For those that don't know, A canonical page is the preferred version of a set of pages with highly similar content. You can specify a canonical link to the page you prefer Google to index with a link element. Does anyone have any thoughts on how this affects you during Panda updates? Can this harm you in terms of duplicate content? Or do you think Google takes the canonical link elements into consideration when sifting through all of your websites pages?

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I have problem regarding redirect ,I want like when someone types [url]http://picmagazines.com[/url] ,[url]http://www.picmagazines.com,picmagazines.com[/url] ,It redirects to [url]http://www.picmagazines.com[/url] only ,I added the code from [url]http://www.jackborn.com/tools/canonical-urls.php[/url] in .htaccess file but it redirects to some strange url [url]http://www.picmagazines.com/index.php?/[/url] I need this to be [url]http://www.picmagazines.com[/url] ,how I can correct that,please advice me ,this helps in SEO a lot... below is the code of my .htaccess file [CODE]RewriteEngine on RewriteCond $1 !^(index\.php|install\.php|robots\.txt|css\/|js\/|template\/|media\/|design\/) RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php?/$1 [L] <IfModule mod_rewrite.c> RewriteEngine on # index.php to / RewriteCond %{THE_REQUEST} ^GET\ /.*/index\.(php|html)\ HTTP RewriteRule (.*)index\.(php|html)$ /$1 [R=301,L] # force www. rewritecond %{HTTP_HOST} ^picmagazines.com [nc] rewriterule ^(.*)$ http://www.picmagazines.com/$1 [r=301,nc] </IfModule> …

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Jim Whitehurst, [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat, Inc.[/URL] CEO, believes that [URL="http://www.vmware.com"]VMware[/URL] is its biggest competition in the virtualization and cloud computing space. In a [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/199870/red_hat_ceo_vmware_our_biggest_competitor.html"]PCWorld article[/URL], Whitehurst stated Friday at the Red Hat Summit that "When you start thinking about who is defining cloud-based architectures, it's us and them [VMware]," he said. "We're the only two companies that have the components to really do cloud." Whitehurst has possibly never heard of Ubuntu Linux and its cloud offering, [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud"]UEC[/URL]. Whitehurst continued, [QUOTE]"Technically, it's a perfectly fine vision. Commercially, I worry about the lock-in and VMware defining the stack," he said. Cloud computing favors …

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Today, June 22, 2010, The [URL="http://www.openinventionnetwork.com"]Open Invention Network[/URL] (OIN) [URL="http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/press_release06_22_10.php"]announced[/URL] that [URL="http://www.canonical.com"]Canonical[/URL], the company that owns and produces the [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL] Linux distribution, joins its ranks as the first Associate Member. Florian Mueller, founder and former director of the NoSoftwarePatents campaign and the founder of the [URL="http://fosspatents.blogspot.com"]FOSS Patents Blog[/URL] had this to say about the announcement: [QUOTE]"The Canonical announcement once again shows the absolutely unacceptable degree of intransparency with which the Open Invention Network operates. Both the press release and the OIN's website fail to specify what exactly the rights and obligations of OIN Associate Members -- as compared to mere …

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Canonical's Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition features the ideal deployment platform for Linux server workloads and cloud computing Long-term support (LTS) version of popular server operating system generally available on 29 April. [B]LONDON, April 27, 2010:[/B] Canonical today announced the upcoming release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition which includes extended security and maintenance updates free of charge to all users for five years (versus 18 months for a standard release). The third and latest LTS version of the popular Linux server distribution, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, delivers on the standing commitment to release a long term support version of Ubuntu …

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My [URL="http://www.frugaltechshow.com"]Frugal Tech Show[/URL] co-host, [URL="http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow"]Jason Perlow[/URL], and I spoke with [URL="http://www.canonical.com"]Canonical[/URL] CTO Matt Zimmerman early this morning about the upcoming [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL] releases and a few other selected topics of interest to Ubuntu users. There are some secret goings on in the mill at Canonical that he didn't tell us about but I can read between the lines. Jason and I quizzed Matt about all sorts of technical and non-technical aspects of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, upcoming releases, [URL="http://www.markshuttleworth.com"]Mark Shuttleworth[/URL]'s vision and his position. But, it wasn't until I asked him specifically about the business end of one of [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story272681.html"]Mark's …

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From its [URL="http://www.debian.org"]Debian[/URL] roots to its commercially available support to its overwhelming popularity, [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL] is the ultimate Linux distribution. For me, Ubuntu became a significant force within the Linux community with its 2006 releases: 6.04 and 6.10. From April 2006, I've installed and used every new version and anticipate each new one the way a child anticipates toys on Christmas morning. But, have you ever wondered why is Ubuntu the ultimate Linux distribution? Why is it so popular? Why did Canonical choose Debian as its distribution template? And, why did Mark Shuttleworth believe in Linux so much that he chose …

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Mark Shuttleworth, founder and financial backer of [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL], urges the Linux Community to "build a better desktop than Apple." Shuttleworth made this statement this week at OSCON (O'Reilly's Open Source Convention). He added that interoperability with Windows is of very high importance. Sounds easy enough. Let me get right on that. Shuttleworth is actually correct. We should focus on a better Linux desktop--better than Apple's Mac OS X--better than Windows--and better than current Linux offerings. If you're not a billionaire like Mark Shuttleworth, how do you go about building a better desktop and then offer it for free? I'm all …

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It isn't too soon to anticipate the next major release of Ubuntu is it? I hope not. [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL] 10.04 has a few surprises up its virtual sleeve in store for you. I can't tell you everything that's in store but you'll certainly have fun discovering some of them through this blog and my other writing venues as I obtain permission to print them. I did have the pleasure of speaking directly to one of the Ubuntu developers on Friday and will tell you a bit of what he told me about this exciting new release. Ubuntu 10.04, aka Lucid Lynx, …

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[URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL]'s CEO, Mark Shuttleworth fired one over [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL]'s bow with a statement that the soon to be released Ubuntu 9.10 is ready to go head-to-head with Windows 7 on Netbooks. He also said that Windows XP is still hanging around on some Netbooks as a "ghost." Shuttleworth wants another shot at the U.S. market with his new Ubuntu 9.10 and [URL="https://one.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu One[/URL] offering. Ubuntu One is a file backup and sharing service where registered users receive 2GB of free storage and 50GB of storage for $10 per month. I hope that works out for you Mark. I really do. Ubuntu …

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Since its inception in 2004, [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL] has been the beneficiary in what seems like a bottomless money pit for South African entrepreneur, [URL="http://www.markshuttleworth.com"]Mark Shuttleworth[/URL] via his commercial support and development venture, [URL="http://www.canonical.com"]Canonical[/URL]. Since Canonical, Ltd. isn't an American publicly-owned company (and I don't know South African law), it's unlikely that a full disclosure of profits and losses is forthcoming. I have read that the investment made so far is approximately $20 million US. How long can anyone keep pumping money into a project that might not ever turn a profit? Red Hat is the world's most successful Linux-oriented company and …

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I've been in discussions with a group of other writers, Linux distribution watchers, Linux community leaders and developers in the past few days concerning Linux commercial vs. Linux community versions and some of us came to the conclusion that [URL="http://www.fedoraproject.org"]Fedora[/URL]'s relevance has waned. In fact, it might be time to scrap it completely. Or maybe it's time for [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL] to step up and support it formally and unconditionally. Fedora is the only major community Linux edition that has no commercial support option from its commercial benefactor. Even OpenSolaris has commercial support from [URL="http://www.sun.com"]Sun[/URL]. This brings me to the question, …

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The [URL="http://www.linuxfoundation.org"]Linux Foundation [/URL]announced today that [URL="http://www.canonical.com"]Canonical, Inc.[/URL], commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, joined its fold to become the latest supporter of the expansion of Linux into the business sector. Recently, many big commercial software companies have joined the Linux Foundation including [URL="http://www.adobe.com"]Adobe[/URL] and [URL="http://www.vmware.com"]VMware[/URL]. [INDENT][COLOR="Green"]“Canonical is an important new member for the Linux Foundation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “Matt [Matt Zimmerman - CTO of the Ubuntu project at Canonical] and his team have created an exciting distribution that has taken the world by storm. They have rallied the cause of cross-industry, cross-community collaboration for …

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