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Pidgin vs. Empathy: Feature Comparison

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workswithu.com: The decision to replace Pidgin with Empathy in Ubuntu 9.10 has not been without controversy, or second thoughts on the part of Ubuntu developers. Much of the discontent centers around concerns that Empathy does not yet offer the features to compete with Pidgin.

15 "Really" Awesome Conky Configurations

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junauza.com: After showing you how to install and configure conky, and then gave you the idea that you can display Twitter statuses on it, it's time for me to share to you some of the most highly-customized, unique, and awe-inspiring conky configurations.

Best of both worlds: twin

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kmandla.wordpress: I have mentioned a lot of console applications over the past few weeks, but usually either in conjunction with screen-vs, or with something running under X, like Musca. There is a middle ground, so to speak.

OpenGoo Review - DIY Web Office

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eweekeurope.co.uk: Available in DIY or "with tech support" versions OpenGoo lacks some functionality, it has limited file formats, but, frees users from being tied to a web app provider.

Getting Started with Money Manager Ex

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bytesandsuch.com: While I have some knowledge of double entry accounting, GnuCash is simply too complex for managing a checkbook and performing simple budgeting. In June, I published a post on HomeBank criticizing its inability to support split categories. At that time I installed Money Manager Ex. For a few weeks I ran it side by side with AceMoney. It is now the only money manager I use.

New & Improved Last.FM Plugin For Banshee

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d0od.blogspot.com: An updated version of Banshee’s Last.FM plugin provides better scrobble support and “instant” now listening updates on Last.FM.

Five Open Source Flash Card Apps to Make Rote Learning Easier

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ostatic.com/blog: Chances are, when you've needed to learn something by rote memorization you've turned to flash cards (multiplication tables, anyone?). There are plenty of ways to learn things that require instant recall but few are as effective as flash cards. The next time you need to memorize a bunch of facts, give one of these desktop and mobile open source flash cards applications a try.

4 Children’s Linux Applications To Keep Your Kids Ahead of the Game

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makeuseof.com: Today we’re going to continue our journey through the Ubuntu software repository looking for more children’s Linux educational software. As more and more parents allow their children to use the computer, setting up your kids with a Linux distribution makes even more sense:

Users nervous about Oracle's acquisition of MySQL

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infoworld.com: The European Union is not the only one antsy about Oracle taking possession of the open source MySQL database should the commercial database giant's merger with Sun Microsystems get final approval. So are MySQL users.

15 Relatively Unknown Linux Apps

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laptoplogic.com: Most people go for the big apps when switching to Linux, and for good reason: they are easy to find, usually very polished, often updated, and there's a lot of online documentation for them. What if you're not looking for the most popular, but instead the best app for you?

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Zotac Nvidia Jetson TK1 review

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New Human Interface Guidelines for GNOME and GTK+

I’ve recently been hard at work on a new and updated version of the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines, and am pleased to announce that this will be ready for the upcoming 3.14 release. Over recent years, application design has evolved a huge amount. The web and native applications have become increasingly similar, and new design patterns have become the norm. During that period, those of us in the GNOME Design Team have worked with developers to expand the range of GTK+’s capabilities, and the result is a much more modern toolkit. Read more