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Flashnotes, a musical flashcards program

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kdubois.net: I’ve been able to play piano one note at a time for a while, but playing the piano one note at a time is not really playing the piano. Big Grin So in an effort to learn the instrument better, I borrowed my dad’s electronic keyboard, and sat down to try to learn it. This led me to think that some sort of flash card training would help.

Moonlight 1.0 hamstrung in Catch-22

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zdnet.com.au: Novell yesterday announced the official release of Moonlight 1.0, a project to bring Microsoft's Silverlight runtime to Linux — but can the project ever catch Microsoft's shadow?

Opera Valentine's Snapshot

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opera.com: It's been a while since the last snapshot and the Desktop Team has been working hard to improve Peregrine. In addition to a load of fixes, there are some important changes:

10 Songbird add-ons for a better audio player

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linuxforums.org: The 1.0.0 release launched in the first days of December delivers an impressive arsenal ranging from themes to add-ons. Just like in Firefox's case, these add-ons extend the application's possibilities beyond the original intent. Here are ten.

Graphic Design For The Clueless: An Introduction To Inkscape

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: One of the reasons I haven't been posting as many Linux reviews as usual so far in 2009 is because I have been spending a lot of what little free time I get learning how to use Inkscape.

Jaunty and Xfce 4.6

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cody.zapto.org: Xfce 4.6 Release Candidate 1 is now in the Jaunty archive! I just upgraded to Jaunty (Hardy -> Intrepid -> Jaunty) the other day and am really digging the new version of Xfce4!

Comparing the Window Managers: Which is Best for You?

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nuxified.org: Are you unhappy with the functionality of your desktop? Are the menus distracting, the system slow to start, etc? Would you rather have a minimal layout? A faster boot speed? In that case, you need to look at the window managers available for Linux users.

Silverlight, via Moonlight, comes to Linux

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blogs.computerworld: If you're like me, you don't like proprietary video and audio codecs. Be that as it may, some sites, like NBC's Olympics site, use Microsoft's proprietary Silverlight streaming technology. Until recently, if you were using Linux that meant you couldn't watch videos from these sites at all. Until now.

NVIDIA Pushes Out Another Binary Driver Update

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phoronix.com: Two weeks ago NVIDIA released four new Linux drivers and then just a day later they released another driver. Well, NVIDIA has now pushed out yet another proprietary driver update.

Benchmarked: Firefox Javascript on Linux and Windows

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tuxradar.com: As you might have guessed from our domain name, TuxRadar.com, we're big fans of Linux. But being a fan of Linux doesn't necessarily make you a Linux fanboy. We think more Linux users need to admit there are some places where Linux isn't quite as good as its competitors.

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Ninja Blocks has begun shipping the Ninja Sphere and announced it has signed up as a key partner for Canonical’s Ubuntu Core embedded device operating system, as it opens its first office in the US. The startup launched in 2012, when it was selected to participate the Startmate accelerator program, and also smashed a Kickstarter campaign for its first product, which was also called Ninja Blocks. Read more

Netrunner 14.1 – Main Edition (Frontier)

The “14.1” indicates an updated and polished release of Netrunner 14 LTS on the same underlying base. Since 14.1 is using the same base “trusty” like Netrunner 14, there is no need for users of 14 to migrate: Simply updating from the shared backports ppa of the Frontier release cycle should give the same result, while keeping customizations in place. Read more

Wayland 1.6.1 & Weston 1.6.1 Released

Bryce Harrington, the former Canonical employee part of Ubuntu's X/Mir team turned Samsung open-source employee, has issued the first maintenance update for Wayland 1.6. Wayland 1.6.1 and the reference compositor Weston 1.6.1 were released on Friday night by Harrington. The Wayland 1.6.1 stable update has just over a dozen changes and they're mostly tiny bug-fixes/corrections but there is also improved handling for some error situations between servers and clients. The brief Wayland 1.6.1 release announcement can be read on the Wayland mailing list. Read more