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How GNOME and KDE spend their money

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linux-magazine.com: Quarterly reports are the stuff of business. In most people's minds, they are as far from the spirit of free and open source software (FOSS) as anyone can imagine. All the same, as non-profit organizations, many FOSS projects issue them. And while your first reaction may be to avoid quarterly reports, they can give some insights into projects, especially if you read between the lines.

5 free Linux Kids Games + 1 extra

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osrevolution.com: Here's a short list of some games that could be played by your toddler and you can find in your friendly package manager.

Free Desktop Publishing with Scribus (Open Source)

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blog.worldlabel.com: Scribus is the leading open source solution for desktop publishing (DTP); it supports professional features like press-ready color separations and PDF output, as well as every media file type under the sun. With Scribus you can design high-end documents with a separate workflow for authors, photographers, and graphic designers in an office environment, but it is easy enough for single-user work, too.

Also: Scribus is a an Art Desktop Publishing Tool for Linux

Surfing The Forge: Sound & MIDI Projects On SourceForge

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linuxjournal.com: SourceForge is one of those long-lived services that have remained relevant to my searches for new and interesting sound and music applications, so I decided to surf the Forge to find recent and maybe some not-so-recent developments in the world of Linux audio.

Great Blender Tutorial

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ostatic.com/blog: The web, and the Blender.org site both abound with Blender tutorials, and the free online book "Blender Basics" is a good place to start learning the application, but Free Software Magazine alerted me to what may be the best free way to master Blender of all: Tufts University's Blender 3D Design online class.

KOffice 2.1 Beta 2 Released

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kdenews.org: The KOffice team today announced the second beta of the upcoming 2.1 release. The KOffice community has now switched from adding new features to only fix the remaining bugs, and that is obvious from this release.

Google Chrome 3.0 Sees Stable Release

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eweek.com: Google's Chrome team released a new stable build of the Web browser that boasts the speed bumps and features the company introduced in its 3.0.195.4 beta release last month.

Linus is always right

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elcuco2.blogspot: Linus is always right: SVN users are stupids, GIT is superior. I am now starting to move my personal projects from SVN to GIT.

GNOME Foundation releases first quarterly report

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h-online.com: The GNOME Foundation, which coordinates development of the GNOME platform, has announced the release of its first quarterly report.

Firestarter: Simple to use, powerful desktop firewall

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ghacks.net: Every PC needs protection. Now with the Linux operating system you have a lot of choices for protection. But one of the easiest to use is Firestarter. Firestarter is one of the easiest-to-use firewalls I have used.

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