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Story How I Learned to Love the KDE 4 Series srlinuxx 21/10/2011 - 3:05am
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Ubuntu running on P990i?

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Ubuntu

Put your sleuthing caps on dear readers, we've got a new case for you. A blurry video has surfaced of a Sony Ericsson P990i running a mobile version of Ubuntu. With the aid of a soldering gun and "special software," someone by the name of Wizolabo seems to have produced a working copy of the favored Linux distro running on the favored SE superphone.

KDE at CeBIT 2007 Report

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KDE

KDE was present at Cebit 2007 in Hannover, the world's largest IT fair. The booth was located inside the LinuxPark in Hall 5, where Linux New Media had given us and other open source projects the opportunity to present their work.

Survey: Open Source Developers Welcome GPLv3 Draft 3

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OSS

Open source software provider OpenLogic last week announced the results of a survey focusing on the most recent draft of the GPLv3 (General Public License).

Is the Tux500 racecar advertizing project a scam?

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Linux

I don't even post a link to it, because you'd almost have to be dead not to have seen it somewhere already. If you haven't seen it yet, a simple Google of "tux500" will do. This is the project where two bloggers have started a massive campaign to raise $350,000 to put a Tux sticker on the side of a car that will be racing in the Indy 500.

Pardus 2007.1 — Almost Perfect

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Linux
Reviews

I’ve already had the pleasure of testing Pardus once and it made a good impression on me. Recently the new edition, Pardus 2007.1, came out and I’ve decided to try both the LiveCD and the installation versions. This edition is almost fabulous, but “almost” makes a big difference which we are going to elaborate on a bit later.

Thinking Past Platforms: the Next Challenge for Linux

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Linux

In my first SuitWatch Newsletter, on September 5, 2002, I wrote this: "A funny thing happened to Linux on the way to World Domination: it succeeded. That's the good news; the bad news is its success has hit a few hitches, and it's unclear how long those hitches will last."

Ubunto takes on XP in OS showdown

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Ubuntu

DUAL-BOOTING Ubunto and Windows XP over six weeks gives a great insight into the strength's and weaknesses of the two operating systems.

So far most of the "is Linux ready for the desktop" reviews I have done have focused on the problems of installing the beast. However once it is installed and configured it is easy to see how much ground Ubunto has cut from under XP.

Proftpd Monitoring With phpftpwho

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Linux
HowTos

Proftpd is an excellent FTP server with many features. Wouldn't it be nice to see who is connected to your FTP server and what they are doing all in a convenient web-interface? phpftpwho allows you to see who is accessing your Proftpd FTP server all in a convenient web-interface. It is simple to install and only requires Proftpd, Apache, and PHP.

Hacking Ubuntu to Improve Performance

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Ubuntu

This feature includes various hacks to boost Ubuntu's performance, such as viewing running processes, identifying resources, finding process startups, tuning kernel parameters, and speeding up boot time. This is a complete chapter in the ExtremeTech book "Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks Mods And Cusomtizations."

The DistroNator

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Humor

On Oct 24,2003 a build server became self-aware and named himself Texstar and began building rpm pacakages and creating iso's called PCLinuxOS. Other servers became self aware ocilent1, sal server, thac, ivan, davecs, the darb and others and the whole thing became known as the devnet. One goal, one mission... to create the best linux desktop in the world.

Users Fawn over Ubuntu's Feisty Linux release

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Ubuntu

Always colorful with its names, Canonical has birthed the server, desktop and education versions of its "Feisty Fawn" Ubuntu Linux.

In its blasé form, the new version of Linux ships as Ubuntu 7.04 Server Edition, Desktop Edition and Edubuntu. The OS falls under Canonical's short-term, 18-month maintenance program, as opposed to the "Dapper Drake" 6.04 release, which enjoys five year support.

Ubuntu 7.04 arrives Thursday

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Ubuntu

For Linux business users, the most important Linux release of 2007 so far is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. But for most other Linux fans, the upcoming release of Ubuntu Version 7.04 on April 19 demands more attention.

Ubuntu's 'feisty' spin on virtualization

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The Ubuntu version of Linux is getting more virtualization-friendly, but in a different way than its top rivals.

Ubuntu's 'feisty' spin on virtualization The Ubuntu version of Linux is getting more virtualization-friendly, but in a different way than its top rivals.

bash shell script: copy only files modifed after specified date

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HowTos

I’ve mentioned a few times lately that I’m working on my backup plan for GNU/Linux. I started by looking at great free software tools like Samba’s rsync and GNU Tar, and I don’t think I need to look much further than them. There is also GNU Cpio, which I haven’t really investigated yet.

DD-WRT: Setting up a home Wireless Distribution System (WDS)

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HowTos

I’ve been a fan of the DD-WRT router firmware for some time. I’ve even done a couple of post about installing and upgrading a Linksys WRT54G with DD-WRT firmware. DD-WRT firmware runs on a number of wireless Linux based routers and provides capabilities far beyond factory firmware, such as VOIP, VPN and advanced traffic control.

Justifying the use of FOSS

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OSS

Statistics are often the refuge of scoundrels but occasionally they can mean something. A case in point is the paper drafted by David A. Wheeler to advance a simple argument for the use of free and open source software.

Ubuntu full circle mag - issue #0

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Ubuntu

Issue #0 is now available for download! This is just a preview issue of whats to come. It contains:

History of Ubuntu - from Warty to Feisty and
Ubuntu 7.04 - Feisty Fawn's New Features

Over two weeks in the making...

Look for Issue #1 towards the end of May.

More Here.

My Experience With openSUSE 10.2

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SUSE

So my latest endevour has been to find a linux alternative to my standard MS Windows XP Pro installation and I think I found it with openSUSE 10.2. While my linux administration skills are by far greater than they were a year ago, I still know I've got a ton of room to go in terms of every day linux functionality.

My Feisty regressions, what are yours?

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Ubuntu

I’m currently running the development version of Ubuntu, codenamed Feisty. The final version was planned to be released on April 19th, but this might change since the RC has already been postponed.

There seems to be no official announcement what exactly causes the delay, but I have some ideas, because there are some problems I’m currently experiencing myself:

Battle for Wesnoth 1.2.4

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Gaming

Version 1.2.4 of Battle for Wesnoth, a GPL'ed fantasy-themed turn-based strategy game, was released today. This is a maintenance release that fixes somes bugs with saved games and tSG should be playable again.

Changelog includes:

Version 1.2.4:
* campaigns:

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