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Story Elementary, My Dear Linux User Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 11:38pm
Story Top 10 Features of Linux Kernel 3.19 Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 10:07pm
Story All Ubuntu Phones Are Now Sold Out, New Flash Sale at 3PM CET Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 9:57pm
Story Red Hat Upgrades Virtualization Platform Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 9:50pm
Story Google Launches Open-Source, Cross-Cloud Benchmarking Tool Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 9:42pm
Story Without open source, there would be no DevOps Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 9:37pm
Story Cisco Takes Open Source Route to Policy Revamp Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 9:26pm
Story Linux-based mobile manipulation robots due soon Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 9:15pm
Story Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: The Best-Performing Android Smartwatch Yet Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 9:06pm
Story Finally: The best phablet in the world is getting Android Lollipop Rianne Schestowitz 11/02/2015 - 8:58pm

Extreme Tux Racer, Smokin Guns, etc

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Gaming

freegamer.blogspot: The somewhat stop-start development of the various Tux Racer projects continues, but it looks hopeful that the latest incarnation of the iconic downhill penguin racer will not disappear like its predecessors.

Frustration and flight for my Linux netbook

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Linux

blogs.the451group.com: I ended up going with the Acer Aspire One, and while I was somewhat reluctant about the pre-installed Linpus Lite after hearing that it was somewhat underpowered and somewhat limited, particularly for Linux, my wife and I figured we should at least try it out.

Best-Reviewed Lightweight GNU/Linux Distros

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Linux

deaddogcafe.wordpress: With tons of excellent online software, I find all I really need from my computer 90% of the time is the ability to connect to the internet and use a powerful, modern browser like Firefox 3. Despite the affordability of hardware currently, I appreciate lean, efficient software and am devoting this post to identifying the best lightweight GNU/Linux distros available today.

5 Less Known PHP Functions

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Software

manishtech.wordpress: As all of you know that PHP has a large set of functions for the programmers. The list is so huge that we keep on learning each one of them day by day. There are some cases you would like to know them beforehand to use them in your app.

Linux Defenders organize to fight patent trolls

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OSS

networkworld.com: In December, General Patent Corp. announced it was working on behalf of Worlds.com to enforce its patents on "Scalable Virtual World Chat Client-Server System" and "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space," which date back to 1995.

Eye candy for KDE Desktop Manager (KDM)

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine.com: There are several layers at which a GNU/Linux system’s appearance can be customized. By far the most visible, especially on a multi-user machine, is the login manager screen. KDM (the KDE desktop manager) has a highly-flexible and easy-to-use XML-based theme system.

My adventures in Gentoo, Ext4 and GCC 4.3.3

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Gentoo

blog.guillermoamaral.com: I finally got a chance to settled in and back to work after a nice trip to Jamaica. I did what any Gentoo loving person does in such situations, go crazy and reinstall everything \o/ yeey.

A Few Questions For Gustavo Noronha

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Linux
Interviews

times.debian.net: I started using GNU/Linux because I wanted to learn how to program and I got to know that C compilers were easily available in GNU/Linux distributions. I started with Conectiva Marumbi, in late 1998, and when I bought a Debian CD in early 1999 I was instantly in love.

Firefox 3.1 beta 3 delayed again

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Moz/FF

blogs.zdnet: Firefox 3.1 beta 3 was not released as planned on Feb. 2 and is not expected imminently.

More FOSS security scare-mongering

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OSS

blogs.zdnet.com: With all the talk of open source and the Obama administration, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the scare-mongering around FOSS security is going to be close behind — and here’s part of the first wave, fresh from Ernest M. Park.

Linux Mint makes Ubuntu suck less

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Linux

bitburners.com: The many of the best and the market dominant distributions have one in thing in common - they have strong commercial support behind them. Every now and then an interesting smaller distribution comes up and is able to attract major audiences and gain an active user group. Such distributions include SimplyMEPIS, PCLinuxOS and the LinuxMint.

A truly light-weight OS: Written in ASM, with GUI, networking and apps

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OS

geekzone.co.nz: Much has been written about resource hungry operating systems. Microsoft Vista or even various GNU/Linux desktop editions, which can't be happy unless you throw gigabytes of RAM at them. Today I came across an operating system that can truly claim to be light-weight.

E-tailer dumps Windows for Red Hat

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Linux

zdnet.com.au: UK-based online lingerie and nightwear retailer figleaves.com has turned away from Microsoft and to virtualisation and open source software to revamp the technology platform that will support its upcoming ecommerce site.

Second netbook wave begins

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Linux
Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Asus is taking pre-orders for a netbook based on Intel's second-generation netbook platform, the secret-shrouded N280/GN40 chipset. Early product specs confirm that the second wave of netbooks are likely to offer faster graphics and lower power use, along with room for much, much larger batteries.

Synchronizing UNIX files with optimized security

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Security

This article covers cp, tar, and rsync, that can aid with the security of the synchronization of UNIX files

Free Ubuntu book tops 150,000 downloads

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Ubuntu

desktoplinux.com: Keir Thomas informs us that his new Ubuntu book has been downloaded 150,000 times. Freely downloadable in PDF format MacFreda Publishing's 164-page Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference offers a beginner's overview of the popular distro.

Is open source becoming like Microsoft?

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OSS

news.cnet.com: Talking with Microsoft last week, I was surprised to hear a key reason for Microsoft getting involved with things like optimizing Windows for PHP: it was the only way to ensure products like PHP work with Microsoft technology at all.

Full Circle #21 out now

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Ubuntu

fullcirclemagazine.org: That’s right folks, FCM#21 is finally here. In this issue: Command and Conquer - Formatting Output, Game Review - Tribal Trouble 2, and Top 5 - Torrent Tools.

Recovering from a Hard Drive Failure

linuxjournal.com: Have you ever woken up in the morning and said to yourself, “today is the day that I'm finally going to backup my workstation!” only to find out that you're a day late and about 320Gb short? Well, that's about what happened to me recently, but don't worry, the story has a happy ending.

Important LAMP systems tunning considerations

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Linux

This series of three articles on tunning LAMP systems discusses many of the server configuration items that can make or break an application's performance.

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