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My new favorite GNOME Patch

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paulcutler.org: For those of us without a disability, understanding the challenge users may experience when trying to use a computer can be a foreign concept.

Leslie Nielsen dead at 84

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bbc.co.uk: Veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died at the age of 84. He died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

'Leave It to Beaver' Mom dead at 94

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bloomberg.com: Barbara Billingsley, whose portrayal of June Cleaver in the television sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” established a lasting archetype for the devoted suburban mom of the 1950s, has died. She was 94.

Actor Tony Curtis Dies At 85

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ny1.com: New York native and Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis has died of COPD and heart failure. He was 85 years old.

Debian mourns the loss of Frans Pop

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debian.org: The Debian Project has lost a member of its community. Frans Pop (fjp) died on August 20th.

Dennis Hopper, creator of hit 'Easy Rider,' dies

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Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in "Rebel Without a Cause," an improbable smash with "Easy Rider" and a classic character role in "Blue Velvet," has died. He was 74.

Gary "Watchu talking about Willis" Coleman dead at age 42

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Gary Coleman has died as the result of injuries he suffered earlier this week. We've learned Gary's wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this AM. He was 42.

Arch Linux lost one of its biggest contributors

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go2linux.org: Jan Mette (funkyou) passed away of as-yet unknown causes. Jan was a major contributor to the Arch Linux community, the creator of KDEmod and a founding member of the Chakra team.

Ed Roberts, creator of early PC, dies

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cnet.com: Ed Roberts, whose early Altair 8800 computer helped inspire Bill Gates and Paul Allen to start Microsoft, died Thursday. He was 68.

Linux Mint team member Mats Geier passes

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linuxmint.com/blog: I don’t really know how to say this. Our friend and fellow team member Mats Geier passed away. Some of us have been working with him for 3 years now. Husse and I were in contact almost every day and I find it really hard to cope with his loss. I’m sure many people in the community will be deeply touched.

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