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Linux Gazette February 2009 (#159)

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The February 2009 issue of Linux Gazette is now available. In this issue: rI18N or The Real Internationalization Project, Installing VMWare Server 2 on Ubuntu Server 8.10, Using The Red Hat Rescue Environment, and more.

NixOS: A Distro Focused on Next-Generation Package Management

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linuxplanet.com: NixOS is not about to challenge Ubuntu or Fedora as a desktop distribution any time soon. But, then, user-friendliness is not its point. NixOS is designed as a test of Nix, a new package manager designed to overcome key problems with existing package managers.

Microsoft's IE loses more share, slides to new low

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computerworld.com: Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer (IE) again lost market share last month, although at a slower rate than the previous two-month stretch, but still ended at a new low of 67.6%.

Our open source heroes are humans too

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itwire.com: The latest person apparently trying to cash in on the seemingly eternal mine-is-better-than-yours angle is the usually sober Glynn Moody. But Moody at least has some merit in the arguments he advances. Not so with the folk who really went the downmarket tabloid route.

10 reasons to Switch Over to Linux from Windows

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pcsplace.com: If you haven’t tried Linux and is thinking of switching to a new operating system, Here are 10 reasons to make the switch from Windows to Linux..

Two weeks of Ubuntu

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leonardo-m.livejourna: After using Windows for many years (and some other operating systems before Windows) I have spent the last two weeks using Ubuntu 8.10. Overall I am quite happy.

10 Tips for Writing Efficient Bash Scripts

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hacktux.com: Bash is the default command line interface for many Linux distributions and a powerful scripting language. Here are some suggestions that will keep your Bash scripts efficient and lean.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #127

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ubuntu.com: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #127 for the week of January 25th- January 31st, 2009 is now available. In this Issue: Call for testing of DRBD: Server Team, Arizona LoCo Installfest, and Ubuntu pocket guide and reference book.

Blood Frontier: The Latest Open-Source FPS

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Gaming

phoronix.com: Blood Frontier is based upon the Sauerbraten engine and takes advantage of the features like a 6-direction height field world model, real-time map editing, light-maps, shader-based lighting effects, integrated physics support, and a particle engine. Like Cube and Cube 2, Blood Frontier uses OpenGL and SDL, which makes it multi-platform friendly with binaries for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

Neverball and Neverputt

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fosswire.com: It’s been some time since the last Games post here at FOSSwire. Free software isn’t all work and no play, right?

Defense Department sets up its own SourceForge

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cnet.com: The dam holding back U.S. federal adoption of open source just burst with the introduction of the Defense Department's Forge.mil.

Saving my sanity with Zenity : shell script interaction via the GUI

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Whilst an increasing number of recent converts are avoiding it (and I don’t blame them really), the shell is still a key tool for the majority of GNU/Linux users. Shell scripts are knocked-up, shared and deployed in all sorts of circumstances — some simply time-saving, others life-saving. But even if the shell script has been written by somebody else, running it can be a cumbersome and frightening exercise for users of lesser experience or confidence. How do we bring the flexibility of the shell script to the GUI-only user? Recently faced with just such a quandary, I discovered Zenity: a tool which just might have saved my sanity.

Read the first installment of this Zenity tutorial at Freesoftware Magazine.

WiMAX base stations to run Linux

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linuxdevices.com: PureWave Networks is using Linux, a Freescale processor, and an off-the-shelf middleware package from Enea to create its next generation of WiMAX base stations. Due later this year, the base stations will aim to bridge the gap between macro and pico WiMAX stations, says the company.

KDE 4.2 : Kmail/Kontact, the killer application !

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toniox.org: I recently went through a long discussion with my boss about linux mail clients usage in corporate environment.

Adventures In External Media With Kubuntu

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Ubuntu

earthweb.com: My new ASUS X83-VM laptop has a very capable, whisper-quiet 320 GB SATA drive. For some jobs, like storing my photos, that disk simply isn't big enough. It was time to look at external USB media options. Good thing the new machine has five USB 2.0 ports. Thus begins the adventure into Kubuntu on ASUS external media.

Novell confirms layoffs

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SUSE

computerworld.com: Open-source vendor Novell Inc. on Saturday confirmed reports that it had a layoff on Friday, though it said the layoffs were small and amounted to less than 3% of its workforce.

Top Four Alternatives To Ubuntu Linux

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pthree.org: Of course, everyone who reads the article are going to have differing opinions, and I don’t know anything about Matt Hartley, the journalist behind the piece. However, I have disagreements with the distributions he picked.

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