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    Mac OS open source tool: GIFfun for animated GIFs

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 10:57 am

    GIFfun, a MacOS open-source tool, provides quick animation for presentations and more.
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    SUSE Studio is powerful OS instance builder

    Posted March 29, 2010 - 9:27 am

    We first saw SUSE Studio in beta at VMWorld in 2008, a skunkworks tool for building SUSE instances. It’s come a long way since then.
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    Windows on the Mac

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Parallels Desktop 5 and VMware Fusion 3 get faster, smarter, and optimized for Windows 7, while Sun’s VirtualBox 3.1 lags behind
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    Hands on with the Dell Mini 3i smartphone

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 12:39 pm

    The first Dell Mini 3i smartphone to go on sale anywhere in the world will be available in China this December for 4800 Chinese yuan (US$704) without a mobile phone contract, China Mobile representatives said Thursday.
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    Application whitelisting review: McAfee Application Control

    Posted November 4, 2009 - 7:40 am

    McAfee's whitelisting protection for Windows, Linux, and Solaris is short on shortcomings
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    How to extract your LinkedIn contacts

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 4:38 pm

    A new service from Open Xchange allows you to both import and export your contacts and collaborate on calendars and documents across the Internet, all using open source.
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    Free Online Invoicing Tool Boosts Productivity

    Posted September 7, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    Invoice management is crucial for any business. But especially if you're just starting out, you might be tempted to save a few dollars on an invoicing application by submitting bills as Word docs or other text files. Don't waste your time trying to invent your own payment system. A free, server-based tool could be all you need.
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    Firefox 3.5 makes browsing faster, easier and more fun

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 8:43 pm

    Mozilla puts Firefox 3.5 ahead of the browser pack with better performance, improved tab handling and nifty new features.
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    Ubuntu Desktop: Plenty of sizzle, not much steak

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 4:12 pm

    Ubuntu 9.0.4 Desktop, nicknamed Jaunty Jackalope, is likely to continue the Mac-like cult following for Canonical's Debian-based Linux distribution. But there's not a lot new here.
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    Ubuntu Server: Lean, mean, cloud-making machine

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    Ubuntu Server is a fast, free, no-frills Linux distribution that fills a niche between utilitarian Debian and the GUI-driven and, some would argue, over-featured Novell SUSE and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
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    OpenOffice.org 3.1: The next generation

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    The latest version of the open source office suite OpenOffice.org 3.1 has just arrived, and it's a good one. While some of the improvements are visible to the naked eye, the most important changes were hidden under the hood.
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    Novell SLED 11 feels like Window 7, MacOS

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 9:50 am

    Novell released SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (SLED 11) at the same time it rolled out SLES 11. We found that the desktop bundle (which we tested on an HP EliteBook 2530p notebook system) includes features that render a look and feel similar to past versions of Apple's MacOS as well as some parts of Windows 7 beta we've tested.
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    First look: Ubuntu 9.04 stays the course

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    Having rocketed to prominence as one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions in just a few years, Ubuntu has earned a reputation for stability and ease-of-use. The latest edition -- version 9.04, code-named "Jaunty Jackalope" -- continues that tradition and is mostly a maintenance release, but it brings a number of updates that should enhance its appeal.
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    Android apps: Free downloads for the people

    Posted April 8, 2009 - 10:07 am

    There are many free Android applications out there already, like Gmote. Gmote is a cool app that turns your phone into a remote control for your computer. Is this useful? You tell me. But it sure is nifty.

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    Ubuntu 9.04 Beta: Quick Look

    Posted March 28, 2009 - 8:57 pm

    So far there have been six alpha releases of the forthcoming Ubuntu 9.04, due for final release next month, and late yesterday the one and only beta release was made available for download. From this point forward there's a release candidate in mid-April, before the final release is made on the 23rd.
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    Four open-source BGP tools

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 2:55 pm

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is funding the following industry and academic groups involved in developing open source tools aimed at securing the Internet's Border Gateway Protocol-based (BGP) routing infrastructure.
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    New versions of Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:43 pm

    When you're talking Linux, three big names always pop up: Canonical's Ubuntu, Novell's openSUSE and Red Hat's Fedora. Each of these "big three" has recently released a new version of its distribution, which means it's time to check them out and decide which is No 1. Or, more properly, which is No. 1 for what user.
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    OpenOffice.org 3

    Posted December 17, 2008 - 7:47 pm

    OpenOffice.org is a powerful productivity suite--including tools for word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows and more--with one major additional feature: it's free.
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    Open-source Drupal turns pro

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 3:56 pm

    For those with limited resources, Acquia is stepping in with a commercially supported Drupal distribution along with a network that delivers patches and security updates.
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    Linux examined: Xandros Professional

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 9:05 am

    To a lot of people, Ubuntu represents the most end-user-friendly nongeek-compatible Linux distribution. But there are other commercial distributions that work even harder to create a desktop experience that is, frankly, Windows-like. The two most well-known of these are Xandros and Linspire (formerly Lindows). Since Xandros recently acquired Linspire, that leaves it pretty much in sole possession of that segment of the marketplace.
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    Think small with Linutop 2

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 11:39 am

    If you think that a desktop PC has to be big, noisy and expensive -- think again. Linutop shows that it pays to seriously diminish your size expectations with its tiny, energy-efficient Linux-based PC.

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