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  • Use open source? Then you're a pirate! (Feb 24, 2010, 23:03)
    Computerworld UK: "This year the Special 301 watchlist targets governments that use open source"

  • Why I Will Not Sign the Public Domain Manifesto (Feb 24, 2010, 22:33) "The Public Domain Manifesto ( has its heart in the right place as it objects to some of the unjust extensions of copyright power, so I wish I could support it. However, it falls far short of what is needed."

  • Open Source vs. the White Supremacists (Feb 24, 2010, 21:33)
    Linux Today Blog: "A man who claims to be the head of the Aryan Nations says he wants to move their national headquarters into my little hometown in Eastern Oregon...But even though we are a rural area that has been especially hard-hit by the recession, we have some powerful tools that our predecessors did not have. Like Facebook."

  • A preview of Ubuntu 10.04 (Feb 24, 2010, 20:33)
    PC Report: "Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) is only in the Alpha stage of testing at this moment. It doesn’t look extremely different from the current version of Ubuntu but there are a few noticeable differences."

  • HTC Hero Review (Feb 24, 2010, 18:33)
    Raiden's Realm: "I have a HTC Hero since it was launched, and I have been satisfied with it, and think it can fill most people's needs. However, this phone also has a lot of faults, especially hardware-wise. But the android operating system makes this phone a great one, and the sense UI from HTC makes it even better!"

  • World's Funniest Computer Pictures (Feb 24, 2010, 18:03)
    Tech Source: "I would expect that some of you may have already seen a few of these images, but I still hope that you'll have a good time. Without any more delay, here are some of the world's funniest computer pictures:"

  • My Dinner With Bill (Gates, That is) (Feb 24, 2010, 17:03)
    Skeptic blog: "...listening to Bill Gates hold forth on matters of business, economics, finance, world health, education, and nutrition and physical fitness in a dinner arranged by John Brockman’s during last week’s TED gathering in Long Beach was a memorable experience nonetheless."

  • Seeking the One True Linux: Is Linux Distro-hopping a Thing of the Past? (Feb 24, 2010, 16:33)
    Linux Planet: "Haven't most Linux distributions reached a state of polish that makes distro-hopping unnecessary? Brian Proffitt wonders if distro-hopping shouldn't be discouraged."

  • Top 15 Wallpapers for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid from Ubuntu Artwork Pool (Feb 24, 2010, 16:03)
    Tech Drive-In: "This is a collection of 15 beautiful wallpapers for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx from Ubuntu Artwork Pool."

  • Mandriva Joins ARM Connected Community (Feb 24, 2010, 15:33)
    Mandriva press release: Mandriva, Europe's leading Linux publisher, today announced it is a new member in the ARM® Connected Community, the industry's largest ecosystem of ARM technology-based products and services.

  • The Spy at Harriton High (Feb 24, 2010, 15:03)
    Stryde Hax: "This investigation into the remote spying allegedly being conducted against students at Lower Merion represents an attempt to find proof of spying and a look into the toolchain used to accomplish spying."

  • 10 Best Minimal / Low-Footprint Linux distros (Feb 24, 2010, 14:33)
    Simple Thoughts: "With the emergence of netbooks there is an increasing demand for lightweight and faster OS with minimal/low-footprint. Google promises Chrome OS for netbook to be a fastest and lighweight. But, as Bill Gates suggested it's just another Linux."

  • Judge Stewart Denies Novell Motion in Limine No. 7 - More Orders Put SCO in a Real Pickle (Feb 24, 2010, 14:03)
    Groklaw: "So, what I'm saying is, that as far as I can determine, Novell just got told no, period, final answer. It's up to the jury now."

  • OpenSUSE 11.3 hits second milestone, features KDE 4.4 desktop (Feb 24, 2010, 12:33)
    Desktop Linux: "OpenSUSE 11.3 Milestone 2 also debuts the new KDE 4.4 desktop, which adds a netbook interface, plus new tabbing and social networking features."

  • SCaLE 8x Report (Feb 24, 2010, 12:03)
    Linux Journal: "After a long weekend at SCaLE 8x with some of my favorite people, Linux Journal's Kyle Rankin, Bill Childers and Shawn Powers, I have officially become a huge fan of the annual Southern California Linux Expo."

  • Will open source ever be completely free? (Feb 24, 2010, 11:03)
    The Open Road: "In various markets, open source has relentlessly driven prices down while boosting performance and customer value, as detailed by The 451 Group. Even as traditional vendors have struggled with a tight economy, open-source vendors have thrived."

  • LXDE: Smaller, Faster than KDE or GNOME (Feb 24, 2010, 09:03)
    Datamation: "Three years ago, the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE) was a faltering project -- so much so that, when I wrote about it, one commenter questioned whether the project was still alive. However, since then, accounts of LXDE's death have proved greatly exaggerated, and the project is once again flourishing."

  • Update on Controlling Konsole via DBUS (Feb 24, 2010, 07:03)
    Linux Journal: "As I've begun to use that script for setting up my konsoles I, like others, have discovered that the tab title that you set with dbus doesn't stick. This short note shows you a workaround to make your tab titles stay put."

  • Linux Partitioning Explained (Feb 24, 2010, 05:03)
    Geekride: "You got a new hard drive and attach it to your laptop/desktop but before you can use it, you need to partition and format the hard drive. This can be done with a series of easy steps. This is a small and easy tutorial which will show you how to use fdisk, one of very famous utility for disk partitioning."

  • Of the powers we choose to lose (Feb 24, 2010, 01:33)
    Libervis: "I used to be what is sometimes called a "Free Software purist". "Free" here refers to "free as in freedom" according to Richard Stallman's Free Software Philosophy. As such I was opposed to all proprietary software licensing."

  • Laptop launched to aid computer novices (Feb 24, 2010, 00:03)
    BBC News: "People confused and frustrated by computers can now turn to a laptop called Alex built just for them."