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Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 01/10/2011 - 7:21am
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Story Installing Fedora 16 pre-release srlinuxx 01/10/2011 - 6:57am
Story Mechanical Engineering Useful Software in Linux srlinuxx 01/10/2011 - 3:34am
Story Kernel Log: Coming in 3.1 (Part 4) - Drivers srlinuxx 01/10/2011 - 3:31am
Story Why Firefox Is My Browser Of Choice srlinuxx 01/10/2011 - 3:30am
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Story Intrerview with Linus Torvalds srlinuxx 30/09/2011 - 10:25pm
Story 9000 Reasons to Upgrade Firefox srlinuxx 30/09/2011 - 10:23pm
Story Quick Gnome 3.2 Writeup srlinuxx 30/09/2011 - 9:09pm

How To Build A New Freetype

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I've had several requests for my RPM for freetype2 including sub-pixel rendering for openSUSE 10.2. So here are instructions on how to build your own, including my modified SPEC file. If you're in the USA it might be illegal to download my file, so this file is only for people who live in free countries. Or at least semi-free countries, like the UK.

1. Download freetype2 source rpm

Disabling unused daemons to speed up your boot sequence

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Many Linux distros usually start a lot of daemons when booting, resulting in a long wait before you can get to work after powering on your machine. Some of those daemons are rarely used (or even not al all) by the majority of users. This tutorial describes how to disable unused or rarely used daemons in a proper way, resulting in faster boot sequences and less CPU load.

debug a currently running program with GDB

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Here is a quick tips of GDB. There is a time when I was working on a module that was written in c/c++ hangs in the middle of execution. I have no clue how it happens, and it happens quite rare. I keep guessing and try to feed in more debug print lines to search for the cause of the hangs. Spend few days with no luck, but suddenly I thought of GDB.

Upgrade Debian Sarge to Debian Etch

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Before upgrading your system, it is strongly recommended that you make a full backup, or at least back up any data or configuration information you can’t afford to lose. The upgrade tools and process are quite reliable, but a hardware failure in the middle of an upgrade could result in a severely damaged system

I'm JADed !

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Linux

In my apparently never-ending quest to revive and refresh my aging 32-bit box I decided to try installing the JAD (JackLab Audio Distribution) system. To recapitulate the source of woe with this particular machine, I'll remind readers that its PS2 ports are physically damaged, forcing me to switch my mouse and keyboard to the USB ports (the problem has something to do with the HID module).

Debian Just Died

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Sam Hocevar was elected the new DPL: Debian Project Leader Election 2007 Results.

It's useless to ask "how many voted for Sam", because the Debian elections are using an advanced Condorcet voting system with Schwartz Sequential Dropping, to guarantee that the winner is the candidate that is the less hated, if I am allowed to put it this way.

Review of SimplyMepis 6.5

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Reviews

Here we are again, another day and another newly released distro. This time I'm investigating the popular SimplyMepis 6.5 which seems to have a thriving community and a strong base of supporters so it seems only right to give this new release the normal treatement.

Command line tips - seeing how much disk space is left with df

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t’s time for another command line tip today - and that is how to see how much disk space you have left overall on a particular partition.

It’s always good to know how much space you have left, especially when you’re about to leap into a backup, wget a big file or do some other process which needs a lot of space.

Dreamlinux 2.2 RC1 Multimedia GL Screenshots

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Hitting the web a few days ago was the first release candidate for the multimedia GL edition of Dreamlinux 2.2. This new release is built against the Debian testing repository, the multimedia plugins and codecs have been updated, and this release also includes Beryl 0.2 final. This release does also include the latest proprietary drivers from NVIDIA and ATI.

Goodbye Windows, Hello Linux

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Well it’s been a year since I gave up Windows for a life of Linux and was I wise to embark on such a voyage?

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released

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The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian GNU/Linux version 4.0, codenamed etch, after 21 months of constant development. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of eleven processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktop environments.

Why Use Software Illegally When You Can Use Legally ….

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If you run Linux and install free software, you won’t have to worry about this ever again!

Multiplier maximizes productivity

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One of the most exciting of many projects under way at R Cubed Technologies is the Multiplied Linux Desktop Strategy.

Working with one of its partners, Omni Technologies of Canada, R Cubed has developed a system that allows up to 10 students to work at the same time with a single Linux PC. Novell Equipment runs the multiplied software.

Microsoft patents are striking again!

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Funny thing, I noticed this because someone complained about encountering the side-effects of Microsoft patents on ClearType in... openSUSE 10.2!

James Ots noticed that Sub-pixel Antialiasing in openSUSE 10.2 seems to be broken, so he recompiled the package from sources, with sub-pixel antialiasing turned on.

Linux Project no longer a priority for TCI Research Center

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Head of TCI Research Center said here Friday, “pursuing the Persian Linux Project, or the open text software project, is no longer a priority for this center.”

Hidden Linux : A Little Linux Mashup

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In Web 2.0 terms a "mashup" is a website that combines content from a variety of sources in order to give users an integrated experience. You can achieve something similar using the vast variety of hidden utilities in Linux - and you don't even need to be a programmer!

Globulation 2 0.8.22 Released

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The open source real-time strategy game project Globulation 2 has been updated to release 0.8.22. Changes in this release includes:

* A new system far campaigns is available.
* AIs have been improved.

More Here.

Administrating SElinux on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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audit2allow is a nice tool for understanding AVC denials. On RHEL4, all AVC denials are logged to the kernel ring buffer. The command dmesg will show these, and audit2allow -d will interprit them, and output the SELinux rules needed to allow these denials.

Gaim changes name to Pidgin

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Many years ago when this project was first started, it was called "GTK+ AOL Instant Messenger." AOL naturally complained, and Mark Spencer changed the name to "Gaim." Around the time of Gaim's first 2.0.0 beta, AOL came back into our lives in a very strong way, this time threatening to sue Sean.

Review of Kubuntu 7.04 Beta

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Ubuntu

Kubuntu is one of the biggest KDE-based distributions out there right now. And it has a reason to be. Beautiful, powerful, easy-to-use, and easy to install are just a few things that come to mind. I tested out the latest beta, 7.04 Feisty Fawn, scheduled to ship on April 19th. Here’s what I found:
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Behind the GNOME 3.22 Release Video

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