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Freespire 2.0 Alpha 1 Screenshots

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Linux

With the switch to an Ubuntu base, development of Freespire 2.0 has restarted. The first alpha release of Freespire 2.0 is now available for download and we had decided to check it out for ourselves.

Setting Up A DNS Server On Ubuntu Edgy With MyDNS And MyDNSConfig

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Ubuntu
HowTos

In this tutorial I will describe how to install and configure MyDNS and MyDNSConfig. MyDNS is a DNS server that uses a MySQL database as backend instead of configuration files like, for example, Bind or djbdns.

Cracking Open the Door to Open Source

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Microsoft
OSS

When Bill Hilf came from IBM Corp. to join Microsoft three years ago, the company's stance on open source vacillated wildly. It would swing from outright indifference to overt nastiness. Today, something else is unfolding: Microsoft is striking a surprising balance. It has stopped dismissing open source licensing and community development as dangerous folly or evil foe, and is looking for a way to both compete and co-exist.

Should Google acquire Open Office?

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Google

I think there could be a lot of benefits to both parties if Open Office were to work along side the Google Docs team. Now I’m not talking about Google buying Open Office; instead I’m talking about Google hiring some programmers to work on the Open Office application and help integrate the two. I know this is going to cause some controversy, but just hear me out.

Former Mass. CIO feels 'bittersweet pride' after battles with Microsoft

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Microsoft
OSS

As CIO of Massachusetts from February to November last year, Louis Gutierrez had to endure most of the brunt of Microsoft Corp.'s political wrath over a state policy calling for the adoption of the Open Document Format for Office Applications, or ODF.

The Ultimate Time Waster

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Gaming

Today I have for you something guaranteed to lower your productivity: Wesnoth. This game is one of those free software apps that is of the quality of a proprietary application. Wesnoth is essentially a MO-RTS (multiplayer online real-time strategy) game. It offers two modes: campaign and multiplayer.

Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 5+ - Updating experiences

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Ubuntu

I'm writing about how Ubuntu handled an automatic update the week of March 5, 2007. These days the process of keeping your system up to date has evolved considerably so that it is very easy to stay current with fixes and security updates. Upgrading is not always straight forward.

Review: Elive 0.6.5

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Linux
Reviews

Enlightenment. Linux users who have been around for awhile no doubt remember this X11 window manager. Every once in awhile a new story pops up on the web about Enlightenment and I reminisce about using it back when few people had heard of Linux. So, with the latest Elive release announcement, I decided to give Elive a try.

creating a new SE Linux policy module

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HowTos

Creating a simple SE Linux policy module is not difficult. For example I had a server with the above messages in the kernel message log from the spf-policy program (run from Postfix) trying to run the "hostnme" program. So I ran the following command to generate a .te file (SE Linux policy source):

In The Eyes Of GIMP 2.3.15

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Software

The GIMP is a project that whenever a new release comes out (stable or not), I can't help but to give it a shot. With the release of GIMP 2.3.15 it made its way onto one of my machines.

Paranormal Search Engine Powered by Linux and Open Source

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Web

The Anomalies Network has unveiled the UFOCrawler, one of the first of a new breed of search engines specifically tuned to search for information about the paranormal and unexplained. The Anomalies Network uses the CentOS Linux distribution, Apache, Tomcat, MySQL and PHP in addition to IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition.

How to flash motherboard BIOS from Linux

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HowTos

You've finally made the move to a Windows-free computer, you're enjoying your brand new Linux OS, no trojans/viruses, no slowdown, everything's perfect. Suddenly, you need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to support some new piece of hardware, but typically the motherboard vendor is offering only DOS based BIOS flash utilities. You panic! Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve...

KSpread vs. OpenOffice.org Calc

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KDE
OOo

I've been using OpenOffice.org Calc for a while now, but I recently decided to give KSpread a try after getting frustrated with Calc's slow load times. It rarely bothered me on my desktop system because I have 4GB of RAM and usually leave the program open, but my work laptop runs Windows XP, forcing me to run Kubuntu in a virtual machine.

BOSS Tarang 1.1 Review

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Linux
Reviews

BOSS Linux, based in India, is trying to be the first Linux distribution trying to support all official languages of India. It does also support English which is also being used more in that country.

One reason why you should use free and open source software

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OSS

Today I’m going to take it all the way back to FOSS fundamentals and look at one question which a lot of people who are unfamiliar with free and open source software ask. In particular, one question often arises - why should I use FOSS over a similar proprietary solution?

How To Choose The Right Ubuntu CD

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Ubuntu

I realized the other day, based on repeated questions, that many people don’t know which CD is the best to download. When looking at a list of CD options from a download page the options can be very overwhelming. I thought I would break things down for everyone today.

Squeeze Multiple Blank Lines into One

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HowTos

To save the trees, i always squeeze multiple blank lines down to single blank line, before printing. Once I did this manually (yes, it’s like hell), but now I use cat -s:

Full Tip.

GIMP 2.3.15 Development Release

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Software

Version 2.3.15 is a snapshot of the development towards GIMP 2.4. The source code can be downloaded from the usual places. Changes include added keyboard control to rectangle tools, cleanup of the internal undo system, added HAL support for hotplug, and speed up transform tools.

Will the Daylight Savings Shift Do Us Any Good?

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Misc

It's all in the name of saving energy. At least, that's what we were told. Will it work? Not very likely, say two young economists at the University of California at Berkeley.

How to choose a Linux distribution

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Linux

Linux. It’s a great operating system, but it’s hard to choose which distribution (which version) you want to use. So, which do you choose? You’re probably expecting me to tell you, right? You’re partially right.

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3 open source alternatives to Office 365

It can be hard to get away from working and collaborating on the web. Doing that is incredibly convenient: as long as you have an internet connection, you can easily work and share from just about anywhere, on just about any device. The main problem with most web-based office suites—like Google Drive, Zoho Office, and Office365—is that they're closed source. Your data also exists at the whim of large corporations. I'm sure you've heard numerous stories of, say, Google locking or removing accounts without warning. If that happens to you, you lose what's yours. So what's an open source advocate who wants to work with web applications to do? You turn to an open source alternative, of course. Let's take a look at three of them. Read more

Hackable voice-controlled speaker and IoT controller hits KS

SeedStudio’s hackable, $49 and up “ReSpeaker” speaker system runs OpenWrt on a Mediatek MT7688 and offers voice control over home appliances. The ReSpeaker went live on Kickstarter today and has already reached 95 percent of its $40,000 funding goal with 29 days remaining. The device is billed by SeedStudio as an “open source, modular voice interface that allows us to hack things around us, just using our voices.” While it can be used as an Internet media player or a voice-activated IoT hub — especially when integrated with Seeed’s Wio Link IoT board — it’s designed to be paired with individual devices. For example, the campaign’s video shows the ReSpeaker being tucked inside a teddy bear or toy robot, or attached to plant, enabling voice control and voice synthesis. Yes, the plant actually asks to be watered. Read more

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