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Building Linux Audio Apps 101: A User's Guide, Part 1

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linuxjournal.com: Recently I've received some mail asking for a brief explanation on how to build Linux audio applications from source code packages. Ask and ye shall receive, hence the following simple guide for the perplexed, the puzzled, and the downright mystified. Compiling software is hardly rocket science, and if an old guitar-picker like myself can do it certainly you can too.

First look: Opera 10 faster with new features

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arstechnica.com: Opera 10 has arrived and finds itself needing to stand out in an increasingly crowded browser market. Ars goes hands on with the new release to see if Opera 10 has what it takes.

Also: Should Opera dump its desktop browser?

Ten Things You Didn't Know Apache (2.2) Could Do

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linux-mag.com: Apache 2.2 has been out for a while, and just recently, 2.2.13 was released. However, it also seems that a lot of folks are completely unaware of some of the cool new things available in 2.2.

Five Cleverly Named Ubuntu Applications

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workswithu.com: The double-meanings or inside jokes behind the names of the applications in this list may not be obvious to a lot of people, especially those without geeky inclinations. They’re also not always the best titles for describing an application’s function. But they’re a lot more fun.

Opera 10 Release Candidate: Sleeker, More Feature-Laden

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pcworld.com: Opera has always been a try-harder browser packed with features. Despite this, it has not yet managed to get the same kind of publicity that Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome garner. And that's a shame, because this release candidate version 10 of the venerable browser adds a slew of clever features that anyone who browses the Web will welcome.

VideoLAN (VLC) media player - You're simply the best

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dedoimedo.com: VideoLAN (VLC), a player started as a student project and turned into one of the best, most popular media players worldwide, has recently had a birthday - turned 1.0. I thought this was an excellent opportunity to write about it and just show you how great it is.

10 Unique Tips to get Elegant Gnome Desktop

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penguininside.blogspot: Elegance is not achieved by adding Vista like Sidebar, Mac like DockBar, Heavy Compiz effects or anything even more stupid, like a system monitor to show off your system configuration X_X. So I'm going to give you 10 tips to establish a elegant desktop.

4 apps new Ubuntu users should not do without

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sinaisix.blogspot: The amount of applications available in the Ubuntu repositories can sometimes be overwhelming for a new user. To make things simple for such users, I have compiled this short list of four applications that new users should start their Ubuntu life with.

kubuntu installer

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shtylman.com: I thought I would finally take the time to promote and show off some of the changes I have been making to the Kubuntu installer, Ubiquity.

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