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Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r5 Released

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Linux

The current stable version of Debian GNU/Linux has been updated to include all recent security and bug-fix patches. This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems.

Fedora 7 Test 1 Preview

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Linux
Reviews

Fedora, formerly known as Red Hat Linux, is a popular distribution that, unlike other distributions, had two major code bases, but now that has changed. Starting with FC 7, core and extras are now merged so it would be the best of both worlds into this latest distribution.

Microsoft, Mozilla look into browser flaws

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Security

Microsoft and Mozilla are each working to tackle recently disclosed security flaws in the Internet Explorer and Firefox Web browsers.

Let Sudo Insult You When You Screw Up

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HowTos

I recently found a fun feature available within the sudo program that will insult you when you do the wrong thing such as enter your password incorrectly. I’ll tell you how you can activate the feature for a few laughs and also give a few examples of what insults you might get.

Using nullfs:

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HowTos

The nullfs filesystem is a passthrough filesystem. When nullfs is mounted it - literally copies the filesystem transaction. If a file is deleted, nullfs simply transmits the information down to the lower filesystem. Conversely, if a file is created, it does the same and tacks on all of the data needed for the filesystem underneath. Why is that a good thing? Where did nullfs come from and why?. What else, if anything, is it good for?

First Experiences with Windows Vista

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Microsoft

I’ve been a long time Linux user, recently someone asked me what were the advantages of Linux compared to Windows Vista, to be honest I didn’t know the answer primarily because I had never used Windows Vista. So I bought myself a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate and setup a machine with it.

NVIDIA 1.0-9XXX / 2.0-XXXX Details

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Software

Since last month's general availability of Microsoft Windows Vista, NVIDIA has introduced the Forceware 100.XX series. The quality of this driver has been very debatable. However, the Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris drivers remain in the 1.0-9XXX series. In this article, we are shedding the first light on what will likely become the NVIDIA 2.0-XXXX display driver for Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD.

Desktop Effects Updates

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SUSE

I frequently include the Beryl project ( which is derived from Compiz) in my demos to show what is possible with the technology. However, I don’t use Beryl for my day-to-day window manager. David Reveman recently posted some new info on Compiz on a freedesktop.org mailing list. Some of the information is lower-level technical planning stuff, but it does show some of the things he and the compiz community are working on.

Ghost Rider a fun ride

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Movies
Reviews

You're gonna read a lot of bad reviews aimed at "Ghost Rider"; go check RottenTomatoes to get your fill. Every one of them miss the point. This is the kind of movie you go to see for the cheese. It's an adaptation of a comic book with lots of CGI. So sit back, munch the pop corn, and just go with the Rider. It was a great way to spend a few hours Saturday.

'Interface nazis' in Torvalds' line of fire

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Software

A spat between Linux creator Linus Torvalds and the GNOME desktop developers has been reignited and, if anything, it shows the different mindset that exists between the pure geek and the crowd who want to see commercial success.

Run Your Own Webradio Station With Icecast2 And Ices2

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Linux
HowTos

This tutorial describes how to set up an audio streaming server with Icecast2. In order that Icecast2 can stream audio to listeners we install Ices2. Ices2 is a program that sends audio data to an Icecast2 server to broadcast to clients. Ices2 can either read audio data from disk (Ogg Vorbis files), or sample live audio from a sound card and encode it on the fly. In this article we will let Ices2 read .ogg files from the local hard disk.

German agency funds RP open source project

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OSS

AN INTERNATIONAL agency funded by the German government has poured in some 313,000 euros into a project that seeks to train and produce more Filipino software developers with expertise in open source development.

ICDL GCC Foundation raises public awareness

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Misc

ICDL GCC Foundation, the governing body and certification authority of the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) program in the Gulf States, has recently called on the general public to be aware of the choices available for operating systems and common productivity software as part of its digital literacy program.

OpenCola - Open Source Coca Cola

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Misc

If you’ve been to a computer show in recent months you might have seen it: a shiny silver drink can with a ring-pull logo and the words “opencola” on the side. Inside is a fizzy drink that tastes very much like Coca-Cola. Or is it Pepsi?There’s something else written on the can, though, which sets the drink apart. It says “check out the source at opencola.com.”

Also: Free Beer

My Desktop Arcade Revival - part 2

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Gaming
HowTos

Or.. How to set up your own desktop arcade on Linux using XMAME...

Once you've installed XMAME on whatever system you use, find the 'roms' directory by typing:

locate xmame | grep roms

Building the £50 laptop

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OLPC

The first £50 OLPC laptops could ship to children in emerging economies within months. PC Advisor speaks to the people behind the project to see how they made the impossible possible.

When plans to build and distribute a £50 laptop to schoolchildren in emerging economies were first announced two years ago, the people behind the scheme had their fair share of critics.

Lord of the Rings Online Gameplay Preview - Screenshots

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Gaming

If you aren’t playing the closed beta of the new Lord of the Rings MMORPG - Shadows of Angmar, hopefully these ingame screenshots will hold you over. Enjoy!

I started to understand Linus

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Software

Fact is that Linus has submitted some patches that seem to be very beneficial from the usability point of view. Besides, you can't just ignore Linus. What seems to be the problem with some GNOME developers and project managers (not only Jeff Waugh) is that they don't accept critical input, not even constructive one.

Getting a List of Packages and Package Sources from Ubuntu Linux

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HowTos

Lately, I'm finding myself setting up the same set of packages on Ubuntu as I build not just lots of virtual machines, but as I'm converting some of my Windows workstations and servers over to Ubuntu as well. To replicate the process, I looked at building a custom installation CD, but that seemd the wrong approach. Debian and Ubuntu have a handy way to get a list of everything that the aptitude package manager is keeping track of.

The future of packaging software in Linux

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Software

GNU/Linux is known for its diversity and freedom of choice. There are multiple window managers and desktop environments, many competing systems for handling sound, graphics and hardware autodetection. This diversity is the power and weakness of free software. Exactly the same problem concerns installing software in GNU/Linux. There are currently at least 5 popular ways of doing it:

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