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WebM/VP8 "not currently open source"

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  • Phipps: WebM/VP8 "not currently open source"
  • WebM: Missing The Assurances Open Source Needs?

First Look: H.264 and VP8 Compared

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streamingmedia.com: VP8 is now free, but if the quality is substandard, who cares? Well, it turns out that the quality isn't substandard, so that's not an issue, but neither is it twice the quality of H.264 at half the bandwidth. See for yourself.

Ubuntu Tweak: released support for Ubuntu 10.04

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ubuntulandforever.blogspot: The last Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.4 doesn’t work under the Xfce and KDE, so this is mainly a bug-fixed release for people who use Xubuntu, Kubuntu.

In news of an actual Compiz feature

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smspillaz.wordpress: Today I actually added a feature to the 0.9 branch. Well, not so much of a feature, but a framework to fix a long-time annoyance to do with loading and unloading plugins.

Xfce 4.6.2 Released

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The second bugfix-release of xfce 4.6 has been released. This release features a lot of updated translations and fixes some bugs or regressions with new GTK+ versions.

Nigori: Storing Secrets in the Cloud

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links.org: Nigori is a protocol for storing secrets in the cloud such that the storage need not be trusted and only a single password is required to access secrets.

ROX-desktop

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kmandla.wordpress: I’ve seen a few screenshots of ROX-desktop around the Internet, and for fun I decided to put it together myself.

More flexible firmware handling in debian-installer

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skolelinux.org: After a long break from debian-installer development, I finally found time today to return to the project. Having to spend less time working dependency based boot in debian, as it is almost complete now.

NVIDIA 256 Beta Linux Driver Released

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phoronix.com: NVIDIA has rolled out its first beta in the expected 256.xx driver series for Linux, Windows, and other supported platforms.

a better web is winning

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  • a better web is winning
  • Firefox, Chrome, Safari have finally killed Internet Explorer
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Microsoft v GNU/Linux

  • Illinois residents sue Microsoft over forced Windows 10 upgrades

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    The trio claim that Microsoft uses various tactics to get users to upgrade and does not give them a chance to refuse.

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    The system was developed by its joint venture with China Electronics Technology Group Corp, a State-owned company. Equipped with tailor-made security {sic} features, it is expected to allow the US tech giant to regain access to China's lucrative government software procurement market.

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Linux Mint KDE Review: Easy And Beautiful

Linux mint, the most popular Linux distribution is recommended by almost all Linux users for newbies. By default, Linux mint is released with cinnamon. But thanks to the Kubuntu team, we now have a KDE edition. Well, new users are probably wondering what all this KDE thing is? KDE is a community. KDE is a compilation of software. We will look at it in more detail on the way. Mint is a whole distro, so we will look at some specific aspects, But KDE is more than just a DE and we cannot review all of its features here. I will try to cover as much as possible in limited space. Read more