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some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Put irssi in a chroot jail

  • An Introduction to Gnome Inform7, Part 1
  • Linux tar: /dev/st0: Cannot write: Invalid argument error and solution
  • Filter Out RIAA/MPAA with PeerGuardian on IPCop
  • Setting up ubuntu from scratch
  • Accessing upnp server from ubuntu
  • eBay sniping with JBidwatcher 2.0
  • Ubuntu Forums Menu Firefox Extension

Why does the retail box matter? (openSUSE 11.0 ready for pre-order)

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zonker.opensuse: Retail box? What’s up with that, right? We’re all about the free downloads over here, right? Yes, but… there’s a method to the madness of offering a retail box as well.

Open source ‘not a threat’: group

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OSS

sunstar.com.ph: A GROUP of computer manufacturers, distributors and dealers in the country believe the emergence of the open source software technology is not a threat to the industry. Instead, the group considers open source technology as a source of “grassroots ideas.”

2.6.26-rc5, "Another Batch Of Mostly Pretty Small Fixes"

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Linux

kerneltrap.org: "Another week, another batch of mostly pretty small fixes. Hopefully the regression list is shrinking, and we've fixed at least a couple of the oopses on Arjan's list," said Linux creator Linus Torvalds, announcing the 2.6.26-rc5 kernel.

IceWM Guide

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celettu.wordpress: IceWM is a delightful little window manager, which aims to be must faster than the standard desktop environments like Gnome or KDE, without being as sparse as, for example, Openbox. This step-by-step guide can help anyone who tries to install, configure and use IceWM.

It's Not About the Distro

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: This summer, I'm changing our entire 250+ workstation infrastructure from Fedora to Edubuntu. Under the hood, our computers will be very, very different. Not a single one of my users, however, will notice.

One Linux distro to rule them all?

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Ubuntu

newlinuxuser.com: In one way or another, Ubuntu has been getting popular over the past how many years. In the beginning I didn’t like Ubuntu much. For the last two years I’ve been wondering if Ubuntu will be the Linux distro to rule them all.

Big Buck Bunny, We Want More!

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Movies

junauza.com: Blender Institute, part of the Blender Foundation, made another animated open content film entitled Big Buck Bunny. I watched Big Buck Bunny yesterday together with my 3-yr old son. While Elephant's Dream has a darker storyline, Big Buck Bunny is the complete opposite.

Desktop Environments: The Past and The Future

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Software

polishlinux.org: While looking at modern operating systems, like: Ubuntu, Windows or Mac OS X, it’s difficult to believe that the GUI is a pretty old idea. The fact that we can see icons on the desktop, or that we can move the mouse pointer around doesn’t mean we’re using a desktop environment. This term stands for a whole of programs enabling to work in a graphical mode.

Opera Looking Sharp

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Software

my.opera.com: If one word should describe the new look, it would be Sharp. We wanted to create a skin with clean lines and clear icons, inspired by the intuitive symbols you can expect at an airport and in line with our Scandinavian heritage. This also better matches the look and feel we introduced on the Wii and refine in Opera 9.5 for Windows Mobile.

Never Heard of Exherbo? Never Will, Either.

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Gentoo

crn.com: In the open-source world, it's fairly commonplace for developers to modify an existing application and create a new application. We don't begrudge developers their fun, but Exherbo made us pause. It shares a lot of concepts from Gentoo, but Exherbo's developers claim that it is not a true Gentoo fork.

Can the Average Lawyer Install an Ubuntu Linux Server?

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Ubuntu

lawtech.wordpress: In April, Canonical had a major, Long Term Service (LTS) release of its Ubuntu Linux distribution, both for the desktop and the server, code-named Hardy Heron. There was quite a bit of hype on the Net about the new features and how good it was. Since I had an older machine from when I upgraded my office desktop, I decided to give it a try.

Mozilla says Firefox 3.0 bug-free

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Moz/FF

computerworld.com: Mozilla Corp. late yesterday unveiled the second release candidate of Firefox 3.0 and said all of the issues that remain are on the server or site side, not in the application itself.

Windows will go open source when pigs fly

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Microsoft

blogs.zdnet: Matt and the Wall Street Journal have offered some speculation that Windows should go open source. This will happen when pigs fly.

What drives a mass Linux migration?

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Linux

itwire.com: Nothing warms the cockles of a Linux lover's heart more than to hear that X or Y big company/city is migrating its desktops to the free operating system. And nothing can evoke more bitter insults than the reversal of any such decision.

Top 6 ultra-portable laptops

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Hardware

techradar.com: The laptop market has been absolutely turned on its head in the last 12 months. In the year that Alienware has unleashed its frighteningly quick Area-51 m15x gaming laptop, all anyone wants to talk about is the latest low-end Eee PC rival to have broken the £300 barrier. Here are six great ultra-portable notebooks available now.

Red Hat Summit Preview: Five Trends Worth Watching

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Linux

thevarguy.com: The VAR Guy will keep a close eye on the Red Hat Summit, which kicks off June 18 in Boston. Here are five trends and themes he’ll be investigating at the event.

Screenlets add customized functionality to the desktop

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Software

linux.com: Screenlets.org, the site for their development and listing, describes screenlets as small Python applications, and the screenlet libraries as an effort "to simplify the creation of fully themeable mini-apps that each solve basic desktop-work-related needs and generally improve the usability and eye-candy" of the modern desktop.

Mandriva 2008

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MDV

desktoplinux.wordpress: I’m trying out a new distro on my new laptop and so far, pretty good. This is a Dell Vostro 1500 (1 G RAM Intel 2 core duo) which came preloaded with Windows XP. I’ve had my eye on Mandriva for awhile. One thing I like about Mandriva is the option of upgrading to the Power Pack version if I choose.

Sneak Peeks at openSUSE 11.0: New Installer, with Stephan Kulow

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SUSE

opensuse.org: I’m glad to announce the beginning of the Sneak Peaks at openSUSE 11.0 series! Over the next few weeks we will be taking a look at all of the exciting changes and improvements in openSUSE 11.0, with each article being followed by an interview with a developer in the field.

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