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$200 Linux Desktop Systems Are No Bargain

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Linux
Hardware

pcworld.com: On Sears.com and Wal-Mart.com -- two sites that sell cheap Linux-based PCs -- potential buyers post questions like, "Which version of Windows does this have?" and "Can I run Windows applications on this?" While either the Mirus SITLC420 or the Everex gPC TC2502 might be an option for technically savvy people who want to dabble in Linux, these machines are very poor choices for the folks the two stores usually cater to.

KDE Rocks FOSDEM 2008

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KDE

dot.kde.org: The combined KDE/Amarok booth and developer room at the annual Free and Open Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) in Brusssels was a great experience (as usual!). Many people showed up from the KDE and Amarok communities, and we had a hard time fitting all our cool hardware and people in the booth.

Debian 4.0 on Dell Latitude D505

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Linux

mindwerks.net: So tried my hand at getting Linux up and running on a hand me down laptop. It is a Dell Latitude D505 with 1.2 Gigs of DDR ram, 1024×768 15in LCD, Pentium-M 1.5Ghz, Intel based wireless (802.11b), 120Gig Drive, and Intel based video card.

Asian open source summit moved to China

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OSS

zdnetasia.com: The organizers of Open Source Software Summit (OSSummit) Asia are now looking to hold the conference in mainland China.

Making Ubuntu Play Nice in a Windows World

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Ubuntu

allaboutubuntu.wordpress: If you’re like me, your Ubuntu machine is on a network that is dominated by Windows machines. Fortunately, Ubuntu comes with some very easy and quick tweaks to help you get along nicely with your Windows counter parts.

The Ministry of Finance in FYROM Uses Debian on Its Servers

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Linux

softpedia.com: According to Jovanovic, the Ministry of Finance is the largest organization in the country that's using open source software. "The IT department has been using and developing Open Source solutions and open standards ever since 2001."

today's leftovers

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News
  • Ubuntu Awn Curves theme

  • GNOME focuses on accessibility -- with a little help from Mozilla and others
  • Mono? Mono!
  • Handy Linux Network Diagnostic Tool
  • Red Hat Invests More in Thailand
  • Novell's PlateSpin play
  • Document Freedom Day 2008
  • Growing open source in the land of pirates
  • China's Firefox growth kicks Aussies off top user list
  • The many faces of Ubuntu
  • Running GNU Mailman at home
  • i have the choice, and i still don’t use windows
  • Get Ubuntu System facts with facter

Debate on OOXML standard continues behind closed doors

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OSS

linuxworld.com: With 6,000 pages of text subject to 1,100 modifications, all to be approved by 120 delegates from 37 countries in just five days, the task facing the standards committee discussing Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format in Geneva this week is mammoth.

An Opera Update And A Farewell to Netscape

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Software

blog.washingtonpost: A new version of the Opera Web browser fixes at least three security vulnerabilities in the software. Separately, a security patch from AOL marks the final update for the venerable Netscape browser.

Linux-based Unison server to challenge Microsoft Unified Communications Platform

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Linux

Paula Rooney: A group of former execs from a Microsoft messaging hosting partner are going to launch a Linux-based unified communications platform that will compete directly against Microsoft.

Windows Server 2008 catching up with Linux?

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Microsoft

searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com: Windows Server 2008 will never be Linux. And it's not likely to woo Linux users away from open source anytime soon. But two of Windows Server 2008's new features, PowerShell and Server Core, solve long-lamented Windows shortcomings in snappy Linux-like fashion.

Also: What Windows Server 2008 Learned from OSS

Fedora Update Ready For Distribution?

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Linux

internetnews.com: Paul Frields is new to Red Hat, but he's not new to the Fedora Linux community. Frields became the Fedora project leader and a Red Hat employee at the beginning of February. As the new leader takes the helm, Fedora 9 unveils FreeIPA and a plethora of new features.

Kubuntu 8.04 KDE 4 Alpha Screenshots

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Ubuntu

phoronix: Arriving today, albeit a week after the Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5 release, is the first KDE 4.0.1 Hardy Heron build.

Linus Torvalds keynote speech -- from 2000 (video)

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Linux

linux.com: While looking through the Linux.com video archives a few days ago, we found a digital video tape we shot of Linus Torvalds speaking at the first New York City LinuxWorld Expo in 2000. Things have certainly changed since then, haven't they?

Nintendo Wii gains Linux port

linuxdevices: The GameCube Linux project has released a "proof of concept" Linux distribution for the Nintendo Wii gaming console. Powered by a 486MHz PowerPC processor, Wii hardware running Linux could be used as a thin client, multimedia terminal, server, or as a platform for "homebrew" computer games, the project suggests.

Hans Reiser Evading Police Because He Was Upset, Feared Arrest

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: Two weeks after Linux programmer Hans Reiser's wife went missing, he performed counter-surveillance measures because he thought he would be falsely arrested and he was "upset" over being beaten that day in a custody hearing concerning his two young children.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Running Abyss, a small but feature rich web server

  • VMware 64 Bit Error: Failed to connect to peer process
  • Keyboard Shortcut to Cycle Through Workspaces in Gnome
  • Use your Ubuntu partition to fix a corrupt registry on a Windows XP partition
  • python convey the exception traceback into log file
  • How can I configure squid so that it never caches some web sites?
  • Restore Missing Icons in OpenOffice
  • Gplot simplifies gnuplot graph creation
  • Installing Packages in SLED/SLES through the command line
  • Mounting ISO's
  • Vim Setup - Tuning Vim To The Environment
  • Managing Services in Ubuntu, Part II: Managing Runlevels

Understanding Top

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HowTos

raiden.net: One of the greatest performance tools today for any aspiring systems engineer, or even your average joe, is the program called "top". It's a very useful tool that can tell you a lot of information about your system, it's current performance, system loads and more at a single glance.

100 Days & Counting For UT3 Linux Client

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Gaming

phoronix.com: It's with much disesteem that today marks 100 days since the release of Unreal Tournament 3 and there still is no UT3 Linux client available or any word when it may be released.

Ubuntu Landscape systems management tool set to launch

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Ubuntu

searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com: After a six-month beta period, Canonical Ltd. is adding management muscle to Ubuntu Linux servers and desktops in the form of its Landscape systems management tool.

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  • How the TensorFlow team handles open source support
    Open-sourcing is more than throwing code over the wall and hoping somebody uses it. I knew this in theory, but being part of the TensorFlow team at Google has opened my eyes to how many different elements you need to build a community around a piece of software.
  • IRC for the 21st Century: Introducing Riot
    Internet relay chat (IRC) is one of the oldest chat protocols around and still popular in many open source communities. IRC's best strengths are as a decentralized and open communication method, making it easy for anyone to participate by running a network of their own. There are also a variety of clients and bots available for IRC.