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Story Buying A Printer For Ubuntu srlinuxx 01/09/2012 - 3:53am
Story Linux's Brilliant New Gaming Career srlinuxx 01/09/2012 - 3:21am
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Linux Vs. Mac: Linux Users Respond

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Serdar Yegulalp (informationweek): Linux users had some interesting opinions about our recent article comparing Mac OS X with Linux, and didn't leave Windows out of the discussion.

A move to Ubuntu after 10 years of Redhat/Fedora

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chrismatchett blog: I have been using Redhat/Fedora linux for the past 10 years, starting with RedHat 5.0. I recently decided to move to Ubuntu and here are some reasons why…

How to sneak Linux into your office

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itbusiness: I’m actually beginning to picture a day when users start to ask their IT departments why they can’t run Ubuntu Linux at work, the way they do at home. Make a business case and make it stick. It's easier than you think.

The openSUSE Project Turns Two

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openSUSE news: It happened again. Another year passed (flew by). Happy Birthday openSUSE! In the past 365 days we successfully released openSUSE 10.2 with numerous improvements and new features. Up until now it has been installed hundreds of thousands of times.

How To Convert Songs From An Audio CD Into MP3/Ogg Files With K3b

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Linux
HowTos

This guide describes how you can use the CD/DVD burning application K3b to convert songs from an audio CD into MP3 or Ogg files that you can use on your MP3 player.

Install extra Themes and Icons in PCLinuxOS

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PCLOS
HowTos

YALB: Are you a PCLinuxOS 2007 user? Are you one of the many that love the default theme and think it’s eye catching but wish you could change it and make it your own? Do you wish there were more themes, icon sets, and bling for your desktop that would be easy to add? Here’s how I was able to customize PCLinuxOS 2007.

Tip: Download Accelerator for Linux

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All about Linux: There are different ways of downloading files from remote locations. The most common and fail safe method of downloading huge files in Linux is to use the wget tool. But here is a nice tip to speed up your download of files by a significant factor.

Torvalds, Red Hat are no shows at Linuxworld

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zdnet blogs: The two biggest names in the Linux industry – Linus Torvalds and Red Hat – skipped out on LinuxWorld again.

MySQL ends distribution of Enterprise source tarballs

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linux.com: MySQL quietly let slip that it would no longer be distributing the MySQL Enterprise Server source as a tarball, not quite a year after the company announced a split between its paid and free versions.

Linux: Enforcing the Merge Window

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kernelTRAP: Following a recent merge request, Linus Torvalds stressed that he was serious about not wanting to merge any big changes after the merge window closes, "get the changes in before -rc1, or just *wait*.

Ubuntu’nification

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nixternal: My stance, I don’t think it is necessary to unify the names under the Ubuntu Desktop. It seems a large motive that I have seen so far is to answer the question of “What is Kubuntu?” or “What is Xubuntu?”.

Submit your nominations for the 2007 free software awards

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fsf.org: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project announce the requests for nominations for the 10th annual 2007 Free Software Awards.

Using GParted to Resize Your Windows Vista Partition

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HowTos

How-to Geek: One of the more advanced options for resizing your Windows Vista partition is to use the GParted Live CD, a bootable linux CD that takes you straight into GParted, the great linux utility for managing partitions. The problem is that if you resize your boot/system partition, you will be completely unable to boot without repairing windows.

Some short takes and stuff:

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News
  • How To use Yum

  • OLPC Mexico: Carlos Slim Buys 250,000 XO Laptops!
  • LinuxWorld: Partnership Love Is In The Air
  • Ways Of Updating To SLED Or SLES SP1
  • New Firefox support site targets your mom
  • Oracle on Linux Is No Game
  • AMD servers get SuSE Linux certified]
  • Lenovo and Dell tout Linux PCs
  • Install the LAMP stack with 3 commands!
  • Ubuntu Gutsy Tribe 4 to include Tracker-by-default
  • Me and FLOSS in the late '90s

Novell CEO confirms that Microsoft is a reality

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SUSE

the register: Novell's chief executive has justified his company's contentious Microsoft hook-up to open source devotees by claiming the deal is critical to the long-term success of their favorite operating system.

Linux on laptops? Oh, my! (video)

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Linux

linux.com: Some of the heaviest PR lead-up to this year's West Coast LinuxWorld Conference and Expo was about Linux on laptops, and specifically Novell's SUSE Linux on Lenovo laptops.

Mozilla pushes security in Firefox 3.0

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Moz/FF

(Computerworld) -- Mozilla Corp.'s next update to Firefox will sport several new safer surfing features, the company's chief of security said today, but users won't see the most important changes.

Linux as a Tool for Windows Hardware Errors

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Linux

In this article, Rais offers insights why Windows hardware failures may be causing some to update or replace devices that are still operational. Instead, he shows how powerful a tool Linux can be in tracking down hardware problems and validating some inherent issues with Windows device support...

Red Hat exec leery of Novell Linux effort

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InfoWorld: A call by Novell's CEO for a standardized way to certify Linux applications Wednesday was subsequently greeted with skepticism by a high-ranking official at rival Linux distributor Red Hat.

Getting Thunderbird 2.0 yourself on Linux

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HowTos

FOSSwire: Mozilla Thunderbird is Mozilla’s answer to an email client and is often billed as a ‘Firefox for email’. While most Linux distributions include Firefox by default in the normal install, some don’t and even when they do, they often package the older 1.5.0.x release.

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