The plan to have Banshee as the default music player in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 has been postponed. Rhythmbox will remain as the default for now.

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Songbird 1.8.0 has been officially released for Mac OS X and Windows. Although Linux is no longer officially supported, you can still use Songbird in Linux.

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The Ubuntu Software Center now handles the installation of .deb files. The first paid application has also been added to it.

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Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” Beta has been released. Read on for the new features and the download links.

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According to Microsoft, Android has many hidden costs and if all these costs are combined Android cost more than Windows Phone 7. Incidentally Microsoft is charging $15 for each Windows Phone 7 license.

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Pawel Jakub Dawidek, a commiter for FreeBSD, has confirmed that FreeBSD will continue to support ZFS even though OpenSolaris is dead.

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Ksplice is a breakthrough technology in Linux as it eliminates the need to reboot a Linux system. Most of the time, reboots are necessary as in case of kernel updates. However, Ksplice eliminates the need for any reboot as it can apply all kernel patches in live.

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With the new feature of add-ons, scriptwriters, skin developers and designers can create custom UI on the XBMC media manager. The new add-on system also features an automatic update feature.

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KDE SC 4.5.1 has been released. It is mainly a bug-fix update and upgrade is recommended. Read on for changes.

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Burning Man will showcase a GSM network that is open-source, uses solar power and is low cost. Coming to the underlying technology, it introduces VOIP with existing handsets without the need to buy any new devices.

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An ancient kernel hole in Linux, which has been present from 2003, was recently closed after constant nagging and bug reports. The problem was with the X server using a huge stack that has a good chance of running into an adjacent heap memory.

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The SDL License will now be free from the earlier exclusive Microsoft license by virtue of which, will see more number of standard software out in the market.

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We look at a tool which allows you to read files from your Linux partition.

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The first non-commercial availability of ZFS was OpenSolaris and then it was available on Linux with FUSE. Next month, ZFS is coming natively to Linux kernel.

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Microsoft has decided to change its outlook of Linux and has started spreading the message of “We love Open Source”! As a positive sign of this, Microsoft already respects Mono developers.

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