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few odds & ends

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News
  • tellico: collection manager for books, videos, music, and a whole lot more

  • New Features in GTK+ 2.15.0
  • Giving life back to an OLD laptop
  • Run Compiz Fusion on Your Mini 9
  • small tip - Which applications are using a given directory
  • FLOSS Weekly #50: Open MPI

Resolutions and mean people

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Linux

castrojo.wordpress: I am going to follow this guy’s saga on switching to Ubuntu for a week. I like his writing style and sarcastic sense of humor. However I found the responses to his problems to be all too common these days.

The For And The Against For Linux

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Linux

informationweek.com/blog: Two responses to things I've written recently are worth commenting on. Both were responses to my post about Windows 7 being more of a previous-version-of-Windows-killer than a Linux-killer -- and both bring up further points to be argued and defended.

7 Reasons Why Pirates Should Jump Ship to Open Source

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OSS

It has always amazed me how many people pirate. As the well-known anti-piracy video clip says, “You wouldn’t steal a car, you wouldn’t steal a handbag,” but people do regularly steal software and other copyrighted materials. They seem to have an innate belief that software should be free.

Technically, pirates don’t steal - they infringe copyright. Neither do they rape, pillage, sink ships, or make people walk the plank into shark-infested waters. The “pirate” label seems to be part of an unsuccessful campaign to encourage people to pay for intellectual property. Calling people names rarely works.

Btrfs For The Mainline Linux Kernel

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Linux

phoronix.com: With the 2.6.29 merge window still open, earlier this week he started a new thread entitled Btrfs for mainline.

How To Install Ubuntu Themes

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HowTos

iarematt.com: One of the first things I did when I moved from Vista to Ubuntu was install a nice looking theme. The default Ubuntu theme is pretty decent, but I dont like the brown and when browsing posts like this and this, I knew I wanted a sexier look for my laptop.

A tale of too many parameters

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Linux

blog.i-no.de: With 2.6.28 came ext4, which I've been using on several not-so-important filesystems for a while now. I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and switch back to ext4 on a crypted volume. Shouldn't be all that hard, right?

Amazon MP3 Downloader on openSUSE 11

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HowTos

tuxtraining.com: This HOWTO will explain how to install the Amazon MP3 Downloader application under openSUSE 11 (both 11.0 and 11.1). Unfortunately, as of this writing, Amazon only provides a package for openSUSE 10.3, which will not work directly with 11.0. But you can get the downloader working under 11 with some manual steps.

Choosing a Distro……..

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Linux

armageddon08.wordpress: The first step to start using GNU/Linux is to find out which distribution is the right one for you. So how do you go about choosing the right distro for your computer. Let’s find out.

Evolution vs Kontact - Part 2 - Kontact & Conclusion

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Software

fosswire.com: Welcome back to Part 2 of this series - pitting GNOME’s Evolution Personal Information Manager (PIM) suite against KDE’s Kontact.

Fair but honest? Xubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu

kmandla.wordpress: Xubuntu and I parted ways a long time ago. When I started using Ubuntu, I quickly orphaned my $3000 laptop in favor of a $300 secondhand machine, and Xubuntu became my weapon of choice. A few months ago I promised a fair look at Xubuntu 8.10.

Sylvania Netbook With Ubuntu: A Good Mix

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Hardware
Ubuntu

linuxinsider.com: Sylvania's G Netbook Meso offers a nice-looking screen and plenty of ports -- you get three USBs as well as a VGA. The available Ubuntu Netbook Remix OS will give you the option to effortless switch between two GUI styles.

6 best personal finance apps for Linux

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Software

techradar.com: In the past, Linux was not overly blessed with decent budgeting software, and installing GnuCash was regarded by many as the epitome of a descent into dependency hell. Thankfully, things have since changed.

Antivirus for Linux

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Software

aronzak.wordpress: One of the questions that many new Linux users ask is “Should I run antivirus software on Linux?” I have two reasons why not to and three why you should.

Slowly moving people to Linux via OpenSource Apps

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Linux

The migration to Linux, is though Open Source applications, on Windows, creating a comfort zone, a feeling of familiar desktop apps, something which isn't alien, when you make the transition to the Linux Desktop.

today's leftovers

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News
  • fttps: A command-line download manager

  • EMC reportedly buys SourceLabs, but for what purpose?
  • The Internet in 2099
  • Microsoft Keeps Embracing Open Source, Digs PHP
  • German Linux integrator launches workshops
  • 48 Hour Mystery to feature Hans Reiser Case
  • Yet Another Mockup: SpringDesk
  • Android on netbooks is BIG money for Google
  • Ubuntu 8.10, DOSBOX, and the single HP dv9000
  • The Great Save
  • Free/Open source needs a consumer "Intel Inside" brand
  • Manage Your Money Easily With My Money
  • Attempting to Install Linux, Part Deux
  • Feedback on XO Laptops in Brazilian Schools

Seven Reasons Why Linux Will Succeed in 2009

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Linux

daniweb.com: Linux will continue its soaring success in 2009. Yes, Linux is free and free is good but what about its other advantages over commercial Unix flavors and Windows? Here are the top seven reasons why.

Top 5 Free First-Person Shooting Games for Linux

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Gaming

crowdedbrain.co.uk: At one time, asking if Linux could play games elicited laughter and disappointment. However this is starting to change and dozens of high quality games have been released to run on Linux platforms.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Setting Up Ubuntu to Share Video, Music, Pictures with Your PlayStation 3

  • Thumbnails for Samba Shares in Nautilus
  • How to ‘Watch’ Over Your Linux System Automatically
  • 3D acceleration in virtual machines - Part 2: VirtualBox & OpenGL
  • Upgrading Slackware
  • Global command in VIM
  • How to Install Standalone Flashplayer in Linux
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