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Story Linux Mint 12 On ASUS Eee PC srlinuxx 23/12/2011 - 11:55pm
Story Semplice Linux, An Exercise in Simplicity srlinuxx 23/12/2011 - 9:42pm
Story Raspberry Pi Beta Boards Unveiled srlinuxx 23/12/2011 - 9:40pm
Story Goodbye GNOME 2, Hello GNOME 2? srlinuxx 23/12/2011 - 9:34pm
Story Ubuntu 11.10 'Oneiric Ocelot' Will Power New PC Line srlinuxx 23/12/2011 - 9:31pm
Story I give up; my search for the perfect Linux rescue distro is over srlinuxx 23/12/2011 - 9:29pm
Story Linux Users Continue To Pay Most srlinuxx 23/12/2011 - 6:40pm
Story KDE 4.8 RC Released srlinuxx 23/12/2011 - 6:34pm
Story Which Firefox is right for you -- 9, 10, 11, 12 or UX? srlinuxx 23/12/2011 - 6:32pm
Story Meet Mint's 'Cinnamon' srlinuxx 2 23/12/2011 - 6:30pm

Tools: GCC 4.2.0 Released

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kernelTRAP: Mark Mitchell announced the availability of GCC 4.2 saying, "GCC 4.2.0 is a major release, containing new functionality not available in GCC 4.1.x or previous GCC releases." He then linked the GCC 4.2 Release Series Changes, New Features, and Fixes document for more details as to what is new in this release.

Microsoft 'evidence' turns against them

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Tectonic: The claim by Microsoft earlier this week that open source infringes 235 patents, has taken an interesting turn.

Also: Jono Bacon: Microsoft in FUD shocker
And: Experts say Microsoft's patent quest won't go far
&: Microsoft running scared from Linux

What’s a GNU/Linux distribution?

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Free Software Magazine: By now, almost everyone who has a computer has heard about something called “Linux”. What people generally mean by the word “Linux” is Linus’ kernel combined with all of the GNU programs, which together function as an operating system.

Kubuntu And OpenSUSE Head To Head (Part 1)

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Linux Is Life: OpenSUSE biggest advantage is that it has yast bundled with its distribution,it makes administrating your pc so hassle free It has all the elements that one needs. Ubuntu Has Advanced Packaging Tool, or APT, is a package management system used by Debian GNU/Linux and its derivatives.

OpenSUSE: Webpin - Finding And Installing Applications Easily

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E@zyVG: If you’re looking for a search engine for finding openSUSE RPMs, you can use Webpin. Webpin will automatically register new repositories and use libzypp for dependency resolution, leaving you with very little to do, while the packages are downloaded and installed quickly and transparently.

Linux: Open For Business

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industryweek: Linux and other open-source software can offer competitive advantages where cost and customization pressures are concerned.

Adding a little Cream to (g)Vim

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Software Even though I'm a die-hard Emacs user, there are times when I have to use the vi editor -- specifically gVim, the graphical face of the popular vi clone Vim. Since I use gVim so infrequently, I don't readily remember many of the editor's basic commands. Either I muddle through or reach for my well-thumbed copy of the vi Editor Pocket Reference. That was until I discovered Cream.

How to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu

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apcmag: You want to install Linux on your system which is already running Windows XP. This tutorial has been tested on an AcerPower SK50 desktop system and a VMWare 6 virtual machine.

Keyjnote: presentation viewer with very nice graphical effects

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Debian Package of the Day: keyjnote is an excellent presentation program with graphical effects that will make Apple’s Keynote users be jealous.

Three Reasons Microsoft Shareholders Need Open Source

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bmc blogs: Redmond is spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt through the media. It's SCO all over again, except this time they have a willing partner in Novell. Clearly Microsoft’s leadership doesn't realize the value of open source alternatives. The only group they’re going to hurt is their shareholders. This week I'm going to educate them on three reasons they need open source.

N.Y. attorney general accuses Dell of fraud

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CNET: Dell is being accused of making false promises to customers to drive sales, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Also: Dell drops consumer Linux desktops?

Bill Hilf and Clarifications

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Bill Hilf Blogs: A few folks have emailed or called me about statements I said in the Bangkok Post about the ‘end of Linux’ and ‘there is no free software movement.’ My statements were shaped in a sensationalist way, not surprisingly, this isn’t the first time the press has used shock value to get headlines. It then hit Slashdot and the blogosphere where a couple hundred people have called me every name under the sun. I have a tough skin – need to in this job. But days like this suck, to be honest.

Gartner joins squabble over the definition of open source

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computerworld: Gartner today joined squabbling by vendors over the meaning, purpose and spirit of open source by declaring that users demand the right to modify and redistribute software code and the resulting products.

Latest CrossOver for Linux ups 3D game performance

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DesktopLinux: Many users can't avoid Windows applications for one or two tasks, or a game -- and that's where CodeWeavers Inc. comes in with its CrossOver platform. CrossOver 6.1, released May 15, enables enables Linux PCs and Apple Mactels to run more Windows applications and games, and with higher 3D performance.

Educational GCompris Live CD

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Journal Of An Open Sourcee: Shortly after receiving a comment on my other blog (Brazilian Portuguese only) from Armando Silva about an educational Live CD, my curiosity got the best of me and I just had to check it out.

Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism

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Sweet!Computing: Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power at all costs.

Tiny Tiny RSS: A very very useful RSS reader

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Software Tiny Tiny RSS (TT-RSS) is an excellent little Web-based RSS aggregator that, despite its tiny size, sports some clever features, including an AJAXified interface, a multiuser mode, tags, content filtering, and a lightweight interface for use with mobile devices.

Being Nice

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Lxpages: Most people don’t even know that running processes at at a different priority is an option. Many have never even heard of the nice command. In this article, I will discuss what the nice command can do for your processes.

KDE tip - speed up KDE launch time

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FOSSwire: Here’s a really simple but very effective tip for speeding up the time it takes for KDE to start up.

Also: Sharp Fonts On A KDE Desktop

Why supporting Tux500 is worth it

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Nuxified: Ken Starks and Bob Moore are trying to raise money to put the GNU/Linux advertisement on one of the cars that will be participating in the biggest racing event on the planet, Indianapolis 500. However the project has been at least slightly controversial. I will attempt to outline some of the reasons some in the community may have not to support this project.

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Linux 4.8.4

I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.4 kernel. And yeah, sorry about the quicker releases, I'll be away tomorrow and as they seem to have passed all of the normal testing, I figured it would be better to get them out earlier instead of later. And I like releasing stuff on this date every year... All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: Read more Also: Linux 4.7.10 Linux 4.4.27

New Releases: Budgie, Solus, SalentOS, and Slackel

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Security News

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