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Story Third Release of KDE Frameworks Brings a Multitude of Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 4:05pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 4:01pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 3:59pm
Story The Linux Desktop-a-week review: Cinnamon Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 3:36pm
Story Many ACPI & Power Management Changes For Linux 3.18 Kernel Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 1:45pm
Story Uganda Takes on Free and Open Source Software Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 11:37am
Story Sleek Mini-ITX industrial PCs come in four Intel flavors Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 11:26am
Story The GNOME Infrastructure is now powered by FreeIPA! Rianne Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 9:51am
Story man-pages-3.74 is released Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 9:25am
Story Acer Chromebook 13 (FHD): Initial impressions Roy Schestowitz 07/10/2014 - 9:21am

reiserfs undeletion: the lost, the found, and the ugly

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Reiser
Software

lucidfox.org: When mass-renaming video files for Mai-HiME (which I recommend to anime fans out there, unless anything involving magical girls in any way is not your thing; but not the point), I made a mistake in the mv command, which caused all files to be moved to a single destination. I immediately Googled up an instruction on undeleting files on reiserfs...

Very happy puppy!

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Linux

puppylinux.org/community/blogs: I've installed Puppy Linux 4.0 (Dingo). I like it. A lot. It has really impressed me, and I'm difficult to impress. Now, I appreciate the "blind squirrel" phenomenon - a blind squirrel will occasionally find a nut. But this is different.

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex looks DISGUSTING

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Ubuntu

crashedpips.co.uk: Ubuntu 8.10, the Intrepid Ibex, is starting to take shape. It’s going to be similar in spirit to Edgy Eft (6.10), in that it’s focussed on introducing radical new features, as opposed to polish and stability. Now, I’m all in favour of new features. And, in my opinion, Ubuntu needs a new theme. Perhaps it should be something with a little more colour this time. It also needs a new font.

23 Awesome Themes for Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

sizzledcore.com: I started using Ubuntu 4 months back, and since then I’ve been looking for ways to customize and tweak it to make Ubuntu more productive and look good. During my search, I came across many cool themes from various sources that I’d like to share with you all.

10 Linux T-shirt that will make you smile

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Linux

wordpress.com: There are times when I want to let my geekiness out and I want the world to know about it. I decided to share with you my favorite collection of Linux t-shirts that you also might like. Please share you ideas for healthy geeking in the comments.

my take on KDE 4

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KDE

antonywilliams.com: KDE is a Desktop environment like GNOME. Whilst there are some historical reasons for them both existing (KDE was originally built with a toolkit that wasn't free, so GNOME was created), they're both now based on OSS toolkits.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Firewall on Ubuntu

  • Anonymous internet surfing on openSUSE
  • Word War Vi in Ubuntu
  • Reorder your Boot Menu Manually
  • Clear and Disable BASH History
  • An introduction to Security Enhanced Linux
  • Setup PostgreSQL in Ubuntu
  • Setting up a DNS for the local network on the Ubuntu Hardy Heron server
  • Zenwalk and GRUB
  • Pulseaudio Fixes for Hardy Heron

Linux risks netbooks defeat to Microsoft

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Linux

channelregister.co.uk: Ubuntu-based things do pretty well in techie circles. The consumer space is a different beast, as gOS discovered when mega retailer Wal-Mart blamed poor demand from those sporting baseball caps and mullets for its decision to stop selling PCs loaded with its version on Linux earlier this year.

Lawyer's Funny AntiLinux FUD Turns Out to be Not So Funny

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Linux

groklaw.net: I put this article from Law.com's Legal Technology page, "Commentary: The Penguin Doesn't Fly, Avoid Linux" in News Picks because I found it hilarious, in the Rob Enderle kind of way. But then I thought I'd look up the author on Google, and lo and behold, I find he said something that appears to be not exactly true.

How to: Customize your GNU/Linux desktop in 7 easy steps

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HowTos

catswhocode.com: I absolutely love Linux, but in terms of design I have saw better than the default theme of most of the available distributions. Here’s a complete how-to for giving your Linux desktop the look you want and customize everything, from themes to fonts.

Ubuntu Mobile Edition: Review

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Ubuntu

linuxplanet.com: The mobile Internet device (MID) space is one of the fastest growing platforms with new concept designs appearing every month. Nokia was one of the earliest vendors with a product (Nokia 770) in this space to ship with a Linux operating system (OS) and continues to see solid sales with the current model 810. New concept designs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and many sport a Linux OS.

Try Ubuntu - why you should try Ubuntu.

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Linux

Is Ubuntu suited for you? In this article I will try to give you some idea of the capabilities of Ubuntu to see if they fit your needs.

today's leftovers

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News
  • More OpenDocument Updates

  • Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex: Visual exploration of NetworkManager Applet 0.7
  • Dag Wieers intelligent swipe at Ubuntu
  • AppChecker: No More Linux Cross-Platform Blues?
  • Using FTP Clients in Ubuntu
  • Reader Report from OSCON
  • List of BitTorrent clients Available in Ubuntu Linux
  • Richard Stallman in Auckland: On copyright in a networked world
  • Turn OpenOffice.org into a Web-editing tool with ODF@WWW
  • Intel's GEM Driver Enters Mainline Code
  • Howto Install ZFS-FUSE on Ubuntu 8.04
  • IBM Linux laptop push gets a boost
  • SplashTop Linux Security Hole Discovered
  • Creating an Audio CD with mp3cd
  • The Open Source Community
  • Are vendors afraid of open source?
  • Using Open Source in your Business: Myths and Clarifications

Fast ext4 fsck times

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Software

thunk.org/tytso/blog: This wasn’t one of the things we were explicitly engineering for when were designing the features that would go into ext4, but one of the things which we’ve found as a pleasant surprise is how much more quickly ext4 filesystems can be checked.

You've CUPSed a long way, baby

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Software

stompbox.typepad: I am sitting at a lounge in Detroit waiting for my flight to Argentina for Debconf. They have a printer available, and the guy in front of me is plugged in and got the CD of drivers from the front desk and was wrestling with this thing for like 15 minutes.

An Open Letter to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

theunixgeek.blogspot: Don't get me wrong on this - I love Linux and Ubuntu is one of my favorite distros, but there were some problems that temporarily turned me away.

Linux-compatible netbook sports multiple colors

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Linux
Hardware

linuxdevices.com: Digital Gadgets has announced an 8.9-inch netbook computer that will sell under the Sylvania brand name. Offered in four different colors, the Linux-compatible "g netbook MESO" includes a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 80GB hard drive, four-cell battery, webcam, and 802.11b/g wireless networking, according to the company.

Interview With The SourceForge Community Manager

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Interviews
OSS

hehe2.net: SourceForge is one of the most important entities in the Open Source movement. They manage the geek mecca of slashdot, sell geek paraphernalia that makes all our dreams come true at thinkgeek, manage Freshmeat the mega app hub, and administer over 170,000 Open Source projects at SourceForge. This week I bring you an interview with the community manager at SourceForge, Ross Turk.

Open source technology is hungry for new college grads

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OSS

linux.com: Many college graduates are finding it difficult to enter the information technology world with little or no work experience. There is no such thing as an entry-level position anymore, and more and more graduates are finding themselves in a catch-22 situation because of this.

Ubuntu Hardy on the Vye S41

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Ubuntu

geekeree.wordpress: So here’s a good topic to get into on the geekery, UMPCs. I really like these small form factor laptops. So much I’ve got 2! The machine ships with Vista Home Premium, and as we all know, Vista is a resource Pig. So I fired up the first Ubuntu 8.04 cd I could find.

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Kernel: Kernelci.org, Tripwire, Linux Foundation, R600 Gallium3D

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