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Make Ubuntu complete with these additional installations

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sglnx.com: Although Ubuntu tries to provide the user with an operating system that has hassle free installation and ready to be used, there are some common applications left out during the default installation process.

LXDE on openSUSE

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opensuse.org: “Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment“, is an extremely faster, performing and energy saving desktop environment. It comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing.

Reviewed: AVG Anti-virus 8.5 for Linux

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tuxradar.com: As long as NTFS partitions continue to sprawl over heterogeneous networks, anti-virus companies will dole out scanners for Linux. No surprise then that AVG Technologies, makers of the popular AVG Anti-Virus, has a scanner that runs on Linux in its latest 8.5 series bouquet.

openSUSE's Firewall Zone Switcher

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opensuse.org: So you got that shiny new Netbook, installed Linux on it and carry it along everywhere you go. The default enabled Firewall blocks incoming traffic so you feel safe when connecting to that anonymous WiFi network at your favorite fastfood restaurant.

Login manager for GNUstep

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multixden.blogspot: After 7 years and 5 months that it was committed to GAP, during which it was more or less dormant, LoginPanel saw a surge in activity again. A first public release is near.

VirtualBox 3.0: An easy way to mix and match operating systems

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computerworld.com: Whether you prefer Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X, you can probably get almost everything you need done with your chosen OS. However, sometimes a task demands an OS that you are not currently using. That's where virtualization programs like Sun Microsystem's VirtualBox 3.0 come in.

Kdenlive: A Video Editor in the Spotlight

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linux-mag.com: Linux distributions strive to include all the useful applications that users will need, but a quality video editor has been lacking for quite some time. Now with KDE4 getting better and better, could an application like Kdenlive fill that gap?

15 Instant Messenging Clients for Linux

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repasik.com: Instant Messanging (IM) clients are not a very popular topic in the FOSS and Linux community, most talk about browsers, music applications and just plain distros. Many may think there are only three to five instant messaging applications for Linux, but the open-source community offers much more than just a few. Here's a list.

Mono: Microsoft community promise inadequate, says RMS

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itwire.com: Microsoft's bid to dispel the patent fears surrounding the open source .NET clone, Mono, has met with little enthusiasm from free software advocates.

10 Linux applications that are perfect for educational environments

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blogs.techrepublic.com: Teachers and school administrators are having to get creative about finding quality educational software they can afford. Jack Wallen introduces 10 topnotch open source solutions to help manage and administer educational programs and teach children of all ages.

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RPi-friendly home automation kit adds voice recognition support

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The Year Of Linux On Everything But The Desktop

The War on Linux goes back to Bill Gates, then CEO of Microsoft, in an “open letter to hobbyists” published in a newsletter in 1976. Even though Linux wouldn’t be born until 1991, Gates’ burgeoning software company – itself years away from releasing its first operating system – already felt the threat of open source software. We know Gates today as a kindly billionaire who’s joining us in the fight against everything from disease to income inequality, but there was a time when Gates was the bad guy of the computing world. Microsoft released its Windows operating system in 1985. At the time, its main competition was Apple and Unix-like systems. BSD was the dominant open source Unix clone then – it marks its 40th birthday this year, in fact – and Microsoft fired barrages of legal challenges to BSD just like it eventually would against Linux. Meanwhile Apple sued Microsoft over its interface, in the infamous “Look and Feel” lawsuit, and Microsoft’s reign would forever be challenged. Eventually Microsoft would be tried in both the US and the UK for antitrust, which is a government regulation against corporate monopolies. Even though it lost both suits, Microsoft simply paid the fine out of its bottomless pockets and kept right at it. Read more

Digital audio and video editing in GNU/Linux

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