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Fun Opera User Facts

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CyberNetNews: Unlike most companies who collect the stats, they wanted to share some of the interesting findings they saw. So what could they have possibly found? These are the ones that I found interesting:

Features Ubuntu is Lacking

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sheehantu: In my last post I mentioned why I chose Ubuntu over Windows. I stand by my comments, however I would like to shed some light where Ubuntu and Linux need a little work:

K3b is Just Swell for CD and DVD Burning in GNU/Linux

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Moving to Freedom: When I wrote about using Brasero for CD burning in GNOME a few months ago, I realized that the KDE app K3b was out there and probably pretty good. I also figured I’d want to try K3b soon enough when I needed more options and flexibility. Well it didn’t take many burning jobs to get there.

aKademy 2007: Education Day

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KDE The long-anticipated Education Day at aKademy 2007 opened at 9 am on Monday, 3rd July with an introduction by Anne-Marie Mahfouf, maintainer of the KDE-Edu suite of educational applications.

Linux: CFS Scheduler v19, Group Scheduling

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kernelTRAP: The biggest user-visible change in -v19 is reworked sleeper fairness: it's similar in behavior to -v18 but works more consistently across nice levels. Fork-happy workloads (like kernel builds) should behave better as well.

Zenwalk Live 4.6 Screenshots

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phoronix: Zenwalk Live has been updated against Zenwalk Linux 4.6 and this LiveCD distribution now features Xfce 4.4.1 with notification support, the Xfce Thunar file manager can now handle video thumbnails, and many new Xfce 4.4 panel plug-ins have been added or updated.

Gimmie ultimate desktop organizer for Linux

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nixcraft: Over the last few years concept of desktop organizer software applications becomes quite popular. Gimmie is a unique desktop organizer for Linux. It’s designed to allow easy interaction with all the applications, contacts, documents and other things you use every day.

Tetris for Firefox

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mozilla links: Now you can enjoy the super classic video game within your favorite browser. Xultris is a Firefox extension developed by mackers that brings Tetris addiction to your favorite browser.

Intel and Novell Become Patrons of KDE

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the dot: Intel and Novell have each become corporate Patrons of KDE. Their exceptional financial commitment to the KDE e.V. helps the project with community events, infrastructure and developer meetings.

Does Solaris need to be better Linux than Linux?

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daniweb: Hot on the heels of JavaFX, taking on the likes of Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Flash, Sun looks set to formally unveil its plans for Project Indiana this week and attack the Linux developer heartlands.

Stable kernels and

LWN: The and stable kernels have been released; each contains a single fix for a security problem in the netfilter H323 connection tracking code.

Girls get grounding in gigabytes

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Sci/Tech The group of 10- to 14-year-olds was busy installing and configuring the Linux operating system on computers they had finished building.

Say It Ain't So

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microsoft-watch: I've delayed more than a day blogging about Microsoft's GPLv3 assertions, for my loss of words. Microsoft just claimed the world is flat and expects you to believe it.

Building Fedora packages using the OpenSuse Build Service

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/home/liquidat: The OpenSuse Build Service is capable of creating package repositories for various distributions. Although it is different to the Fedora build system it shows an interesting alternative to the “build here only” attempt most distributions have today.

How to close down GNU/Linux safely after a system freeze with the SysRq key

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freesoftware mag: Despite jeering at Windows for the infamous system freezes and blue screens of death, there are and will be times when your Linux computer just locks up: the cursor is frozen and even invoking a console by Ctrl + Alt + [F2, F3, ...] to close down the X windows session running on F7 is non-functional.

How to get your SUSE Box to do octave sounds on shutdown

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One of the things i like most about (gnu/?) linux, other than everything, is how you can get it to do things you never knew you wanted… and that’s what i’m all about, i like to dig down the stuff that creates the WOW-effect, even if it has little or no purpose at all. Being able to convert 8 friends so far, makes me certain that these things really do work on a psychological level.

Is Ubuntu Linux really ready for the big time?

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tech.blorge: Canonical and Dell have recently decided to offer a subset of Dell desktop computers and laptops pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux. Many, however, say that Linux is just not ready for the end user market because of its complexity.

Polish National Interoperability Framework promotes Open Standards

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polishlinux: Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs, responsible for National Computerization project is currently working on National Interoperability Framework. The framework more or less follows the general ideas of the European document, but there are major differences, especially concerning the key issue for the FLOSS community — the attitude to open-source software.

People Who Will Never Adopt Linux

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Penguin Pete: I almost fell out of my chair... and it's a recliner. Slashdot AGAIN posted what is becoming one of the greatest cliched titles since "Netcraft confirms it...": Have another look at The Year of Linux on the Desktop. Now I know what the movie "Groundhog Day" was about. But like it or not, there are some people who will NEVER adopt Linux, no matter what.

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