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Story Arguments against Linux and the opinion of a non-technical user srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 6:12pm
Story 20 Best KDE Applications srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 6:10pm
Story The Six Biggest Websites On The Internet Compared srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 6:08pm
Story The two faces of UK open source srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 6:06pm
Story Why Does the Linux Desktop So Lack Proprietary Apps? srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 5:11pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 409 srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 3:03pm
Story Linux: Not for Lovers? srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 3:00pm
Story Ubuntu breaks from the Linux pack srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 2:58pm
Story Do we still need the FSF, GNU and GPL? srlinuxx 13/06/2011 - 2:56pm
Story MegaGlest Amazing Strategy Game Chris7mas 13/06/2011 - 5:42am

A look at Slackware's package utilities

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Linux

Slackware Linux is the oldest surviving Linux distribution. Late last year the project marked 13 years of non-stop development with the release of Slackware 11.0. The distribution is best known for its no-frills, minimum customizations approach to applications like KDE. It's also notorious for its reluctance to switch to new version of several popular applications like Apache or GCC. No surprise then, that its package management system has seen little change over the years and is still available in just one flavor -- vanilla.

A good Linux kernel book for aspiring nerds

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Linux

It's time for me to come clean. I'm a Linux poseur. But a new Linux book, Greg Kroah-Hartman's Linux Kernel in a Nutshell, could help people like me get some real technical chops.

KDE at SCALE 5x

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KDE

KDE was once again well represented at the 2007 Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 5x), demonstrating to show-goers why it is the most popular Linux desktop. There were talks, demonstrations from KDE developers and and thank yous in return.

OpenOffice 2.1

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Software

Lots of folks on the FOSS side of things tout OpenOffice (OO) as an alternative to Microsoft Office (M)). The basic argument is that OO, for basic functionality, is every bit as good as MO, but without the cost. Here's an example where OO fails to provide anything near the quality of MO.

The ‘Open' Tower of Babel

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Software

According to the Bible, there was a time when all those on earth spoke one language. And humanity, united by one language, started building the Tower of Babel to reach the heavens. As this was open defiance against God's wishes, He thought that the best way to stop these efforts would be to create confusion between humans by making everybody speak different languages so that no one could understand each other. But in the world of open source, GNOME and KDE are serving as the ‘open' tower of Babel.

The Participation Culture

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OSS

I am lurking on the OpenMoko mailing lists. This is an educational experience for me. Although I have participated in many heated discussions concerning Free software, I have never watched such a high-profile full-fledged Free software project start from the ground up. It's fascinating watching different sorts of geeks interact.

GNOME, KDE: Can't We All Just Get Along?

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Software

What is wrong with KDE 3.x? What is wrong with GNOME 2.8+? These seem to be the two questions arising from the recent revival of Linus vs. GNOME spat.

Book Review: Ubuntu Hacks

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Reviews

I recently got hold of a very nice book on Ubuntu called Ubuntu Hacks. Put in a nutshell, this book is a collection of around 100 tips and tricks which the authors choose to call hacks, which explain how to accomplish various tasks in Ubuntu Linux. The so called hacks range from down right ordinary to the other end of the spectrum of doing specialised things.

Yes Virginia, you can run Beryl alone

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HowTos

This post here and this one here got me thinking. The question — an often-asked one, I might add — is whether or not Fluxbox (or Openbox, for that matter) can run with the Beryl framework.

Converting music the easy way.

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Software

I recently had a task where I had to convert music from one format to another. I knew that there had to be an easy way to convert these music files so I forged on. Then I found it! The holy grail of music converters.

Search your IT data with Splunk

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Software

When something goes wrong in an IT server farm, it can take days for system administrators to find the root cause. Splunk is an enterprise-level search tool that can index logs and IT data, including server events, network events, and application events from one or more servers or network devices. You can then search data from across all your servers from just one place with a single browser- or console-based tool.

Ubuntu Linux error - fsck died with exit status 1

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HowTos

Recently I’ve noticed an error: fsck died with exit status 1 Now I need to find out which file system is causing error. After digging around boot process files I found a script called checkfs.sh located at /etc/init.d/ directory.

Convert Physical Windows Systems Into Virtual Machines To Be Run On A Linux Desktop

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Linux
Microsoft
HowTos

This article shows how you can convert a physical Windows system (XP, 2003, 2000, NT4 SP4+) into a VMware virtual machine with the free VMware Converter Starter. The resulting virtual machine can be run in the free VMware Player and VMware Server, and also in VMware Workstation and other VMware products.

Linux/Unix commands: How to get copy, conversion power with dd

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HowTos

System administrators often have to copy data around. Copying and converting ordinary data is easily accomplished with the Linux command called cp. However, if the data is not ordinary, cp is not powerful enough. The needed power can be found in the dd command, and here are some ways to put that power to good use.

Also: Using YUM in RHEL5 for RPM systems

One Week With KDE : My Challenge

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KDE

In response to all this recent nonsense about gnome vs KDE vs Linus vs everyone else that has jumped on this bandwagon I thought I would do the responsible thing and put the two to the test. I will use KDE for one full week and post my thoughts at the end of that time.

Also: The Switch To KDE : Day 1

Migrating to Novell's SUSE Linux: Lessons learned in a successful project

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SUSE

Interoperability poses problems for most IT managers during migrations to or from Linux. Obstacles are presented in moving from the old and new environment and old and new versions of existing products. Both of these challenges were met by Metropolitan Bank Group during a migration to Novell SUSE, and this tip describes and offers commentary on that project.

Virtualization: Linux's killer app

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The proliferation of virtualization options gives Linux an edge over Windows. I came away from InfoWorld's Virtualization Executive Forum this week with two conclusions. First, server virtualization is definitely a big deal. And, second, nowhere is virtualization hotter than in the Linux market.

UK open source policy institute to open next week

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OSS

A national centre to promote the development of open source software will be officially launched next week. The National Open Centre (NOC) holds its official launch at the Houses of Parliament on 26 February.

openSUSE 10.3 alpha 1 Report

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Reviews
SUSE
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It's that time again. Yes, it's the beginning of the next openSUSE developmental cycle. It began with the release of 10.3 alpha 1 last Thursday. Reports have already been circulating with some of the new changes.

SCALE 5x Impressions

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Linux

SCALE is the Southern California Linux Expo and is turning out to be one of the premier Linux meetings of the year. This year attendance was about 1200 with 90 booths. While other conferences are larger, this one is nice because you actually get to spend quality time talking to people and finding out things.

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