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  • Editor's Note: Play Movies on TV From Your Laptop for Cheap (Sep 24, 2010, 23:02)
    An easy and cheap way to connect any laptop with a VGA-out port to a TV or home theater receiver. Use your TV as a big computer screen or watch movies.

  • Goodbye Ubuntu 9.04 (Sep 24, 2010, 22:02)
    Softpedia: "Dear Ubuntu 9.04 users, the time has come to say goodbye to the Jaunty Jackalope release of the popular Ubuntu operating system. One month from today, on October 23rd, it reaches end of life."

  • Open Source Advertisement Network announced (Sep 24, 2010, 21:32)
    O.S.A.N.: This is a community project. Its goal is to advertise Free / Libre / Open Source Software and Projects among the community and on non-commercial web sites.

  • Tech Comics: "Facebook's Like Button" (Sep 24, 2010, 21:02)
    Tech Comics: "The Like button on Facebook can come in handy in any number of situations."

  • Bell's CTV Buy Based on Failed Strategy (Sep 24, 2010, 20:32)
    The Tyee: "As is Shaw's Canwest purchase. Both bet on building 'walled gardens' that haven't worked."

  • How to Limit The CPU Usage of Any Process in Linux (Sep 24, 2010, 20:02)
    MakeTechEasier: "Cpulimit is an application for Linux that can limit the CPU usage of a process. It is useful if you want to restrict a particular application from taking up too much CPU resources and thereby crashing the system."

  • How and Why Chrome Is Overtaking Firefox Among Power Users (Sep 24, 2010, 19:32)
    Lifehacker: "Firefox has long been the go-to web browser among power users for its impressive feature set, extensibility, and openness. But Google's nimble, light, also extensible and open browser, Chrome, has won over Firefox's core user base. Here's why:"

  • The future of KDE (Sep 24, 2010, 19:02)
    TechRadar: "Even with the backing of the world's largest mobile phone and processor vendors, it takes a bold man to turn up at Akademy, KDE's annual global conference, and announce that MeeGo is "redefining the Linux desktop landscape"."

  • Why is Dell UK Making it so Difficult? (Sep 24, 2010, 18:02)
    The H Open: "When I insisted that I wanted a PC with Ubuntu, and *not* with Windows 7, they informed me that the cat had eaten the last one, or words to that effect, and the conversation came to an abrupt end."

  • How to read Ext3/Ext4 linux partition from windows 7 (Sep 24, 2010, 17:32)
    Ubuntu Geek: "Ext2Fsd is an ext2 file system driver for Windows 2000, XP, Vista. It's a free software and everyone can distribute and modify it under GPL2."

  • Comparison Smartphone Review: BlackBerry Torch or Nexus One? Which is Better? (Sep 24, 2010, 15:32)
    Enterprise Mobile Today: "In the 14 years since I acquired my first mobile smart device (a Palm Pilot, circa 1996), the best combination of form and function for me came with my BlackBerry Curve 8300."

  • Linux finally matches Windows' eye candy with the KDE desktop (Sep 24, 2010, 14:32)
    APC Mag: "While the Gnome desktop is the de-facto for Ubuntu, try the KDE alternative if you want the best-looking and comtemporary Linux UI, says APC's Linux guru, Ashton Mills."

  • aptosid 2010-02 Review (Sep 24, 2010, 14:02)
    Desktop Linux Reviews: "Aptosid, for those who aren't familiar with it, is actually made by the same developers that created the popular distro Sidux. There was apparently some conflict and controversy within the Sidux e.V association that resulted in Sidux morphing into Aptosid."

  • 7 of the Best Free Linux Photo Management Software (Sep 24, 2010, 13:32)
    Linux Links: "To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 of the most useful free photo management tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to organize their photos"

  • VortexBox 1.5: Turn an Old PC into a Jukebox (Sep 24, 2010, 13:02)
    Linux Magazine: "The DAAP arms race continues. With iTunes 10, Apple has once again broken compatibility with third party DAAP servers — so projects like VortexBox that stream to iTunes have required a refresh. With the 1.5 release, VortexBox is back in the game and ready to play ball with iTunes — at least until the next update."

  • PCLinuxOS vs. Ubuntu - or - Linux XXX vs. Linux YYY (Sep 24, 2010, 12:02)
    ZDNEt UK: "First, and perhaps most importantly, not everyone who runs Linux, or is switching to Linux, is looking for a "Windows experience" in terms of familiar applications and useability. If that is what you are looking for, you are likely to be happier with a Gnome desktop rather than KDE"

  • Linux Desktop PC on Steroids From ZaReason (Sep 24, 2010, 10:32)
    Linux Planet: "I asked independent Linux OEM vendor ZaReason for a high-end super-powered Linux desktop PC to review, and they delivered 8-core madness right to my door."

  • Ubuntu 10.10: a meaningless release (Sep 24, 2010, 09:02)
    IT Wire: "Over the last week, I've been playing around with the beta of the forthcoming Ubuntu release - Maverick Meerkat or version 10.10 - which is scheduled to be officially unveiled on October 10. And I have just one question to ask: why is it being released at all?"

  • Yet Another Music Player for Linux: Foobnix (Sep 24, 2010, 06:02)
    Tuxarena: "When it comes to music players, Linux evolved heavily during the last three or four years, and new players are announced on a regular basis"

  • Bombshell Study: Heavily Litigated NPE Patents Overwhelmingly Lose at Trial (Sep 24, 2010, 04:32)
    The 271 Patent Blog: "[T]o our great surprise, we find that the willingness of these patentees to litigate their cases to judgment is a mistake"

  • How to Make Incognito Mode Default in Google Chrome, Chromium in Linux (Sep 24, 2010, 03:02)
    Tech Drive-in: "Incognito Mode or Private Browsing mode allows users of Google Chrome/Chromium to browse the web without a trace of it. Well, almost."

  • GeeXboX: Lightweight Media System (Sep 24, 2010, 01:32)
    Linux Journal: "GeeXboX is a live distribution that can quickly turn a PC into a straight-forward media playback solution. It can be installed to a hard disk, but it works quite well when booted from a CDROM or other removable media."