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Story Sincere Concerns for Linux at Home srlinuxx 5 01/01/2012 - 9:24pm
Blog entry Big oops! Leo Laporte posts love affair online. Texstar 6 31/12/2011 - 7:41pm
Story The Year in Review: Desktop Linux Developments in 2011 srlinuxx 1 31/12/2011 - 11:29am
Story OpenSUSE 12.1 vs Fedora 16 srlinuxx 31/12/2011 - 2:37am
Story Interview with Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation, Part II srlinuxx 31/12/2011 - 2:30am
Blog entry What happened to Boxee? fieldyweb 30/12/2011 - 9:56pm
Blog entry Tabletop RPG's in a Linux World bigbearomaha 30/12/2011 - 9:33pm
Blog entry Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions fieldyweb 30/12/2011 - 7:16pm
Blog entry 2012.. What's around the corner..? fieldyweb 30/12/2011 - 2:21pm
Story Xubuntu 11.10 with Xfce4 srlinuxx 30/12/2011 - 2:54am

Put The Power of Linux Into Your Business

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LinuxPlanet: Do you realize how much value is packed into each and every distribution of Linux? A Linux machine can help you solve problems that simply are too time consuming, complex, or expensive to solve with other operating systems. Mr. Small- and Medium-Businessman, what's holding you up?

Icculus Interview!

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Gaming Our very own curmudgeon, Matt Matthews, had the opportunity to interview Linux gaming luminary Ryan "icculus" Gordon about various topics last week:

Is the desktop dead?

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FreeSoftware Mag: Red Hat’s, Brian Stevens, claims that the desktop is dead. This may seem a trifle premature, but from my own perspective, that has already been the case for several years.

Microsoft reignites its war on Linux

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Linux-Watch: "Even the founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman, noted last year that Linux infringes well over 200 patents from multiple companies The real question is not whether there exist substantial patent infringement issues, but what to do about them."

Going political and Linux the Ubuntu way

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Life of Riley: I've posted here before some announcements about the fact that Venezuela was shifting to Linux as their preferred operating system in sync with Cuba who has made a major re-commitment to Linux in an .attempt to grow its open source community and steer further away from tech dependencies on imperialism.

Also: Ubuntu, Craft, and iTunes

Enhancing eBay with Firefox extensions

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Moz/FF eBay is a great way to acquire hard-to-find collectibles. Trouble is, the best deals are often found in auctions that end in the middle of the night. When that happens, the Biet-O-Zilla (BOZ) extension for Firefox can help you, by tracking auctions and scheduling bids in advance.

Edubuntu update - still rocking

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ZDNet: So all 4 of my kids spent the weekend on and off the computers in the basement. They played games, looked up cheat codes for their console games, sent emails, and wrote a research paper on Langston Hughes.

One Laptop per Child official criticizes WiMAX community

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EETimes: An official at the One Laptop per Child project criticized the WiMAX community on Monday for mainly focusing on equipment in the licensed bands, which will stymie innovation and stall a rapid decline in equipment prices.

The KDE 3.5 Control Center - Part 7 - Regional and Accessibility

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Raiden's Realm: Welcome to part 7 of our series on the KDE 3.5 Control Center. Today we'll be covering the "Regional and Accessibility" section. This section serves two basic purposes that are useful for everyone using KDE on a regular basis.

Distro Selectors: How Accurate Are They?

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OSWeekly: Nearly everyday, I have people e-mailing me with questions regarding my choice of the distributions that I highlight. But then it struck me: how are beginners or even those experienced users really supposed to be expected to make time to discover that next big Linux distribution love affair?

Ten things a Linux Fanboy will not tell you: when you install linux

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Tryst with Linux: Yes, I read the list here. And as most lists are, it included somethings it shouldn’t have, and missed somethings it shouldn’t have. So, anyway, here’s my list (and perhaps my exaggerated confessional!) based/built on the earlier list.

A brief introduction to mutt-ng

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Debian Administration: mutt is a well known and much loved mail client well suited to the efficient handling of a large volume of email. One of the things which makes it so powerful is its extreme flexibility and customisation options. The next-generation mutt package builds upon the core mutt with some additional features; most noticeably the introduction of a sidebar, which this article introduces.

How To Back Up MySQL Databases Without Interrupting MySQL

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This article describes how you can back up MySQL databases without interrupting the MySQL service. Normally, when you want to create a MySQL backup, you either have to stop MySQL or issue a read lock on your MySQL tables in order to get a correct backup; if you do not do it this way, you can end up with an inconsistent backup. To get consistent backups without interrupting MySQL, I use a little trick: I replicate my MySQL database to a second MySQL server, and on the second MySQL server I use a cron job that creates regular backups of the replicated database.

Create high-quality Web graphs in minutes with Plotr

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HowTos Need to add professional-looking graphs to your Web site? Using Plotr, you can do this in no time and with minimum fuss.

Preview websites with Cooliris

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tectonic: Do you suffer from too many pages open on your browser? Do you compulsively have to open links, just out of curiosity of what might be on the other side? If so, Cooliris Preview may just be the solution for you.

Ooh, ooh, the bogeyman is gonna getcha with his stupid patents. Or maybe not.

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Groklaw: I'm being buried alive in email about the Fortune article about Microsoft's patent saber rattling, which I thought so unimportant I put it in News Picks earlier. Here's why I'm not unduly worried so far.

Open Source: Can software truly ever be 'free'?

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mywesttexas: There is a revolution going on. Since the dawn of the Computer Age, software developers have met in small groups to discuss the unthinkable, Free Software. In these times, even a kindergartner knows that there's no such thing as a free lunch... or is there?

Does Tux500 violate the Linux trademark?

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Penguin Pete: One difference between corporate sponsorship and a... uh... crew of private individuals is that corporations have the forethought to establish that they have the legal blessings of the brand they intend to market before marketing it.

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    If you cycled the clock back about 15 years and surveyed the prevailing beliefs about open source technology at the time, you would find nowhere near the volume of welcome for it that we see today. As a classic example, The Register reported all the way back in 2001 that former CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer made the following famous statement in a Chicago Sun-Times interview: "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches."
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  • The Blockchain Created By Ethereum's Fork is Forking Now
    A blockchain that was born out of the rejection of a contentious technical change is on the cusp of making a decision some argue contradicts its core values. That's the situation the developers behind ethereum classic face ahead of a hard fork expected to be enacted on its blockchain on 25th October (should network participants approve the upgrade). Originally formed in reaction to a decision by the ethereum community to edit its "immutable" ledger, the fork caused an ideological schism among its enthusiasts. Alarmed by the action (or seeing a chance to profit by continuing the original network), miners and speculators began running its blockchain, which developers named "ethereum classic". Other investors then bought into the vision, and today, there are currently 85m classic ethers (ETC) worth $87m.
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    Red Hat’s annual poll found that 43 percent of respondents have deployed the cloud platform in production, compared to just 16 percent one year ago. The company reckons the increase reflects efforts by the community to address complexity and deployment issues that were previously known to have been a major roadblock to adoption. The study also noted that the steep learning curve for deploying OpenStack is being addressed as a growing number of engineers become certified to operate the platform. In addition, Red Hat cited cloud native application development as another driving force in enterprise adoption of OpenStack.
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