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New Drupal 5 shines

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It's been five years since Drupal, the popular GPLed Web development framework, has had a major version release. The new Drupal 5, which debuted in earlier this month, was eight months in development and incorporates more than 1,000 patches from nearly half as many contributors. It also features overhauls and updates in system performance, usability, user interface, and theming.

Interview: Jens Axboe

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In this interview, Jens talks about how he got interested in Linux, how he became the maintainer of the block layer and other block devices, and what's involved in being a maintainer. He describes his work on IO schedulers, offering an indepth look at the design and current status of the CFQ scheduler, including a peek at what's in store for the future.

Speed Up Firefox web browser

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Mozilla Firefox is a graphical web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation. Started as a fork of the browser component (Navigator) of the Mozilla Application Suite, Firefox has replaced the Mozilla Suite as the flagship product of the Mozilla project. I am providing some Very Useful Tips to speedup your Firefox.

Almost famous

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Up until a few years ago, Linux was mainly used on servers. Now, it’s increasingly being used on desktop computers and notebook PCs. The Linux Counter Project estimates there are 29 million users, which would give it just about 3.6 percent of the total personal computer market worldwide. But a number of factors are likely to push these numbers higher.

Ubuntu Christmas Edition and Linux Mint Review

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Ubuntu

Even with Ubuntu's official position on the use of "Automatix" and the idea that you are on your own, the fact remains that it’s tools like this that have helped to propel Ubuntu into one of the top distributions of all time.

Also: Spyware: Is Any OS Really Safe?

Linux find or look for available smb shares on a server

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So how do you find out share name from Linux command line? Let us say you’ve few more servers running, a Windows 2000 server and a Redhat Enterprise Linux 4.0. How do you list or look for available share on a server?

Simply Mepis 6.0-4 Beta 4 -- A gift from the MEPIS gods 64 Bit that actually works

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Reviews

So my dreams of being free of 32 bit still live on, yet I still cannot get a package that wants to work across the board...until now. More on that later, but let's give this new polished package a review before the Feb 10th expected launch and let people know if they should move over from other KDE systems to the one out of the Mountaineer state.

What if Hardware Vendors are Trapped Too?

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Want some frustration? Buy a piece of hardware with “Linux support” and try to use it on anything besides x86 GNU/Linux. If you’re fortunate enough to choose a device for which there exists free drivers, you’ll have much more luck. What about the other vendors?

Commercial DVR Software Comes to Desktop Linux

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Linspire and SageTV today announced the availability of SageTV Media Center Version 6 for users of the Linspire and Freespire desktop Linux operating system.

It's 2007 and Linux has arrived!

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"Linux has arrived"...that may sound funny to those who have been using Gnu/Linux for a number of years. But it has finally graduated from a "kit car" with a manual transmission to a full blown production vehicle with automatic everything.

Media Players for gnome

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I got on the topic the other day or media players in Ubuntu and which did I use. There are a few that I really like, but none of them are actually installed by default. Below are three media (audio, video or both) players that I like.

Fedora's metrics have ripple effect

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Fedora announced this month that by using a tracking tool to monitor unique IP addresses, it was able to determine that Fedora Core 6 now has more than one million users. What does all this metric gathering mean for future Fedora releases? Moreover, what does it mean for the Linux community at large? The answer on both counts: plenty.

The REAL difference between open and closed source programming

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So many people have made so many posts on blogs and mailing lists and in web pages about open source vs. closed source. There have been too many flame fests and bad feelings. Time for some facts. The REAL difference between open and closed source programming.

Red Hat to open source its Network product

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One of the primary reasons companies buy Red Hat and JBoss is for the network(s): Red Hat Network and JBoss Operations Network. By open sourcing it Red Hat could enable an ever-growing body of commercial open source vendors to make serious money with free software.

Remote backup: Five tips in five minutes

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According to Pierre Dorion, certified business continuity professional with Mainland Information Systems Inc., remote backups address a disaster recovery requirement for a lot of organizations. "Not having your production data and backup copy in the same place at any time is ideal," he said.

Installing Mobo, CPU & Memory

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First thing is first, make sure that you have everything you need to get started. What good is it to get started only to find you don’t have everything necessary? This can take quite a bit of time, but is well worth the effort. Once you have inventoried everything it is time to get started!

How to debug a Shell Script smartly

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HowTos

This article shows you how to write your shell scripts smartly to make them easier to test and debug. You can use traditional set command. There is drawback of using set command. Before moving a script to production environment you need to remove all debug lines. This tip shows you how to solve this old problem without introducing any new errors.

Why Gentoo is a Great Server Distribution (a Rebuttal)

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Gentoo

When I read Why Gentoo Shouldn’t be on Your Server, I felt Gentoo was getting a bad rap. I’m currently using Gentoo on a number of production servers for a fairly heavily-used website. Gentoo has simplified my administration tasks greatly, and allowed me the flexibility I need to build the best possible set of systems to handle the job at hand.

Mark Shuttleworth: Call for Participation for Ubuntu Live 2007

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Ubuntu

After six developer summits, many more sprints and countless informal meetings amongst our developers, maybe it’s time to invite our users, customers and partners to the party? Together with O’Reilly we are thrilled to be inviting the WHOLE community to join us in our first annual business conference - Ubuntu Live 2007.

Custom Monitoring MySQL and SNMP with BixData

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With BixData you can monitor your servers as well as VMware and Xen. BixData includes pre-built plugins for things like CPU, Memory, Disk, etc. but any good monitoring tool needs to be customizable. BixData includes the basic ability to run scripts and record their exit values, similar to Nagios Plugins. This allows you to monitor almost anything.

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