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Watching the Sun Set

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  • Watching the Sun Set
  • Thoughts on Jeremy's Sun/Oracle Analysis

Keep Your Cloud, I'm a Customer Not a Consumer

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linuxtoday.com/blog: The cloud hype is getting thicker and smellier every day. All the cloud excitement is coming from those who hope to profit from it, the vendors and breathless tech journalists who can't think of anything worthwhile to write about. They're working very hard to make it sound like a wonderful thing, a miracle of rare device that will transform life as we know it.

CrossOver 9.0 Improves Windows Application Support on Linux

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starryhope.com: CodeWeavers, supporter of the open source Wine project, have released their latest version of CrossOver for Linux and Mac. CrossOver 9.0 is a commercial product that makes installing Windows applications via Wine extremely easy for Linux users.

KDE and GNOME: Seven Irritations in Each

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earthweb.com: Life in an Olympics-occupied city has left me grumpy. Ordinarily, I'm a tolerably contented desktop user, spending about three-quarters of my time in KDE and the rest in GNOME, with occasional forays into other desktops. But in the last two weeks, I've been noticing irritations in every interface I've used.

Yarssr - Panel Applet RSS Reader

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omgubuntu.co.uk: Yarssr (Yet Another RSS Reader) is an RSS reader for the GNOME panel. It displays an icon in the notification area which changes colour to alert you to feed updates. Clicking on the icon give you a drop out menu, clicking the title takes you to the post in your default browser.

Five Tools for Measuring and Improving Linux System Performance

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linux.com: Out of the box, Linux runs just fine for many uses. But if you find yourself needing to ferret out performance problems or tune the kernel for better performance, Linux has more than enough tools to measure and tweak system performance.

Five Free PDF viewers for Ubuntu

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unixlab.blogspot: Portable document format is one of the most popular file formats on the web. Of course Adobe is the market leader for PDF. However, there are lot of free alternatives around. Here are some free pdf viewers for ubuntu.

Linux super-duper admin tools: screen

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dedoimedo.com: Time to learn about yet another cool little admin application that will change the way you think and work. screen is a full-screen window manager that multiplexes a physical terminal between several processes, typically interactive shells.

OpenShot — Finally

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makeuseof.com: Video and photo editing tools are a necessity in today’s world of personal media. We have lots of photographs and videos these days that could look even better when presented nicely.

Multimedia Codecs and Moral Quandarie

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workswithu.com: I wrote recently about legal concerns involving multimedia patents on Ubuntu, and how to obtain licensed codecs without breaking the law. But I didn’t give much thought to the philosophical side of the issue.

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