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Story Very short 4.8 first look srlinuxx 29/12/2011 - 4:45am
Story Clonezilla: A Drive-Duping Monster With a Fearsome Face srlinuxx 29/12/2011 - 2:40am
Story Interview with Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation srlinuxx 29/12/2011 - 2:35am
Story As 2012 Dawns, Mint Leads the List of Top Linux Distros srlinuxx 29/12/2011 - 2:27am
Blog entry Kobo Tablet fieldyweb 29/12/2011 - 1:04am
Blog entry Maybe it's not coincidence, maybe the Mayans were onto something..? fieldyweb 28/12/2011 - 1:50pm
Story Changing the LightDM login background in Ubuntu 11.10 mcasperson 28/12/2011 - 6:40am
Blog entry Top 10 in Tech of 2011 fieldyweb 26/12/2011 - 5:42pm
Story Full Circle Magazine #56 srlinuxx 25/12/2011 - 8:56pm
Blog entry What Does Linux and Role Playing Games Have in Common? bigbearomaha 25/12/2011 - 8:30pm

Linux move reaps dividends for stockbroker Case Study: Since stockbroker Redmayne-Bentley revamped its IT infrastructure with a move to Linux the business has been reaping the rewards.

Search Status exposes website details

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tectonic: Search Status is a great Firefox extension that provides a handful of additional information on any site you're visiting at the time.

Open source vendors fight back against Microsoft patent claims

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ComputerWorld: "They want open-source software companies to like them and tell everyone what a good friend to open-source software Microsoft is," said Dave Rosenberg, CEO of MuleSource, an open-source middleware vendor. "But it's clear that the goal is not to embrace but to destroy."

Book Review: Beginning C: From Novice to Professional

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Unix Review: Ivor Horton is a beginner's best friend (Beginning C++ 6, Beginning Ansi C++, Beginning Java 2). And his Beginning C text is definitely no stranger to this forum as I reviewed the 3rd Edition in October 2004. What's new with the 4th Edition, and do you need it?

Help! My Linux won't start.

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itToolbox blogs: At one stage of our Linux adventure we have all come across this situation. Here you are happily exploring and tweaking your system when all of a sudden it doesn't start any more. There are many things that could have been done from changing screen resolutions to a script or runlevel gone bad.

Google Keeps Close Eye on Open Source

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eWeek: Q&A: Chris DiBona, a programs manager for Google, talks about how the company uses open-source software and what it contributes to the open-source community.

Review: Motorola's Linux Powered ROKR Z6

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Linux It has been a very long time in coming, but Motorola is finally starting to put out devices based on its new Linux platform. The Motorola ROKR Z6 is among the initial handset designs that Motorola has built on this new platform.

Secure Websites Using SSL And Certificates

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This article will guide you through the entire process of setting up a secure website using SSL and digital certificates. This guide assumes that you already have a fully functional (and configured) server running Apache, BIND, and OpenSSL.

Hacking the Ubuntu Installation

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Extreme Tech: This is the first chapter in the ExtremeTech book Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks Mods and Customizations. This feature explores options for installing and configuring devices in Ubuntu's installation process, including where to install Ubuntu, which variation to install, and what options to select that will impact system usability.

Group Collaboration With Screen

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ubuntu-tutorials: This week I’m teaching out in Portland, OR in a Linux Fundamentals class. A small part of one of this weeks chapter is on screen.

And: The Ultimate Linux Reference Guide for Newbies
&: Using “tee” to write to files and the terminal

What Does GPL3 Mean for the Enterprise?

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ServerWatch: The discussion and debate over the wording of GPL3 has crept into the mainstream tech news, which is a bit surprising. After all, it's just a software license. There are hundreds of software licenses, and in my opinion the ones that should be making the news and generating outrage are the standard EULAs (End-User License Agreements) that infest commercial, closed-sourced software.

The unemployment myth and open source

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Dana Blankenhorn: Got work? If you program with open source chances are the answer to that question is yes.

Tux500 crash!

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Penguin Pete's: Congratulations to the Tux500 team. Along with your reckless destruction of Linux, your insane pressure on a driver to carry out your mad scheme has driven him to the breaking point. He's now hospitalized with back pain. Considering the reaction by helios and gang is to JOKE about it.

A Feisty Tale - Ubuntu Upgrade and Install Issues

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Beyond Caffeine: I have been an adamant Ubuntu supporter since I was ‘converted’ to it - but I have been quite disappointed with Feisty (AKA: Version 7.04). Not Feisty itself, but the process.

LogFS: A new way of thinking about flash filesystems

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Software Storage manufacturers are getting ready to start shipping solid state disks, and Linux-based devices like One Laptop per Child's XO and Intel's Classmate don't contain standard hard disks. To improve performance on the wide array of flash memory storage devices now available, project leader Jërn Engel has announced LogFS, a scalable filesystem specifically for flash devices.

Speed up application launches with prelink

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FOSSwire: Application start up times can be annoying if they are really really slow. Part of this latency is a process where before the executable can run, the OS needs to work out which libraries it needs to kick into action.

Linux Mint 3.0 "Cassandra"

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linuxondesktop: Ubuntu because of many licensing restrictions , and nature of open source products dosn't include many codecs , applications that a windows refugee would look in a Desktop Linux Distribution . Linux Mint takes a step in addressing this problem .

Hand Grenade Jounalists - We Have Inspired The Best (Tux500)

Helios: Mr. Chastain however, comes from a more refined environment. When he embraced the Linux Community and welcomed us into his endeavor, it was with the idea that we were a sincere, civilized group who were of one mind and focus. He was happy he could help us gain the attention we seek. Unfortunately, that is not what he experienced.

And: "Marketers! Marketers! Marketers!"

People Behind KDE: Troy Unrau

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Interviews For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel to North America for the first time this series to talk to an IRC veteran and the author of ground-shaking, in-depth promotional articles on the interesting road towards KDE 4 - tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Troy Unrau.

The Big Ol' Ubuntu Security Resource

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ITsecurity: If you've recently switched from Windows to the Linux distribution Ubuntu, you've probably experienced a decrease in spyware -- and malware in general -- on your system. But although Ubuntu is billed as the ultra-secure solution, you should know that even though Ubuntu's default install has its flaws, like every other operating system.

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Linux 4.8.4

I'm announcing the release of the 4.8.4 kernel. And yeah, sorry about the quicker releases, I'll be away tomorrow and as they seem to have passed all of the normal testing, I figured it would be better to get them out earlier instead of later. And I like releasing stuff on this date every year... All users of the 4.8 kernel series must upgrade. The updated 4.8.y git tree can be found at: git:// linux-4.8.y and can be browsed at the normal git web browser: Read more Also: Linux 4.7.10 Linux 4.4.27

New Releases: Budgie, Solus, SalentOS, and Slackel

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Security News

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  • DDOS Attack On Internet Infrastructure
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    Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
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