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Some Linux Apps I Discovered Recently

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winterdom.com/weblog: I’ve been spending a lot more time on Linux as it’s been very helpful for my work: I put all kinds of test servers and tools there that I use during my java/.NET work. Because of this, I’ve been looking to improve my list of useful Linux applications, and I’ve found a few that I’ve liked well enough.

Xfce 4.6 Beta 3 (Tuco-Tuco) released

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xfce.org: I am pleased to announce the release of Xfce 4.6 BETA-3. Just like with the previous BETA, this release comes with a lot of bugfixes but is not expected to be 100% stable.

The love for apt-get

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the-gay-bar.com: In Linux circles RPM has a really bad reputation, the whole idea of "RPM-hell" (like Windows' DLL-hell) has spread through the years. It's a reputation that was really deserved in the past when getting exactly the right RPM for your distro was a huge pain.

Web browsers compared; Opera comes out on top

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ajc.com: Many PC buyers assume there is one way to get onto the Internet — Internet Explorer. It’s already on the desktop, it seems to work, so why mess with a good thing? But these days there are many choices when it comes to browsers.

Browser battle? They're more alike than different

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news.cnet.com: A panel discussion among browser executives shed a little light on the philosophical differences between four major browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera), but more than anything showed how these products are moving in the same direction.

GNOME 2.24.3 Desktop Released

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gnome.org: This is the third update to GNOME 2.24. It contains many fixes for important bugs that directly affect our users, documentation updates and also a large number of updated translations.

What does Stormy do as Executive Director of GNOME?

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stormyscorner.com: I want to say I'm really glad I work for an organization where people feel comfortable asking "what do you do?" It shows they care about the organization and are not afraid to ask tough questions. Have you ever asked your boss what they did, exactly?

What's new in IBM Lotus Notes 8.5

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This article describes the newest version of Lotus Notes 8.5 and its rich additional Eclipse functionality and presents itself as a modern and effective interface.

Launchpad's License Will Be AGPLv3

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softwarefreedom.org/blog: Last week, I asked Karl Fogel, Canonical's newly hired Launchpad Ombudsman, if Launchpad will use the AGPLv3. His eyes said “yes” but his words were something like: Canonical hasn't announced the license choice yet. I was excited to learn this morning from him that Launchpad's license will be AGPLv3.

Open Source Alternatives to iTunes: Your Favorite?

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earthweb.com: While it's true that Apple iTunes has some compelling services, such as their TV/music/movie store, the media player itself leaves many power users yearning for something more.

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