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Is Open source a synonym for Free software ?

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OSS The market for open source and free software is surging high with its appreciation in mainstream segment also. The free software products like Linux or others are moving from the walled boundaries of servers to desktops and laptops. But still the concept of free software and open source software is not clear with many of us.

openSUSE 11.0 - Smooth Outside and Rough Inside

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openSUSE 11.0 has been one of the most anticipated distributions of the 2008 release season. In terms of innovation, openSUSE is perhaps the most ambitious of all the highly popular Linux distros so far this year. Since its 10.0 release to the open source world in 2006, openSUSE has experienced its share of ups and downs, not the least of which has been questionable quality assurance on final releases. What will the 11.0 release bring to the Linux scene?

How To Install VMware Server (Version 1.0.6) On An Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop

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This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server (version 1.0.6) on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop system. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems ("virtual machines") such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system.

today's leftovers

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  • cpipe - Determine the throughput of a pipe command
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  • Support for 100+ webcams in Linux 2.6.27
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  • Open source champions of Europe
  • Three reasons why GNU/Linux is better for Web servers than OS X
  • Make your own configuration deployment system, part 1
  • Is there really a market for an open source router?
  • How-To: Remote syslog logging on Debian and Ubuntu
  • OOXML projects bolster Microsoft's interoperability efforts
  • On sidux 2008.02 Xfce

Review: EeePC 900 with Ubuntu 8.4

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Ubuntu The office bought ASUS EeePC 900s and this tidy little tool deserves a review. I almost immediately set about wiping the Xandros Linux install and setting up Ubuntu Linux. I did enough preliminary reading before starting to install the distribution that I felt prepared for the quirks, but after the weekend I’m now pretty comfortable with my choice.

Win4Lin 5.0 makes big improvements

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Software There is no dearth of software that can help you run that indispensable Windows app over Linux. Win4Lin has managed to survive through the years as an inexpensive tool for people who like to pay for support. The recently released Win4Lin 5, available for $30 a pop, has shrugged off the shortcomings of its predecessor and delivers on its "near native-performance" promise.

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 30 June 2008

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The June issue of the Gentoo Monthly Newsletter has been released. In this month's issue: LinuxTag and FliSoL, GSOC interview, Gentoo in space, and more!

5 Reasons A Dark Theme will Ruin Ubuntu

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Ubuntu A few screenshots show that Ubuntu is still going dark. The direction they are headed is not very clear. Even by scanning other user’s comments it appears its not a very popular idea, and I agree 100%! Here are 5 reasons a dark theme will only hurt Ubuntu:

GPLv3 One Year Anniversary Edition 06/29/08

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gpl3.blogspot: The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3/AGPLv3 adoption for the past year. This Edition: GPLv3 - One Year Later, GPLv3 - 10,000 projects, and Significant Adopters and Rejectors.

42 of the Best Free Linux Audio Software

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Software To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 42 high quality Linux audio applications, covering a broad range of different uses. Most of the titles included here are desktop applications sporting an attractive front-end, although we have not forgotten console software.

The Six Kinds of Anti-FOSS Trolls

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OSS Why does Free and Open Source Software get trolled so much? You'd think we were doing something awful by just writing programs and giving them away. While it is true that a lot of it could be mere paid asstroturfers courtesy of large commercial software companies, that doesn't explain them all.

Seven Reasons to Move to Linux

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Linux Selling businesses on the benefits of Linux has been a tough proposition for many years. Common reasons cited for not moving to the open-source operating system include system complexity, lack of in-house IT skills and a shortage of business applications. Maybe it’s time, then, to take another look at Linux on the desktop and/or the server side. We'll look at the seven areas you need to consider.

Microsoft tactics push India toward Linux

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Microsoft One of India's 28 states plans to distribute 100,000 Linux laptops to students there. It sounds like Tamil Nadu's volume purchasing agent decided to use Linux exclusively after being put off by Microsoft's bundling tactics for academic users.

Linux Popularity Contest: Facebook Has Spoken

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Linux Ubuntu has been quite popular on DistroWatch for a long time now. Currently it is at the number 1 position for hits per day on the site over the last six months. There’s a nice little Facebook app that builds stats of which distributions and desktop environments people use.

Xandros Acquires Linspire Assets in Seceret Backroom Deal

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kevincarmony.blogspot: Today, as a Linspire shareholder, I received the below "memorandum" from Linspire. I have confirmed with several other Linspire shareholders that they too received this notice.

Ext4 is now the primary filesystem on my laptop

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Linux Over the weekend, I converted my laptop to use the ext4 filesystem. So far so good! So far I’ve found one bug as a result of my using ext4 in production.

A Symphony For Viola: Parsix 1.5r0 Review

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reddevil62-techhead: REGULAR readers of this blog will know I'm a huge fan of Parsix, the Debian-based Linux distribution created by a small team in Iran. For the first time Parsix Viola officially supports Compiz-Fusion, VirtualBox-OSE and GNU Flash Player

Top 10 Linux financial tools

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Software Many people don’t realize the wealth of applications available for Linux — and that includes financial software. Jack Wallen introduces 10 Linux apps that will meet your financial needs, whether you just want a digital replacement for your checkbook.

11 Popular Video Players for Linux

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vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: Review of 11 most popular video players for Linux, like VLC, SMPlayer, Kaffeine, Totem and several more.

Big Buck Bunny builds a better Blender

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Software Big Buck Bunny is the colorful product of the Peach open movie project: an animated short released online and on DVD. But in addition to the 'toon itself, Peach has produced an altogether different yield: improvements to the Blender 3-D modeling application.

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