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VLC Media Player: The Cone Knows Its Formats

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linuxinsider.com: In the world of media player applications, the little orange traffic cone that VLC uses as its icon signifies ease of use, a deep set of features, and the versatility to play almost anything you can throw at it.

Java daddy says Sun engineers ran 'goofiest' patent contest

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theregister.co.uk: Sun engineers once ran an unofficial competition to see who could get the "goofiest" invention past the US patent office, according to former Sun man and Java founder James Gosling.

Rocking out with Minitunes

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omgsuse.com: Since you've upgraded to KDE 4.5 and started to suddenly feel the need for speed, you aren't quite happy with Amarok 2 or Banshee anymore. "I want something faster, lighter" you think to yourself. Meet Minitunes.

A keener eye on Kino

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openattitude.com: If you think that my glowing review of Kdenlive last week was perhaps a bit premature. And you’d be right. Instability is one thing, but when I found that I could not export my hour-long video to file or DVD without losing audio sync I had to move on — interestingly enough right back to Kino.

Seven Current Issues on the Linux Desktop

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earthweb.com: Not long ago, the overwhelming issue on the Linux desktop was catching up with Windows and OS X. But some time in the last few years, that goal was reached. There are at least seven issues with which various versions of the free desktop are struggling.

GTK+2, GTK+3 Plays More With Cairo For Drawing

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phoronix.com: With GNOME 3.0 not being released now until March of 2011, GNOME 2.32 is being released next month and will continue to focus on dependable and trusted GNOME 2.x technologies, such as the GTK+2 library rather than GTK+3.

Get App-y:

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  • Get App-y: Open source software not just for techies
  • 50 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Software
  • Top 50 SSH helper tools

Digging under Totem Media Player

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gauravlive.com: Totem Media Player is one of the most widely used media player amongst Linux user. Given its ability to handle many formats using the versatile G-Streamer framework, it has become a one stop all player for users who favor simplicity over the advanced VLC Player.

GNOME vs KDE: which is right for you?

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linuxuser.co.uk: Linux’s path to mainstream acceptance owes a lot to KDE and GNOME. While both have contributed enormously towards the ultimate Linux dream, they’re also heated competitors. Who will win the war?

Five lesser-known browsers

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mybroadband.co.za: We all know Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. But have you heard of these browsers?

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