makeuseof.com: Wikis are great for collaboration and note taking. ZIM is one such package that helps you create a wiki on your desktop. Or in other words you can use it as an excellent note taking application.
vivapinkfloyd.blogspot: I think Wine is one of the most promising and useful applications, especially for those who need to run Windows programs in a Linux environment. A new development release is put up every two weeks or so, and improvements are visible from each version to another.
Mark Shuttleworth: The GNOME user experience hackfest in Boston was a great way to spend the worst week in Wall St history!
makeuseof.com: In Linux, setting an image as the desktop wallpaper is not a difficult task, but getting it to change automatically at a certain interval is. Here are 5 wallpaper changers that you can use in your Linux machine.
helpforlinux.blogspot: Gmail is undoubtedly the best web-based email around. Unfortunately Google doesn't have any Gmail notifier for Linux. However thanks to the open-source world there are many alternatives out to choose from.
phoronix.com: The OpenGL 3.0 and GLSL 1.30 specification were released back in August during SIGGRAPH 2008. Just days later NVIDIA had delivered a beta driver for Windows that added OpenGL 3.0 functionality, but Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris users were left in the dark. Two months later though NVIDIA has now published a beta Linux driver that implements most of the latest GL/GLSL specification.
phoronix.com: Ubuntu 8.10 is shipping next week with a horde of updated packages including the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X.Org 7.4, Pidgin 2.5, GIMP 2.6, and many other packages that have experienced significant milestones since the April release of Ubuntu 8.04. On top of these updated packages from the community, Canonical has been working on a few desktop Linux innovations of their own. For instance, arriving late into the Intrepid Ibex release cycle is a USB start-up disk creator.
ubuntu-unleashed.com: It's here! Dropbox for Linux is finally available and ready for your everyday use. I tested this and it works with Intrepid Ibex RC1, Just download the Ubuntu 8.04 Version or use its repository!
techradar.com: Never before has the once humble browser been so powerful. A six-app deathmatch for the crown of ultimate Linux browser
tuxarena.blogspot: SMPlayer is built in Qt4 and it uses the MPlayer engine for video playback. It's one of the most powerful applications out there for watching DVDs, and it supports plenty formats like AVI, MKV, MPG, FLV.