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Story The Perfect Desktop - Mepis 11 falko 18/09/2011 - 10:07am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 18/09/2011 - 8:10am
Story Francois Marier, Debian Developer srlinuxx 18/09/2011 - 3:23am
Story Will Ubuntu make to Mainframes? srlinuxx 18/09/2011 - 3:21am
Story Joli OS 1.2 review srlinuxx 18/09/2011 - 3:19am
Story 10 Cool Devices That use Linux srlinuxx 17/09/2011 - 10:57pm
Story Revisited: Fuduntu 14.10.1 srlinuxx 17/09/2011 - 10:54pm
Story Arch linux: my perspective srlinuxx 17/09/2011 - 10:53pm
Story openSUSE Weekly News 193 is out srlinuxx 17/09/2011 - 10:50pm
Story This Is What Started AMD's Open-Source Strategy srlinuxx 17/09/2011 - 5:46pm

Where Fedora Went Wrong

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Last month Eric S. Raymond made a public announcement on the Fedora developer’s list that he was giving up on Fedora Core and that from now on Ubuntu is his distribution of choice. Actually it was more of a rant than an announcement. ESR’s scatter shot attack on Fedora was wrong in more ways than I care to comment about here.

Cleaning up after Kazehakase

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I really love Kazehakase: It’s light, it’s fast, it’s clean and it does things that Firefox hasn’t thought of yet, or maybe needs a plugin to do (like a Tab Tree rather than just a list of active tabs, or a thumbnailed history of closed pages).

Bruce Perens: Clearing up anti-GPL3 FUD

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There's been a lot of talk about GPL version 3: whether it goes too far to be acceptable to business, whether the Linux kernel developers will accept it, whether our community will fork or undergo unrest over it. Much of that talk is based on a poor understanding of the GPL3 terms, and with release of the new license imminent, it's time to clear that up.

What Novell could learn from Google

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There's an interesting story on Slashdot this morning about why (possibly) Google may have been spoiling for a YouTube fight, rather than hoping to avoid it. As the theory in the article goes, Google may have wanted to get sued to protect the viability of YouTube, rather than leaving the copyright fight to a company less able to fight back (financially and strategically):

VLC beyond the basics

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VideoLAN's VLC is a cross-platform media player with a simple interface that doesn't require a degree in rocket science to operate. That doesn't mean, however, that VLC is a simplistic application: it has a few tricks up its sleeve that can significantly extend its functionality and enhance your user experience. Here are a couple of VLC's nifty features you might want to try.

Having fun with netcat.

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Netcat or nc in short can be aptly described as one of those two letter command-line tools that have all of legendary UNIX magic and power.

nc however is a new program and does not share the age of well known programs like cat or dd. However its power and versatility make one think why no one came up with this before.

(K)Ubuntu vs openSUSE

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I’ve installed Kubuntu on my laptop recently and I must say I am pretty impressed. It has picked up most of m laptops hardware and the hibernation and media button functions I could never get working on openSUSE worked out of the box! Pretty cool! I have no doubt I could have got them working with openSUSE but I wasn’t willing to spend the time on it.

KDE Konqueror FTP PASV Response Handling Client-Side Port Scanning Vulnerability

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A vulnerability has been identified in KDE Konqueror, which could be exploited by attackers to gain knowledge of sensitive information.

Taking Open Source to the Next Channel Level

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Any time anybody brings up open source in the channel there's always a note of excitement because the opportunity to provide high-margin technical services around open-source solutions has always been an attractive concept to solution providers.But despite the hype and expectations, the real potential of open source in the channel has largely gone unrealized.

Go Daddy Donates to Open Source

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Domain registrar and Web hosting provider Go Daddy ( announced on Thursday it is supporting open source applications by giving cash donations totalling $20,000 to assist in further development of their applications. The company has donated $10,000 each to content management system Joomla ( and online community forum Simple Machines Forum (

Running Windows Under Ubuntu 7.04

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QEmu can run an OS inside another OS - for example, Windows under Linux. QEmu uses kqemu, an acceleration driver included in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn to run Windows at usable speed. Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn also includes a new version of rdesktop that can be used to start individual desktop apps from the VM on your normal desktop.

Applying "The Art of War" to Open Source, Linux and BSD

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Ask most people who have made the switch to a libre software product like Linux or BSD and they'll tell you that we're in a fight with Microsoft and everything that the closed-source world represents. It's not just us - Microsoft certainly thinks we're in a battle as well.

Microsoft's stolen code and IP infringements

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With all of the FUD coming out of Redmond, Washington these days about Linux infringing on Microsoft's IP, I thought I'd do a little research and see if Microsoft has ever been guilty of stealing code or infriging on others' IP. The results weren't surprising. If you live in a glass house... you know the rest.

Examples of Microsoft stealing code and infringing on IP:

Rexx and what it means for AIX

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Nearly thirty years of growth haven't exhausted the potential of the REstructured eXtended eXecutor (Rexx) language. The first of the widely used "scripting" languages continues to expand its capabilities and platform range, and it makes for a particularly good match with AIX.

Ubuntu Feisty beta delayed

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The beta release of Ubuntu Feisty, the latest release of the popular Linux operating system, has been delayed for a day because of kernel issues.

In an email to the Ubuntu developers list early this morning Tollef Fog Heen wrote: "The beta release [of Feisty] is delayed until Friday due to a kernel regression which caused problems booting quite a large number of systems.


Do-it-all CMS Drupal

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I've been on the hunt for a good open source content management system (CMS) – something that is both easy to set up and use, and yet offers good customisation. I don't want my site to look like every other blog in the world.

Jono Bacon: Making us win - Integrating open content

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One of the most notable changes in Feisty that I have been looking forward to is the updated Rhythmbox with its Jamendo and Magantune support.

The Secret Life of Embedded Linux

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Consumers and enterprise workers will not likely soon see cute marketing labels such as "Linux Inside" or images of penguins pasted on the outer casings of their favorite entertainment and communications products. Nor will products they buy be touted as using Linux in advertising campaigns.

Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft)

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This document describes how to install a Postfix mail server that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. I'll also demonstrate the installation and configuration of Courier (Courier-POP3, Courier-IMAP), so that Courier can authenticate against the same MySQL database Postfix uses.

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