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Managing users in Ubuntu

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HowTos

This brief guide shares the key steps necessary to create and manage other users, helps clarify some essential differences with other flavors, and provides tips regarding "root" user. Perhaps most importantly, these steps help empower the use of your Ubuntu system to become far more than just another desktop PC.

10 Linux security tips in 10 minutes

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HowTos

If you're looking for a crash course on Linux security, this is your guide to getting started. Bone up on the basics of working from the command line, get a few open source security tools, and discover SELinux and IT no-nos to avoid.

GPLv3

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OSS

Some months back I read about the GPLv3 for the first time. Just like many I was compelled by the arguments of Linus against it more then by the arguments from the FSF for this new license. The other day I talked to some KOffice developers and we discussed the software patents issue and how that would actually work in real life.

Stable kernel 2.6.18.2 released

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Linux

The 2.6.18.2 stable kernel release is available. There is a long list of fixes in this one, at least one of those fixes is security-related.

More Here.

Ten reasons Linux and BSD are vastly superior to Windows - Part II

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Linux
BSD

Last week, I began a countdown of the ten reasons Linux and BSD are far superior to Windows. I received a huge response to the first installment, so without further delay, here's the final four reasons and my official response to some of the comments and criticisms I've received.

Linux Gazette November 2006 Issue

This month's Linux Gazette includes the following articles:

  • Deploying IPCop

  • Boosting Apache Performance by using Reverse Proxies
  • Poor Man's Laptop
  • Booting a Linux Box via a USB Micro Drive (USB-MD)
  • Troubleshooting Apache using strace
  • Classic Shell Scripting (Book Review)

This and more in this month's Linux Gazette.

Red Hat adds new Linux legal protection

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Linux

Faced with new competitive challenges from Novell, Microsoft and Oracle, Linux seller Red Hat has begun promising protection against intellectual-property lawsuits.

Terpstra: Don't panic over Novell-Microsoft deal

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SUSE

I re-read the Microsoft-Novell announcement and thought about it some more. I wonder if the wording of the announcement is designed to stir up those within the open source movement/community who are branded by the "establishment" as radicals. You know, that is not the first time that has happened!

OpenOffice Blesses Microsoft-Novell Pact

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SUSE

The Microsoft-Novell pact was welcomed Friday by OpenOffice.org, which said it's delighted as long as the deal leads to improvements to the group's free open-source applications suite.

Create and Extract .bz2 and .gz files

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HowTos

bzip2 and bunzip2 are file compression and decompression utilities. The bzip2 and bunzip2 utilities are newer than gzip and gunzip and are not as common yet, but they are rapidly gaining popularity. The bzip2 utility is capable of greater compression ratios than gzip. Therefore, a bzip2 file can be 10-20% smaller than a gzip version of the same file. Usually,files that have been compressed by bzip2 will have a .bz2 extension.

Using sudo to Keep Admins Honest? sudon't!

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Linux

The consensus among many Unix and Linux users seems to be that sudo is more secure than using the root account, because it requires you type your password to perform potentially harmful actions. While sudo is useful for what it was designed for, this thinking is flawed, and usually comes from inexperience.

Matt Asay: Ballmer's new weapon against Linux is...Linux

I was in meetings and flights all day, but when I got off my last flight of the day, there were scads of emails waiting for me on my phone. I figured the Red Sea had parted to allow Ron Hovsepian and Steve Ballmer to pass, holding hands and singing kumbayah. Nope.

LinuxToday: The Persistence of Memory

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OSS

I was wondering last week why Novell had been so quiet regarding Oracle's sucker punch on Red Hat. Now we know, they were preparing a sucker punch of their own. How, in the name of common sense, does Novell expect to survive such a partnership with Microsoft?

Of Macros And Drum Machines

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Software

This week in my random survey of activity on the mail-lists for Linux sound & music software I'll look at two very different software drum machines and a keystroke macro that enters LilyPond music notation into an Open Office text document. And if that isn't enough I've included four thrilling screenshots and links to three entertaining audio files to entice and maintain your interest.

Quicktips - Linux, your Partitions and You

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HowTos

Here’s a few quick ways to determine just what is chewing up all of your disk space.

Linux interoperability takes center stage at TechX World

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Linux

On Tuesday, upwards of 100 IT managers and administrators attended Penton Media's TechX World conference in Dallas -- the third of four such one-day seminars this fall. Server room strategies were the main agenda, with particular emphasis placed on interoperability in a mixed Linux and Windows environment.

Novell speaks on Microsoft deal

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Interviews

WE SPOKE to Novell European president Tom Francese in the wake of the Microsoft pact to get some reaction on the deal. 'This is pressure on Red Hat'

System Administration Toolkit: Swap space management and tricks

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Linux

The typical UNIX administrator has a key range of utilities, tricks, and systems he or she uses regularly to aid in the process of administration. Configure your swap space (including adding space in an emergency) to get the most out of your system. In this article, you'll learn how to monitor your system to determine an effective swap space figure as well as examine methods for using swap space for more than just secondary random access memory (RAM).

Red Hat Respondes to MS/Novell Deal

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Linux

Q: Did Red Hat consider a similar patent deal with Microsoft?

A: An innovation tax is unthinkable. Free and open source software provide the necessary environment for true innovation. Innovation without fear or threat. Activities that isolate communities or limit upstream adoption will inevitably stifle innovation.

Boycotts Begin

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SUSE

I wondered how long before talk of boycotting Novell/openSUSE began. My first inkling came from trying to decide how to handle my routine coverage of openSUSE developmental releases, then this comment appeared here on Tuxmachines. Now openaddict.com has published a call to boycott Novell/SUSE.

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