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Story openSUSE 12.1 32-bit review - Even worse srlinuxx 01/12/2011 - 7:33am
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Dell and Ubuntu: deal or no deal?

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Have Michael Dell and Mark Shuttleworth come to some kind of understanding that will see


machines out on the shelves soon with Ubuntu installed?

PCLinuxOS And Ubuntu Examined

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I will admit right away that I have not been all that hip to the Mandriva side of the fence these days, especially regarding PCLinuxOS. For myself, I have been happy with Ubuntu and for others looking at expanding into an addition OS, I have been pushing Linux Mint. Well, after looking at PCLinuxOS from head to toe, I have some new insights that I would like to share.

Mandriva Linux 2007.1 review

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After making a lot of progress with Mandriva Linux 2007, I thought perhaps Mandriva had turned over a new leaf, and was using that release as a starting point for an overall better quality operating environment. I was totally wrong.

Ubuntu ‘Fiesty Fawn’ Installation: impressions

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The following are just some impressions and events during my installation of Ubuntu “Fiesty Fawn” 7.04 on my Desktop. The aim is not to be thorough, but to just give a sample perspective of what an installer might face while installing the new (and nice) distro.

Oracle's Unbreakable Linux...All about Microsoft?

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I had lunch with a friend today that is making me reconsider some of my previous comments on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux moves. I still think the company went about it in the wrong way, but it makes more sense to me now.

What If Oracle's move against Red Hat was not about Red Hat at all? What if it was in response to the Microsoft threat?

Interview with srlinuxx - owner and operator of

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Interviews has been a popular haunt of mine for some time and it's been one of the key catalysts in propelling into view. So it only seemed right to thank srlinuxx personally and find out a little bit more about the leader of this popular site...


When and why did you decide to start

Open-Source Graphics: Will You Bet On This Dark Horse?

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The open source movement, whose efforts I regularly monitor, is a sometimes bemusing, sometimes bewildering, but almost always estimable mix of pragmatism and "pipe dreaming". Graphics is, along with Wi-Fi, a common sticking point for folks interested in garnering robust hardware support within their chosen operating system and applications.

A Beautiful Dock For Ubuntu

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Finally, the time has come. I’ve been looking high and low for a stable, easy to install, usable and good looking dock for ubuntu. My search has ended (for the time being) with AWN.

Reverend Ted Leaves Novell

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A Brief Retrospective

Quinn Storm personally discusses Beryl

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Today, we interviewed Quinn Storm, the initiator of the Beryl project.

Ubuntu 7 - A Viable Windows Desktop Replacement?

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Many are resisting upgrading to Windows Vista. Reasons range from performance issues to the general perception of few, if any, value added features. Unfortunately, many Windows users are being forced into Vista by large OEMs such as Dell. By the end of December, XP will no longer be an option when purchasing a new PC.

E-mail Architecture I

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E-mail is the most popular application on the Internet today. Closelyfollowed by search. This article aims to take a high level view of thevarious components that go into making e-mail work for you.

Freespire 2.0, Linspire 6.0, CNR v2 rollout plans published

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Linspire has published the release schedules for its two Linux distributions -- Linspire and Freespire -- and the overhaul of its CNR (click-and-run) software update system to support multiple Linux distributions, including Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu.

The Truth About Open Source Security

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Open source software -- it's fast, it's popular, it's practical, and, best of all, it's free.

GNOME 2.19.1 released

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Version 2.19.1 of the GNOME desktop environment has been released with much exclamation. "Welcome to the new GNOME development cycle! Please fasten your seat belt: you're going to see a lot of exciting new changes!, new features!, new bugfixes!, new translations!, new documentation!.

Open Source Needs Better Public Relations

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OSS defines open source as “… a program in which source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge, i.e. open.” It is a simple definition. To me, it means that there is software out there on the net that has been put together by a community of people.

Building the XO: Porting a PyGTK game to Sugar, part two

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In the last lesson we learned about what made Block Party tick. In this lesson, we will turn the same PyGtk codebase into a Sugar activity with only minimal modification of the core code.

Operating System Showdown: Ubuntu Vs. Vista

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Other tech sites will bore you with in-depth "technical details" and performance specs in their product analysis. At BBspot we pull back from the boring benchmarks to compare the superficialities, and we do it all on a single page.


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Using the policy of bad-news-first: Blender’s interface is just flat-out confusing. I’ve been double-teaming my learning with a copy of the No Starch Press’s Blender Book and some of the free video tutorials from the Blender site.

Review: SimplyMEPIS Linux 6.5

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A few weeks ago, MEPIS released SimplyMEPIS 6.5. The latest version of the Ubuntu-based desktop distribution offers a number of interesting new features, including a 64-bit release and Beryl for 3-D desktop effects. After spending a fair amount of time with the release, I found it to be a worthy update to earlier versions of MEPIS.

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