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First Look: MySQL 5.1 Open Source Database

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rcpmag.com: MySQL 5.1 was released by Sun Microsystems in April, but I decided to test it out this month. I downloaded the Windows version of this open source database management app and gave it a spin.

The annoyances of proprietary Firefox extensions

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linux.com: As a regular browser of the Firefox Add-ons site, I'm troubled by the apparent proliferation of proprietary extensions in the last year. Maybe I've simply exhausted the free-licensed extensions that interest me, but recently every interesting-looking extension seems to be a proprietary one -- especially in the recommended list.

New Compiz Animation: Bonanza

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kdubois.net: School’s not been out but one day and I’m already doing something [mildly] useful with my life. I wrote this effect yesterday that looks like the window is burning from the inside out.

F-Spot Extensions

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tirania.org/blog: Today I upgraded my F-Spot, I had not upgraded it since before the PDC. It is now has a Picassa-like toolbar on the left:

BBC iPlayer Desktop - Auntie, Why Do You Tease Me So?

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reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: Well, it has been a long time coming but this week the BBC unveiled its iPlayer Desktop, a Linux and Mac version of the desktop library software which Windows users have been enjoying for months.

BBC releases iPlayer for Mac and Linux

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bbc.co.uk: The BBC has created a version of the iPlayer that works with both Mac and Linux computers.

Amarok 2 Brings Fresh Changes

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maketecheasier.com: Amarok 2.0 brings a lot of fresh changes. The most noticeable difference is the user interface. The UI has been completely redesigned and have a totally different look from Amarok1.4.

GnuCash, for Personal and Business Finance, Out in New Version

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ostatic.com/blog: These days, we're all watching our funds closely, and if you want a little help from the world of open source, GnuCash is out in a brand new version 2.2.8.

A Quick Look at Chandler

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linuxjournal.com: Someone on the Seattle Linux List asked about Groupware and the usual suspects were suggested. One, however, I didn't know anything about. It is called Chandler. I figured it was worth looking at.

Barracuda offers a new -- and free -- alternative to Spamhaus

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linux.com: For many years Spamhaus has been top dog in the anti-spam world of DNSBL (Domain Name System Block List; also known as Realtime Blackhole Lists or RBLs). But Spamhaus is no longer a 100% free service. Even small nonprofits are now expected to pay at least $250 per year. Now a new, free alternative to Spamhaus has arrived.

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