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What about a contest for the next theme?

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Currently there is a discussion about a new theme for going on on -www. Some people presented their ideas and build some mockups while others commented them.

I strongly suggest to let some professional designers and other (not necessarily Debian related) talented people create some mockups, to avoid moving from one outdated and rusty design to the next.

How to Install Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in Ubuntu

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Java is an object-oriented programming language developed by Sun Microsystems in the early 1990s. Java applications are compiled to bytecode, which at runtime is either interpreted or compiled to native machine code for execution.

Michael Dell uses Ubuntu!

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Lately I have been blogging that I am an Ubuntu Fan and use both Ubuntu and Mac. The story was that after 20 years of struggling with Microsoft, after a major crash of my Lenovo that left me without access to my data for five days I was ready for something new. I experimented both with Mac and Ubuntu and liked both for different reasons and now I used both at my office.

Sabayon Brings Eye Candy To The Linux Desktop

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If you think whiz-bang graphical effects are limited to Windows Vista or Mac OS X, think again. The Linux distro Sabayon features some impressive desktop animations complete with whirling, rotating 3D cubes and rippling, bendable window elements that put both Windows Vista and OS X to shame.

Silverlight vs Flash: How Flash can beat the Redmond devil

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Microsoft recently unveiled Silverlight, their answer to Adobe's Flash. While the most obvious thing about Silverlight has already been addressed (missing Linux support), another will be the upcomming battle between MS and Adobe. By positioning Silverlight directly as a competitor to Flash, Microsoft has already started the first round of what could become a battle between Silverlight and Flash.

Mozilla Foundation Executive Director

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One of the great strengths of the Mozilla project is the dedication of its participants. Many people participate over a period of years - sometimes as volunteers, sometimes as employees - figuring out new ways to contribute.

Linux: The Completely Fair Scheduler

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Ingo Molnar [interview] released a new patchset titled the "Modular Scheduler Core and Completely Fair Scheduler". He explained, "this project is a complete rewrite of the Linux task scheduler.

Feisty minus 24 hours: Checklist for upgrade

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A short list of things you might back up before moving to Feisty. This isn’t to suggest you’ll have problems, but if you’re planning a clean install (which I highly recommend), or if things don’t go as you intend, it would be good to have these on an external drive or a networked machine.

Bookmarks. Export your bookmarks list from Firefox, or your preferred browser.

tux500: Where are we now?

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Well, hasn't this been an interesting week. To say that the Linux Community lacks passion is akin to saying Van Gogh didn't like stars. In any event, and regardless of your personal feelings about the Tux500 project or mainstream advertising for Linux, most of the people we talk to agree.

AMD 8.36.5 Display Driver

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Last month the AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition had entered the world with mixed opinions by the ATI/AMD Linux user community. In our 8.35.5 Linux driver review we had looked at the Linux version of the Catalyst Control Center quite extensively. This new control center replaced the old fireglcontrolpanel and in our opinion was a huge move for AMD.

Debian: some people just don't get it

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It was interesting to see the comments which Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols made about the Debian project recently. Interesting, because they resulted in a rejoinder from a Debian developer, Thaddeus Black - not a particularly prominent person in the project, not the leader.

CentOS 5 is a solid enterprise OS

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Last week, two years since its last major release, the CentOS project released version 5 of its enterprise-focused Linux distribution. I downloaded it and put it to the test, and found that CentOS 5 has maintained its tradition of robustness and reliability while adding new features like virtualization.

Oxygen usability icon survey

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The nice guys at OpenUsability have prepared a fantastic icon survey.

This survey will help KDE’s usability experts to point us which icons we should change or improve and which are already good. Thanks very much o everybody which will enter the survey.

PS: it doesn’t take very long, and there are no hard questions.

Tip of the Trade: GParted

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Most Linux system administrators are familiar with GParted, the excellent open source graphical disk-partitioning tool. GParted outshines all graphical disk-partioners, including its commercial competitors. With GParted, you can create, destroy, resize, move, and copy partitions on all the major filesystems, including ext2/3, NTFS, fat16/32, Reiser3/4, XFS, JFS, and several more.

GPLv3: Free or Commercial?

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When I think about technology companies that are major backers of the open source movement, I tend to think about Google and IBM.

The two companies publicly support open source efforts and both have built products that take advantage of open source software. Yet Google and IBM tend to prefer open source licenses other than GPL.

Why is that?

Open source needs lobbyists

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A decade ago, when the Web had just been spun, the computer industry learned the hard way how it needed lobbyists to keep competition alive.

Chief among these companies was Microsoft, which stepped up to the plate for the industry, hired lots of warm bodies (often with fine minds) and fought even the mighty telephone industry to a draw.

Red Hat Teams with UNC to Bring Open Source Philosophy to Campus

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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT - News), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that the company would work with the University of North Carolina system and the North Carolina Research Campus to advance the adoption of open source philosophies of standards and collaboration in biotechnology, bioinformatics, public policy and healthcare research.

Tux 500: A Race To Nowhere

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Eight days into this donation race Tux 500 is reporting they have collected just under $5,500 of the $350,000 goal for the race. At the time of the race, I will be utterly shocked if they collect more than $50,000.

At $25,000 Linux would only be an associate car sponsor. While this is a nice original idea, I personally see Tux 500 becoming a flop.

Vietnam gives priority to open source software

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The government has approved the software industry development programme to 2010, in which priority will be given to the use of open source software in state-funded IT projects.

The state will encourage and assist organisations and businesses in providing services supporting the use of open source software, curbing the rate of intellectual property violations of software.

GnuCash financial-accounting software in Debian

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GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris

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