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Eulogy for Groklaw

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linux-magazine.com: When I got up this morning, the news was all over Facebook and the free software news sites: Groklaw, the site that was influential in the SCO legal cases, will stop publication on May 16. It's news that I hear with decidedly mixed feelings.

A Better Way to Find & Install Windows & Linux Apps

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mashable.com: n stark contrast to today’s heavily-financed mega-startups such as Facebook, Groupon or Color, consider the unassuming and newly profitable Ninite, maker of a bulk software installation tool for Windows and Linux.

Groklaw Articles Ending on May 16th

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groklaw.net: I have decided that Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on our anniversary, May 16.

pclinuxos taken down for piracy

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Seems pclinuxos has been up to their old tricks, but this time they couldn't outrun the reach of MICE. It appears their domain has been seized by the Microsoft Intellectual Property Police and visitors there are subjected to the familiar "seized by authorities" announcement.

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The rather petite Internet of 1995

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royal.pingdom.com: As you may know if you’re a regular reader of this blog, sometimes we like to take a trip down memory lane. It’s time for another one of those trips, to the murky past of the Internet and the dawning World Wide Web of 1995.

New Mageia Forums Bring Community Together

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ostatic.com: New Mageia forums were announced today as "the official portal for the Mageia community: support, distro testing reports, contributions, discussions...."

6 Handy Sites To Learn New Ubuntu Tweaks & Tricks

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makeuseof.com: Here at MakeUseOf, we strive to bring you the very best tutorials, reviews and articles to make your daily tech life that little bit easier. We're not alone (of course!) and occasionally it's only right to highlight some of our own favourite resources elsewhere on the web.

Mum's the Word at “Linux Today”

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fossforce.com: There seems to be trouble in the works over at Linux Today, and everybody’s keeping damn quiet about it.

Tiny Core Fraud on Source Forge

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: If you watch new projects that are added to source forge then two weeks ago you might have noticed that Tiny Core Linux was added to their projects. I thought this was a little bit odd.

Mingle with openSUSE-ites on connect

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linuxjournal.com: Henne Vogelsang introduced the new service a few days ago. Connect with other openSUSE users, developers, and groups. You can make friends, find out the latest news, and get involved.

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