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KaOS Calms Down KDE

KaOS is an interesting and very efficient Linux distribution built around a refined KDE desktop environment. The KDE integration is much more controlled in KaOS than in other Linux choices. The latest release for this 14-month young Linux distro came in late June. KaOS is a bit of a rarity. It is in...

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Ubuntu’s Saucy Salamander is a Slick but Spiritless Upgrade

Ubuntu's latest desktop OS release, Ubuntu 13.10, is more of a plain-Jane release than its "Saucy Salamander" nickname might otherwise suggest. This release comes six months after the Raring Ringtail version, which was also a bit of a yawner in terms of offering any must-have-the-upgrade enthusiasm....

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Scalado Album’s Photo-Mapping Skill Earns It a Niche

Have you ever found yourself scrolling endlessly around your phone's chronologically arranged photograph album -- called "Gallery" in Android -- looking for a photograph you've captured? If you can remember the specific place but not the date, then Scalado Album may be for you. I say "may be" becau...

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Instagram: Fun but No Threat to the Art World

Instagram, the popular photography and social networking app for the iPhone, with a whopping 27 million iOS users, recently became available for Android. Around 5 million Android users reportedly signed up for the app in the first few days of the Android release. Then social network Facebook offered...

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gThumb Nimbly Shuffles Through Images and Video

gThumb is one of the best image viewer and browser applications available for the GNOME Desktop. I particularly like its adeptness in handling both still photography and videos. That is an unusual pairing for an image viewer on any platform. You are not likely to find this combination, or at least ...

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Fotowall Has a Sharp Eye for Sweet Collages

Eye candy can be a great user experience sweetener, but tastes vary widely as to how much is just enough, and it's one differentiator among Linux desktops. Fotowall is a handy app that can spice up your desktop as well as create personalized print and wallpaper displays. Fotowall is a really clever ...

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Finding Common Ground: Q and A With GNOME Foundation Director Stormy Peters

The GNOME Project is widely recognized in the world of Linux as a leading developer community of a free and easy-to-use desktop environment. GNOME is part of the GNU/Linux Project. The label "GNU" is a recursive acronym meaning GNU's Not Unix, according to GNU.org. Based in Cambridge, Mass., the GNO...

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When GNOME Met KDE: Q and A With GNOME Foundation Director Stormy Peters

The GNOME Project is widely recognized in the world of Linux as a leading developer community of a free and easy-to-use desktop environment. GNOME is part of the GNU/Linux Project. The label "GNU" is a recursive acronym meaning GNU's Not Unix, according to GNU.org. Based in Cambridge, Mass., the GNO...

AT&T Singing Along With HTC’s Aria

AT&T and HTC on Monday announced the new HTC Aria, a pocket-sized Android smartphone that will be available exclusively through AT&T starting later this month. Based on the Android 2.1 platform, the WiFi-capable Aria sports a 5-megapixel camera and a bright 3.2-inch HVGA display along with 3G speed,...

HTC Unleashes Solid, Speedy New Androids

Smartphone manufacturing giant HTC on Tuesday unveiled three new smartphones and announced upgrades to its Sense user interface at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Two of the smartphones -- the Legend and the Desire -- run the Sense UI on top of Android. The third, the HD mini, runs Sense on ...

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F-Spot: An Able-Bodied All-in-One Image Machine

Few, if any, photo viewing apps on any platform provide a perfect photo management experience. However, F-Spot Photo Management for Gnome gives Linux users a fairly complete set of photo tools. F-Spot ranks among the most well-known photo apps for Linux. In many ways it is similar to Google's repack...

Boxee Swings for Spot in Set-Top Box Ring

The Boxee video-on-demand software maker aims to change the way consumers get free movie and TV entertainment from the Internet with its first hardware venture, called "Boxee Box." The open source software company debuted its new hardware device at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y., o...

Has Firefox Peaked?

It was exactly five years ago Monday that Mozilla released version 1.0 of its open source Firefox Web browser, and fans around the globe marked the occasion with a multitude of special events held as part of the "Light the World with Firefox" campaign. "We've vastly improved the browsing experience ...

Linpus Hones Moblin-Based Linux Lite

Linpus Technologies on Tuesday released Linpus Linux Lite 1.2, a new version of its consumer Linux software based on Moblin version 2 that's been enhanced with improved social networking applications and power management capabilities. The first version of the Moblin v2-based technology was released ...

HTC Adds Tattoo to Android Lineup

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC on Tuesday announced the Tattoo, the latest in its line of Android-based handsets unveiled this year. The Tattoo is also the second smartphone equipped with the HTC Sense user interface. It integrates several Google mobile services, including Google Maps and Gmail, and...

HTC’s Hero Strides Onto Smartphone Playing Field

Taiwan-based HTC, a fast-rising star in the smartphone manufacturing industry, has unveiled its latest model, the Hero, its third offering based on the Android operating system. The Hero comes with a new user interface called "Sense" that makes use the device almost intuitive. The Hero is the first...

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Linux May Be Worth $10.8 Billion, but Is It for Everyone?

Hard on the heels of Linux's 17th birthday came two more notable milestones for the operating system, both of which came to light in the past week. First, the Linux kernel surpassed 10 million lines of code -- albeit with blank lines, comments and text files included. A full 96.4 percent of that cod...

Better Late Than Never, Yahoo Debuts Zimbra-Powered Calendar

Yahoo has unveiled a new dynamic calendar service powered by open source developer Zimbra. Yahoo Calendar offers standard Web 2.0 information-sharing options along with an updated drag-and-drop interface and a handful of unique options. The program is available in beta to Yahoo users as of Wednesday...

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Cloud Computing: Perilous Pitfall or Panacea?

There's never a dull moment for those of us lucky enough to be part of the technology industry, and we here at LinuxInsider are just as prone as the next tech enthusiasts to get caught up in the excitement of new innovations and ideas. Take cloud computing. It's a concept that has been grabbing an i...

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If You Love Your Data, Set It Free

In the past, data was structured, secure and tightly controlled. The bad news is that the data was limited by the firewall of personnel, technologies and process rigidity. Today, however, the demand is for just-in-time and inclusive data, moving away from a monolithic data system mentality to multip...

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