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Dock any application in the notification area with AllTray

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ghacks.net: There’s a line between closing an application and leaving it open. But aren’t there times when you wish you could force an app not made for the notification area into that “quick recall” space? Well now you can with a handy little tool called AllTray.

BlueDevil, the new KDE bluetooth stack is here

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afiestas.org: We’re proud to announce the first release of BlueDevil, the new bluetooth stack for KDE SC.

GNOME 3 not ready yet, release pushed back to 2011

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arstechnica.com: The developers behind the GNOME project have gathered in the Netherlands this week for the annual GUADEC conference. During a meeting that took place at the event, the GNOME release team made the difficult decision to delay the launch of GNOME 3.

Linux Music Players: Amarok vs. Clementine

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earthweb.com: The recent history of the Amarok music player is like a scaled-down version of KDE's recent past. Like KDE 4, the Amarok 2 series was greeted with a user revolt that has only gradually quieted.

Yet Another Amarok 1.4 Clone That Just Works

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techdrivein.com: For Amarok 1.4 lovers, there is more good news. Gereqi is yet another Amarok 1.4 fork, which is still in its early stages of development. And it is already looking good.

Periodic table of the open source graphics and design apps

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worldlabel.com: Are you ever overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of open source software projects produced by the community? Even when looking at just a subset? Let’s examine each design field in turn.

Reviewed: KOffice 2.2

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tuxradar.com: Over the last 12 years KOffice has grown in scope and ambition pushing out both good and bad iterations and occasionally suffering from hyperbolic claims that it had no chance in hell of satisfying.

Terminator for GNOME lets users split terminal windows

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arstechnica.com: Although a command line isn't a necessity anymore in modern desktop Linux distributions, there are many situations where it's still the most efficient way to perform and automate tasks. One good solution is an alternative terminal application for GNOME called Terminator.

Is Oracle trying to kill VirtualBox?

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  • Is Oracle trying to kill VirtualBox?
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Prettier Fonts Coming Your Way

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linuxjournal.com: There was a time when Linux was notorious for having what was called "fugly" fonts. Things improved a bit over the years, but thanks to expiring patents things are about to get even better.

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