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The Most Essential Open Source Programs and Libraries

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Software

It’s often the most flashy and rapidly-developed open source applications that get the most attention. Most people focus on projects like Beryl, Metisse, Firefox, OpenOffice.org and Ubuntu. But we can’t forget the importance of the open source software an average user doesn’t see every day. This is a list of nine such programs and libraries.

One Laptop Per Child: XO Phase 2

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OLPC

One Laptop Per Child project is currently working on the “Build 2″ (B2) release of their “XO”laptop (the name comes from a characteristic symbol representing the user in the interface: a circle above the cross). The first pieces of the B1 series have been produced in November last year.

MySQL Database Administration Backup

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HowTos

Database backups can be made in two ways: by copying the data directory directly (eithermanually or by means of the mysqlhotcopy script on Unix) or by using the mysqldump tool to write out a SQL file that will replicate your database.

what’s been happening with Mandriva lately

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MDV

We’re working on the next release, Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring (the ‘formal’ name) / Mandriva Linux 2007.1 (the ‘technical’ name). We’re trying something a bit new - we’re back on a six month release cycle.

New open source advocacy group's launch is shrouded in secrecy

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OSS

A new open source advocacy group, the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA), is scheduled to debut February 15 at the upcoming LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit in New York. But unlike most open source software launches and even open source association beginnings, OSA founders are unwilling to be quoted by name about their plans before their formal launch. Instead, they are only speaking to media representatives grudgingly, "on background," without attribution.

Installing Opera on Ubuntu

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HowTos

There are two methods you can use to install Opera, and both will be outlined below. Before I get into those steps though I have a few things to say about the browser.

fudcon boston day 2

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Linux

today is the first day of the hackathon at fudcon. yesterday there was a series of self-organized "presentations" which were more like status reports and brainstorm sessions. meetings, really, to get everyone on the same page.

Installing .package files

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HowTos

Installing software on Linux isn’t always an easy process, as you might know. In this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through installing .package files. These files are known as AutoPackage files.

The Absurdity of GNOME Font Sizes

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Software

The Fonts used and the way they are displayed on the screen play a vital role in how we users interact with, and how much we love the operating system. What does the “Size” referred to in the GNOME Font Management menu actually refer to?

frozen bubble on ubuntu

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Software

Frozen Bubble is a free software “Puzzle Bobble” style computer game which is available on several operating systems including Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and the Symbian Series 60 line of smartphones.

10 Reasons why one should adopt Linux

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Linux

We are not destined to spend a quarter of our lives installing, de-installing and re-installing anti-virus tools or restarting computers and those geeks and non-geeks, who realize this, close their Windows, migrate to Linux and live happily ever after. And, I'll give you just some of the reasons why.

Monitor your Ubuntu System with saidar

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HowTos

saidar is a curses-based application to display system statistics. Statistics include CPU, processes, load, memory,swap, network I/O and disks I/O along with their free space.

How to Take a Screenshot

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HowTos

Taking a screenshot of your desktop is always not a difficult task. Almost all linux distro comes with key binding on print screen button on your keyboard. For the case of gnome when you hit the print screen button, gnome will load up gnome-panel-screenshot (gnome-screenshot), display a small screen preview and ask for a filename to save.

Microsoft-Novell Deal: Nightmare In Linux Land

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SUSE

When Microsoft and Novell announced their Linux agreement last November, it knocked the open source community for a loop, and some hit back hard. "The Microsoft message here is clear. 'I can pick and choose among the players and bribe whomever I want,'" says Francois Banchilhon, CEO of Mandriva, a Linux marketer.

HowTo Enable MP3 Support for K3b in (K)Ubuntu

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HowTos

I frequently hear comments that K3b doesn't support burning MP3's to an Audio CD. These comments are puzzling because K3b is supposed to support the MP3 format. My curiousity piqued, I checked my own Kubuntu install and discovered that the comments were correct. Fortunately there is a fix, and it's a simple one.

How To Tell The Open Source Winners From The Losers

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OSS

There are 139,834 open source projects under way on SourceForge, the popular open source hosting site. Five years from now, only a handful of those projects will be remembered for making lasting contributions--most will remain in niches, unnoticed by the rest of the world. For every Linux, Apache, or MySQL, dozens of other open source efforts fizzle out.

Using free software to build professional and life skills

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OSS

There are many obvious and fundamental ways in which using free software is good for you, such as choice, cost, and rights. Additionally, there are more abstract fringe benefits that should be considered as well. I feel that free software can be used to build both professional and life skills.

A League of Our Own

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OS

Distros are like leagues. They all play baseball, but they each have their own rules. Fans (the users) can choose between them based on where they are and what kind of baseball they like to watch. I, for instance, like a good minor league or college game. The lack of hype and "polish" tends to feel more authentic. Some leagues are based on others (like many of today's Debian-based distros).

The Machine Stops: IPV6 and the Growth of the Internet

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Web

Regardless of what operating system you use it takes place against the explosion of internet use and a stand-alone computer is an endangered species. A PC and other electronic devices unconnected to the internet will be as rare as a Linux virus in the wild. That interconnectedness is a boon to open source/free software developers but as more and more users go online it causes a headache for those whose job it is to provide and dish out IP addresses.

Open source is the ticket for In Ticketing

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News

Ticket broker In Ticketing is going head to head with Ticketmaster. It's able to offer lower fees for the same services because of open source software, says co-founder and CTO Marc Urbaitel.

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