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Ubuntu’s Best Hope: Convert the Kids

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Ubuntu

workswithu.com: When it comes to Ubuntu, we have the flash, we have the solid operating system, we have major suppliers — but now we need even more users. Are those users going to come because of Dell or Hewlett-Packard offering Ubuntu pre-loads? Nope. Here’s what Ubuntu (and Kubuntu) really need to go mainstream.

Red Hat's state of the union

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Linux

news.cnet.com: As much as I may say the open-source and proprietary software worlds are converging, in terms of business models, Red Hat continues to resist and to stand largely alone in its resolution to deliver value unmitigated by proprietary licensing.

Ubuntu is not a new word for Linux

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debiantoday.com: Over the last year or so I’ve been noticing a trend that has been annoying me. It seems to be growing by the day and I finally have to say something about it. Ubuntu is not a new word for Linux!

10 Most Awesome Linux Applications

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Software

lunduke.com: I know, I know. Not another blog post that lists the “top 10 something or other”. But bear with me. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a given application awesome. With that in mind…

50 Tutorials To Get You Started With Gimp

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GIMP

linuxhaxor.net: Gimp has been famously known as the “poor man’s Photoshop”, and perhaps rightfully so. That’s a complement Gimp won’t mind taking. With these tutorials we hope to vanish some of the doubts you might have had about Gimp’s ability as a powerful image editor.

The magic of Linux device drivers

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs/: The Linux kernel has a fantastic way of dealing with your computer's hardware. It doesn't concern itself with the company that sells the hardware or brand names, it is only concerned about the hardware chipset itself. But what exactly is a Linux driver?

KVM Guest Management With Virt-Manager On Ubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu
HowTos

Virt-Manager (Virtual Machine Manager) is a graphical interface for managing KVM and Xen guests on the local and also on remote systems. You can use it to start, stop, pause, create, and delete guests, and you can connect to the guests using the graphical console.

some odds & ends

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News
  • the lip: Episode 52 Fedora 10

  • Linux Outlaws 76 - Easily Operated with One Hand
  • Linux Guru Exchange
  • Parcelforce website cold-shoulders Linux lovers
  • Intel On Rebuilding The X.Org Linux Desktop
  • don't ship kde 4.2 with qt 4.5
  • Why preventing Qt4.5 to work fine with KDE4.2 is bad
  • Mandriva Gnome Linux
  • The Next Sun OS Release Is OpenSolaris 2009.06
  • Fedora as Basis of Russia's Operating System?
  • Everyday Ubuntu: Linux in the home, day two
  • Open source: It's about capitalism, not freebies
  • Some new Plasmoids for KDE4 in next Mandriva Linux Release
  • Linux is a Monkey Wrench?
  • Ubuntu - Using The Right Tool For The Job
  • Linux Entertainment In Bars
  • A fun game for movie buffs who happen to use Linux
  • Desktop Linux Virtualization Options

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • [howto] emerge custom ebuilds

  • Getting Started With Kate, the Friendly yet Powerful Text Editor
  • AutoYaST and SLP on openSUSE 11.2
  • Prevent Yum Upgrades in Fedora for Select Packages
  • Using ProxyCommand with OpenSSH and a Bastion server
  • HOWTO: Install Vuze/Azureus 4.0.0.4 in 8.10
  • HowTo: Chat on IRC via Terminal
  • Using the Guest Account in Ubuntu
  • Using SSL keys for client authentification
  • Lighty Tips & Tricks: Hide lighttpd software version
  • General Troubleshooting in Linux
  • Fingering your Ubuntu

Open source speeds up molecular research

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OSS

tectonic.co.za: Simulating molecular motions provides researchers with information critical to designing vaccines and working on preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Now, reports ScienceDaily, a new open source application developed at Stanford University is making it possible to do complex simulations on desktop computers - faster than ever before.

What makes the Linux Foundation, Eclipse, and Mozilla so good?

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OSS

news.cnet.com: I came across news this afternoon about the LiMo Foundation endorsing the Open Mobile Terminal Platform specification, and I realized I didn't care. It's probably big news, but I couldn't get excited. Now contrast these organizations with the Linux Foundation, Eclipse, and Mozilla.

GNOME Do 0.8 Review

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linux-ninja.com: This weekend, I decided to check out GNOME Do’s latest 0.8 release with the new Docky task bar. As someone who has managed to avoid all the launcher hype bestowed on programs such as Launch Box, Quicksilver and Ubiquity, I have to admit that in the beginning, I was more than a little bit skeptical about GNOME Do. How useful can this program really be?

Debian Project News - February 9th

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Welcome to this year's second issue of DPN. Topics covered in this issue include: Release update, Debian Summer of Code 08: Where are they now, and Dedicating Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 Lenny to Thiemo ths Seufer.

Red Hat updates real-time Linux

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Linux

theregister.co.uk: Red Hat has announced that it has begun shipping the second rev and the first fully functional version of its Enterprise MRG real-time Linux. The Fedora Project, which is sponsored by Red Hat, has also put the alpha of its Fedora 11 development release in the field on time.

Novell’s Partner Program: More Than SUSE Linux

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SUSE

thevarguy.com: Seeking to be known as more than the SUSE Linux company, Novell today shed more light on its evolving partner program — which blankets the company’s complete product portfolio

How to add Awn main menu applet in AWN 0.3.2

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Howtos

The latest Awn 0.3.2 has seen a few applets been removed, one of them being the good old AWN main menu. This is a quick guide to run it in the new 0.3.2

sidux, antiX, and SimplyMEPIS - still winners in 2009!

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Linux

usalug-org.blogspot: I have not changed my view of the top desktop systems for my own personal use as the landscape of distros changed at the end of 2008, nor have I changed my view as we are two months into the 2009 year.

XO Laptops To Ship with Fedora or Windows XP

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OLPC

olpcnews.com: In a shift of strategy revealed in a Q & A from XO Camp, One Laptop Per Child will be dropping the Sugar User Interface in future XO laptop shipments for a version of Fedora.

Review: Yoggie Gatekeeper Pro

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Hardware

raiden.net: The Yoggie Gatekeeper Pro is a Linux powered mini-computer designed to secure your laptop from any and all forms of network and Internet attack.

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