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New Mozilla Add-ons preview

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mozillalinks.org: In preparation for Firefox 3, Mozilla Add-ons recently underwent a number of important updates to support the new Add-ons Manager which tightly integrates with it to provide recommendations, search and install from a new Get Add-ons page.

Can't watch the news in Linux

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Tristan Rhodes: For the two previous versions of Ubuntu, I have tested seven news websites to find out if I could watch their video feeds using Ubuntu. Now that Ubuntu 7.10 is out, it is time for me to test these websites again.

Linux attack worse than feared

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techworld.com: Security researchers claim that a mass attack of websites is much worse than was feared. According to ScanSafe, the attack has affected at least 10,000 sites.

Red Hat’s Mugshot

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blogs.techrepublic.com: Today I discovered that Red Hat Linux has created a new social networking site call Mugshot. This site is promoted as an “open source” site. I checked the site FAQ to find out that all the software powering Mugshot is, in fact, open source. And indeed it is.

The Internet must not be proprietary

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Dana Blankenhorn: There is an important lesson which can be drawn as a string through a host of recent stories, from Comcast and Cox Cable throttling BitTorrent to Verizon doing the SiteFinder thing to depredations concerning the iPhone and open spectrum.

Happy 30th Birthday Internet

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cafe.elharo.com: The Internet is 30 today. Exactly 30 years ago today on November 22, 1977 the first three networks were connected to become the Internet.

Cmdr Taco: At 10-Years Old, Slashdot Continues To Play A Role

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informationweek.com/blog: It's been ten years since Slashdot emerged from Rob Malda's personal Chips & Dip site. Also known by his Slashdot signature, Cmdr Taco, Malda had an interest in developments outside the computer department at the college and started posting newsy items to his personal site on early pieces of open source code, such as Linux, little known at the time.

How Not to Treat Your Readership

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Linux Today: Today I read an article that so completely blew my mind in its audacity. The article in question is actually the final part of a five-part series of blog entries on InfoWorld, entitled "Why Ubuntu (Still) Sucks." I read Kennedy's final piece in the series, and realized that some of us, myself included, were suckers in a game designed to make Linux advocates look foolish.

The GIMP screenshot monstrosity.

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pinderkent.blogsavy: GIMP 2.4 was recently released. One of the first things I went to check out after reading of the release was the screenshots section of their web page. I have to say, it was a very disappointing experience.

Linux Projects' Best Kept Secret

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On-Disk.com gives developers and projects an outlet for cdrom and DVD disk distribution while also allowing them to earn some much needed resources to further their work. Webpath Technologies, the parent company of On-Disk.com, is proud and excited to report that they have paid out over 21,000 USD to Linux and software projects.

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