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Why must everything be newbie-friendly?

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress: I love Ubuntu as much as the next person, and I won’t ever say a bad thing about it. But occasionally I see one unusual side effect of the Ubuntu phenomenon — the sudden press to make everything “newbie-friendly.”

Firefox 3 RC2: still flawed

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Moz/FF

blogs.zdnet: The world seems enamored of Firefox 3. I’m not one of them. I would like to be if it wasn’t for the flaws I keep finding when using the Mac version.

Installing Songbird Media Player On Ubuntu 8.04

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This document describes how to set up Songbird 0.5 on Ubuntu 8.04. Taken from the Songbird page: "Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Second Firefox 3 Release Candidate now available for download

  • Firefox 3 RC 2 review
  • Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Is the Best Browser For Web — For Now
  • A Review of Songbird
  • How long will it be before Linux is on your desktop?
  • Smaller Than a Laptop, but Bigger Than a Phone
  • OpenSUSE 11 Release Candidate 1 Review
  • Rotate Apache logs using Awstats
  • Announcing the openSUSE Marketing Team
  • Ubuntu Global Bug Jam
  • 90 things that are the same in Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org
  • Microsoft's Coupon Money Boosts Novell's Linux Numbers
  • Advice for anyone who wants to put on a regional Linux show (video)
  • Taking note of Basket
  • Ubuntu is Slow
  • IT posters to cover your empty walls

GNOME 2.23.3 Released

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Software

phoronix.com: For those not interested by today's KDE 4.0.5 release, perhaps you're interested in trying out the latest development version of GNOME. GNOME 2.23.3 has been released and what's special about this release is a great number of bug fixes.

A review of blender-containing live CD's

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Linux

pterandon.blogspot: Nineteen different live CD Linux distros were tested on a laptop. Knoppix 5.3.1, SLAMPP, and Wolvix make the cut in my first round of evaluation of the best live Linux CD for 3D graphics work. Artistix and Sabayon showed some problems but get an honorable mention for the sheer quantities of graphics software available.

One-Time Contributers

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: Tony Luck offered some statistics focused on the frequency of developers that only contribute to the Linux kernel one time, "I skimmed through looking for drive-by contributors (defined as someone who contributes to just one release and is then never heard from again)."

How Linux saved my life

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Linux

itwire.com: Have you ever been in a situation where you realised the frailty of your own existence? It happened to me. I sat thinking this is the end of the line but how little did I realise that I had a saviour alongside me in the form of the free open source operating system called Linux.

WSJ to Microsoft: You need to open source Windows

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Microsoft

Matt Asay: Many of us have been saying for a long time that Microsoft's Windows product would be better if the company open sourced it. But today marks the first day that the Wall Street Journal has chimed in to second the motion.

Pardus Linux 2007.3: Nobody's business but the Turks

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Linux

techiemoe.com: I've actually ranted on Pardus before, but for some reason during an update I lost the actual rant. I don't remember if I ranted on this particular release or not, but here I go again either way.

A short preview of Google Gadgets for Linux

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Software

ubuntudaily.com: About a year ago, Google released their desktop search called Google desktop for Linux. Today Google released an open source version of the Gadgets runtime for Linux!

Major Linux Migrations: An Unbelievable List of Nearly 100

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Linux

suseblog.com: Thoroughly thrilled at the thought of Munich’s progress switching to Linux, I have actually been tracking and logging such migrations for a long time. As a matter of fact, on my OpenSUSE Linux blog, I offer a course wherein I explore all of the migrations of which I am aware. I wanted to share that list with ya’ll.

Channel Insider Names Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2008 Product of the Year

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Linux

press release: Red Hat, Inc today announced that Channel Insider has named Red Hat Enterprise Linux the top server operating system in its 2008 Product of the Year awards. Winners exemplify attributes of high importance to the channel including value, support and profit potential.

Get Your Hands on Firefox 3 RC2 - Now!

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Moz/FF

maximumpc.com: As reported by MacObserver and ZDNet's Andrian Kingsley-Hughes, Mozilla is rolling out Firefox 3's Release Candidate 2. Although the Firefox RC page doesn't yet provide shortcuts to RC2, it's easy to edit the shortcuts provided on the RC1 page to get your hands on RC2 right now:

Also: Firefox 3.0 a memory hog?

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Howto: Install NVIDIA Manually In Ubuntu And Debian

  • Transform images into videos with images2mpg
  • HowTo Remove the locked screen login after resume
  • Customizing Ubuntu
  • Speeding up Portage and Kernel Compiling
  • Claws mail -> move mail (inbox and other folders) to card
  • An introduction to CGI scripting with Python
  • Python: Generating graphs with matplotlib
  • Burn CDs in the Commandline with Bashburn

OSS Headlines

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OSS
  • European Commission to increase its use of Open Source

  • Dutch Parliament to use Open Source Software
  • Risky Business: Predicting that open source vendors will ultimately win
  • The new case for open source data protection
  • Network Security Concerns? Consider Open Source
  • Beginning a FOSS Based Business and a Simple Broth

PCLinuxOS Magazine June 2008 Released

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PCLOS

PCLinuxOS Magazine, June 2008 (Issue 22) is available to download. Some highlights include: What is root?, Configuring a 5 Button Mouse, and Burn an ISO Disk.

Linux gOS Space 2.9: A personal review

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Linux

themarktrix.blogspot: In one of the previous posts, I mentioned that I'm using gOS Space 2.9 now in place of my PCLinuxOS 2007. After close to 3 weeks with gOS, I thought that I ought to write a simple review of the OS installed on my laptop.

More From The FUD Factory

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OSS

informationweek.com/blog: An article at Law.com named "Open Source Software Shows Its Muscle" has been drawing a lot of fire from other commentators on the open source beat. Allow me to add my own heat to that fire.

Ultimate Edition 1.8 "Harty Hotrod"

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Ubuntu

techiemoe.com: Ultimate Edition (formerly known as Ubuntu Ultimate Edition) was apparently started as a re-packaging of Ubuntu for Christmas, odd as that may sound. Since then it's become an odd sort of amalgamation of programs based on the latest Ubuntu and the software preferences of the maintainers.

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