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Story Linus Torvalds Says Apple's HFS+ Is the Worst, Probably Designed by Monkeys Rianne Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 10:54am
Story Firefox 35 Is Ready For Release, Available For Download Now Rianne Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 10:50am
Story Linux, Distros, and Open Source Rianne Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 10:27am
Story Which Android smart watch is right for you? Rianne Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 10:18am
Story Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca review - Oops. Nope. Roy Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 10:09am
Story Use of Linux system architecture to reinvent glass container pressure testing and volume measurement Roy Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 10:05am
Story Announcing the Mozilla Science Lab Fellowship Program Roy Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 8:59am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 12:12am
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 12:11am
Story Wine 1.7.34 Roy Schestowitz 13/01/2015 - 12:10am

The way is cleared for Debian 5

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Linux The Debian developers have decided to release the upcoming Debian 5 (Lenny) with proprietary firmware files to expedite the completion of the Linux distributions next release.

Evolution vs Kontact - Part 1 - Evolution

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Software A Personal Information Management (PIM) suite is supposedly a single application that gives you your email, contacts, calendar and other important information. On the Linux and Unix platforms there are two main competitors in this space - Evolution 2.24.2, for the GNOME desktop and KDE’s Kontact 4.1.3.

AMD Shanghai Opteron CPUs On Linux

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Hardware Last quarter AMD introduced their "Shanghai" Opteron processors that join the ranks of Intel's Harpertown Xeon CPUs that are 45nm quad-core server/workstation parts. Initial reviews of these new AMD Opteron processors have been very positive, but how do these chips perform with Linux?

Microsoft on FLOSS

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Over the holiday break, I’ve been working on a small project. I’m trying to collect up quotes from Microsoft on Linux, Free Software, and Open Source.

A rolling distro gathers no moss

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Linux There are 10 sorts of distributions in the world. Those that have specific releases, where it is better to reformat and reload with each new release and rolling distributions.

Linux Netbooks: What's on the Menu?

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Hardware Linux and netbooks seem to be a well-met pair. Lightweight Linux distros sit comfortably on the shoulders of the mini laptops' compact hardware. Plenty of computer makers are offering models with pre-installed Linux. Here's a snapshot of what's out there.

Open source: a different approach to developing software

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OSS It seems like a bit of a mystery how open source software ever sees the light of day. The idea of a large number of people working for glory and the greater good rather than recompense seems too idealistic to be true.

The Inherent Danger in "Just Working"

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Linux The majority of computer users want their machines to "just work." And though I like seeing how my hardware and software interact, it is preferable to have things "just work." When something doesn't "just work" on a computer, it's frustrating.

Zenwalk Linux 5.2

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dylserx.wordpress: My Laptop is a Netbook in a Macbook size shell, so I decided to go for Linux as my OS for it as its fast, reliable and stable, most of the time.

Dropbox on Ubuntu 8.10

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Software In a continuing series of articles highlighting that GNU/Linux is a viable replacement operating system, today we're exploring how to use Dropbox on the popular Ubuntu distribution.

few leftovers

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  • Xen 3.3 in RHEL/CentOS 5 and more Link Aggregation Fun

  • Revisiting urxvt
  • Attempting to Install Linux, Part 1
  • My Acer Aspire One with Ubuntu 8.10
  • Our One Laptop Per Child Hopes for 2009
  • Acer Laptop Wireless Tips
  • The canonical target
  • Energized by open source: Ditching closed apps spurred growth, utility says

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 52

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Happy New Year! Issue #52 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out.

openSUSE defeats Mandriva

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SUSE About this time last year I decided that Linux simply wasn’t good enough and returned to Windows XP. A week later I discovered that Mandriva was actually up to scratch. Given that Mandriva fired one of their most valuable employees recently, I think the writing is on the wall for that distro, sadly.

MadTux Closes Its Doors

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broadcast.oreilly: After eight years in business California-based MadTux, an online retailer specializing in systems preloaded with Linux, has closed.

Zenwalk 5.4 Beta1

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Linux Old year's day and a few hours to kill ... so I thought why not try out an XFCE using distro that I have tried out several times Zenwalk. Just before Christmas the Beta 1 of Zenwalk 5.4 was released. So downloaded it, burned it to CD, popped the CD in and fired it up.

Ubuntu in 2009

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Ubuntu The first release of Ubuntu in 2009 will be the April debut of Jaunty Jackalope, otherwise known as Ubuntu 9.04. Most users will be looking forward to a release packed with exciting features.

The biggest threat to open source in 2009

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OSS There is no longer any doubt that hackers and malware writers are going after open source projects as they once went after Windows. Vulnerabilities are being found, discovered, created, exchanged.

some shorts

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  • Dell Studio 1535 OpenSuse 11.1 and latest ALSA
  • Comparing Windows Update to Ubuntu Linux’s Update Manager
  • A Better Desktop Button for Ubuntu
  • Latest Ubuntu
  • More proof that Microsoft are incompetent
  • Ubuntu Advertisement

10 Best Instant Messengers for Linux

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Software Like other Operating systems, there are some great Instant messengers for Linux. These IM’s comes with features like any other, including custom emoticons, web-cam support, nudges, themes, plugins, customizations and lots more. Here’s a list of 10 Best Instant messengers for Linux.

"Doomed to Obscurity" - New Web Comic Launched

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Humor For a New Year's Day surprise, I'm finally launching the webcomic I've always wanted to do. It's called Doomed to Obscurity and if you give it time, it'll grow on you. Strip #1 is up today; subsequent strips will be published every odd-numbered calendar day.

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    Fuchsia first popped up on the tech world’s radar in mid-2016, when an unannounced open source project from Google appeared on the GitHub repository. According to initial inspection by the technology press, it was designed to be a “universal” operating system, capable of running on everything from low-power smartwatches to powerful desktops. That potentially includes phones, tablets, laptops, car electronics, connected appliances, smarthome hardware, and more.
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KDE: Discover, Qt Creator, LibAlkimia

  • This week in Discover, part 10
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  • Qt Creator 4.6 RC & Qt 5.11 Beta 2 Released
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  • Last Weeks Activity in Elisa and Release Schedule
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SwagArch 18.02 - U Got Swag?

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