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Story Ten ways to tidy up the Linux desktop mess srlinuxx 2 04/09/2011 - 8:24pm
Story why you don't rely on uname srlinuxx 1 04/09/2011 - 7:47pm
Story Dutch CA banished for life from Chrome, Firefox srlinuxx 03/09/2011 - 5:43am
Story Justifying contributor agreements in open source srlinuxx 03/09/2011 - 1:50am
Story Opera TV Store Launches srlinuxx 03/09/2011 - 1:49am
Story ALT Linux Sisyphus srlinuxx 03/09/2011 - 1:48am
Story Plasma Active entering beta srlinuxx 03/09/2011 - 1:44am
Story Open Source Horror Story – A Linux Recovery Tale srlinuxx 02/09/2011 - 9:36pm
Story Build a Better Sub-$200 Linux PC srlinuxx 02/09/2011 - 9:34pm
Story Trisquel Linux - the shortest review ever srlinuxx 02/09/2011 - 9:31pm

Mark Shuttleworth: "Time for mass consumer sales of Linux on desktop has not yet come"

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Interviews

The founder of the Ubuntu-project talks in an interview about the integration of proprietary drivers, the One Laptop per Child project and "great applications" from Microsoft.

Hands on: Running other operating systems alongside Linux

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HowTos

A few months back the Linux NTFS project released beta drivers for full read-and-write access to NTFS partitions. Previously, read-only support was offered in the kernel, with write support considered unstable and for developers only.

Windows vs. Linux: The Patent Tax

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OS

With tax day approaching in America, we at the Software Freedom Law Center wanted to share some important information about the hidden taxes added to every copy of Microsoft's Windows operating system. If you run a computer using Windows, you're not just paying for the programmers who put the program together and the corporate operations that brought it to market.

Country-based packet filtering with iptables

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HowTos

Bruteforce attacks shouldn't pose a real security risk to any server but are still annoying and clog up your logfiles. Many methods to block these break-in attempts exist, like BlockHosts, Fail2ban or rate-limiting incoming connections. However, on my search I also came across one tool for which I couldn't find an easy guide: geoip.

Ubuntu's commercial sponsor joins GNOME advisory board

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Ubuntu

Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, will announce on April 18 that it has joined the GNOME Foundation's advisory board.

Will the latest Ubuntu distro finally provide a mainstream Windows alternative?

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Ubuntu

Long hampered by driver issues (especially surrounding wireless networking), Linux has failed to take off in mainstream markets. Ubuntu (and its Kubuntu and Edubuntu brethren) have had more success than most owing to their easy installs and smart interfaces. April 19th marks the release date for the latest and greatest Ubuntu, version 7.04.

A Linux for the rest of us?

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Linux

Serial entrepreneur Peter Dawe, who helped bring the internet to the UK, is launching a "safe" Linux distro tailored for the technophobe.

The idea behind his BabelLinux distro is to give users a free, go-anywhere bootable OS, which is likely to be attractive to operators of public internet PCs.

How to Install Tarballs on Linux

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HowTos

Many Linux applications don’t have to be installed manually because most distributions have implemented a package management system to make it easier for you to install software. But that’s not always the case. Some programs only offer tarball packages for download, which have to be compiled from source. We’ll show you how to do that.

Unix-Linux printing

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HowTos

Let's face it: Unix-Linux (and vice-versa) printing is never easy. There are always many alternatives to choose from when planning your printing configuration, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Do you print local, direct-attached or use Samba? How will your Windows clients print?

Microsoft's 'Men in Black' kill Florida open standards legislation

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Microsoft

It was just a bit of text advocating open data formats that was slipped into a Florida State Senate bill at the last minute with no fanfare, but within 24 hours three Microsoft-paid lobbyists, all wearing black suits, were pressuring members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Operations (COGO) to remove the words they didn't like from Senate bill 1974.

The UNIX way

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Linux

UNIX history embeds the UNIX way with the notion of software tools, also the title of a work by UNIX gurus Brian Kernighan and P.J.Plauger, as key concept; small, well designed text-based tools operating from the command line which do one job very well and can readily be connected to satisfy more complex tasks.

Ubuntu Live open for registration

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Ubuntu

The doors are finally open to register for Ubuntu Live, our first global Ubuntu user conference. It is being hosted by O’Reilly Conferences in the prelude to OSCon in the same venue, and exists “to provide a meeting place for Ubuntu users, contributors, and partners–and the Ubuntu-curious”.

The list of sessions is already impressive. Let’s meet up in Portland!

Desktop Tower of Defense - Play this game and you are guaranteed to shirk work

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Gaming

Tower of Defence games are by far the most enjoyable games I have played till now; barring perhaps the classic Pacman which is my all time favourite. Among the numerous Tower of Defence games, the Desktop Tower of Defence game outshines the rest of them.

Grubbing around the bootloader

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HowTos

Every computer after booting and going through the POST diagnostics (extra points for those who know what POST means) looks for a boot loader on the active partition for instructions on what to do next. Generally this is to load an operating system.

Tux500 scam - news and links history

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Linux

To save you over ONE-THIRD of a million dollars, I'll take some drastic measures.

The best things on the Web are free

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Software

The Web is the one area of technology where free software is almost the norm - and frequently best of class. There are so many free applications out on the Web that help you surf better, work with e-mail better, and also keep your computer safer that the difficulty is in finding the best.

Linux winds of change: friction between Ubuntu and old guard

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Ubuntu

I remember a couple of months ago being warned by an acquaintance from the Linux crowd that within that community there are some very closed minds. Never has that remark hit home as hard as in the past two weeks. However, it appears that winds of change are afoot, with a growing rift between some old guard stalwarts and the stewards of the increasingly popular Ubuntu distribution.

Back Up (And Restore) LVM Partitions With LVM Snapshots

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Linux
HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can create backups of LVM partitions with an LVM feature called LVM snapshots. An LVM snapshot is an exact copy of an LVM partition that has all the data from the LVM volume from the time the snapshot was created.

Forget Windows and OS X: Just Try Linux

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Linux

A number of readers have called me a Linux hater due to some straightforward points that I’ve made in previous articles. In reality, I’m not a Linux hater, and I try to make that clear as much as I can because the operating system is getting better all the time.

GIMPshop: The GIMP Graphics Package With Photoshop Look-And-Feel

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Software

One of the major graphics programs in the free software domain has been GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program). It has similar capabilities as Adobe Photoshop and can be used for a variety of tasks, including photo editing and image composition. GIMPshop was designed to specifically ease the transition for Photoshop users.

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