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Story OpenOffice.Org and the LibreOffice Imperative srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 11:40pm
Story Benchmarking compositor performance srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 11:38pm
Story Sibling Rivalry: Linux Mint 11 vs. Ubuntu 11.04 srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 8:33pm
Story The Linux desktop circus srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 8:30pm
Story Ubuntu-Powered Steampunk Laptop srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 8:26pm
Story Linux-based plug computer srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 8:22pm
Story Arguments against Linux and the opinion of a non-technical user srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 6:12pm
Story 20 Best KDE Applications srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 6:10pm
Story The Six Biggest Websites On The Internet Compared srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 6:08pm
Story The two faces of UK open source srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 6:06pm

…they’re brewing up some polish…

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SUSE

I’m inspecting easly internal betas of the first service pack for SLED10, and it’s looking very cool. Before getting into some of its features, I want to give a little preview what apparently will be an overall theme for the service pack: stupendous amounts of polish.

Red Hat joins the Vendor Interop Alliance: Much ado about...?

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Linux

Today Red Hat announced that has joined the Vendor Interop Alliance, the group that Microsoft chartered with other top software companies, but which has not involved Red Hat to date.

A big thank you to the Ubuntu Technical Board

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Ubuntu

I was *very* pleasantly pleased to read about a decision by the Ubuntu Technical Board to exclude proprietary drivers by default in Ubuntu. I agree 100% with their reasoning, and 100% with the way that it will be implemented.

Penguins Descend On NYC For LinuxWorld

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Linux

This year's gathering of LinuxWorld, East Coast Edition is very different than its predecessors. For starters, the event is in New York City. Moreover, the event isn't even your standard LinuxWorld and bears the long moniker of LinuxWorld Open Solutions Summit.

Novell and Microsoft swing both ways

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SUSE

The possibilities for recursive virtualisation have just increased, with Novell and Intel announcing that you can now run Windows unmodified on Novell's SUSE Linux, via Xen and an Intel VT-capable processor, while Microsoft says an upcoming service pack will let its Virtual Server run SUSE Linux as a virtualised guest.

Also: Europeans don't care for virtualisation

Ubuntu Migration Manager

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Software

Still in an early stage of development, but hopefully ready for Feisty Fawn. Yesterday Migration-assistant 0.3.1 was uploaded to main and the accompanying changes were merged into Ubiquity.

Klik: the un-packaging system

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Linux

Klik is unique among software installation systems for Linux, in that each package installed through klik is self-contained, isolated from the rest of the operating system. Klik isn't a package management system; rather it's an application that lets you download and run software without installing it.

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Review: Frets on Fire

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Gaming

You suck on electric guitar. If you are not aware of that now, you will be after playing Frets on Fire -- a cross-platform, GPLed music game from Unreal Voodoo, where your PC's keyboard is the instrument and you play lead.

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Make move to open source

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Linux

With the launch of Microsoft's Vista operating system Jan. 30, I can't help but wonder why people have such unrelenting faith in the faulted system. I wonder why more people haven't heard of a sexy little Finnish operating system called Linux, a free, highly compatible, highly functional system for which there exist only 40 known viruses.

Network-Attached Storage With FreeNAS

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BSD
HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can set up a network-attached storage server with FreeNAS. FreeNAS is based on the FreeBSD operating system and supports CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, RSYNC, SSH, local user authentication, and software RAID (0, 1, 5). It comes with a powerful web interface and uses very little space on the hard drive - about 32MB.

KateOS 3.2: Installation Made Easy

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Linux

In a recent blog entry I mentioned that one of my favorite relatively unheard of Linux distributions was KateOS. Well, this morning I woke up to find out that a new Beta release of KateOS Live is now available.

Big Linux users pay cash to Microsoft, claims bloke

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Microsoft

CUSTOMERS USING Linux are paying a kind of "protection money" to Microsoft to prevent them being sued over Volish code which is allegedly under the bonnet, a guy has alleged.

Open source software lets Genuitec forgo venture capital

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OSS

One business that relies heavily on open source software is Genuitec, the company that produces the proprietary subscription-based MyEclipse interactive development environment. Low-cost MyEclipse adds functionality to Eclipse, an open source application development software framework. Genuitec co-founder and Vice President of Technology Todd Williams says his company is able to keep prices affordable because it avoided using venture capital money, and because Genuitec itself is built completely on open source.

First Look: BOSS - The Indianized Linux

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Linux

BOSS is Linux operating system distribution, brought to you by CDAC to address your Indic Computing problems. It incorporates all kinds of Indic language resources.

Quake4 update Beta

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Gaming

A new update for Quake 4 has shortly been made available as Beta version. The patch get be downloaded from ID's ftp server. Changes include builtin http server for autodownload and weapon improvements.

MassMutual gives computers

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Ubuntu

MassMutual Financial Group donated 100 computers to Springfield Technical Community College yesterday for use by students who cannot afford to purchase a computer. The computers were stripped of software and any proprietary information, and will load them with free open source software, a Linux-based system called Ubuntu.

When will we hear the end of computer quacks?

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Misc

It seems no matter how much you think you know, the information architects and desktop Feng-Shui consultants want you to believe that you know nothing. Then they can explain all their gibberish and snake-oil solutions to you. And if you don't watch it, they'll steal your own ideas - and then sell them back to you!

Corporate Fight Against Open Source

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OSS

Remember during the Dot Com boom when sites used to display which browser you should use in order to best utilize their website? Quaint, annoying and even a little narrow minded. Those of us who have been yearning for a blast from the past will be thrilled to learn that Wal-Mart is apparently doing this in the year 2007. Wait, it gets better...

Questioning the Linux Foundation’s credentials

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OSS

What do you get if you cross an open source development consortium with an organisation that promotes free standards? Answer: You get a Linux advocacy group. Or so it seems.

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