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Story Mandriva Linux 2011.0 Released srlinuxx 29/08/2011 - 5:07pm
Story On Slashdot's Lost Taco and Apple's Big Turnover srlinuxx 29/08/2011 - 5:00pm
Story some odds & ends: srlinuxx 29/08/2011 - 4:59am
Story few howtos: srlinuxx 29/08/2011 - 2:27am
Story What’s Wrong With This Picture? srlinuxx 29/08/2011 - 2:23am
Story openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 190 is out srlinuxx 29/08/2011 - 2:20am
Story 12 Things New in Ubuntu 11.10 srlinuxx 29/08/2011 - 2:17am
Story Firefox 6 already sees bump in traffic soon after debut srlinuxx 29/08/2011 - 2:13am
Story Virtualization With KVM On A CentOS 6.0 Server falko 28/08/2011 - 5:25pm
Story A Look Through Fedora 16 Alpha srlinuxx 26/08/2011 - 9:26pm

Ekiga videophone gets you connected

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Software

Linux has come a long way in a lot of areas, but if my experience is an indicator, we're not much further along in the use of personal webcams today than we were five years ago. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to use Ekiga (formerly GnomeMeeting) as a video phone, I finally prevailed and got Ekiga working with both sound and video.

Open source pioneers break rank on the future

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OSS

Richard Stallman looks like either a prophet or an aging hippie, but you would never mistake him for a businessman. His long brown hair, scraggily beard and penchant for T-shirts and loose-fitting pants are in sharp contrast to the striped suits worn by nearly everyone else in the technology industry.

The importance of being SUDO

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Linux

Many modern Linux distributions, in the interest of security I guess, have made the root account hidden and without a password. So even if you drop to a terminal and try to log in as root you can't. I know it is very easy to add a root password it does defeat the design philosophy of the distribution.

Compiz and Beryl are Reuniting - It's official

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Software

After several weeks of discussion the leaders of Compiz and Beryl have agreed that the two communities shall reunite. This decision is supported by both David and Quinn and represents the majority decision of the administrators and developers in each community.

At this early stage not a lot has been decided, but these are the main points of the agreement:

A Casual guide to some commonly used Linux Commands

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HowTos

Through this document i try to explain some of the commonly used commands under linux and their basic use In this first part of series we cover ls,cat,arch,bzip2,gzip,tar,pwd,more,mpg123

1. cat : ( concatenate)

A Need for Kubuntu Live CD Repair Tools

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Software

Repair and recovery tools continue to be difficult for inexperienced, and often experienced, users. Most top distros come with a Live CD that allow you to boot into a desktop and also install from it. That's great, but it should be just as easy to repair an existing installation. Unfortunately it's not so easy.

Transgaming Cedega 6.0 Preview

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Gaming

While id Software and Epic Games are among the few major companies that are Linux gaming patrons, if you've been wanting to play such games as Battlefield 2142 or Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, you will now be able to do so starting April 14! Next week Transgaming will be introducing Cedega 6.0 "Swordfish".

Battlestar Galactica open source project is frackin' sweet

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Gaming

Listen up, nuggets. You're in a Colonial Viper. You've got no wingman, three inbound Cylon Heavy Raiders, and you just spotted a Basestar several klicks away. What do you do? Choose your own adventure:

1. Whiz your flight suit.
2. Call for backup and fire up your FTL drive
3. Hammer down the trigger and go for the gold

Help Create Opensuse Slogan!

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SUSE

As you may or may not know, openSUSE is in need of a slogan, a mission statement, a "one-liner", if you will. Ubuntu has their "Linux for human beings" slogan, now it's time to help create ours. This is an awesome chance to help define how the openSUSE project will be presented to the masses.

A first look at SimplyMEPIS 6.5 (rc2)

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Linux
Reviews

So, there I was in Salt Lake City, sick as a dog, with my faithful IBM T40 ThinkPad. This system uses a 1.5 GHz Pentium M processor with 1 MB of L2 cache, and a 400 MHz FSB (Front Side Bus). It has 512 MB of DDR SDRAM memory, and a built-in ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 AGP 4x with 32 MB of VRAM for graphics.

Firefox 3 release schedule draft

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Moz/FF

In the latest Firefox 3 status meeting, a release schedule draft was published. In brief:

* Alpha 4, by the end of April
* Alpha 5, by the end of May
* Alpha 6, by the end of June
* Beta 1, in July
* Beta 2, on September

So, considering a run of release candidates during October, Firefox 3 should be around November according to this schedule. I find it somewhat aggressive.

Linux tip - booting multiple desktop environments

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HowTos

If you just can’t choose between GNOME and KDE, or you just want a change of scenery every now and then, it’s really easy to install multiple desktop environments and seamlessly switch between them.

It’s really easy to install them - just use your distribution’s package management system to add your desktop environment of choice.

The Newbies Guide to Compiling Your First Kernel

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HowTos

So you've been using Linux for a while now and have decided to take the next step. Whether you are looking for a performance increase, added hardware support or even just to enhance your geek cred, compiling your own kernel need not be a horrifying experience. Compiling a kernel has historically been a very involved and, at times, frustratingly hair pulling experience for new Linux users.

Damn Small Linux The Portable Desktop

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Linux

We’ve written about portable apps quite a number of times in the past, but why bother with just apps when there’s a whole OS that’ll fit on a 50MB USB stick? Damn Small Linux, sometimes abbreviated DSL, is a 50MB mini desktop Linux distribution.

Using Sharp Fonts On A GNOME Desktop

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HowTos

You might have noticed that fonts are quite fuzzy on Linux desktops which can make your eyes ache if you have to sit in front of your computer all day long. Font rendering is still a little bit awkward and one of the last weaknesses of Linux desktops. This tutorial shows how you can make GNOME and all GNOME applications (such as Evolution, the file browser Nautilus, etc.) use sharp fonts.

The new Mandriva Linux: Here Comes The Spring!

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MDV

Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring is the latest edition of Mandriva Linux, the product of more than than nine years of continuous innovation for desktops and enterprise servers.

Cathedrals, Bazaars and Advocates

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OSS

In “The Cathedral and The Bazaar” Eric S. Raymond tried to convince the world that the open source development model (the bazaar) was better and cheaper than the traditional -closed- model (the cathedral). Of course this it utter nonsense. When I think of a bazaar I remember the soukh of Marrakech or Casablanca.

Mozilla social network add-on flies the coop

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Moz/FF

If you’re tired of having to visit your favorite social network, whenever you want to message friends or share content, why not have the network come to you for a change?

That’s exactly what Mozilla has planned with their Mozilla Labs experiment, “The Coop“. The Coop is a Firefox browser extension that places the social network exactly where you’d use it the most - your browser.

What it’s really like to use Linux 24/7/365

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Linux

Just over a year ago, I made the decision to dual boot my laptop (which is also my primary computer) with Ubuntu and Windows XP. I’ve spent the majority of that time in my Linux partition and I haven’t actually booted into Windows in over a month now.

Creating hackergotchis using the GIMP

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HowTos

A hackergotchi is a picture of a person's head that's used as an avatar for identification on a blog. Any region below the neck is cut out, as are any portions of the picture that don't include the head. You can create a hackergotchi easily with a digital camera and the GIMP.

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