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Story Mini-PC offers Chrome OS, modular design srlinuxx 26/05/2011 - 3:06am
Story Can an open-source backer thrive inside Microsoft? srlinuxx 26/05/2011 - 12:36am
Story gLabels Does the Job but Wouldn't Make Patrick Bateman Sweat srlinuxx 26/05/2011 - 12:33am
Story Fedora 15 LXDE Screenshots srlinuxx 26/05/2011 - 12:31am
Story Pitivi Pre-Release Adds New Audio and Video Effects srlinuxx 26/05/2011 - 12:29am
Story Deconstructing browser trends srlinuxx 25/05/2011 - 8:41pm
Story The State of Gaming on Linux srlinuxx 25/05/2011 - 8:39pm
Story Linux User’s Ubuntu Column srlinuxx 25/05/2011 - 8:38pm
Story GNOME 3 and Fedora 15 srlinuxx 25/05/2011 - 8:35pm
Story Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold srlinuxx 6 25/05/2011 - 7:19pm

XAMPP - All in one web server Installation and Configuration in Debian

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XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start.

DeLi Linux: A light Linux distribution, done right

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Perhaps one of the best Linux distributions tailored for older hardware is DeLi Linux. It's simple, and performs well enough to run on hardware as old as a 486. In fact, DeLi Linux runs on anything better than a 386 with at least 4MB of memory, though if you have only 4MB, don't expect stellar performance.

What's the Linux Holdup?

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Giving desktop Linux a larger market share? To be honest, this can be a touchy subject for me, personally. Much of the reasoning behind my "rough feelings" on the matter stem from the fact that I disagree with much of the Linux and Microsoft camps in general. That's right, I think that large numbers from both groups are wrong, and it's because of this that each OS is experiencing so much trouble now in the press.

Two principles of successful open source businesses

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I had dinner with Fabrizio, a good friend and CEO of Funambol, the leading mobile open source company. Fabrizio said some things about open source that rang true with me, which I had not considered before.

EU Study Says Open Source Could Increase Competitiveness

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Increased use of free and open source software in Europe could increase the region’s competitiveness with the US, according to a European Commission study.

Vista launch will boost desktop Linux

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The launch of Windows Vista has created a huge opportunity for Linux vendors to take a larger share of the corporate desktop market, according to the president of Linux Australia.

Adventures with OpenSUSE

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Last week I took a look at OpenSUSE, not from a desire to write a review (there are enough slavering "reviews" on the net) but as a brief experiment to get a wireless card working. My comments on the distribution, therefore, should be looked at in that context.

The Rules of Slashdot

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Let me explain the Rules of Slashdot:

  1. We love Apple (especially when they do something just like Microsoft, and even more if their product is vaporware).

  2. We hate Microsoft (especially when they do something just like Apple, and even more when their product is vaporware).

A realistic look at Ubuntu Linux on the Desktop

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Is Linux ready for mainstream? I'm going to focus on Ubuntu here.. because that's what I know, and as far as I can tell it's ahead of the curve.

News from the KDE land

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First of all, the Oxygen team now started to develop a Oxygen like style for KDE 4 with mouse pointers, sound and all. Although I have to admit that I tend to think about simple computer games for kids when I hear the new sound I like it that it is all developed and discussed now and not 5 minutes before the release of KDE 4 - it means we will see high quality stuff coming out of the process.

Also: KDE on windows

Ian Murdock On the importance of backward compatibility

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I’m often asked why I’m so obsessed with backward compatibility and, as a result, why I’ve made the issue such a central part of the LSB over the past year. Yes, it’s hard, particularly in the Linux world, because there are thousands of developers building the components that make up the platform.

Today's Howtos:

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  • The basics of how programs are compiled and executed
  • Firefox mailto custom handling

  • A Beginner's Guide To LVM
  • Installing and using Bitlbee - IRC gateway : Ubuntu

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 2 Screenshots

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The second development release for Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" has hit the mirrors. Ubuntu 7.04 Herd 2 integrates GNOME 2.17.5, ZeroConfNetworking, F-Spot v0.3, GTK+ 2.10.7, KVM virtualization support, WINE 0.9.29, and much more.

Ubuntu sources.list generator

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Ubuntu NL has created a sources.list generator for Ubuntu. Enter your current system, select your desires, and it creates & displays a workable sources.list.

sources.list generator

Week w/ PC-BSD - Day 4

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So, Day 3 found me moving into my PC-BSD desktop. Overall, it wasn't a bad experience. I learned a few things. Today the PC-BSD team put out an update to the PC-BSD 1.3, which is now is at 1.3.01. This is great, because it gave me a chance to use the Update Manager. I am pleased to report that it worked perfectly. And then the trouble started.

OpenSuSE to rival VISTA

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The openSuSE or just the old SUSE linux is the other M$ rival. It is by far in my experience the GREAT Microsoft rival ever. It has always been towards Desktop and usability. A truly DESKTOP linux distribution which offers its new YaST tool. Well not that it is new but it is far better than the last YaST I have tried.

Automatically Scan Uploaded Files For Viruses With php-clamavlib

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This guide describes how you can automatically scan files uploaded by users through a web form on your server using PHP and ClamAV. That way you can make sure that your upload form will not be abused to distribute malware. To glue PHP and ClamAV, we install the package php5-clamavlib/php4-clamavlib which is rather undocumented at this time. That package is available for Debian Etch and Sid and also for Ubuntu Dapper Drake and Edgy Eft.


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If anyone needs a Linux desktop which is fast on a pentium 3 machine with ram less than 256mb, Zenwalk-4.2 is one of the clear candidates. Yeah, you can also opt for Xubuntu, fluxbuntu, etc. Slackware-based Zenwalk was previously know as Minislack.

Creating Panorama images with GIMP

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To create panorama images in GIMP, you need to install the Pandora plugin. Pandora is a GIMP plug-in which helps in stitching together multiple images to make a panorama. It does not find image matches automatically, but it does automate the most tedious part of making a panorama.

opensuse-xgl-settings 0.2

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opensuse-xgl-settings is a script that can enable, disable and configure xgl/compiz on openSUSE 10.2 with point and click.

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today's leftovers

  • Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate
    As your humble HPC correspondent for The Register, I should probably be running Linux on the array of systems here at the home office suite. But I don't. I've been a Microsoft guy since I bought my first computer way back in 1984. You, dear readers, can rip me for being a MStard, but it works worked well for my business and personal needs. I've had my ups and downs with the company, but I think I've received good value for my money and I've managed to solve every problem I've had over the years. Until yesterday, that is. Yesterday was the day that I marked on my calendar as "Upgrade to Windows 10 Day." We currently have four systems in our arsenal here, two laptops and two desktops. The laptops are Lenovo R61 and W510 systems, and the desktops are a garden variety box based on an Asus P7P55D Pro motherboard. The other desktop is my beloved Hydra 2.0 liquid cooled, dual-processor, monster system based on the EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard. These details turn out to be important in our story.
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  • How to setup HTTP2 in cPanel/WHM Linux VPS using EasyApache3
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  • Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Available for System76 PCs, Ubuntu 15.10 Users Must Upgrade
    As reported by us last week, Canonical announced the first point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and it looks like the guys over System76 were pretty quick to push the update to users' computers. Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS is the latest, most advanced version of the Xenial Xerus operating system, and we recommend that you upgrade to it as soon as possible if you didn't do it already. This is an important point release because it also opens up the upgrade path for users of the Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (Trusty Tahr) distribution.
  • A Reminder Of Why I Hate Ubuntu
    Yesterday I was reminded why I hate Ubuntu. I suddenly was unable to SSH into Odroid-C2. From Odroid-C2 I could do everything as normal. It turned out the IP address had changed despite my HOST declaration in Beast’s DHCP server and Odroid-C2 being set to use DHCP, or so I thought. Nope. There was a dhclient.conf file in Odroid-C2 which requested everything and the kitchen sink from DHCP, stuff I had no use of like netbios… The man page for the dhclient.conf file says it all: “The require statement lists options that must be sent in order for an offer to be accepted. Offers that do not contain all the listed options will be ignored. There is no default require list.”
  • Thin Mini-ITX board taps Braswell SoCs, offers 4K video
    IEI’s “tKINO-BW” Mini-ITX board features Intel Pentium and Celeron “Braswell” SoCs, 4K video, triple display support, and optional remote management. Over the last year, numerous Mini-ITX boards based on Intel’s “Braswell” family of 14nm SoCs have reached market, but there have been far fewer models billed as being “thin.” This somewhat arbitrary term refers to boards with low-profile coastline port layouts, generally for space-constrained embedded applications rather than big gaming boxes.

Server Administration

  • MicroBadger and the Awesome Power of Container Labels
    Containers have the power to change infrastructure architecture, making it more secure and more energy efficient. This is because containerized applications can be started, stopped or juggled from machine to machine in seconds — far faster than applications can be moved on VMs or bare metal. That speed opens up the world to intelligent container-aware tools that can control what’s running in a data center in near real time. Combined with clever tooling, containers could help make data centers less static and more like an organic body: re-assigning resources or repelling threats as and when required. But for this vision to come about, those clever tools of the future need information. They need to know things like: is a particular containerized image mission critical? Does it contain a security flaw? Can it be safely stopped? Who should be paged if it crashes?
  • 7 Tips for SysAdmins Considering a Linux Foundation Training Certification
    Open source is the new normal for startups and large enterprises looking to stay competitive in the digital economy. That means that open source is now also a viable long-term career path. “It is important to start thinking about the career road map, and the pathway that you can take and how Linux and open source in general can help you meet your career goals,” said Clyde Seepersad, general manager of training at The Linux Foundation, in a recent webinar.
  • 3 Unique Takes on the Linux Terminal at Your Command
    When I first started on my journey with Linux, back in the late 1990s, there was one inevitability: the terminal. You couldn’t escape it. The command line was a part of your daily interaction with the open source platform and that was that. Today’s Linux is a much different beast. New and seasoned users alike can work with the platform and never touch the command line or terminal. But, on the off-chance you do want to take advantage of the power that is the command line, it’s good to know there are numerous options available, some of which offer unique takes on the task. Those are the terminals I want to highlight today—the ones that offer more than just the ability to enter a command. If you’re looking for a far more efficient interaction with your terminal and OS, or you’re looking for more flexibility with your terminal, one of these will certainly fit your needs.
  • OpsDev Is Coming
    OpsDev means that the dependencies of the various application components must be understood and modeled first before the development process begins.
  • One DevOps tool for all clouds: Cloudify
    Who doesn't want one program to run multiple clouds? I know I do. Cloudify, an open-source orchestration software company, now claims it can support all the top five public clouds and Azure, OpenStack, and VMware, with its latest release, Cloudify 3.4.
  • 5 sysadmin horror stories
    The job ain't easy. There are constantly systems to update, bugs to fix, users to please, and on and on. A sysadmin's job might even entail fixing the printer (sorry). To celebrate the hard work our sysadmins do for us, keeping our machines up and running, we've collected five horror stories that prove just how scary / difficult it can be.
  • A guide to scientific computing system administration
    When developing applications for science there are times when you need to move beyond the desktop, but a fast, single node system may also suffice. In my time as a researcher and scientific software developer I have had the opportunity to work on a vast array of different systems, from old systems churning through data to some of the largest supercomputers on the planet.

Leftovers: Gaming

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