from other platforms, but potential Ubuntu users are still running into trouble in several areas. Having spent some time on Canonical's forums, I've identified 10 points that seem to be common sticking points for new users.

Sabayon Linux 3.5 RC-2

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Linux As predicted, rc-2 came out for core-beta team and I have assembled the iso files. If there is no problems, the final will finally be released.

The heart of open source is trust

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Dana Blankenhorn: Open source has definitely reached the third level of fame. You know, level one is “What’s open source?” Level two is “Get me open source!” Level three is put open source on everything.

GPLv3, one year later

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OSS Figures on adoption of the GPL family vary somewhat, depending on whom you talk to. According to Doug Levin, president and CEO of Black Duck Software, a company that tracks open source code, 2,476 projects are now using the third version of the GPL, 358 are using the LGPL, and 72 the AGPL.

some more howtos:

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  • “Suspend to RAM” in OpenSUSE 11 for HP

  • Gnome and Nautilus Keyboard Shortcut Keys
  • Speed up ubuntu boot speed
  • Getting Started with GNU Privacy Guard
  • How to: install Linux on your PlayStation 3
  • Trick: Backup and Restore MBR

Firefox 3.0 wins memory battle

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  • Firefox 3.0 wins memory battle, says tester

  • Firefox 3: Top ten extensions
  • Firefox 3: Top five themes

Linux Got Game: Urban Terror 4.1 Review

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Gaming I had the time to play yet another exciting game on my Linux box. It’s a free first person shooter called Urban Terror. The game is a total modification of the immensely popular Quake III Arena.

some shorts:

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  • 5 Reasons Ubuntu is superior to all other Linux distributions

  • OpenSuse 11
  • Shame Ubuntu shame

few howtos:

  • SUSE 11.0 handmade multimedia

  • Creating DVD subtitles using Linux tools
  • Is w32codecs Freezing Your Ubuntu?
  • How To Install Puppy Linux On a USB Flash Drive
  • HOW-TO fix “Timeout on Server” in openSUSE 11

KDE 4.1 beta 2 shows solid improvements

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KDE The developers of the open source KDE desktop environment announced the availability of the second KDE 4.1 beta release this week. This version has many improvements to usability and overall robustness compared to the previous beta. I tested KDE 4.1 beta 2 with a LiveCD build of openSUSE 11.

Showing package dependencies

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lizards.opensuse: In order to give an answer about “Why this package will be installed and who needs it?” I have added a new Dialog in the QT single package selector. Select one item (pattern, package) in the single selection frame and the result will be shown with this dialog.

Synchronize directories with Komparator and KDiff3

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Software If you work some of the time on your laptop and some of the time on your desktop box, making sure that your work is updated on both machines is a must. Many tools can help you accomplish this, from command-line tools such as scp and rsync to generic graphical applications like Konqueror or Krusader, to more specific tools like Unison. Komparator and KDiff3, a couple of KDE applications with interesting features, may offer better ways of syncing your work.

Linux and Open Source Marketing: Achieving Success the Hard Way

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Linux Over the past couple of weeks I've been involved in a college class on how to write a research report. It's certainly not the easiest class, but it's been informative. Being a geek myself, I chose for my research topic, the ever volatile subject of "The best ways to market Linux."

The Meaning of Open Source (to the U.S. Govt.)

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OSS I read about the U.S. government’s site using the Vivisimo engine for search federal, state, and local government sites in the U.S. This is the same engine used by the Clusty search site. The first phrase that came to mind to search for was Open Source.

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