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The future of climate change is in Linux's hands

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Linux The Millennium Simulations, an earth modeling venture at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, will allow scientists to model the changes in the world's climate over the last millennium as well as centuries into the future.

SimplyMEPIS 8.0 Moves Closer to Final Release with Beta 6

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Linux In beta 6, the kernel has been updated to upstream version and the extra drivers have been rebuilt for the new kernel. This kernel release fixes an error in the last release that resulted in the tg3 driver being disabled.

Review: Songbird 1.0

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Software Songbird has been one of those media players that's been an enigma of sorts, a player that tries to be an all in everything player, an iTunes competitor, and so much more, and yet seemed to ultimately try to do too much, and yet succeed at too little. At least that was my impression of it in it's beta stages. Has that changed these days?

A Better Office .docx Converter

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OOo There's plenty of ways to convert Microsoft Office 2007 file formats (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx) to Now 3.0 imports these Office OpenXML files natively, but natively doesn't mean a fluent translation.

The evolution of a new Ubuntu User

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Ubuntu The new Linux Ubuntu user is not a rare species nowadays so it's time to spend some time studying that interesting creature. This case study will have a look at The Linux newb and his self-proclaimed "day-to-day log of my conversion from Windows to Linux".

Google OS gOS - if at first you don't succeed...

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Linux gOS, the brains trust behind the failed $200 Linux-based “gPC” at WalMart, has seen fit to throw the dice one more time, introducing an operating system called Cloud that lets your computer boot into a browser. I, for one, welcome this innovation. I've always been a fan of neutering the most versatile machine in human history, restricting its use to only a small subset of the intended functionality. Yeah, this one's a winner from the start.

Test Center preview: Fedora turns 10

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Linux There comes a point in the life of any hard-core Linux user when the idea of digging about to find yet another obscure piece of software, compiling the code, and integrating it into your daily routine just seems annoying, not compelling. This is where Fedora comes through. Red Hat's open source standard bearer and mineshaft canary is still everything to every Linux power user.

5 Tips for free software advocates

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OSS Free software advocacy is something I do — both for a living and as a hobby. Over the years I’ve gleaned a few best practice tips and I thought I’d pass them on.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 281

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • First Look: VectorLinux 6.0 Beta 2

  • News: Mandrake CEO responds to community, Novell/SUSE sales, OpenSolaris benchmarks, Ovatio awards, Omega 10 Desktop, DragonFly BSD overview
  • Released last week: OpenSolaris 2008.11, Puppy Linux 4.1.2
  • Upcoming releases: Linux Mint 6
  • New additions: OzOs
  • New distribution: CentServer
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Notes from the field: Fedora 10 and OpenSUSE 11.1 RC1

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blogbeebe.blogspot: Over the weekend I had the opportunity to install Fedora 10 on a Dell Latitude D630 notebook and to tweak the OpenSUSE 11.1 installation.

Top Five Reasons to Love Compiz Fusion in Linux

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Software So, you’ve just switched to Linux, probably to the Ubuntu distribution, due to its popularity. Come on, don’t lie - the main reason you switched is because you wanted all the effects from Compiz Fusion you saw on Youtube.

Review: Open-Source Office Suites Compared

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Software In search of an alternative to Microsoft Office, we test, StarOffice from Sun, IBM's Lotus Symphony, KOffice for Linux, and AbiWord.

Xubuntu 8.10 - Review

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Ubuntu Well, in keeping with my need for speed and my love of the Xfce desktop, my next partition filler is Xubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex.

today's odds & ends

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  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #120

  • FLOSS Weekly 49: XMPP
  • Fixing Fedora 10 Linux - Root login in GUI
  • QuickQuote for Thunderbird
  • NVClock Needs GeForce 8/9 Help
  • Fix for video problem on the Dell Latitude C600/C500
  • openSUSE Build Service KDE:KDE4:* Repository Changes
  • Beyond Wubi…
  • weather the recession with Linux and Open Source models
  • Fashion Your Firefox released
  • The Linux Action Show! Season 9 Episode 10
  • International Open Source Comunity focus on China
  • Testing “Scratch” - the easy programming language

Woohoo! Prey Linux Retail Client Released

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Gaming Back in October Ryan Gordon surprised the Linux community by releasing a Linux game demo of Prey two-years after the game began shipping on Windows. This afternoon Ryan has now released the binaries that allow the retail game to be used on Linux.

OpenSolaris tackles Ubuntu dominance

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OS Sun has crafted the second release of OpenSolaris with a number of improvements in an attempt to make it more competitive with desktop-orientated Linux distributions such as Canonical's Ubuntu.

The Cost of Free

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OOo Furious! This describes the response of a portion of the Dutch free and open source afficionados when hearing about the idea that might get advertisements as part of the binary package.

some howtos:

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  • Add Sudo to Your Last Bash Command With “!!” Syntax

  • Ubuntu Ibex Wireless and RT61PCI
  • Installing ZFS and setting up a Raid-Z array on Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu How To
  • Wine applications go into Other menu instead of Wine
  • Start X Painlessly
  • Upgrade / Downgrade your Dell Bios On Ubuntu
  • New mail notification with Procmail
  • Change the Week Start Day in Ubuntu
  • Long "which" command form
  • How to Use an AT&T Ericsson F3507g Card on Ubuntu Intrepid

Playing With CrunchBang Linux

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Linux CrunchBang Linux is a new(ish) Ubuntu derivative designed to offer a “good balance of speed and functionality”. Its first release was based on Hardy in April and has just been updated for Intrepid. Installation was … interesting, to say the least.

Novell and what they bring to the party

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bushweed.blogspot: It's almost time for another openSUSE release, and I'm sure there will be many articles written about it in the near future. But what about the company behind the SUSE logo? Novell get a lot of bad press, but do they really deserve it?

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KDE: Discover, Qt Creator, LibAlkimia

  • This week in Discover, part 10
    This week saw many positive changes for Discover, and I feel that it’s really coming into its own. Discover rumbles inexorably along toward the finish line of becoming the most-loved Linux app store!
  • Qt Creator 4.6 RC & Qt 5.11 Beta 2 Released
    The Qt Company has some new software development releases available in time for weekend testing. First up is the Qt Creator 4.6 Release Candidate. Qt Creator 4.6 has been working on better C++17 feature support, Clang-Tidy and Clazy warnings are now integrated into the diagnostic messages for the C++ editor, new filters, and improvements to the model editor.
  • LibAlkimia 7.0.1 with support for MPIR released
    LibAlkimia is a base library that contains support for financial applications based on the Qt C++ framework. One of its main features is the encapsulation of The GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library (GMP) and so providing a simple object to be used representing monetary values in the form of rational numbers. All the mathematical details are hidden inside the AlkValue object.
  • Last Weeks Activity in Elisa and Release Schedule
    Elisa is a music player developed by the KDE community that strives to be simple and nice to use. We also recognize that we need a flexible product to account for the different workflows and use-cases of our users. We focus on a very good integration with the Plasma desktop of the KDE community without compromising the support for other platforms (other Linux desktop environments, Windows and Android). We are creating a reliable product that is a joy to use and respects our users privacy. As such, we will prefer to support online services where users are in control of their data.

SwagArch 18.02 - U Got Swag?

SwagArch sounds like an interesting concept. The aesthetic side of things is reasonable, although brown as a color and a dark theme make for a tricky choice. The fonts are pretty good overall. But the visual element is the least of the distro's problems. SwagArch 18.02 didn't deliver the basics, and that's what made Dedoimedo sad. Network support plus the clock issue, horrible package management and broken programs, those are things that must work perfectly. Without them, the system has no value. So you do get multimedia support and a few unique apps, however that cannot balance out all the woes and problems that I encountered. All in all, Swag needs a lot more work. Also, it will have a tough time competing with Manjaro and Antergos, which are already established and fairly robust Arch spins. Lastly, it needs to narrow down its focus. The overall integration of elements is pretty weak. Eclectic, jumbled, not really tested. 2/10 for now. Let's see how it evolves. Read more

How Open Source Approach is Impacting Science

Dive into the exciting world of Innovative Science to explore and find out about how the Linux-based Operating System and Open Source are playing a significant role in the major scientific breakthroughs that are taking place in our daily lives. Read more