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Story Pushing ahead with Fedora 12 srlinuxx 06/07/2009 - 5:06pm
Story Software SmackDown: SoftMaker Comes Out on Top? srlinuxx 06/07/2009 - 5:02pm
Story Debian developer clarifies Mono position srlinuxx 06/07/2009 - 4:59pm
Story KOffice 2.0 srlinuxx 06/07/2009 - 4:49pm
Story Epiphany - GNOME Web Browser Review Chris7mas 06/07/2009 - 3:42pm
Story Thunar File Manager Review - Good, Lightweight Alternative to Nautilus Chris7mas 06/07/2009 - 12:21pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 310 srlinuxx 06/07/2009 - 10:39am
Story Linux users wanted: non-geeks welcome srlinuxx 06/07/2009 - 10:36am
Story Microsoft and software morality srlinuxx 06/07/2009 - 10:34am
Story A Look At Opera 10.00 Beta srlinuxx 06/07/2009 - 10:32am

Interview with Robin Miller, Author of Point and Click OpenOffice.org

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Linux

Internet star Robin "Roblimo" Miller recently wrote "Point & Click OpenOffice.org", a work explaining this suite's basics. The book is meant to be easy and instructive, so that any user can be proficient in OOo in just a few minutes. This interview was conducted with Miller to learn a bit more about the book and its author.

Patch testing

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HowTos

Critical to the concept of patch management is testing. When applied indiscriminately, patches can override working drivers, break existing software, and change the links to key files. They may introduce new features that override services on which you rely. Best practices suggest that you test every patch before installing it on production computers. Ideally, you'll have one or more extra computers available for this purpose.

Core Web Application Development With PHP and MySQL

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Reviews

Book review: Overall the choice of topics provides a good solid overview both of the specifics of PHP and MySQL and also the broader issues of web application development. This makes the book a much more useful proposition than separate PHP and MySQL introductions.

Microsoft Faces EU Complaint From IBM, Nokia, Oracle

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Microsoft

International Business Machines Corp., Oracle Corp. and Nokia Oyj filed a new complaint against Microsoft Corp., accusing the world's largest software maker of abusing its dominance in products such as word processors and spreadsheets.

Razorback Servers Seized

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Web

It appears that one of the largest eDonkey2000 communities is no more. It is being reported the Federal Belgian Police have raided and seized Razorback2's servers. In addition, it is suspected the administrator of Razorback2 is currently in custody.

KDE Quickies: Award Voting, New Releases, Live CD, FOSDEM Talks

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KDE

LinuxQuestions.org launched their Members Choice Awards Polls. Plenty of KDE applications and KDE itself up for your votes. Krusader released 1.70.0 of their file manager. Kubuntu released a live CD with the latest KDE, KOffice and Amarok.

OSDL Mobile Linux Initiative

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Linux

The global mobile phone market is enjoying explosive growth. For the Linux software and related hardware markets, mobile phones are an opportunity to "break out" and enjoy greater market share in client devices, complementing the already important presence of Linux in the voice and data communications infrastructure.

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Firefox Essentials: Get To Know Your Profile

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Moz/FF

The longer you use Firefox, the more little things you'll collect that make your online life easier: bookmarks (known as "Favorites" to recovering Internet Explorer users), a History file listing sites you've visited, saved login names and passwords, and so on. Firefox puts almost all of this information, along with your extensions, browser plug-ins, cache and configuration files, in one place: your profile folder.

A concise explanation of I-Nodes

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HowTos

At any given time, a Linux machine will be having 10's and 1000's of files including both system as well as user files. File systems like ext2 or ext3 support file names of 255 characters length and can grow in sizes of up to 2 GB. Now managing these files and keeping track of which files contain what data could be a nightmare for any OS. To overcome this logistical nightmare, Linux uses what are called i-nodes to organise block allocations to files.

Devil's Advocate: Open source for government

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OSS

Despite the UK government's reluctance to embrace open source, Martin Brampton points out the many ways they're suited to each other - the least of which is cost.

Four Linux Games I Can't Stop Playing

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Gaming

The GNU/Linux operating system isn't exactly known for gaming, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any games on it that are worth playing. Recently I installed an array of different titles and, combined with some that I had already played, I've compiled a list of must-have GNU/Linux games (and a few "honorable mentions") to joyously erode your free time.

Linux Kernel Security in a Nutshell

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Security

Recently, I started looking more closely at some of the security add-ons for Linux and was surprised to find so many kernel-related projects out there. Now that I have been enlightened, I will share some of what I've learned. In this article, I'll give an overview of what's out there.

Why open source databases are ripe for acquisition in 2006

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OSS

The courtship of open source database vendor MySQL by Oracle, as well as MySQL's rejection of those advances, is only the beginning of another interesting year for databases.

Installing apps in a 32-bit chroot in AMD64

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HowTos

So you switched to the AMD64 architecture, installed the 'pure64′ flavour of Debian on it? Well, get prepared for some problems: no flashplugin for Firefox, no win32 codecs for MPlayer, no OpenOffice. Here's a way to install it along with the win32 and RealPlayer codecs, LIVE.com streaming support, and more.

Execute commands simultaneously on multiple servers

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HowTos

If you have multiple servers with similar or identical configurations (such as nodes in a cluster), it's often difficult to make sure the contents and configuration of those servers are identical. It's even more difficult when you need to make configuration modifications from the command line, knowing you'll have to execute the exact same command on a large number of systems (better get coffee first). You could try writing a script to perform the task automatically, but sometimes scripting is overkill for the work to be done. Fortunately, there's another way to execute commands on multiple hosts simultaneously.

SuSE 10.1 Beta4: Smells Like a Bad Factory

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Reviews
SUSE

The new installer is barely usable, it should be considered a pre-alpha, or more of a proof-of-concept: after you install the system, you can't do much with it!

GNOME 2.14 targets corporate desktops

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Software

The next version of GNOME will include a number of tools aimed at making it easier for administrators to deploy the Linux desktop environment in enterprises.

A question of anti-trust

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Microsoft

A new front opened in the six-year war between Microsoft and the European commission last week. The endgame is uncertain, as regards both timing and outcome, but the enormous scale of the stakes are clearer. Microsoft's latest rebuff to the European commission's monopoly ruling threatens values at the heart of democracy.

Singapore housing saves money with Linux

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Linux

As part of the drive to cut costs and future saving, Singapore Housing Development Board decided to migrate its business applications on the Internet and intranet to Linux as its strategic operating system.

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