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Staying on Top of Your Memory Usage in Linux

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HowTos

Many people notice that after using a computer for a long period of time, that their system might start to slow down; programs open up or respond slower, web browsers seem sluggish, and the computer seems to all but slow to a crawl. Experienced users will recognize that this occurrence is due to limited free memory or RAM on the system.

New Linux Does Inclusive Virtualization

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Linux

The second Linux kernel release of 2007 is now available, further extending the virtualization and real-time capabilities of Linux.

Highlighting the Linux 2.6.21 update is the inclusion of the paravirt-ops paravirtualization interface, which enables multiple hypervisors to hook directly into Linux.

Debain WrEtch: review of an UnAmerican Linux system

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Humor

Debain is the only group of software developers who still believe that Richard Stallman invented programming. Everyone else now correctly credits Bill Gates for doing so. Debain developers hold themselves separate from the rest of the Linux community because of their pride in not stealing from other operating systems to build their version of Linux.

Microsoft To Release Silverlight To Open Source Community

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation may release part of the source code of its Silverlight technology to the open source community.

Compiz On Solaris X86 - Eye Candy For Solaris’s Desktop

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Software

Want to have all that eye candy (desktop coolness) that we have on Linux on your Solaris box. It is still little rough on edges, but it is coming there slowly. Guess soon Solrais will have as stable packages available as there are for Linux distributions.

OpenOffice.org Calc function tools

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OOo
HowTos

Once you are comfortable with inputting functions and formulas, the next step is to learn how to automate the processes. Calc includes over half a dozen tools to help you manipulate functions and formulas, ranging from features for copying and reusing data to creating subtotals automatically to ones for varying information to help you find the answers that you need.

Spreading opportunity

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OLPC
OSS

Growing up in Keizer, Justin Gallardo and Michael Burns learned about computers by taking them apart to see how they worked and by doing triage when their machines crashed.

Now the 20-year-old computer science majors at Oregon State University are working to ensure that children in developing countries have that same opportunity.

Your Momma Uses Linux

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Linux

Those of us who grew up in the seventies probably remember variations of this pejorative phrase. often aimed at either the schoolyard bully, or perhaps your best friend in jest. There was often no additional descriptor: just the first two words hanging there. The implication that your mother was... something left undescribed...

Gran Paradiso Alpha 4 Available for Testing

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Moz/FF

Gran Paradiso Alpha 4 is now available for testing. New features in this development milestone of Mozilla Firefox 3 include the FUEL JavaScript library for extension developers, a redesigned Page Info window, improvements to offline application support and Gecko 1.9 bug fixes.

“I don’t know what Linux is but I don’t like it”

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Linux

In college, almost everyone has a personal computer. More and more people are using Macs - it seems that 10% of the class of 2007 uses Macs, whereas it appears that roughly half of freshman (class of 2010) are using Macs. I’ve used PCs, Macs, and lately a lot of Linux. I’ve even written my own operating system.

Free, Open, Eating Its Young

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OSS

The FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) world is cram-full of interesting, smart, fun people. It's also full of trolls, jerks, and abusive wastes of time, and very confused when it comes to civility. A lot of FOSSers fall into the Five Geek Social Fallacies trap, especially the first two:

Geek Social Fallacy #1: Ostracizers Are Evil

XO laptop is fun for child's play

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OLPC

The hardest thing about learning to use the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project's XO notebook PC is finding the right way to twist its antenna ears and open the display. Once you can see the screen, just follow the icons to write a note, snap a photo, or compose a tune.

Linux: Releasing With Known Regressions

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Linux

Following the release announcement of the 2.6.21 Linux kernel, Adrian Bunk noted that he no longer planned to track regressions. He explained, "if we would take 'no regressions' seriously, it might take 4 or 5 months between releases due to the lack of developer manpower for handling regressions.

The real tune on real time Linux

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SUSE

Generally, I’m a fan of taking the high road. I’d much rather talk about what we do than talk about what the competition is doing. But sometimes you can’t let things slide…

Shiny Dolphin Mockups

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KDE

Nookie provided some Dolphin Mockups to show how he imagines Dolphin. While some of the enhancements do look a bit like a file manager of a certain wide spread operating system they do look good.

Nookie is a kbfx developer. I’m not sure why he produces Dolphin Mockups, but they look very slick and shiny anyway.

VDrift: Three confessions, an exaltation and a warning

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Gaming

I don’t play racing games. I’ve been driving for decades, and so it’s not really that appealing. I mean, if I wanted to race a car, I’d just make the arrangements and do the real thing. A racing game just isn’t far enough detached from reality to amuse my sense of imagination. And I’m not a gearhead at all, so it’s only an oblique interest to start with.

Love and hate with Kommander

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Software

Kommander is, IMHO, a great idea which needs a lot of technical improvements. The core idea is very good, but Kommander has many problems and bugs that need to be solved if it wants to be much more useful. I am currently using Kommander for a couple of things and fully acknowledge its power. There’s also a Kommander scripts section at www.kde-apps.org.

Ubuntu lays down the trademark law

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Ubuntu

Trademarks have recently become something of an issue in open-source circles. Debian, for example, recently took exception to Mozilla's Firefox trademark rules and called its version of the popular browser, IceWeasel. So, Ubuntu has decided to address possible trademark issues by creating its own trademark policy.

17 Must-Have Free Apps for New Ubuntu Users

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Software

If you haven't tried Ubuntu, the new Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn offers the PC user a chance to try out this open source software with little fear.

How to Rip DVD audio to mp3 or ogg

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HowTos

You can extract sound from a DVD, one track at a time or a chapter at a time. Some simple command line examples should suffice to demonstrate how this is done.

First thing you need to do is make sure you have lsdvd and transcode installed:

sudo apt-get install lsdvd transcode

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