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How did Ubuntu end up so popular?

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Ubuntu
  • How did Ubuntu end up so popular?

  • Distro Review: Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron LTS
  • Ubuntu 8.04 KVM Benchmarks

Open-Source Security Idiots

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OSS

practical-tech.com: Sometimes, people do such stupid things that words almost fail me. That’s the case with a Debian ‘improvement’ to OpenSSL that rendered this network security program next to useless in Debian, Ubuntu and other related Linux distributions.

Planet exgentoo is live!

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Gentoo
Web

kloeri.livejourna: Due to a recent policy update on Planet Larry (a planet run by Steve Dibb for gentoo users) former gentoo developers are no longer allowed to be syndicated there. So to provide a central place for former gentoo developers to talk about gentoo and other things on their mind Alexander Færøy have now started Planet Exgentoo.

You Can Hack An OS But You Can't Hack People - part 7: Left Standing at the Altar

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OS

penguinpetes.com: Who's left standing at the altar? Windows users, that's who. Windows has now become the only proprietary operating system without a free-software or open-source equivalent. Apple has Darwin. Solaris has Open Solaris. Unix has Linux and BSD. And Windows has... nothing!

Mark Shuttleworth: Discussing free software syncronicity

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Linux

markshuttleworth.com: There’s been a flurry of discussion around the idea of syncronicity in free software projects. I’ll just contribute a few thoughts and responses to some of the commentary I’ve seen so far.

The Ultimate Guide to Linux Digital Photography Software - Introduction

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Software

maysville-linux-users-group.org: I had been using digikam for several years to manage my collection of digital photographs. With the recent purchase of a new DSLR (my first I might add), I was looking to see what else was out there in the terms of software, functionality, features, costs, etc. At the same time, while looking on the net to see what was available, I found many people looking for the same things as I. There was also a lot of mis-information out there. Due to the popularity of our Ultimate Linux Guides to ....I decided to create this one.

Dreamy Dreamlinux

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Linux

linux.com: Dreamlinux is a Debian-based distribution that offers you a choice of GNOME or Xfce window managers as well as an extremely simple installation and scripts to install popular programs not found in the Debian repositories. Besides a few minor bugs that didn't cause any problems, my experience with Dreamlinux was entirely positive.

Give Me 3 Synths, Part 2

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Software

linuxjournal.com: In this second installment I'll profile Minicomputer, a subtractive synthesizer with some familiar aspects, unique characteristics, and terrific sounds. Let's take a look under its hood and see what makes the Minicomputer run.

Linux and the tax office: never the twain shall meet

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Linux

itwire.com: Why would a government body offer trial software for small and other businesses which use the GNU/Linux operating system, take it offline when the interest in it grows and keep quiet about it thereafter?

Nine Steps to Optimal GNU/Linux Desktop Setup

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Linux

earthweb.com: Configuring GNU/Linux does not end when the installation CD ejects, nor even after the post-install wizard runs. While installation leaves you with a basic system, it does not leave you with an optimized system in which all your preferences and requirements have been taken into account. To fill that gap, here are nine steps you should take after installing GNU/Linux.

OpenOffice.org vs. Microsoft Office vs. Moore's Law

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OOo

oooninja.com: Earlier we challenged Moore's Law with OpenOffice.org. Today we have a three-way match. In the first corner, we have heavyweight Microsoft Office; in the second, undefeated champion Moore's Law; in the third corner, underdog OpenOffice.org. Let's get ready to rumble!

PHP 6.0: More to Love, Less to Hate

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Software

ostatic.com: One of the languages that many people love to hate is PHP. What started out as a simple templating language written in Perl has become one of the biggest open-source success stories. PHP might theoretically be a general-purpose programming language, but in practice, it is used almost exclusively for creating Web applications.

Stuart Cohen: Meet the Man Behind the Collaborative Software Initiative

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Interviews

linux-mag.com: Disruptive technologies meet staid businesses. Stuart Cohen is bringing the open source development model together with big business, and finding it to be a perfect fit. Joe Brockmeier talks to Cohen about the Collaborative Software Initiative’s first year, and where it’s going from here.

Red Hat defends UK's open source record

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Linux

community.zdnet.co.uk/blog: Is the UK really a laggard in open source? Red Hat denies there is any problem. There are plenty of people who disagree with him. OpenForum's Graham Taylor, speaking at the same event, is just the latest person to say the UK is crap at open source.

Fedora 9 - handle with care

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Linux

blogs.sun.com/venky: When i was at the toshiba service center to get my laptop serviced, i saw a customer use fedora 8 for his laptop OS. This got me interested and since fedora 9 just got released, i downloaded it and installed it on my laptop today.

Making Hardy Heron as LTS is a tactical mistake

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Ubuntu

dogbuntu.wordpress: In April Canonical released Ubuntu 8.04 LTS more popularly known as Hardy Heron. It was the eighth Ubuntu version to be released so far but more importantly it is an LTS release which means that it would be supported 3 years for the desktop and five years for the servers.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • FAQ: How to select fastest APT server in Debian

  • Unix Create a Symbolic Link
  • How to add a Disclaimer To Outgoing Emails in Postfix
  • Table and table-text flow control features for OpenOffice Writer
  • Sliding into SELinux Policy Development with Fedora 9
  • Install multimedia Support in Fedora 9
  • Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” Broadcom Wireless

Twenty Four Hours with Mint 5.0 Beta

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Linux

bmc.com/blogs: These days the Distro I am always watching and waiting for a new release of, more than any other, is Mint. I have expressed that preference here quite a bit since I discovered Mint back in its 3.x release days. Mint 5.0 Beta is out now, and I am not really sure why it is considered Beta. All I have had with it so far is about 24 hours, but it is solid.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 22

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SUSE

Issue #22 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! In this week’s issue Linuxtag 2008 - latest information, People of openSUSE: Marcus Hüwe, and Upcoming… openSUSE 11.0beta3.

Firefox 3 Themes

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Moz/FF

blog.mozilla.com/faaborg: If you are reading this post odds are you are one of the 1.2 million people currently enjoying a beta or nightly build of Firefox 3. However are you a big enough Firefox fan that you like to run it simultaneously on 4 different platforms? If not, here are some screen shots of the new themes for Firefox 3 for Vista, Linux, OS X and XP.

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XFree KWin, Plasma, KDE, and Qt/GTK

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New Manjaro Release

What a week we had. With this update we have removed most of our EOL tagged kernels. Please adopt to newer series of each, when still be used. PulseAudio and Gstreamer got renewed. Also most of our kernels got newer point-releases. Series v4.12 is now marked as EOL. Guillaume worked on Pamac to solve reported issues within our v6 series. The user experience should be much better now. Latest NetworkManager, Python and Haskell updates complete this update-pack. Please report back and give us feedback for given changes made to our repositories. Read more