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Story Open source empowers city archive Hospitalet Rianne Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 7:14pm
Story 2015 X.Org Elections Get Underway For Board Members, SPI Merger Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 5:45pm
Story OEMs Adapt To The Decline In The Market For PCs Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 5:32pm
Story How open source can be a gateway to your next job Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 5:26pm
Story Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: Android Wear's First Generation Champion Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 11:15am
Story Ubuntu's Mir Gains Server-Side Platform Probing Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 10:24am
Story MakuluLinux Xfce 7.1 Released. Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 10:11am
Story Linux Kernel 3.19-Rc6 Released Mohd Sohail 26/01/2015 - 8:10am
Blog entry Ubuntu Flavors 15.04 Vivid Vervet Alpha 2 Released Mohd Sohail 26/01/2015 - 3:35am
Story MBARI testing the waters with open source camera Rianne Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 2:41am

Linux and the PC Mentaility

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Linux

kev009.com: I’ve heard the comparison between Linux and other UNIX like OSes a few times in the past. Of course it is a bit hard to compare “Linux” - which is a kernel - and the others which most often are complete operating systems. Many times they even share a lot of GNU userland tools, so I will disregard userland.

Linux's '09 Outlook: Everywhere, Even On Windows Machines

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Linux

informationweek.com: It sounded like a wild hook for a story, to put it mildly: In 2009, it is said, Linux will ship on more PCs than Windows. So I sat down with Jim Zemlin of the Linux Foundation to explain his reasoning behind such a statement.

Free Software Foundation's Richard Stallman Says Don't Call It 'Open Source'

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OSS

informationweek.com: GNU guru Richard Stallman sent me an e-mail the other day complaining that we erred by saying that the Free Software Foundation, of which he's president, promotes open source software. "We have never supported the idea of 'open source' because that idea denies the importance of users' freedom," he writes.

Linux Mint 6: More unique, still minty.

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Linux

techiemoe.com: Linux Mint is a spin-off of Ubuntu with some different visual polish and the inclusion of *gasp* useful multimedia codecs. I've been impressed by it in the past, so as you can imagine this release had a lot to live up to.

10 things for non-coders to do with free software over Christmas

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OSS

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Some of us will find some kind of alleged spare time on our hands over the next few weeks. Certainly, there’s often some kind of break from “work” over the festive season.

Letter to Mandriva Community

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MDV

blog.mandriva.com: We are pleased to announce you the launch, by January ‘09, of a world wide Mandriva Community Steering Committee whose main targets will be to:

Where has my disk space gone?

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Software

linux.com: If Parkinson's Law for computers holds true, then no matter how much disk space you have, it will get used up. If you're already feeling a pinch, consider using a disk space analyzer tool to see what's eating your space.

Linux games - Lots of great choices

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Gaming

dedoimedo.com: In this article, I'm going to present a whole variety of Linux games, across a range of genres. I'm going to review several titles in detail, complete with screenshots and grades.

Review: Parted Magic 3.3

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Linux

raiden.net: One of the things I've found that new users tend to have trouble with is disk partitioning. Even some professional computer repairman have issues with it. That's why I was glad the day I stumbled onto Gparted. But that had its issues. That's where Parted Magic is so nice.

OpenSolaris 2008.11 tested

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OS

heise-online.co.uk: With its new version 2008.11, OpenSolaris makes further progress in terms of user friendliness, but also in terms of integrating the special Solaris features into a modern desktop environment.

Kernel Log: What's coming in 2.6.28 - Part 7

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: It's not just the audio drivers which have seen important changes during the second half of the development phase for 2.6.28 – there have also been significant developments relating to the various architectures supported by Linux, and in virtualisation technologies and memory management.

Windows crushing Linux in netbook market: Acer

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Linux

itwire.com: Contrary to some recent reports, senior managers at Acer and other leading vendors have confirmed that Microsoft Windows XP now dominates the emerging sub-notebook market with more than 90% of new sales.

KDE 4.2 Beta 2 Released

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KDE

kde.org: The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of "Canaria", (a.k.a KDE 4.2 Beta 2), the second testing release of the new KDE 4.2 desktop.

Easy in Linux, almost impossible in windows

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Linux

toolbox.com/blogs: What really gets me excited about Linux is its ability to recover from disasters. When, in an emergency, a program or service has to be moved from one machine to another in the shortest time possible I would bet on Linux every time.

The Great Linux/Grandmother Experiment

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Linux

mumbojumbodaily.com: My Grandmother, who is 86 and nearly blind, kept telling me about how her computer was giving her all sorts of trouble. She has an older Dell Dimension that was running Windows XP.

Review: Zattoo Player - Free TV On Your PC

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: HERE'S a free-to-view, TV-via-the-web service you might like to check out over the Christmas break - and the good news is it works with Windows, Mac AND Linux.

today's leftovers

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News
  • 2008 in Review, Surveying the OS Landscape

  • Dear Ubuntu Installer: For the Sake of Usability, Could You Have the Colors Make More Sense?
  • A refactoring journey: the YaST control center
  • Larry Wall on the Zen of Perl 6
  • Linux Devices - Christmas Edition
  • about:mozilla Dec 16
  • My Lenovo Desktop - First Impressions
  • openSUSE 10.2 has reached End of Life
  • Updated X.Org, X Server Packages Hit Ubuntu 9.04
  • Abandoning Gentoo
  • Will Cisco settle or battle?
  • Hey Apple, What About iLinux?
  • Wine In Ubuntu: Implementation Is Key
  • Best Way to Download openSUSE
  • Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.1: The Latest GNOME Desktop

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • MySQL Bin Files Eating Lots of Disk Space

  • Tracking build status with Pulse
  • How to virtualize XP on Ubuntu
  • Outfoxing Firefox - how to pimp your browser
  • Recovering deleted file using Foremost
  • Command line stop watch
  • Making Color Corrections with GIMP
  • Download to CD
  • Adding Newsletters to a Web Site Using Drupal 6
  • How to Run Ubuntu Safely
  • Add MAC Style Launch Buttons To Your Ubuntu Desktop With AWN
  • How to make your video or music player play on another sound card in Fedora (and Ubuntu)
  • Programming Multimedia Keyboards
  • Who wants to be a Wizard?
  • HOWTO : Avoid to drop to busybox in Ubuntu 8.10
  • Get Flash Working in Flock Browser in Ubuntu
  • Reboot or Shutdown Ubuntu Safely When Your System Freezes

Comments on Phoronix Benchmarking openSUSE 11.1

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SUSE

Andreas Jaeger: Phoronix has run some tests comparing the openSUSE 11.1 release candidate (RC1), Ubuntu 8.10, Fedora 10 and Mandriva 2009.0 on Intel Atom. We have looked at the results and they are not good for openSUSE 11.1. I’ve talked with a few engineers and want to present below our first analysis.

2009: Year Of The Linux Revolution

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Linux

fastcompany.com: As our software becomes more Web-centric and our devices cheaper, Linux is becoming the operating system on everyone’s lips for 2009. Sorry, Microsoft. If this week’s news is any indication, you’ve been served.

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Ubuntu “Testing Weeks”

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Qt/KDE: Qt5 in Debian and Slackware, QtCreator on Android, KDE Discover, and Plasma's 10th Anniversary

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GNOME: Getting Real GNOME Back in Ubuntu 18.04, Bug Fix for Memory Leak

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