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Five Power Tools for Pidgin

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ostatic.com/blogs: Pidgin is a great GTK2-based instant messenger application that supports a bevy of protocols, including ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, Jabber, and AIM. It's a terrific app in its own right, but when you add some of these power tools, Pidgin is even better.

Linux firewalls for newbies

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penguininside.blogspot: Not everyone can use iptables because its huge, and very confusing for newbies. Here are some easy to use firewalls for Linux..

Amarok 2.2.0: Back on Track

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itnewstoday.com: Back in June, I reviewed Amarok 2.1 and was far from impressed. Amarok 2.2 has been released recently, and it’s a definite improvement, and may even be the best music player released this year.

Reasons I Believe the Community Should Support the Oracle-Sun Deal

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groklaw.net: Monty Widenius has posted a press release, urging Oracle to sell MySQL to a third party, and there is a link to the materials that he and Florian Mueller, who is working with him, provided to the EU Commission, which appears to have influenced it to delay approval. I'd like to tell you why I think the community should support the Oracle deal.

Also: And now the s★★t hits the (MySQL) fans…

Laptop Survival With GKrellM

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linux.com: Late at night, when all was quiet, the fan on the Asus laptop seemed to be running a little more than usual. I started GKrellM and checked the chip temperature.

Teaching with Tux

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linuxjournal.com: As a homeschooling family, my wife and I are very involved in our children's education and since we're both a couple of nerds, much of our children's education is done on the computer. I was a bit curious to see if there were any good children's educational programs for Linux; it turns out that there are some very good ones and I'm going to discuss 3 of them today.

Cedega vs Crossover Games - Hands on Review

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: Most people who use Linux for desktop use are well aware of the one of the largest issues facing the platform: Lack of commercial software. Which brings me to my topic at hand - Cedega & Codeweavers. What are Cedega and Codeweavers? Designed to help you get your Windows games working with ease on Linux.

Why things are the way they are w/ Compiz++

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smspillaz.wordpress: Someone in the comments asked me to address the issue as to why we don’t yet have commonly requested functionality such as minimized window previews and input redirection. This post will address this and some of the solutions that we may have in the future.

AbiWord is a Free Word Processor

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howtogeek.com: Sometimes you need a word processing application but not an entire office suite. Today we take a look at AbiWord which is a free word processor for all three major OS platforms.

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