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Story Android-x86 Just Might Make a Good Linux Desktop Alternative Rianne Schestowitz 21/03/2014 - 11:22am
Story Trojita 0.4.1, a security update for CVE-2014-2567 / Announcing Geary 0.6.0 Rianne Schestowitz 21/03/2014 - 11:17am
Story KDE 4.13 Makes It Into Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 10:53pm
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Story European Union in talks to move to the Open Document Format Rianne Schestowitz 20/03/2014 - 8:12pm
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Drupal, my blog, Views, and the grand experiment

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Drupal Lately I've been getting more and more unhappy with blogging under Drupal. Specifically, I'm developing a serious dislike (bordering on hate) for the blog module that ships with Drupal.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #117

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Ubuntu The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #117 for the week of November 9th- November 15th, 2008 is now available. In this Issue: New Theme for, Dell Mini 9 update testing, and Ubuntu Community Interview: Nathan Grubb.

On software installation and activities

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OS The way software is handled is one of the aspects where the three major operating systems differ and it is somewhat of a religious war (but that happens a lot when it comes to operating systems).

Ubuntu is not ready for human beings

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Ubuntu I'm a human being and I like Linux including the command line stuff. I use Debian, Ubuntu and OpenSuse on daily basis. I would like to recommend Linux to other human beings. Ubuntu is the most popular choice. However from Edgy Eft to Intrepid Ibex Ubuntu has regularly disappointed me.

openSUSE 11.1: Introduction to KDE4

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SUSE Another small idea we realized for openSUSE 11.1 is a link in the first-login greeter to a "Introduction to KDE4" page.

Interview with Mitchell Baker

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Moz/FF Mitchell Baker, Chairperson of Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation talks about the Curious tale of Mozilla, the importance of a browser, Open Source and what excites her about the Internet

Notes on using a netbook

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jonrob.wordpress: 2 months ago I swapped my MacBook for a Dell Mini Inspiron 9 as my primary system. Comparing my computer use now to then, I have a couple of comments to make:

Ubuntu Studio 8.10

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planet.gentoo: I installed Ubuntu Studio 8.10 on my laptop a couple of days ago, wiping out the unused Windows Vista partition. Eh, the laptop didn't come with a recovery DVD anyway. I know. Why Ubuntu, right?

is there a long-term future for the netbook?

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zerias.blogspot: Case in point would be a vendor that claimed that returns of their Linux netbook were 400% higher than returns of their Windows Xp netbook. What the vendor didn't mention, and then promptly buried when it was brought up, is that the sales of the Linux netbooks were well over 4 times the sales of the Windows Xp netbooks.

remind: a text based agenda and todolist manager

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Software There are lots of different tools for managing your time. All these applications are based on a graphical user interface, and use either iCalendar or the older vCalendar as the data formats. What about people who prefer console based interfaces?

Red Hat, Inc.'s Matthew Szulik Named Entrepreneur Of The Year

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Linux (PR): Matthew Szulik, chairman of Red Hat, Inc., was today named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2008 overall national winner. He was also named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2008 national winner in the Technology category.

Internet Café Invaded by Linux Desktop

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Linux A while ago, I was in an Internet café at a tiny mall here in Bohol for a quick check at my Email. Linux was nowhere to be found. But today is different. I saw a monitor displaying brownish desktop wallpaper that made me smile.

Dear Google! Now I Know You Hate Linux Users

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Linux Lets be honest, how many Google applications support Linux? Almost none! Even though their vision is “open source” (my a$$). What about Google Chat Video? Brand new Google feature, which is really great but not for Mac or Linux users! AGAIN!

Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier, MySQL And SquirrelMail (Ubuntu 8.10)

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This document describes how to install a Postfix mail server that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. Passwords are stored in encrypted form in the database.

some odds & ends

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  • XKCD - Linux, Unix And Other Funny Cartoons

  • Quickly Install a LAMP server on Ubuntu
  • Asinine lawsuit from French music interests targets Sourceforge
  • Open Source and Sustainability, Updated
  • Database Optimization
  • Experiment -- The OS is Dead
  • Linux and Netbooks - what’s the truth?
  • What the Next Theme for Ubuntu Should (and Should Not) Be
  • Fake Unix and Linux Advisory - The /dev/null Vulnerability

Compiz Fusion Community News for November 15, 2008: Can I haz plugins?

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smspillaz.wordpress: Wow, lots of news this edition, not exactly big news like last week, but we certainly have been bombarded with a whole bunch of new development code. This week, the big items are:

Giving Thanks to Linux and Open Source

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Linux When you think of Thanksgiving, what images come into your mind? If you’re a typical American and have visions of Norman Rockwell paintings engraved into your consciousness like the rest of us. But this year, I’ve decided to switch gears and give thanks to a different bird — the Penguin.

few shorts:

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  • I will never bet again - day 1 with GNOME

  • Linux Outlaws 64 - Lick My Lenny
  • Nvidia 180.06 driver solves panel flickering problem with KDE 4 + OOo
  • High Quality Ubuntu Wallpapers

some howtos:

  • Bash script that process input from pipeline or file redirection

  • How to broadcast a message to all users - using wall
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 installation on OpenSuSe
  • How to install OpenSolaris
  • How to kill user's processes and logout the user

Using ntop, iftop and apachetop to Monitor Traffic on Ubuntu

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Not monitoring your server's network traffic is the equivalent of driving a car with your eyes closed. You must at all times be aware of your server's traffic. Just checking the logs is simply not enough.

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