Speed up application launches with prelink

Application start up times can be annoying if they are really really slow. Part of this latency is a process where before the executable can run, the OS needs to work out which libraries it needs to kick into action.

This process of working out the right libraries can take maybe even several seconds on slower machines and complex apps and can be a big source of slowdowns on application ...

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KDE tip - speed up KDE launch time

Here's a really simple but very effective tip for speeding up the time it takes for KDE to start up. How it works is that it prevents KDE from reloading your open windows and settings from the last session, thus speeding up the start-up by loading in a blank session.

To enable the setting first head to the KDE Control Centre (some distros like Kubuntu use a custom settings ...

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FOSS, money, patents and Microsoft

CNN have a very interesting article about Microsoft, FOSS and all of the controversy surrounding their claim that Linux infringes upon Microsoft's patents. Apparently, Ballmer reckons the exact number of violations is at 235.

Microsoft counters that it is a matter of principle. "We live in a world where we honor, and support the honoring of, intellectual property," says Ballmer in an interview. FOSS patrons are going to have ...

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Compare two files side-by-side with Kompare

If you're a command line expert, you undoubtedly know about the diff and patch tools, which let you see the difference between two files and then create or apply patch files from those differences respectively.

Sometimes though, it's nice to get a graphical look at the difference between two files, and that's where Kompare steps in. Kompare is a graphical diff tool for KDE which allows you ...

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