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Flipping the Linux switch: Desktop environments vs. window managers

http://www.downloadsquad.com

Picture this: It's late at night. You've restarted your computer. The optical drive is whirring contentedly, but you have butterflies in your stomach. Tonight is the night you install Linux for the first time.

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Firefox 3 location bar just became almighty

http://mozillalinks.org

"...So far, the most useful new feature I’ve found in Firefox 3 is the much improved location bar autocomplete that unlike Firefox 2 which only looked for web addresses in my history, this one looks on visited and bookmarked page titles and tags along with web addresses..."

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Hydrogen: Using Linux to create slick drum beats

http://www.onderstekop.nl

Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux, although there also appears to be a Windows installer available (it could be dated -I haven't tested it-). 'Its main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming', reads their website, and by god, intuitive it is!

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Incredible JavaScript Desktop!!

http://widget-env.sourceforge.net

'This is a website accompanying the Widget Environment library. An easy to use window environment written in JavaScript to give your webpages the look and feel of a desktop. Features include: basic window behaviour (close, maximize, minize), a navigation menu with submenu's, a listing of all opened windows (navigation bar) and clickable desktop icons.'

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Have a happy GNU Linux year!

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Make 2008 the year you switch. Liberate your computer and join the Linux revolution. I want to make an impassioned plea to you, but not only that, I’m going to tell you how to go about it with confidence, stability and all the while being able to still do all the things you use your computer for. Read on!

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Choosing a Linux Distro, Part 1: Kicking the Tires

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Start your search by checking out the distribution Web sites. Read the the FAQ and Wikis pages to learn how the different distros work. Check out the features and read what sorts of requests for help have been made on the community forums, and how those requests were answered. This approach will help you to narrow down exactly what you are looking for in terms of support and ease of use.

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Get started with Linux

http://www.itweek.co.uk

Don’t get lost with a Linux computer. We’ll show you how to get on the web, send emails and organise your digital photos

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What Is Linux?

http://linuxiseasy.blogspot.com

Linux (pronunced: /ˈlɪnʊks/, lin-uks) is an operating system that was initially created as a hobby by a young student, Linus Torvalds, at the University of Helsinki in Finland. Linus had an interest in Minix, a small UNIX system, and decided to develop a system that exceeded the Minix standards. He began his work in 1991 when he released version 0.02 and worked steadily until 1994 when version 1.0 of the Linux Kernel was released.

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What to do before switching from Windows to Linux

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There are many of you out there who are looking to make a change from your current Windows operating system to the Linux operating system. Some of you may have doubts, many of you most likely have questions before taking the plunge. I’ll try to point you in the right directions before you switch from Windows to Linux.

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File permissions in Linux

http://polishlinux.org

In our “Advanced Console Tricks” series we have already covered subjects like Getting help and Processes management. Now it’s time to understand how the file permissions work. In this article we’re going to cover topics such as the basics of Linux file access rights, useful commands that allow you to manage file permissions, as well as numerical and special access modes.

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OLPC XO vs. Asus Eee PC 701

http://laptopmag.com

Two highly touted, kid-friendly, low-priced laptops slug it out to become king of the ultraportables.

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How to make Firefox look and feel like IE, Safari, or Opera

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One of the biggest complaints a Firefox evangelist encounters is "it doesn't act or feel like browser X." Internet Explorer users complain that Firefox doesn't look like what they're used to. Opera, Safari, and Netscape users complain that it's missing many of their favorite features. And the social networking gurus point to the powerful social networking features Flock boasts and Firefox lacks.

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Bash tips and tricks

http://richbradshaw.wordpress.com

"...So, there are a few tips to get your bash history more managable - if you have any extra tips, add them to the comments and I’ll add them to the main article! ..."

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Does Ubuntu’s documentation stink?

http://enterpriselinuxlog.blogs.techtarget.com

...there’s apparently some concern over Gutsy Gibbon’s documentation. Gibbon is the latest release of Ubuntu, version 7.10, which came out last month to the usual fanfare associated with new Ubuntu releases...

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Howto Tweak Ubuntu

http://www.ubuntugeek.com

This tool is for ubuntu which makes it easy to change hidden system and desktop settings.Ubuntu Tweak is only for GNOME desktop environment.This is still under heavy development and very good utility for ubuntu users.

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