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Ubuntu: making things easier

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Ubuntu

I’ve had my eye on the Beryl project for some time now. Problem is, I’m a loyal Slackware user, and it’s a royal pain in the rear getting it to work on the platform. Beryl isn’t the only problem child, either. I’ve never been able to get Gcdmaster working, and the less said about DVD authoring, the better.

Linux: 2.6.21 Kernel Released

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Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced the release of the 2.6.21 kernel, "if the goal for 2.6.20 was to be a stable release (and it was), the goal for 2.6.21 is to have just survived the big timer-related changes and some of the other surprises (just as an example: we were apparently unlucky enough to hit what looks like a previously unknown hardware errata in one of the ethernet drivers that got

That Linux thing - where’s the vision?

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Linux

I get asked, fairly often, why I'm down on Linux. I'm not - I'm like a guy with three kids: love all of them, but find myself spending more time with one than the other two - hey, I even have the guilt that goes with the analogy!

How did we all end up with Windows?

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Microsoft

It's amazing how many people who have Microsoft Windows everywhere look flummoxed when asked whether Windows is their "standard" for desktop computing.

List Of Security Related Applications For Linux

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Software

Even though we know that Linux is quite secure by default installation of nearly any distribution, if you want to be sure that it is secure enough there are applications and services available that will make your computer/system more secure and manageable.

Antivirus

Red Hat's Real Time Coming Sooner Than Later

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Linux

Real Time Linux will be available to Red Hat (Quote) customers sooner than had been originally expected, but unlike many Red Hat innovations, the new Real Time capabilities will not show up first in Red Hat's Fedora community Linux distribution.

Exclusive Interview: Tux500 Team

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Interviews

As you may remember from a previously written article at MadPenguin.org, I was intrigued by the idea of a group of likeminded individuals who are taking the necessary steps to get Linux (collectively speaking) sponsored in an effort to make sure that everyone watching the upcoming Indy 500 would be aware of an alternative to Windows and OS X.

10 Useless Firefox Extensions

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Moz/FF

Just a few short years ago, Mozilla's Firefox browser was a grassroots upstart, struggling for its share of the browser market. Today, it's a serious threat to the once-omnipotent Internet Explorer's throne. One of the reasons for Firefox's success is the ability to customize the browser through extensions.

Interview with Scott, Ubuntu and Upstart developer

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The Linux distribution that took the world by storm, Ubuntu, is not only one of the most usable, but it has innovations of its own. One of the most distinguishable innovations in Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) is Upstart, a software package that, in all likelihood, will end up as the replacement for the venerable SysVinit and other Linux initialization systems.

How To Install VMware Server On Debian 4.0 (Etch)

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HowTos

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions about how to install the free VMware Server (version 1.0.2) on a Debian Etch system. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems (virtual machines) such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system.

Review: Arch Linux 0.8 Voodoo x86_64

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Linux
Reviews

I was contacted by a guy who was wondering why I hadn’t done a review of Arch Linux 0.8 yet. Well, the simple reason is because I hadn’t gotten around to it! Finally, I have. Here’s my review of the 64-bit version of Arch Linux 0.8.

What is Arch Linux?

The Freeness of Free Software

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OSS

It’s a joy to be able to download and use unencumbered software. Partly because of price. There is so much software out there and you could easily spend hundreds and thousands of dollars each year on equivalent proprietary software.

The pleasures of the Open Source development model

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OSS

The last days covered two news where some big companies cooperated with Open Source projects to improve their software. This is nothing special anymore in these days, but it is a pleasure every time when I see that the Open Source development model simply works.

Stash your cache

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HowTos

Here’s the deal: I reinstall once, sometimes twice or even three times a week. Why? Well, that’s beside the point. Sometimes I break something, but sometimes I just feel like it. Never mind that. What I want to suggest is that, if you’re like me, you can save yourself a little bandwidth and a lot of time downloading if you take the time to copy your apt cache before you erase your drive.

The Two Most Useful Search Tricks I Know

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Moz/FF
HowTos

I use these all day and every day. One of these tricks allows you to do a search quickly in Firefox. The other trick allows you to narrow searches down to a particular site.

Linux: Reiser4's Future

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Linux

The future of Reiser4 was raised on the lkml, with the filesystem's creator, Hans Reiser, awaiting his May 7th trial. Concerns that the filesystem wasn't being maintained were laid to rest when Andrew Morton stated, "the namesys engineers continue to maintain reiser4 and I continue to receive patches for it."

Sebastian Trüg on K3b 1.0 and More

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Interviews

Today we talk with the author of the K3b Project, the well known application that lets you burn CDs/DVDs and that lets you rip music from CD audio and films from DVD Video. We are going to talk with Sebastian about his story: when he started using KDE, when he started to create K3b and to talk about his plans in KDE 4 with a new KDE 4 project.

Stable Linux Kernel 2.6.20.8 Released

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Linux

Greg KH has announced the release of the stable Linux kernel v2.6.20.8. New in this point release is a single infinite recursion netlink bug.

For an explanation of Netlink sockets check out this article at Linux Journal. Changelog and link to the patch/kernel follow. (2.6.20.8 Changelog) (Patch) (Full Kernel)

We (the -stable team) are announcing the release of the 2.6.20.8 kernel.

Mandriva Linux 2007.1 - Not bad, not great.

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MDV
Reviews

Mandriva seems to have trouble settling down on a release schedule. First it was every six months, then every year, and now they're back to six months.

I was also confused by their naming scheme. They've decided to name each version after the year in which it is released, which worked as long as there was only one release per year.

KateOS 3.6 Beta Screenshots

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Linux

As was outlined in a previous Phoronix article, we have been evaluating KateOS as a possible Linux distribution to append to our arsenal of OS compatibility tests. Recently KateOS 3.6 Beta was introduced and we have went over this distribution with a fine tooth comb.

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Leftovers: Software

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  • Etcher Image Writer Is Now Better Than Ever
    Back in may we spotlighted Etcher, a stylish open-source USB image writer app for Windows, macOS and Linux. In the months since our feature the app has released a over 10 small beta updates, with Etcher 1.5 Beta being the most recent release at the time of writing.
  • Audacious 3.8 released
    Audacious 3.8 was released on September 21, 2016.
  • New Version of Audacious Music Player Released
    A new version of Audacious, a popular lightweight audio player, is now available for download. Audacious 3.8 introduces a small set of features, including the ability to run more than one instance of the app at the same time. Quite why… no idea. New audtool commands have been added, including stream recording toggles, and cue sheet support is said to be “more seamless”.
  • Rambox Puts All Your Favorite Messaging Services In One App
    Rambox is a free, open-source messaging and email app that groups all your favourite web apps into one easy-to-manage window. Sound familiar? We’ve highlighted apps like Rambox before, with Franz and the Gmail-specific Wmail being but two.
  • Stylish Markdown Editor ‘Typora’ Is Now Available for Ubuntu
    In the market for a desktop markdown editor for Linux? You may have helped but notice that you’re rather spoilt for choice. From Abricotine and Scratch to Simplenote, Springseed and Remarkable. Even Gedit can render markdown with the right plugin! With so much choice it can be difficult to know which app to pick.
  • YoutPlayer Floats Your Fave YouTube Videos on The Desktop [Ed: just an Electron app]
    Looking for a neat-o way to play YouTube playlists on your desktop, outside your browser? Take a looksie at Yout, an Electron app that lets you add and watch YouTube playlists on your desktop, floating window stylee. Yout is not the most user-friendly of apps.

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Avoid the pile-up in 'Clustertruck', a first-person platformer with day-1 Linux support, it's great
    We have been steadily getting more 3D "beat the timer" games where you're up against others times, which is great because they really can be fun. I do love getting competitive in certain games, especially with some of my Steam friends and friends in the wider community. Games like this recently have been something I've been repeatedly going back to for a break from life. Clustertruck is not only about beating the times of other people, but it's also a "the floor is lava" game, so if you touch the floor you have to start again. The really funny thing is that the safe pads are moving trucks you have to keep up with. You can at least grab onto the back of a truck if you just about touch it, so it's not always instant death.
  • Fusion 3, the next generation game engine and editor from Clickteam will support Linux
    The difference between their tools and others, is the event system. Instead of needing to program every single line, you can stack up events and link them together to create a game. It works quite well and I'm pretty excited to give Fusion 3 a go on Linux myself to see what random games I can create for fun.