Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ekiga, a free alternative to Skype

It’s official: Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5bn early in the morning, as reported by AllThingsD yesterday. Google and Facebook were already developing deals with the VoIP communications company, but were stopped neat by MS. Here are a few interesting lines

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Ad companies track you: stop them!

Ad companies have literally invaded Internet and are now appealed by tons of firms. It wouldn’t be so bad, despite seeing ads all over pages while browsing, if they didn’t track you. In order to ‘enhance your surfing experience’, ‘optimize

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Iron: a safe and free browser

Iron is one of those browsers that focuses on your privacy and security by greatly enhancing them. Based on Chromium, it removes the unsafe tools and features originally present in Google Chrome (see a full list here). It is licensed

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Compile a new kernel on Debian

Debian Squeeze (or 6) is shipped with Linux kernel 2.6.32. However, back in November 2010, Phoronix announced a wonderful patch for the kernel which includes 200 lines of magic: they reduce the maximum latency by 10, and the average latency

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Listen to free music with Jamendo

For a long time, we had not heard about free music, but thanks to services such as Jamendo, MusicBrainz or Dogmazic, it has been rising and shining for a few years now. Mostly licensed under Creative Commons licenses, you’re able

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Trisquel 4.5 Slaine – “Run free!”

“Run free”, says Trisquel’s slogan. And this is what it’s about — Trisquel is one of the few totally free GNU/Linux distributions, as recognized by the FSF. Based on Ubuntu, it rejects all of the “non-free applications, non-free programming platforms,

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Ubuntu 11.04 vs. Debian Squeeze

I’ve recently installed Debian on an old PC to give it a second life, while keeping Ubuntu on my main computer. Here are my feelings for both of them: Ubuntu 11.04 To put it simply: what a shame! I was

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