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Story Raspberry Pi Linux computer goes on sale on eBay srlinuxx 03/01/2012 - 4:43pm
Story 2012 Plans and Dreams From the Linux Blogs and Beyond srlinuxx 03/01/2012 - 4:41pm
Story Linux in 2011: What a Great Year srlinuxx 03/01/2012 - 4:35pm
Story 2012 Linux distributions reviews Gevorg Harutyunyan 03/01/2012 - 11:32am
Story Introducing Cinnamon srlinuxx 03/01/2012 - 6:06am
Story Dreamlinux 5.0 Is Based on Debian 7 Wheezy srlinuxx 03/01/2012 - 6:00am
Poll 2012 Will Be srlinuxx 03/01/2012 - 2:04am
Story A Quaint and Curious Distro srlinuxx 03/01/2012 - 2:03am
Story Bit for byte, Linux is still best value! srlinuxx 03/01/2012 - 1:51am
Story The Best Firefox Tips Of 2011 srlinuxx 02/01/2012 - 8:08pm

Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

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Linux Online: That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize' is to provoke fear.

One Laptop per Child on 60 Minutes, Sunday May 20

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Red Hat Mag: Little green men often make the front pages of supermarket tabloids. Little green laptops? Not so much. But this Sunday, the XO (which we’ve been talking about for months) will get its mainstream news debut on CBS’s highly regarded program, 60 Minutes. (A far cry from the National Enquirer.)


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paul cutler’s blog: With the recent announcement of Ubuntu forming a Media Center team focusing on Elisa as it’s media center platform, I took another look at Elisa as a potential solution for my home theater PC.

Government Department Ditches Windows, Moves to PCLinuxOS

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has successfully completed User's Training on Free open Source System (FOSS) and PC Linux to equip its staff and employees in Bicol the basic features of PCLinuxOS.

openSUSE 10.3 alpha 4 report

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openSUSE 10.3 alpha 4 was released a couple of days ago and I've been in testing mode. This release doesn't bring any new eye candy, but there are a few changes under the hood. As with the last, a lot of sites picked up on this release indicating that interest is ever increasing.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 - Simply Easy

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TechieMoe Rants: MEPIS was introduced to me originally by a fellow I met completely randomly in a book store. I liked it a lot back then, and subsequent versions have been solid, if not necessarily noteworthy.

Also: Minix 3.1.3

The 3D Desktop on Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring

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Mandriva Club: After having included the AIGLX, Xgl and Compiz 3D desktop technologies in Mandriva Linux 2007, Mandriva has added all the latest 3D desktop updates in Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring, like Metisse and Beryl.

Moglen: SUSE Vouchers Have No Expiration Date!

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Groklaw: This is news indeed. Todd Bishop has the story. Eben Moglen is saying that the SUSE vouchers Microsoft is distributing have no expiration date! I didn't know this. It's huge. This is, according to Moglen's remarks, another defense to any patent infringement claim by Microsoft, and it may well bring that campaign to a screeching halt.

Why people really don't switch to Linux

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DesktopLinux: Over in the DesktopLinux forums, people have been talking about why -- if Linux is so darned great -- don't people give up Windows and move to it.

KDE 3.5.7 in Cooker

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MDV KDE 3.5.7 just land in Cooker. KDE 3.5.7 will feature bugfixes and improvements over the 3.5.6 release ( as shipped in 2007.1 Spring ).

New GCC 4.2.0 -- boon to developers, bore to distros

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Software Earlier this week, the GNU project announced a major release of the popular GNU Compiler Collection. GCC 4.2.0 introduces new features and several improvements for developers, but most of the distribution developers we spoke with aren't rushing to take advantage of the new release.

Mozilla awarded the World Information Society Award

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mozillalinks: The International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency for information and communication technology has awarded the Mozilla Corporation with the World Information Society Award "for its outstanding contribution to the development of world-class Internet technologies and applications."

The Lesser Apps of KDE - Graphics

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Raiden's Realm: One of the greater benefits I've found while using KDE is the wide range of applications that come bundled with it. While some would call that bloat, I call it a benefit. But one of the disadvantages of having so many included applications is that sometimes some really good programs get lost in the shuffle or forgotten about. These are what I call the "Lesser Apps of KDE".

K Menu Icon Size for your openSUSE Desktop

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suserants: In recent versions of KDE, there is a new K Menu layout. This is called the “SUSE Menu Style”. The traditional K Menu style is called the “KDE Menu Style”. You can switch between them by right-clicking on the K Menu. There is an option to switch to switch in the small menu that appears.

The mysterious force driving open source

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Dana Blankenhorn: Consensus is the mysterious force driving open source. Consensus, in this sense, is a scientific concept. It’s not the same as unanimity, nor is it the same as democracy. It’s a common acceptance and practice which must prove its utility each day.

Dell announces the models for Ubuntu

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Jeremy’s Blog: We will be launching a Linux based OS (Ubuntu) on the E520, 1505 and XPS 410 starting next Thursday, 5/24. The goal of launching Linux is to continue to give our customers more choices to customize their new Dell.

Cheap PCs: too good to be true?

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pcadvisor blogs: The UK's biggest PC bargains could completely change your perception of the cost of hardware. But does the drive towards ever-cheaper computing come at a cost?

Fix for Beryl Worspaces Problem in Feisty Fawn

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ubuntu geek: Problem - The workspace options dissapeared when right clicking on a window using the beryl manager.

Linux move reaps dividends for stockbroker Case Study: Since stockbroker Redmayne-Bentley revamped its IT infrastructure with a move to Linux the business has been reaping the rewards.

Search Status exposes website details

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tectonic: Search Status is a great Firefox extension that provides a handful of additional information on any site you're visiting at the time.

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Leftovers: KDE


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    The Cinnamon desktop environment is incredibly popular, and for good reason. Out of the box it offers a clean, fast and well configured desktop experience. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it a little better with a few nifty extras. And that’s where Cinnamon Applets come in. Like Unity’s Indicator Applets and GNOME Extensions, Cinnamon Applets let you add additional functionality to your desktop quickly and easily.
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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Netflix on Firefox for Linux
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OSS in the Back End

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