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My sysadmin toolbox by Nikos Mouat

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Software

In the article "My sysadmin toolbox" NewsForge asked readers to "let us know about your most valuable utilities." Well, here are mine.

Development Release: Mandriva Linux 2006.1-0.3 (Beta)

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MDV

The developers of Mandriva Linux have quietly released what appears to be a public beta of Mandriva Linux 2006.1. This release comes with many updated packages.

Accessibility Support Using Linux

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Software

The advent of the personal computer offered the first opportunity for enterprising software and hardware developers to create widely available, and more importantly, affordable systems with accessibility features, or as otherwise known, assistive technology.

FreeOrion 0.3 Released

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Gaming

A few days ago, the development team released FreeOrion v0.3, the first edition of the game to incorporate production and research. While it's still early on in the development process, v0.3 showcases enough of the design, development, and art behind the project that we felt it was time to come out of hiding.

The Year Ahead: Vista, Linux And M&As, Oh My!

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Misc

After a relatively strong second half of 2005, the outlook for the new year is mixed: CIO confidence is modestly declining, demand for IT is expected to fluctuate, yet strong, long-term growth, with no visible prospects for any measurable downturn, is part of the forecast.

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Using the 'snort' Intrusion Detection System

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HowTos

Snort is the leading open source Network Intrusion Detection System and is a valuable addition to the security framework at any site. Even if you are employing lots of preventative measures, such as firewalling, patching, etc., a detection system can give you an assurance that your defences truly are effective, or if not, will give you valuable information about what you need to improve.

PCLinuxOS - A distribution tailor made for New Linux Users

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Reviews

When ever I have reviewed a Linux distribution I have used, I get one or two comments on PCLinuxOS. And when I wrote an article called "The best Linux distribution of them all", among the 75 or so comments, I got no less than 10 comments talking favorably about PCLinuxOS. Having piqued my curiosity, I decided to download and give PCLinuxOS a test drive.

2005 Top Articles

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Linux

See Reallylinux.com's top articles for 2005. They range from "Moving to Linux" to "Windows to Linux a Beginner's Guide."

PHP: Three Versions, One Promise

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Software

PHP has long been a favorite dynamic programming language for Web developers. After 10 years of growth, 2006 looks to be a banner year for the open source language as its collaboration framework, partner ecosystem and the language itself are expected to grow and gain new users.

Provisioning for the Next Year

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Misc

As the year's end draws near, it is customary for journalists to list Top Stories from the year past and to make predictions for the year to come. But those are passive activities. They're what professional bystanders do: play-by-play, color commentary, op-edification. Journalists don't have to stand by any more. Their choices no longer are limited to writing or talking about What's Going On. They can be involved now. They can have effects.

Bandwidth monitoring with iptables

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HowTos

Linux has a number of useful bandwidth monitoring and management programs. A quick search on Freshmeat.net for bandwidth returns a number of applications. However, if all you need is a basic overview of your total bandwidth usage, iptables is all you really need -- and it's already installed if you're using a Linux distribution based on the 2.4.x or 2.6.x kernels.

Methods for running Linux on a Windows PC

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Software

There can be many methods getting Linux to run on a Windows box. I would always encourage to make the total switch to Linux but there can be good reasons to keep your Windows box intact. Fortunately there are many applications and methods that can allow one to use Linux on a Windows PC.

Best Tech Moments of 2005

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Sci/Tech

In the tech world, 2005 was a period of bold ideas and exciting breakthroughs -- shadowed, at times, by devastating reversals. Here are our picks for the 10 best tech moments of 2005.

DVD Support on Ubuntu Breezy

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Linux

The other evening I wanted to watch a DVD on my new laptop. When I originally setup my desktop PC I installed all the required libraries and codecs for DVDs etc., without keeping any record of where I got them from.

Evesham/AOpen Mini PC Plus

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Hardware

It's finally arrived - the first Mac Mini clone. Our review system was supplied by Evesham, but the barebone chassis is manufactured by AOpen and has been known as the 'Pandora'. Sadly this catchy name is gone - AOpen has re-named it the Mini PC, which is just plain boring. Anyhow, name aside, this is a really cool-looking little machine - it arguably looks even better than the Mac Mini, mainly due to its aluminium case.

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Return to Na Pali ...er ...Nepalinux

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Linux
Reviews
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A brand new distro has been released and Tuxmachines is on the case. NepaLinux is a Debian-based live and installation CD localised into the Nepali language, complete with Nepali fonts, input method, spell and grammar checker, dictionary, and GNOME theme. It was said, "With the launching of the software, Nepali people who are using pirated software can use Nepali software free of cost." Well, any purpose that produces a new linux distro is good enough for me. But can NepaLinux persuade windows pirates to switch?

Celebrity Deathmatch: Windows XP vs SUSE Linux

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Microsoft
SUSE

The mission that I set for myself some months ago was to find a desktop Linux worthy of replacing Windows XP—to rejoin the world of free software. A friend of mine in Minneapolis was using a Linux that I had never tried before: SUSE Linux. Goodbye, Windows XP. Goodbye, Fedora. Hello, SUSE.

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