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Story Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow srlinuxx 18/02/2013 - 11:25pm
Story Linux, Windows, and security FUD srlinuxx 18/02/2013 - 9:29pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 495 srlinuxx 18/02/2013 - 8:07pm
Story Debian Project News - February 18th srlinuxx 18/02/2013 - 8:06pm
Blog entry Casual Programming and Linux Screen-Recorders gfranken 3 17/02/2013 - 5:43pm
Story This Week in Linux srlinuxx 17/02/2013 - 3:34am
Story What you can learn from the monster LibreOffice project srlinuxx 16/02/2013 - 6:24pm
Story Sabayon Linux 11 Released srlinuxx 16/02/2013 - 6:20pm
Story My favorite GNOME Hackers for 2012 srlinuxx 16/02/2013 - 4:19am
Story The State of Open Source Office Software in 2013 srlinuxx 16/02/2013 - 4:16am

Linux command line

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Linux

tuxwatch: Linux has come a long way in the past two years. Today much of what needs to be done on a Linux machine can be done using a mouse and a little pointing and clicking. Occasionally, however, there are things that still require a little under-the-hood tinkering, where a rudimentary understanding of the command line comes in handy.

The Comdexification of Linux

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Linux

Dana Blankenhorn: Linuxworld hits San Francisco next week with 11,000 attendees. The media is filled with stories about the “mainstreaming” of open source. Maybe. I’m more worried about open source Comdexifying, about Comdexification if you will.

Windows' dominance stifles demand for Linux

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Linux

ZDNet: There's been much fanfare about Linux replacing Windows on desktops but we've yet to see any major adoptions take place. This may have something to do with the fact that none of the major PC manufacturers have offered Linux as a pre-installed option.

LINUXWORLD SF - Open source going mainstream

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Linux

LinuxWorld: As more than 11,000 attendees prepare to converge on San Francisco for the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo next week, one industry analyst says customers are evaluating open-source software the same way they evaluate proprietary software: It has to be priced right and work well.

An open proposal for Microsoft open source certification

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Microsoft

FreeSoftware Mag: Microsoft. Open-Source Certification. This is not an April Fools, apparently. According to various news feeds (this was brought to my attention from PCWorld, but YMMV as these stories are periodic) they will be submitting some of their "shared source" licenses to the OSI. This is genuinely fantastic news.

Share Your Music Collection With gnump3d

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HowTos

Gnump3d is a streaming server that can help you share your music collection with others. Although the name is using mp3 it can serve ogg as well, so you don't have to convert all your mp3 files to ogg files.

Linux: Ready for Prime Time?

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Linux

Redmond Mag: I've always been a Microsoft and Windows bigot, and I've suffered for it-big time. Bosses have chastised me for always recommending a Microsoft solution when there were other companies out there whose software often did the same thing for less. I could easily roll with all those punches, until Microsoft came out with Vista.

Power up your photo sharing with Desktop Flickr Organizer

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Software

linux.com: We have examined several applications for working with Flickr before, and they all have one thing in common: they focus on uploading images from the desktop. But uploading only scratches the surface of what the Web service can do. Desktop Flickr Organizer (DFO) gives you a lot more power.

Acer gives mixed message on Linux line-up

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Linux

ZDNet: The apparent green light in the UK is an about face from earlier this week, when an Acer spokesperson told ZDNet Australia's sister site, ZDNet UK, it wouldn't offer Ubuntu as an option due to a lack of demand. Acer won't commit to pre-installing Linux on its line-up in Australia.

Also: Acer clarifies position on Linux PCs

Still waiting for swap prefetch

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Linux

Computerworld: It has been almost two years since LWN covered the swap prefetch patch. This work, done by Con Kolivas, is based on the idea that if a system is idle, and it has pushed user data out to swap, perhaps it should spend a little time speculatively fetching that swapped data back into any free memory that might be sitting around.

PlaneShift - Teleport To A Parallel Universe

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Gaming

about.com: Planeshift is an MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing) game, where you make a new life in a fantasy world. The software creates a detailed, realistic looking, yet wondrous environment. You can choose to become one of a variety of characters and develop in your virtual life to become a great individual.

Red Hat Global Desktop: Linux's best kept secret?

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Linux

Beranger: So, one month before it's released, and an open-source operating system is so mysterious that nobody has a pre-release version?! How the foo is this open-source?! What is foo-ing happening to Red Hat?!

Linux makes inroads into Microsoft's domain

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Linux

rediff.com: While it has an over 20 per cent market share when we speak of servers in India, the free OS called Linux has just around 5 per cent market share in the country when it comes to desktops -- the lion's share going to Microsoft Windows. The scenario is gradually changing, it appears.

Video: Meet the Fedora Ambassadors

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Linux

Red Hat Mag: Ever wonder how the Fedora Project gets off the ground? It takes work from Fedora community members all over the world.

Cuba embraces migration to free and open source software

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OSS

Cuba Headlines: Cuba's government is trying to shake off the yoke of at least one capitalist empire — Microsoft (MSFT)— by joining with socialist Venezuela in converting its computers to open-source software.

Open Source Licensing: Can it Burn You?

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OSS

americanchronicle: As all roads to hell are paved with good intentions, so it seems is the decision of many companies to allow developers their own choice in tooling. As more and more enterprises are allowing individual developers to operate completely free of oversight in how they complete their OSS downloads and the tools they are using.

Is Google secretly helping M$ ?

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Google
Microsoft

Techzone: I know it sounds bizarre, but I do have a theory to substantiate this. Don't know how to formulate it so just listing it.

WebKit and XULRunner (Mozilla) side by side on the XO

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OLPC

j5live.com:Yesterday I tasked Dan Winship, who recently joined Red Hat on the OLPC project, with porting WebKit as a Sugar activity when he had free time. Today I came into the office to find an e-mail with a link to the activity. Here are some screen shots.

Poll shows majority favor Vi as their editor of choice

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Software

All about Linux: Two weeks back, this blog had run a poll which asked which was your favourite editor. The poll was open for voting roughly for a period of two weeks or 14 days. And nearly 750 people participated in the poll.

ZenWalk and the art of not booting

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Linux

click: I really wanted to install ZenWalk 4.6.1, but it was not to be. Add it to the list of distros that won't boot on my test machine, the VIA C3 1 GHz thin client. Funny, because Slackware boots (with the huge.s kernel) and Vector also boots. So I shrunk my Slackware partition just enough to squeeze Vector Linux 5.8 Standard on there again.

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