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Moovida: A Music Player for the Masses

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ostatic.com: If you're like most computer users, your hard drive is probably stuffed to the gills with movies, pictures, music, and media files you want to hang on to. If you're trying to figure out a good way to manage them all, have a look at Moovida.

GNOME 3.0 May Not Come Until September 2010

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phoronix.com: Back in July of 2008 we learned of GNOME 3.0 as plans were laid out during the GUADEC '08 conference to make the GNOME 2.30 release their "3.0" version in March of 2010. However, it looks like GNOME 3.0 may not hit in H1'2010 but rather September of next year.

Head to Head: Google Chrome 4 Beta vs. Firefox 3.6

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Moz/FF

pcmag.com: In the last couple of days, both Google's Chrome browser and Mozilla's Firefox have come out with new betas claiming improved performance. Why not compare these new betas head-to-head?

Previewing Gnome Shell in Ubuntu

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workswithu.com: In order get a taste of what this desktop of the future will look like, I’ve spent the last few days using the development version. Here’s what I’ve found.

Free and Open Source Bioinformatics Software for Linux

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junauza.com: Bioinformatics s the field of science in which biology, computer science, and information technology merge into a single discipline. I have a here a list of some of the most capable free and open source Bioinformatics software for Linux:

GNOME Cleartext Passwords: Bug or Feature?

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Security

ubuntu-user.com: The current discussion in the Ubuntu forums is about a possible security hole in GNOME, specifically about GNOME registered users having their passwords appear as cleartext on the keyring. Not a bug, say its defenders, but the security concept behind the GNOME keyring.

Chrome and others nibble away IE usage

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Moz/FF

news.cnet.com: Google's Chrome is still the fourth-place browser in terms of usage, but it gained more than others in October when it comes to stealing usage away from the dominant Internet Explorer.

3 recent OpenOffice.org extensions

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OOo

linuxjournal.com: Although I do most of my professional writing in Bluefish, I usually use OpenOffice.org at least once a day. Consequently, I keep a close eye on the OpenOffice.org Extensions page.

Do The Banshee Shuffle

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linux.com: My family has a couple of those tiny little audio players called the iPod Shuffle. Of course we needed an iTunes replacement and Banshee turned out to have all the features we need.

5 System Administration Tools for KDE

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maketecheasier.com: Keeping any computer system running can be some work. There are many control panel tools and settings dialogs in KDE that make it easier for graphical-minded users to get things done. Here are five stand-alone applications that will help you stay informed about your computer’s status and health.

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