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today's howtos & stuff:

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HowTos
  • Why I Use Gentoo: Unused Dependency Removal
  • openSUSE Weekly News, 159 is out!
  • In Praise of The Wine
  • Which module is loaded for a given PCI and USB device?
  • FOSS party games
  • The Oracle scorecard: One year after Sun
  • Fudcon Coming up…
  • Meld Diff Viewer – Compare and Merge files/directories in Ubuntu
  • How to make a Melt text effect in GIMP
  • Using exit codes in the Bash Shell
  • Using Mencoder Profiles
  • How to prepare your Windows disk for a Ubuntu installation
  • How to compile space-shooter M.A.R.S. from source
  • how to install photoshop with wine and playonlinux
  • How to update MEPIS signing key
  • Stripes Fedora^WInfinity, Gnome 3, Owl, etc.
  • Is this a dagger which I see before me?
  • My way or the highway?
  • Postfix 2.8.0 brings new features

more odds & ends:

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  • Testing software: Ubuntu 64-bit, Unity and PlayOnLinux, the new Wine-Doors?
  • PCLinuxOS, LXDE, and User Management
  • Gentoo Security Team: Scouting Tips
  • Making Ubuntu More Personal: Identify Contributions To Engage More Personally
  • Updated Debian GNU/Linux: 5.0.8 released
  • Mint Debian Edition

some odds & ends:

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  • New: OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 Release Candidate 10
  • People behind Debian: Michael Vogt, synaptic and APT developer
  • As CEO of Google, Larry Page Won't Frown on Open Source
  • Skype Toolbar Blocked by Mozilla - FINALLY!
  • RSS-Aware indicator adds ‘quit’ button, but still no ‘clear all’
  • Turn Your Linux Desktop,Tablet or Touch Device into Digital Sketchpad
  • Network made easy with Mandriva
  • New evidence supports Oracle's case against Google
  • 3 IT Tools You Can't Live Without
  • Unity Window Decorator
  • Common user interface mistakes in KDE applications, part 3: Message Boxes
  • Change PostgreSQL Locale
  • CAOS Theory Podcast 2011.01.21
  • A Guide To How Graphics Cards Work
  • Tribler - P2P application for sharing content
  • A heaping helping of Linux games
  • Open Source Procurement: Indemnity

yesterday's leftovers:

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  • Revisited: 3 Newbie-Friendly KDE Distributions
  • Hacking, Old-School
  • So long, Drupal 5.x (End of Life Announcement)
  • How to Install VirtualBox 4.0.2 on Ubuntu 10.10
  • Easily Search And Manage PPAs With Y PPA Manager
  • There's No FUD Like an Old FUD
  • Installing a Debian GNU/Linux test server with VirtualBox
  • Expect Script Tutorial: Expressions, If Conditions, For Loop, and While Loop
  • How to make a great pattern in GIMP
  • Creating dynamic volumes with loop devices
  • How to Advertise your FOSS game
  • Add titles to OpenShot Video Editor projects
  • MySQL: Drive Your Performance Problems Away!
  • Diff with vimdiff
  • Text Watermarking and Watermark Recovery - Snowdrop
  • MintCast Interview
  • Radio Tray 0.6.2 comes with resume parameter, application indicator
  • Stuck in Windows
  • Moving duplicity (and Deja-Dup) backups
  • Ubuntu Laptop How to save current screen brightness settings
  • Search is One of the Strengths of GNU/Linux
  • Shadow Clones is a Fun Alien Shooter with Nice Soundtrack
  • Use the Levels Adjustment Tool in digiKam

today's leftovers:

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  • Debian 6 Expected by February 6
  • 35 Terminal ( text ) based application for Linux
  • Who is profiting from open source?
  • FLOSS Weekly 149: VoltDB
  • No double standards: supporting Google's push for WebM
  • Tron: An open source legacy
  • My Desktops for 2011
  • Novell's Linux Support Continues to Lead the Industry
  • Improved Udev Rule For Arch Linux
  • Siding With Canonical on Unity for Ubuntu
  • Firefox 4.0 beta 9: epic fail?
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 19th December 2010
  • First FOSDEM 2011 Speaker Interviews
  • Study charts global open source trends
  • Manage MySQL with Consummate Ease Using SQL Buddy
  • GhostBSD development in 2011
  • Canonical's Qt decision may also be mobile power play
  • Oops! Updates are a Part of Life

today's leftovers:

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  • Red Hat Updates RHEL 5 with More Hardware, Software Support
  • The OMG! Ubuntu! Guide to must-have indicator applets
  • lca2011 venue update
  • aseigo: Qt acceptance growing, next: colaboration process?
  • If it sounds mad
  • Debugging ADSL connectivity
  • Open Source in GSM Could Breed Mobile Mayhem
  • Five open source network management projects to watch
  • Free as in Freedom, Episode 0x07
  • Debian Squeeze 6.0 installation screen shots and review
  • SuperTux - A Super Mario Bros Clone
  • RuneScape – Return of Free Trade & The Wilderness
  • Hello English OS! for Learning English.
  • Intel's Linux Sandy Bridge Graphics Still Troubling
  • ODF Interoperability: Maidenhead ODF Plugfest
  • Mandriva and Mythware team up to offer a complete educational solution for OEMs and Schools
  • Why the FSFE is concerned about the sale of Novell’s patents
  • Close To The 50 Day - Red Hat
  • Linux Outlaws 186 - Be Like Dan

today's leftovers:

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  • 5 Splash Screens to Spice up digiKam
  • Linux Mint Debian Edition - a green goddess
  • Open Source: we are buying, but are we engaging?
  • OpenGamma secures $6 million power open source for financial markets
  • EU funds open source language Scala
  • $10 Laptop? India’s Educational Laptop Is Here, But Not At $10
  • WebOS: The Other Smartphone/Tablet Linux
  • OLPC Arm version is faster than Intel's
  • Graphical tools for manipulating PDFs
  • New: OOo-DEV 3.x Developer Snapshot
  • Mesa Now Supports A Bit More Of OpenGL 3.0
  • DisPlex - Compiz/Emerald AppIndicator
  • GNOME Commander - A nice file manager for GNOME
  • Some patent reflections on WebM
  • Available: FreeBSD 8.2-RC2

some odds & ends:

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HowTos
  • Installing Arch Linux – The Base
  • How to Identify a Good Perl Programmer
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 12th December 2010
  • Control Your Network Traffic with Wondershaper in Ubuntu / Debian
  • Graphic corruption woes with mesa 7.10
  • Confining user applications
  • Will The Free Software Desktop Ever Make It?
  • seminar to public about new features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • What *is* OOP?
  • Linux armageddon Linux Mint vs Slackware
  • Reliable and unreliable detection of bundled libraries
  • Amahi Home Server – Setting Up File Duplications & Exploring the App Store
  • Using notify-send as a Conky replacement

today's odds & ends:

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HowTos
  • Linux Fund and anti-harassment policy
  • create a gnome panel icon for triggering the compiz expo plugin (like in unity)
  • How to change default in GNOME Terminal to xterm
  • KDE SC 4.6 RC1 – An INTELligent Update
  • Open files in Linux
  • Create a Clone Server
  • Namebench: cross-platform DNS benchmarking tool
  • KDE 4.5.5 available for Mandriva 2010.1 and 2010.2

today's leftovers:

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  • Backgrounds in The Board
  • Moovida Core media player coming to Linux ‘real soon’ – but is the 3D interface?
  • The .wwf format in practice
  • OOo localization process changed into a continuous process
  • Ubuntu using FileZilla download/upload files
  • Report: Use savings of open source to develop new tools
  • NVIDIA OpenCL Linux Benchmarks
  • Love Open Source? Want to present at SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) ’11?
  • The Phantom Fifth Freedom
  • Does Linux innovate?
  • Open Source Your Rave with OpenLase
  • The super new compiz debugging tool
  • Bug Statistics for KWin 4.6 Cycle
  • FreeBSD Foundation requesting project proposals (2011)
  • Quick how-to: Gentoo on Atari MiNT/TOS
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