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Do we really "need Photoshop" on the Linux desktop?

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the-gay-bar.com: Whenever the talk comes to Desktop Linux and why it has not had the success people predicted this year you'll hear the "Photoshop Myth": "I would love to switch to Linux but I really need Photoshop."

In Praise of Gparted

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zdnet.co.uk/blog: Gnome Partition Editor (gparted) has really been fantastic. Using it, I have added, removed, moved, enlarged and shrunk all sorts of partitions, all without ever losing anything.

Speed up Common Tasks with Launchy

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linux-magazine.com: There are quite a few good launcher utilities out there that can make a great addition to your productivity arsenal. Gnome Do is probably the most popular, but if you are looking for something less flashy and more streamlined, try Launchy.

The GNOME Journal, May Edition

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The GNOME Journal is back. A brand new issue has just been published. It features an interview with Stormy Peters, a look at the GConf Configuation System, and editorial on GNOME 3.0.

3 Ways to Record Your Linux Desktop

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tuxarena.blogspot: In this article I'll include three ways to screencast your Linux desktop with the help of recordMyDesktop, XVidCap and Istanbul.

Linux Journal Announces Winners of its 2009 Readers' Choice Awards

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linuxjournal.com: Linux Journal's annual Readers' Choice Awards take the pulse of the Linux community, allowing readers to choose their favorites in a number of categories.

Are Careless Linux Users Giving Ext4 A Bad Rap?

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bmighty.com/blog: There is a new Linux file system in town, and some people see it as a menace. But the real problem may have more to do with users who ignore simple, common-sense IT practices.

Ubuntu Backup Software

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tuxguides.com: Backing up files can be useful in case you suffer hard drive issues, but it can also be helpful in case of “messing up” a file, and needing a backup of it. There are many different backup options available for ubuntu.

Open source app puts the squeeze on network traffic

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linuxdevices.com: A group called the Traffic Squeezer project released an open source application that accelerates WAN network traffic.

Btrfs Is Not Yet The Performance King

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phoronix.com: With the release this week of Fedora 11 Preview, which incorporates install-time support for the Btrfs file-system into Red Hat's Anaconda installer, we have now delivered our first set of benchmark results for this next-generation Linux file-system.

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