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The Coming Software Patent Apocalypse

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Misc

coding horror: Every practicing programmer should read the Wikipedia article on software patents, if you haven't already. Many software companies are of the opinion that copyrights and trade secrets provide adequate protection against unauthorized copying of their innovations. However, the cost of developing a suitable portfolio of patents may be out of reach of many small software companies. If this sounds like a classic Mutually Assured Destruction arms race, that's because it is.

Back up and restore your Firefox environment with FEBE

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Software

linux.com: The Firefox browser stores not only a user's bookmarks, history, saved forms, and usernames and passwords, but frequently also several extensions and themes. When you're switching computers or distro-hopping, replicating the browser environment can be tricky and time-consuming. But with the Firefox Environment Backup Extension (FEBE), you can back up and restore everything Firefox can hold, and then some.

Microsoft not so 'open' after all?

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Microsoft

computerworld: The head of the open-source group that will decide whether to certify Microsoft Corp.'s "shared source" software licenses as open-source licenses said that more than half of Redmond's licenses appear to automatically fail the group's rules.

A nice Free Software experience

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OSS

Chris Ball: Meike asks us for our nice experiences with Free Software developers. Here's one of mine. I needed to find a new RSS reader. I also have a pretty busy RSS feed list, and thought it'd be nice to merge my daily RSS read with my daily commute.

Blender 3D Video Course

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Software

penguinway: I stumbled upon this video course offered by Professor Neal Hirsig at Tufts University. His DR-21 3D Design course is an introduction to the world of computer generated 3-D modeling and animation using Blender.

An Ubuntu Server 7.04 Installation in VMware

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HowTos

Scott Beatty: This article describes one of many ways to do a basic installation of Ubuntu Server 7.04 as a VMware guest on a Windows XP host. It also gives some tips on how to perform some useful additional tasks, and it gives some links for further information.

Encrypted Ubuntu 7.04 - How safe can you be?

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HowTos

softpedia: Did you ever live with the fear that somebody may break into your system one day and steal your files? Well, those days are over, because you can now have an entire encrypted operating system.

Switching to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

dague.livejournal: In the last month I decided to switch my primary Linux distro from Mandriva to Ubuntu. It will take me until the end of the year to fully switch over, mostly because my work laptop can't really afford the downtime, and it is scheduled for replacement come November anyway.

Linux’s Basic Directories Explained

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HowTos

Linux Dummies: If you have ever wonder what is in Linux’s basic directories located under the system’s root “/”, the video edition of Chess Griffin’s Linuxreality Podcast #11 can help you understand it.

KMines for KDE4

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KDE
Gaming

piacentini: After this meeting, in just one week he already had the partial rewrite working. In 3 weeks everything is basically ready, and the game is looking and playing better than ever. See it:

Also: Random thoughts on KDE

Mandriva Corporate Desktop 4.0 beta

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MDV
Reviews

gruman: Mandriva, on the heels of trying to gain popularity in the office environment has released a desktop that can rival its opponents like the Micorsoft sponsored Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) and RedHat's Fedora desktop.

How Microsoft bought China

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Microsoft

DesktopLinux: Some people seem to have a short circuit in their minds when they try to explain why Windows has such an enormous desktop market share. Some of them have the delusion that Windows is technically better than the competition. No, Microsoft wins because it does whatever it needs to do to win. If that means strong-arming the PC companies, so be it. If that means breaking the law, that's fine too.

KDE Commit-Digest for 29th July 2007

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KDE

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Plasma continues to mature, with improvements to the Twitter applet (and the creation of a complementary data engine), and the adoption of a common visual style for Plasmoids, and the integration of support for SuperKaramba applets through the creation of the SuperKaramba Plasmoid.

Linux: Redirecting Core Dumps

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Linux

kernelTRAP: Neil Horman posted an enhancement to a /proc/sys/kernel interface for redirecting core dumps, "allowing the core_pattern to contain arguments to be passed as an argv array to the userspace helper application.

ASRock ALiveNF7G-HDReady

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Hardware

phoronix: It has been a while since we last reviewed an ASRock motherboard, but this budget manufacturer has kept churning out new and more innovative products. The ASRock motherboard we have our hands on for this Linux and Solaris review is the ALiveNF7G-HDready, which combines NVIDIA's GeForce 7050 and nForce 630a MCP with a wealth of integrated extras such as IEEE-1394a Firewire to offer a rather good package for its low price.

Windows Guy Tries Ubuntu 7.04: Part 2 - Two Weeks Later

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Ubuntu

teambio: So it’s been two weeks since I started using Ubuntu 7.04. I have to say that it has been a very interesting experience so far. To say that it has been easy and seamless would be a lie. However, I have to say that I’ve been able to do 99% of the things that I set out to do. Now that I’ve spent some time digging into the system I wanted to write a follow-up piece to my initial review.

Using a BlackBerry Curve with Linux

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linuxappfinder: I recently got a BlackBerry Curve for work, and being a Linux user I was immediately interested in getting them to work together. The bad news is that RIM doesn't make a driver for Linux. The good news is that you can still get them to work together anyway. Here's how.

How To Manage An iPod From A Linux Desktop With Amarok

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Linux
HowTos

This article shows how you can use an iPod on a Linux desktop with Amarok. It covers how you can upload MP3 files from your desktop to your iPod, download MP3 files from your iPod to your desktop, and how you can delete files on the iPod.

Ubuntu Gutsy with Firefox GranParadiso

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Moz/FF

grumpymole: In a mischievous moment, I thought I would try out Firefox 3, or GranParadiso. My expectations were that nothing would look different, but there was a new rendering engine.

Red Hat Launches New Package Repository for Enterprise Linux

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Linux

Linux Electrons: Red Hat has launched a new package repository for enterprise-class Linux (EL) distributions derived from Fedora, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS, called EPEL.

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