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Five Essential Ubuntu Modifications

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: Some of these modifications are essential to get certain features to work, one of them is something I couldn’t do without. Here are my five essential Ubuntu modifications.

Just For Fun: 13 Free Linux Games Worth Trying

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Gaming

classhelper.org: Everyone needs a little down time every now and again. Whether you’re taking a break from hours of programming, trying to calm a conference-induced headache, or just relaxing at home, these Linux-based games offer a nice chance to unwind.

GZIP vs. BZIP2 vs. LZMA

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Software

odzangba.wordpress: There’s no nicer way to say it… I’m running out of disk space. I have three options: buy a larger hard drive, delete some files to free up space, or compress some of the data.

Giving Linux That 'XP' Factor

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Ubuntu

pcworld.com: I have a solution for your XP woes. Unless you've been lobotomized, you might think you've guessed what it is: Linux. But you would be wrong. I don't generally recommend Linux. I recommend Ubuntu.

3 Great Ways To Rotate Your Linux Desktop

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HowTos

hehe2.net: If you are like me, then you probably get bored of your desktop wallpaper quickly. Then why don’t you rotate them? I know its nothing new really, and there are many ways to do that on your Linux desktop, but like all thing Linux, there is no one clear cut way to do it. There are several roads leading to Rome!

Memory usage in Firefox 3.1 Beta 3

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Moz/FF

dedoimedo.com: A few days ago, I have reviewed Firefox 3.1 Beta 3. It's quite lovely. It boasts improved Javascript performance, it comes with new usability and privacy features, it supports future HTML multimedia elements ... But nowhere in that article did I mention the memory usage. For a good reason.

Are Linux apps and games worth paying for?

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Linux
Software

itwire.com: The Linux operating system is free; you can download it without paying any licensing fees. Despite this, Linux hasn't become a household name. Paradoxically, it may be the perceived dearth of commercial applications which is a cause.

Nouveau driver Test Day on Thursday 26th

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Linux
Hardware
Software

A Test Day is planned tomorrow (Thursday 26th) for the Nouveau driver for NVIDIA graphics cards.

Distributions: The big and the small

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Linux

h-online.com: While the community distributions Fedora and Ubuntu, as well as Mandriva, prepare for their spring releases, Novell has been busy completing final adjustments to SUSE Linux Enterprise. Smaller Linux distributions are also doing some spring cleaning and publishing updated versions.

Review: Granular Linux 1.0

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Linux

raiden.net: Back in September of 2007 I took a look at what was then the 0.9 version of Granular. It was a pretty good distribution at the time, even for being only beta quality. I'm not sure what's taking so long to reach the 1.0 status, but it's finally here, and we're about to give it a spin and see what the full version looks like and how well it'll work for new users.

Recipients of Annual FSF Awards Announced

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OSS

fsf.org: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has announced the winners of the annual free software awards during the GNU/Linux conference LibrePlanet, held on March 21-22 at Harvard Science Center in Cambridge, MA.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • When Linux Jumps the "Fiscal Sense" Boundaries

  • Last.fm Radio Announcement
  • Near-Final Pandora Linux Gaming Handheld Shown Actually
  • Playing Something

  • Red Hat Releases Updated IDE
  • Red Hat aims open-source at IT discomfort zone
  • The Coming Linux Malware Scourge (And How To Stop It)
  • Parts applet improved [Lancelot]
  • Four Days Pass, Time For New NVIDIA Linux Driver
  • Free Books
  • Novell's marriage of Linux and Windows
  • Keeping time on KVM guests?
  • Mobile Broadband On Linux To Improve With ModemManager
  • Ubuntu Version Names and End of life Details
  • MEPIS 8 and Fujitsu Lifebook S7110
  • Ubuntu planning move to the cloud
  • As promised, some screens from Ubuntu Netbook Remix
  • A Few Questions For Eric Sharkey DD
  • Ubuntu Members Get Free LWN Subs
  • If It Scares Microsoft, It's Good For Everyone Else
  • How-To: Compile and Install Banshee 1.4.3 in Debian Lenny
  • Moonlight 1.9 and Ogg
  • Does Linux Benefit from Hard Times?
  • Comux 001101
  • Negroponte: XO Laptop Price will Drop "Significantly"
  • Mozilla Developer News 03/24
  • The Good, the Bad, the Ugly of apt-url

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • A Basic Introduction To Python 3

  • Build a mouse game with Python
  • Make An OS From A Movie
  • Programming guide: the new text entry features in GTK+ 2.16
  • Easily Get Audio from DVD .VOB Files
  • Slice and Dice PDF
  • How To Install the Echo Icon Theme in Ubuntu
  • Un-alias a command

Introducing KDE 4 - Kontact: Contacts (KAddressBook)

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KDE

introducingkde4.blogspot: In the last article I was very positive toward the Kontact suit. However, Contacts is the exception to this. The interface is way too cluttered and wastes too much space. From the main interface to the Contact editor, everything seems like it could be fairly better.

Sudo: Why Ubuntu does it right

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Ubuntu

scarter4.blogspot: One of the most famous Linux debates on the internet is over Ubuntu's security model of using sudo to administrate a machine and disabling the traditional root login via su.

Etch Is Still Better

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Linux

jehurst.wordpress: I’m not sure why, but after testing Lenny several different ways, Etch is still better. In fact, Lenny is downright inferior.

Review: Battle for Wesnoth 1.6

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Gaming

tuxarena.blogspot: After more than a year of constant development, The Battle for Wesnoth 1.6 was put out on March 22. This release comes with new graphics and unit portraits, a new campaign, called 'Legend of Wesmere', the possibility to log into the multiplayer with the forum account, and many, many other improvements.

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    Orange has long played a key part in the testing and adoption of ONAP, dating back to when its ECOMP predecessor was created by AT&T as a platform for managing a software-defined network. The move to open source and its development as the ONAP project has made the platform a key component of the new telco open networking movement. But why should other telcos look to ONAP as they embark on their network transformation strategies, and how does it help enable the automated network that will lead to new business opportunities?
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    This week, we’re highlighting VR’s groundbreaking potential to take audiences inside stories with a four part video series. There aren’t many examples of creators doing that more effectively and powerfully than Nonny de la Peña. Nonny de la Peña is a former correspondent for Newsweek, the New York Times and other major outlets. For more than a decade now, de la Peña has been focused on merging her passion for documentary filmmaking with a deep-seeded expertise in VR. She essentially invented the field of “immersive journalism” through her company, Emblematic Group.
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