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Story LibreOffice 4.3 Beta 2 Is Now Available for Testing Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:07am
Story Help Labour Get Its Digital Policy Right This Time Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:03am
Story Weatherman’s best friend: How Australia used open source for its supercomputing network Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 3:00am
Story GNOME: Notify me Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 2:52am
Story Ubuntu MATE Flavor Could Arrive Soon, Prototype Looks Great Already Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 2:44am
Story KDE Frameworks 5 Beta 3 Gets More Improvements Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 2:43am
Story Understanding Intel's RAPL Driver On Linux Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 2:38am
Story Trying Out kGraft Live Kernel Patching On Ubuntu Linux Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 2:32am
Story The new (potential) notification system for Fedora Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 2:26am
Story PC-BSD 10.0.2 Receives GNOME 3 and Cinnamon Updates Rianne Schestowitz 07/06/2014 - 2:09am

Catfish — easily find stuff in Thunar

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Software

polishlinux.org: One could ask, ‘What am I supposed to do when I want to find a file, if I am using XFCE, and Thunar is my conscious choice as the file manager?’. It seems to be obvious to click with the right-mouse-button on the folder in which something to be found is expected to exist and to choose the option ‘search’ from the context menu. Thunar bets, however, on the user’s mental powers and creativeness.

Ubuntu Linux 8.04 final release set for April 24

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Ubuntu

computerworld.com: When they're released in final form on April 24, the new server and desktop variants of Ubuntu Linux Version 8.04 will include features aimed at making the open-source operating system easier to deploy and use.

Also: What’s Been Bugging you in Ubuntu 8.04?
And: Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu 8.04

Hunting for wireless networking solutions

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Hardware

linux.com: While most basic hardware support for GNU/Linux is improving constantly, wireless support remains dismal. Few manufacturers make an effort to support the operating system, or to publicize what support they have. Moreover, the components of wireless devices change so fast that one version of a device may offer support while a second version doesn't.

more howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to get better help with Gentoo

  • PostgreSQL on openSUSE
  • Howto: Setup a Mailserver
  • Get Your Pizza Order Status From Dominos From Terminal
  • How to upgrade to Cooker or pre-2008.1
  • ufw ftw! Ubuntu 8.04’s uncomplicated firewall

Firefox 3 Beta 5 is here, and reviewed

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks.org: Firefox 3 Beta 5, Gran Paradiso’s milestone #13 is here and the list of features and improvement it brings along is pretty long so let’s get started.

KDE 4.0.3 available

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KDE

kde.org: The KDE Community today announced the immediate availability of KDE 4.0.3, the third bugfix and maintenance release for the latest generation of KDE 4.0. KDE 4.0.3 comes with an impressive amount of bugfixes and improvements. Corrections have been made in such a way that results in only a minimal risk of regressions.

New Version of AbiWord: A Free, Robust Word Processor

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Software

ostatic.com: AbiWord, my long-time favorite open source word processor, is out with a new version 2.6, including many useful new features. If you haven't used this application before, give it a try, and if you already do, the upgrade is worthwhile.

DreamLinux 3.0: Nightmare to Install

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Linux

techiemoe.com: DreamLinux impressed me in their last release with a surprisingly pleasant graphical interface which, sadly, attempted to conceal a very poor Linux distribution underneath. When I saw they had made a new release, I was surprised they had survived. My morbid curiosity dictated that I must try it out.

Burst of low-end PCs could boost Linux

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Linux

usatoday.com: The free Linux operating system handles big tasks like running supercomputers and ATMs. Now Linux has a chance to finally crack Microsoft's hold on computing's most visible domain — mainstream PCs — because of the rise of innovative, inexpensive machines.

Is Ubuntu becoming the generic Linux distro?

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Ubuntu

blogs.zdnet: Has anyone else noticed an increasing number of Linux newbies who seem to think that Ubuntu is Linux and Linux is Ubuntu? I’m of the opinion that the evolution of Ubuntu into the generic Linux distro isn’t a bad thing.

Also: First Impressions: Ubuntu 8.04 Beta

OpenOffice may support OOXML

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OOo

news.zdnet.co.uk: OpenOffice may support Microsoft's Office Open XML standard in future, but the organisation behind the open source productivity suite anticipates that everyone including Microsoft will have "difficulty" in making the format work.

Also: Microsoft's ISO win may worsen its antitrust woes

Firefox Extension for Amazon EC2 - an EC2 for the rest of us?

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Moz/FF

raiden.net: About a year ago I looked into AWS (amazon Web Services) and EC2 (Elastic Computing Cloud), at the time I was not overly impressed simply because of the complexity of the setup that the user was expected to endure just to get it running. It wasn't until recently that I needed to re evaluate the service again for a project when I came across this beautiful utility. With this extension I hereby give EC2 to the rest of us.

Phoronix Test Suite Released

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Software

phoronix.com: Back in early February we announced that we were in the process of formalizing and releasing our internal test tools as a platform for facilitating easy to use, accurate, and reproducible Linux benchmarks based upon the testing work that we have been doing at Phoronix for the past four years.

Linux Gazette April 2008 (#149) Issue Ready

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Linux

The April 2008 issue of Linux Gazette is online and ready to read. Some topics include: Deividson on Databases, VPN Networking, and Fun with Instant Messaging and Ruby.

openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 16

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SUSE

opensuse.org: Issue 16 of openSUSE Weekly News is now out! In this week’s issue: People of openSUSE: Marco Michna, openSUSE Board election proposal, and openSUSE IRC - call for participation.

Damn Minuscule Linux: SliTaz 1.0

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: 25MB... surely this is a mistake? A Linux distribution which includes Firefox, an audio player, a CD ripper/encoder, email, FTP client and lots more... with a 25MB ISO footprint? Someone’s having a laugh, aren’t they? Er, actually, no.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • OOo Basic crash course: Creating a simple game using strings in a database

  • Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (Debian Etch & Apache2)
  • HowTo: Identify your IPv4/IPv6 Loopback Address
  • How To Configure Automatic Updates Schedule In Ubuntu

Donate for the Libre Graphics Meeting

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GIMP

gimp.org: The 3rd annual Libre Graphics Meeting will be held in Wrocław, Poland May 8 - 11. We are trying to raise USD$ 20,000 in the next 16 days before Friday, April 18th in order to support the conference and to help developers with travel and accommodation costs.

ISO: Office Open XML ratified as standard

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OSS

news.com: As expected, the ISO on Wednesday announced that Office Open XML (OOXML) has been approved as a standard, marking the end a long and sometimes contentious path.

Also: * OOXML approval only first step in road to adoption
* ODF Alliance Statement on the ISO Vote on OOXML
* ISO/IEC DIS 29500 receives necessary votes for approval as an International Standard

today's leftovers

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News
  • Study: April Fool's Day 37% Less Fooling

  • Mercurial - my 2 cents
  • Who wrote Linux update
  • Ubuntu’s Shuttleworth blames ISO for OOXML’s win
  • Get answers to all your Linux questions direct from the source
  • 10 Great Linux Commercials
  • Linux and FOSS - Are You An Advocate or a Zealot?
  • Mozilla Developer News April 1
  • Brasero 0.7.x, the trivial speed bug
  • PCLinuxOS, April 2008 and The Clash of Leading Linux Titans
  • Linux: Too Much of a Good Thing?
  • Reiser How-To Wiki: Sleep in a Tiny Car, Convert Hatchback to Bed
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OSS and Sharing Leftovers

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