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  • Easy Peasy Linux 1.5 Review (Oct 22, 2009, 22:32)
    Desktop Linux Reviews: "Whether it’s a version of Windows, Linux or something else it intrigues me to know what folks are running on their netbooks. So when I ran into Easy Peasy Linux, I just could not resist doing a review of it here for DLR."

  • Browsers in Linux: They own your CPU (and so so in Windows and Mac, too) (Oct 22, 2009, 21:32)
    Click: "I laugh — LAUGH! — when a tech journalist writes something to the effect of, "for lightweight tasks such as Web browsing," when you know, and I know, that there ain't nothing light about using present-day Web browser on present-day Web pages filled with Javascript, Flash and enough CSS to fill a book."

  • Reasons I Believe the Community Should Support the Oracle-Sun Deal - Updated 3Xs (Oct 22, 2009, 21:02)
    Groklaw: "I've been reading all I can find on this topic, and I'd like to tell you why I think the community should support the Oracle deal. The most important reason is that opponents are trashing the GPL [PDF] and calling it a source of "infection" in their FUD submission to the EU Commission."

  • What's New In Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" (Oct 22, 2009, 20:02)
    Packt: "While there maybe a few quirks here and there, they have so far done an amazing job of integrating new technologies and upgrading underlying technologies. This article by Christer Edwards outlines some of the exciting new technologies and features that will be showcased in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala"."

  • Sync your Android phone with Banshee (Oct 22, 2009, 19:02)
    Ghacks: "And although the HTC Hero has yet to be able to do full syncing with Linux (no contacts or calendar syncing with Evolution, Thunderbird, Claws Mail, etc). You can, however, very easily sync your music with the HTC Hero (and any Android-based phone) by using the Banshee music manager."

  • Apology for singing shop worker (Oct 22, 2009, 18:32)
    BBC News: "A shop assistant who was told she could not sing while she stacked shelves without a performance licence has been given an apology."

  • 5 years later, 5 ways that Ubuntu has made Linux more human (Oct 22, 2009, 18:02)
    ars Technica: "Today is the fifth anniversary of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. To celebrate the past five years of brown, we decided to have a look at five ways that Ubuntu has helped make the open source Linux operating system more human."

  • Autonomously Finding Performance Regressions In The Linux Kernel (Oct 22, 2009, 17:32)
    Phoronix: "Last weekend a few Phoronix benchmarks were underway of the Linux 2.6.32-rc5 kernel when a very significant performance regression was spotted. This regression caused the PostgreSQL server to run at about 18% of the performance found in earlier kernel releases."

  • Cloud Computing: Good or Bad for Open Source? (Oct 22, 2009, 17:02)
    Linux Journal: "Actually, a few of us have our doubts, but leaving that aside, I think it's important to ask where does open source stand if the cloud computing vision *does* come to fruition? Would that be a good or bad thing for free software?"

  • Building Your Own Linux Kernel: Tricky kernel options (part 3) (Oct 22, 2009, 16:03)
    LinuxPlanet: "In the first two parts of this series we learned how to build a custom Linux kernel. But there are so many options it's easy to get lost. Today we'll clarify some of the more important places where it's easy to go wrong."

  • Good Things on the Way (Oct 22, 2009, 15:32)
    Jamie's Random Musings: "There are going to be a lot of good things coming our way over the next few weeks:"

  • Keeping Ubuntu CDs available (Oct 22, 2009, 15:03)
    Canonical blog: "And we continue to search for additional ways to make Ubuntu and Ubuntu materials available to everyone. But we are limiting shipments to people that we think have alternative paths of getting Ubuntu."

  • Nexuiz - Looking good! (Oct 22, 2009, 14:03)
    Dedoimedo: "Nexuiz is a free, open-source First Person Shooter running on top of a heavily modified Quake engine. It's a fast-paced game, where players combat online in large-scale battles or pit against witty-tongued bots in a progressive singleplayer mode."

  • Laptop Survival With GKrellM (Oct 22, 2009, 13:03) "Late at night, when all was quiet, the fan on the Asus laptop seemed to be running a little more than usual. I started GKrellM and checked the chip temperatures. Sure, enough, they were running a little higher than normal. I'd seen the problem was the dust monster."

  • Teaching with Tux (Oct 22, 2009, 12:03)
    Linux Journal: "I use Linux for work almost exclusively so I was a bit curious to see if there were any good children's educational programs for Linux; it turns out that there are some very good ones and I'm going to discuss 3 of them today: Tux Paint, Tux Typing, and Tux of Math Command."

  • Novell Petition for ReHearing Denied- Darl tries threats to get a job (Oct 22, 2009, 11:03)
    Groklaw: "I don't know if he thinks that will sweeten the air to threaten like that, but believe it or not, the very next part of the letter asks for a job. The man is just dying to sue Linux end users:"

  • ANLoc pushes Firefox from 1 to 10 African Languages (Oct 22, 2009, 08:03)
    ANLoc: Yes, 10 African languages for Firefox. Officially there is 1 (one) African language (Afrikaans) in Firefox, not counting languages of wider communication like English, French, Portuguese and Arabic

  • Who's a candidate for Desktop Linux? Your Kids. (Oct 22, 2009, 06:33)
    Tech Broiler: "However, I think that one particular segment that has been overlooked is not deploying Linux to children in an educational setting, but at home, for children younger than the age of 13, as a parental controls and child protection mechanism."

  • Ubuntu 9.10: FTP Active or Passive Connections (Oct 22, 2009, 05:03)
    Begin Linux: "When you are using a FTP server you can connect using either Active or Passive connections. Each has advantages and disadvantages. When you set up FTP, in this example using VSFTPD, you need to make this connection decision."

  • Quick business cards and labels with Gimplabels for Gimp (Oct 22, 2009, 03:33)
    Wordlabel: "Akkana Peck’s Gimplabels is a set of scripts for the Gimp image editor that make creating labels and business cards a snap."

  • Darl Is Out, Farewell Master Gamer (Oct 22, 2009, 00:33)
    Linux Today blog: "I think Darl more than earned his pay."