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Book Review - Artist's Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition

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linuxjournal.com: "One picture is worth a thousand words" stated Fred R. Barnard. No quote could be quite as memorable as this nearly hundred year old one when it comes to GIMP.

Memo to openSUSE 12.2: More polish, less angst

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theregister.co.uk: Chameleon fans, rejoice: openSUSE 12.2 is finally here. This release, due more than two months ago, has been plagued with delays. And the good news is that it is well worth the wait.

Calcalute Linux Desktop 12 KDE - Keep It Rolling, Baby

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all-things-linux.blogspot: Well, I wasn't going to do any reviews until later this year, but several of a recent flurry of releases caught my attention and my interest. One of them is Calculate Linux.

Gnome-Shell 3.2: Usable--but only with Gnome 2 shell extensions

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If you hated Ubuntu's Unity desktop then the shock of your first encounter with the Gnome-shell likely caused your entire digital weltanschauung to implode. Make no mistake about it, it takes you right out of your comfort zone to a strange and unfamiliar place even if you've already tried Unity and decided to throw it back or put it in the keep net. Be shocked, very shocked.

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0 A.D. Alpha 9 Review and Ubuntu Installation | Screenshots

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0 A.D. is a strategy game that has been around for quite some time now, and it reached a decent level of completeness despite the fact that Wildfire Games are releasing only alpha versions. It’s free, open-source and available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X and the latest alpha, codenamed ‘Ides of March’, comes with a whole bunch of new features and fixes.

Book Review: Blender 2.49 Scripting

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The book presents a series of examples showing more and more complex tasks in Blender's Python API. Like most of the Packt books I have read, it is very concise and targeted. This is a fairly thin book, but I find that to be to its credit. It's easy to read and very quickly presents a lot of useful ideas.

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Taking Screenshots with Shutter in Ubuntu

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For those of you who didn’t hear about it before, it’s probably time you have a look at it. Shutter is probably the most powerful screenshot-taking application available for GNOME, including countless features and several useful tools to take screenshots and manipulate them in any way possible.

IM from the Terminal: 2 Great Applications

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This article is about two popular IM (Instant Messaging) clients that can be used in a terminal instead of a graphical environment. Both have advanced features and are based on the ncurses library.

20 File Managers for Ubuntu

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Dolphin is the default file manager in KDE and it features an easy to use interface, tabs, previews, three view modes (icons, details, columns), vertical window splitting, file and folder sorting, service menus, tags, two-mode location bar.

15 Great Tools for the Terminal

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cmus is a music player that I admire the most when it comes to command-line because it’s really powerful and has a lot of nice features. It is built with ncurses and therefore providing a text-user interface. cmus is indeed feature-rich, with several view modes and Last.fm song submission support via scripts. It supports Vi-like commands and auto-completion with Tab too. Recently I wrote a full guide on how to use cmus, you can read it here.
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