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Open Source, Open Research

Colleges and universities are as much about research as they are about the classroom experience, and just as open source software can provide cost savings, independence, and flexibility to educational institutions through courseware and recordkeeping, it can assist in the research process. Open...
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GNOME Decides to Ditch Drawings

Article Source Linux JournalAugust 3, 2009, 2:03 pm One of the most striking features of any desktop environment is its selection of icons. While wallpapers and window decorations hold a larger stage, it is the bright, colorful icons that draw ones attention and speed up the process of finding...
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55 Ways to Bring Open Source into Education

Article Source LinuxPlanet While some educators have been quick to grasp the potential and promise of open source software, many others have been hesitant to stray from the comfortable zone of commercial applications. Yet that's changing. More teachers and institutions are now participating with...
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A First Kook at KDE 4.3

Article Source Cyber CynicAugust 3, 2009, 8:24 am I've never been a big fan of KDE 4.x. I really disliked the first versions, like KDE 4.04. But, over time, KDE became more useful and usable. By KDE 4.2, I finally saw a new version of KDE I could like. Now, with the "so close to release you...
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Sony Open Sources Digital Effects Software

Article Source ZDNet NewsAugust 3, 2009, 7:25 am Film effects specialist Sony Pictures Imageworks has released five digital image-manipulation software tools under open-source licenses. While Imageworks has released other open-source software in the past, the release of five tools at once...
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If You Pay for a Linux Word Processor, Is It Really Worth the Price?

Are you interested in a word processing environment that's more or less the same across multiple PC desktop and mobile platforms--a Linux notebook and a Windows CE device, let's say, or a Macintosh PC, a Windows XP netbook, and an Android phone? How about a word processor that comes with abundant...
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One Billion Firefoxes

Article Source Cyber CynicJuly 31, 2009, 10:14 am Let me give you an Internet history lesson. Five-years ago, unless you were one of die-hard Netscape Navigator users or a handful of Opera users, your Web browser choices were Internet Explorer or... ah... Internet Explorer. AOL was already...
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Time Marches On: Mozilla Sunbird Finally Approaches 1.0

Article Source Linux MagazineJuly 31, 2009, 7:19 am After about five years of development, the Mozilla Sunbird 1.0 is nearly ready to fly out the door. The 1.0 beta made its way to the servers this week, and Mozilla’s calendaring app is almost gold. For many of us, the browser and mail...
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Firefox to Reach 1 Billion Downloads Today

Article Source The HJuly 31, 2009, 1:56 am Mozilla's popular Firefox web browser is quickly approaching one billion downloads for all versions since it was officially launched. According to the Firefox Download Guesstimator, the total number of downloads should reach one billion between 13:...
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Canonical to Offer Ubuntu Desktop Support

Article Source Cyber CynicJuly 30, 2009, 12:28 pm Do you want to save desktop support money? Do you have Windows and Mac-using friends or co-workers who want to try desktop Linux? Well, in either case, you're going to want to check out Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, latest desktop...
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