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Archive for 2008

I thought Linus was from Finland …

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October 9, 2008 at 9:28 am

Top 5 Torrent Clients for Linux

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UPDATE: The article was moved (and updated). For the new location of the list please click here 

Here is a list with the most used torrent clients for Linux. While a few other exists and are listed elsewhere, I think the software presented here represents the big players, and a wide range of interfaces and features. I’m just sharing, I don’t profess to be an expert. Anyway, I hope this list will be of help to you in choosing a better torrent client.

Azureus (now Vuze)

The most future rich torrent client for Linux, but being based on Java, is also a memory and performance hogger.

“Azureus implements the BitTorrent protocol using java language and comes bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users” read more…(dead link)

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October 5, 2008 at 10:46 pm

GIMP 2.6 released!

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GIMP 2.6 is an important release from a development point of view. It features changes to the user interface addressing some often received complaints, and a tentative integration of GEGL, the graph based image processing library that will eventually bring high bit-depth and non-destructive editing to GIMP.

Read all the announce on GIMP 2.6 Release Note.

GIMP 2.6 can be downloaded from here.

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October 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm

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The world’s most comprehensive, Web tracking and analysis application?

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Woopra is the world’s most comprehensive, information rich, easy to use, real-time Web tracking and analysis application. And it’s free!”  This is how the guys behind Woopra are describing their product.

Here are some of the application’s futures:

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September 22, 2008 at 12:26 pm

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Software freedom day-today 20 spetember 2008

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Mr. Stephen Fry , introduces you to free software and reminds you of a very special birthday.

What is Free Software? This is how gnu defines it:

Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”.

Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
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    September 20, 2008 at 1:01 pm

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    Top 20 Linux websites

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    I have compiled a list with the most useful websites about Linux (the distro specific sites are not included). They are great resources you can learn from or to find answer to your linux questions. These should be in any linux user bookmarks, so go ahead and look through these links and bookmark your favorite ones:


    Provides information on Linux, Linux resources, and Linux development.


    Includes help, tutorials, tips and how-to guides for Linux.


    LinuxQuestions.org offers a free Linux forum where Linux newbies can ask questions and Linux experts can offer advice. Topics include security, installation, networking and much more.


    The Linux Documentation Project is working
    towards developing free, high quality documentation for the Linux operating
    system. The overall goal of the LDP is to collaborate in all of the issues
    of Linux documentation.


    Comprehensive information and resources about the Linux Operating System.


    Our goal is to provide all the information necessary to make your use of Linux a success.


    The Linux Software Resource, providing Linux Forums, Linux Server Distro info, Linux Training, Linux Help, Articles, Tutorials, News, Downloads and more!

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    Ubuntu 9.04 codename: Jaunty Jackalope

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    As we approach the launch of Ubuntu 8.10, it’s time to create space for

    future plans, and so I’m writing to introduce you to The Jaunty Jackalope.

    Jaunty, the code name for what will most likely become Ubuntu 9.04, will

    be the focus of our efforts from November through to April next year.

    This is the message that Mark Shuttleworth sent it yesterday announcing the codename of the april 2009 Ubuntu release.
    What are some of the major goals for these release? Mark stated:

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    September 9, 2008 at 8:26 am

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