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Story Ubuntu: Wake up and smell the Unity srlinuxx 29/11/2011 - 10:10pm
Story Flowering of Open Innovation srlinuxx 29/11/2011 - 9:53pm
Story The Koha Saga: A gift that keeps giving srlinuxx 1 29/11/2011 - 9:49pm
Story Open-source skills best hope for landing a good job srlinuxx 29/11/2011 - 8:07pm
Story Ubuntu will now track Mozilla updates srlinuxx 29/11/2011 - 8:03pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 29/11/2011 - 10:13am
Forum topic How do I a rebel bride - wedding location Edition bancroft 29/11/2011 - 9:42am
Story The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 12 (Lisa) falko 29/11/2011 - 8:57am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 29/11/2011 - 8:27am
Story Ignite for Linux is still coming srlinuxx 29/11/2011 - 6:49am

Kernel space: How much memory am I really using?

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Anybody who has tried to figure out why a Linux system is running short of memory can attest that the memory usage information made available by the kernel is, at best, difficult to use. Matt Mackall has recently been working on a set of patches aimed at improving this situation.

Linux and live CD's. What's the attraction?

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Every Linux distribution available seems to be coming out as a live CD. A reader (you know who you are Smile has asked me how these live CD's work and what is the use of them. Here is my attempt at providing an answer.

Public Key Encryption and Digital Signatures

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If you are concerned about the privacy of your electronic documents and would like to make sure that only people who are authorized by you are actually able to read them, you have the option to use encryption.

Ubuntu 7.04 reviews and impressions

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Here's the reviews and impressions of Ubuntu 7.04. So far impressions from Technical Itch and ZDNet and reviews from Pinderkent, CLICK, Seopher, 2xITwire, The Tech Journal and Interact News. Screenshots at Phoronix, ZDnet and FOSSwire and posts from several bloggers.

Vector Linux - Chaucer's Beautiful Hag

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n the Wife of Bath's Tale, part of Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales", a knight caught in the act of raping a woman is sentenced to discover what women truly desire. To help our modern readers understand how that might be considered punishment, it's a lot like sending someone to discover why Windows crashes without explanation.

Linux Minty Fresh

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Linux Mint is the prettiest incarnation of the Ubuntu family, yet it doesn't seems to get the same attention as its *buntu parents. I've been wanting to be able to use Mint since my first little test run of a beta of 2.2, but at that time wireless support shattered those plans.

Open source becoming more innovative?

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Years ago, I remember pontificating that open source would never touch the application market. Narrowly viewing open source through the prism of the day, I said things like this (to John Koenig at IT Managers Journal):

Project aims to bring DX10 gaming to XP, Linux, OS X

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Last Wednesday, a company called Falling Leaf Systems announced the availability of an alpha of something called the Alky Project. The Alky Project has a lofty goal: to liberate DirectX 10 gaming from the confines of Vista and bring it first to Windows XP, and then to Linux and OS X.

Mac and Linux attacks set to rise

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Speaking to consumer PC mag PC Pro, security guru Eugene Kaspersky said that the lukewarm reception of Vista will result in defections to Mac OS and Linux, thus making them more attractive targets for malware writers.

Mozilla extends Firefox 1.5 support

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Mozilla seems to be having a hard time pulling the plug on Firefox 1.5.

After today, the open-source group planned to stop shipping security and stability updates for Firefox 1.5 but now I'm hearing that support has been extended to the middle of May.

a kute little story

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my friend andy came over the other day and told me a rather nice little kde related story that i thought i'd pass on:

a client of his has some linux servers that are sitting in a local colo centre. the isp running the colo messed up some internal routing and half his servers could no longer talk to the other half inside the colo (though everything was visible and reachable from the outside).

Vista betas, RCs will reboot every 2 hours starting June 1

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Microsoft Corp. today spelled out exactly how users of Windows Vista betas and release candidates can shift to the final code, and warned that beginning June 1, preview-equipped PCs will automatically reboot every two hours.

Getting Xubuntu Feisty to bend to my will

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I made some progress -- and some discoveries -- today with my Xubuntu 7.04 Feisty installation on the Maxspeed Maxterm thin client.

First of all, while I think we can all agree that the GIMP, in its heaviness, doesn't really fit in with the Xubuntu philosophy of lighter apps for a lighter window manager.

'Kryptonite' Discovered In Serbia

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A new mineral discovered in Serbia shares the chemical composition of kryptonite, the fictitious green substance that robbed comic book and film hero Superman of his powers.

In Superman Returns, the chemical composition of kryptonite is identified as "sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide with fluorine." back online

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PCLOS is back online with a new look from a new location with a new release in the works. They are still working out some of the kinks associated with a new system deployment, so expect periodic downtimes.

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Typical customization of a Ubuntu 7.04

Here is my typical customization on Ubuntu 7.04 after installation. I am sure everyone who read this blog regularly knows that I am running Ubuntu on my production system. Ubuntu’s performance, features, and all blah.. blah.. all every one in this tux world knows. So I want to present here what I customize in my shiny new Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn).

Windows by necessity: making MS-Windows more like GNU/Linux

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MS-Windows can be a good operating system.

How can I change the default size of an inode when I create an ext2/ext3 filesystem?

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It is possible to define a non-standard sized inode by using the mke2fs tool with an undocumented option, -I. The size of the inode has to be a power of two and between the size of EXT2_GOOD_OLD_INODE_SIZE (128 bytes) and size of blocks in bytes. One reason for doing this could be that user is going to use extended attributes.

Rawstudio: A fast and light RAW photo converter

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Rawstudio is an open source, GTK+-based RAW photo converter. It takes a straightforward approach -- no outside-the-box interface designs, no fancy frills. The result is an easy-to-use application that is stable enough for everyday usage, even though it is still undergoing constant development.

Two Signs of the Time

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Two useful indicators of the increasing viability of Linux on the desktop; one personal, one public. The public one is the imminent announcement of preinstalled Linux on Dell Desktop machines, combined with the news that Vista is foundering enough for OEMs to fall back to XP.

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