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Linux clipboard utilities lead to frustration and defeat

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aplawrence.com: I went looking for Linux clipboard manager utilities and found plenty to choose from. The trick is figuring out what to Google for: "Linux clipboard manager" and "Linux clipboard viewer" seem to do the trick.

Goodbye Rhythmbox, Hello Songbird

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jamsubuntu.blogspot: Although I don't like to admit it, I have always liked the iTunes media player. I wasn't too keen on the idea of installing and running it through Wine, I settled for Ryhthmbox in the end.

CA investigates: Open-source software

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whatpc.co.uk: Is there such a thing as a free lunch? Well, that’s what the open source movement would have you believe. It offers programs for any task at no cost beyond getting hold of the installation files (effectively free with broadband), and even complete replacements for Windows or Mac OS X.

The Future of Compiz In Question

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phoronix.com: Rather than announcing a road-map for 2009 or sharing all of the accomplishments this year that were made within the Compiz development community, Kristian Lyngstol has shared some grave concerns for this project.

One Month In Linux Audio

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linuxjournal.com: This week I'm bringing you news of of updates, upgrades, and new releases in the world of Linux audio software. Development in this world is continuously productive, so I'll present only a selection of the Linux sound and music applications and utilities announced in the month of November in the year 2008.

Myth: Linux Doesn't Need a Registry Cleaner

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bleachbit.blogspot: Some say Linux's .rpm and .deb installation packages uninstall cleanly, so there is no need for any registry cleaners like CCleaner. Here are a few counterexamples to the myth:

Great Linux Innovations Of 2008

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phoronix.com: Last year we had looked at The Greatest Linux Innovations Of 2007, and as this year ends, we have compiled a similar list of what we believe were some of the greatest Linux innovations or achievements of 2008.

Also: Open source in 2008: Everything but interest is up

wbar, for fun and profit

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kmandla.wordpress: Since I started messing with Tiny Core Linux, I started appreciating wbar — another one of those floating icon punch-button bars that sometimes crop up in other big-name operating systems.

Interclue and the pitfalls of going proprietary

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linux.com: The Interclue extension is supposed to give you a preview of links in Firefox before you visit them, saving you mouse-clicks and, with a little luck, allowing you to move quickly between multiple links on the same page. Unfortunately, the determination to monetize the add-on and keep its source code closed results in elaborations that make the basic idea less effective.

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