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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Linspire Linux company buys its own building. Cool photo!

If you like the Linspire / Freespire GNU/Linux distro, you might be interested to see that it has purchased its own building in San Diego. IMHO, this is good news for GNU/Linux fans, because it means that Linspire is succeeding well enough to commit to a new building. The link has a cool photo of the new building. I don't work for Linspire.

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Is Debian dying?

For a while, Debian was the community Linux darling. In its heyday, Debian was known for its strong moral point of view and its outstanding code. Numerous important distributions, such as Linspire, Knoppix, and today's most popular distribution, Ubuntu, have sprung from it. Things have changed.

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KDE & Kopete Appear on NBC's TV Show "Heroes"

The pilot episode of NBC's flagship drama for the 2006 fall season proudly features a laptop showing a KDE desktop and KDE applications such as Kopete and KMix running on Mandriva Linux.

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Wine 0.9.22 RELEASED!

Wine takes another step towards version 1.0 with this excellent release, the usual slew of directX improvements and bugfixes are all there. :)

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Torrent files of most popular distros at one place

Handy when official sites are not working (happened to me with Kubuntu site few times). This site is a mirror of .torrent files taken from official distro sites.

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Ubuntu - Howto upgrade from 6.06 (dapper) to 6.10 (Edgy)

Don't forget this is a BETA release and as such, shouldn't be considered stable. You've been warned! Use this simple guide to upgrade your test box or workstation to Ubuntu Edgy Eft - 6.10!

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Ubuntu: Edgy Eft beta out today!

The next version of the now wildly popular Linux distribution, Edgy Eft, is due for its beta release today. As the name suggests, Edgy Eft will include bleeding-edge Linux technologies, with many of the packages expected in Edgy to be beta themselves.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

How XGL Works

Xgl, Xegl, Xglx, Aiglx... ever wondered what all this stuff does? Here's the definitive guide to understanding how this stuff actually works. Scroll to the end for some illustrative diagrams.  It is heavily simplified for the layman, but even then, it can get a bit complicated for those of you who arent computer power-users.    Its a neat read though,  if you are interested in what  XGL/ Compiz can do,  and WHY it can do what it does.    Feel free to check it out!  

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Ubuntu tricks - how to mount your WinXP partition, make it read/writabable

Heres a great tip that I found for Ubuntu.  I've had my NTFS partition hanging out with win xp on it, and been dual booting for a while just to get to my old files.  Now that I can mount my NTFS partition IN Ubuntu, I no longer have to switch back and forth.  I think this might help a lot of you out there, check it out!
Here's a guide to making the most of your NTFS partition while in Ubuntu. When you
are done you should be able to have your NTFS partition mounted at boot, be able to write to it and read from it and be able to lift three times your body weight without breaking a sweat.

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5 Ways to Contribute to Open Source Projects Without Coding

I've read through this article, its pretty good I must admit. A few great ways to help out with the scene.


This article summarizes 5 ways to contribute to OS without coding with an extra. Very good suggestion for those that want to contribute but aren't developers

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

HP Trojan Foiled by Linux

HP-hired investigators searching for the source of boardroom leaks allegedly tried to plant a trojan horse program on a CNET reporter's laptop, but apparently the attempt failed because the reporter was running Linux instead of Windows, according to Groklaw's Pamela Jones.

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Guide: Installing Anything in Ubuntu

Having problems installing something on your new Ubuntu operating system? Don't worry, installing software, themes and other things on Ubuntu is actually very easy! This guide will help you understand with screenshots, instructional videos and to-the-point language.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

The Linux Gamers' Game List

A list of 209 free and awesome games to kill time on your Linux-driven machine with links to download them. Downloads include Armagetron, glTron, glChess, gnomeBoyAdvance, GooSNES, Racer, SuperTux, and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory.

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Ubuntu Surveys for Software Freedom Day

Link to a very quick survey in commemoration of Software Freedom Day to help better the cause of Ubuntu Linux and Free / Open Source Software worldwide. Take a minute and please visit the survey.

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Welcoming MS Windows users to Linux

This article by a relatively new user of Linux takes a look at the typical expectations and challenges of transitioning from Windows to Linux, and makes some sensible recommendations.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Flippin SWEET XGL/Compiz video

I Found this over at Youtube today. Thought it was probably the coolest XGL/Compiz vid I've seen yet.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Mark Shuttleworth talks about the strengths of Debain and Ubuntu

In his, recent blog post, Mark Shuttleworth talks about what makes Debian so strong, why there is so much conflict about it and where his sees its chances. Of oucrse, he also relates it to Ubuntu.
"I am of the opinion that Ubuntu could not exist without Debian."

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Blingbuntu: Ubuntu announces desktop-effects team

...the team is set up primarly for xgl, compiz, aiglx bugs. This is an open team everyone is
encouraged to join and help make these graphical enhancments the best
they can be.

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An even better BitTorrent client for Linux!

Well, after all the problems with Transmission and popular trackers like OiNK and Demonoid I decided to try something else. So after snooping around the Ubuntu forums I found about this relatively new client called qBittorrent. The client is way better than anything I've used before. It even has an inbuilt torrent search plugin...

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Ubuntu Vs. Microsoft!!

Shuttleworth's 'Ubuntu' family of software programs is based on the Linux open source operating system, which works on the principle that software is free and can be modified at no cost by anyone to suit local and specific needs -- unlike rival Microsoft's proprietary software.

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Quick way to switch from KDE to GNOME or viceversa

Heres some useful info, how to switch from KDE to GNOME almost instantly! I'm sure a lot of you out there would love this!

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Flash 9 for Linux Beta Coming Soon

Our current schedule for releasing the final version of Flash Player 9 for Linux is early 2007. Many readers have understandably requested a beta version before that time. It is coming...

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Free Linux Disks needs your support!

Hello! and welcome to the Tuxathon!!

Seriously though folks, help out the people at freelinuxdisk. They could use your support -
The folks at FreeLinuxDisk have 20,000 orders to fulfill with an additional 60-100 requests a day. To fulfill the orders in a timely fashion they have to buy an automated CD duplication machine ($4500 CDN). The goal is to raise $4,500 to purchase "Big Daddy Tux" in order to meet with the ongoing demand for Linux disks. Show them your support!

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

HOW-TO: Dreamweaver AND Flash 8 Running on Ubuntu Dapper!

Awesome and easy-to-follow guide to install Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash 8, or even Macromedia Studio 8 in Ubuntu Linux. Includes useful links and side notes to successfully install this awesome piece of software under the best operating system available nowadays... Ubuntu of course ;)

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Open Source: changing the world and web

"Lets face it, not everyone is a tech junkie at this stage in their life (I know that I am not) but the further one gets in their college career, the closer we get to the corporate realm, and it is important to note one of the most interesting tech issue revolutionizing our world, open source programming."

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Fluxbuntu Linux nBuild1 Alpha is Here!

Fluxbuntu is a Ubuntu-based derivative that uses FluxBox as the window manager. It is lightweight, swift and efficient compared to Gnome and KDE. These features makes Fluxbuntu suitable for vast range of computers, from low-end to high-end. Installs on a Pentium 2 233MHz with 384MB of Ram within 12 minutes after starting the install process.

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Use Linux? Get Registered!

Im am now officially a registered linux user!

The Linux Counter attempts to catalogue all the Linux users around the world. When you sign up, you get a user number. The sooner you sign up, the lower the number you get. (lower number = more geek points)

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The Swiftfox Experience

When I first tried Firefox on Linux, I thought to myself,�Things simply don't get better than this! However, an optimised build of Firefox for Linux, called appropriately enough, Swiftfox, is by far the fastest and best browser I've ever used.

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Freespire Tampering with DistroWatch Statistics?

Several readers have emailed us to let us know that Linspire has launched what can only be classified as an attempt to tamper with our page hit ranking statistics by trying to artificially inflate the page hit ranking figures for its new community distribution - Freespire. Upon investigation, it turned out that both and had bee

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Ubuntu Edgy Eft Knot 2 Is Out

Edgy Eft, Knot 2 is out! You can read more about it here.

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Open source "gaining enormous momentum"

The open-source software "phenomenon" extends far beyond Linux, and is "gaining enormous momentum," IDC reports. Following a recent survey of over 5,000 developers in 116 countries, IDC has concluded that open-source represents "the most significant all-encompassing and long-term trend that the software industry has seen since the eighties."

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