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Bring Back the Excitement to Linux Desktop Effects

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junauza.com: There's no doubt that some people have become a Linux user after seeing a video of Compiz Fusion in action on YouTube or wherever. During the first few days or weeks, sure they will enjoy the experience of having an extraordinary desktop that they can show off to their Vista-using friends. However,

Free Software We're Most Thankful For

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lifehacker.com: Dear free software developers: Before we American nerds sit down to our turkey and mashed potatoes today, know that your creations are at the top of the list of things we're most thankful for.

KDE's Kate text editor gets Vi input mode

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arstechnica.com: The KDE desktop environment's advanced text editing program, which is called Kate, has a new input mode that is designed to mimic the functionality of the text-based Vi editor.

Gmail notifiers let you know "you've got mail"

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linux.com: If you are into email like Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were in the movie You've Got Mail, you probably want to be warned as soon as any message enters your mailbox. If you use Gmail, you can try one of several Gmail-specific applications that let you know when new messages arrive.

GNOME's Empathy IM client gets file transfer support

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arstechnica.com: Empathy is an open source instant messaging client for the GNOME desktop environment. It made its big debut in GNOME 2.24, which was released in September.

Installation hell : StarOffice 9

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blogs.pcworld.co.nz: You might think that a company sending out review copies of their latest product would try to get everything right. Simple things like making it easy to install for instance, so that reviewers could get straight to what they should be looking at with the minimum of fuss. You might think that, but you'd be wrong.

Why Migration Costs. Smoothing the way for software change.

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People often find it overwhelming when they start to use a new program like OpenOffice.org, or a new operating system like Linux. The software feels unfamiliar, tools and options aren’t where they are expected, favourite features are missing, and the experience leads to a sense of powerlessness.

Photo Management on Linux - Part 2

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community.zdnet.co.uk: When I am looking for a photo management program, I want one which meets most or all of the following requirements. So, working within these expectations, here are some of the programs that are available on Linux.

Workrave: Useful or Useless?

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junauza.com: Workrave is a free and open source software application aimed at computer users who are suffering from occupational diseases such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Three applications for making disc labels

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linux.com: Making labels for DVDs and their cases is an often overlooked task. Many discs are lucky to have some terse information quickly scrawled on them after burning. But there are some fine open source applications available for creating labels for CD-ROM and DVD disks and printing jewel case inserts.

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Leftovers: Software

  • Kid3 Tag Editor 3.1.1 Lands with New Options
    Kid3 audio tag editor, a tool that can be used to edit the tags of MP3, Ogg, FLAC, MPC & WMA files in an efficient way, convert between ID3v1 and ID3v2, set the tags of multiple files, generate tags from file names or vice versa and import from freedb, MusicBrainz and Disco, is now at version 3.1.1
  • Vi IMproved
  • Powerful Command-line File Transfer Programs
    The desktop environment with its bundle of programs sharing a common graphical user interface (GUI) remains a firm favorite with users. Not surprising really given that a good desktop environment makes computing fun and simple. The graphical desktop environment has become so ingrained in almost everyone's computer activities that it might seem the command line will wither away. Yet, there is still an important role to play for the humble command-line interface (CLI).
  • seq: Count up, count down
  • minime: The 9.8K text editor
  • Opera 25 Development Release For Linux