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Serious considerations before upgrading to PHP 5.3

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Learn about serious things to consider when upgrading from PHP V5.2 to PHP V5.3

4 Websites To Learn Cool Linux Command Line Tricks

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makeuseof.com: Hollywood movies often have a tech geek entering commands and doing amazing things. While it may not be that easy to hack into public transport systems or or control the world like Eagle Eye, the command line is certainly a geeks playground.

Even hackers get the blues

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blogs.zdnet.com: The bonds of the FOSS community go far beyond software. Case in point, Arjen Lentz is stepping outside the bounds of the comfortable realm of software and launching bluehackers.org.

Internet 2008 in numbers

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royal.pingdom.com: What happened with the Internet in 2008? How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many blog posts were published? This post will answer those questions and many others.

Careers In Linux Journalism-- No Knowledge Required!

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linuxtoday.com/blog: I am pointing at all the alleged journalists, reporters, and so-called analysts who write about Linux and FOSS when they don't know one single blinking thing about it. What is it with people?

Top Sites That Every BitTorrent User Should Know About

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makeuseof.com: The last few years have seen a tremendous growth in the number of BitTorrent users and the content that is available via BitTorrent. The number of sites indexing and searching BitTorrent files have kept pace with this growth.

MadTux Closes Its Doors

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broadcast.oreilly: After eight years in business California-based MadTux, an online retailer specializing in systems preloaded with Linux, has closed.

Best Linux/FOSS Blogs of 2008

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junauza.com: I'm back. Our quest for the best of the best in Linux/FOSS of 2008 will resume by presenting to you some of my favorite blogs of the year.

The Annual Christmas Online Games Speedlink Post

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penguinpetes.com: Just when you were all wondering if I'd abandoned the dang blog, I'll carry on my Christmas tradition of posting a list of online games and toys that I found interesting this year. Because at least I got Christmas off work!

Fedora Outage Notification: Koji, Wiki, Smolt, Transifex

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lwn.net: Fedora has an unplanned outage which began at 2008-12-16 08:10 UTC. There is currently no ETA for resolving the issues which are disk related. Services affected are Koji, Wiki, Smolt and Transifex.

Also: Announcing Omega 10

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