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Story The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 12.1 x86_64 With Apache2 [ISPConfig 3] falko 22/11/2011 - 10:56am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 22/11/2011 - 9:35am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 22/11/2011 - 9:24am
Story Fedora 16 Verne with Gnome 3 - Absolute disappointment srlinuxx 2 22/11/2011 - 4:25am
Story Linux Hardware: External SATA Drive Dock (USB3) srlinuxx 22/11/2011 - 3:39am
Story Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder srlinuxx 22/11/2011 - 3:38am
Story Basilisk Games Holiday Sale srlinuxx 22/11/2011 - 3:36am
Story Who cares about your dang Desktop Environment?! srlinuxx 22/11/2011 - 1:59am
Story A good GNOME 3 Experience srlinuxx 22/11/2011 - 1:53am
Story Novell Puts Bill Gates On Witness Stand srlinuxx 22/11/2011 - 12:54am

Bill Gates blamed for Virginia Tech shooting

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US morals advocate and publicity hound Jack Thompson has suggested that Bill Gates and Microsoft are responsible for the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech.

Free Security Apps for Linux

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Here is a short list of the most popular security applications for linux. I will be updating this with links shortly.

Clam AntiVirus Popular antivirus solution for UNIX based machines. Includes real time virus scanning and a virus definition database updated several times per day.

AVScan Front-end for Clam AntiVirus.

5 reasons not to trust Microsoft near Firefox

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Microsoft has never made much secret of the fact that keeping rival browsers down is a key part of its business plan.

Fonty Python and the Holy Grail of a font manager

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For designers, a font manager that can activate and deactivate fonts on-the-fly is the Holy Grail of the GNU/Linux desktop. Without such a tool, designers either need to devote an inordinate amount of system memory to their font collections, or else install and uninstall fonts individually, manually keeping track of the fonts needed for each project.

Amarok Weekly News #8 released

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A new issue of the Amarok newsletter is out. It talks about interesting new developments, Amarok's Summer of Code projects, the current events in the 1.4 stable branch, and continues to provide cool Amarok-related tips.

A quick overview of Desktop BSD 1.3

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Being a huge fan of FreeBSD and a big fan of Linux, I’ve sometimes found myself torn between the two. I love FreeBSD for its simplicity, it’s structure, and how tight and clean it is. Linux is similar to that, but not quite as clean, and definitely not as tight and simple.

Tux Takes His Place on Chastain Motorsports Indy Car

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Tux, the cherubic penguin mascot of the Linux computer operating system has just taken up residence on the front nose of the Chastain Motorsports Panoz / Honda Indy car.

First thoughts on Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn

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Yesterday I downloaded a copy of Ubuntu's latest release, version 7.04 Feisty Fawn. The download took some hours because of busy servers but I think that it was well worth it.

Linux this year and next

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Just when you think you understand Linux development, along comes something new. "There are no road d project's camera driver, and editor of the popular Linux site LWN.

"A lot of what's going to be in future kernels is already out there if you know where to look for it," Corbet explained at the Embedded Linux Conference Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif.

Automatically remount filesystems on reboot

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Recently, I took a quick look at the Unix concept of mount points. Performing the mount command is a nice easy way to get access to something on a one-off.

A lot of the time, however, you’ll want to set it up so the system permanently mounts said filesystem - so on reboot, you don’t have to run all of the commands again.

Speed Tweaking PCLinuxOS 2007 TR3

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Using PCLinuxOS 2007 TR3 for the last few weeks, I’ve noticed VAST improvements over the .93a release. The most noticable of these is boot times. My boot time is absolutely amazing on this Dell averages 30-40 seconds. That’s right. 30-40 SECONDS. I was floored the first time I booted after install. I thought I had done something wrong.

SUM-thing new for Ubuntu

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OK, you love Ubuntu, but after awhile, the same-old, same-old GRUB and boot splash screens become tedious and boring. Could it be your Ubuntu needs a little SUM-thing to spice it up? If you're up for a walk on the wild side, try StartUp Manager (SUM), a utility created by Glenn Van Loon that lets you change bootloader and splash screen settings in Ubuntu.

Ten things you didn't know about open source

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One of the world's leading advocates of the open source software movement, Brian Bahlendorf gave a talk at the Digital Freedom Expo at the University of the Western Cape on Thursday, entitled "Ten things you may not know about open source".

Behlendorf was a key developer of the Apache Web server, upon which more than half the world's websites run.

OpenSUSE 10.2: AMD/ATI Drivers Installation

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I got overwhelming e-mails asking me how to install properly ATI drivers under openSUSE 10.2. I directed them to different sites, including a reference to one of mine that I wrote for SUSE 10.1, but seems like they are still having problems. Instead of explaining to everyone on an individual basis I decided to make a fresh post.

Image processing with ImageMagick, qiv and friends

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The linux desktop with the wide choice of Window managers and the ample supply of eye candy is a constant source of envy for Windoze users.

Without images and colors, the linux desktop would not be of much interest to Windows people.

A beginner's guide to IRC

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If you have questions about Linux or open source projects, real-time help is often just a keyboard away -- if you know where to look online. Forums, mailing lists, and Googling are all useful when you have questions, but if you really want answers fast, Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is the place to look. If you've never ventured into IRC, here's all you need to get started.

Burning CDs in GNOME

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The GNOME desktop environment comes with a simple and single-minded CD burner application built into the Nautilus file manager (not dissimilar to what Microsoft bundles with Windows XP’s Windows Explorer and Vista’s Explorer) that can handle a lot of your file burning needs. But what do you do if you need more complex tasks done, like burning or ripping an ISO file, or creating an audio CD?

Open source protester crashes speech by Bill Gates at Chinese University

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A protester calling for free computer software and open source programming crashed a speech Friday by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates at one of China's top universities.

UNLV Firefox users get help

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The University of Nevada Office of Information Technology has announced, with great fanfare, its decision to offer technical support for the Mozilla Firefox Internet browser. This week, the Student Computing Support Center on the second floor of the Student Union has been hosting an open house to promote Firefox.

Fallen Under the Spell of Arch Voodoo

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I received an email the other day from a visitor saying how much he enjoyed reading my reviews, but he was a disappointed as it seems tuxmachines had been ignoring his favorite distro.

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today's leftovers

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    Chromebooks are not for everyone, but for many home users, it is absolute perfection. If you live in the web browser -- as many people do nowadays -- laptops running Google's Linux-based Chrome OS are a godsend because they are maintenance free. No need for confusing OS upgrades or anti-virus software. It just works, and it works well. Since they can now run Android apps too, they could become a serious threat to Microsoft and Windows 10. One of the most attractive aspects of Chromebooks is price -- they are often quite affordable. Today, Acer refreshes its 15.6 inch Chromebook 15 with a mind-boggling 12 hours of battery life. Best of all? It starts at $199. Yes, this model will get Android app support in a future update too.
  • Of Life, Linux and Karma Angels
    Angel filed appeal after appeal only to be denied on every attempt. Texas is an "at will" employment state so being terminated for cause can mean anything. Over the next few weeks, Angel became more and more fearful of losing her house, as she had just purchased it a year before. On top of that, her HP desktop had taken a nose dive into severe brokeness and that made it extra difficult for her to look for work. I put together a decent desktop for her and installed it that day, and was a Linux computer. Angel didn't have even the slightest problem with the new machine, and she wasn't particularly good at using one. So, let's put another slash in the falsehood that Linux is too hard for the everyday user. Most of them anyway. YMMV. To her glee, the OS picked up and configured her Epson all in one without her lifting a finger to do so. She almost clapped for happiness, stating that in Windows, installing that printer had been a nightmare, even with the included driver CD. And just to pinpoint the time frame for you, it was the summer of 2006.
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