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Last.fm + Ubuntu

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HowTos

When I’m coding I MUST listen to music. It helps me tune out and concentrate. Tonight I was messing around on Last.fm and noticed they had a client download and was amazed to see they had a Linux version!

The Next Hurdle for Desktop Linux

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Linux

We just passed a quiet milestone at the beginning of the month. And while the milestone does not seem to effect Linux, it could be mark the beginning of the worst assault on desktop Linux to date. As of March 1, it seems, all televisions sold in the US are to be HDTV ready.

Top 10 Ubuntu Tips

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HowTos

1) How to restart GNOME without rebooting computer
A) Press ‘Ctrl + Alt + Backspace’
or
Cool sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart

Living in the command line, for linux: Making it Possible

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HowTos

Most Linux distributions install to have 7 virtual consoles, generally #7 (F7) is used by Xorg/X11. Though working entirely from the command line does involve a better knowledge of some things, it can be a quicker and more practical work environment for some who are running commands or scripts or writing programs most of their day.

Expect More Downtime

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Site News

If you are a regular to tuxmachines, you have probably noticed the unusual amount of downtime the past 18 hours. I've known for several weeks that a change in server system was imminent and it appears I can no longer delay the upgrade. Expect tuxmachines to be down on and off over the next couple of days beginning tonight.

Stable kernel 2.6.20.2 Released

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Linux

The second stable update to the 2.6.20 kernel is out. "It contains a metric buttload of bugfixes and security updates, so all 2.6.20 users are recommended to upgrade." They are not joking: there's about 100 patches in this update.

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Firefox Password Flaw Still Open?

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Moz/FF

Is a flaw in the Firefox browser fixed or not? A security research claims that it's not. Mozilla says it is. Mozilla claimed that it fixed the flaw in its most recent Firefox 2.0.0.2 update. Chapin doesn't quite agree.

Publishing Writer documents on the Web

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HowTos

Although OpenOffice.org has an HTML/XHTML export feature, it is not up to the snuff when it comes to turning Writer documents into clean HTML files. Instead, this feature turns even the simplest Writer documents into HTML gobbledygook. So what options do you have if you want to convert your Writer documents into tidy HTML pages or wiki-formatted text files?

Open Source Means You Have to Be Better

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OSS

If you don't trust your customers and have to treat them like criminals and have to continually tighten the screws, if you have to keep everything a big secret, perhaps the problem is not them derned defective customers, but your approach to running a business.

The quest for a nice Gnome audio burning app

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Software

With a new version of Mandriva, 2007.1 Spring edition, coming out soon, I decided to take a look at the choice of default applications installed. One of the things a lot of people agreed about, was that the program gcdmaster (a front-end for cdrdao), probably was not the best choice as an audio burning application. For data CD and DVD burning, there is nautilus-cd-burner, but what would be the best choice for music CDs?

Joe Barr rips proprietary software vendor a new one

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OSS

It seems to be a trend among some proprietary software vendors: attacking open source with lies. The latest appears in this week's Network World's Face-off, which features a slop-bucket full of self-serving hogwash by Ipswitch's Roger Greene entitled "Don't trust your network to open source." If ignorance were a crime, Greene would be swinging from the gallows.

Hans Reiser to Stand Trial for Murder

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Reiser

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Julie Conger said Friday afternoon that there is sufficient evidence to order Oakland software developer Hans Reiser to stand trial on charges that he murdered his wife, Nina Reiser, last year.

California Bill Makes XML-based Documentation a Requirement for State Agencies

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OSS

Originally, reports stated that bill AB 1668 would require state agencies to use the open document format (ODF) spearheaded by the group responsible for OpenOffice, but this is not true.

Set up Logical Volume Manager in Linux

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HowTos

You can use the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) in Linux to create virtual drives, and when used with RAID, LVM provides redundancy. Vincent Danen's tip will show you how to create your first volume.

The preliminary hearing for Hans Reiser scheduled to resume this morning

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Reiser

The preliminary hearing for an Oakland man accused in the murder of his wife is set to continue this morning (9:00). A judge will decide whether there's enough evidence to try Hans Reiser for the murder of Nina Reiser.

Useful Commands For The Linux Command Line

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HowTos

This short guide shows some important commands for your daily work on the Linux command line. Some include arch, cat, cp, date, and df.

K3b enters new era with approaching 1.0 release

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Software

One of free software's premier applications, KDE's CD and DVD burning suite K3b, is about to hit the big 1-0. This milestone touts rewritten DVD video ripping and a refocused interface design. The new release represents a level of feature-completeness and stability that surpasses all previous K3b releases and, perhaps, all free software competitors.

Understanding your Linux daemons

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HowTos

A Unix daemon is a program that runs in the “background,” enabling you to do other work in the “foreground,” and is independent of control from a terminal. Daemons can either be started by a process, such as a system startup script, where there is no controlling terminal, or by a user at a terminal without “tying up” that terminal as the daemon runs. But which daemons can you safely play with? Which should you leave running?

Open source becomes political wedge issue

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OSS

Last year, in Massachusetts, we saw open source being used as a political football. But the underlying issue in that case was technological, the state's adoption of ODF as a standard format. Now, in England, we're again seeing open source being used by politicians.

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