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Book Review: Live Linux CDs

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I can still remember the wow factor when first seeing a copy of Knoppix booting up on a Windows machine. These days Knoppix is no longer alone, there are plenty of other Linux live CDs available. For those who've ever wondered how it all works or have entertained ideas of creating their own live CDs then Christopher Negus has put together a book that opens the lid on the arcane secrets involved.

X.Org community releases X11R7.2

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The X.Org community is proud to announce the release of X11R7.2, the third modular release of the X Window System. X11R7.2 supports Linux, BSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows and GNU Hurd systems.

Professional audio with Fedora Core 6

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In the last few years Linux has made great strides forward in the provision of professional applications for the creation, manipulation, and recording of audio and music. It is now possible to create a professional level Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) using only Free Software.

Also: Book Review: Fedora Linux

Interview: Sam Leffler of the FreeBSD Foundation

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During last weekend's Southern California Linux Expo 5x, Sam Leffler of the FreeBSD Project and FreeBSD Foundation and "old school" hacker from the UC Berkeley Computer Systems Research Group (where the original Berkeley Software Distribution was developed) took some time to explain to me what the Foundation actually does, and the kind of work it has fostered. We also chatted briefly about the current status of FreeBSD, and the degree to which Apple contributes to the Project.

To get SoundJuicer to rip CDs directly to MP3

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HowTos

SoundJuicer is the CD ripper of choice for Ubuntu, but it doesn't rip directly to MP3, nor does it give you the option to do so. To create that option...

IDC: Linux Ecosystem Worth $40 Billion by 2010

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Sizing the Linux market ecosystem is no easy task. Downloads of Linux operating systems and applications are not an accurate measure. Analyst firm IDC, however, has a handle on the market and its size, and it's large.

Book Review: Designing and Implementing Linux Firewalls and QoS using netfilter, iproute2, NAT, and L7-filter

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As is reminiscent of many of the books written by authors for Packt Publishing, the first chapter begins with descriptions and re-introductions to many of the basic networking concepts. These include the OSI model, subnetting, supernetting, and a brief overview of the routing protocols. Chapter 2 discusses the need for network security and how it applies to each of the layers of the OSI model.

Linux Links and You - Symbolic (Soft) and Hard Links Explained

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If you’ve used the command line in Linux at all, you’ve probably heard about links. Symbolic links, soft links, hard links, links, links, links. What the heck are these things anyway?

One million OLPC laptop orders confirmed

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Quanta Computer, the world's largest contract laptop PC manufacturer, already has confirmed orders for one million notebook PCs for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, a company representative said Thursday.

Colonizing a free new world with FreeCol

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Colonizing a new world is not a trivial task, even when you're doing it in a clone of a famous game. FreeCol is a free-as-in-free-software Java-based clone of Sid Meier's Colonization that's currently at the 0.5.3 release.

Zero Install: An executable critique of native package systems

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Zero Install is one of the more promising alternatives to native package systems for Linux distributions, such as RPM and Debian's dpkg. It begins with a criticism of existing package systems the difficulties of using them, and is built to provide an answer to the problems raised by the critique.

Microsoft, Novell Have Much to Prove

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Microsoft and Novell have been making a big deal of their big deal to work together to soothe customers' cross-platform pain points. But it remains to be seen whether and how far the deal will end up extending beyond the realm of press releases and presentation slide decks.

EBS implements Novell SUSE Linux

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In an effort to decrease IT costs and provide centralised management, EBS Building Society in Ireland has deployed Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) within the company's mainframe environment to host IBM's WebSphere applications. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server will support more than 1,000 users within EBS in 2007.

Add a “Refresh/Reload GUI” Button to your Gnome Panel

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If you’re like me and you love customizing your Gnome system, you’ll know that during your customizations, you have to reload this and reload that for your new changes to take effect.

My sysadmin toolbox

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My working day includes a variety of tasks, and most of them take place on the command line, because that approach enables me to do things in the most efficient way. But you can also waste a lot of time on the command line if you don't know what utilities will give you what you need quickly. Here's an introduction to the most important tools I use every day.

New Firefox cookie vulnerability, workaround

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Security researcher/hacker, Michal Zalewski has released a report on a security vulnerability affecting Firefox 2.0.0.1 and possibly earlier versions. The vulnerability could allow a malicious web site to impersonate an authentic one and set a cookie on its behalf. Zalewski recommends this workaround:

Why CIOs Don't Care About Open Source

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I recently gave a presentation at CIO on ‘Making Your Organization Open Source-Ready’, one question, posed by CIO editor Chris Koch, really struck me: "Why," Chris asked, "are so many CIOs completely uninterested in open source?

Debian developers seek new leader

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Nominations for the unpaid position of Debian Project Leader (DPL) opened last week. The successful candidate will take over from current incumbent Anthony Towns in April.

Has open-source lost its halo?

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Is open-source still a grassroots social movement made up of idealistic underdogs trying to revolutionize an amoral industry? Or has it become a cloak used by IT vendors large and small to disguise ruthless and self-serving behavior? Some observers argue it’s the latter.

Rhapsody: A Music Service for Linux Users

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The idea of Rhapsody offering a Linux music service is fantastic, except for the fact that they have opted not to allow the full functionality offered to those in the Windows world. It really is a let down for Linux users, but is this something that we can blame Rhapsody for?

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