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Technical Advisory Board Election Results

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Linux

kernelTRAP: James Bottomley announced the Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board election results from September 5th, "sorry this has taken so long to get out ... I just, er, forgot." He noted that there were eight candidates.

Creating dynamic swap space

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HowTos

debian administration: When a GNU/Linux machine runs out of physical memory it will start to use any configured swap-space. This is usually a sign of trouble as swap files and partitions are significantly slower to access than physical memory, however having some swap is generally better than having none at all. Using a dynamic system can ease the maintainance of this size.

The trouble with artwork and free software licenses

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OSS

linux.com: Are you a crafter of icons, sounds, backgrounds and splash screens, or even window manager themes? Selecting the right license for your artwork to coexist with free software is no trivial task.

Also: Artwork/Incoming/GutsyIdeas

Linux Mint Celena - Initial review

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Linux

techzone: The download was slick and the LiveCD booted to a very impressive looking desktop. The artwork was awesome, I was simply bowled over. However, an error popped up informing me that Linux Mint Menu has quit unexpectedly.

Novell's Linux business spikes since Microsoft deal

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SUSE

computerworld: Novell's Linux business has soared 243 percent since last November when the company signed its controversial deal with Microsoft. And, that growth doesn't seem to be short-lived.

Linspire adds paid support option to Freespire

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Linux

desktoplinux: Linspire has announced the immediate availability of its first commercial paid support offerings for Freespire 2.0 users. Linspire has now made competitively priced paid support options available at its Freespire support site.

Sabayonlinux: How things are going

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Linux

planet.sabayonlinux.org: Well, this morning I was thinking that I need to blog a little bit more, so here I am. Things are going well on the Sabayon side, we released a nearly perfect miniEdition last week and that’s a good thing from the QA side. Talking about future releases:

openSUSE 10.3 RC 1 Report

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Reviews
SUSE
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OpenSUSE 10.3 final is due out in just a few days, so let's take a look at the progress. Folks have been testing this release candidate and posting their thoughts here and there. My own testing was delayed primarily due to the some of the joys of running Gentoo fulltime, but I was finally able to devote my full attention to openSUSE 10.3 RC1. As per my usual, I downloaded the DVD iso delta. This time it was 422 MB. I don't usually test everything with these developmental releases, but what I have tested is looking good.

NVIDIA SLI: Linux vs. Windows

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Hardware
Software

phoronix: It is going on two years since support for Scalable Link Interface (SLI) was introduced into NVIDIA's Linux binary display driver. This support had come a year after it was officially launched and supported by the Windows ForceWare display driver and there were a number of problems. However, things have changed recently and in this article we compare the single and dual GPU performance under both operating systems.

Also: Nouveau Companion 27

Five Ways Linux Is Better Than Vista

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Linux

crn.com: A user or sysadmin posts about problems with a brand new Vista PC on a support forum. Within minutes, a "helpful" soul suggests a fix: "Install Linux!"

Quickies: openSUSE 10.3 RC 2 Live-CDs, SUSE Linux 10.0 Soon Discontinued, And More

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SUSE

opensuse news: Stephan Kulow has announced openSUSE 10.3 Live CDs based on Release Candidate 2 which also got synced out - its live installer should still be considered Alpha. The security support for SUSE Linux 10.0 will be discontinued soon, after over two years. The openSUSE Codecs Site went online which will provide openSUSE 10.3 users with hints when they try to play unsupported formats.

Gaming on Linux

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Gaming

foogazi.com: I’ve always been the guy my friends and family turn to with computer questions. I’ve also always been the guy my computer literate friends turn to with Linux questions. I always find myself answering the “Should I use Linux?” question with one simple answer: “Not if you want to play games. Stick with Windows.”

Linux4afrika: An Interview with the Founder

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Linux
Interviews

packt publishing: Linux4afrika has the objective of bridging the digital divide between the developed countries and the disadvantaged countries, especially in Africa, by supporting people getting access to information technology. In this interview with the founder Hans-Peter Merkel, we explore the idea, the support, and the future of this movement.

Fedora virtualization via Xen

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Linux

linux.com: Xen is a powerful new virtualization system that enables you to run multiple operating systems on one computer. Here's how you can install it on your Fedora machine, and how to get it configured to best suit your environment.

Hardy Heron: The Next Ubuntu 8.04

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Ubuntu

linuxmini.blogspot: Officially announced on 29th August 2007, Ubuntu 8.04 operating system is scheduled to be released somewhere at the end of April 2008 and the important part is that it will be supported with security updates for 5 years on the server and 3 years on the desktop.

Stable kernel 2.6.22.9 Released

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Linux

LWN: The 2.6.22.9 stable kernel update is out. There are quite a few fixes this time around; they address problems all over the kernel.

Open Source Game Review: Super Tux 0.1.3

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Gaming

raiden's realm: Mario. Probably one of the best and most memorable of great classic games. It still thrills and excites even to this day in all its forms. So much so that it's still spawning new and exciting versions of our favorite plumber and his friends. But what if Mario wasn't a plumber? What if he were, say, a penguin? If he were, then you'd have Super Tux!

DRM troubles drive ex-Microsoft employee to Linux

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Linux

zdnet: Veteran Microsoft security expert Jesper Johansson has said he may dump Microsoft's Windows Media Center in favour of Ubuntu-affiliated LinuxMCE after struggling with the software giant's digital-rights management software.

A Test Drive with Linux Mint 3.1 Celena

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Linux

softpedia: Linux Mint is an elegant, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution based on the very popular Ubuntu distribution. It offers paid commercial support to companies and individuals. Free community support is also available from the forums and the IRC channel.

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