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Do we still need LUGs?

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Linux

linux.com: In the world of Linux, many things have changed in the last decade. The operating system itself has grown up, and is no longer an "upstart." But one mainstay of the Linux community, the Linux user group (LUG), appears to be on the decline in some areas. Attendance is down, LUG presidents say, and some groups have stopped meeting. Does this mean we don't need LUGs anymore?

Linspire preps impending software updates

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Linux

desktoplinux: It's a bit later than Linspire had planned, but the company's CEO Kevin Carmony told DesktopLinux that the new commercial version of its Linux distribution, Linspire 6.0, along with the free version, Freespire 2.0, and its revised CNR (click-and-run) software update system, should be out before August.

Opera 9.22 Available with Improved BitTorrent Support

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Software

CyberNetNews: The Opera team has been working intensely on version 9.5, and we’ll hopefully be seeing weekly builds of those coming shortly. In the meantime they have whipped up Opera 9.22 which has significant improvements to the BitTorrent downloader.

NVIDIA GeForce 8: Linux vs. Windows

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Hardware

phoronix: When it comes to binary display drivers under Linux, NVIDIA is generally known as the company that's able to offer drivers that are on par with their Windows driver. In this article, we have additional information on these austere performance problems along with benchmarks showing the frame-rate differences between Windows XP and Linux.

An interview with Matthew Szulik: The culture of Red Hat, the power of open source

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Interviews

Matt Asay: I spent an hour with Matthew Szulik this morning, wanting to get his input on the Open Source CEO Series. Matthew isn't the sort of person to seek the limelight for himself, so it was actually hard to convince him to answer questions.

Automatix can break your Linux Ubuntu Install

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Ubuntu

pimp your linux: Automatix is a program that installs a myriad programs on Linux distributions. It’s quite useful for people that are fed up with the limited options in the regular Ubuntu package manager. However, as helpful as the program may seem, there exists a problematic side to Automatix.

Newbie flunks Firefox update

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Moz/FF

desktoplinux: OK, Desktop Linux heads, I'm a confessed newbie trying to switch to Linux from XP. My simplyMEPIS install from an ISO went well, but now, on day two, my attempts to install the just-released Firefox update have failed.

Are There Really Too Many Linux Distros?

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Linux

informationweek blogs: How are Linux distributions like digital cameras? It sounds like a joke on the order of, "What’s the difference between a compulsive gambler and a revolving door?" (Answer: The revolving door knows when to stop.) But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve realized that Linux distros are as varied as digital cameras, and for some of the same reasons.

Gartner, Open Source, and Microsoft

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OSS

intelligententerprise.com: I received Gartner e-mail this week marketing their up-coming open-source summit. The message contains gems that illuminate Gartner's perspective on open source and the larger IT world.

Removing KDE icons in gnome / remove gnome icons in KDE

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HowTos

ubuntu tutorials: This tutorial is for those people that like to run gnome and KDE side by side. This will allow you to only show the native apps in the menus within each desktop environment instead of showing everything.

Linux... Up Against the Wall

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Linux

Brian Proffitt: Across from me is the man who invented that monitor and the content delivery system that runs it, Eric Kanagy, CEO of RedPost, Inc. I have traveled all of 40 minutes to Goshen, Indiana to meet Eric and find out what's the big deal about an electronic bulletin board that runs Linux.

Amarok and Digikam ports for KDE 4

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KDE

liquidat: KDE 4 is coming closer, and the 3rd party programs are busy porting. Amarok now unveiled that they will reuse some Plasma techniques to create appealing effects while Digikam reported a first version running on KDE 4.

Sabayon Linux 1.0 Business Edition Screenshots

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Linux

phoronix: Sabayon Linux has released a "business edition" of its popular LiveDVD distribution known for its use of desktop accelerated effects and being based upon Gentoo. Sabayon Linux 1.0 Business Edition ships without the eye candy and games and is for when art meets business.

Linux: KVM Adds Support For SMP Guests

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Linux

kernelTRAP: A recently merged KVM patchset included support for guest SMP, various performance improvements, and suspend/resume fixes. KVM stands for Kernel-based Virtual Machine, "a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions".

Open-source Democracy Player relaunches as Miro

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Software

arstechnica: The Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF) has renamed and relaunched its open-source television platform in hopes of offering an "open, mass medium of online television." What was once known as Democracy Player is now Miro.

Avogadro Gets Some Sweet POVRay Goodness

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KDE

blog.cryos.net: It has been a while since I last posted about progress with Avogadro. I have been doing a lot of under the hood improvements which has been really frustrating at times and hard to blog about. At last I have some real output and have just committed the code to the repository.

KDE hacker authors Qt book

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Misc

linuxdevices: Core KDE developer Daniel Molkentin has written a book about Trolltech's cross-platform application development toolkit. Published by NoStarch Press, and entitled, "The Book of Qt 4."

Review: Puppy Linux

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Linux
Reviews

Raiden's Realm: Puppy Linux is a light weight Linux distribution built from scratch and born in mid 2002. It’s creator, Barry Kauler, originally created Puppy Linux as a fun project to do in his spare time. But recent tension in the community have spawned some heated controversy of late.

With new code base, Supergamer is fun again

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Linux
Reviews

linux.com: Supergamer is a unique Linux distribution whose primary focus is on fun -- specifically, gaming. Supergamer VL, now based on VectorLinux, is all new, with additional games, new code base, and new look and feel. Let the games begin.

Windows users are whiners

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Linux

vnunetblogs: "Linux is hard to install" You probably bought a computer with Windows preinstalled and bought a new one when it came to a grinding halt. Next time try reinstalling it from scratch, drivers and applications included.

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