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Story Painting Sound with ARSS and Gimp srlinuxx 25/05/2010 - 9:32pm
Story Valve's Linux Play May Lead More Games To Follow Suit srlinuxx 25/05/2010 - 9:29pm
Story I've Installed Linux, Now What? srlinuxx 25/05/2010 - 9:27pm
Story SimplyMEPIS 8.5 Review srlinuxx 25/05/2010 - 7:47pm
Story What's the faster browser on Earth? srlinuxx 25/05/2010 - 7:45pm
Story Linux Mint 9 Review srlinuxx 25/05/2010 - 7:43pm
Story VIA's Linux Dreams Are Not Materializing srlinuxx 2 25/05/2010 - 7:29pm
Story 6 things Microsoft needs to do before I’ll take Windows seriously srlinuxx 25/05/2010 - 5:28pm
Story Fedora 13 – Linux for Applephobes srlinuxx 25/05/2010 - 5:25pm
Story GIMP vs. The World srlinuxx 25/05/2010 - 5:22pm

Raymond, Nelson critical of new planned license for open source peripherals

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Legal

Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) is sponsoring a plan to encourage and popularize the idea of open source -- for hardware components. The organization released a draft of an open source license for computer hardware this month, and issued a public call for comments on the draft. The new license is already drawing criticism from prominent members of the open source community.

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Review: Sabayon Linux

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There is a newer distro in town, gaining traction. Sabayon Linux is an installable, Gentoo based live Cd/DVD. It has the stated goal of being 100% Gentoo compatible. A lot of attention has been paid to the Sabayon brand. Theming is consistent and striking. Sabayon is one of the best looking distros I have used.

New Open Source Group to Focus on Apps

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OSS

A new open source advocacy group is about to launch with a focus on applications rather than open source standards, internetnews.com has learned.

UnixODBC CLI Install and Configuration

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HowTos

For those of you that may not know what unixodbc does, "ODBC is an open specification for providing application developers with a predictable API with which to access Data Sources. Data Sources include SQL Servers and any Data Source with an ODBC Driver." They include a text file driver as an example of a non-SQL source. Two examples are Asterisk and OpenOffice.org.

Micro How-To: MySQL

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HowTos

MySQL communicates through either local unix sockets or over TCP/IP port 3306 (default). Database names, tables, field names, and passwords are case sensitive. SQL Commands are not case sensitive.

Free Works in Africa

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OSS

iSolemamba school is in Durban, South Africa. Like every other school on the planet, it needed a computer lab. Basic infrastructure costs were covered, but there wasn't much money left over to buy computer equipment. Fortunately for the school was Linux and open-source software.

Testing RAID-1 on OpenSUSE

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SUSE

As I described in another post, I wanted to test RAID technology on my GNU/Linux OpenSUSE configuration. My intent is to see what happens when a hard drive fails, as it is supposed to protect me against it. But I prefer to test rather than believe the hype. Just after that I will need to observe what happens when we plug a new drive to replace the failed one. And I will suppose that once again it’s a different drive.

Debian release may slip to March

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The release of the upcoming version of Debian may slip to March, according to one of the two release managers for the Linux distribution.

ROX Desktop provides light, quirky alternative to GNOME and KDE

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Software

The ROX Desktop is a lightweight alternative to GNOME or KDE built around the ROX-Filer file manager. The project's name is an abbreviation of "RISC OS on X." The ROX Desktop's performance is reminiscent of IceWM, and it's noticeably faster opening programs than GNOME or KDE. However, its speed comes at the expense of a needlessly redundant default configuration, and some users may balk at some of the assumptions its design makes about how they prefer to work.

Faking the FOSS

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OSS

Do your ever wonder if some self-proclaimed open source projects really 'get it' what it means to truly be about being 'free and open source' versus just using FOSS for other means? Sometimes I really have to wonder, because I keep running into examples where projects touting open source software engage in behavior where they glaringly contradict the holistic and philosophical embrace of its ideals. There's a lot of faking the FOSS going on out there.

WINE Gaming: Steam, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Counter Strike Source And 1.6

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Gaming
HowTos

Half Life 2 and Counter Strike are two of the most popular First Person Shooters available. These games are available for Windows PCs in first place. A growing number of people uses Linux as their major operating system and does not want to renounce their favored games. This HOWTO should make it possibly for anybody to get Steam working with Wine.

The Importance of Video Settings on Linux

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Linux

It's maddening. For someone who is trying make a daily use of what is to be considered a beginner friendly distribution for the first time, most options leave a lot to be desired for the uninitiated. More often than not, new Linux users find that everything works great at first only to discover that setting up something as common as a dual-head monitor configuration requires editing your xorg.conf file. If you are coming from a non-Linux environment, this can be a fairly frightening proposition.

Also: PC-BSD vs. Linux Distributions: A Mega Battle

Top 5 OSS Action Leaders

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OSS

I know that the original question was "Who are the top 5 OSS thought leaders", and that's been covered by several folks already. I'm going to ask a similar, but different question. Who are the top 5 entities that have brought OSS into everyday (enterprise & commercial) use?

Display MythTV on an HDTV

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HowTos

Two major components come into play when you attempt to display MythTV content in HD—the video output device in your MythTV box and whatever high-definition display you use—especially the inputs it makes available.

A Week with Gentoo 2006.1: Day 2

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Gentoo

Operating on the assumption that I was using a bad DVD burn, I downloaded the Gentoo 2006.1 LiveCD x86, Gentoo 2006.1 LiveCD AMD64, and the manual installation mini disc. I plan on getting this bad boy installed!

Xrandr 1.2

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Software
HowTos

Since I got my 20" widescreen monitor in the summer, I discovered how bad X's support for resizing displays is. I wanted to have the ability to plug my laptop into the 20" display in the office and expand the desktop to 1680x1050, or remove the 20" display and shrink the desktop back down to the native resolution of 1024x768. Then I heard about xrandr 1.2.

Where Can SUSE Linux Be Used?

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SUSE

Most IT directors ask this question first. The case for using Linux has already been made in the popular IT press, and organizations understand that Linux is now a viable option when anything Unix needs to be deployed.

Performing Brain Surgery On Yourself

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Linux

Some years ago Linux creator Linux Torvalds famously compared changing operating systems to “performing brain surgery on yourself”. I’ve quoted him often because so many people seem to have unrealistic expectations when they pick up a Linux DVD or CD-ROM. I’ve recently received a couple of e-mails in response to my articles here on O’Reillynet that illustrate Linus’ point beautifully.

Install Beryl on Ubuntu Feisty with AIGLX for Nvidia

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HowTos

This weekend was my Feisty testing weekend, this morning I decided to add Beryl to the mix and, as usual, I’m really impressed with what a community of open source coders can do!

Swedish Armed Forces switches from Windows to Linux

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Linux

Red Hat announced today that the Swedish Armed Forces would be protecting Sweden with Red Hat Enterprise Linux rather than NT. The Swedes feel much safer. Smile

Also: Texas, Minnesota may abandon Microsoft for open standards
And: Russian Schools to Switch to Linux After Microsoft Piracy Case

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