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Story LMDE - the Xfce variety srlinuxx 16/05/2011 - 6:02pm
Story Puppy Linux: Top Dog of the Lightweight Distros srlinuxx 16/05/2011 - 6:00pm
Story 5 Truly Bizarre But Handy Uses of Linux srlinuxx 16/05/2011 - 5:59pm
Story Groklaw – "The blog that made a difference" srlinuxx 1 16/05/2011 - 5:31pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 405 srlinuxx 16/05/2011 - 4:06pm
Story Why Unity made me fall out of love with Ubuntu srlinuxx 16/05/2011 - 3:58pm
Story Does Microsoft's Skype Purchase Hurt the Linux Desktop? srlinuxx 16/05/2011 - 3:55pm
Story What is the Top Open Source License? srlinuxx 16/05/2011 - 3:53pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 16/05/2011 - 5:05am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 16/05/2011 - 4:58am

Open source personal tracking system gets first test

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Misc

An open source wireless tracking system for following people around buildings got its first public use last week at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

Red Hat buoyant as shares soar

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Linux

Shares in Red Hat rose by 25 per cent after the company released details of its third-quarter results.

Tunneling MySQL connections through SSH

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Linux
HowTos

This is a description of how to set up a secure tunnel between your MySQL Server and a locally running MySQL Administrator using Putty. By creating a secure tunnel to your MySQL server using Putty, you can grant localhost access to powerful applications like MySQL Administrator while at the same time, make your server appear as if it is not even there. In effect, make your MySQL server disappear from the outside world.

infoRSS: An unobtrusive RSS feed manager for Thunderbird and Firefox

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Software

With so many RSS aggregators to choose from, you can pick the one that fits your specific needs. If you don't want to install anything on your machine and you need to be able to access your news feeds from anywhere, you can opt for a Web-based solution like Netvibes. If you prefer a dedicated desktop RSS reader chock-full of features, then something like RSSOwl or BlogBridge is the way to go. But if you don't want to get used to a whole new application, you might want to give infoRSS a try. Unlike other RSS aggregators, infoRSS is a Thunderbird/Firefox extension that runs inside your email client or browser.

Today's Howtos:

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HowTos
  • Install Sun Looking glass Desktop environment in Ubuntu
  • Install Firefox 2.0 on Fedora Core 6

  • Combine multiple PDFs into one file in Ubuntu Linux
  • Cut & Paste Source Code to Console
  • Mount Remote Directories Securely with SSH
  • How To Create A Local Debian/Ubuntu Mirror With apt-mirror
  • Archiving With The zip And unzip Commands
  • Change language in Firefox and Swiftfox web browsers
  • How to Install Netgear wg111v2 wireless dongle card on Ubuntu Edgy

  • How to configure a scanner's buttons on Linux
  • Using sh -c with find
  • How to get Linux to prompt before removing a file in the CLI

  • Create A Desktop Background Wallpaper Changer For Xfce

Microsoft Vista not an option

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Microsoft

I HAVE REALISED that I can not move to Vista, ever, Microsoft is forcing me to Linux. I can't legitimately use its software without becoming a criminal or spending tens of thousands of dollars. It simply is not worth it.

A Non-Techie Discovers Free, Legal Software

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OSS

With all the sophisticated open source software out there, it's been easy to cut my ties to the world of paid software. I'm not quite a fully developed open source junkie though. Yet.

How to protect buggy programs from security vulnerabilities under Linux and UNIX

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HowTos

A Buffer overflows is a serious security problem. It allows an attacker to inject executable code of their choice into an already-running application. With such problems in mind, Berger created a new program that prevents crashing and makes users safer, he says. Dubbed DieHard, it protects applications from as-yet unfixed bugs and security vulnerabilities.

Running GNU/Linux Debian s390 under a i386

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HowTos

Using the hercules emulator it is possible to have your system emulate an IBM mainframe! Here we'll give a brief overview of using the emulator to install a pre-made image of Woody, giving you a Debian GNU/Linux S390 system.

Make The Move website launched!

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Web

Chris writes, "Hey! Happy new year Smile Just wanted to let you know that I've launched that new website of mine, http://makethemove.net." Make The Move aims to present Linux and open source software as viable alternatives to the system on your computer.

Ubuntu: Needs more QA

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Linux

I have been using Ubuntu extensively since 5.10. There are a lot of things I like about it, however here I will spend a few words about one thing that can definitively be improved: Quality Assurance.

Another lost year for Linux? I think not

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Linux

I found myself reading an article on Mainframe.gr explaining how 2006 was another lost year for Linux and I couldn't help myself but write this response in disagreement.

EU streaming service Linux ban

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Linux

"Welcome to the Streaming Service of the Council of the European Union," says the site. ...if you're running a Windows or Apple system.

January 2007 (#134) of Linux Gazette Online

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Linux

The January 2007 edition of Linux Gazette is now online for your reading enjoyment. This month's topics include: 2-Cent Tips, Fun with FUSE, OracleWorld '06, Installing Mandriva, Perl One-Liner of the Month, and Freedom from Laptop Lugging or Thin Client with No Server.

Novell responds to Open Addict's boycott

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SUSE

"Novell's John Dragoon, Senior VP and CMO, responded today to our original letter calling for a boycott of all Novell products and services. Their response has been posted to our Novell Boycott page."

Ubuntu beats Fedora: Long-term support

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Linux

The Fedora Legacy Project is shutting down. The goal of the Fedora Legacy Project was to provide security and critical bug fix errata packages for Fedora Core distributions in maintenance mode. Fedora users can no longer get support for releases older than Fedora Core 5.

Sweet! Computing is ready to go

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Web

We've gotten http://sweetcomputing.com to a point where we're ready for visitors. This site is designed to help you find out what can work on your computer...be it an older model or brand spanking new.

No more TUX Mag :(

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Linux

I am sorry to inform our readers that Issue 20 of TUX was the last produced. While we have received an amazing amount of positive feedback about the magazine, the financial reality of the situation made it impossible for us to continue publishing TUX.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 183

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Statistics: DistroWatch in 2006

  • News: SimplyMEPIS, Fedora and Debian release updates, Ulteo and SabayonLinux interviews, openSUSE repositories, MagDriva
  • Released last week: Fedora Core 6 Live CD, KNOPPIX 5.1
  • Upcoming releases: FreeBSD 6.2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Donations: SabayonLinux receives US$450
  • New additions: Thisk Server
  • New distributions: AsteriskNOW, eBox, Linkat GNU/Linux, Ophcrack Live CD, Parted Magic, Slax-LFI, Super Gamer

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Track your swag with GCstar

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Software

How many times has this happened to you: no sooner are the holidays over than one of your friends begs you to let him borrow the brand new DVD set you just got -- and the next thing you know, it's Labor Day, and your so-called friend swears he wasn't the one who borrowed it? What you need is a collection manager like GCstar so that you don't lose track of your valuables.

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