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Make your own Wayback Machine or Time Machine in GNU/Linux with rsnapshot

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A good backup system can help you recover from a lot of different kinds of situations: a botched upgrade (requiring re-installation), a hard drive crash, or even thumb-fingered users deleting the wrong file. In practice, though I’ve experienced all of these, it’s the last sort of problem that causes me the most pain. Sometimes you just wish you could go back a few days in time and grab that file. What you want is something like the Internet Archive’s “Wayback Machine”, but for your own system. Here’s how to set one up using the rsnapshot package (included in the Debian and Ubuntu distributions).

Read the full howto at Free Software Magazine.

Atlanta Linux Fest 2009

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I interviewed Nick Ali, one of the great minds behind the Atlanta LinuxFest 2009. See what he has to tell us, and why you shouldn’t miss it if you’re lucky enough to be nearby on September 19th, 2009!

Read the full interview at Free Software Magazine

Five Open Source Flash Card Apps to Make Rote Learning Easier

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ostatic.com/blog: Chances are, when you've needed to learn something by rote memorization you've turned to flash cards (multiplication tables, anyone?). There are plenty of ways to learn things that require instant recall but few are as effective as flash cards. The next time you need to memorize a bunch of facts, give one of these desktop and mobile open source flash cards applications a try.

4 Children’s Linux Applications To Keep Your Kids Ahead of the Game

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makeuseof.com: Today we’re going to continue our journey through the Ubuntu software repository looking for more children’s Linux educational software. As more and more parents allow their children to use the computer, setting up your kids with a Linux distribution makes even more sense:

Top 10 Benefits of CentOS over Fedora

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blog.taragana.com: CentOS is often compared to Fedora in various Internet forums. Let's see 10 benefits of CentOS over Fedora.

Linux 2.6.31's best five features

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blogs.computerworld: Lately, most of the improvements in the Linux kernel have been for server users. In the latest release though, Linux 2.6.31, most of the best goodies are for Linux desktop users. Here's my list of the top five improvements.

eyeOS 2.0 rethinks its webtop for 2010

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h-online.com: The eyeOS developers have announced that eyeOS 2.0 will be available on January 1st, 2010. EyeOS, dubbed the "cloud computing operating system" by its creators, is a webtop environment where a server presents the users desktop within a web browser.

Haiku OS Beta 1: Simple Is Beautiful

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informationweek.com: After years of quiet but steady development, Haiku OS finally has its first beta. Here comes a new competitor for the desktop -- not just with Windows or OS X, but Linux,too.

OpenSolaris vs Linux

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tuxradar.com: So you've been playing around with alternative OSes for a while and you reckon you've got this Linux thing mastered. Maybe you're tried Mac OS X and found it a bit too restrictive (or expensive); perhaps you've kicked the Hurd's tyres and thought you'll come back to it when it's something more than just a clever name. If you're looking for something else to play with, we humbly suggest OpenSolaris.

Mandriva 64bit Review

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raiden.net: Mandriva 64 Linux Powerpack is one of four editions of the Linux desktop produced by Mandriva. Others are Mandriva Flash, Linux One and Mandriva Linux Free, both of which are free to download.. It also supports KDE 4.2, and GNOME 2.26. Mandriva Linux Powerpack is the commercial edition, and costs 49 EUR.

Trisquel 3.0 STS Linux (Dwyn)

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desktoplinuxreviews.com: I came across another interesting Linux distribution today called Trisquel Linux. Trisquel is geared more toward Linux purists since it focuses on providing truly free software without any non-free stuff.

Users nervous about Oracle's acquisition of MySQL

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infoworld.com: The European Union is not the only one antsy about Oracle taking possession of the open source MySQL database should the commercial database giant's merger with Sun Microsystems get final approval. So are MySQL users.

15 Relatively Unknown Linux Apps

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laptoplogic.com: Most people go for the big apps when switching to Linux, and for good reason: they are easy to find, usually very polished, often updated, and there's a lot of online documentation for them. What if you're not looking for the most popular, but instead the best app for you?

Opera 10 Review - Opera's Turn To Catch Up!

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eweekeurope.co.uk: Less innovation than we're used to but increased customisation options, a mail client and new turbo mode show Opera hasn't run out of ideas yet.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 320

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: A distro odyssey, part 2 - the Arch way
  • News: Oracle's Solaris plans, early look at OpenSolaris 2010.2, updated openSUSE 11.1 images, new artwork for Ubuntu, interview with Debian's Meike Reichle, Kongoni and Trisquel on FSF's free list
  • Released last week: Linux Mint 7 "Xfce", Absolute Linux 13.0, DesktopBSD 1.7, moonOS 3
  • Upcoming releases: Mandriva Linux 2010 RC1, Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 6
  • New additions: Incognito LiveCD
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Creature comforts for Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

h-online.com: The upcoming version 9.10 of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, code-named "Karmic Koala", is is approaching its October release.

The A-Z of programming languages: Groovy

computerworld.com.au: In this interview Groovy Project Manager, Guillaume Laforge, tells the development story behind the language and why he thinks it is grooving its way into enterprises around the world.

BFS Scheduler Benchmarks

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phoronix.com: A few weeks back Con Kolivas returned to the Linux kernel scene after parting ways with kernel development for two years. Con, who has contributed a great deal to the Linux kernel in the past particularly with CPU schedulers, returned and introduced BFS.

today's odd & ends:

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News
  • Ohio LinuxFest is ready for 40 Years
  • How to turn your old PC into a home media server
  • Recover data with Linux
  • Security vs. Utility
  • openSUSE-LXDE Live CD 1.0.0
  • Tomorrow's World classics go online
  • Is ZipTie a good candidate for a fork?
  • Small Tip - Copy and paste on Linux
  • Celebrate Software Freedom Day on September 19!
  • Ubuntu r0xx! on The IT Crowd

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Ubuntu 9.04 Eye Candy
  • Running Warcraft 3 in Widescreen in Linux/Ubuntu
  • Kernel Compilation - The Debian way
  • Disable Ubuntu 9.04 Notifications
  • How to configure Firestarter firewall on Zenwalk 6.2
  • vCard printing with Scribus
  • Ubuntu Gaming made easy with PlayDeb
  • Fun and Profit with Liferea Conversion Filters
  • Hidden text files and the mysterious ~
  • Set Gmail As Your Default Mail Client In Firefox
  • Kernel Modules in Haskell
  • Enable GNOME Support in Firefox 3.5 with Ubuntu 9.04
  • Advanced Urban Terror Setup
  • Password less ssh login using RSA/DSA authentication in Fedora 11
  • Turn your Linux machine into a PDF printer
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