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Story What Linux Needs Is Some Good Marketing srlinuxx 11/05/2011 - 7:49pm
Story Talking Point: Overlapping Windows srlinuxx 11/05/2011 - 7:47pm
Story A Look At Nouveau Driver Power Usage srlinuxx 11/05/2011 - 5:58pm
Story Linux Mint 11 "Katya" Preview srlinuxx 11/05/2011 - 5:57pm
Blog entry What next? harshasrisri 1 11/05/2011 - 5:34pm
Story Qt 5 / KDE 5: relax :) srlinuxx 11/05/2011 - 4:40pm
Story Open source foiled Microsoft antitrust case srlinuxx 11/05/2011 - 4:36pm
Story Gnome 3 And Ubuntu Unity Interfaces: Review srlinuxx 11/05/2011 - 4:35pm
Story SeaMonkey: More Than Just a Firefox Clone srlinuxx 11/05/2011 - 4:33pm
Story Lubuntu to become official Ubuntu derivative srlinuxx 11/05/2011 - 4:31pm

ROX Desktop provides light, quirky alternative to GNOME and KDE

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The ROX Desktop is a lightweight alternative to GNOME or KDE built around the ROX-Filer file manager. The project's name is an abbreviation of "RISC OS on X." The ROX Desktop's performance is reminiscent of IceWM, and it's noticeably faster opening programs than GNOME or KDE. However, its speed comes at the expense of a needlessly redundant default configuration, and some users may balk at some of the assumptions its design makes about how they prefer to work.

Faking the FOSS

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OSS

Do your ever wonder if some self-proclaimed open source projects really 'get it' what it means to truly be about being 'free and open source' versus just using FOSS for other means? Sometimes I really have to wonder, because I keep running into examples where projects touting open source software engage in behavior where they glaringly contradict the holistic and philosophical embrace of its ideals. There's a lot of faking the FOSS going on out there.

WINE Gaming: Steam, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Counter Strike Source And 1.6

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Gaming
HowTos

Half Life 2 and Counter Strike are two of the most popular First Person Shooters available. These games are available for Windows PCs in first place. A growing number of people uses Linux as their major operating system and does not want to renounce their favored games. This HOWTO should make it possibly for anybody to get Steam working with Wine.

The Importance of Video Settings on Linux

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Linux

It's maddening. For someone who is trying make a daily use of what is to be considered a beginner friendly distribution for the first time, most options leave a lot to be desired for the uninitiated. More often than not, new Linux users find that everything works great at first only to discover that setting up something as common as a dual-head monitor configuration requires editing your xorg.conf file. If you are coming from a non-Linux environment, this can be a fairly frightening proposition.

Also: PC-BSD vs. Linux Distributions: A Mega Battle

Top 5 OSS Action Leaders

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OSS

I know that the original question was "Who are the top 5 OSS thought leaders", and that's been covered by several folks already. I'm going to ask a similar, but different question. Who are the top 5 entities that have brought OSS into everyday (enterprise & commercial) use?

Display MythTV on an HDTV

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HowTos

Two major components come into play when you attempt to display MythTV content in HD—the video output device in your MythTV box and whatever high-definition display you use—especially the inputs it makes available.

A Week with Gentoo 2006.1: Day 2

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Gentoo

Operating on the assumption that I was using a bad DVD burn, I downloaded the Gentoo 2006.1 LiveCD x86, Gentoo 2006.1 LiveCD AMD64, and the manual installation mini disc. I plan on getting this bad boy installed!

Xrandr 1.2

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Software
HowTos

Since I got my 20" widescreen monitor in the summer, I discovered how bad X's support for resizing displays is. I wanted to have the ability to plug my laptop into the 20" display in the office and expand the desktop to 1680x1050, or remove the 20" display and shrink the desktop back down to the native resolution of 1024x768. Then I heard about xrandr 1.2.

Where Can SUSE Linux Be Used?

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SUSE

Most IT directors ask this question first. The case for using Linux has already been made in the popular IT press, and organizations understand that Linux is now a viable option when anything Unix needs to be deployed.

Performing Brain Surgery On Yourself

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Linux

Some years ago Linux creator Linux Torvalds famously compared changing operating systems to “performing brain surgery on yourself”. I’ve quoted him often because so many people seem to have unrealistic expectations when they pick up a Linux DVD or CD-ROM. I’ve recently received a couple of e-mails in response to my articles here on O’Reillynet that illustrate Linus’ point beautifully.

Install Beryl on Ubuntu Feisty with AIGLX for Nvidia

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HowTos

This weekend was my Feisty testing weekend, this morning I decided to add Beryl to the mix and, as usual, I’m really impressed with what a community of open source coders can do!

Swedish Armed Forces switches from Windows to Linux

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Linux

Red Hat announced today that the Swedish Armed Forces would be protecting Sweden with Red Hat Enterprise Linux rather than NT. The Swedes feel much safer. Smile

Also: Texas, Minnesota may abandon Microsoft for open standards
And: Russian Schools to Switch to Linux After Microsoft Piracy Case

Microsoft Drops "Wow", Embraces "Meh."

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Microsoft

After lukewarm reviews of its flagship operating system, Microsoft has cancelled it's "Wow!" ad campaign and unveiled it's new motto: "Meh."

Also: Weather alert: new Microsoft FUD storm expected
And: 19 Nations Respond, Most File Contradictions on Microsoft's OXML

10 reasons to love and hate your Ubuntu Linux box

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Ubuntu

It’s been a few months since I started used Ubuntu as my primary workstation. I’ve been trying and “using” Linux since Redhat 5.2 but this time it’s for real. No dual-booting, no wine, no vmware. Just what Linux has to offer by itself. I’m doing web development and design 90% of the time I’m in front of the computer, the other 10% goes to blogging, music and some movies. Ok lets break it down.

Ubuntu, openSUSE, MEPIS, and Kubuntu adventures

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Linux

Since the whole objective of this personal project was to learn more about Linux, I decided to look on this as an opportunity to try some new version of Linux. With mixed levels of success, I tried the latest versions of openSUSE, simplyMEPIS, and Kubuntu. I went through different install processes many times due to various problems I experienced.

Experiencing openSUSE 10.2 again

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SUSE

My first contact with openSUSE 10.2 was frustrated. I downloaded 5 ISOs from the mirror site at Japan, and tried to install it on my laptop: Toshiba Portege M500. I spent a lot of time to configure the wireless device: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG, but still failed.

PCLinuxOS with Beryl (on Geo's Laptop)

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PCLOS

It's one of those YouTube videos folks. View Here.

VMware to VirtualBox

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HowTos

My tests with VirtualBox went well enough that I decided to move my webserver and mailserver VMs to it (from VMware Workstation 6 beta). VMware does the job great, but VBox is open source and a little faster.

Solution: Converting line breaks

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HowTos

Linux text files and Windows text files differ from each other in an important aspect. They have a different way to indicate the end of a line. This solution describes how to convert a Windows-like text file to a Linux-like one, and the other way around.

Red Hat vs. Microsoft: Who will win?

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OSS

Jeff Gould of InformationWeek has an interesting article entitled, "Can Red Hat Rival Microsoft?" He sets it up provocatively, if not accurately. It's a problem, Jeff, if you believe the alternative is truly proprietary vs. open source. But I think the market is moving past that decision.

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