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Story Ubuntu's Mir Gains Server-Side Platform Probing Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 10:24am
Story MakuluLinux Xfce 7.1 Released. Roy Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 10:11am
Story Linux Kernel 3.19-Rc6 Released Mohd Sohail 26/01/2015 - 8:10am
Blog entry Ubuntu Flavors 15.04 Vivid Vervet Alpha 2 Released Mohd Sohail 26/01/2015 - 3:35am
Story MBARI testing the waters with open source camera Rianne Schestowitz 26/01/2015 - 2:41am
Story Fixing unperceived errors in my X Windows configuration Fitzcarraldo 25/01/2015 - 11:38pm
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 25/01/2015 - 10:42pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 25/01/2015 - 10:41pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 25/01/2015 - 10:40pm
Story Android Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 25/01/2015 - 10:02pm

Free software isn't freeware: why Linux and FOSS have a higher standard

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OSS Microsoft's recent survey proclaimed nearly half the population believe it is ok to use pirated software for personal use. This diminishes the argument by Linux advocates that you can use their operating system without any cost. Yet, you can't confuse free as in cost with free as in freedom. Here's what FOSS really means.

The Unthinkable: Moving From Ubuntu to Debian 5 Lenny

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beginlinux.wordpress: I am thinking the unthinkable…..I am considering changing from Ubuntu 8.10 for my desktop to Debian 5. I have been running the Debian 5 Lenny candidate for awhile and have bee very pleased with the stability and features. It actually functions and acts more like the distribution I need and work on than Ubuntu.

Linux is a mixture, windows is a compound

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Linux The differences between Linux and windows are chalk and cheese in respect to how the two operating systems are put together. While the end result of putting together these operating systems are pretty much the same functionality. It is the way they are put together.

Ubuntu Codenames

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Ubuntu With the release of Ubuntu 9.04 about 2 months out, Mark Shuttleworth will be announcing the codename of Ubuntu 9.10 fairly soon. Quit calling the releases after their codenames.

Virtualization With Xen On Debian Lenny (AMD64)

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This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on a Debian Lenny (5.0) system (AMD64). Xen lets you create guest operating systems (*nix operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD), so called "virtual machines" or domUs, under a host operating system (dom0).

odds & ends

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  • What I do for Wesnoth

  • Tweaking Ubuntu
  • Saving is the open source mandate
  • maddog's Brazilian Multimedia Challenge and a YouTube Video
  • A few things to do immediatley after installing Ubuntu 8.10
  • Open source integration tools are 'enterprise ready'
  • Reputation Vs. Technical Merits
  • FLOSS Weekly 55: jQuery
  • Ubuntu Server on Amazon - Beta programme now open
  • Truth in Advertising
  • Linksys WRT54G v5 DD-WRT Firmware Flash
  • Learning Linux Through Humor And Comics

some howtos:

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  • Securing Apache From Spiders and Flies

  • Change Keymap in Gentoo Linux
  • How to Generate Barcode in
  • Conky
  • Set Up a Free Business Server With Ubuntu
  • Speed up your system by avoiding the swap file
  • Digiband - Drumming & Guitar simulator in openSUSE
  • Try out the Metacity compositor
  • floating point exception - gentoo
  • vnstat - a console-based network traffic monitor
  • Flash crashes/hangs Firefox when switching to fullscreen
  • A softer --as-needed
  • How to creat zip files on Linux compatible with Windows
  • How to set wallpaper in Fluxbox with Nitrogen

Updating software in Linux: four strikes and you're out

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Linux A while back I was considering installing Linux on a computer and using the free VMware server to run other operating systems on the machine. But VMware's instructions to install their software were written by Linux techies for Linux techies and I couldn't understand them.

Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" Wallpapers

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Software First there were Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" mock-up designs, now showing up are tons of user-created wallpapers dedicated to the next major release version of this popular Linux distribution. If you are interested, let me show you some of those wallpapers here.

10 free Linux alternatives to

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Software has a reputation for being the premiere office suit for the Linux platform. But what are the alternatives?

Mac Vs. PC: Who's the More Considerate BitTorrent Software Thief?

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OS TorrentFreak checked some seed and leech numbers of Mac, Windows, and Linux software to see who's got the nicer ratio.

Singing The Praises Of Songbird 1.0

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reddevil62-techhead: THERE'S no shortage of quality music player/jukebox software available on the internet and in the past I've used iTunes, Amarok, Rhythmbox, Exaile, Audacious and several others. But Songbird is something quite different.

From the archives: the best distros of 2000

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Linux Back in May 2000 the first issue of Linux Format magazine hit the newsstands. One of its features was a group test of Linux distributions, reflecting the state of play in Linux flavours at the time.

(GNU) Linux distros: What’s the best?

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cibertito.wordpress: “What is the best Linux distro?”. It’s hard to know it. After all, what are the points we must consider to define something is “the best”?

Science and KDE: rkward

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Software With this post I’d like to start a series (hopefully) of articles that deals with KDE programs used for scientific purposes. In this particular entry, I’ll focus on rkward, a GUI front-end for R.

Top 5 Linux Games for 2009

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Gaming I’m going review the top five games in Linux. Once the great downfall to the platform now can only be considered a strength, in the hopes you take up this guilty pleasure and wait for 2010 before you give up on gaming. May I present the premier Linux gaming software with the best from each genre.

Ubuntu, Linux Mint, & gOS Benchmarks

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Linux gOS and Linux Mint are two of the many Linux distributions based upon Ubuntu, but they provide their own spin of things. We had a question though from a reader asking whether the performance of these Ubuntu derivatives is vastly different from Ubuntu itself. With that inquiry, we have run a couple benchmarks comparing the performance of Ubuntu 8.10, gOS 3.1, and Linux Mint 6.

Katapult Your Programs

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Software The thing I love about Linux is the number of really terrific programs it has. There are thousands! And some are really unique and just plain slick! One such program is Katapult!

This. Is. ALPHA!

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Linux Yesterday our Fedora 11 Alpha release hit the wires, and they are humming hotly even as we speak with flying bits. I often get questions from people asking, what’s the point of an Alpha anyway?

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SwagArch 18.02 - U Got Swag?

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Programming: Developer Survey, Code That Unmasks, Retaining Newcomers

  • Developers love trendy new languages but earn more with functional programming
    Developer Q&A site Stack Overflow performs an annual survey to find out more about the programmer community, and the latest set of results has just been published.
  • FYI: AI tools can unmask anonymous coders from their binary executables [Ed: Just a kind reminder that if you are e using Microsoft's tools compile source code, there will be surveillance and telemetry in your compiled code]
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Software: 5 Online Backup Solutions, Lector, Roundcube

  • 5 Online Backup Solutions for Ubuntu Linux
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