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today's shorts & leftovers

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News
  • Operating System and Linux distribution war, what are important

  • Switching to Linux check list
  • Microsoft Jokes for Christmas
  • First Moonlight port of Silverlight to Linux due in six months
  • Embedded Linux Seen as Ready For Prime Time
  • Everybody loves Ubuntu
  • Indonesian openSUSE Community Annual Meeting
  • The Inevitable Annoying Quirks (OpenSUSE 10.3)
  • GNOME/OOXML podcast shows two sides closer than appears
  • Open Enterprise Interview: Mark Taylor
  • Firefox hero: Legends of FOSS
  • Tux Droid for Linux lovers
  • Open Any Folder from Your GNOME Desktop
  • Perl – An Awesome Programming Language
  • 2008 Spring development update
  • Linux Joystick Driver Gets EvDev Support
  • Designing BSD Rootkits book review
  • The Average Week of a Linux Guy in an MS Windows World
  • notes on some common plasma observations

10 Tips for Navigating More Efficiently in Firefox

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Moz/FF

webworkerdaily.com: If you use Firefox all day, as I do, you may have mastered a few of the navigational tools it offers, but there are a lot of them under the hood. You can be faster and more efficient with the browser if you learn some easy ways to use your mouse and keyboard to navigate.

Gentoo on an Alienware Sentia

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Gentoo

mcandre.blogspot: As a Ubuntu user, I feel like finally going into the deep end of Linux. I know my way around a terminal. I can get by with vi. And four years after wiping my dad's computer with a Fedora install (it was supposed to be on my external USB drive), I now know my way around fdisk and G/QtParted.

Howto: Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 with Fedora 8

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HowTos

/home/liquidat: This howto shows how to install the Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 under Linux. While the howto is focussed on Fedora 8 it should work on all distributions.

Watch some TV with TED

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Software

linux.com: Has the television writers' strike left you with hours of spare time and no way to fill it? Well, put down that book and put the running shoes back in the closet, because TED is here to help. TED is the torrent episode downloader, an open source, cross-platform tool that simplifies the tedious process of searching for torrent files.

Ubuntu 7.10 and Mint 4.0 on the Acer 5610

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Ubuntu

on-being-open.blogspot: In my most recent post over at talk.bmc, I mention using Ubuntu 7.10 and then Mint 4.0 on my office desktop system, a Dell D620. What I did not mention there was that tested each of those release first on my personal Acer 5610.

Basic Overview of Differences Between Gnome and KDE

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Software

kellenbombardier.blogspot: In one my previous posts, I went over some of the basics of Linux. One of the major aspects I discussed was the difficulty in choosing which desktop environment you would like to use. The two most popular choices are Gnome and KDE.

KWord, The Lightweight Word Processing Power Tool

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Software

Linux Planet: OpenOffice is the darling of the FOSS office suites, and it is a nice suite. But it's not the only good option for Linux users: Abiword and KWord are excellent lightweight word processors with good feature sets. In this two-part series we're going to dig into KWord 1.6, and mine some of its hidden jewels.

Digitalizing vinyl discs

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HowTos

rg03.wordpress: I recently became interested in the topic of digitalizing vinyl discs to copy the music my family had in that format to a digital storage like the hard drive in my PC, an iPod or a CD. I will try to condense here the knowledge I’ve been gathering after reading several websites and listening to several experts on TV and radio shows.

Linux Programmer's Defense Seizes on Confused Aftermath of Nina Reiser's Disappearance

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: Hans Reiser's defense attorney Thursday seized on the confusion in the immediate aftermath of Nina Reiser's disappearance to bolster the theory that the woman disappeared last year and was not murdered by her husband as prosecutors allege.

Hardware review: TuxBox Computers SportCoat M750 Laptop

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Linux
Hardware

Red Hat Magazine: Buying a new laptop to run Linux on is a bigger challenge that it needs to be. About five months ago, I purchased a laptop from a fairly unknown place called allaroundgeeks.com. They have since re-branded their computers as TuxBox Computers, Inc. The laptop I purchased is an MSI called the SportCoat M750.

New plugins in Compiz Fusion

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Software

arun's blogs: Compiz Fusion team has released 4 new plugins and couple of new features to Compiz Fusion. Here are they:

Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Alpha0

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SUSE

opensuse news: We’d like to kick start the development of openSUSE 11.0 by releasing the current state of Factory as an Alpha0 release. Since the release of 10.3, we checked in 2187 packages including fundamental package updates.

Mono: Does anybody want it?

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Software

blogs.techtarget.com: When you think mono, you think tired. You think sleepy. You think shut-yourself-up-in-your-bedroom-for-two-weeks-and-snooze-like-Rip-Van-Winkle. You get the idea. But that is not how it should be.

About maintenance of MSOOXML should it become an ISO standard...

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Microsoft

groklaw: Rob Weir has discovered something so awful about the maintenance of MXOOXML, should it become an ISO standard, I wanted to make sure everyone knows about it, and then I have some projects to tell you about that are trying to respond to Microsoft's gaming of the ISO approval process.

Also: Microsoft accused of stacking ISO committee

some howtos

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HowTos
  • Quick Tip: Smooth Fonts in Gnome and KDE

  • HowTo: Thunar File Manager
  • Ubuntu LiveCD Passwords
  • Overview of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon on the Dell 1501
  • The WFTL Guide To IRC
  • Making shell scripts executable via editor hooks
  • Linux traffic analysis, quick and simple
  • RHEL / CentOS Linux FTP Cron Job for automatic ftp backup
  • How to redirect output toa file as well as stdout
  • How To: Broadband Card Setup on SLED 10 SP1

Sad experience with Debian on laptop...

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Linux

kdedevelopers.org: Until a few weeks ago, I had Kubuntu running on my Acer Aspire 5630 laptop, and was more or less satisfied. It looked great, hardware support was satisfying, but I was missing the incremental package upgrades that I was used to on Debian.

Gutsy Gibbon versus Vista Ultimate

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OS

linuxextremist.com: My HP laptop was - at long last - about to die. So for my sins, I got a new Lenovo 3000 N200 laptop - with Windows Vista Ultimate. I experimented with Vista for a couple of weeks; while it was pretty, it annoyed me nearly instantly. I waited for Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon to be released; its arrival was a godsend. As soon as it came out, I turned the Lenovo into a dual boot machine.

Linux: Making the change

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Linux

ZDNet: Moving to Linux used to be a big deal. Sure, it was cheaper, more reliable, and more flexible -- but who did you turn to when things went wrong? Fortunately for Linux, the support structure that gradually built up around this rogue operating system has dispensed with that fear.

Dethroning Ubuntu -- What Would It Take?

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Ubuntu

matt hartley: Where people get confused is in believing that if Ubuntu, king of the Linux distros, is not able to take the marketplace by storm, then something must be broken with desktop Linux. In this article, I’ll explain what it will take to dethrone the mighty Ubuntu and gain a market share so large that it will eclipse anything seen by Ubuntu to date.

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    As you already know, Linux kernel is secure by default. But, it doesn’t mean that the softwares on the Linux system are completely secure. Say for example, there is a possibility that any add-ons on your web browser may cause some serious security issues. While doing financial transactions over internet, some key logger may be active in browser which you are not aware of. Even though, we can’t completely give the bullet-proof security to our Linux box, we still can add an extra pinch of security using an application called Firejail. It is a security utility which can sandbox any such application and let it to run in a controlled environment. To put this simply, Firejail is a SUID (Set owner User ID up on execution) program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications.
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