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Video Drivers Are All That Is Holding Linux Back

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lockergnome.com: The title statement is one that became immediately clear with the unsuccessful installation of Windows 7 Release Candidate on a machine of mine that has perfectly serviceable video with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and many versions of Linux.

XBMC (Open-Source Media Center) Has Been Updated to Version 9.04, Codename Babylon

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XBMC (“XBMC Media Center“) has been updated to version 9.04, codename Babylon, available now for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Apple TV, the classic Xbox, and bootable CDs or USB drives.

Watching your hard disks is a S.M.A.R.T. thing to do

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toolbox.com/blogs: Almost every aspect of our daily and business lives are stored on hard disks. But the hard disk is a mechanical device with moving parts. You know what that means. Eventually they will fail.

Open Source iTunes Look-Alike

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pcmech.com: aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems,

Songbird in Linux

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ghacks.net: Recent “upgrades” to Rhythmbox and Banshee which left either 1) much to be desired or 2) the application unusable made me take a look at Songbird.

10 Other Great Linux Browsers

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geektechnica.com: Firefox has been a reliable browser for me for many years and it still continues to be so to a certain extend. However, over the last few releases Firefox has become bloated and slow. I have been looking for an alternative Linux browser. Here are 10.

ImageMagick and Ubuntu 9.04

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technologytales.com: Using a command line tool like ImageMagick for image processing may sound a really counter-intuitive thing to do but there’s no need to do everything on a case by case interactive basis. Image resizing and format conversion come to mind here.

A Peek at DeviceKit in Fedora 11 and Beyond

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ostatic.com/blog: In my travels, I discovered David Zeuthen's informative peek at DeviceKit (and its use with and in lieu of HAL) in the upcoming release of Fedora 11.

At long last, a console screensaver

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kmandla.wordpress: Finally, about two years after originally hunting for a way to run a screensaver at the console, I have an answer.

NVIDIA Cards On Ubuntu Should Not Create Envy

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lockergnome.com: How difficult is it to get NVIDIA or ATI cards working with the latest Ubuntu releases? When it came to using restricted drivers for my video cards, I opted to use the Envy utility.

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