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Types Of Repositories

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codeghar.wordpress: Many linux distributions divide their repositories into different parts based on certain criteria. It could be for support, policy, or anything else. I will provide a brief introduction here and link to more information.

Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 Preview Release

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mozillamessaging.com: Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 is now available for download. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality of the new features and platform changes that will be included in Thunderbird 3.

Protecting networks with SmoothWall Express

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linux.com: Corporations and home users alike need firewall protection. Many choices abound, including some expensive, commercial options that only run on specialized hardware. Others, like SmoothWall Express, are freely downloadable, built on the same technology as the commercial solutions, and even deliver some superior features.

xfmedia player for Ubuntu - bye bye Audacious

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geekzone.co.nz: After a recent upgrade from Ubuntu 7.10 to 8.10, which works really well for me, I discovered to my dismay that xmms is not in the repositories anymore. The prefered replacement now is 'audacious' which around 12% to 14% of my CPU.

Installing Programmes In Linux Vs. Windows: Which Is Easier?

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linuxcanuck.wordpress: I don’t usually do follow ups. This one illustrates a point that I made in the previous post and it underscores the kind of thinking that I was referring to in my article and is worth singling it out. "What is hard about clicking on an exe?”

Review: Songbird 1.0

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raiden.net: Songbird has been one of those media players that's been an enigma of sorts, a player that tries to be an all in everything player, an iTunes competitor, and so much more, and yet seemed to ultimately try to do too much, and yet succeed at too little. At least that was my impression of it in it's beta stages. Has that changed these days?

Top Five Reasons to Love Compiz Fusion in Linux

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chris.pirillo.com: So, you’ve just switched to Linux, probably to the Ubuntu distribution, due to its popularity. Come on, don’t lie - the main reason you switched is because you wanted all the effects from Compiz Fusion you saw on Youtube.

Review: Open-Source Office Suites Compared

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informationweek.com: In search of an alternative to Microsoft Office, we test OpenOffice.org, StarOffice from Sun, IBM's Lotus Symphony, KOffice for Linux, and AbiWord.

10 Things Songbird Does That iTunes Can’t

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Songbird turned 1.0 this week, and aims to do to iTunes what Firefox did to Internet Explorer. That is, it aims to take the basic design of something closed and proprietary, and turn it into something open and extensible and fun. Songbird aims to give the power back to the people.

Revival of your favourite admin-tool

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alediaferia.wordpress: Times ago metellius posted this “Idea of the week: Universal config file user interface” and among the comments someone talked about the good old KConfigEditor.

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