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Story Munich Switching to Windows from Linux Is Proof That Microsoft Is Still an Evil Company Roy Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 9:01am
Story Dangling the Linux Carrot Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 6:45am
Story Red Hat Sets New 12-Month High at $61.97 (RHT) Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 6:38am
Story Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 6:33am
Story Desktop Obsessions, Steam Sacrifices, and LibreOffice Review Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 6:31am
Story Black Hat 2014: Open Source Could Solve Medical Device Security Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 5:11am
Story Does government finally grok open source? Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 5:08am
Story The OS LinuX Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 5:02am
Story A Linux Desktop Designed for You Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 5:00am
Story Home automation hub runs Linux, offers cloud services Rianne Schestowitz 20/08/2014 - 2:22am

Red Hat net profit rises, expects steady growth

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Linux

reuters: Red Hat Inc, the world's largest publicly traded provider of Linux software, reported Wednesday a quarterly profit that met Wall Street expectations as its revenue grew 32 percent.

Novell/openSUSE stuff

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SUSE
  • YaST Workshop in Nuremberg, June 30 through July 4

  • Get your openSUSE posters! Posters for everyone!
  • New director of PR at Novell

how nvidia impedes free desktop adoption

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OSS

vizzzion.org: There has been quite some discussion about Free and closed drivers and documentation of hardware lately. Kernel developers demand open drivers, docs and development processes, NVidia refuses to open their drivers, arguing that the technical quality is not a problem, and that the driver contains intellectual property they wish to protect.

Even Easier to Love

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Linux
Hardware

canllaith.org: The very day the EeePC 701 was available in stores in New Zealand, swept up in the internet hype, I bought one. The hype was well deserved. I had a lot of fun putting my EeePC through its paces.

Shuttle KPC K45 Barebones System

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Linux
Hardware

thetechlounge.com: I've had this KPC for a month now. Maybe longer, actually. This review has seen setback after setback: I've had entirely too grand a time playing with this little Linux wonder to really bother with writing.

KDE 4.04: Bad, Just Plain Bad

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KDE

practical-tech.com: I wanted to like KDE 4. I really did. I can’t. It is the most annoying GUI (graphical user interface) I’ve used in years. And, yes, I’m including Vista’s slow as sludge Aero in my evaluation.

some more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Ripping Videos for MythTV with AcidRip

  • Setting up your Huawei E220 3G USB Device on Ubuntu
  • Linux Security: Easy as 1-2-3
  • Easy RPM packet preparation
  • Changing the GRUB background in openSUSE
  • Linux Lessons : Installing to USB/CD
  • 8 Most Useful Commands and Keyboard Shortcuts Linux Newbies Should Know
  • Build your own ultimate boot disc
  • Quickzi: How To Delete Bash History
  • Locking Down Xubuntu LTSP

LinuxQuestions.org Turns 8

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Web

linuxquestions.org: It was on June 25, 2000 that I made the very first post at LQ, introducing it to the world. Fast forward eight years and we have almost 3,200,000 posts and over 350,000 registered members.

Dear Microsoft, thanks for the help, Linux

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Microsoft

blogs.computerworld: You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop.

OxygenOffice-2.4.1 Blues on Mandriva 2008 PowerPack

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Software

pclinuxos2007.blogspot: Enough Open XML and ODF battle for standards. The topic of "which is the better" apart, the bare truth is that many people have to deal with docx, xlsx and pptx files, willingly or unwillingly.

PackageKit finds sweet spot in quest for universal package tools

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Software

linux.com: Different GNU/Linux distributions provide incompatible systems for package management, and to date no one has quite figured out a foolproof way to get the best of them all. But where the alien utility tries to convert between major package formats, and Smart and Klik try to imagine new, universal forms of software installation, PackageKit has the more modest goal of supplying a universal front end that leaves the native package systems intact underneath.

A Cow Says Moo!

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Software

cookingwithlinux.com: Once upon a time, ASCII art was practiced in e-mail messages sent around the world. Unfortunately, fancy fonts and HTML-ized e-mails have struck a powerful blow to this ancient and noble art form. The most missed are probably the cows, for Tony Monroe, anyhow.

Do we really need another packaging system?

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Software

loupgaroublond.blogspot: Recently I've been quoted by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for questioning the need for the LSB Package API. The kind of conversation going on over the LSB Package API has been a recurring theme ever since I started using Linux, and it contains quite a few fallacies I would like to put down.

First Significant Disappointments with Linux

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Linux

zdnet.co.uk/blog: I've run into the first significant problems with Linux on my laptops. I had pretty much decided to go with a dual-boot XP/Ubuntu setup on my main laptop (S6510), the same as what I am currently using on the test laptop (S2110). So I tried it... and uh-oh...

The new wave of Linux Lite – lean, mean and green

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Linux

itwire.com: Linux is coming to an ultraportable near you! There’s no denying the smash-hit success Linux is enjoying in the budget price ultraportable market. These are the Linux desktops that will catch on and here’s why.

4 Little Known Thunderbird Extensions

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Moz/FF

linux-blog.org: I recently searched through the mozilla thunderbird extensions website and found 4 extensions that I didn't know about that actually prove to be quite useful. I use Thunderbird 2.0.0.12 on Foresight Linux and have tested all of these extensions and verified that they work on that environment.

7 young GNOME apps from a new generation

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Software

blogs.gnome.org/bolsh: With the recent discussion in blogs around the GNOME world, it can be easy to forget that there have been some great new applications for GNOME appearing recently. Many of these are written by a new breed of GNOME developer.

Will the internet really improve the way we think?

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Linux

In a recent interview with the British Sunday Observer, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, claimed that “it’s the next billion [internet users] who will change the way we think”. Such a big claim deserves some critical house room. Will the internet really change the way we think? Or are we just getting carried away?

Kubuntu 8.04: Hello Old Friend

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Ubuntu

raiden.net: Have you ever run into an old friend, whom you've not seen in a long time? I experienced this recently with a Kubuntu install. You see, I used to be a heavy KDE user and really loved using it. I took the time to look at a few other distributions before deciding to give Kubuntu a shot.

Ubuntu Linux not for ! Puppy Linux Rocks.

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Linux

blog.creativewebsaz: So a friend gave me her old computer and says ‘ I can’t use it, it has a virus or something’. Turns out it didn’t have a virus it had a huge problem with the hardrive. Of course with all the buzz I immediately went to Ubuntu. It was a wrong decision.

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