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Linux 3.9 Brings SSD Caching and Drivers to Support Modern PCs

Linux creator Linus Torvalds last night announced the release of version 3.9 of the kernel. Available for download at kernel.org, Linux 3.9 brings a long list of improvements to storage, networking, file systems, drivers, virtualization, and power management. H-Online editor Thorsten Leemhuis has an excellent rundown of what's new in Linux 3.9. One new feature, listed as "experimental," allows SSDs to act...

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FOSS Fact or Fiction? A Tale of Two Surveys

It's a well-known fact that statistics can be manipulated to suit virtually every occasion and purpose, but every once in a while an example comes along that illustrates that rule with breathtaking clarity. Case in point? Two recent surveys on the topic of FOSS that came out in the very...

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Image Annotation in GIMP, Dia, and OpenOffice Draw

The GIMP is a wonderful image editor, but it might be overkill if all you want to do is annotate an image. If you want to highlight a part of an image, so that for example the audience for your presentation can focus on a particular aspect, you'll probably find it easier and more intuitive to do that in a program such as Dia or OpenOffice Draw. Let's see how to annotate an image in all three programs. 

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A Change in the Open Source Software Market

Last week North Bridge Venture Partners and Black Duck Software released the 7th Annual Future of Open Source survey. Previous years' surveys have generated interest industry-wide, with implications that cross industries and ecosystems. read more...

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A Fun, Free Guide to Mastering the Audacity Sound Production Application

On a regular basis, we at OStatic compile documentation and guidance resources for popular open source platforms and applications. For example, you can find our collection of free, online books on open source tools here, including guides that can get you started with Blender, GIMP and more great open source applications. One of the best ongoing projects for producing free open source-related documentation is FLOSS Manuals. A while back, the site added an interesting new type of guide to its mix: workbooks. These are a cross between manuals and task-focused guided tours, and FLOSS Manuals has a newly updated one out for the powerful open souce Audacity sound editing and production program. If you're into sound, this is worth a look. We've covered Audacity on a number of occasions.  Audacity is an audio production platform that compares very well with software used...

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Left 4 Dead 2 Beta On Linux Coming Next Week

Left 4 Dead 2 is going to be released as beta next week on Linux by Valve!..

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