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10 ways Linux can breath life into your old PCs

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icanhaslinux.com: Yesterday, I was trying to figure out what to do with a spare Athlon XP 1600+ box that I have. I wrote down some of my ideas and threw in some others I’ve used in the past. If you’re looking for ways to reuse that old PC, just peruse this list.

Dell criticized over difficulty in selecting Linux

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techspot: Many people, myself included, have praised Dell for going back on years of marketing tactics and choosing to offer a desktop Linux distro as a standard option for people buying their machines. But are they making it easy to choose?

Also: Dell's Linux sleight of hand

Best Linux Desktop Distribution for Home Users

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Linux

raiden's realm: I started using Linux (Red Hat 9) on my home computer in 2003 and my first question like all Linux Newbies was: "What is a Best Desktop Linux Distribution for home users?”

Creating cute graphic-filled borders in OpenOffice Writer

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HowTos

openoffice.org tips: One of the nice things about Microsoft products is that they have a lot of prefab goodies. OpenOffice.org is a little more of a from-scratch situation. But you have much more flexibility, and you can still do a lot of great stuff. It's not easy, at least not using this approach, to add borders all around, but you can do it in the top and bottom.

ATI Radeon HD 2400/2600 On Linux

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Software

phoronix: What do we have for you today? With the 8.41 display driver we have completed some additional benchmarks using the Radeon HD 2400PRO 256MB and Radeon HD 2600PRO 256MB graphics cards. In this article, we see if these two mid-range ATI Radeon HD 2000 graphics cards are able to compete against NVIDIA's GeForce 8 series.

Secrets of the man command

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linux.com: The most referenced and most often used command on any Linux distribution is man, which lets users read the manual pages of other commands. Here are a couple of less well-known but useful commands that let you bookmark a position within a man page, and test a command you read from the man page without closing the page.

Commercial open source DOES add value

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OSS

The Open Source Advocate: I want to discuss one of the ideas that Bruce Perens mentioned. He believes that open source vendors are not necessary, and that they do not add any value to the open source movement. I disagree with him on this point, and I will share my reasons below.

A quick guide to DVD authoring

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linux.com: If you have video footage that you want to capture, edit, and share with friends or family (or even use professionally), you'll be happy to know that you can do it all with open source tools. I'll show you how to author a DVD that can play on most home players.

My Opera synchronization explained

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Software

my.opera.com: My Opera synchronization is a feature of Kestrel which is designed to let you keep the same bookmarks and speed dials on different computers with Opera installed.

Linux: Improving kswapd

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kernelTRAP: The attached patch will make kswapd stop paging out data from zones when there is more than enough memory free. We do go above zone->pages_high in order to keep pressure between zones equal in normal circumstances, but the patch should prevent the kind of excesses that made Sami's computer totally unusable.

BitTorrent - downloading large files made easy

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Software

vertito.blogspot: BitTorrent, an extremely handy tool on downloading large torrent files regardless of internet speed rate you have with interruption between connection breakups.

Microsoft starts a "Get the Facts" campaign...against itself

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matt asay: You've got to hand it to Microsoft. It hates ANYTHING and ANYONE that gets in its way of selling its software. Including, apparently, itself.

Beta Review: Kanotix 2007 "Thorhammer" RC5B

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Reviews

The last Kanotix release (based on Debian Sid) came out in October, 2006. Shortly thereafter, a Kanotix co-developer (and many of Kanotix's other developers) left the project, mainly due to a disagreement over whether Kanotix should be based on Sid (Debian's unstable branch) or something less volatile, like Etch (Debian's current stable branch) or Ubuntu. Kanotix's founder now has a new, Etch-based version of Kanotix in development, code-named "Thorhammer."

today's leftover links

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  • Mac, Linux BBC iPlayers in the offing, says PM

  • A childlike pleasure can be derived from a computing catastrophe
  • Linux Based PLAYSTATION®3 System to Power Office 2.0 Conference
  • Which OS You Use Can Depend On What Looks Good
  • Linux Community Chuckles at Slowdown Prediction
  • Linus' new T-Shirt
  • HP OfficeJet 5610 works well with Ubuntu
  • Geneva Public Library moves to Ubuntu
  • Licensing issues
  • PyClock 0.1.0, Now with some Images!
  • Why I’m staying with Debian
  • Parliamentarians to discuss Open Source software

Samba 4 Moves Closer to Active Directory Server Compatibility

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linux-watch: For years, if you wanted an inexpensive, but Windows-compatible file and print server, you turned to Samba running on Linux. Now, with the first alpha release of Samba 4, this open-source project is moving closer to becoming a complete Windows 2003/Longhorn replacement.

BSG: Beyond the Red Line on Ubuntu

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Gaming

just uber: Battlestar Galactica: Beyond the Red Line is a 3D space combat simulation which takes place inside the Battlestar Galactica universe. The game is free, and the good folks over at Game Warden have also released a Linux client for it. Here’s how to get it up and running on Ubuntu.

Palm shakes hands with Linux

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CLICK: I decided that I needed the Palm back in my life. So it was time to get the Palm and Linux talking to each other. I'd had bad experiences before in Ubuntu with J-Pilot -- it's hell just to get the Palm to sync with the Linux box. This time it was different.

Rediscovering Betrayal at Krondor Using DOSBox

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Linux App Finder: In the game you control a party of characters through nine chapters, each with a specific goal. And just like a book, different chapters sometimes follow different characters.

Klik2 - a new Linux installer for the masses?

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liquidat: The klik development team has recently released a screencast of the currently developed software system klik2. While currently in development klik2 is supposed too solve quite some problems regarding software usage and Linux once it is released. And indeed the current available information are very promising.

Linux Lifts Novell

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SUSE

Forbes: Due in part to stronger than expected earnings reports, technology stocks have held their own in what has been an increasingly volatile market environment. Novell is among these stocks.

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Kerala saves Rs 300 cr as schools switch to open software

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