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Fedora 9: I'm not impressed

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Linux

blogbeebe.blogspot: Fedora 9 was released earlier this week to great fanfare. There were the usual spate of 'ain't-it-wonderful' articles, extolling the virtues of this latest release (you know, the kind of pap I used to write about openSUSE and Ubuntu). So I said to myself said I, "I'll just download the Fedora 9 Gnome and KDE live CDs and see how they install." And so, I did.

Anonymous Web surfing with TorK

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Software
HowTos

linux.com: Everyone who surfs the Net is eminently trackable. Internet data packets include not only the actual data being sent, but also headers with routing information that is used to guide the packages to their destinations. If you want a higher level of anonymity, TorK can do the job. It uses The Onion Router (Tor) network to provide you with a safer way of browsing.

Five Reasons Red Hat Should Ignore Consumer Linux Desktops

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Linux

thevarguy.com: Okay, it has been about a month since Red Hat said it had no plans to offer a consumer Linux release. Lots of folks went ballistic. The VAR Guy didn’t. Instead, he took some time to digest the news. And now he’s ready to say — definitively — that Red Hat made the right decision. Here are five reasons:

How can someone miss a meeting?

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Gentoo

flameeyes.eu: Well, shit happens people, and it seems like the extraordinary meeting that was supposedly scheduled yesterday night found Donnie and Wernfried (amne) alone in the channel. As people seems to either look at this as a sign of the council misbehaviour, or just as an escape route from an hostile council.

KDE4 on Gentoo

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KDE
Gentoo

kev009.com: So I bit the bullet and installed KDE 4.0 on Gentoo. Version 4.0.4 recently hit the tree, and with some minor hackary to package.unmask and package.keywords I have a nice spartan KDE 4.0.4 desktop that I am typing this in.

A Tale of Four Kernels

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OS

spinellis.gr: The FreeBSD, GNU/Linux, Solaris, and Windows operating systems have kernels that provide comparable facilities. Interestingly, their code bases share almost no common parts, while their development processes vary dramatically. We analyze the source code of the four systems by collecting metrics in the areas of file organization, code structure, code style, the use of the C preprocessor, and data organization.

My Asus Eee PC’s Linux Journey

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Linux

workswithu.com: This previous Christmas, I asked for and was given a brand new Eee PC (701). When I opened it, the comments around the room came quickly, “That’s a computer?” and “It’s so small” and “What a neat toy.” Well, that Toy has been on quite a Linux journey in recent months.

Why should your office use Linux?

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Linux

newlinuxuser.com: For some people they don’t really think about what OS is installed in their computers. However, if you’re one of the decision makers of the company, you will think about this problem carefully. There are actually many reasons why you should use Linux in your office and I could list some of them.

Battle of the Minis (The Rematch): DSL vs. Puppy

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Linux

junauza.com: On your left is the challenger, weighing in at exactly 48.5MB, armed with the latest weapon version, please welcome the totally upgraded DSL 4.2. On your right is the defending champion, now leaner than ever and weighing in at exactly 87.1MB, put your paws together for the newly trained Puppy Linux 4.0.

Impact of the Debian OpenSSL vulnerability

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Linux

LWN.net: CentOS looks at the impact of the Debian SSL vulnerability for CentOS users. "This vulnerability can affect CentOS machines through the use of keys that were generated with the OpenSSL package from Debian."

In honour of Ubuntu LTS - 8.04

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Ubuntu

gnufied.org: Newest version of operating system for human beings is out. Kicking ass and users. Yes users, you heard it right. I am not very happy with this release. In fact, I regret that I upgraded to this version. Why?

Fedora 9 Post Install Problems

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Linux

blog.bobpeers: Well I have to say the my Fedora 9 install didn’t go as smoothly as I hoped. It seems that Fedora 9 is a bit rough around the edges so here’s a run down of my issues so far:

Announcing SugarLabs

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OLPC

sugarlabs.org: Sugar Labs Foundation is being established to further extend Sugar, the highly acclaimed open source “learn learning” software platform that was originally developed for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) XO laptop.

Five Classic Linux Tips!

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HowTos

extremetech.com: Our forum moderator is on vacation this week, but that doesn't stop him from digging up five classic Linux tips.

Ubuntu's Pipe Dream: True Free Software Syncronicity

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Ubuntu

dev-loki.blogspot: I can't imagine Mark Shuttleworth could be that clueless about the reality of software development and how the whole ecosystem around a distribution actually works. He isn't. Can't be. So what agenda is he having/endorsing when he pushes that idea so loudly?

OpenOffice 3.0 beta : Can it finally replace Microsoft Office?

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OOo

computerworld.com: If you think that you always get what you pay for, the just-released beta of OpenOffice 3.0 should convince you otherwise. This free, open-source software suite provides most of what anyone could want in an office suite, including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, database, drawing tools, and math equation editor.

Geeky Humor Continues…

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Humor

cybernetnews.com: Today we’re kicking back for some laughs and taking a look at a handful of funny jokes from around the web that most of you will enjoy. It’s been a while since we’ve compiled a bunch of jokes, so let the geeky humor continue!

openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3 Resolves Over 700 Bugs

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SUSE
  • openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3 Resolves Over 700 Bugs

  • People of openSUSE: Wolfgang Koller
  • Redesign of YaST Expert Partitioner
  • OpenSuse joins Google Summer of Code

How To Get a Mac OSX Style Dock In Hardy Heron

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HowTos

maketecheasier.com: For those who are a crazy fan of the Mac OSX dock, you can now install Avant Window Navigator to achieve the similar dock-like effect in Ubuntu Hardy Heron.

SliTaz has got a GTK+ package manager

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Linux

beranger.org: Tazpkg has been updated to 2.1, the package [manager] provides now a graphical user interface, so you can install, remove, search or upgrade packages in a few clicks.

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