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PC World Linux laptop warranty saga gets even more bizarre

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Linux

daniweb: On the 11th September a customer of the PC World computer superstore in Colliers Wood, London took his laptop back for an under warranty repair. The computer was only a few months old, and a crack had appeared near the left hinge which is indicative of an internal joint failing.

Open-Source Developers Speak Out About AMD

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OSS

phoronix: AMD started delivering on their word of providing GPU specifications to the open-source community without a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and now with the 2007 X Developer Summit having come to a close, we asked several key members of the X.Org community on how they judge AMD's recent move.

Discussing the x86 Merge

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Linux

kernelTRAP: Sam Ravnborg took a look at the x86 unification patches and commented, "from the mails and discussions I expected it be be obvious what was i386 only, what was shared and what was x86_64 only."

The Big SMB Problem: Dropping Microsoft Office

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Software

J_K9 @ Linux: Linux and Open Source software are not entirely free: they have setup costs, maintenance costs and time and productivity costs. Despite all of these costs, many SMBs still choose to switch to Linux and Open Source. Why?

RedHat 6.2 - wow!

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Linux

A.P.Lawrence: Today I meandered down state to answer a distress call on a Linux box exhibiting a number of baffling symptoms (well, they baffled me on the phone at least). Seemed odd, so I drove on down. Imagine my delight to find a RedHat 6.2 box.

Howto Set Flickr images as Ubuntu desktop wallpaper

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HowTos

ubuntu geek: Webilder delivers stunning wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots. You choose what keywords (tags) to watch for, and photos are automatically downloaded to your computer.

Free Software is good for business

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OSS

ITPro: Not so long ago the common wisdom was that free and open source software would grow strongly in the market for infrastructure software - operating systems, databases and web servers that have a generic applicability across all markets - but that non-free software would continue to dominate in the realm of vertical markets - where applications fulfil a specific role in a specialised commercial environment.

Drupal 6.0 beta 1 released

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Drupal

drupal.org: After eight months of development, we are proud to let you know that the first beta version of the Drupal 6.x family is released. This beta includes a tremendous number of new features and new programming APIs for both users and developers.

PCLinuxOS Overtakes Ubuntu In DistroWatch H.P.D.

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PCLOS

After consistently rising in the DistroWatch H.P.D. rankings for months, PCLinuxOS finally managed to bump Ubuntu from the top of the list. Despite all, PCLinuxOS seems to attract a constantly increasing number of clicks.

Today's Leftovers

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News
  • The Official Ubuntu Book 2nd Edition

  • Post-Alpha Opera 9.5 Release
  • openSUSE First impressions?
  • Matthew Aslett moves to The 451 Group
  • Inna Kuznetsova, Global Executive for Linux, IBM
  • Web ad blocking may not be (entirely) legal
  • Mandriva: The right Kaffeine back-end
  • Root-locked Linux for the masses
  • Software patents not GPL3 to kill open source?
  • The first K-12 Open Minds Conference
  • Bastille Linux Loses Domain, Turn Into Bastille Unix
  • Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: Winners of Screenshot Contest
  • Linux to get the boot at US Army Corps of Engineers?
  • Novell takes VMware interface to Linux kernel
  • How to install a specific version of Java on Ubuntu

OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 Quietly Released

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OOo

phoronix: The official release of OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 is scheduled for Monday, September 17, but it is available already. OpenOffice.org 2.3.0 introduces a number of new features and changes for all OpenOffice.org components.

$100 OLPC Laptop Gets Another Price Hike

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OLPC

news.yahoo.com: The $100 laptop—which was already up to a hefty $175, has gotten yet another price bump to $188. A spokesman says they're committed to keeping the price from rising above $190, and probably below $200 if at all possible.

The (short) history of Full Circle Magazine

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Ubuntu

Have you ever wondered how Full Circle got its start? What our past websites have looked like? Well, you can take a look here and see our past websites and the discussion on UbuntuForums that started it all.

Some Howtos

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HowTos
  • Finding File Hard Links

  • Windows Mobile 5 device as a bluetooth modem for the Nokia N800
  • Beauty of Math using Linux
  • Speed up your Linux HDD
  • How to create a GNU/Linux live USB stick with SLAX

New Net taxes could arrive in November

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Web

ZDNet: Americans might pay more for DSL and cable modem bills starting November 1, thanks to politicians in the U.S. Congress who have yet to extend a federal moratorium limiting taxes on those services.

Lowarch 0.1.1 on 450Mhz K6-2, 256Mb

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress.com: So after I rebuilt my main system (ah, that clean, fresh feeling!) I gave Gutsy the boot, and burned a fresh CDRW with the Lowarch ISO.

Forgotten Roads Remembered

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Linux

Linux Today: I mention this exploration of what was because I think it relates to a certain anniversary of Linux that's coming up on Monday, September 17. According to Linus Torvalds, that is the date when the first real 0.01 version of the Linux kernel came out.

the "too many windows open" link dump

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News
  • Gutsy Release Parties, Bring It On

  • Could AMD move open desktop Linux market?
  • Gentoo: Forums Back Online
  • How To Use a Cingular Sierra Wireless 875 Card on Ubuntu Gutsy
  • Aptitude Easter Egg?
  • Will patents crush open source?
  • Amarok: Weekly Status update II (Sleepy
  • Open Source Internet Utilities - Part 3
  • Digital security with GnuPG plugins
  • A letter to the Wall Street Journal

The dangers of automatic updates

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Software

linux.com: When I started using GNU/Linux eight years ago, I was dumbfounded to encounter Debian users who started their day by upgrading their entire system. Never mind that this idea is an nuisance and an unwarranted assumption -- let alone that constant upgrades are unsuitable to many styles of computing and contrary to responsible system maintenance. They're an active hazard.

Mandriva: Lenovo poll, more 2008 work

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MDV

adamw’s blog: Lenovo is running a poll to see which distribution people would prefer to see pre-installed on future Lenovo systems. A few days back we were languishing in 8th place or so with under 1,000 votes. We’re now running a clear third behind Ubuntu and Debian. Work on 2008 continues at a relentless pace.

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