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A first look at SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

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SUSE

The newest SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, version 10, is so close to being done that you can almost taste it. Novell released the gold master last week to its partners, and the server version, SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server), based on the same code, is also almost ready for release. This is an early review of the new version of SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop).

Smart Package Manager: a better mousetrap

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The Smart Package Manager hopes to beat the native package management applications for distributions like Red Hat, SUSE, and Debian at their own game. Still in beta, it has support for most major GNU/Linux package and repository formats. Smart introduces many innovative and useful ideas, but its killer feature is the algorithms it uses to select packages and versions.

KOffice Version 1.5.2 Released

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The KOffice team is pleased to announce KOffice version 1.5.2. This is mainly a bugfix release but also contains numerous translation updates. Especially KWord, KSpread and Kexi have received critical bug fixes.

VMware Server Is Cooked And Ready For Tasting

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VMware has made its server product generally available from Wednesday. The product, previously the paid-for GSX Server, has been free to download in beta form for months but is now cooked according to VMware.

Lotus Haters Gang Up On Notes for Linux

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After Lotus announced the release of the Lotus Notes 7.0.1 stand-alone client for Linux, IBM Lotus Chief Ed Brill conceded that the reaction was mixed... Which was a modest bit of understatement.

Real-life Gundam robot runs on Linux

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Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (ASIT) has just unleashed the latest in a long line of bipedal robots to come out of the R&D labs of this country.

Two Linux PCs Power 12-Station Internet Café

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HP, Blueloop and Omni partnered to deliver a 12-station Internet café running off two standard HP desktop computers at an international GroupWise conference held in Telford, UK.

Using DesktopBSD

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BSD

Like PC-BSD, DesktopBSD provides many features that will allow a complete Unix novice to start using the operating system immediately. Those already familiar with FreeBSD and the KDE desktop will recognize the tools underlying the GUI conveniences.

MySQL to draw curtain on older databases

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MySQL has published its first "end of life" timetable for its open-source database and will no longer provide free updates for some older versions of the product starting next month, it said this week.

Debian Server restored after Compromise

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One core Debian server has been reinstalled after a compromise and services have been restored. On July 12th the host gluck.debian.org has been compromised using a local root vulnerability in the Linux kernel. The intruder had access to the server using a compromised developer account.

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Repairing ReiserFS file system with reiserfsck

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HowTos

We have already written about ext2/ext3 file repair using fsck and other utilities. Linux comes with different filesystems and different repair utilities. To repair a ReiserFS filesystem you need to reiserfsck command which is a checking tool for the ReiserFS filesystem (just like fsck command for ext2/ext3 file system).

Also: Shell script to watch the disk space

Linux Breeds Boeing's New Jets

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Hawker de Havilland, the local arm of aircraft engineering giant Boeing, will retire its 30-year-old VAX system in favour of its new Linux-based environment in the manufacture of parts for the company's next-generation 787 jets.

OSDL taps director for Linux User Advisory Council

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The Open Source Development Labs appointed Colin Hope-Murray as its Linux User Advisory Council director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Linux looms large on world’s software horizon

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Linux vs. Microsoft — is this a legitimate contest? Will Microsoft remain a mighty empire forever? It’s not easy to predict the future of software development, but I am certain that the Linux phenomenon is a bright spot on the radar screen.

New book helps users master Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

A new book aimed at both new and experienced users of Ubuntu Linux is due out in August. The Official Ubuntu Book, from Prentice Hall ($34.99), covers all the important facets of the popular new Linux distribution, and features a foreword by Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth.

Updating and installing software in Ubuntu (Linux.com training videos)

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The first video in this pair shows you how to update all the software in your Ubuntu GNU/Linux installation in a single, big gulp. The second video shows you how easy it is to install and remove software with the Synaptic Package Manager.

Google joins OpenDocument group

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Google has joined a group that is promoting an OpenDocument Format standard that allows people to open documents regardless of the application they were created in.

Create mosaic movies with Perl, ImageMagick, and MPlayer

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Use Perl, ImageMagick, and MPlayer to create mosaic movies composed of frames from other movies. Zoom out from the center of a large text-overlay image made up of sequential frames of existing movies. Disassemble, composite, and encode your own mosaic-type movies for special promotional or home video events.

Overhauled CUPS: Improved Unix Printing

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CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) version 1.2 was released last month, bursting with over 90 fabulous new features and improvements. Today we'll take a look at them and decide how fabulous they really are.

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