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Story City of Vienna increasingly turns to open source Roy Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 2:13pm
Story Meet VoCore, the smallest Linux computer yet Roy Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 2:08pm
Story IBM Bets Big On Power 8 Roy Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 2:07pm
Story Windows ban may open door for China's domestic OS Roy Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 12:11pm
Story AMD runs out of steam Roy Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 12:09pm
Story Linux as an alternative to the world's biggest operating system Roy Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 12:08pm
Story Will Canonical name a new Pope? Rianne Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 6:37am
Story Linux 3.15-rc7 Rianne Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 6:26am
Story American elections are stuck in the 20th century. Here's how to change that. Roy Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 6:05am
Story How governments are more collaborative with open source Roy Schestowitz 26/05/2014 - 6:03am

Must have live cd’s for the computer savvy kid

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Linux

linuxowns.wordpress: A live cd is an operating system and the programs on it you can boot from the cd/dvd drive.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Linux Tip of the Day - cat a binary file, oops!

  • Usage of Split command in Linux
  • Post to Twitter from the Terminal Window

Linux Looks Just Like Windows

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Linux

alexandersarchive.wordpress: Here are some of the operating systems FireFox has been ported to. Xandros Linux has the most realistic version of the Windows taskbar, while Mandrake has that half transparent Start Menu like Vista. Funny how htese different Linux distros saw fit to borrow the Windows GUI pieces that never found their way into Mac OS X.

The REAL reason we use Linux

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blog.anamazingmind.com: We tell people we use Linux because it's secure. Or because it's free, because it's customizable, because it's free (the other meaning), because it has excellent community support... But all of that is just marketing bull. They wouldn't understand the real reason.

3 reasons why Linux is just no good

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queynt.wordpress: It takes a lot of time to get things to work - Ever tried setting up WPA wireless on linux? It’s a pain in the neck. Linux is unfriendly to new technologies. You may expect a lot of your blings to plug and play, but expectation is generally different from reality.

some kde quickies

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KDE
SUSE

wire.dattitu.de: Weekly round of quickies: Initial KDE4 port of the opensuse-updater started and available for testers and he new KDE 4.1 weekly snapshot was finally released yesterday.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Matthias Ettrich: Linux Desktops Far Superior To Windows/Mac!

  • The Total Growth of Open Source
  • Intel Classmate PC Review
  • Some Thoughts on Brainstorm
  • Will Your Next New Car Have Linux Inside?
  • AGPL Gets OK from OSI
  • Mayor of Munich against standardization of MS OOXML
  • Open Source Deki Wiki by Mindtouch
  • How do you do "X" in Unix (Linux,Solaris..)?
  • Debian with alternative kernels
  • History of Linux Operating System
  • OOXML Implementation: A Community of One?
  • People of openSUSE: Timo Hönig
  • Linux.com Weekly Wire with Lisa

some howtos:

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  • File transfer between two machines running Ubuntu and using ssh

  • Calculate big using bc
  • Creating a Linux Terminal Media Server for Your Home PC’s
  • Creating Encrypted USB Drives with TrueCrypt
  • Howto Install Phatch cross-platform GUI Photo Batch Processor
  • PIC Programming with Linux
  • Set up a TFTP server for easy network boots and firmware upgrades
  • Tip: Installing the Proprietary Nvidia Drivers on Mandriva

Why Games Aren't a Focus on Linux

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penguinpetes.com: It is perhaps a sign of advancement of Linux as a platform that people are starting to seriously ask the question: "Where are the Linux gamers?" Just recently, I've seen Mad Penguin ask it, followed by this indie-game developer's blog. The question also got batted around on Slashdot.

Ubuntu Linux Server Push Coming In May?

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thevarguy.com: When the next version of Ubuntu Linux ships in April, there’s a reasonable chance that server vendors could start jumping on the Ubuntu bandwagon by May or so. Here’s the scoop.

Social inclusion with Xubuntu: A tale of free software changing lives

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Interviews
Ubuntu

freesoftwaremagazine.com: M6-IT, a Community Interest Community in the UK, are part way through a project to equip socially excluded families with computers running Xubuntu. I was recently able to interview Richard Rothwell of M6-IT about this project and its progress.

Setting the Desktop Apart

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Linux

linuxtoday.com: I am not sure what to make of the pull-out of the Everex GPC machines from Wal-Mart's brick-and-mortar shelves announced this week. Initially, I was bummed. But as the week progressed, I kept wondering if this was actually a good thing. Did Linux really belong on the shelves of Wal-Mart now? Or was it too soon?

Revvin' Up Your Linux Box! (Cooking with Linux)

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Marcel Gagné: Nothing says high performance like a good race. Got Linux? Got a good accelerated video card as well? Then get yourself these great racing games, get behind the wheel, and drive!

One-third of Asus Eee PC users to run Linux

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desktoplinux.com: "Windows XP Will Fill Two-Thirds of Asustek Eee PCs." OK, I know almost none of you are journalists, but what's wrong with that headline? That's right. Linux will be running on a third of Asustek's Eee PCs.

Two PC Action Games Being Ported To Linux

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Over the past couple of quarters it's definitely been an unpleasant time for the Linux commercial gaming scene, but this week there is good news coming out of Finland and that is two games -- both relatively new to the marketplace -- being ported to Linux.

Open Season Episode 13: Advice on open source that you can actually use

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OSS

theregister.co.uk: Redmonk analyst Michael Coté joined the Open Season crew for Episode 13 of our glorious show. With Coté on board, we managed to discuss about things that might actually matter to open source companies rather than simply prattling on about our hopes, dreams and genius.

Back to Drupal

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Drupal

linuxjournal.com: Ok, confession time. I love webgen but the Geek Ranch site keeps getting more complicated. We want blogs, .... Or, put another way, the dynamic content keeps growing. I finally gave in and admitted we need Drupal.

Building a highly functional desktop with lightweight software

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linux.com: Her PC has a 1GHz VIA processor and 128 MB of RAM and runs Ubuntu. You can imagine how slowly it boots, even with Linux installed, and GNOME runs so slowly that it's quite irritating. I didn't want to reformat and install a lightweight Linux distribution like Fluxbuntu because the mini PC doesn't have a CD-ROM drive. Instead, I found and installed some lightweight software to improve her computing experience.

Acer TM 5310, the mike, the mixer and some Linux distros

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beranger.org: Knowing that my Acer TravelMate 5310-300508 and its Intel 82801G (ICH7) sound system with Realtek ALC268 codec chip is not very well supported, so that I recently cursed ALSA while I tried Ekiga and Twinkle with it, I needed to make a quick summary of how manage some Linux distros to get along with that laptop.

24 Hours with Hardy

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Ubuntu

ubuntukids.org: By which I mean my first 24 hours or so of screen time. I have to say I’m very impressed. Every edition of Ubuntu I’ve used (started with Breezy) has been excellent but often seemed a bit immature - which is not a criticism and is to be expected from a new product.

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