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openSUSE homepage gets new look

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zonker.opensuse: I know a lot of openSUSE users and contributors probably don’t look at the openSUSE landing page (front page) every day. So, you may not have noticed that the front page has been redesigned.

UserBase Goes Live!

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dot.kde.org: The KDE community is pleased to announce UserBase. UserBase is the new end-user wiki for KDE and complements TechBase, the wiki aimed at developers. It will contain tips and tricks, links to where to get more help, as well as an application catalogue giving an overview of the different kinds of programs that KDE offers.

Michael Larabel talks about Phoronix

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linux.com: Phoronix.com is the definitive Linux hardware review site, featuring articles on motherboards, processors, memory, power supplies, cases, and other components. While other sites throw a hardware review into the mix occasionally, hardware reviews are the primary focus of Phoronix.com. Phoronix founder and executive editor Michael Larabel has it down to a science -- so much so that he was able to package and released his primary tools as an open source hardware testing suite.

Top 20 Linux websites

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alinuxblog.wordpress: I have compiled a list with the most useful websites about Linux. They are great resources you can learn from or to find answer to your linux questions. These should be in any linux user bookmarks, so go ahead and look through these links and bookmark your favorite ones:

GNU Planet!

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fsf.org/blogs: You can keep up to date with all your favorite GNU projects, via their individual RSS news feeds, but if you'd prefer to see a wider view, be sure to check out the new GNU Planet.

10 Years Of Internet

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informationweek.com: Lumeta's arresting visual images represent the explosive growth of the online world. Between 1998 and 2003, the number of nodes on the Internet doubled. By 2008 nodes had increased five times.

Top 200 Tech Blogs: the Datamation List

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earthweb.com: The universe of tech blogs is solar system-sized and getting bigger all the time. Part of what makes it so vast is an inescapable fact: people interested in technology spend inordinate time with computers, so naturally a Web-based medium is wildly popular. So the question becomes more difficult every year: Which of the gazillion tech blogs are worth your time?

Linux and Web 2.0: the Killer Combo

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blogs.computerworld.com: I have noticed that Linux is a hot topic on Digg right now. The OS - and, let's face it, Linux is easier to define when we just view it as an OS - has been gaining momentum ever since Windows Vista turned into a nightmare for Microsoft.

Also: Why 'Cloud Computing' Is for the Birds
And: Desktop Linux as a Service: Will it Work?

New to Linux? Make sure you bookmark these

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binarycodes.blogspot: New users in the Linux/Unix land are often confused and overwhelmed by the marked differences between the OS they come from and Linux. It takes some time gettting used to the new environment and the new way of doing things. While there are scores of material worthy of a mention, in the internet, I list the ones that every new user must bookmark.

Limelight Networks: Why the Olympics didn't "Melt" the Internet

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blogs.zdnet.com: I admit it, even I was skeptical. Who are these Limelight guys, anyway? They are a Tempe, Arizona-based company which operates a global network of fiber-optic interconnected datacenters. There’s some Linux back-ending all that Windows Media.

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Security News

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