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KDE 4.2.1 provides the "Cream" on top of KDE

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KDE

dot.kde.org: It has been a little more than a month since you were able to install the latest and greatest KDE on release day. Today is another one of those with KDE 4.2.1 (codenamed "Cream") hitting the shelves.

Looking back at Linux.com

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Linux
Web

brucebyfield.wordpress: Quite simply, the old Linux.com site and its sister-site NewsForge were the largest source of original news in the FOSS community. That is not just bias, but objective fact. Mny people don’t seem to recognize what’s been lost.

Also: Journey to the New Linux.com

Bad update! BAD!

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SUSE

marcelgagne.com: On Monday evening, just before calling it a night, I decided to attend to that little 'updates available my OpenSUSE 11.1 notebook. There were half a dozen updates, one of them being a kernel update, which doesn't happen too often.

Firefox 3 Gains Ground on Microsoft Internet Explorer

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Moz/FF

sys-con.com: Mozilla Firefox 3 overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 for the first time in February in the Internet browser wars according to monthly data from StatCounter Global Stats.

Red Hat's JBoss Software Draws Patent Suit

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Legal

informationweek.com: A small software company on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against open source distributor Red Hat and several vendors that sell Red Hat products, claiming that Red Hat's JBoss middleware violates one of its patents.

The Beginner's Guide to Linux, Part 2: Installation

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Linux

maximumpc.com: In part one of our guide, we walked you through the process of finding a distro that is right for you. This chapter is going to walk you through downloading and burning a CD image of your chosen distro(s), the traditional way of partitioning and setting up a dual-boot system, and another way to dual-boot without repartitioning.

Dream Linux 3.5 - An Excellent New Release

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Linux

community.zdnet/blog: I got interested in the new release of Dream Linux (3.5) because it is supposed to make it easy to create your own customised ISO boot image. I thought that if I could get it set up and configured on the HP 2133, and then make an ISO of that, that would be really useful.

Open Source, it is not just for Linux anymore

linuxjournal.com: I was involved in an email discussion the other day with a fellow Amateur Radio operator about a program called UI-View. I was informed that the source code had been destroyed on the author’s death, at his request. This made me pause.

HOW TO: choose the best version of Linux

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Linux

apcmag.com: What's the best Linux distribution? It's one of the most commonly asked questions from people who are new to Linux. The answer? Well, there isn't really a simple answer.

Quick look around XFCE 4.6

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Software

celettu.wordpress: I went for lightweight and speedy. That meant, of course, Arch, but also ext4 and the latest XFCE. Yes, XFCE isn’t the lightest solution I could have gone for. It’s no awesome, or evilwm, or even Openbox, but I was curious about the new 4.6 release, and I wanted to keep things relatively easy.

4 Great Tools to Find Files Quickly

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Software

gaarai.com: As is true with most things in Linux, there are great desktop tools, but more power can be found in Terminal than any streamlined desktop tool can match. Today, I’d like to introduce you to a few tools.

today's leftovers

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News
  • For Fans of Drupal, a time to meet and talk code

  • HAL: new keys to match kernel version
  • Tempers Flare as Recession Creeps into Tech Industry
  • 15 Years Linux: Past and Future
  • More on Open Source Conversion Rate Myths
  • Open Source Media Center Apps Are Growing Up
  • Comux 001010
  • Linux stack and tools vendor launches community site
  • End of life for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
  • Rule #3: Divide and conquer
  • Take Me Out to Ubuntu
  • The SFLS: Episode 0x08: Selecting a FLOSS License
  • openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 61
  • Asking the wrong questions on open-source adoption
  • Asus Eee brings in anorexic computing
  • Mozilla Developer New 03/03
  • Time for open source to loosen up
  • Open Sources Episode 6: Open source in the enterprise
  • ZYpp 6.2.1, no mirror will stop you
  • Hive Five Winner for Best Home Server Software: Ubuntu Server Edition
  • TuxRadar Podcast Season 1 Episode 3

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Vim Cheatsheet Revisited

  • Boosting your Kernel on Gentoo
  • Playing Restricted Media When Using Ubuntu
  • Opera add / increase the number of speed dials (9.x and 10)
  • Boost Your Disk Performance by Using Journal Data Writeback Mode of Ext3
  • VirtualBox, Virtual Networking
  • Flegita: Gnome Scan - A Simple Scanning Alternative to XSane
  • StarCraft on Linux
  • My code is compiling
  • The Ultimate Guide To Manage Your Audio/Video Files In Linux

Evidence-Based Open Source Adoption

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OSS

informationweek.com: I mentioned to a friend of mine the other day how I was replacing Word with OpenOffice in the long run. He replied that they use OO exclusively at his place of work.

Microsoft to Release Windows Linux!

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Humor

linugadgetech.blogspot: I was looking today at the packaging of my new Sabrent 3.5" internal card reader and noticed something very interesting on the front of the box. Do you see what I see? That's right, it lists Windows Linux.

Red Hat and Novell: Heading In Opposite Directions?

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Linux

thevarguy.com: When Red Hat announces quarterly results March 25, the news may confirm what Wall Street has suspected since November 2008: Despite Novell’s continued momentum with SUSE Linux, the smarter money remains on Red Hat’s open source strategy. Here’s why:

Inside the Linux Foundation Purchase of Linux.com

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Linux
Web

earthweb.com: Two months after SourceForge’s Linux.com site stopped publishing new stories, the reason has finally been made public: The site has been acquired by the Linux Foundation.

linux too f*@King easy to install

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Linux

noronha.id.au: Ok I have a computer it generally stays on 24/7. it does important work like download files during off-peak download periods. It also is my svn server. samba etc… Ok so the short of the story is my computer got reformatted.

Tell Them It’s Linux!!

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Linux

danlynch.org/blog: I saw an interesting video a few days ago. I found it amusing that most people thought KDE 4 was Windows 7 but hardly that surprising if I’m honest. But as I watched one thought screamed louder and louder inside my head, “for god’s sake tell them it’s Linux!!!”.

Linux the cool factor

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handlewithlinux.com: I have a bunch of designers at my job, and they all carry around an apple. No not the fruit, you know the vastly overpriced and over-hyped electronics brand. These guys think they are so cool. While Linux is actually a lot cooler then apple, it's not perceived by enough people as being cool.

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    10 Reasons Why Desktop Linux Isn’t Mainstream. Yeah, the title is totally link-bait. However, it’s worth noting that I actually deliver what the title describes and then some. Linux is awesome, but sadly, most people haven’t heard of it. Here’s why.
  • Linux Works For You
    Linux allows YOUR computer to work for you, not against you. Wearing this shirt/hoodie demonstrates to all who see it that you are not a slave to your PC. You are in control and Linux is the reason for this.
  • Robin "Roblimo" Miller
    The Linux Journal mourns the passing of Robin Miller, a longtime presence in our community.
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  • Pidgin / Libpurple SkypeWeb Plugin Sees New Stable Release
    SkypeWeb is a plugin that allows using Skype in Pidgin / libpurple chat clients. The plugin can be used to send instant messages and participate in group chats, but it does not yet support voice / video calling.
  • Feral's GameMode May Soon Have Soft Real-Time Capabilities
    Feral Interactive's Linux system tuning daemon, GameMode since being introduced earlier this year has primarily offered the ability to easily change the CPU scaling governor when gaming but not much more. Though a new feature is now in the works for GameMode.
  • Mini DebConf Hamburg
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