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KDE 4.2 Beta++

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KDE

polishlinux.org: The Beta1 of KDE 4.2 Desktop Environment has been released at 26.11.2008. So it’s been there for a while - let’s take a look at the revision 893046.

Top Linux Moments of 2008

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Linux

lunduke.com: It’s been a rather interesting year for Linux, with just enough ups and downs to keep us on our toes. And, being as it is the heart of December, I figured now is a good time to scour through the Linux Action Shows of the past year and find, what I consider to be, the top moments from 2008.

More Happy holiday Wallpapers for KDE

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KDE

wadejolson.wordpress: There’s now a total of 11 holiday wallpapapers - enough to for the 12 Days of Christmas song assuming you already have a partridge in a pear tree wallpaper.

A Quantum of FOSS

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OSS

ubuntukids.org: I have been thinking for a while about how to get more exposure for Free and Open Source Software. I work in a school district which, like most, is owned by Microsoft. I have tried for several years to get more FOSS on the desktops and I have had only minimal success.

Slackware 12.2: Still not for me.

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Slack

techiemoe.com: Those of you who've read them know I'm not a fan, and a lot of people don't like that. Nevertheless, with each new version I hope that this one will be the one I can actually use. I admit there's a kind of geeky cool that comes from running Slackware.

ferm: a straightforward firewall configuration tool

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Software

debaday.debian.net: Grumble… a postgresql server on an old Sun workstation isn’t visible to another old Sun workstation which (in theory…) is storing data on the postgresql server. The culprit was a misconfigured firewall.

“More Linux Distributions” Isn’t Necessarily the Answer

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Linux

jonathancarter.co.za: AJ Venter writes that we need more, not less Linux distributions. I’m not convinced that we need more distributions. More distributions would result in huge duplication of work:

Intel Atom On Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuSE, Mandriva

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Linux
Hardware

phoronix.com: Back in September we looked at the Intel Atom performance on a few Linux distributions using the ASUS Eee PC 901, but now with new stable releases of some of the most popular distributions out in the wild, we've decided to re-conduct these tests. We are using a slightly different Atom-based system this time and we are comparing the performance on Ubuntu 8.10, Fedora 10, Mandriva 2008, and OpenSuSE 11.1.

Flock - The Ultimate Student Browser

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Software

makeuseof.com: I’m using Flock as my main browser. However for most of you, Firefox will be your choice. The reason I would recommend using Flock over Firefox to create the ultimate student research browser is the number of built in functionalities which really is quite useful for a student.

Also: Install Flock in Ubuntu

Benchmarks: gtk+ engines

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Software

gentoo.org/developers/nightmorph: Here are some fast and dirty benchmarks of various gtk+ engines installed on my system, using app-benchmarks/gtkperf-0.40.

How To Help A Newbie

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Linux

linuxcanuck.wordpress: I was once a newbie to Linux. That was several years ago now, but I remember the feeling of using it for the first time. Unfortunately, many newbies open that door and it gets slammed in their face. I have seen first hand how newbies and experienced users work together.

Also: Linux. There Are No Stupid Questions.
And: Ubuntu users.

Virtualization With KVM On Ubuntu 8.10

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This guide explains how you can install and use KVM for creating and running virtual machines on an Ubuntu 8.10 server. I will show how to create image-based virtual machines and also virtual machines that use a logical volume (LVM).

Interview with Samba's Jeremy Allison

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Interviews

techradar.com: Jeremy Allison's contributions to the free software world are legion, and yet the project he's best known for continues to be Samba. Linux Format magazine asked him about KDE, NAS, LSB, DCs and other acronyms, and now his answers are here for your TLA titillation…

Happy holidays from KDE

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KDE

wadejolson.wordpress: I actually had some free time tonight, and that means holiday wallpapers for you, gentle reader. Four 1920×1200 wallpapers and one 1600×1200 one.

Lets drive your car in Linux

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Gaming

linuxmini.info: Here are three racing games for Linux. Want realistic racing? Then you need to try VDrift. If you want a powerful racing game, look no further than TORCS. If arcade-style racing is your style, give Trigger a try.

Ubuntu’s biggest threat

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Linux

rafavargas.wordpress: Yesterday, I installed Skype for Linux in Ubuntu. It was very easy. I just had to download a .deb package file and double-click it. I was prompted my password (my account is in sudoers file) and voilà. Some people might say this is okay, but I think this is WRONG!

The 2008 State of My Linux Address

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meandubuntu.wordpress: Hooray! This is the one-year anniversary of my adoption of Ubuntu! And that’s a good as an excuse as any for me to indulge in a bit of reflection and pontification.

Having trouble with your wireless internet connexion? Try Wicd

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Linux

The Gnome Network Manager is really buggy and a lot of people are having trouble configuring the network connexion and getting it to work. That’s when i found out about Wicd, an alternative for the gnome Network Manager.

Nautilus and Light Windowmanagers

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Linux

Interesting article explaining how to run Nautilus inside light windowmanagers such as Fluxbox.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Customize a fresh Ubuntu Desktop

  • 2 of CNET's Best Cell Phones of 2008 Run on Linux
  • Introducing KDE 4... on Windows
  • Paalam Kubuntu
  • Famous Awk One-Liners Explained, Part II
  • Install Fedora Cursor Theme in Ubuntu
  • Desktop with screenlets
  • ‘I develop for myself’, trolls, criticism
  • Firefox: Most Risky App to Businesses in New Study
  • Thank God Ubuntu comes as Live CD
  • The F Word Still Remains - More Linux Humor
  • Ubuntu World of Warcraft Desktop Panel on top
  • Configure Your Own FTP Server In Linux
  • Deploying ActiveMQ on Ubuntu 8.10
  • Circular Application Menu for Ubuntu
  • A day with RMS
  • Teaching Teachers About Linux
  • Ubuntu vs XP
  • Safely Remove USB Device in Ubuntu with Ejecter
  • Sabayon 4: 8 good reasons to not use KDE 4.1 by default
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Logstash 6.2.0 Released, Alfresco Grabbed by Private Equity Firm

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Servers and GPUs: Theano, DevOps, Kubernetes, AWS

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Chrome and Firefox

  • The False Teeth of Chrome's Ad Filter.
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