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Interview with Sjoerd Simons of Empathy

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gnomedesktop.org: This is the third in a series of interviews about open source multimedia. For this interview we check in with Sjoerd Simons who works on the Empathy client, an which combines instant messaging, video conferencing and voice over IP into one application. Sjoerd will talk to us about the current status of Empathy and where it is going.

Opera 9.63 Released

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opera.com: Hei! We released 9.63 today, which addresses quite some security issues. This release is a recommended security upgrade for all those running the latest stable releases.

Perl 5.8.9 released

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heise-online.co.uk: Perl 5.8.9 has been released as the latest and probably last significant release of the Perl 5.8 series. Future releases of the Perl 5.8 series are expected to only deal with security and platform build issues.

Amarok2.0 Part Two: Continued failure

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the-gay-bar.com: First thing I saw is that Amarok couldn't playback files but didn't give me any error message. After some thinking I remembered that Ubuntu doesn't install codecs by default but Amarok just silently failed.

Thunderbird 3 Beta

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jonobacon.org: I decided recently to give a new mail client a whirl. Evolution, while an excellent client, appears to be a bit clunky with IMAP. I specifically have all of my mail go through GMail, and I access with IMAP. Evolution seems to be a bit slow when doing this.

I hope someone maintains Amarok 1.4

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briancarper.net: Amarok 2 was released on December 10th. I have KDE 4 on my experimentation laptop, so I tried it. I don't like it.

ferm: a straightforward firewall configuration tool

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debaday.debian.net: Grumble… a postgresql server on an old Sun workstation isn’t visible to another old Sun workstation which (in theory…) is storing data on the postgresql server. The culprit was a misconfigured firewall.

Flock - The Ultimate Student Browser

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makeuseof.com: I’m using Flock as my main browser. However for most of you, Firefox will be your choice. The reason I would recommend using Flock over Firefox to create the ultimate student research browser is the number of built in functionalities which really is quite useful for a student.

Also: Install Flock in Ubuntu

Benchmarks: gtk+ engines

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gentoo.org/developers/nightmorph: Here are some fast and dirty benchmarks of various gtk+ engines installed on my system, using app-benchmarks/gtkperf-0.40.

NVIDIA 180.16 Beta Linux Driver

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phoronix.com: It was just eleven days ago that NVIDIA had released the 180.11 Beta Linux Driver, but in the wee hours of Saturday morning NVIDIA has pushed out a new beta driver. This driver contains a few fixes, support for new GPUs, and an updated implementation of the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix.

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