New BlackBerry Sync Tool Being Developed

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I just saw a post at Linux Magazine that talks about a new Linux tool for BlackBerrys. It's called Pocketmac (Linux Edition), so you can see where it started. The program is in beta now and you can sign up here to test it.

Pocketmac Linux Edition should provide a nice alternative to Barry for those of you who prefer a GUI to the command line. Barry does provide a lot of capability, but doesn't appear to be the easiest to use app.

Ubuntu Intrepid Repositories Have Been Added

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All of the Ubuntu Intrepid repositories have been added and a complete database update was run. I also cleared out a few old repos that weren't supported anymore.

New Ubuntu, Medibuntu, and OpenSuse Repositories

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Some long overdue repositories were finally added. They include Ubuntu hardy-backports, Ubuntu hardy-partner, Medibuntu hardy, and OpenSuse 11.0. A complete database update has not been run, but as new versions of apps get released all of the repositories will be synced.

I'll be adding the Ubuntu intrepid repositories in the near future and looking at some others as well.

Desktop Effects Power Consumption

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I recently installed the KDE4 version of Kubuntu on my laptop using the Wubi installer and was able to start using KWin's desktop effects on my laptop for the first time. I wasn't able to do so in the past because I didn't have a native install and VMware Player doesn't support hardware acceleration.

The Wubi installer was a great solution because it allowed me to install Kubuntu without disrupting my existing OS and also allows access to any existing files on the local hard drive.

After installing KDE4.1 beta 1 I started to get curious about battery life. I had heard that Vista's 3D desktop decreased battery life and wondered if KWin did the same.

Open CourseWare for Linux Geeks

A reader just sent in a link about Open CourseWare for Linux that is available from the College@Home site. It starts off with an Introduction section with various tutorials about Linux to get you started and then follows up with some more specific content.

The Use section covers some specific applications, a couple distro guides, and how to use Linux in some different categories like Office and Scientific fields. That is followed up by sections for Administrators, Business, Novell, Concepts, and Development. In all there are currently 54 different courses that have been posted.