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Azureus is dead, long live Vuze

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dedoimedo.com: When it comes to downloading content from the Internet using a P2P protocol of some sort, I'm more of an eMule (aMule) sort of a person. However, if you are into viewing, publishing and sharing DVD and HD modern and current content, Vuze is the application you want.

Managing your movie collection with Griffith

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linux.com: For a long time, I recorded a basic list of all the backups I made of my movie collection in a scruffy notebook. In due time, I found that relying on a simple piece of paper was wishful thinking. I then endured the laborious process of migrating my list to a spreadsheet on my computer -- but that still wasn't enough. Eventually I found Griffith, a movie collection manager, and was pleasantly surprised to discover what it was capable of.

When bugtracking systems are being fenced

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dag.wieers.com/blog: Today, in my quest for a media center solution that suits me, I started fixing some issues with running Elisa on CentOS 5. The Elisa project is using Launchpad for bugtracking and project management and so I created an account to send a few patches.

Igniting Linux Desktop Security

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securiteam.com: Long ago, my all-time favorite desktop firewall was none other than sygate pro (symantec junkies sought-and-destroyed a while back). But like most other desktop firewalls, sygate is/was windows only. But this article isn’t about just any desktop firewall; it is about Firestarter, the Linux GUI firewall solution.

Amarok gets a facelift

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linux.com: After more than a year in development, Amarok, a multipurpose media player with a host of features, has issued release candidate code for version 2. It comes with a completely redesigned interface, and takes advantage of KDE 4's new libraries and interfaces.

Also: Hands-on: Amarok 2 rocks the house

Unison and Canonical’s Ubuntu Attack Microsoft Exchange

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thevarguy.com: Unison Technologies, with an assist from Canonical and Ubuntu Linux, says it is “launching a major threat to Microsoft Exchange.” Hmmm. The VAR Guy has heard similar grandstanding before from a range of companies. But Unison has caught our resident blogger’s attention a few times. Here’s why.

Five Features Perl 5 Needs Now

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oreilly.com: Perl's 21st anniversary of release is next Thursday, 18 December. Perl 5 is already 14 years old. Though the language has seen many changes since 1994, it can't stand still. Perl 5.10 added many wonderful features and Perl 6 will change the landscape for programming languages, but what's the vision for Perl 5? How can the language stay relevant?

Amarok 2.0 Rocks the World

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dot.kde.org: After two years of intense development, Amarok 2 has become a reality! Some of the highlights that are included in the 2.0 release are a completely redesigned user interface, tight integration with online services such as Magnatune, Jamendo, MP3tunes, Last.fm and Shoutcast.

Types Of Repositories

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codeghar.wordpress: Many linux distributions divide their repositories into different parts based on certain criteria. It could be for support, policy, or anything else. I will provide a brief introduction here and link to more information.

Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 Preview Release

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mozillamessaging.com: Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 is now available for download. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality of the new features and platform changes that will be included in Thunderbird 3.

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