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Story Calligra Productivity Suite: Too Much Trouble srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 9:36pm
Story Ubuntu 12.10 review: finally growing up srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 9:34pm
Story KDE 4.9.2 Released srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:56am
Story A Quick Look at Gimp3 (2.99) ..Yeap, 3 :) srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:53am
Story Four key new features in Linux 3.6 srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:50am
Story Is Linux Market Growth Stagnated (At Least)? srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:06am
Story Firefox Is Back on Top of Chrome srlinuxx 02/10/2012 - 8:16pm
Story Ubuntu 12.10: More to Um Bongo Linux than Amazon ads srlinuxx 02/10/2012 - 8:10pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 02/10/2012 - 3:09am
Story 9 potentially New Gnome Apps! srlinuxx 02/10/2012 - 1:57am


KDE 3.5.1 Release Announcement

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The KDE Project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.1, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes.

Configuring Dynamic DNS & DHCP on Debian Stable

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For the average home computer user there is no need to install a complex package such as the Internet Software Consortium's BIND DNS or DHCP server, since there are far simpler lower resource tools to use, for example dnsmasq. For those who you wish to learn how to use ISC's BIND and DHCP, for example as a learning exercise, this is how I got it all to work in Debian Sarge, the current stable version of Debian GNU/Linux.

Connecting to existing databases in 2.0

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In the glamorous world of office suites, the new features often get all the attention. The Bases, the Impress Redux and the New Toolbar Metaphors of 2.0 get all the cover stories and the center spreads in Office Suite Weekly, while the slight changes that make life easier often get ignored. It's a sad story.

I'm here to change that; a bit, at least.


Google? Linux? Goobuntu? Boulderdash!

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According to reports, there will be a "Ubuntu desktop Linux distribution, based on Debian and the Gnome desktop, it is known internally as 'Goobuntu.'" King goes on to state, "Google has confirmed it is working on a desktop linux project."

I wish I could buy this report, but I can't.

Mozilla Reborn: SeaMonkey 1.0 Is Released

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While Firefox and Thunderbird are the poster children of open-source Internet application success, the program suite they sprang from, Mozilla, was reborn Jan. 30 under a new name: SeaMonkey.

Massachusetts Names New CIO

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The state of Massachusetts has found a new chief information officer, putting Louis Gutierrez in the hot seat as the government continues its push toward adopting the OpenDocument Format (ODF).

UK Linux guru backs GPL 3

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Linus Torvalds may have his doubts, but Alan Cox is supporting the next version of the GPL. Cox told ZDNet UK that he thinks many of the changes in GPL 3 are sound.

Launch of Promotional Community Site

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The KDE marketing group is pleased to announce the release of, the new home for KDE's promotional activities.

Do you know someone who knows someone?

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Do you know someone or someone who knows someone that works somewhere deserves recognition for their work with KDE. We've been interviewing individuals for some time now, but what about the associated organizations? Do you know someone to nominate?


My desktop OS: Ubuntu

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A few months ago I selected Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) as the new operating system on the Acer TravelMate T290LMI notebook I use at home and for work. In past years I tried other Linux distributions and always returned to Windows. Now I'm sticking with Ubuntu, but I haven't been able to give up Windows altogether yet.

Novell targets the SMB market with partnerships

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On January 30th, Novell Inc. announced that it will start bundling support and training offerings with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for small and medium-sized businesses via its channel partners.

This news came only days after Novell announced that, as of March 1st, the Linux company will no longer force users into CLAs.

WordPerfect for Linux lives on

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Corel Corp. may have given up on bringing WordPerfect to Linux, but that doesn't mean Linux users have to give up on running WordPerfect on Linux.

A reader recently wrote me to say, "One of the things that keeps me dual-booting Linux and (sometimes) Windows is WordPerfect. I can't be weaned off it."

Apache Version 2.2.0

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It's the undisputed king of the Web server world and the perfect illustration that slow and steady wins the race. The Apache Foundation has always moved deliberately when it comes to upgrading its Apache Web server. Version 2.2.0 is no exception, adding useful (but not jarringly different) capabilities for managing, securing and scaling the open-source Web server.

Crystal Core: Upcoming Crystal Space Game

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As a showcase for what their engine can do, the Crystal Space team is creating a FPS game called Crystal Core. While the texture designs look rudimentary, the screenshots show off the promise of their game engine.

Novell's Linux Strategy Progress Report

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Two years after its move into the Linux distribution business, Novell is claiming to be enjoying a renaissance. Matthew Aslett tracks its progress.

Red Hat Takes UTI Bank On Linux Ride

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Red Hat has successfully migrated UTI Bank's critical customer relationship management (CRM) applications on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

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Graphics: AMDGPU, Mesa 17.3.7, RADV

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