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Write to NTFS partitions on Fedora

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HowTos

Writing to NTFS partitions under Linux has been a real pain, if possible at all, for quite a long time. With a dual-boot Linux and Windows system, you can end up not being able to exchange files without a lot of trickery and special programs.

OOoBasic crash course: Adding GUI goodness

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Some OpenOffice.org macros have rudimentary dialog boxes that allow you to define a few parameters. If you're ready to take your macro programming skills to a new level, you can learn how to create graphical interfaces for your macros. Once you know how to do that, you can build advanced macros that are close to full-blown applications.

KDE 4.0 Release Schedule Finalised

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KDE

The KDE Community and the release team have put together a release plan for the long anticipated version 4.0, which is planned to be released in October 2007. KDE 4.0 will be a major milestone for the Free Desktop, as it offers a new foundation and set of frameworks that will shape the desktop user experience for years to come.

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How to install SAP Netweaver 2004 Linux Testdrive on SUSE 9.3 with BW enabled

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SUSE
HowTos

This tutorial describes how to install the 32 bit Linux Testdrive of SAP Netweaver 2004 on SUSE Linux 9.3 and enable BW functionality. It goes step by step through the distribution installation, environment setup and tasks that need to be done in order to set everything up.

Lightweight Linux That's Both Beautiful *and* Functional

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Ubuntu

KDE is, in this writer's humble opinion, the best desktop environment for computers today. It is even better than the almost universally praised Mac OS X. It goes without saying that it is better than any Microsoft product.

Getting started with the CentOS 4.4 Single Server CD

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Linux

Recently I needed to set up a server with all the usual server components -- Web, mail, and file sharing. It needed to be rock-solid and reliable. I didn't want to download 4GB of software from the Net, so I turned to CentOS' Single Server CD.

Unlock the Power of VIM

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Software

vi editor is something that UNIX newbies often like to criticize. Until they learn it well and understand why vi is vi and not something else.It is a marvellous creation of Bill Joy and one cannot but think of it without a feeling of magic and spookiness.

A New Year, A New Kwort

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Linux
Reviews
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It was just about a year ago that I first tested slackware-based Kwort Linux. At that time I was impressed with its customized appearance and exclusive kpkg.

Howto: Compile MaCoPiX 1.4.1 under Edgy

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HowTos

First, an additional thank-you to Cake en Soda for pointing this out. This is a fun, low-level eye candy application that shouldn’t tax your system too much, and will give you something funky to show off to your Windows friends. And if you’re an anime fan, you’ll go nuts over it.

MaCoPiX puts a small animated character on your window frames.

Four weeks with Ubuntu Linux on the desktop, Part 3

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Ubuntu

n January 30th I installed Ubuntu Linux and decided to give it a serious try. I’ve heard that installing software on Linux is very difficult. That may have been true once but it is a myth today. The truth is, installing software in Ubuntu is a far better and easier process that it has ever been in Windows.

Firefox 2.0.0.3 Officially Released

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Moz/FF

As part of Mozilla Corporation's ongoing stability and security update process, Firefox 1.5.0.11 and Firefox 2.0.0.3 are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux for free download from http://getfirefox.com.

Due to the security fixes, we strongly recommend that all Firefox users upgrade to these latest releases.

Pioneer Basic Release 2 -- How much horse power is in this Linux from Colorado?

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Linux
Reviews

I am always getting suggestions on what the next Distro we should be reviewing. Many tell me to do the majors, such as Gentoo or Debian. While I agree that many people would like to see these, most newbies to Linux really should stay away from these in my humble opinion.

Taking over the world, one GNU/Linux PC at a time

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Linux

This is the promised followup to the recent article which basically establishes significant flaws in execution of the World Domination 201 plan which by all means seems to have started. The flaws are in the nature of the business model employed by the company who is apparently supposed to play a crucial role in this plan, Linspire.

Jono Bacon: Connected diversity

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Ubuntu

What was particularly interesting (apart from the the fact that most of the people who didn’t use Ubuntu used Gentoo) was how Ubuntu, and as such Linux and free software, is becoming part and parcel of peoples lives.

Why suspend-to-RAM will never work perfectly on Linux

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Software

When Apple introduced “sleep” especially on its laptops, it raised the bar in the industry because people loved the feature. The feature existed before but Apple really made it one of the reasons why someone would want a Mac laptop.

Living (and dying) with Linux in the workplace

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SUSE

Are you looking for a Windows alternative for serious office work? Many people are starting to wonder about their non-Microsoft operating system options, especially given Windows Vista's hefty hardware demands, upgrade costs and license restrictions. Scot Finnie, Computerworld's online editorial director, has already examined using Mac OS X in the workplace.

How To Get Better ATI Linux Support

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Software

This morning I came across a blog entry by Jonathan Steffan, who is working on new Fedora XGL packages. In this blog post he expresses disappointment in owning ATI hardware and bashes the binary blob for the lack of AIGLX support.

GNOME Foundation Retains Software Freedom Law Center

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Legal

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software, has added the GNOME Foundation as a new client.

Larry Ellison: Oracle replaced Red Hat support at Yahoo

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Linux

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was spreading the love for his competitors on the company's third quarter conference call.

Notably, Ellison said Oracle replaced Red Hat for Linux support at Yahoo.

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Leftovers: Software

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