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The argument for free fonts

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blogs.zdnet.com: Bring up free fonts around typeface designers, and you’ll probably get an earful about the relative quality of free and open source designs against the professionally designed fonts.

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: New Features in Postgres 8.4

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linux-mag.com: Looking for a mature, open source database that’s not owned by Oracle? Whether you’re already a fan or are looking for alternatives, now might be a good time to take a look PostgreSQL.

Take the Gnome 3.0 General Sociological Research Survey

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This research aims at finding the needs, and practices of users of Gnome 2.x. Analyzing that data will give the Gnome Usability Team very precious information that will shape up the form of Gnome 3.0.

Xorg 1.5 - a step in the right direction

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davidhilton.wordpress: Interestingly enough, I recently upgraded to xorg-server 1.5 from 1.3. I removed my xorg file, and it works passably. It’s choice of graphics drivers is a little annoying -

MySQL 5.4 makes debut but won't ship soon

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blogs.zdnet.com: Is it coincidental that Oracle announced its planned purchase of Sun (and its MySQL) at the start of the open source database’s annual conference this week?

Diskeeper Considering Linux, Mac OS X Defrag Software

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thevarguy.com: The VAR Guy double-checked this rumor and got confirmation: Diskeeper may leap beyond Windows to offer disk defragmentation software on Linux and Mac OS X. What’s motivating the potential Diskeeper moves? Here’s the scoop.

5 Free Backup Tools for Linux

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  • 5 Free Backup Tools for Linux

  • Back In Time - a simple backup system for Linux
  • System backup program for Ubuntu Linux
  • Utility backs up Linux thin clients to USB

Taking LXDE For a Test Drive

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maketecheasier.com: There are a lot of contenders in the ring when it comes to open source desktop environments. I’d been hearing more and more about a new challenger for the lightweight crown, LXDE. Can it stack up against the likes of Window Maker, Enlightenment, and Openbox?

Music Notation Software for Linux: a Progress Report, Part 2

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linuxjournal.com: In this article, I conclude my status report on the development of some of the most active notation software projects for Linux.

The packages with the worst build systems in the world.

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silentcoder.co.za: Some packages have excruciatingly complex build systems, that are hard to master, harder to package… and in short, the bane of a distribution developer’s existence. Herewith, my top list of packages with the most terribly stupid build system:

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