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Google Gadgets for Linux: Eye-Candy or Useful?

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tuxgeek.me: Released in June, Google Gadgets for Linux provides about the same functionality of Vista sidebar or Mac OS X dashboard. While other solutions like ‘gdesklets’ are pretty popular within the linux crowd, Google’s’ platform provides compatibility with both gadgets written for the Windows version and the huge repository of web-centered gadgets. Let’s take it for a spin and see if it’s worth installing.

File Roller is a piece of sh*t

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linuxd.wordpress: I never liked File Roller, and now I’ve got proof it sucks. Besides terrible usability, it handles partitioned rar files very badly. By partitioned I mean when a rar file is separated into .r00 .r01 etc parts, by very badly I mean it can’t handle it at all.

LZMA compression becoming the better choice

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opsamericas.com: If you have not heard about it, certainly start reading up on it and DO use it. If your using bzip2 currently then your going to like this even more.

Opera UI feedback

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opera.com/blog: I'm currently working on a strategy on how to take the Opera User Interface forward, and I'm eager to get your opinions on a particular subject: Native look and feel.

The sad state of emerald for compiz & its possible demise

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benkevan.com: Emerald is no longer maintained which means, unless someone really steps up it’ll just be a memory.

First Programming Language - Python/Ruby?

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terminally-incoherent.com: A little while ago we had an interesting discussion on what programming language should be taught to CS majors. I think that overwhelming number of people agreed that C++ is a solid choice because provides students with a very solid, low level background.

The Future of C++

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theunixgeek.blogspot: Bjarne Stroustrup began C with Classes in 1979, as a better C that supports object-oriented programming, generic programming, and data abstraction. In 1983, it became C++. Nearing the end of the century, 1998, a C++ ANSI-ISO standard was created. Sometime in the near future, C++0x is coming along.

dBpoweramp's CD Ripper Works Like a Dream Under Linux

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techgage.com: Ever since I posted about dBpoweramp this past March, about how great it was to convert large music collections, I shortly after became equally impressed with their CD ripper. But the problem of course, that it was designed for Windows, nothing else. That tends to be a problem when you have hundreds of CDs to rip and you don't run Windows.

Hands on: Songbird 1.0 music app soars

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arstechnica.com: In a desktop media realm dominated by iTunes and Windows Media Player, Songbird is an open source player that dances to its own beat. Built on Mozilla technology, Songbird offers a very customizable interface and integrates a pleasant variety of web services.

Lotus Symphony for Linux: Not Ready for Prime Time

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informit.com: A. Lizard explains why Linux users should avoid Lotus Symphony mainly because of its text font display. See why it's probably best to wait until this package gets to version 2.

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