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Seven Firefox Plug-ins That Improve Online Privacy

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csoonline.com: As strange as it might sound, there are times when I wish for the old days of the Internet circa the early 1990's. The days of Mosaic and Lynx, where there was no Flash, no Javascript and no Java. A simpler time where protecting your privacy and security wasn't as essential as it is today.

Desktops and their performance

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Phoronix has used its Test Suite to compare the memory and power consumption of different desktop environments. However, the results should be handled with care.

Eight Must-Have Apps for Linux

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linux.com: Linux comes in all shapes and sizes...from the full-blown app-heavy distros like Fedora and Ubuntu, to the lean and mean distros such as Puppy and Damn Small Linux. Whatever the size of the distribution, there are always going to be applications that you will want.

What is it with the “dist-upgrade” option of apt-get?

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ghacks.net: There has always been a bit of confusion when people learn they can do a full upgrade of their distribution from the command line.

Linux Arpeggiators, Part 1

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linuxjournal.com: In my last article I looked at performance loopers for Linux. This week I begin a 2-part review of similar applications called arpeggiators.

Window Maker Desktop: Lightweight Linux Minimalism

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linuxplanet.com: Window Maker is a fast, lightweight window manager based as closely as possible on the look and feel of the NeXTStep interface.

GNOME Do to get more pizazz

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  • GNOME Do to get more pizazz
  • GNOME Developer Kit Slimmed Down
  • Setting up a slide show screen saver in GNOME

GNOME and KDE: Seven Attractions in Each

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earthweb.com: Despite all the talk about the mythical Year of the Linux Desktop, somewhere in the last few years, free software passed a milestone without anyone noticing. At some point, after years of struggling to rival proprietary desktops, both GNOME and KDE have caught up in features and narrowed the gap in usability. We are now at a point where free software is often an innovator on the desktop.

Windows: Choice But No Choice

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lxer.com: In the area of window managers Linux users are completely and totally spoiled rotten. We constantly debate the merits of one desktop environment/window manager over another. I wish Windows users had this problem, but they don't. Why? Because they have no choice.

Conquer Video on Linux with MPlayer

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linux.com: MPlayer is not your run-of-the mill video player. It's a multi-platform codec-chewing monster truck of a video player for the connoisseur of video players. It has options galore and has the flexibility to play almost anything under the sun.

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The Internet Without Connection, Free Endless OS For Emerging Markets

There are four billion people on the planet without PCs or access to affordable personal computers. That figure should surely be tempered with some contextualization i.e. not everybody actually wants to have an Internet connection and many traditional, native or bucolic ways of live do still exist on the planet. Regardless, there are a batch of global initiatives in existence which seek to give computer access to every man, woman and especially child. Endless OS is one such project. The free operating system has been designed explicitly to work in the expensive or restrictive Internet data conditions that often exist in emerging markets where fabulously affordable broadband has yet to arrive. The software itself is built to provide useful information and educational content, with or without an Internet connection. Read more