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Story If Linux is not for Everyone, Neither is Windows srlinuxx 03/08/2010 - 3:00pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 03/08/2010 - 4:28am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 03/08/2010 - 2:17am
Story In Search of the Perfect KDE4 Distro – 3 Linux Mint 9 srlinuxx 02/08/2010 - 9:41pm
Story Top 10 Avant Window Navigator AWN Themes #Part 2 srlinuxx 02/08/2010 - 9:39pm
Story Debian Developer Conference Underway in New York City srlinuxx 02/08/2010 - 6:37pm
Story Users are sticking to Windows XP srlinuxx 02/08/2010 - 6:36pm
Story Quick Impressions of openSUSE 11.3 srlinuxx 1 02/08/2010 - 6:20pm
Story 4 Educational Linux Distributions srlinuxx 02/08/2010 - 6:17pm
Story What's new in Linux 2.6.35 srlinuxx 1 02/08/2010 - 4:35pm

Microsoft guns Open XML onto ISO fast track

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OSS

The International Standards Organization (ISO) agreed Saturday to put Open XML, the document format created and championed by Microsoft Corp., on a fast-track approval process that could see Open XML ratified as an international standard by August.

That’s despite lingering opposition to Open XML by several key voting countries, including some of whom whose governments are moving forward to adopt the alternative Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) format, which the ISO approved as a standard last year.

Ubuntu is a dream compared to Windoze….

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu is based on Debian and perhaps the hottest distro today. The main difference between Windows and Ubuntu (and most other Linux distros) is that Ubuntu just simply works, out of the box. (As you can already guess, I am somewhat baised on the issue Windows vs Linux…)

I just installed Ubuntu 6.06 (also known as Dapper Drake). The installation, as always was fast and easy. XP installs usually takes about an hour but Ubuntu took a halfhour top.

Join the Google Summer of Code with Ubuntu

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Google

Ubuntu is once again participating in the Google Summer of Code and is hoping to make as many projects as possible available for students to work on.

Ubuntu is looking for exciting project ideas, preferably with detailed specs. Ideas can be related to Ubuntu, Edubuntu, Kubuntu and accessibility.

"It is a great opportunity to expose new students to the wonderful world of Ubuntu, get some exciting projects off the ground and get good exposure for the projects, students and organisations alike," said Matthias Klose on a posting on the Ubuntu developers' mailing list.

Primary school goes Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Recently we managed to fund the purchase of 16 new computers in my wife’s primary school. The old hardware were Pentium III 500 MHz boxes running Windows 98. When I connected the computer room to the DSL router (Linksys WRT54G running DD-WRT), they were all crying for security updates.

Three Minutes With IBM's Linux Leader

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Scott Handy started with IBM in 1983 as a systems engineer and went on to sales, marketing, and strategy positions covering large accounts, channels, small and medium business, and IBM products for Windows NT, Sun Solaris, and OS/2 Warp. Now, as vice president for Linux and open source, he is one of the main public faces articulating IBM's open-source strategy. IDG News Service Senior Writer Elizabeth Montalbano caught up with Handy at the sidelines of the recent LinuxWorld Open Solutions Summit in New York.

French MPs pick Ubuntu for Linux switch

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Ubuntu

When French MPs and their assistants return from their summer break this June, they will conduct parliamentary business on PCs running Ubuntu. From the next session of parliament, 1,154 desks will feature the Linux-based PCs.

At the time of the latest IT refresh for parliamentary assistants, France's parliament, the National Assembly decided to switch from Windows to Linux, allowing the 577 MPs to switch to non-proprietary software for the first time.

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Thinking about trying Linux?

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You have probably heard about this thing called Linux. Everybody seems to be arguing over it. Is it better than Windows or faster or cheaper. Some say it doesn't support anything while others say it supports more than windows. Your curiosity is aroused and you wonder if you should give linux a try before parting with a few hundred dollars for the latest version of windows.

Mark Shuttleworth: A very good start

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I’m very impressed with the results of the early work being done at the new Linux Foundation, which is OSDL+FSG with a leaner focus on getting things done.

MAYA 8.5

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Reviews

This upgrade follows hot on the heels of Maya 8, and adds native compatibility with Intel Macs. However, it’s more than just a compatibility fix – the update adds a lot of new features, too, particularly in the field of simulations.

New advances are based around a unified simulation framework called Maya Nucleus. This is a linked particle system that allows simultaneous interactive simulations acting on a variety of dynamic objects. All of your simulations can affect each other and can be affected by the same forces and constraints, such as wind and gravity.

OpenSuse 10.2 Review

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Reviews
SUSE

I just got finished installing OpenSuSE 10.2 on my Linux workstation. It had been at 10.0. Overall, it is very painless. It's a lot easier than installing Windows.

Open Source and You

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No one would buy a car with the hood welded shut, but that is essentially what commercial software is. However, since computing began, some software has been distributed in such a way that users can change or repair it by modifying its source code--the step-by-step instructions that the computer executes when the software runs. Software distributed under a license that allows a programmer to modify the source code and freely distribute an improved version of it is called open source.

Crontab Configuration, OpenSUSE 10.2

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HowTos

At some point several years ago, SUSE and Redhat migrated to new multi-file and sub-directory approaches (search anacron) for their system crontabs. A helpful comment posted to my 2 March entry motivated me to learn how these are set up. Here’s how openSUSE 10.2 structures its cron configuration and provides the means of controlling it:

* YaST, System, sysconfig editor, cron - edits various configuration parameters stored in the /etc/sysconfig/cron file (this file can also be edited directly).
* YaST, System, System Services - turn the cron service on/off here.

Join the KDE Event Coordination Task Force now!

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KDE

KDE is visiting a lot of events on a yearly basis. In most cases, the booth is staffed by volunteers. A successful event attendance depends on a number of factors, if those aren't considered, it might end in frustrated, or even burnt out contributors. But getting it right is not just about "went good / bad", there are various shades of grey. Having a look at past events, the most important factors seem to be in two groups, general considerations and planning and per-event planning.

Zabbix: State-of-the-art network monitoring

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I have used BigBrother and Nagios for a long time to troubleshoot network problems, and I was happy with them -- until Zabbix came along. Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution for servers, network services, and network devices. It's easier to use and provides more functionality than Nagios or BigBrother.

Freeing an old game - Relicensing UMoria

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Gaming

People are often attracted to games before they are attracted to the free software movement. This means that many free software enthusiasts are addicted to non-free games. This is what turns some people to free software—the inability to see how a game works, or the inability to legally share it with friends.

Writing shell scripts which execute locally or remotely

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HowTos

There are a lot of times when it is useful to have a single shell script run both upon the local host, and also upon remote hosts. Here we'll show a simple trick which allows you to accomplish this easily.

To execute shell scripts remotely the most obvious approach is to copy it there, with scp, and then use ssh to actually execute it. This is similar to running simple commands remotely using ssh directly:

skx@mine:~$ ssh yours uptime
07:12:25 up 3 days, 18:15, 0 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.08
skx@mine:~$

With that in mind the solution becomes:

Network File System (NFS) Server and Client Configuration in Debian

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NFS was developed at a time when we weren’t able to share our drives like we are able to today - in the Windows environment. It offers the ability to share the hard disk space of a big server with many smaller clients. Again, this is a client/server environment. While this seems like a standard service to offer, it was not always like this. In the past, clients and servers were unable to share their disk space.

Why Dell Is Really Saying No to Linux

By now, many of you may be wondering why Dell is passing up such a great niche market by not offering Linux as an alternative OS option to Windows. We have talked about how this would only prove to benefit a company like Dell, but we have also acknowledged the fact that it will likely never happen.

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