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Story Why are we still waiting for affordable laptops srlinuxx 20/08/2011 - 5:51pm
Story Gnome shell starting to become my favourite srlinuxx 20/08/2011 - 5:49pm
Story Close your Windows: Open Ubuntu srlinuxx 20/08/2011 - 5:47pm
Story Geek Software of the Week: Clonezilla! srlinuxx 20/08/2011 - 5:45pm
Story openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 189 is out srlinuxx 20/08/2011 - 5:43pm
Story Linux and the Tyranny of the Default srlinuxx 1 20/08/2011 - 4:12pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 20/08/2011 - 6:29am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 20/08/2011 - 5:41am
Story HP Should Open Source WebOS srlinuxx 20/08/2011 - 3:09am
Story Three Great Mindmapping Tools for the Linux Desktop srlinuxx 20/08/2011 - 3:06am

Linux 's Missing Manual Coming to a User's Group Near You

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Would you like to get your hands on "Linux System Administration" and have Bill Lubanovic or me show up to your local LUG or UNIX User group meeting?

Load Balance your internet traffic over two providers

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If you have two internet providers, and want to balance the load between them, you can use your Linux Box for doing that, you do not need a big machine, an old one can do the job. You can even decide which route to Internet will have more or less load.

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“GNU”, “Linux”, or neither...?

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I’m sure everyone reading this has heard the debate over whether that top dog free operating system should be called “Linux” or “GNU/Linux”, but how big a contribution is GNU or Linux to that operating system?

People Behind KDE: Albert Astals Cid

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For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel to Spain to meet a focused developer who does not go off at a tangent. Someone with flashes of brilliance you may miss if you Blinken. With plans in abundance, tonight's star of People Behind KDE is KPDF maintainer Albert Astals Cid.


Age: 25

Bill Reminder - bill tracker for Ubuntu

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Billreminder is a simple bill tracking application for Ubuntu. I installed it and started using it. Installation was simple and it’s pretty easy to use. To install Billreminder, Click here and click on download Billreminder. Once downloaded, double click the file and untar the file to a folder (say Billreminder). Open a terminal (Application -> Accessories -> Terminal) and type

OLPC manufacturer to sell $200 laptop in developed countries

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Quanta, the company manufacturing the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project's XO laptops, plans to begin selling low-cost budget mobile computers for $200 later this year. According to Quanta president Michael Wang, the company plans to leverage the underlying technologies associated with OLPC's XO laptop to produce laptop computers that are significantly less expensive than conventional laptops.

Hello AIGLX For fglrx?

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Yesterday in the forums I created a thread called Hello Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition! with the AMD 8.35.5 Linux drivers, but will Hello AIGLX! be the next big announcement?

Using external file devices in Linux: Climbing the "mount" command

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In my four years of using Linux, getting usb drives, memory cards, cd-roms, and Windows shares in a state where I could actually use them has been one of my most frustrating problems. Printing, by comparison, has been far easier. I was frustrated even that I had to use the "mount" command, not to mention all the issues with getting it to work the way I wanted it to.

Red Hat revenue up, profit down

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Revenue continued its steady increase for Linux seller Red Hat's most recent quarter, but net income dropped 25 percent.

Fedora 7 Test 3 - featuring KDE live CD

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Fedora 7 Test 3 was released today. This release included for the first time a Fedora live CD featuring KDE.

Unscientific Linux Popularity Contest

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Have you ever wondered which Linux distro is the most popular? Many people will point to the statistics at These statistics are generated by the number of "hits" for each distro page at DistroWatch. Unfortunately, this allows the possibility of "ballot-stuffing" by making multiple visits to distro page that you like.

Review: System 76 Darter laptop

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While users are pleading with Dell to sell systems with Linux pre-installed, smaller vendors have been offering Linux on OEM hardware for some time. One of the more recent arrivals in the OEM Linux market is System 76, which sells a decent selection of desktop, workstation, and notebook systems with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed.

Linux on the Desktop

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Dell said that they'll soon start offering Linux on desktop and notebook systems. My recent experience with Linux on Dell notebooks has been interesting.

I had an older Dell laptop laying around for more than year. It had a failed power charging board in it (the board that handles both AC and DC power), which failed in one of those classic "I shouldn't have done that" moments...

Thought of the moment: The Problem with Ubuntu

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Maybe it's just me, but I believe Ubuntu and Canonical have a severe case of the Not Invented Here. Instead of building on one of the three most suitable distributions at the time (each with advantages, disadvantages and often trade-offs): Debian, and Mandriva Linux (formerly Mandrake Linux) and MEPIS, they have forked Debian, and created an improved but incompatible version.

Low-cost student laptops to run Mandriva Linux

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Mandriva, the France-based Linux distributor, will have a version of its Mandriva Linux 2007 pre-installed on Intel's new low-end laptop for students, the Classmate PC.

According to Intel, the ClassMatePC is a rugged laptop with a water-resistant keyboard and a theft-control feature based on a network-issued digital certificate. Its processor is an Intel Mobile 900MHz Celeron ULV chip.


Baby steps with DragonFly BSD 1.8.1

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The recently released DragonFly BSD 1.8.1-REL incited me top give it a very quick try. I always loved their logo and I was curios about how can act an OS forked from FreeBSD 4.8 — see Wikipedia for a short history of the DragonFly.

Opening Files With A Single Click Instead Of A Double Click In GNOME

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This short guide describes how you can configure your GNOME desktop so that you can open files and directories with a single mouseclick instead of a double click. This is helpful if you switch from Windows to Linux and used to open files and directories with a single click on your Windows desktop, too.

PengYou document collaboration software shows promise

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PengYou is a promising Java-based client/server document management solution and versioning tool for individual users and small workgroups of up to 10 users. In its current version -- a very early stage of development -- PengYou offers only bare-bones functionality, but the developers have all the basics right.

Google and Mozilla: Nobody Wants an OS from You

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I love Mozilla and Google products, and I use them every single day; however, the ongoing discussions about how they should create more of a presence in the operating system world has baffled me.

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Opera Data Breach, Security of Personal Data

  • Opera User? Your Stored Passwords May Have Been Stolen
    Barely a week passes without another well-known web company suffering a data breach or hack of some kind. This week it is Opera’s turn. Opera Software, the company behind the web-browser and recently sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million, reported a ‘server breach incident’ on its blog this weekend.
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  • On speaking at community conferences
    Many people reading this have already suffered me talking to them about Prometheus. In personal conversation, or in the talks I gave at DebConf15 in Heidelberg, the Debian SunCamp in Lloret de Mar, BRMlab in Prague, and even at a talk on a different topic at the RABS in Cluj-Napoca.
  • TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016
    Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades. In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
  • More translations added to the SFD countdown
    Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki. Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!

Second FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Restores Support for 'nat global' in IPFW

Glen Barber from the FreeBSD project announced the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) development build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system. Read more