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gwenview: user friendly

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Software

aseigo.blogspot: Carla Schroder wrote an editorial piece this week on Linux Today (a website I enjoy and frequent daily via their RSS feeds) entitled Editor's Note: What is User-friendly, Really?. I like tools that fit my hand when I use them.

The GNU/Linux “Chicken Little” Syndrome

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Linux

blog.eracc.com: You know the type. The technical reporter that tries to do something on GNU/Linux, cannot figure it out and thus states to the planet the equivalent of Chicken Little saying, “The sky is falling!”, regarding GNU/Linux. We see them over and over coming back to the same point, “Until ‘Linux’ solves [insert the technical reporter's failure to do something here], it won’t be ready for prime time.” What a crock of compost.

Five *nix Myths Busted

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daniweb.com: I love mythology and there's nothing like hearing a technology myth to make my day complete. Here are the five myths related to *nix systems that I hear most often when dealing with technical and non-technical people alike. You'd be surprised as to how often even the most technical people spout these myths to each other.

What is User-friendly, Really?

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Linux
Software

linuxtoday.com: User interfaces are the last great Linux problem. What really makes Linux user-friendly-- is it limited options and loads of eye candy? What about functionality, and depths of riches to explore?

Slackware 13 Revisit

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Slack

ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: In my Slackware 13 review mfillpot gave some suggestions to improve the Slackware experience and I thought I would give them a shot.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 107 is out

Issue #107 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out!

Sony's First Linux Phone

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Hardware

katonda.com: Linux is gaining popularity in the mobile phone industry, thanks to Android. Sony Ericsson has also joined the Gnu-Linux club and announced the launch of their first Android-powered phone -- The Xperia X10.

Stuff That Works With Linux #4

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Hardware

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: Given that the majority of my digital files include nothing more than MP3s and family photographs, I'm fairly relaxed about how I secure the digital data I carry around with me. But if you're used to carrying sensitive material, whether personal or professional, then I have just the device for you - the iStorage DiskGenie.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Linux for Children: Kid-Friendly Linux Distributions
  • Camp KDE Day Three Technical Talks Summaries
  • Fedora’s social IRC room
  • Debian 4.0 security support ends soon
  • Bordeaux 2.0.0 for Solaris and OpenSolaris arrives (Wine included)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 abides by the host Browser’s “Private Browsing” mode
  • New release of Flickr Addict for the Palm Pre
  • The Debian Adventure, Part 16: Applications
  • Updated GNOME for openSUSE 11.2, and why it's good
  • Lancelot forked
  • Monitor your servers with SysUsage
  • Start-up offering 'Microsoft-free' virtual desktops gets $4 million in funding
  • Linux, the law and the economy
  • Will Clinton Free The World From Software Dictatorship?
  • Meet the GIMP - Episode 132: Cinelerra in Japan!
  • FLOSS Weekly 105: MongoDB
  • CAOS Theory Podcast 2010.01.22

Buying a Linux Laptop ...

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Linux

It started with the hints of death of my Dell XPS 1330, a pattern I found discussed in a few forums online … the pattern is, first the adapter no longer is recognized as serving the appropriate wattage. (Which powers the laptop, but at a lower CPU rate and will not charge the battery. Bought a replacement adapter, and it worked for nearly a week, when it, too, failed with the dreaded message upon boot up. The next pattern is overheating, then motherboard failure. So, I began my quest for a replacement.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • shred - Securely delete files in Linux
  • How to Periodically remove temporary files in Linux
  • Get to know Linux: File compression
  • Ten essential Python tips for beginners
  • .bashrc vs. .bash_profile
  • How to Run Opera Mini browser on your Computer
  • Backup and restore FreeBSD using Fixit CD
  • Command Line Basics: Count Files
  • Shell Script Execution Guidelines for Newbies
  • How To Add Shutdown / Reboot Functionality to Fluxbox Window Manager for X
  • YouTube Videos With Linux: Part 3
  • GnuPG-encrypted password store
  • Converting a .avi video to a .dv video
  • findr: a GNU/Unix 'find' helper
  • Use Tucan Manager to download files from various file hosting sites

Linux Needs to Master Hardware to Beat Windows

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Linux

tomshardware.com: Today we have Keith Curtis joining us for a discussion on Linux. Curtis spent 11 years as a Software Design Engineer at Microsoft before examining Linux and the open source side of things, which resulted in a change of perspective and a published book.

How Red Hat Routed the Recession

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Linux
OSS

gigaom.com: While the recession has battered many U.S. software companies, Red Hat — which has staked its future on open-source Linux software, virtualization and cloud computing — has flourished.

Ubuntu books span Koala and Lynx distros

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Ubuntu

desktoplinux.com: Sams Publishing has published a 2010 version of its book Ubuntu Unleashed for Karmic Koala and Lucid Lynx releases. The publisher also launched an Ubuntu Linux Starter Kit combination book and boxed distribution, and has updated A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming.

Q&A With Red Hat Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields

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Interviews

linuxinsider.com: Last month, more than 200 Fedora Project developers and contributors gathered in Toronto for FUDCon, the Fedora Users and Developers Conference. Paul Frields, Red Hat's Fedora Project Leader, talks about FUDCon, what lies ahead for the next generation of FOSS, and how to address some of the lingering problems of Linux communities.

What’s Coming In Ubuntu 10.04

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Ubuntu

ctevisions.com: Now that Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is out and stable I thought I would look into what is on the horizon for the next release of Ubuntu.

Sun CEO Issues Memo in Wake of Oracle Acquisition Greenlight

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Software
OSS

gigaom.com: After the European Commission approved Oracle’s $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun, it only took a few hours for an internal memo to go out from Jonathan Schwartz, Sun’s CEO, announcing that he is resigning. discussing the impact that change in control will have on Sun.

Also: Sun and Oracle's impact on open source acquisitions

How-To: Install Firefox 3.6 in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic

Firefox 3.6 was released yesterday, after over six months since the last major release, version 3.5. Firefox 3.6 ships with versions for over 70 languages, support for Personas, an add-on allowing you to change the appearance of the tab bar and choose from thousands of themes, improvements to the open video support (like the fullscreen mode), improved JavaScript performance and start-up time, support for the new DOM and HTML5 specs.

ECS NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 512MB

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Hardware

phoronix.com: A month after NVIDIA launched the GeForce GT 220 graphics card they rolled out the GeForce GT 240, to further fill the performance void between the GT216-based GT 220 and the GeForce GTS 250 that had been around since March. We finally have our hands on a GeForce GT 240 graphics card from the folks over at ECS Elitegroup to see how this GT215 graphics card performs under Linux.

Kernel Log: Long-term maintenance for 2.6.32, util-linux-ng extended

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Linux

h-online.com: Linux 2.6.32 is to be maintained for 2 to 3 years within the stable series – the maintenance of 2.6.27, however, will probably soon be discontinued or at least downscaled considerably. The util-linux-ng tool collection now contains three additional programs:

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