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Story Wine Announcement Rianne Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 8:03pm
Story Woman force in Open Source: Xorg joins the Outreach Program for Women Rianne Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 7:24pm
Story Motorola release Moto 360 Smartwatch, Moto X and Moto G upgrades announced Rianne Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 7:18pm
Story Dell targets businesses with new Chromeboxes Rianne Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 7:13pm
Story Ubuntu Touch Probably Now Has the Best Notification System – Video Rianne Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 7:05pm
Story Digital Ocean Offers Docker-centric CoreOS Hosting Rianne Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 6:51pm
Story More Wayland Improvements Hit Enlightenment E19 Rianne Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 6:38pm
Story Because It Is Open, Android Wear is the Smartwatch Platform to Bet On Rianne Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 5:02pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 4:29pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 05/09/2014 - 4:28pm

Test Drive Firefox 3.1 Beta 3

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Moz/FF

tombuntu.com: Today Mozilla released the third beta for the next major Firefox update, version 3.1. The most significant upgrade coming in Firefox 3.1 - Firefox 3.1 performed 1.6 times faster than Firefox 3.

Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Netbook Surprise

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SUSE

thevarguy.com: Novell has found a creative way to put Netbooks and SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 in the hands of IT managers and channel partners — even with Microsoft sitting in the same room.

Does OpenOffice have 11 million active U.S. users?

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OOo

news.cnet.com: While Microsoft Office is actively used by roughly 50 percent of U.S. Internet users, according to a 2,400-strong survey administered by ClickStream Technologies, 5 percent of U.S. Web users also actively use OpenOffice.org.

Extra Repositories for Ubuntu 8.10 You Might Want

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Ubuntu

blog.ibeentoubuntu: The repository system is a great strength of open-source operating systems, but some people want the latest-and-greatest of a particular application while keeping the core system unchanged. Here are your repositories!

Kernel Log: What's new in 2.6.29 - Part 6:

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Linux

h-online.com: This development cycle once again included many changes to the kernel's Storage, IDE/PATA, SCSI subsystems.

PCLinuxOS 2009 Walkthrough and Impressions

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PCLOS

junauza.com: Based on the brief but thorough period of using PCLinuxOS 2009, I can honestly say that it’s another outstanding release for the PCLOS team.

celettu.wordpress: I was planning to install this on the old test-pc, but PCLinuxOS is very impressive. I think I’ll use it to replace the Windows 7 beta that’s on my main system.

Fedora 10: Living on the edge

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Linux

yatsite.blogspot: Some people ask me from time to time what will Linux be after 6 months or a year, what changes are planned, which features will be implemented. The answer is actually very simple: Try Fedora.

That disgusting, difficult, awful command line!

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Linux

aplawrence.com: What is behind all the fear and loathing of the command line? What drives this? Is it really that hard to type words? Don't most of us type words every day in email? Why should this be so repugnant?

Linux : the cool factor part 3 - Freedom -

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Linux

handlewithlinux.com: In the first part of this series of articles I stated some things that made some people think this articles were about Linux vs Apple. The truth is this is not about Linux vs Apple, it's about Linux being cool. What I do know is the most important reason why Linux is cool.

Linux kernel 1.0 turns 15 years old

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Linux

tuxradar.com: That's right -- it's a day short of a decade and a half since Linus Torvalds announced version 1.0 of his kernel.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • The Ubuntu Lightweight Minnow

  • Review: Knoppix 6
  • Microsoft Releases Open Tools for Scientific Research
  • Open Source Use On The Rise, But Management Policies Lag
  • Is open source the next 'PC moment'?
  • A New Software Manifesto for India
  • Open Source 3D Landscape Generators
  • A classification of open source business strategies
  • "Netbooks" Play Sidekick To Laptop
  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Subsidized Netbooks, Mobile TV Plans
  • Microsoft exec appointed to DHS post
  • A Real Stimulus: Use Open Source Software
  • RKWard - Advanced Free Statistical Data Analysis Tool
  • Open Source's Amateur Wealth Creation is Priceless
  • Interview with Nick Mailer
  • The Power of Zypper

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • bugs in ext4

  • How To Be Part Of A Supercomputer With BOINC
  • Migrating from Trac to Redmine
  • Ubuntu 8.10 Kernel Update Has Broken Wired Connection
  • Open Multiple Terminals in Single Windows using Terminator
  • How to Moonlight
  • Repair Corrupt RPM databases
  • Sexy server administration
  • How can I avoid running a python script multiple times?
  • Find The Fastest Arch Linux Reposity Mirror(s) With Rankmirror

  • polyglot: bash me harder
  • Setting up NTP in Gentoo

Xubuntu 8.10 + Xfce 4.6: Screenshots

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Software

zdnet.com.au: If GNOME feels like it is too bulky and KDE is not the Linux desktop answer that you are looking for, then you should consider the Xubuntu distribution that ships with the Xfce desktop.

UT3 Linux Still Undergoing Work, No ETA

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Unreal Tournament 3 was released back on the 17th of November in 2007. Nearly a year and a half later, we still have no UT3 Linux client.

Programming languages that melt your brain

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Software

tuxradar.com: In their day-to-day jobs, coders naturally focus on the more commonly used languages, such as PHP, Python and SDL, but there are plenty of more left-field choices, such as Ruby and assembly, that are well worth learning.

PC Vendors: Put up or shut up on the Linux desktop

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Linux

blogs.computerworld.com: I was really happy when Dell started selling mainstream PCs with pre-installed Ubuntu Linux. Other companies started shipping mass-market PCs and notebooks with Linux too. Well. Sort of. You see, except for Dell, everyone makes it a pain to get their Linux-enabled PCs. And, I'm sick of it.

Renoise 2.0

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Software

tuxradar.com: Soundtrackers are cool. They let musicians create music in a style reminiscent of the way assembler programmers write code. Notes become numbers and timing becomes a position in a list. Renoise is a proprietary sound tracker for Windows, OS X and Linux.

Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 now available for download

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Moz/FF

mozilla.org: Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 is now available for download. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3.1.

Two Reasons the Command Line Trumps the Graphical User Interface

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Software

blog.eracc.com: I am not a text mode Luddite. I use a graphical user interface (GUI) every day. However, for certain tasks a GUI is just not the best choice.

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