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The H Year: 2010's Wins, Fails and Mehs

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h-online.com: Welcome to The H's look back at 2010. We've broken down the events of the year by what The H thinks was full of win, who was getting on the failboat and what made us just say "Meh".

today's leftovers:

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  • Activity Journal getting a new View
  • A New Video Highlighting Unigine's OilRush Game
  • "Put it there and wait for users to break" isn't a valid QA method
  • Bodhi Linux Get Software Page Goes Live
  • [kernel] Linux Kernel with BFS
  • Installing Fedora on the Aspire One (D255)
  • Android trojan collects personal data
  • Android tablet GPL summary
  • Drupal 7.0 RC 4 Released
  • Mozilla Says Its Time To Create Firefox 4 Add-Ons Now
  • Announced: FreeBSD 8.2-RC1 and 7.4-RC1
  • updated: ubuntu and fedora wallpaper pack [official wallpapers]
  • And Then Along Comes Larry….
  • What we should really be working on
  • 2010 Trend Watch Update: Global Internet Censorship
  • Net Neutrality 2011: What Storms May Come
  • mplayer and screen, in a fight to the death
  • Parted Magic 5.8 Screenshots
  • FLOSS Weekly 146: Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware

today's leftovers:

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  • The silent invasion of the gnome desktop
  • Season of KDE 2010
  • Improving Gnome…
  • Dependency-confessions from a Slacker
  • The Linux Link Tech Show #382 12/28/10
  • Kick off for GNOME:Ayatana Project…
  • Salix OS 13.1.2 "LXDE" Introduces Tool To Easily Install From Source

today's leftovers:

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  • Is Linux dead on the desktop?
  • World of Padman 1.5
  • Schools Prefer Not To Scrap Working PCs
  • Can an old PC be saved by Linux? Yes, but
  • Coding styles comparison in the Open Source Software world
  • Ettercap Troubles on SourceForge
  • Red Hat goes after Windows server market share
  • Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.9: urgent update for single-sourceslist users
  • Linux Mint News Update
  • Microsoft: Novell is toast and the patent Juggernaut rolls on

today's leftovers:

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  • KNOPPIX 6.4.3 Switches to Nouveau, LibreOffice
  • Before You Open-Source Your Code
  • AlwaysOnPC - Office & Firefox
  • The many definitions of a open standard
  • AXE and your shell receives
  • Browser Wars III
  • L.G.C. |B-Reel| — Doom 3 – Quake MOD – Shambler’s Castle
  • New book: Drupal 7 Module Development
  • jn, a journal notebook tool
  • Flaws Spotlighted in Tor Anonymity Network
  • Kubuntu 11.04 alpha1 (dailybuild) with Kde 4.6rc Overview (video)

today's howtos & stuff:

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HowTos
  • Add items to Nautilus popup menu with Nautilus Actions GUI
  • Firefox 4 Session Restore Not Working? Try This Fix
  • Ubuntu, Ruby, RVM, Rails, and You
  • How To Install & Run Ubuntu Without CD
  • Oxygen rewrite and Dragging tabs around
  • 50 UNIX / Linux Sysadmin Tutorials
  • TRON Legacy console commands
  • Ubuntu Upstart for automatic MySQL start and stop
  • [HOWTO] (Python Plasmoids – Part 1) Write Hello World Plasma Applet in Python
  • How to Draw Arrows in Gimp
  • Install Enlightment On Ubuntu 10.10
  • How To Test Ubuntu 11.04 With Unity In VirtualBox 4.0
  • Sharing internet connection through Wlan
  • Switching From Gentoo Linux to Arch Linux
  • Going Linux: Dec 24: #124 - Gone Linux

today's leftovers:

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  • Saying Merry Christmas in Binary, Klingon, and Elvish
  • Best Youtube videos ever
  • Christmas How-To Using The Command Line
  • When Games Matter
  • Winter Wolves and Tycoon Games are 50% Off
  • Fedora Presents for Everyone
  • winetricks 20101222 released
  • The Drupal Christmas song
  • KMyMoney 4.5.2 stable released
  • Gimp in Mandriva, a glitch than can help you rescue files
  • Undercover UXO: Saving Lives with Educational XO Laptop Games
  • openSUSE Weekly News Team searches for new Contributor
  • Desktop Flickr tool ‘Frogr’ gets updated
  • Minutes for the Document Foundation Steering Committee Meeting from 2010-12-11 Are Available
  • FreeBSD Foundation End-of-Year Newsletter (2010)
  • Open Source Destroys Microsoft’s Oppressive Power Over the Customer
  • Viewsonic GPL update
  • Going Linux: Dec 23: #123 - Computer America #33
  • Linux Outlaws 182 - Special: Gran Turismo 5 Review

today's leftovers:

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  • Tron Legacy Docky theme would surely be Flynn’s choice
  • openSUSE Announces Fifth Development Milestone with Kernel Interactivity Patch
  • How best to sell a Windows 7 laptop this holiday? w/ Ubuntu Wallpaper
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 21st November
  • Drupal 7.0 RC 3 Released
  • ES: Government support and use are key to adoption of open source
  • EU External Affairs publishes crisis data mining tools as open source
  • Foobnix - Simple and Powerful music player
  • OSS recommended picks for business users
  • FSF Fall 2010 bulletin articles start to appear
  • Is a BSOD on a bus … a BuSOD?
  • Unified Me Menu And Messaging Menu Mockups
  • The Linux Link Tech Show #381 12/22/10
  • TuxRadar: Podcast Season 2 Episode 24

today's leftovers:

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  • Elementary’s new Wingpanel in action
  • Last Week in Amarok
  • Making Ordinary Laptops Into Ubuntu Laptops
  • Strange Interactions and Side Effects
  • Yahoo! Open Source Now and Future
  • Linux Out, FreeBSD In
  • New FreeBSD Foundation Project: Feed-Forward Clock Synchronization
  • FCC launches Open Internet Apps Challenge
  • Mugen Power Extended Battery N900 - Hands on Review
  • Where does Microsoft make its money? (Updated 2010)
  • How to test if a laptop is working with Linux
  • cmus music player
  • Red Hat Dropping After Earnings (RHT)
  • Rumor Red Hat could move HQ to Durham
  • Tunisian LoCo meeting with Mark Shuttleworth
  • new firefox 4 betas for desktop and mobile
  • Linux Outlaws 181 - BeardCash

today's leftovers:

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  • PhotoFilmStrip 1.4.0 (Stable) Released With A New User Interface
  • Laura MacPhee on the Canonical Contributor Agreement
  • 'Do Not Track' Coming to Firefox 4
  • Mozilla unloads Firefox 4 spit and polish beta
  • Muon Suite 1.1 Beta 2
  • Proposal for MariaDB trademark policy
  • On Distro Watch Wait Listing
  • Linux Gamers will Buy
  • Free as in Freedom: Episode 0x05: Inducing Fryers
  • Some Sabayon Stuff
  • The Official Ubuntu Book, 4e: Welcome to the Command Line
  • Microsoft Shuts Down Office Genuine Advantage
  • The Document Foundation joins Open Invention Network
  • gbuild: Meet the new boss (Same as the old boss)
  • Bazaar Overlay news
  • Drupal 7 to be released on January 5th (with one ginormous party)
  • openSUSE Board Meeting Summary 15 December 2010
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