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I give up.

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Is Android the key to the GNU/Linux desktop? Really?

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: I have been talking about the convergence of telephony and desktop computing for years. Nowadays, more and more companies are announcing small devices (“netbooks”) that will run Android — and we are not talking about phones here. Is this the beginning of a new revolution?

New release model for MySQL

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h-online.com: The MySQL developers have presented a new release model for the development of the open source database.

Benchmarks: gtk+ engines revisited

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blogs.gentoo.org: Six months ago I posted some benchmarks of popular gtk+ engines. It's time to revisit those benchmarks and test the engines again, this time using FOSS drivers for my new hardware.

The Ubuntu/Mono debate continues…

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theopensourcerer.com: Jo Shields writes a well written piece that articulates the position of a software developer who clearly likes what Mono has to offer. What strikes me with these posts is how technical and abstract the position of the developer is.

Best Ubuntu & Kubuntu Software to Add After Installation

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techexposures.com: Canonical’s Ubuntu & Kubuntu distros are loaded with great software an utilities. There are, however, a bunch of great tools that are not included in their standard installations.

A Guest Essay In Favor of Mono (#1)

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linuxtoday.com/blog: Here we go, the first response to my invitation to anyone who wanted to have their say on the value and benefits of Mono, why it does not represent a threat to Linux, and anything else they might want to say about it.

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