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The Open Database Alliance: Forking MySQL?

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computerworlduk.com: With Oracle now owning MySQL, I think that the need for an independent true Open Source entity for MySQL is even bigger than ever before.

12 Worthy Alternative Browsers for Linux

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makeuseof.com: Even though Firefox is the default browser in most Linux distro, that doesn’t mean you have to confine yourselves to Firefox. So, check out 12 alternative browsers for Linux.

Ratpoison: an efficient and minimalist WM.

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thinkmoult.com: Ratpoison. It sounds like something that kills a rat. It sure does. Ratpoison is a WM (Window Manager) that runs on Linux that has one purpose: to kill your rat. Here we are referring to that disgusting little lump beside your keyboard that shoots lasers out of its arse.

Get to know Linux: IceWM

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ghacks.net: This time around we are going to take a look at what most would consider a more standard metaphor window manager for the Linux operating system. I say “standard” because, even though it is old school (and has an old-school look and feel), it contains some of the standard features of the modern desktop.

Audacity: The Versatile Audio Tool for Everyone

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I spend a lot of time looking at other people’s computers, and I see Audacity installed on a lot of them. Not many software programs deserve the adverb “versatile”, but Audacity is one of them. It is the Swiss Army knife of audio applications.

Audacity is used for all sorts of audio tasks. There may be more specialized applications in each category, but Audacity does a great job. If you have anything to do with audio, this program deserves to be in your toolbox.

The X Window innovation: welcome to the new Xorg

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: Over time, many people have complained about the X Window system. One thing is sure: it has evolved over the last year or so, immensely, especially as far as 3D and hardware acceleration.

5 Easy Wine Front-ends for Linux

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repasik.com: WINE, which stands for ‘Wine Is Not an Emulator’ is a piece of software which enables Linux systems to run Windows software. These front-ends do the tweaking for users, resulting in a better ease of use of Windows software installation on Linux . Here are 5 easy wine front-ends.

Linux Audio Update

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linuxjournal.com: This week we have more straight reporting from Studio Dave with a look at some conference activity, cool developments in the world of Ardour and news about some new and updated programs for your complete Linux music production studio.

10 Awesome Icon Sets for Ubuntu/GNOME Desktop

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junauza.com: Get ready and take your pick from these awesome icon sets for Ubuntu, and of course for other GNOME-based distros:

Steam on Linux

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linuxloop.com: I’ve always avoided Wine, a Windows-compatibility layer for Linux, based upon the reported unreliability of applications run using it. Today I decided to test out running Steam.

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