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Playing with Foresight Linux

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Linux

I’ve started using Foresight Linux in my newly-resurrected Toshiba laptop with very good results. The very clean and unadulterated GNOME desktop, along with the new Conary software management tool were enough reasons to try it out and I could say its something I would use for a long time.

Trip the Light Fantastic - Linux in the Special Effects Industry

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Linux

In early 1998, Linux users began to be aware that their operating system of choice was making a serious impact in the field of movie production. Daryll Strauss had written an article for the Linux Journal, in which he described how Digital Domain had rendered scenes for the box-office busting Titanic on a farm of Linux boxes.

Why MS Office 2007 is both a good and bad thing for OpenOffice.org

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OOo

OpenOffice.org (OOo) is, of course, the free software world’s complete office suite.

Overview: Archive tools for linux

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HowTos

There are various archive file format exist, such as .tar.gz, .tgz, .tar.bz2, .gz, .bz2, .zip, .rar, .7z. The common questions regarding archives are “how to extract files from tar.gz?”, “how to create rar in Linux?” etc.

Therefore this overview aims to covers simple examples of archive tool usage for the common format such as: tar, gzip, gunzip, bzip2, bunzip2, zip, unzip, rar, 7z.

Student starts Firefox campaign on campus

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Moz/FF

When students use on-campus computers, they have various browsers they can use, including Internet Explorer and Safari.

If one Appalachian State University student has his way, all students would only use Mozilla Firefox.

When students use on-campus computers, they have various browsers they can use, including Internet Explorer and Safari.

VLC Media Player

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Reviews

For many, if not most, Windows users the world of media players begins and ends with Windows Media Player. Despite the ever increasing encroachment of digital rights management (DRM) and the bloat that is added to every release Windows Media Player is still the default media player for many users.

Safari Drops, Firefox Gains in March

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Moz/FF

Safari's Web browser marketshare dipped slightly in March while Firefox showed a gain. Microsoft's Internet Explorer continues the downward slide it started a year ago, according to data from Market Share.

Firefox moved from its previous all time high 14.18 percent in February up to a 15.01 percent marketshare March while maintaining its second place position.

The Visual History of Fedora

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Linux

With the release of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn happening in just a matter of days, last month at Phoronix we had presented The Visual History of Ubuntu. In that article we went back and looked at all Ubuntu releases to date to see how it has evolved over time both when it comes to the interface as well as the changes that had made up each release.

Why I love- and hate- Mandriva

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MDV

Remember Mandriva? I did a review on it a while back, saying that it was best suited for newbies with well-paid administrators. Well, here's what I overlooked:

The problem with Linux is, there are no games

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Gaming

Linux will never take over the desktop market because it doesn’t have enough games. People might use Linux for normal day-to-day tasks, but not for gaming.

Sure, there are some Linux games, but nothing good. It’s like, maybe Pong with console graphics and stuff.

Or that awful interface — what’s that called? GTK or something? And every game needs a CS degree to install.

“Linux” is Free(dom)

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Linux

Linux is “Free” in two senses. In one sense, the Linux consumer is free to modify the system and do anything he or she wishes with it. In another sense, acquiring Linux does not necessarily require any cash outlay at all.

FoxieWire: Digg-Like Site for Mozilla News

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Moz/FF

SpreadFirefox has announced a new Digg-like site specifically for Mozilla news. The site is called FoxieWire and uses the Pligg software as the foundation to handle the user voting. Here is what SpreadFirefox had to say about the launch:

Try this workaround for time-out issues in kernel 2.6.17 and higher

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HowTos

Because of a recent change in TCP window scale settings in Linux 2.6.17 kernel and higher, you may have had some problems connecting to certain Web sites. In this tip, I'll show you a workaround for the time-out problem, but first, let me give you the background on this issue.

What if Linux Distros were Women?

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Humor

I've used quite a few linux distros in my time. Recently it occurred to me what they would look like if they were beautiful, attractive women. I think perhaps I've spent too much time on the computer, eh? Anyway, I've made a list. Tell me what you think!

If Linux Distros were women:

Redhat:

GNUMP3d: A small, portable, MP3/OGG streaming server

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Software

Suppose you want to let a friend thousands of miles away listen to a song from your computer. Perhaps you just want to open up the music library on your computer to a select few while you're on another client on your local area network. Enabling file sharing might be overkill. Instead, you can use a streaming server such as GNUMP3d.

Listening to Ubuntu with Amarok

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Software

I had written in my engagement with Ubuntu that I had some key audio requirements and I wondered how they will fare. The first problem with Ubuntu is that the system throws audio players at you willy nilly so that it is hard to sift through them all.Some are simple, crude, with bells and whistles and others are without this all.

DVD Authoring with DVDStyler

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HowTos

Free software for mastering DVDs is starting to catch up with some of the commercial software in this genre. Command line tools have been available for some time, but GUI based tools have just started to become usable. One such GUI is DVDStyler.

Mandriva’s business model

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MDV

I am often asked about the Mandriva business model. So here is a quick summary of the key points:

1. we’re open source
2. we’re a product company
3. we’re publicly traded
4. we address both the consumer market and the corporate market
5. we address the consumer market through multiple channels
6. we have a network of partner/distributors

Pimp Your Kubuntu in 3 Easy Steps

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HowTos

Welcome to the Kubuntu desktop customization guide where you will learn how to bring your KDE desktop to life! In other words, how to get from:

My First Impressions Of Dolphin File Manager

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Software

Don’t panic if you love the endless flexibility of Konqueror - it isn’t going away in KDE 4, it just won’t be the default. Today I downloaded Dolphin and decided to give it a try, spent around 15 minutes and I can say that I am staying with Konqueror.

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