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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 227

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: First look at Ubuntu Studio 7.10

  • News: Indiana controversies, Mandriva vs Microsoft, OpenBSD 4.2 interview, Debian
  • KDE4 live CD, Fedora 8 and PulseAudio, end of Trustix

  • Released last week: OpenBSD 4.2, openSUSE 10.3 "Live"
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora 8
  • Donations: NimbleX receives €300
  • New additions: Indiana
  • New distributions: Arktur, gOS
  • Reader comments

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

Connect Firefox to TiddlyWiki with TiddlySnip

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Moz/FF

linux.com: If you're using TiddlyWiki as your note-taking tool, you ought to give TiddlySnip a try. The idea behind this Firefox extension is simple: it allows you to add the currently viewed Web page or selected text snippet to your TiddlyWiki as a new tiddler. But TiddlySnip adds a few clever twists to this basic idea, which turn the Firefox/TiddlyWiki combo into a powerful and extremely useful tool.

Also: Prism Prototype Now Available on Mac and Linux

Bye bye Gentoo

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Gentoo

roys web: I never thought I would write this, but it's true. I've retired from Gentoo. It's been a fun ride, This is not a snap decision, I have been thinking about it in the back of my mind for a few weeks now. Why am I leaving?

Also: That guy is such an *asshat* (and so are you).

An introduction to the visual features of GNU Screen

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HowTos

debian-administration: Many people here use GNU Screen, and I've not seen extensive coverage of the things you can do with the status-line in the past, so I thought a brief overview of a couple of visual settings wouldn't be amiss.

Future Flash Linux Ready for A Fight with MPAA

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Linux
  • Watching DVDs in Linux: A Fight with MPAA

  • The Future of Flash in Linux
  • Linux Ready for Prime Time Desktop

A tale of two plug-and-play Linux boxes

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Linux

iTWire: As many of us who watch the Linux market know, the past week has seen the announcement of two markedly different plug-and-play Linux computers. I was excited by one and not the other. To my surprise, the one that didn't interest me has taken off like a rocket to the moon while it is still too early say how the other will do. The good news, however, is that desktop Linux has finally gone mainstream.

Monitor your drives to extend their life

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HowTos

tectonic: The problem is that modern laptops often have very aggressive power setups by default to, theoretically, guard against damage and reduce power consumption. But in doing so they may cause your disk drive to load/unload at more regular intervals than is reasonable.

Clearlooks Compact Gnome Theme

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Software

martin.ankerl.com: I have been using Ubuntu for quite a while now, but one thing I really dislike is that all the themes are huge space wasters compared to Windows XP. This finally got me angry enough to create a customized version of the Clearlooks theme.

Also: Update to Awn weather applet

Running FreeNX using a Mandriva 2008 Server

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HowTos

linux-tip.net: NoMachine NX is a Terminal Server and remote access solution based on a comprising set of enterprise class open source technologies. NX makes it possible to run any graphical application on any operating system across any network connection at incredible speed.

ubuntu, ubuntu, ubuntu

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Ubuntu
  • 10 Things Ubuntu Needs To Improve On

  • Ubuntu Gutsy With ExpressCard - Working Options
  • Ubuntu 7.10: Inflection Point or Tipping Point?
  • Weekly News #64
  • Linc Caves
  • Ubuntu Search Engine
  • Ubuntu Gutsy - there's something different about this one

Linux device driver drama: Who will deliver support, code sharing?

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Linux

techtarget.com: Device drivers can make or break an operating system. The best engineered kernel is useless if applications running on it cannot interface with the outside world or if device manufacturers cannot readily support it with their wares.

I, Robot: The Man Behind the Google Phone

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Google

nytimes: If the effort succeeds, it will be the most drastic challenge to date of the assertion by Microsoft — the godfather of the desktop PC — that Google and other members of the so-called open-source world can imitate but not innovate.

Power-ups for Firefox: Add-ons bring added security and comfort

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Moz/FF

bangkok post: Firefox is known as the quintessential free browser. Users can not only download it free of charge, they can also expand its abilities in almost unlimited ways. A dedicated developer community makes this possible by programming and updating special extensions called add-ons.

How badly is CentOS hurting Red Hat?

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Linux

interopnews.com: Why does Red Hat tolerate CentOS? The Community ENTerprise Operating System is an identical binary clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (minus the trademarks), compiled from the source code RPMs that Red Hat conveniently provides on its FTP site. It is also completely free, as in beer.

Bumps on the Road to Document Exchange Nirvana

eWeeks blogs: At the heart of the rift between the Foundation and the rest of the ODF backers--led by Sun and IBM--lies a dispute over the proper strategy for achieving round-trip document fidelity between Microsoft Office and ODF-consuming applications, such as Sun's OpenOffice.org or IBM's Lotus Symphony.

KAlarm

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Software

FOSSwire: Remembering things. It’s something that a lot of us aren’t all that good at, without having something to trigger us. KAlarm is an application which is designed to allow you to set certain things to happen at certain times.

Archlinux tools: AUR

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Software

polishlinux: You already know Pacman, the Archlinux software manager. Now it’s time to meet AUR and yaourt, the extra tools that can bring a fistful of apps on your desktop within just a few console commands.

The Road to Ubuntu - Backup Salvation

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Ubuntu

iTWire: After several weeks of anguish I've finally recreated my Windows XP file backup regime under Gutsy Gibbon, overcoming my fear of the Linux command line in the process.

Review: openSuSE 10.3

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SUSE

anurag.acespace.co.uk: Although I wasn't the first one to download the latest version of openSuSE, I was still one of the first to do so, believe me. SuSE was the first Linux distribution that I used to fix my roots in the Linux world. So, I've an attachment with this flavor of Linux in particular. But I won't be partial in this review, not even a bit. I'll present my review on Novell's openSuSE 10.3 in an easy-to-understand manner, that is, topic-wise:

Linux desktop lacks innovation

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Linux

the inquirer: Microsoft is complaining that "the Linux desktop including OpenOffice" infringes some 235 Microsoft patents. An objective comparison between the whole Linux desktop and Microsoft's Windows desktop shows that it has a good point; there are many resemblances, from trivial to profound.

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