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Type Titlesort icon Author Replies Last Post
Story Krusader: one file manager to rule them all srlinuxx 14/10/2008 - 2:44pm
Story KSnapshot gains free-region capture srlinuxx 26/10/2010 - 3:39am
Story KSnapshot: My KDE App of the Day srlinuxx 26/02/2007 - 9:46pm
Story Ksplice - Never reboot your Linux srlinuxx 23/12/2009 - 6:33pm
Story Ksplice Now Free for Fedora Users srlinuxx 31/08/2010 - 10:51pm
Story Ksplice, Rebootless Linux Kernel Security Updates srlinuxx 25/04/2008 - 9:40pm
Story KSpread vs. OpenOffice.org Calc srlinuxx 10/03/2007 - 9:46pm
Story KStars Image Challenge srlinuxx 13/11/2007 - 10:09pm
Story KTAP Dynamic Tracing Called For Merging Into Linux Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 29/03/2014 - 9:21am
Story kteatime - Small tray utility which reminds you of steeping tea srlinuxx 11/05/2008 - 10:54am

Linux for Newbies

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Linux

Pimp Your Linux: Are you interested in moving to Linux, but have no idea how the terminal works? Are you used to commands like “dir” in dos, but have no idea how to do them in Linux? This is a great guide to get you started with the basic commands.

Using Ubuntu: What Package Did This File Come From?

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HowTos

the How-To Geek: How many times have you noticed a file sitting in a directory and wondered… where did this file come from? Or you are trying to tell a friend how to use a utility but he doesn't have it installed, and you can't remember what package you installed to get it.

What?!?!? Linux now NEEDS Microsoft?!?!?

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Penguin Pete: Nothing's more disappointing than watching the dunce in the corner suddenly appear to be on the verge of getting his first clue, only to get distracted and go back to rooting in his nostril at the last second. Groans all around! Well, that zany SJVN is at it again.

US Department of Defense: We love open source lots and lots

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OSS

Matt Asay: Dave, who was clearly being held back by me over at Open Sources, the Department of Defense's latest Software Tech News, and highlights some interesting factoids (though he fails to read pages 37-38, which focus on Alfresco Wink:

Suse updates put Linux and Windows side by side

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SUSE

the inquirer: NOVELL HAS FINALLY introduced Service Pack 1 for Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10, delivering improved virtualisation and quad-core support, it said.

Barloworld builds on open source, Drupal

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Drupal

tectonic: Automotive engineers Barloworld CVT Technologies have set up on online presence using open source software and the Drupal content management system.

Also: The World Bank goes open-source

Google Killing Microsoft?

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Google

Blog of Gentoo: I just read a digg story, titled "The Google Product That Could Kill Microsoft". So, here I am, thinking about it bit more. I will go over this in a little more detail:

Also: The Gears that could ‘augur the death of Microsoft’

Microphones & Skype on Ubuntu

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HowTos

geeky bits: Today I installed Skype in Ubuntu 7.04. There can be a number of problems running Skype in Ubuntu. Yet my biggest concern was getting my microphone working.

Splitting Apache Logs With vlogger

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HowTos

Vlogger is a little tool with which you can write Apache logs broken down by virtual hosts and days.

Dual Monitors With Ubuntu

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HowTos

lockergnome blogs: Over and over, I hear people asking me “how do I get dual monitors working in Ubuntu“. Well today, I will show you (note the video) how to make this easy with a fairly modern NVIDIA card, two flat screen LCDs (one DVI, the other VGA) and a little understanding how getting two monitors working in Ubuntu Linux is a snap, once you understand the basics.

Visuwords: WordNet goes graphical

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Software

linux.com: WordNet is one of the best English language references available, but its command-line and rather primitive graphical interfaces don't really do it justice. WordNet would greatly benefit from a graphical front-end similar to Visual Thesaurus that allows you to view and explore the connections between different words. Fortunately, there is a tool that does exactly that.

Blocking ad servers with dnsmasq

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HowTos

Debian Administration: I was chatting with a colleague over IRC on Tuesday and he was complaining about the new update for Bind9 that broke his automatic blocking of ad servers. Naturally I was curious and asked him what he was talking about..

Torvalds doesn’t live in Indiana

Paul Murphy: The trouble with the worker’s paradise idea is that it takes a dictator to make it happen - meaning that the happier the workers and useful idiots proclaim themselves, the worse off they are likely to actually be.

24-hour test drive: PC-BSD

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BSD

arstechnica: PC-BSD is not a Linux distribution, but rather what could be considered among the first major FreeBSD-based distributions to live outside of the official FreeBSD. Like most distributions, it has implemented certain features in a way that attempts to distinguish it from the competition, and I will focus mostly on these differences.

Linux gaming

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Gaming

kahvipapu: Linux might not have as much games as Windows (or game consoles) but people enjoying this wonderful open source operating system can have fun with games too, as there are a lot of free games for Linux available, even some huge commercial ones. So what’s the state of Linux gaming?

Green Linux to attack power consumption

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Linux

vnunet.com: The Linux Foundation has formed a "Green Linux" initiative that will focus on reducing the open source operating system's power consumption.

Also: No politics please, we’re Linux

Quake 4 v1.4.2

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Gaming

linuxgames: id Software has made the 1.4.2 Point Release for Quake 4 available. Changes include: Refined hitboxes, Optimized sound and network code, Configurable fps caps, & Weapon balancing.

Linux printing steps toward simplicity

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Linux

desktoplinux: The Linux Foundation last week announced the free availability of the Linux Standard Base Driver Development Kit for print drivers. The DDK provides the tools and resources for printing manufacturers to easily support all Linux distributions with one driver package, greatly reducing the time and effort needed to support Linux, a foundation spokesperson said.

Mandriva and Microsoft

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MDV

dvalin Karlsen: Adam has already unofficially dismissed rumours on François' part, but still I feel like pointing out the obviousness everybody with some real knowledge of Mandriva should've spotted..

Top Five Amarok Tips

techgage: Amarok is one of the best audio players for Linux, but there is a lot more it can do than just play your tunes. We are taking a look at our top five tips of things you can do with this amazing player.

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