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Linux Distro to Newbies: Adapt or Leave!

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earthweb.com: A uniform computing experience: is it really all that much to ask for? When presenting this question to most experienced Linux users, "choice" often outweighs the idea of a uniform experience. Unfortunately this doesn’t sit with those who just wish to use their computers as they always have.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 272

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature: Linux package management cheatsheet, part 2

  • News: Warnings over e1000e network module, supported languages in Debian "Lenny", Fedora delays, Gentoo tools - Paludis and Metro, OpenSolaris 2008.11 desktop features, Linux Mint for 64-bit hardware, MEPIS Community
  • Released last week: gOS 3.0 "Gadgets", VectorLinux 5.9.1 "SOHO", sidux 2008-03
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora 10 Beta, openSUSE 11.1 Beta 2, Ubuntu 8.10 Beta
  • New additions: Klikit-Linux
  • New distributions: Cooperation-iws, ParsLinux, K-Rune Velo
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

The PC in a Console: Linux on the Sony PS3

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HowTos

extremetech.com: One obvious way that Linux beats Microsoft Windows hands-down is in its flexibility. You can run Linux on just about any old crappy PC. It might not be the first device you think of when you download Ubuntu, but Sony makes it relatively easy to install Linux on the PlayStation 3.

Firefox 3: 8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do

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Moz/FF

pcmag.com: Unleash the power of Firefox 3 with the help of these little-known features. Here are eight handy things you can do with Firefox, ranging from tiny tweaks to hugely powerful capabilities, all with nary an extension to install.

Also: Save a Web page for later with Read It Later extension

Are Ubuntu Server and Desktop Editions At Odds?

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: Ubuntu’s objective of becoming the distribution that finally brings Linux to “human beings,” i.e. non-geeks, is certainly ambitious. Its simultaneous (and thus far successful) pursuit of the server market, however, is perhaps yet more impressive.

Are Linux and open source really cheaper? Users, analysts weigh in

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techtarget.com: Open source software is cheaper than proprietary, right? Lower cost appears to be a primary incentive for Linux adoption? But some analysts including like Al Gillen, a research vice president of system software at Framingham, Mass.-based IDC, have questioned the validity of this argument.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 RC3 available

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OOo

ooomarketing.blogspot: Today, OpenOffice.org 3.0 RC3 is available. If all goes well, this will be the final RC before the planned product release, so stay tuned!

odds & ends

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News
  • Review: Tuxpuck 0.8.2

  • Who's really contributing to Linux?
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 9 Episode 5
  • PowerTOP, LatencyTOP, and Five-Second Boot Improve Desktop Linux
  • New Conky
  • Built-In Home Entertainment and Automation
  • ubuntu is popular
  • Vector Linux SOHO Is Free Again
  • openSUSE-Education 1.0 for 11.0 is Ready
  • The GUI Fan Club
  • Europe leading open source charge
  • KDE and internal storage

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Howto Backup with Mandriva's Drakbackup

  • Bash Script To Get Weather Forecasts
  • Using autotools HOWTO
  • How to Reformat an External Hard Drive to NTFS Format In Ubuntu Hardy
  • Keeping Private config files Private in Git
  • How to Setup Yahoo!zimbra Desktop in Ubuntu 8.04
  • Seven Questions That All Newbie Programmers Should Be Asking
  • HowTo WhiteList Proxy for School Using Squid on OpenSUSE

Improving boot time on a general Linux distribution, not an easy task

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MDV

blog.crozat.net: We have just just released Mandriva Linux 2009 RC2 (with GNOME 2.24 final version, among new features Wink, as well as reduce boot time on a lot of systems. I thought it would be interesting to explain the various things we tried to save some seconds when booting.

DigiKam has a new tool to convert RAW camera files to DNG...

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Software

digikam.org: Yes! a DNG converter for Linux... For a long time, many people asked me to implement a RAW camera image converter to Digital NeGative (DNG).

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #110

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Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #110 for the week of September 21st - September 27th, 2008 is now available.

Is Gentoo dying?

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Gentoo
Ubuntu

jldugger.livejournal: A recent cnet article suggests that Ubuntu is eating other distribution's lunch. In particular, one distribution is reported to be falling apart: Gentoo. Gentoo was very popular among my friends at the time I adopted Linux, but from what I've seen, the project fell apart as developers were unable to come to consensus or resolve conflicts.

Linux Myth: Installing RPM Updates is a Pain

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blog.eracc.com: Once again we are back to pop the balloon of another Linux myth. This one is that Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) is not good to use.

How to make Ubuntu extremely fast

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Ubuntu

tuxtraining.com: Old hardware? Want a faster boot up? Need to free some system resources? Want snappier applications? This is for you.

GOS 3 Gadgets, when a Linux Google

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notechie.com: Yet another variant on Debian, GOS was founded on the basis of Ubuntu 8.04.1, to which is lighter and definitely oriented cloud computing. E ‘operating system ideal for NETBOOK?

Top 3 Bad Linux Distros

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internetling.com: The freedom which FOSS gives us, enables everyone with a specific goal in their mind to create their own Linux distro. Most of the time, the goals/philosophy are cool and interesting, but it often happens that the “product” of the project, the one that should take you to the creator’s goal, turns out to be less than nothing.

odds & ends

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News
  • Damn Small Linux - Really it is...

  • Tracking Process Performance Statistics
  • Linux Kernel Magic SysRq keys
  • How To: Ubuntu 8.04.1 on the MSI Wind U100
  • Firefox Minefield: Faster Than Chrome

Top 5 Linux references in pop-culture

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itwire.com: That ubiquitous Linux! It's on your computer, your mobile phone, your handheld GPS. What's more, it's also in movies, cartoons, comics and books around you too! Here are my top 5 Linux references as found in popular culture.

The 14 best Linux distros

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techradar.com: Given the number of Linux distros out there, how did we pick just 14? Some were obvious; the likes of Slackware and Debian have been around since Linus was in short trousers. SUSE, Fedora, Mandriva and Ubuntu are similarly too significant to ignore. What about the others?

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Hardware With Linux

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  • MSI X99A RAIDER Plays Fine With Linux
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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

  • Debian Project launches updated Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 with bug fixes
    An updated version of Debian, a popular Linux distribution is now available for users to download and install. According to the post on the Debian website by Debian Project, the new version is 8.7. This is the seventh update to the Debian eight distribution, and the update primarily focuses on fixing bugs and security problems. This update also includes some adjustments to fix serious problems present in the previous version.
  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, December 2016
    The number of sponsored hours did not increase but a new silver sponsor is in the process of joining. We are only missing another silver sponsor (or two to four bronze sponsors) to reach our objective of funding the equivalent of a full time position.
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    Linux AIO is a multiboot ISO carrying different flavors of a single Linux distribution and eases you from the pain of keeping different bootable USBs. The latest Linux AIO Ubuntu 16.10 is now available for download in both 64-bit and 32-bit versions. It features various Ubuntu flavors including Ubuntu GNOME, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu.

Top Ubuntu Editing Apps: Image, Audio, Video

It's been my experience that most people aren't aware of the scope of creative software available for Ubuntu. The reason for this is complicated, but I suspect it mostly comes down to the functional availability provided by each application title for the Linux desktop. In this article, I'm going to give you an introduction to some of the best creative software applications for Ubuntu (and other Linux distros). Read more

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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    Google has published a set of open source libraries that should improve the storage and transmission of 3D graphics, which could help deliver more detailed 3D apps.
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