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New PCLinuxOS 2007 looks great, works well

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Linux.com: PCLinuxOS is a live CD distribution that enables users to test Linux without actually having to install it. The highly anticipated new version, PCLinuxOS 2007, was released on Monday. Its intuitive selection of software, high level of stability and functionality, and the quality of the graphics make this the distribution's best release ever.

Switching Desktops on Ubuntu

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PC World: Here's how to test-drive the 'Big Three' desktop environments on Ubuntu Linux and switch among them at will.

OS Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery

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OS

OSWeekly: One of the amusing things about people who use operating systems is that even though some of them may confidently claim that the platform they use is better than the competition, there are probably still going to be times when they covet a feature that another OS has.

Mozilla Seeks Executive Director

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Moz/FF

MozillaZine Blogs: The Mozilla Foundation is seeking an Executive Director. If you know anyone you think would be a good candidate, please contact Eunice Azzani at Eunice [dot] Azzani [at] kornferry [dot] com.

How to secure VNC remote access with two-factor authentication

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HowTos

In this article, we will show you how to combine the NoMachine NX server to encrpyt VNC and remote X session combined with two-factor authentication from WiKID Systems to create a secure, fast remote access solution.

Alternative to Vista? Try the user friendly PCLINUXOS 2007!

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PCLOS

Technology Questions: Many of you are frustrated with vista, I know... but there are new alternatives coming out, and they are free too. At last, a superb Linux is out. Its called PCLINUXOS 2007 and its the most user friendly linux that I have found up to date. It puts ubuntu linux to shame.

Dell and Ubuntu: why bother?

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Ubuntu

iTWire: I have a question for Michael Dell - why is he trying to be cute about the company's foray into selling boxes with Ubuntu installed? In the normal course of things, Dell would do it all very formally - a press release, a media conference, a briefing to analysts and so on.

UltraStar NG: karaoke game that allows user supplied songs

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DPotD: UltraStar-NG is the remake of UltraStar that works under GNU/Linux. It is coded in C++, and, for the technical part, it uses alsa for audio acquisition, fftw3 for getting the notes sung by the player, SDL for the visualisation and keyboard input, xine or gstreamer to play the music and librsvg or cairo to display the themes

Open Source may be cheap - but we still want support

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OSS

The Register: Open source is increasingly driving enterprise development projects and installations, but big customers still rely on start-up software providers for support.

Also: H&R Block Embraces Benefits of Open Source

Only 11% of Programmers Willing to Help MS-Funded Study

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Groklaw: What I gleaned from a quick reading of the report is that at some unspecified time (but I'm guessing prior to Microsoft rattling its patent saber), Microsoft funded a study about the GPLv3 patent clause to find out how much FOSS programmers simply adore the idea of Novell-Microsoft patent/interoperability types of deals.

Open or Closed. Which is bigger?

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ittoolbox blogs: Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? It is all the rage at this point in time to be talking about patents, licenses and lawsuits. It seems like a real David and Goliath story. Who is David? Who is Goliath? Who will win this epic battle?

Open source communities, adoption and the Microsoft-Novell deal

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Interviews

Search Enterprise Linux: What purpose do open source advocacy groups serve? Open source issues and strategies expert Don Rosenberg says that the biggest help that organizations like the Linux Foundation can offer is in interoperability and legal protection.

Red Hat to Microsoft: "We Have Always Been Respectful Of IP"

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Microsoft

InformationWeek: In a keynote opening the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, Red Hat Chairman Matthew Szulik Tuesday offered an oblique response to Microsoft's assertions that its patents cover code in Linux and other open-source products.

Also: Open Source's Only Friend

Backup your workstation with Backup Manager

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Free Software Mag: Backing up is one of those tedious jobs that has to be done but is usually relegated to the end of the To Do list. Enter Backup Manager, which is a set of Bash and Perl scripts that alleviate the tediousness of performing backups.

Mozilla Gets Places Back in Firefox 3, Prepares for Tagging

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CyberNet: There has been some good news lately on the progress of Firefox 3. Mozilla was able to get the backend of Places back into the latest nightly releases, but as of right now you won’t notice many differences.

Color Theory

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Linux

Talk BMC: Linux is all about choice. If you are running Linux as your desktop/laptop already, you have made a big choice. But those who have made the switch did not, one and all, make it for any monolithic reason. Here are ones I can think of for why people move to Linux from MS Windows:

KDE 3.5.7 Released!

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kde.org: The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.7, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes.

Also: KDE 3.5.7 Improves PIM and More

Lock down the GNOME desktop with Pessulus

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Linux.com: Looking for a way to limit users' functionality on a publicly available machine, such as a kiosk machine for conference attendees? No one wants people trying to alter their systems for fun or malice. If you're running the GNOME environment, you can turn to a tool called Pessulus -- a lockdown manager for the GNOME desktop.

Top 5 OS X Style Dock Replacements for Linux

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Software

Pimp Your Linux: Why lie about it? Linux right out of the box is lacking style. They say clothes make the man, and I think that style supplements an operating system. To get things started, we are going to review the top 5 dock replacements that are out there, to make your Linux system look amazing!

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    I spent last weekend at the Core Apps Hackfest in Berlin. The agenda was to work on GNOME’s core applications: Documents, Files, Music, Photos, Videos, Usage, etc.; to raise their overall standard and to make them push beyond the limits of the framework. There were 19 of us and among us we covered a wide range of modules and areas of expertise. I spent most of my time on the plumbing necessary for Documents and Photos to use GtkFlowBox and GtkListBox. The innards of Photos had already been overhauled to reduce its dependency on GtkTreeModel. Going into the hackfest we were sorely lacking a widget that had all the bells and whistles we need — the idiomatic GNOME 3 selection mode, and seamlessly switching between a list and grid view. So, this is where I decided to focus my energy. As a result, we now have a work-in-progress GdMainBox widget in libgd to replace the old GtkIconView/GtkTreeView-based GdMainView.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Did Amazon Just Kill Open Source?
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  • Growing the Duke University eNable chapter
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