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Savage: The Battle for Newerth

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Gaming

Savage: The Battle for Newerth, created and released by S2Games in the Summer of 2003, is a unique FPS/RTS online game. It combines first and third person combat with RTS elements such as structures, AI workers, and a team commander. On a good online server up to 64 players can easily play without any lag.

OpenXML sneaks up behind ODF - lets make it stop

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OSS

It seems that Microsoft are working to “fast track” their OpenXML format to become a new European ISO/IEC standard. So what do we do? Well, we have until 5th Feb 2007 to make complaints.

Red Hat's Volley on Linux Management Offering

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Linux

Call it Red Hat's forward spin velocity regarding Linux management tools. With competition such as Oracle offering full Red Hat support on their own products, Red Hat is now expanding and improving its Linux management footprint.

A Vista vs. Linux matchup

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OS

In this multi-part series, DesktopLinux.com columnist and operating system curmudgeon Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols pits Microsoft's latest wares -- Vista -- against Linux's fair haired boy -- Ubuntu -- to see how the pinnacle of commercial desktop operating systems stacks up against the free, community-developed Linux upstart.

Also: Desktop Linux 2006: The Year in Review

Penguin Prophecies

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Linux

It’s that time of year — the time when every IT pundit worth his or her salt is required to publish a New Year’s list of predictions or resolutions. So, being Linux Magazine’s equivalent of Professor Marvel (from the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz), who has a talent for seeing the patently obvious, I’m here to take my shot.

PCLinuxOS, Distros, and 10 reasons to try PCLinuxOS.

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Linux

I wonder if there is a survey that has information on how many different distros a typical Linux user has used over that last 5 years? Of course, I mean more than just an install trial where you experiment with a distro for a few days, then wipe or replace that distro.

For me, that number is a fairly conservative two. And one of those two distros is the (grown up) child of another.

Lesser known "mini" Linux runs from RAM

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Linux

Mustang Linux, a fork of Buffalo Linux and a newcomer to the "mini" Linux distribution field, achieved a v2.3.1 release earlier this month. The lightweight distro, which can run entirely from RAM, is based on a 2.6.16 kernel and offers a choice of desktops, the project team said.

UbuCon NYC: Ubuntu Conference at Google/NYC Offices Feb 16

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Ubuntu

I am happy to tell you about the 2nd UbuCon, an Ubuntu user and
developer event, to take place at Google’s New York City offices on
February 16.

Closed source use of the open source model

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OSS

One big trend of this decade that has not been remarked-upon enough is how many closed source or proprietary products have adopted elements of the open source business model.

Linux sees big growth in China, despite problems

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Linux

China's Linux industry is slated for a 28% increase in growth through the years 2006-2010. Despite its success, there are many hurdles to overcome - mainly improving compatibility issues.

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GNOME 2.17.90 Released!

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Software

Yet another GNOME release is now available. This is our sixth
development release on our road towards GNOME 2.18.0, which will be
released in March 2007. This release marks the start of the UI Freeze.

PC-BSD Day 5: Gaming

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Reviews
BSD

For Day 5, I reinstalled, and set out to answer the following question: how is PC-BSD as a gaming platform? Since fun trumps work every time, Day 5 was dedicated to installing games.

Also: PC-BSD Conclusion

BT still 'not fulfilling' GPL

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OSS

BT has still not done enough to fulfill the requirements of the General Public License, according to the Freedom Taskforce.

kubuntu vs MS ISA Proxy ft apt-get

Getting adept at updates behind enemy lines, a quick guide to get your updates running through MS ISA Proxy. Also known as NTLMAPS to the rescue!

Pardus gives Linux a custom lift

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Linux
Reviews

Apart from a KDE desktop and applications, the developers of the Pardus 2007 Linux distribution have built an entire distribution from scratch. Pardus, released last month, has its own multilingual installer, custom dependency-resolving package manager, and an INIT system that slashes boot times by several seconds. The distribution has come a long way since its first release in 2005, when it was based on Gentoo and lacked a package manager. Thanks to its custom tools, it's one of the easiest Linux distribution to run and manage.

Back Up Linux And Windows Systems With BackupPC

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can back up Linux and Windows systems with BackupPC. BackupPC acts as a server and is installed on a Linux system, and from there it can connect to all Linux and Windows systems in your local network to back them up and restore them without interfering with the user's work on that system.

Linux For The Desktop - Is It Really Time?

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Linux

Linux for the Desktop is still way to geeky for the average user. I guess my best analogy is to compare Linux to DOS. Linux still seems that way to me and this needs to be modified, changed, simplified, redone, uncomplex, uncomplicated, plain, clear, ………that’s enough.

Also: 2007, the Year of the Penguin

Dunc-Tank: Success or failure?

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Interviews

The Dunc-Tank project has been the topic of much debate in the Debian community since it was launched in September last year. It has now been more than a month since the scheduled release of Debian 4.0, codenamed etch. However, even with Dunc-Tank's funding, etch is yet to be seen.

Red Hat is under siege

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Linux

Red Hat is under siege. When Oracle launched a direct attack on Red Hat's business model last October, Red Hat's share price sank by 24 per cent. And this week it added management tools to its Linux support service. Now, it's not alone: Sun has thrown Solaris into the mix.

What is this vigr program thingy?

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HowTos

Here you are spending a few pleasant moments running a critical eye over your directory system when you are suddenly quite alarmed. Staring you accusingly in the face is a program thingy called "vigr". Oh No! You think.

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