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Firefox: The problems ahead

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Moz/FF

ITPro: One of the reigning mass market champions of open source software appears to have hit choppy waters. With Firefox 3 on the horizon, IT PRO finds out what's happening with the world's favourite non-Microsoft browser.

Songbird audio player has potential, needs work

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Software

linux.com: Songbird is a cross-platform, Mozilla-based music player with high ambitions. The app is still undergoing heavy development, but it has come a long way since we looked at the 0.1 release in 2006. Songbird today can sing a pretty sweet tune, but to push its way into the big leagues, it needs to get over its own interface.

The Perfect Server - Gentoo 2007.0

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Gentoo
HowTos

This tutorial shows how to set up a Gentoo 2007.0 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.

Software Freedom Law Center Completes Review of Linux Wireless Code

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OSS

Linux Electrons: The Software Freedom Law Center today announced that it has carefully reviewed the lineage of the open source Atheros wireless driver for Linux and determined which portions can be distributed under the ISC license.

5 Reasons your parents should use Linux

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Linux

foogazi.com: It’s no secret that tech-savvy computer users typically become the go-to guy for all technical help in their circles. More specifically, Mom and Dad tend to always ask us for help with their computers. If you’re tired of the phone calls from Mom and Dad, then this post should convince you with 5 reasons why your parents should use Linux.

Is Linux innovative?

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Linux

Paul Murphy: When you ask google for innovations in Linux what you get is rather disappointing - on the first page there’s somebody’s rather uninformed attack on Linux as lacking innovation, some PR bumbf, and five separate references to a joint IBM/Red Hat press release entitled “IBM, Red Hat Announce New Development Innovations in Linux Kernels”.

Happy Birthday Linux Today, OpenSSH, and Google

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Web

Linux Today: The first story wasn't even about Linux; it was about the release of Apache 1.3.2. Dave Whitinger posted that story at this time in the early morning of September 28, 1998 (Eastern time).

Also: Happy Birthday, OpenSSH
And: Google Turns 9

Driver, USB, and PCI Subsystem Updates For 2.6.24

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Linux

kernelTRAP: Greg KH posted three emails titled State of the Linux Driver Core Subsystem, State of the Linux USB Subsystem, and State of the Linux PCI Subsystem, noting that for each there were no known regressions then going on to list which patches were bound for the upcoming 2.6.24 kernel.

Also: Avoiding Unnecessary Delays

Gutsy beta: What have you done for me lately?

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Ubuntu

Motho ke motho ka botho: I have to admit my enthusiasm for the Gutsy release is lukewarm. Looking over the list of features, very few of them seem useful to me. Naturally, that’s going to differ from person to person and machine to machine, but from my perspective, not much is appealing.

Mythbuntu Switches to XFCE

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Ubuntu

xubuntu.wordpress: Today the xubuntu-devel mailinglist received this message from Mario Limonciello from Mythbuntu: "I’m leading the Mythbuntu effort, and for our next alpha we are switching over to Xfce for our base."

Some Howtos:

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HowTos
  • Access Your Linux Box Remotely With NoMachine

  • Simplify Regular Expression Search/Replace with Regexxer on Linux
  • System emulation with QEMU
  • Linux: Quick and Dirty Way to Take Screenshots
  • OOo: Creating your own order to sort with: leaving alphanumeric in the dust

Full Circle Magazine Issue 5 is out!

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Ubuntu

fullcirclemagazine.org: Full Circle - the Ubuntu Community Magazine is proud to announce our fifth issue. Highlights include Fluxbuntu - Step-by-step Install, Preview of Gusty Gibbon, and Top 5.

A generic tracing API for Linux

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Linux

linuxworld: Dynamic kernel tracing remains high on the wishlists presented by many Linux users. While much work has been done to create a powerful tracing capability, very little of that work has found its way into the mainline. The recent posting of one small piece of infrastructure may help to change that situation, though.

Also: Abusing chroot

Selling Linux: what Dell could do

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Linux

iTWire: Recently I've been devoting some space to a discussion of Dell's efforts to sell Linux on certain PCs and laptops among its range of models. There's also been discussion of why this effort appears to be somewhat half-hearted.

Ubuntu snags top Linspire staffers

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Ubuntu

desktoplinux: Linspire, the troubled Linux distribution vendor, has recently lost a top executive and a lead developer to the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu, has hired former Linspire staffers Randy Linnell and Brian Thomason.

Linux Driver Project

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Linux

Greg K-H: Way back in January, I announced a program to write Linux drivers for companies for free. When I did that, I never expected the response to be as large as it was.

The real heart of the GPLv3 rift

jem report: A badly researched Yahoo News piece recently characterized open source developers' reluctance to adopt the new GNU General Public License version 3 as creating "a rift in the open source community between idealists who believe all software should be free of charge and free to use, and pragmatists who want to see open source software make further inroads into commercial use." There are so many things wrong in that statement that I hardly know where to begin.

Making Ubuntu 7.10 - Casper Persistent

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Ubuntu

pendrivelinux.com: Making a casper persistent Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon): With the coming release of Ubuntu 7.10 code named Gutsy Gibbon, most of the portable linux community is likely going to want to be able to run Ubuntu Gutsy in Qemu and at least be able to utilize a persistent partition or img (image) to save settings/changes to and restore settings/changes from. in the following tutorial, we will cover the process of making this possible.

Also: Ubuntu 7.10 Beta: Almost there!

openSUSE 10.3 Goldmaster...

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SUSE

Andreas Jaeger: Christoph, Coolo, and myself at our desks waiting for the DVD9s to burn before we can send them to the fab for producing. After Coolo released openSUSE 10.3 this morning (he started testing at 6am), we did the final tests. I concentrated on the bootloader.

Interview: Clement Lefebvre of Linux Mint by Tony Mobily

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Interviews

Free Software Daily: This is the first in what I hope will be a series of interviews with major GNU/Linux distribution lead developers. This interview is with Clement Lefebvre the lead developer of Linux Mint and he talks with me about his project, development, the community, and his views on free vs open source software.

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