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GNU/Linux and freedom: non-free software hidden in your GNU/Linux distribution

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Software Most people with an interest in software freedom will turn to GNU/Linux as their operating system of choice. Few realize however, that the vast majority of GNU/Linux distros are not entirely free. Imagine migrating away from Windows, only to find that by installing GNU/Linux you are accepting a restrictive Microsoft license!

Linux, Where Crapware Goes to Die

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Software Remember this cute little purple ape? If you’re a Linux user, you might not. He was one of the earliest malware/spyware/crapware programs for the Microsoft Windows platform. Why were Linux users left out in the cold during the heyday of BonziBuddy?

Thunar and Rox Filer: Mighty File Managers

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Software Thunar and Rox Filer are different from the average file manager, and different from each other too. Both are powerful and flexible, offering features unavailable in other Linux file managers.

Cool portable linux music studio

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Software Making music on Linux used to be something for masochists. Luckily this is long something of the past, as nowadays lot's of cool Linux software and compatible hardware is available to musicians.

How Mono apologists drive developers away

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Software When Hubert Figuiere, a developer who had lost his job with Novell in the first quarter of 2009, released the note-taking application Gnote on April 1 last year, one doubts that he had any idea about the kind of attacks which would be launched on him by Mono advocates and apologists.

The GNOME Journal March 2010 Issue Ready

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  • GNOME Miro Community
  • Canonical, Upgrading GNOME Bugzilla, and Commercial Sponsorship
  • Interview with Juan José Sánchez Penas of the GNOME Advisory Board
  • Unchaining The Opportunistic Developer
  • Mallard - Better Help for Better Software
  • Letter from the Editor

10 Alternative Web Browsers for Linux

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Software While Firefox is arguably still the champion of Linux web browsers, it can sometimes be slow and get bogged down by sites like Facebook. As a result (and just because it’s fun), some people have started to search for alternatives. Here are 10.

Goodbye Opera

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Software The sense of betrayal is probably the hardest emotion to cope with, the realization of a difficult truth that the trust you have given has been abused. Something drastic changed between version 10.10 and 10.51 a week ago. After the update was complete, I discovered my trust has been violated.

Learning GNU Text Utilities

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Software Why text files, specifically? Well, if you're doing much work at the shell on Linux, you'll start encountering a lot of text or files that can behave like text. Log files, configuration files and output from many commands can all be manipulated with the GNU textutils.

Minimalist Linux desktops

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Software Lightweight desktops have a multitude of uses, on netbooks, for mobile devices, for older hardware, for users with limited requirements of their systems, for connecting to applications in the cloud, and for bare knuckled programmers who prefer to work closer to the metal.

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