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The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 9.04

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu Studio 9.04 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

today's leftovers:

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News
  • Flashing Your Motherboard BIOS From The Linux Desktop

  • First view of KDE's Social Desktop
  • Ubuntu and Fedora Replace init with Upstart
  • Is Microsoft Headed For A Netbook Train Wreck?
  • More console apps, for future reference
  • Sauerbraten 2009 Trooper Edition Released
  • ESP launches Wiki for Anti-Software Patent Campaigns
  • Turbo Ubuntu Redux
  • Frustrations with help for a newbie
  • Non-Free and Free - My 2 cents
  • Microsoft support for OpenDocument (ODF) Evaluation
  • Tesla Personal Supercomputer, the Supercomputer in a Box
  • A Look at Ubuntu 9.04
  • upgrading to mandriva 2009.1
  • The LKML Summary Podcast
  • NoScript Developer Apologizes For Meddling With AdBlock
  • First Moonlight 2.0 Preview is Out
  • Red Hat CEO: 'The Cloud Belongs to Linux'
  • Adopting newcomers to FOSS/Linux
  • Gmail Notifier is a Light, Convenient Email Checker for Ubuntu
  • So you want to be an open source contributor?

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Create exciting desktop movies with recordMyDesktop

  • Open Movie Editor - a simple non-linear video editor
  • Workaround to get sound on HP mini with Jaunty
  • How to schedule tasks on Linux using the ‘at’ command
  • OOo: Delete Key Deletes Immediately
  • Firewall on Debian Lenny

5 Things that Don’t Work in Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

2indya.com: Though there are lots of differences and dissimilarities in Microsoft Windows and Ubuntu and we have discussed them in our earlier articles, here are five such more things that you won’t find working in Ubuntu but are used to do in Windows.

8 KDE 4 Distributions

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Linux

repasik.com: There are many KDE distributions, but some have refused to move to KDE 4 and have stayed with KDE 3.5 instead like Mepis, Sidux and Slax. Here is a list of KDE 4 distributions to help distro-hoppers with their searching:

Linux Desktop Market Share: Greater Than One Percent?

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Linux

earthweb.com: According to NetApplications, GNU/Linux now accounts for 1.02% of computer desktops. Alternatively, you might prefer -- as I do -- to question the statistic's accuracy, and look at other ways to estimate GNU/Linux's presence.

Linux And Politics Don’t Mix Well

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linuxhaxor.net: Yesterday, lead maintainer of one of my favorite Linux distribution, Linux Mint, made a blog post on the official Linux Mint blog asking people from Israel and sympathizers of their cause to not only stop giving donation to Linux Mint but also to stop using Linux Mint altogether.

NoScript Isn’t The Only Guilty Party

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Moz/FF

customdistros.com: There was a big brew-ha-ha over the past few days with NoScript and some unscrupulous bit of code installed in it. However, even though Maone has born the brunt of this controversy, he is not the only guilty party in this.

5 Must Try Linux Distros

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Linux

blogpirate.org: I’m going to gather some well known info about these five popular Linux distribution to give you small preview of Linux operating systems. This is not a top five, rather five distributions I know about.

Anti-malware software upgraded for Linux

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desktoplinux.com: AVG Technologies has released a new version of its anti-malware software for Linux desktops. Available in licensed server and free workstation editions (pictured), AVG 8.5 for Linux combines email and file-server protection with streamlined scanning, new antivirus filtering, and improved performance.

The RGB/Green.org Sustainability Challenge

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Linux

Strengthen your local community with an organically grown Drupal site

Linux Still Not Ready for Prime Time

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Linux

suffolk757.com/blog: I’m a Fedora fan, and I’m impressed with each new release, but in the end, its just nowhere near ready.

"Hotspot in a box" runs Linux

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Linux

linuxdevices.com: Proxicast is shipping a portable, battery-powered 3G and 802.11 a/b/g WiFi hotspot that runs embedded Linux.

KDE 4.2: Finally a new Linux desktop I can like

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KDE

blogs.computerworld.com: I won't rehash my feelings about earlier versions of KDE. Suffice it to say I didn't like it and you can review my comments about KDE 4.0 and KDE 4.1 elsewhere. At first glance, I also wasn't impressed with KDE 4.2, but I decided to give it one more try, after some performance fixes in the latest edition, and I'm finally impressed.

Mozilla ponders policy change after Firefox extension battle

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Moz/FF

arstechnica.com: The NoScript Firefox extension faced a major backlash last week when users discovered that it was surreptitiously disrupting the operation of AdBlock Plus. Mozilla has responded by proposing a new policy that sets boundaries for appropriate extension behavior.

Store passwords with pwsafe

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Software
HowTos

blogs.techrepublic.com: Secure password storage is a big thing these days, particularly with the (good!) advice of not re-using passwords in more than one place. The thinking behind that is that if someone figures out a password for one service or Web site, they will not be able to re-use that password on other sites and further obtain access to your credentials and services.

A Little About Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

linux.blogs2k.com: I’m not a hater of Ubuntu by any means. I think it’s done a ton of good for Linux. However, I do have a problem with some of rather “excitable” users in the Ubuntu community. Let’s take a look.

Razer Arctosa Keyboard

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Hardware

phoronix.com: The Razer Arctosa is a moderately priced gaming keyboard that offers macro keys, media keys, 1000Hz Ultrapolling, and other features to entice gamers. The big question though is how well this keyboard with all of its functionality works under Linux.

Top 10 Linux FUD Patterns, Part 9

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Linux

linuxfud.wordpress: Warning! Using Linux will expose you to legal action by Microsoft! At least that’s what some would like for you to believe.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst to Deliver Keynote Address at SIIA

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Linux

PR: Red Hat, Inc. today announced that President and CEO, Jim Whitehurst, will deliver the keynote address at the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) Software Summit & CODiE Awards.

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    10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn’t Mainstream. Yeah, the title is totally link-bait. However, it’s worth noting that I actually deliver what the title describes and then some. Linux is awesome, but sadly, most people haven’t heard of it. Here’s why.
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  • Robin "Roblimo" Miller
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  • Pidgin / Libpurple SkypeWeb Plugin Sees New Stable Release
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  • Feral's GameMode May Soon Have Soft Real-Time Capabilities
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    Last week I attended the MiniDebConfHamburg. I worked on new releases of dracut and rinse. Dracut is an initramfs-tools replacement which now supports early microcode loading. Rinse is a tool similar to debootstrap for rpm distributions, which now can create Fedora 28 environments aka chroots.
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