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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 269

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 on ASUS Eee PC

  • News: Google Chrome, Dell Inspiron Mini 9, Mandriva Linux 2009 RC1, Fedora update status and ext4 testing, openSUSE with Enlightenment, interview with Clement Lefebvre
  • Released last week: Scientific Linux 4.7, Midnight BSD 0.2.1
  • Upcoming releases: OpenBSD 4.4, Linux Mint 5 Community, Frugalware Linux 0.9
  • New additions: Ubuntulite
  • New distributions: TITAN LEV
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

OpenOffice.org 3.0 Release Candidate 1 out

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OOo

openoffice.org: The release candidate 1 of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now ready for testing. What's new ? Sheet names can contain almost any character, XML Document's XForm models support "internal" vs. "external" data, and Behavior of cut/paste/fill/drag on filtered rows.

10 reasons to stick with Vista and forget Linux

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Microsoft

itwire.com: iTWire colleague David M Williams has written an article entitled “5 reasons to upgrade from Windows Vista to Linux”. Windows Vista has been out for almost two years now, has received an excellent first service pack, and is running very well even on older hardware, with my own now-older system as a great example.

Pimp your Ubuntu desktop in 7 steps!

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HowTos

blogs.howtogeek.com: Let's face it, the default theme on current Ubuntu releases is more aimed at the (boring) business folks: no transparency, no effects, no shiny icons and cool wallpapers. That's why I'm going to walk you through some easy steps to customize your Ubuntu Gnome.

Ars on Google at 10 years old

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Google
OSS

arstechnica.com: Just 10 years ago, most tech analysts believed that the future was Microsoft’s. Not only that, but on many editorial pages, Microsoft already owned the present. Google has proven that competitors can come out of nowhere and change the game.

Firefox download extensions

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Download management is one of the larger categories on the Firefox Add-ons site, but while hundreds of extensions fall under this category, they are a mixed lot at best. However, with patience, you can find some programs worth exploring -- and even a few small treasures -- in this category.

Trendnet: "We support Linux...not really"

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Ubuntu

ubuntulinuxtipstricks.blogspot: Even when the box claims Linux compatibility, beware. Seriously, they need to be more specific. When it says Linux is supported, they mean strictly that the hardware supports Linux.

Vista vs XP vs Linux - my three-month test

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OS

darrenyates.com.au: Sam Varghese over at ITwire.com has sent a few cats amongst the pigeons with a post asking the question “Is Windows Vista really driving people to Linux?” To try and get a grip on how Windows XP vs Windows Vista vs Linux plays out, I’ve been playing with three computers for the last three months.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #107

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Ubuntu

ubuntu.com: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #107 for the week of August 31st - September 7th, 2008 is now available. In this Issue: Intrepid Alpha 5 released, KDE 4.1.1 available for Kubuntu 8.04, Wanted: Moderators for Ubuntu Brainstorm, and Say Ubuntu!

odds & ends

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News
  • How To: Play WMA Lossless Files On Your Linux Box

  • How to Update Twitter Using Pidgin on Linux
  • Playing Quake II under Linux — MultiPlayer
  • How to find the largest files or directories in Linux
  • Songbird 0.7.0, finally a functional player for linux
  • Weekend Project: Boxee, Part 2
  • What is missing from Linux?
  • most addictive linux game
  • Determining Maximum Pool Sets Using Binomial Coefficients On Linux
  • Is Linux EVER going to make it to the desktop?
  • The Woe of Linux Graphic Acceleration
  • Analysis: Chrome versus Firefox and Internet Explorer

Avoid the Managed Extensibility Framework

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OSS

Miguel de Icaza: As a .NET developer, you should avoid using the newly released Managed Extensibility Framework as its license prevents its use beyond the Windows platform. This will prevent your .NET software from running on Linux or MacOS in the future.

The Caldera v. Microsoft Docket - All the Documents To Be Found

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Legal

groklaw.net: Here are all the documents still electronically available from the court in the Caldera v. Microsoft litigation, which settled in 2000. Very little is available any more, mainly orders, but you can learn quite a bit from reading orders. And the docket sheet itself tells quite a tale. What I could get, I've placed as links in the list.

ZoooS takes OpenOffice.org, other desktop apps to Web

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Software

computerworld.com.au: When asked if and how they plan to match Microsoft Office's unparalleled feature set, most online office suite vendors simply switch the subject, touting the superiority of their Web-based collaboration, and low or free price. ZoooS is one of the few vendors that won't dodge the question.

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Getting desktop effects working in Compiz/Emerald

  • MHT support in Firefox
  • Using Flashcam on Ubuntu
  • Developing/Installing OpenGL in Ubuntu
  • Clearing BASH Command History

America's Army Returning To Linux?

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Do you remember the days when we had America's Army for Linux? The first-person shooter game sponsored by the US government and uses Epic's Unreal Engine while being distributed freely? Well, it could come back to Linux!

KDE 4.1 Gentoo Ebuilds

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KDE
Gentoo

blog.cryos.net: So there have been quite a few people asking what is happening with KDE 4.1 on Gentoo. I have been working with a few other developers and interested users on the new ebuilds in an overlay. I think these ebuilds are almost ready and I am very eager to get them into the tree.

Crystal Ball Sunday #11: Linux Gets a Makeover

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Linux

daniweb.com/blogs: This week my crystal ball tells me that Linux is due for a major makeover and not just another pretty theme: A real makeover. It's time for Linux developers to stop following the Windows and Mac Desktop deveopers and get creative on their own.

C vs Python: Speed

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Software

theunixgeek.blogspot: Python is a very popular interpreted scripting language. C is a very popular compiled language. Due to its compiled nature, C is generally faster than Python, but is lower-level, making Python programming quicker and easier than C programming.

The Next Paradigm Shift: Open Source Everything

brighthand.com: In the past year, open source software and development models have come to the forefront of mobile computing. The shift isn't just a move to mobile devices, but a move to a different way of doing business with computing. And this one is more profound than just simply cloud computing or moof-ing.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Gentoo: Spellchecking in GTK Applications

  • Virus scanning with F-Secure Rescue CD 3.00
  • How To Change File Type Associations
  • Extract tarballs in Ubuntu
  • Getting wireless to work in Ubuntu on a Lenovo ThinkPad X200
  • #ubuntu Q and A Vol.1 - Hardware
  • 10G database on Ubuntu 8.04
  • How to setup Boot Password (Grub)
  • Unix 101: Manipulating files - Copying, moving, deleting
  • wl wireless driver in Intrepid
  • nvidia geforce fx5500 on Ubuntu 8.04.1
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