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Story LibreOffice Is One srlinuxx 04/10/2011 - 6:58am
Story A Review and Endorsement of Sabayon LXDE srlinuxx 04/10/2011 - 2:27am
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Story They make Mageia: Samuel Verschelde srlinuxx 04/10/2011 - 2:23am
Story Niche Markets, Linux and Microsoft srlinuxx 04/10/2011 - 2:21am
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Story Seven Minutes in Ubuntu srlinuxx 03/10/2011 - 10:03pm
Story Btrfs File-System For Old Computers? srlinuxx 03/10/2011 - 8:09pm

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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SUSE

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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SUSE

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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Software

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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Software

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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Reviews
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:
Programs

What's Happening with PCLOS 2007?

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There are still a few bugs to work out, but Texstar has posted, "We are going to do a quick TR4 with an updated kernel/hal and then a final right after provided the kernel works out a little better. Whatever is still outstanding, we'll work on providing fixes via rpm updates as time allows."

Some of the issues the team is still working on include (updated to denote progress):

3D desktops

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While we all wait for Windows Vista to bring the "Wow" and Apple Inc. to drop its Leopard, it's a good time to examine what might make a next-generation computer desktops really cool.

One thing is certain; your next desktop will be more 3D and have task-juggling capabilities to satisfy even the most ADD among us.

Beryl gives you four desktops to mess up.

Inside the Microsoft War Room

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Microsoft

It's been a busy winter for Microsoft's four-lawyer patent litigation team. On Feb. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in AT&T v. Microsoft to determine whether the software giant is responsible in the United States for its patent infringement overseas. It was Microsoft's first appearance before the justices.

Recover MySQL Database root password

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By default, MySQL Server will be installed with root superuser without any password. You can connect to MySQL server as root without requiring password or by keying in blank password. However, if you have set the password for root and forget or unable to recall the password, then you will need to reset the root password for MySQL.

UFO: Alien Invasion -- new version released

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This version features many great improvements over 2.0 and tons of new content, such as new aliens, new weapons, new maps, new base facilities, new research options and better multiplayer support. Many of the bugs that plagued version 2.0 have been eliminated.

More Here.

Roguelike Magazine

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roguelike magazine has launched; as the name implies, the site features articles about the ASCII dungeon crawler games collectively known as "roguelikes". The initial issues will examine the aesthetics of roguelike design, such as the user interface.

More Here.

Linux Iptables — Easy and Simple guide

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So you just installed linux and is wondering for a good rule set for a secure firewall which does not interfere with your basic internet usage? Well no difficult at all…The following configuration is good to be implemented for a Workstation.

First lets flush all the previous iptables rules:

[root@linux ~]# iptables -F
[root@linux ~]# iptables -X
[root@linux ~]# iptables -t nat -F

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