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Story Android Has Real Competition Coming and It’s Linux Powered (Sailfish OS Phone Out Next Week) Roy Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 11:25pm
Story GNU/Linux Has 100% Market Share in Green10 and Top10 Roy Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 11:08pm
Story The Mandriva Family Expands With the Release of OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 Roy Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 10:46pm
Story GNOME 3.10.2 Has Been Officially Released Rianne Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 10:31pm
Story Pear OS Helps Apple’s OS Roy Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 10:27pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 10:02pm
Story Task Coach Keeps You on Target and in Control Rianne Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 9:21pm
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 9:18pm
Story Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Get Stunning Icon Theme and It's Not Flat - Screenshot Gallery Rianne Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 9:02pm
Story Intel demos 64-bit version of Android on Atom processor Rianne Schestowitz 23/11/2013 - 8:52pm

CLI Magic: When

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HowTos

If you're the type of geek who likes tools and apps that are fast and lean, and you're not afraid of getting a little CLI under your fingernails, When is a good choice for your personal calendar. Even better, it's easy enough to install and use, and well enough documented, that you don't have to be a geek to take advantage of it.

The Joke's on Google

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Google

Showing that even a successful company can still have a sense of humor, Google launched a fake online dating site in the spirit of April Fool's Day. I'll go out on a limb and predict that as funny as Google Romance may be, in three years or less we'll be talking about Google Romance as the real deal.

LinuxWorld panel mulls state of the Linux desktop

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Linux

A panel discussion at LinuxWorld Tuesday will explore the evolution of Linux from server to desktop. "The State of the Linux Desktop," featuring members of the OSDL's (Open Source Development Labs) Desktop Linux (DTL) working group, will focus on Linux desktop markets, challenges to adoption, and the desktop Linux community.

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HOWTO - Treat a *nix Newbie

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Linux

When dealing with a *nix newbie, the most important thing is to try to be understanding. They are not going to comprehend everything they need to know right away, the same as you did not. Do not punish them for being confused, or for being a slow learner.

Also: Why Linux Won't be Mainstream Any Time Soon

Blag Review

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Reviews

Blag Linux and Gnu (BLAG) is a Fedora Core 3 based distribution of the Linux kernel and Gnu utilities which runs on the x86 processor. BLAG aims to provide a totally free (as in speech) operating system, and it is one of only 5 distributions which are free by the standard of GNU. With this information in hand I thought I'd give it a spin.

Linux-Based Phones: New Kids on the Block

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Linux

Linux-based phones are increasingly prevalent in the marketplace, and demand for them is growing. Supporting information is readily available, whether from industry-analyst reports, e-newsletters or the latest Linux-themed conference.

VMware exec: On free specs, virtualization's boost for Linux

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Interviews

VMware is opening up its virtual machine disk format specification, but today's news is about sharing, not open sourcing technologies. VMware's decision to share at no cost its format specification with developers and vendors will spur big gains in virtualization innovation.

Novell: it's the Linux desktop user stupid - part 1

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SUSE

While Red Hat muddles along ignoring the bulk of computer users, those longing to find a usable alternative to Windows on the desktop can breathe a sigh of relief that another vendor has finally taken the bull by the horns with its latest Linux release.

Also: Novell Announces SUSE Linux 10.1

Open-Xchange Named Finalist for LinuxWorld Expo Best of Show

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Linux

Open-Xchange Inc. announced today that its leading open source collaboration server Open-Xchange has been named a finalist for a LinuxWorld Expo Product Excellence Award in the “Best Messaging Solution” category.

Win a copy of Beginning Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

DistroWatch is sponsoring a competition for 10 lucky, but articulate, readers to win a copy of the lastest book phenomena, Beginning Ubuntu Linux.

Gregarius aggregator succeeds with feeds

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HowTos

Using Really Simple Syndication (RSS) or Atom feeds to check your favorite sites and blogs can be a big time-saver. However, if you use more than one computer or operating system, managing your feeds and tracking updates is more difficult. Gregarius, a Web-based server-side aggregator that supports RSS, RDF, and Atom feeds, can help.

Law center to ease corporate path for FOSS developers

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OSS

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) is due to announce the formation of the Software Freedom Conservancy Monday. The conservancy aims to make it easier for developers of free and open-source software (FOSS) projects around the world to become tax-exempt corporate entities.

Developers ramp open source

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OSS

Embedded developers are increasingly turning to open-source tools for building reliable and flexible systems and software. Open-source code can provide both raw material for building system software and applications, and development tools for creating that software.

It's a liiiive - with XGL: Phaeronix .85 Beta 1

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Reviews
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Phaeronix is a "gentoo love-sources RR4 CD with reiser4 enabled grub, auto hardware detection with nvidia 3D support , ready for multimedia, internet, and arabic. It is optimised for i686." Once upon a time it featured a harddrive installer, that option has been pulled for at least now, although one can still manually install it very much like a stage 3 gentoo install. Since the site states on about every page that "This is not the final version. Please don't attempt to install it on your harddrive" we looked at Phaeronix today in its intended livecd format.

LinuxWorld: Virtualization Bake-In Off and Running

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Linux

Amid a growing cacophony of demand, the two largest Linux vendors, Red Hat and Novell, plan to bake virtualization into their enterprise products slated to ship later this year. But technology managers are mixed on the approach.

Open Source Success Means Juggling Commerce And Community

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Balancing commercial interest with community interest is important for businesses looking at open source, said open source consultant Pia Waugh in a presentation at Linuxworld 2006 in Sydney last week.

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CBC condones "software piracy"

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Misc

In the past, I've explained to friends why the CBC's use of Windows Media Player's streaming format disables access to the site for Linux and FLOSS users. The gist of this argument has been that there's no Windows Media Player software available on Linux.

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