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Archiving and Compression Formats Roundup

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raiden.net: One of the great holy grails of the compression world has been to get the smallest possible file using the best possible performance. To date, that's been a bit like grasping for a wisp of smoke and hoping to get something.

Free Imaging software - CloneZilla & PartImage - Tutorial

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dedoimedo.com: This article introduces a pair of excellent, free imaging software solutions that you can use to backup your complete systems.

Gaming and Linux software RAID – Your path to pwnage

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headshotgamer.com: Hard drives are often forgotten as there isn't a huge amount you can do, apart from buy a Western Digital VelociRaptor. There is one more option though, using two (or more) inexpensive drives and RAID them together to increase the speed dramatically. This way you can get to high speed nirvana without destroying your budget.

Slow startup? Bootchart reveals all

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linux.com: Ever wondered what takes your Linux box so long to boot up? You can see for certain with the Bootchart package. Bootchart logs the entire startup process and produces a clean, graphical representation of its results suitable for everything from troubleshooting to good old-fashioned bragging rights.

What can KOffice 2 Beta 2 offer us?

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polishlinux.org: KDE4 isn’t the only application under development rush in the KDE world. KDevelop 4 and KOffice 2 are also being migrated to Qt4 and enriched with new features. This time I’m going to check what KOffice 2 Beta 2 can offer.

Ultamatix

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mjg59.livejournal: First, let me make one thing clear. This isn't constructive criticism. This is just criticism. It's directed at software that's so wrong-headed that there's no way to make it significantly better, and everyone involved would be much better spending their time doing something else instead of trying to fix any of what I'm about to describe.

Features of Phoronix Test Suite 1.4

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phoronix.com: Phoronix Test Suite 1.4 "Orkdal" will be released tomorrow, and while this release is coming just two months after the release of Phoronix Test Suite 1.2, there are in fact quite a few changes for this Q4'08 release.

Synfig: the free software alternative for 2D animation

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debaday.debian.net: For a long time 2D animation software has been dominated by proprietary software. Synfig increases the 2D animation software available with a brilliant and professional piece of software.

Use nv, not nvidia drivers -> Save the headache

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saigonnezumi.com: As the majority of BSD/Linux users, I use X.org for my X Window System. I decided to try the nvidia driver on my Arch Linux desktop. Arch has a good wiki to get nvidia with 3D rendering to work. I got it to work and was quite happy, for about a month at least. So what happened?

7 Apps Every Open Source Enthusiast Should Brag About

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dailyartisan.com: During my years of Linux advocacy, I am usually asked a very basic question “what makes Linux better than [insert OS here].” I usually start with explaining that there are two fundamental schools of thought in the programming world. The conversation naturally goes from there to giving examples of Open Source programs this person might be using unwittingly.

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