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The state of Linux

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Linux

hertenberger.co.za: My usual euphoria at running Linux on any machine I can lay my hands on has been radically diminished. As geeks and fanboys, we are constantly thriving to run the latest and greatest. If a new distribution is made available, we can’t wait to download the ISO, burn it to a disc and install. Primarily, my disappointment is directed at the release of new kernels.

Bonus Interview: 'The State Of... Linux Gaming?'

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Interviews

gamasutra.com: With the release of Windows Vista, which has had some much-publicized issues (whether press-exaggerated or not) of late, we wondered whether it might be ushering in more of of a Linux renaissance. That’s why we thought now might be a good time to have a chat with Bob Zimbinksi, who has run the Linux Gaming Tome for around nine years now.

Package Management - Avoiding the Two Step

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Software

linuxjournal.com: apt-get, up2date, yum, pkgtool, dpkg, rpm -- we have lots of ways to avoid compiling programs. For the most part, I don't think that it's because we don't like to compile programs, but rather because most of the modern package management tools take care of dependancies, versioning, etc.

Novell's big opportunity

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SUSE

Matt Asay: A friend called me on Friday to ask what I thought about Novell. "Does it have a chance?" he asked? The answer is increasingly, "Yes."

OpenSolaris: nice try, pity about the licence

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OS

itwire.com: Why would anyone try to introduce an operating system into the existing glut unless it pays off in spades? What can a new entrant give us that the multitude of Linux distributions, the Mac OSX and old, hoary Windows hasn't?

How everyone wins with open source software

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OSS

linux.com: Recently, I wrote a review of the note-taking application Tomboy. Though I find Tomboy exceptionally useful, I had a minor issue with the inability to create new notebooks from within a note. Within hours of the review appearing on Linux.com, Boyd Timothy, one of the app's developers mentioned in the article's comments that my idea had merit and said he would add the feature to an upcoming build. True to his word, he did.

Linux up that Laptop!

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Linux

web4everyone.blogspot: I got the idea the other day that it would be great to sit in my recliner and check my email via my laptop. The only problem was, well, I didn't really have a laptop. Hmmm; or did I? I did have an old IBM Thinkpad 600 with a Pentium II processor.

Windows XP SP3 vs. Ubuntu upgrade to 8.04

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OS

blogs.techrepublic.com: So a few friends of mine have all suffered from the Windows XP SP3 update plague that has rendered some machine in need of a complete re-install and some machines just acting as if they have been infected by some form of PC-west-nile. So instead of making fun of them for once again getting pimp-slapped by Microsoft, I thought I would try to suffer their same pain by updating my primary machine (currently running Ubuntu 7.10) to Hardy Herron 8.04.

Test Latest Builds With KDE4Daily 4.1

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KDE

dot.kde.org: With the release of 4.1 on the horizon, and initiatives such as Krush days, recent call for help with documentation, and the perennial need for localisation it is very useful for end users to be able to easily get their hands on up-to-date builds of KDE4, preferably without having to wait for their chosen distro to provide packages. As was the case with the run up to KDE4.0, KDE4Daily VM aims to provide such a service.

few more howtos:

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HowTos
  • (easy) LVM on Gentoo

  • Linux Find SCSI Hard Disk Info
  • SELinux - Highly Secured Web Hosting for Python-based Web Applications
  • Trendnet - TEW55UB USB Wireless Adapter on Linux
  • Installing Opera 9.5 Beta 2 on Ubuntu Linux
  • Linux and the health of your disk

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 254

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: A look at OpenSolaris 2008.05

  • News: openSUSE's final testing push, interviews with Paul Frields and Mark Shuttleworth, plans for upcoming Xubuntu and CentOS, Linux.com on Famelix and NimbleX, Zenwalk's new Netpkg
  • Released last week: Absolute Linux 12.1, Ultimate Linux 1.8, MiniMe 2008.0
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 11.0 RC1
  • New additions: Untangle Gateway
  • New distributions: Freezy Linux, Lapis Linux, PTS LiveCD
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

GPL Project Watch List for Week of 05/23

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OSS

gpl3.blogspot: The GPL v3 Watch List is intended to give you a snapshot of the GPLv3/LGPLv3 adoption for May 17th through May 23rd, 2008. This Week: Interview With Marco Barulli on Their New AGPL Suite, GPL v3 Numbers, and New Projects.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Fedora 9: Drumrolls with Linux Hydrogen

  • OpenSuse 11 and WiFi
  • Making the most of your browser screen real estate
  • KDE Tip - Switch NumLock On at Startup
  • OpenOffice automation for custom reports

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 26 May 2008

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Gentoo

gentoo.org: The May issue of the Gentoo Monthly Newsletter has been released. In this month's issue: Gentoo Foundation status, Summer of Code interview, network monitoring, and more!

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 92

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Ubuntu

ubuntu.com: Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #92 for the week May 18th - May 24th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu Developer Summit Intrepid Ibex, Ubuntu Live canceled, new Ubuntu Membership Approval Boards to meet, new Ubuntu Universe Contributors, a new Launchpad podcast, and much, much more.

Firefox 3 Tip: Easily View Privacy And Security Information For Individual Sites

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Moz/FF

watchingthenet.com: One thing that frustrated me the most with Firefox 2 was trying to view security information for individual sites.

Mars Phoenix Lander - A Victory for Open Source

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OSS
Sci/Tech

ostatic.com: Space agencies were some of the first places you could find open source software "in the wild". Being natural early adopters, cash-strapped and very inquisitive they naturally took to the concept.

AMD Releases Stream SDK For Linux

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Software

phoronix.com: Earlier this month we announced that AMD would soon be releasing their Stream SDK for Linux, and just before the start of the weekend this inaugural release had occurred. The Linux release of the AMD Stream SDK v1.1 Beta brings both CAL and Brook+ for those using ATI/AMD graphics hardware. This v1.1 Beta release is also in tune with the new beta release for Microsoft Windows XP.

Making that old PC useful

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Linux

celettu.wordpress: I’ve recently upgraded my pc with new hardware, and I’ve been using it as a test machine ever since, something to try the new Ubuntu or Mandriva on. Both Mandriva and Ubuntu ran well on that old PC.

$200 computers

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Linux
Hardware

purinchu.net: Grandma goes to the store to see about replacing the computer with something inexpensive. Really inexpensive. After a bit more asking the clerk goes, “Well, we do have 1 machine in the back. Every store has only gotten one, but it’s only $200. Of course, it turned out that it runs Linux.

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