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Why there are over 2 dozen music players

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Software

ericsbinaryworld.com/blog: People often groan when they hear of someone making another game of Tetris, Window Manager, or audio program. After all, people ask, “Do we really need another? Why can’t you just contribute to fixing annoying bug X in gTetris/KDE/xmms?” I’ve always been on the side of the argument that said - “So what! But why create another?

The LXF Test: Hands on with Fedora 10

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Linux

linuxformat.co.uk: Fedora 10 has just been released to the waiting masses. Andy Hudson takes the distro for an early test run, exploring the new features and seeing how it stacks up against the other major players in the Linux league...

Also: Upgrading to the newest Fedora release

More Ubuntu Kung Fu

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Ubuntu

lifehacker.com: Say hey again to Keir Thomas, author of the new book Ubuntu Kung Fu, who stopped by to share some more of the best material from the book, in a follow-up to his post, Some Productive Ubuntu Kung Fu.

Migrating to Linux in a business or large user environment

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linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: Every once in a while we see discussions on the method and manner of migrating from one Operating System to Linux.

Martin's hidden blog ;-)

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Linux

beranger.org: Hopefully Martin won't get upset because of this post, but reading Changelogs is sometimes funnier, bolder and more informative than reading a blog!

No accounting software for Linux?

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OSS

zdnet.com/Murphy: There is no OSS accounting… solutions worth a hoot. This is the main reason we still run so many Windows machines in the office. Of course this is the main drawback of any OSS adoption. There is a serious lack of good applications.

Yet Another "10 Useful Forefox Extensions"

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Moz/FF

YATS, Yet Another Technology Site: You have read such posts again & again... So read Yet Another!

Clone/Back Up/Restore OpenVZ VMs With vzdump

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HowTos

vzdump is a backup and restore utility for OpenVZ VMs. This tutorial shows how you can use it to clone/back up/restore virtual machines with vzdump.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Gentoo recruiting randomness

  • Switching from FrontPage to KompoZer
  • Red Hat offers Linux-wary Unix shops long-term support in Japan
  • 8,000 TuxTop models and counting
  • Collaborative Effort Helps Linux "Distros" Obtain IPv6 Certification
  • Can adoption of GNU/Linux help recession?
  • Linux hops on STD bus
  • Open source Untangle guard union's privacy
  • Are you sure you don’t just want to use Ubuntu?
  • DataForm adds efficient input to OpenOffice.org Calc
  • Disney using Drupal
  • Interview with Dustin Kirkland: Ubuntu Server Developer
  • Is the era of open source legal stupidity over?
  • The problem with dual licensing
  • One More Reason for Linux Lovers to Give Thanks
  • Thumbs up for Ubuntu 8.10
  • Robotic arm runs Linux

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Get to the root of Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Prelinking
  • OOo: Simple Labels
  • Installing PHP cairo wrapper under Mandriva 2009.0
  • Building an OpenBSD Gateway - Part 2
  • Debug your shell scripts with bashdb
  • password protect OpenOffice.org documents
  • Check Package Dependencies with apt-rdepends on Ubuntu
  • Better Firefox in KDE4
  • Minimize All Your Applications To The System Tray In Ubuntu
  • Receive Large Files with Droopy
  • Getting Started with Linux
  • Vi mode in bash

What’s a Document?

redmonk.com: One of the most interesting byproducts of the transition, fully underway around the world, to XML based document formats from binary alternatives, is the ability to treat the asset as a container of items rather than a discrete item itself.

Acer Aspire One netbook - Almost Perfect

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Linux
Hardware

pcworld.com: Now that I've been using my Acer Aspire One laptop for two weeks I can share a few more thoughts about it. Do I still love the laptop? Most assuredly. Have I discovered some small areas for improvement? Yes, that too.

Photo Management on Linux - Part 1

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Software

community.zdnet: There are a number of different photo management programs available for Linux - more than I have either the time or interest to look at, honestly - and of course different versions of Linux have different programs available. I'll try to give a brief overview of both of these areas.

The evolution of a Linux user

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itwire.com: Not everyone who uses Linux today has done so because of carefully reasoning that it is a better operating system than the others on offer. People enter the Linux fold due to different reasons and those who stay there go through several stages of growth.

Novell vs. Red Hat: Read the Linux Fine Print

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thevarguy.com: Novell today claimed to have more certified software partners than rival Linux providers. Novell’s chest pumping represents a thinly veiled attack against Red Hat. But take a closer look.

Also: Novell needs a recount: Red Hat still leads in certified applications

Closed Linux driver problems described

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: Binary-only Linux drivers will never work for the majority of Linux users, Harald Welte told hardware developers at a Taipei conference. The Linux kernel's lack of an ABI and intentional lack of stable APIs make binary drivers a losing battle.

Ubuntu 8.10: Featureless Ibex?

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theunixgeek.blogspot: A few days after Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex was released, I decided to give it a test drive in my trial of VMware Fusion. I was hoping for an awesome new experience, but I got just a Featureless Ibex.

Replacing high-end Unix with enterprise Linux? Not so fast

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computerworld.com: Migrating from high-end Unix-based systems to commodity x86/Linux platforms has been a popular idea for the last few years, at least in theory. But it turns out that not everyone thinks going full-on with Linux is the best solution -- at least not yet.

Killer open source monitoring tools

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infoworld.com: In the real estate world, the mantra is location, location, location. In the network and server administration world, the mantra is visibility, visibility, visibility. If you don't know what your network and servers are doing at every second of the day, you're flying blind.

Audioplayers are easy, right?

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the-gay-bar.com: I love music. When I moved to Linux I started out with XMMS, a WinAmp Clone, no surprises there, things worked as I was used to. Along came the "Library based" players that offered so much more.

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