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Story Slackware Turns 21 Years Old Rianne Schestowitz 18/07/2014 - 7:58am
Story Chromebook – What it is and what it isn’t. Roy Schestowitz 18/07/2014 - 7:53am
Story RadeonSI Gallium3D Now Supports GL4 Indirect Drawing Too Rianne Schestowitz 18/07/2014 - 7:51am
Story Snowden on Dropbox: It’s hostile to privacy Rianne Schestowitz 18/07/2014 - 7:47am
Story Fedora 21 Alpha, Project Mayhem, and Linus' Office Roy Schestowitz 18/07/2014 - 7:43am
Story Best Fitness Apps for Google Chrome and Chrome OS Rianne Schestowitz 18/07/2014 - 7:41am
Story Google Chrome 36 Brings Web Components to the Browser Rianne Schestowitz 18/07/2014 - 7:36am
Story Heterogeneous multicore dev platform targets Linux Roy Schestowitz 18/07/2014 - 7:26am
Story Calibre 1.45 eBook Reader and Editor Brings Improvements for Kindle Books Rianne Schestowitz 18/07/2014 - 7:10am
Story OpenWRT adds IPv6, preps for IoT future Rianne Schestowitz 17/07/2014 - 8:48pm

Nonprofit chooses Ubuntu for servers, OpenOffice for desktops

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Ubuntu

techtarget.com: Oxford Archaeology, one of the largest independent excavation firms in Britain, has twin missions: discovering and preserving historical artifacts that might otherwise be destroyed by construction projects, and sharing its finds and experiences with visitors to increase their appreciation of archaeology and history.

2.6.26-rc4, "Things Are Calming Down"

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "You know the drill by now: another week, another -rc," began Linux creator, Linus Torvalds, announcing the 2.6.26-rc4 kernel. "There's a lot of small stuff in here", he continued, "most people won't even notice. "

Open source on the wire

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OSS

idg.no: Once upon a time, using open-source servers and applications for business was frowned upon in many circles. Today, you'd be hard pressed to find any sizeable infrastructure that doesn't leverage open-source code in some form or another.

EeePC 900 running 8.04 OOTB from ZaReason

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Hardware
Ubuntu

ubuntu-rocks.org/blog: I picked up an Asus EeePC 900 from ZaReason and it arrived today. Now, on the order form it says Xandros but I mentioned in a comment that it would soon be running Ubuntu. Within two minutes of placing the order they replied saying they can put a basic Ubuntu install on it, so I said “heck yeah!”.

GNOME file manager gets tabbed file browsing

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Software

arstechnica.com: Although Nautilus—the GNOME file manager—includes many useful features and offers an excellent implementation of the spatial paradigm, its browser mode is less impressive and is missing some must-have functionality. The Nautilus developers are about to deliver a big improvement, however, with the addition of full support for tabbed browsing.

Paying The "Linux Tax"

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Linux

informationweek.com/blog: Most of us know about the "Windows Tax" -- the extra cash you shell out to pay for the cost of a Windows license when you buy a new PC. But what about a (so-called) "Linux Tax," the cost incurred by an ordinary user switching to Linux from Windows?

Mozilla makes Firefox 3.0 bug-fix decision

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Moz/FF

computerworld.com: Mozilla Corp. decided today to roll out a second release candidate for Firefox 3.0 that will include fixes for about 40 bugs. The alternative was to declare the open-source browser good "as is," then patch the problems with a later update.

Also: Mozilla Developer News May 27

Why the pre-loaded Linux Desktop is important

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Linux
Hardware

practical-tech.com: I will never cease to be amazed at how fast things change and how quickly people forget. Today’s example is a Slashdot posting with the title, “Why Buy a PC Preloaded with Linux?” Specifically, the dotter—slasher really doesn’t give the right tone—wants to know “‘Why should I buy a PC preloaded with Linux?’

RIP, Levanta

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Linux

linux.com: It seemed like such a great idea. Linux is moving from edge and departmental servers to the data center, so why not offer Linux data center automation, complete with virtualization Linux lifecycle management? Well, maybe it's still a great business idea, but Levanta wasn't able to make a go of it.

Penny Arcade: Linux Screenshots

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Gaming

polishlinux.org: Hothead Games together with Penny Arcade released a very interesting game called “Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness”. It can be purchased at $20 in Greenhouse Internet store, which is a counterpart of more known Steam Games. Nothing peculiar, you say? And you’d be right if not for one small detail: the game is available also for GNU/Linux.

LinuxWorld Expo to Offer Installfest for Needy Schools

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Linux

ostatic.com: As the LinuxWorld Expo conference, slated for August 4th to 7th in San Francisco, starts to take shape, more news is emerging about events to happen there. At LinuxWorld, Untangle is organizing an Installfest event to donate open source (Ubuntu) computers to schools in need of technology resources.

30 Similarities between PowerPoint and Impress

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OOo

fanaticattack.com: This article is to emphasize the similarities between the OpenOffice.org Impress and Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation tools. These are the things you can instantly do with no relearning. I hope that not only will this show some of the similarities but will show you some shortcuts you might not have known about in either program.

Multiple live CDs in one DVD

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Software

share4vn.com: Live CDs do a great job of advertising Linux distributions. In addition to general-purpose live CD distributions, there are lots of task-oriented live CDs. Wouldn’t it be great if you could carry multiple live CDs on one DVD disc?

some howtos:

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HowTos
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  • Bash Regular Expressions
  • Using Perl On Linux To Do Mass Synchronization Of File Time Stamps
  • How to use the easiest Linux version
  • Edit and compare giant binary files with lfhex
  • Conky: A Quick Guide
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  • Blogging with Movable Type 4.1
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  • Building a New Computer - Part 2: Putting it Together

KDE 4.1 Beta1 Released

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KDE

kde.org: The KDE Project is proud to announce the first beta release of KDE 4.1. Beta 1 is aimed at testers, community members and enthusiasts in order to identify bugs and regressions, so that 4.1 can fully replace KDE 3 for end users.

Novell hopping with news, but it’s not all good

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SUSE

blogs.techtarget.com: Recently, Novell Inc. has been the beneficiary of generally good news. First, Microsoft gave Novell the nod to write open source extensions to its new System Center, which signals Microsoft’s move toward greater interoperability. This will benefit all open source vendors, but Novell in particular, because these extensions are built on Novell’s ZENworks management software. Score one for Novell.

your rough guide to plasma

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KDE

vizzzion.org: So I've chosen to become Shane's Personal Plasma Steward. This in turn makes me much more aware of things, that I personally take for granted which aren't so natural (yet) to others. One of those things is "How does this thing work?" (for "plasma" as value of thing). Let me explain on a high level how you can use Plasma and make the most of it, starting with a default Plasma desktop.

Sweeten your Vim with Cream

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Software

linux-mag.com: It’s an eternal debate amongst Penguinistas: Emacs or Vim? Unfortunately, for most” normal” (i.e., non-geek) folks, this debate will never occur, since they will find Emacs or Vim way too complicated, strange, and, well… different. There has to be some way to ease users into Vim, some way to leverage the power of Vim while accommodating, or even overcoming, the steep learning curve. Fortunately, there is a solution: Cream.

The Power of SystemRescueCD 1.0.3 - A Must Have Utility Disc

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Linux

reviewlinux.com: SystemRescueCD has been around for sometime and their latest version 1.0.3 just came out today. I take a short look at it and briefly describe some of its advantages. Checkout the short flash video at the end of the article to see SystemRescueCD 1.0.3 in action.

The Anatomy of a Crappy Linux Distro

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Linux

junauza.com: All Linux distributions are not created equal. Some are superior in quality while others are so full of crap. I hate to sound grumpy like Béranger, but I have tried plenty of distros my entire life and have experienced using those that made my blood boil.

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