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November 2005

Damn! This is one small Linux Distribution

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What is unique about DSL is that it is one of the first distribution which contains a GUI environment contained in its small size and targeted at the ordinary user.

The Perfect Setup - Mandriva 2006 Free Edition

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HowTos

This is a detailed description about the steps to be taken to setup a Mandriva 2006 Free Edition based server.

GPL 3.0 Beckons Open-Source Community

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OSS

The Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Law Center on Wednesday released the road map for the long-awaited revision of the GNU General Public License.

Linux to power 'son of Star Wars'

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Linux

Lockheed Martin is to use Linux as the operating system for the missile defence program Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program, dubbed 'son of Star Wars'.

IBM wants Solaris to Linux converts

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Linux

The kind engineers at IBM have delivered a new tool for moving customers off Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system and onto Linux.

KDE browser pips Firefox in Web standards test

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KDE

Developers of the Linux desktop environment say they don't want to be 'outdone by the fox on any front'

Troppix v1.2 Screenshots

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Linux

Phoronix has some wonderful screenshots of Troppix 1.2, a stand-alone Linux live CD based on Debian GNU/Linux, aimed at security professionals.

Overhaul of Linux License Could Have Broad Impact

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OSS

The rules governing the use of most free software programs will be revised for the first time in 15 years, in an open process that begins today.

Novell To Launch 'Linux Awareness' Program Next Year

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Linux

In 2006, Novell will launch a "Linux awareness" program meant to migrate more customers, resellers, and development partners from NetWare and Microsoft Windows to open source alternatives.

Build a Home Terabyte Backup System Using Linux

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HowTos

Build a low-cost, terabyte-sized backup server using Linux and back up your digital audio files, digital images and digital movie recordings.

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AWOW AK41 Mini Desktop PC – Running Linux – Week 1

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THE LATEST LINUX – ON A FLOPPY IN A 486!

If you have ever studied the early history of the GNU/Linux operating system in its many forms, you’ll have read that [Linus Torvalds] developed his first kernel for his Intel 386-based computer. Though the 386 architecture is now ancient, the current Linux kernel can still be compiled for it and many distributions still maintain an i386 branch to provide broad compatibility for later machines able to run i386 code. But what if you were to take a current Linux kernel and stick it on a floppy in a machine from the early 1990s, with meagre RAM? [Fozztex] did just that, with not a 386 but a 486, sporting what would have been an impressive for the time 36MB of RAM. You can watch it in action in the video below the break. A recent Linux kernel is rarely if ever compiled for something as small as a floppy disk, so getting one to boot from such ancient media appeared to be a challenge. It was possible though with the tinyconfig make option, and after finding a small enough root filesystem courtesy of Aboriginal Linux, a bootable floppy was created. It’s not entirely useful and its sole purpose was to see whether Linux could see a large hard drive on the 486, but it’s still a version 5.6 Linux kernel booting from floppy on an ancient computer. Never complain that your Raspberry Pi Zero is slow again, we’ve come a long way! Read more