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Linux needs to evolve - now!

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Linux

It is a brilliant idea to create an operating system that is free for everyone to use and to edit. Thousands of hackers around the globe share the dream of open source information technology without monopolism. Everybody who is into computing has heard of Linux and lots of them are using it for daily work. Yet so called “out-of-the-box” experience can instead be very tricky and much to complicated for a normal user.

Dunc-Tank continues to make splash

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Linux

Dunc-Tank, the unofficial organization set up to fund selected Debian activities, has made its first experimental payment to release managers, but community members are still debating whether a missed deadline and the alleged demotivation of some programmers make the experiment a failure.

Useful cloaking device is one step closer to reality

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Sci/Tech

Last October saw a major breakthrough in an area of research that, until very recently, was squarely in the realm of science fiction—cloaking technology.

HOWTO: Install FVWM-Crystal 3.0.4 on Edgy

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HowTos

I’m really, really impressed with FVWM-Crystal. It makes for an exceptionally good-looking lightweight system — even on outdated hardware. But after knocking around the FVWM-Crystal howto, I realized I would do much better.

ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick?

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Software

The ImageMagick (IM) suite of command-line graphics tools is a free software staple; Linux, other Unix-like operating systems, and proprietary OSes like Windows have supported IM for close to two decades. But there is also an alternative tool called GraphicsMagick (GM) that covers much of the same functionality. How do you know which one is right for you?

Tweakin' your Bash Prompt

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HowTos

About a month after moving into my new Slackware install, I have finally gotten around to setting up my cool Bash prompt again... only this time it's perfect.

Video chat working in Ubuntu finally

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Ubuntu

I finally managed to get my webcam work with AMSN (actually I didn’t do anything much) in my desktop. I have a Logitech Quickcam and Ubuntu Dapper recognized the camera without any problem. The problem was, I had a TV tuner card installed and also the webcam.

The Best Linux Security Tools

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Software

You can never be too safe these days. Viruses, spyware, rootkits, remote exploits, you just never know what security issue is going to be your downfall. Thats why it is important as a Linux administrator to have an understanding of some of the best Linux security tools available to you.

Expanding the open source business model

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OSS

I want O'Reilly for Dummies. How much would you pay for some really good open source documentation? It's an important question.

Mandriva : Cooker : The Inside Man IV

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MDV

Per Øyvind Karlsen wondered what could be the future of RPM especially for Mandriva as Mandriva is using RPM 4.4.6 from Jeff Johnson[1]. Anssi Hannula pointed out to the new rpm site[2] as RedHat through Fedora was aiming to give new directions to the RPM projects. The position of Mandriva about this is not known yet. Olivier LAHAYE was looking for a 64bits version of OpenOffice.org...

Mozilla Rakes in $53M

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Moz/FF

Firefox might be free, but that doesn't mean Mozilla is in the poorhouse. Although some speculated on one, higher, figure, Mitchell Baker, chair of the Mozilla Foundation, said that Mozilla made just under $53 million in 2005.

Rwanda joins low-cost laptop project

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Misc

Rwanda is the eighth developing country to join the One Laptop Per Child initiative aimed at giving away inexpensive computers to all young students.

Speaking Unix, Part 6: Automate, automate, automate!

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Linux

Discover how to use shell scripts to mechanize virtually any UNIX personal or system task, and learn more command-line tricks while doing so. Scripts can monitor, archive, update, report, upload, and download. Indeed, no job is too small or too great for a script.

30 Days In GNOME vs. 3 Days In KDE

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Software

At the end of 2006, I prepared myself for a "survival experiment". After having read how a KDE fan was able to "survive" after a month of immersion in GNOME, I thought I could undergo a similar, though opposite process: how can a GNOME fanboy survive in KDE?

Free Culture Foundation enters the copyright debate

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OSS

Just before new year, on December 31st 2006 the Free Culture Foundation site has been launched. The site appears to be mimicking the Free Software Foundation in form and also presents four core freedoms on which the Free Culture Movement should be based, to use, create, share and learn.

Software ain't patentable, damn it!

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OSS

"Thus, this [Supreme] Court's precedent repeatedly sets out that software, which is nothing more than a set of instructions – an algorithm – to be performed by a computer in order to solve some mathematical problem, is subject matter that is not patentable..."

Linux File Services: Good Things Arrive in Fours

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Linux

Neither the ext4 filesystem nor Samba 4 are ready for prime-time yet, but they are chock-full of promise and potential, so let's take a look at what they are promising to deliver.

Survey: Linux reaching critical mass

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OSS

Nearly half of all enterprises will be running mission-critical business applications on Linux in five years' time. The company predicts a steep rise: only 18 percent of businesses will be using Linux in business-critical roles by the end of 2007.

Also: Quarter of firms on Linux by 2009, say analysts

Anger as EU ignores open-source video

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OSS

More than 7,000 angry Linux users have protested against the European Union after it excluded them from viewing streaming videos. Stefan Esterer created an online petition last Friday which calls on the EU to stop excluding open-source users.

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The Mozilla developers working on the Servo browser layout engine and the Browser.html HTML-based web UI have kept to their goal of making a tech preview available in June. As of last night, the Servo developers hit their tech preview milestone we've been looking forward to seeing for months. Nightly builds of Servo and Browser.html have begun and they are going to be making available Linux packages shortly. Read more

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