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  • More on Using Bash's Built-in /dev/tcp File (TCP/IP) (Sep 30, 2009, 23:32)
    Linux Journal: "If you saw yesterday's Tech Tip and were looking for more on using TCP/IP with bash's built-in /dev/tcp device file then read on. Here, we'll both read from, and write to a socket."

  • Marcel Gagn´┐Ż Launches "Orbiting Planet *buntu" Blog (Sep 30, 2009, 22:32)
    Ubuntu User magazine: "Ah, the first post of a new blog. It's opportunity. It's possibilities. It's the chance to create something new and exciting, or to totally fall flat on your face."

  • Organize Firefox Bookmarks In Tabs (Sep 30, 2009, 22:02)
    Ghacks: "Places in Tabs changes this. It is an experimental Firefox add-on that will add the option to launch the bookmark manager in a tab in the Bookmarks menu."

  • Free, Native Linux Plug-ins, and How to Use Them in energyXT for Linux (Sep 30, 2009, 21:32)
    Create Digital Music: "It's simply stunning some of the terrific instrument and effect plug-ins available that are now free and open source – yes, free as in freedom, not just freeware."

  • Further Reflections on the CodePlex Foundation: The Glass Half Full (Sep 30, 2009, 20:32)
    The Standards Blog: "Let's say that Microsoft does restructure CodePlex in such a way as to create a trusted, safe place for work to be done to support the open source software development model. Is there really a need for such an organization, and if so, what needs could such an organization meet?"

  • 7 Best Free and Open Source Vector Graphics Editors for Linux (Sep 30, 2009, 19:32)
    Tech Source From Bohol: "From its project website, sK1 is described as an open-source illustration program that can substitute proprietary software like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. It supports professional publishing features like CMYK color, separations, ICC color management and press-ready PDF output. It also has CorelDRAW formats importers and tabbed multi-document interface. sK1 is a fork of Skencil and was started by a small team of Ukrainian professionals"

  • OSMO: Your friendly personal organizer (Sep 30, 2009, 19:02)
    Ghacks: "What if you want something on your machine to organize your life – that doesn't require an online connection, is simple to use, and has a tiny footprint. If that's you, OSMO is the tool you've been looking for."

  • Autodesk, eBay seller suit could impact sales of secondhand software (Sep 30, 2009, 18:32)
    Computerworld UK: "A judge Tuesday heard arguments in a dispute over software sales that could potentially have repercussions on the secondhand sale of virtually any copyright material."

  • Playing Games In Linux (Sep 30, 2009, 17:32)
    PCPlus: "Not everything in open source is serious and technical. Find out how to put some games worth playing on your Linux desktop"

  • Mozilla denies it will 'ribbonize' Firefox (Sep 30, 2009, 16:32)
    Computerworld: "Mozilla today denied that it will "ribbonize" upcoming Windows versions of Firefox, saying that its plans to eliminate the traditional menu bar will result in something much less complicated than Microsoft's often-derided user interface."

  • During Emergencies, Linux Geeks Also Care (Sep 30, 2009, 14:32)
    Everyjoe: "The past weekend was terrible in the Philippines but people from here and abroad all cared to share something with us to help my fellow Filipinos. I was one of the luckier ones that wasn't badly affected by Typhoon Ketsana."

  • On Mono, Miguel, Stallman and Fusion with Microsoft (Sep 30, 2009, 13:57)
    Groklaw: "Jason Perlow has written an article about Richard Stallman, Watch Out for That Meteor, Stallman. There are some factual errors in the article, so let me step up to the plate and fix them. Here's Perlow's theme in a nutshell, as published in an extended caption under a disrespectful cartoon of Stallman:"

  • Basic apt key management (Sep 30, 2009, 12:33)
    Stubborn Tech Problem Solving: "Ubuntu's keyserver,, has a lot of problems lately. I was trying to add the Pidgin repository to work around bug #389322 but kept getting timeout errors from the server. One of my systems did successfully get the key so all I had to do was transfer it to the others."

  • Ubuntu How to Print Screen with Menu Selected (Sep 30, 2009, 12:03)
    PMA Box: "When compared to Windows, one of the really cool features of Ubuntu is to use the Print Screen, PrtSc, PrtScr without having to install really complicated or expensive software."

  • Argas Theme For GTK2.0 And Metacity (Sep 30, 2009, 10:33)
    Ian's Thoughts: "I haven't been blogging much the last couple of days and you have my apologies. However, the reason for my short absence is that I have been hard at work creating a new theme for GNOME."

  • 5 Things You Can Do to Put Linux in the Driver Seat (Sep 30, 2009, 09:03)
    Ken Hess's Linux Blog: "This is a plea to all hardware manufacturers: Please create Linux drivers for your hardware. OK, so Linux isn't the Stormin' Norman of the Desktop arena but that doesn't mean its users don't want or need drivers for hardware."

  • Debian, Upgrading to Lenny, ERROR, no public key available for the following... (Sep 30, 2009, 00:03) "W: There is no public key available for the following key IDs:
    W: GPG error: lenny Release:"