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Story What Is Red Hat Doing To Linux? srlinuxx 20/08/2012 - 8:26pm
Blog entry Personal Computing on the fly bigbearomaha 20/08/2012 - 12:56pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 20/08/2012 - 1:49am
Story LanyardFS: A New Linux File-System srlinuxx 20/08/2012 - 12:30am
Story Ever Higher Levels of Abstraction - Building the Future With Chef srlinuxx 20/08/2012 - 12:29am
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Story Peppermint LINUX 3 - The mint with no holes srlinuxx 20/08/2012 - 12:25am
Story Evilot, New Puzzle/Defense Game for Linux srlinuxx 20/08/2012 - 12:23am
Story Fedora + Cinnamon - What gives? srlinuxx 1 19/08/2012 - 11:43am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 19/08/2012 - 4:17am

QuickBooks and Linux: A Server Story

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Software

linuxplanet: For businesses that use Linux servers for their back-end operations--a category now growing by double-digits quarterly according to IDC--availability of applications is often the most significant bottleneck. As a result, some organizations find themselves in the uncomfortable position of needing to support two back-end platforms.

Test Drive: the new Google Desktop for Linux

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Google

arstechnia: The first public beta of Google Desktop for Linux is now available for download. Released yesterday, this early beta only supports a limited subset of Google Desktop functionality. The current Google Desktop for Linux beta only offers search and versioning functionality and doesn't support other features like the Google sidebar or widgets, but the work done so far is very good.

Lightning and Sunbird 0.5 released

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Moz/FF

linux.com: The newest versions of Lightning and Sunbird, released simultaneously by Mozilla yesterday, include 38 new calendars as well as support for Google Calendar, a viable print function, enhanced support for Outlook displays and numerous other upgrades.

No OLPCs for Cuba or enemies of the US

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OLPC

tech.blorge: The US and Cuba don’t get along so well, in so far as it is illegal for US citizens to travel to Cuba. The OLPC (One laptop per child) was developed to provide cheap computers to children in developing nations. Cuba among other countries will not be getting them, ever.

Mandriva sponsoring aKademy 2007, handing out free Flashes

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MDV

adamw’s blog: Cool news: we’re sponsoring aKademy 2007 (the KDE developers’ / users’ conference) at the Silver level, and as if that wasn’t enough, we’re also handing out free Mandriva Flashes to the developers attending the conference.

full circle magazine Issue 2 ready

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Ubuntu

Issue 2 of the Ubuntu -centric monthly electronic magazine has been released. This month's highlights include: Flavour of the Month - Kubuntu. How-To - Ubuntu on the Intel Mac Mini, and Ubuntu for your Grandma!

EU support for open source software

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OSS

ec.europa.eu: An EU-funded consortium will address one of the perceived barriers for the adoption of open source software and prove once and for all that software which is free and publishes its source code, is capable of outperforming anything else on the market.

OpenBSD founder: Intel leaves open-source out in the cold

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Hardware

ZDNet Blogs: OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt wants Intel to come clean on the severity of bugs in the Intel Core 2 processors, warning that some of the bugs “will *ASSUREDLY* be exploitable from userland code.”

Rsync backup solutions

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Software

blog.lxpages.com: To setup a quick and efficient backup system, all you need is rsync and that’s it. Rsync is a very powerful tool that can do anything and everything that has to do with moving files around within and across different networks and securely.

Options in OpenOffice.org Calc

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HowTos

LinuxJournal: Like other OpenOffice.org applications, Calc has several dozen options in how it is formatted and operates. Some of the tabs for these options resemble those found in other OpenOffice.org applications. Others are unique to Calc and the business of spreadsheets. Either way, the more you know about Calc's options, the more you can take control of your work.

Linux contributor base broadens

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Linux

LinuxWorld: As the number of Linux kernel contributors continues to grow, core developers are finding themselves mostly managing and checking, not coding, said Greg Kroah-Hartman, maintainer of USB and PCI support in Linux and co-author of Linux Device Drivers, in a talk at the Linux Symposium in Ottawa Thursday.

Also: Day one at the Ottawa Linux Symposium

GIMP tricks: Rotating Sphere with GAP

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HowTos

polishlinux: This article shows how to create an rotating sphere in GIMP with GAP plugin. Basic knowledge of this graphics manipulation suite will be required to successfully follow the tutorial.

Linux to the White House in 2008?

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Linux

itbusiness: Is operating system preference a presidential predictor? Blogger Douglas Karr pondered the question over the weekend. He didn’t come up with a definitive answer, but he does predict that Linux will win the 2008 presidential election.

AMD 8.38.7 Display Driver

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Software

phoronix: The train has gone off the tracks. In The Truth About ATI/AMD & Linux, AMD's Matthew Tippett had shared with us that the AMD driver release cycle is like a train and that "...we are on the train, and to add a new carriage or update the carriage, we have to do it while the train is running, without stopping the train, or letting anything fall off."

Over 5,500 Projects Slated to Adopt GPL 3

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OSS

internetnews.com: The official final release of the GPL is still a day away, but it's possible that over 5,500 projects could be migrating to it in very quickly.

Introducing PCLinuxOS Business Edition

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PCLOS

We offer a Desktop solution that is primarily geared to the SOHO, one man shop/business where everything can be done right on your one machine. There are all the business oriented applications you could want, from word processing to graphics production, making bar code labels to spreadsheets and databases.

Is Linux Splitting into Two Factions?

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Linux

Kevin Carmony: With the recent news of several Linux vendors entering into partnership agreements with Microsoft (Novell, Linspire, Xandros), there has been much debate recently about two factions of Linux forming. Saying that Linux is going to be torn in two, makes for good press and lively debates, but this is certainly nothing new for Linux.

Also: Is a Linux Civil War in the Making?

Is Red Hat the pot calling the kettle black?

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Linux

opensourcelearning.info: My my. Who would have thought that Microsoft actually would dominate the discussions in the world of Linux and Open Source. In an interview with Reuters, Szulik declined to say whether his company is now in negotiations with Microsoft over signing such a patent agreement. “I can’t answer the question,” he said.

Also: Slashdot gets it wrong again

Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 2 Released

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Ubuntu

LinuxLookup: Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 2, which will in time become Ubuntu 7.10 has just been released for testing. Pre-releases of Gutsy are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system.

Also: Why you should be excited about Ubuntu 7.10
And: Screenshots

TurboLinux Wizpy Review

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Hardware

Linuxlookup.com has just reviewed the TurboLinux Wizpy. This handheld mp3 player meets USB thumb-drive may be small in stature, but offers a versatile solution for anyone looking for portable web browsing, email, office software and media on the go. In this review we're going to introduce you to the main functions and features of the Wizpy product, but does it truly have a place on the market?

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