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Novell Chief Uses Linux Desktop

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SUSE

informationweek.com: Novell CEO Ronald Hovsepian said Wednesday that he uses a Linux-based desktop while on the job and that Novell's use of open source software internally "has saved the company a lot of money." Hovsepian made the comments as he delivered a keynote presentation at the Interop technology conference and exhibition in New York.

10 things Linux does better than Windows

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Linux

blogs.techrepublic.com: If you tallied up the strengths and weaknesses of Linux and Windows, which OS would come out ahead? According to Jack Wallen, superiority in security, flexibility, interoperability, community, and command-line power (among other things) put Linux well ahead. See if you agree with his assessment.

Myths of Linux - People don't care about licensing

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OSS

gnuru.org: I care about the licensing of the software I use, not because of some philosophical principle, but because I got sick and tired of having the thumbscrews put on me by proprietary software companies.

Cortex-A8 gaming handheld runs Linux

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Linux
Hardware

linuxdevices.com: OpenPandora.org will start taking orders this month for its developer-friendly Linux-based handheld gaming device. Set to ship in November, the $330 device runs Angstrom Linux on an ARM Cortex-A8 processor with OpenGL 2.0 graphics and a 4.3-inch, 800x480 touchscreen.

5 Great iTunes Replacements for Managing iPod in Linux

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Software

junauza.com: We all love the iPod, but sadly, Apple is still not kind enough to provide an iPod manager for those of us who use Linux. However, this is not really a big issue nowadays as there are other means to manage your iPod under Linux. Thanks to these excellent free and open source media players that are certified to handle your iPod the way iTunes can.

Tracking Linux CPU Performance Statistics

computingtech.blogspot: Each system-wide Linux performance tool provides different ways to extract similar statistics. Although no tool displays all the statistics, some of the tools display the same statistics.

Fedora 10's Plymouth Might Prevent Boot

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Linux

marilyn.frields.org: There’s a new feature coming in Fedora 10 that is going to be very apparent to users trying the F10 Beta as their first introduction to the release. Plymouth uses X modesetting to drop the aging rhgb graphical boot engine in favor of a sleeker, faster system. However, the feature doesn’t work seamlessly for every video chipset.

The First Three Netbooks To Consider

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Linux
Hardware

linuxloop.com: Wading through the numerous netbooks available today can be challenging, so you might want to at least start with this list of the first three netbooks to consider.

Review: KLibido Newsreader 0.2.5

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Software

raiden.net: One of the things I've been forever in search of on Linux is a good newsreader, especially for binaries, since I frequently find that the various files I'm after (patches and distro ISO files mostly) are available only on Usenet.

Linux Promotion in Mall Kiosks

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Linux

itmanagement.earthweb: I have been attending Linux install festivals for years. Always fun, often educational and (in some cases) completely missing the mark of their potential for the people they interact with. There is so much more these same knowledgeable individuals could be doing with the general public.

Firefox 3.0.2 coming next week minus EULA

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Moz/FF

blog.internetnews.com: Firefox 3.0.2 and 2.0.0.17 releases have been pushed back by a week according to Mozilla's Mike Beltzner, with the EULA issue being one of three additional bugs that have been fixed.

Hard core Linux developers discuss the future of Linux at the Kernel Summit

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Linux

heise-online.co.uk: Linus Torvalds, Andrew Morton and eighty other important kernel developers are now debating how they plan to proceed with the future development of Linux at the Kernel Summit 2008 in Portland, Oregon.

Compiz 0.7.8 Arrives With New Plug-In

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Software

phoronix.com: Back in May we had the release of Compiz 0.7.6 with rewritten plug-ins and other changes to boost the vitality of this popular compositing manager. Since then all activity on the Compiz front has been relatively quiet, until this morning. Danny Baumann has announced the release of Compiz 0.7.8.

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A comparative look at compact sysadmin distributions

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Linux

linux.com: Things go wrong. Hard disks fail and whole servers crash. Luckily, many Linux-based distributions are available to help systems administrators handle minor catastrophes. We looked at four of the most portable, all of which fit on a 210MB mini CD -- SliTaz, Parted Magic, GParted, and RIPLinuX.

Shuttleworth man heads to Mozilla

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Moz/FF

tectonic.co.za: The Shuttleworth Foundation’s open philanthropy fellow, Mark Surman, will be moving to the Mozilla Foundation where he has been appointed executive director and will continue his work in open sourcing philanthropy.

GIMP 2.5.4 Development Release

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GIMP

GIMP approaches the next stable release and only a handful bugs are left to be fixed before GIMP 2.6 is ready.

5 best-practices of a successful Linux user

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Linux

brajeshwar.com: There would have been one or more reasons which would have tempted each one of us to try Linux, and some of us just never looked back. Few would have probably turned out to be Linux professionals, while others would still be struggling with what’s good and what’s perfect.

I want to break free!

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Software

it.toolbox.com/blogs: Freeme2 is a program for stripping the DRM from commonly distributed music and sound files. More specifically it strips it from windows sound files of the format wmv, wma and asf. It also can do the same from video and audio streams.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Can Ubuntu Overcome The Status Quo?

  • Microsoft hails open source outreach
  • Found: The World’s Hottest Ubuntu Linux Deployment
  • Review: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
  • OLPC rivals get 'vicious'
  • The Road to Geekdom
  • How to uninstall application in ubuntu cleanly
  • Grep: RRTFM
  • Tux3 Report: What next?
  • BECTA Back in Play
  • Shuttleworth urges calm in Firefox/Ubuntu flap
  • Change Boot-up options in Ubuntu
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Mozilla: Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society, New AirMozilla Audience Demo, Firefox Telemetry

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