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Introduction to Firestarter

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freesoftware mag: Most modern GNU/Linux distributions are secure with their default minimal installs, whether desktop or server, while some distributions are designed specifically with security in mind. However, any GNU/Linux distribution that needs services available to other users or systems will need either enhanced or configurable security.

Move over, wget! Mirroring sites with httrack

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Software Wget is great; I use it all the time for simple and *ahem* "bulk" downloads. But when you're after the spirit of a web page, httrack seems to do a much more thorough job. Turning a site from dynamic content has never been easier.

today's leftovers:

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  • Sneak Peak: Firefox 3

  • Adobe Flash Player 9 Update 3 Beta 2 available for Linux
  • The Etherboot/gPXE BoF from LinuxWorld 2007 (videos)
  • Acer launches new “Value Segment” notebooks
  • Managing Linux with Active Directory the Centrify way
  • How much do open source license terms matter?
  • OOXML: Brazil Says NO
  • The 10 most useful applications in Ubuntu
  • Mozilla scheduled to launch Firefox Campus Edition

More time needed for Palm's Foleo

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c|net: Barron's Tech Trader Daily blog spotted a research note from Deutsche Bank's Jonathan Goldberg saying that Palm has delayed the launch of the Foleo, a Linux-based "mobile companion" that looks like a laptop.

Microsoft kills its ‘Get the Facts’ anti-Linux site

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Mary Jo Foley: It was a long time in coming. But Microsoft has finally acknowledged that its anti-Linux site had gone past the point of usefulness. On August 23, Microsoft pulled plug on the “Get the Facts” site, replacing it with a new Windows Server “Compare” site.

Open source companies to watch

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LinuxWorld: Open source is making its way into more and more enterprises with cheap, robust alternatives to solutions offered by proprietary software vendors. Read this article to learn about eight open source companies worth watching.

Also: What’s become of last year’s open source companies to watch?

The 40 coolest free applications around

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seopher: Everyone loves free software (open source or otherwise) and this list demonstrates quite how many excellent applications can be had for free. If you thought you needed to buy something - maybe check this list first.

Review: Xubuntu 7.04 revisited

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click: After trying quite a few Linux distributions that offer Xfce desktops (Slackware, Vector, ZenWalk, Debian), it was time to revisit Xubuntu 7.04, install it from scratch and see how it fares.

Sidux 2007-03.1 "Gaia": A closer look

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Unless you're able to deal with such esoteric problems as diagnosing a buggy post-install script, or figuring out how to deal with a major change in the directory structure of, you might occasionally find running a Debian Sid-based system to be more than you can handle. And that's where Sidux comes in. Sidux's goal is to allow mere mortals the ability to run Debian Sid on the desktop, in order to take advantage of the latest Debian software available. Its development team helps guide its users through the occasional bumps in Sid, via IRC and its user forum. Another goal is to offer a consistent release cycle. Sidux comes with a variety of "convenience scripts" and utilities you won't find in Debian proper, that make it easier to do such things as administer your system and install proprietary software.

Linux: CFS Updates, -v20

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kernelTRAP: Ingo Molnar announced version 20 of his Completely Fair Scheduler patchset, offering further cleanups for the new scheduler code that will be part of the upcoming 2.6.23 kernel, "there have been lots of small regression fixes, speedups, debug enhancements and tidy-ups - many of which can be user-visible."

Glick brings better standalone application bundles to Linux

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arstechnica: There is value in experiments that aim to provide insight into the potential of alternate application deployment solutions or new technologies that could be used to augment existing package management systems. One such experiment is Glick.

Microsoft's Open Source Trashware

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eWeek: I recently took a look at Microsoft's most active open-source projects and—there's no polite way to say this—they are all junk.

Some Howtos:

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  • How to use GNOME to manage end users' desktops on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

  • Quick Tip: Firefox Ctrl+Tab Popup Menu Switcher
  • Automated failover and recovery of virtualized guests in Advanced Platform
  • Ubuntu: Mounting remote filesystem using sshfs (FUSE)
  • Beryl - Compiz-Fusion crash with Video playback?
  • How-To Configure “Hidden” Compiz/Xgl Effects (Updated)
  • Finding Advanced Settings on GNOME
  • /etc/rc.local
  • The awk Command
  • using the linux yes command

Linux vs. BSD, What's the Difference?

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linuxdevcenter: Ubuntu is known as Linux for Human Beings. PC-BSD, on the other hand, "has been designed with the casual computer user in mind.

Comprehensive integrity verification with md5deep

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HowTos Most of the ISO images and other software you grab off the Internet come with a message digest -- a cryptographic hash value that you can use to verify their integrity. While almost all Linux distributions come with utilities to read and generate digests using MD5 and SHA1 hash functions, the md5deep utilities can do that and more.

Unboxing My Dell Inspiron with Ubuntu

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Ubuntu I spread out the CPU, LCD widescreen monitor, mouse, and keyboard on the living room floor. From there, I transferred all of the items to the office, and timed the set-up process: a quick 5 minutes and 49 seconds (Sorry Kyle's wife!) from plugging in to powering up to surfing After I got the Internet working, I decided to be brave and install our F5D7000 Belkin Wireless G Card all by myself!

Stable kernel is Out

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LWN: The stable kernel update is out. It contains about 20 patches for serious problems; none of them appear to be security-related.

Linux Servers Continue Growth

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Linux Electrons: According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew 6.3% year over year to $13.1 billion in the second quarter of 2007. This is the fifth consecutive quarter of positive revenue growth and the highest Q2 server revenue since the market peaked in 2000.

Managing and keeping tabs of network traffic on Linux

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Rudd-O: Is your Net connection slow? Ever wonder what the hell’s going down the wire? Here are five free and effective tools to diagnose network traffic issues.

Total lunar eclipse set to turn Moon red

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iTWire: Early Tuesday morning, August 28, 2007, a colorful lunar eclipse will be visible from Australia, parts of Asia, Japan, and most of the Americas. In the United States, the western part of the country will be favored with the best conditions.

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