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What is Usenet and How Does it Work?

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techonia.com: Have you heard of Usenet? Maybe your father once mentioned something about his Usenet account in college. If you are unaware of what Usenet is, don’t worry. You are about to find out.

Mageia wiki finally online

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mageia.org: After a very long time the final Mageia wiki is going online today. As you all may know, we were using a temporary wiki since the announcement of Mageia last September.

10 inventors of Internet technologies you may not have heard of

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royal.pingdom.com: Since it was Father’s Day here in Sweden yesterday – yes we know it varies around the world – we thought we’d pay homage to some of the people behind the Internet as we know it today.

Need Linux Skills? 12 Places to Learn Online

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pcworld.com: As more and more companies turn to Linux for mission-critical operations, making sure IT staff have the necessary skills is becoming more important than ever.

Gentoo Christens Shiny New Wiki

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ostatic.com: The Gentoo project today announced the official Gentoo Wiki. This step has been a long time coming. When disaster took out most of the volunteer wiki several years ago, a big hole was left. This hole has now been filled by a "herd of proper Gentoo developers."

Kernel Log: more details on the kernel.org hack

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h-online.com: The recent Kernel Summit, LinuxCon Europe and Realtime Workshop events revealed lots of interesting developments from the kernel scene, including a few details of the hack at kernel.org.

New LibreOffice Extension Website Live

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ostatic.com: Have you heard about those great LibreOffice extensions but have had a problem locating them? Well, those extensions (and templates) are going to be easier to find now thanks to The Document Foundation's new online repository.

Ubuntu 11.10 and the Oddly Oneiric 'Countdown'

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): It's often the case that anticipating a thing is just as pleasurable as the thing itself, and that seemed to be more true than ever with the latest Ubuntu release.

ICANN takes control of Internet Time Keeping

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zdnet.com: On networks, making sure that everyone is on the same millisecond is vital, so when the master time-zone database was shutdown due to a trivial lawsuit threat everyone on the Internet was facing a major problem. ICANN, though, is going to take care of the trouble.

WineHQ database compromise

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winehq.org: I am sad to say that there was a compromise of the WineHQ database system.

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