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Story Firefox 4 FINAL - Available now srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 10:24pm
Story OpenSUSE 11.4: A blast from Linux past srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 10:09pm
Story is Canonical good for free software? srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 8:19pm
Story Nouveau's OpenGL Performance Approaches The NVIDIA Driver srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 8:11pm
Story DEX: Bridging Gaps Between Debian and Derivatives srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 8:09pm
Story KDE Look Part 6: 4 Months In srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 6:04pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 397 srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 4:37pm
Story Should I Switch to Linux? srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 4:35pm
Story Introducing Your Honey to Linux srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 4:33pm
Story Killing Linpus Linux, reaching for Ubuntu on netbooks srlinuxx 21/03/2011 - 4:32pm

Review - Firefox 2

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Moz/FF

For some, their Web browser of choice is just as emotionally charged as their choice in operating systems. For the rest of us, there are several quality Web browsers to choose from, and Firefox 2 certainly holds its own.

Linux-running PS3 offered on eBay

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Linux

Want to run Linux on the PlayStation 3 but can't be bothered with the hassle of installing it? Then head over to online auction site eBay where one of Sony's next-generation consoles is on offer pre-loaded with Fedora Core 5 Linux.

Dell + Ubuntu ==> Disaster

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu will run fine after the installation. Windows XP will run too but not for long. And the useful Dell Utility Partition is gone (because the MBR has changed). You think you can fix it by FIXMBR and get the Windows NT Bootloader back. Great. You just mess up your harddisk further.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 178

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • News: Etch delay, Ubuntu and Mandriva software repositories, Fedora 6 usage statistics, security event auditing in FreeBSD 6.2

  • Released last week: Puppy Linux 2.12, Zenwalk Linux 4.0
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 10.2 RC1
  • New additions: Fluxbuntu, Linux Mint, PapugLinux, Ulteo
  • New distributions: Kids Without, Ubuntu Multimedia Center, YaKa
  • Reader comments

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

The Tron effect

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Misc

In 1982, I attended computer camp. I know, this sounds like a "One time, at band camp. . ." story, but it's not. This was computer camp. It took place at the little-known Eastern Oregon State College, and it was the first year EOSC offered computer camp.

Jabbering with Coccinella

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Software

Although its name sounds like that of a bacterium, Coccinella is a nice cross-platform open source Jabber client. While Jabber, and IM clients in general, are a dime a dozen, Coccinella sports a few nifty features that make it worth considering.

Open source databases '60 per cent cheaper'

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OSS

Open source databases can save enterprises up to 60 per cent over proprietary products, according to data collected by Forrester Research.

Adobe: We may sue over Vista

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Microsoft

Software maker Adobe may sue Microsoft if it is not satisfied with the European Union's steps to ensure Microsoft's new operating system does not shut out rivals, Adobe's chief executive said.

Google to Sell Newspaper Ads

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Google

Stop the presses! Google extended its advertising model to that most mobile of media, the newspaper. It sounds crazy, especially in light of the reaction to certain advertising moves the search engine made earlier this year. But this latest maneuver just might be more successful.

Cheat Sheet: Open source licences

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OSS

Open source licences... much of a muchness? Indeed. Let me start by saying, if you happen to think that all open source software is created equal, you are very, very wrong.

Stable kernel 2.6.18.3 released

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Linux

The 2.6.18.3 stable kernel update has been released. This update is a bit smaller than its predecessors, but there's still a fair number of fixes here, including at least one which is security-related.

More Here.

Enhance Your Mail Server With ASSP (Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy)

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Linux
HowTos

ASSP stands for Anti-Spam SMTP Proxy. The ASSP server project is an Open Source platform-independent transparent SMTP proxy server that leverages numerous methodologies and technologies to both rigidly and adaptively identify spam. In short ASSP is the most kickass solution that is both free and works great. It reduced spam to an absolute minimum for me.

http://www.howtoforge.com/antispam_smtp_proxy

Ifconfig - dissected and demystified

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HowTos

ifconfig - the ubiquitous command bundled with any Unix/Linux OS is used to setup any/all the network interfaces such as ethernet, wireless, modem and so on that are connected to your computer. ifconfig command provides a wealth of knowledge to any person who takes the time to look at its output.

Jokosher 0.2 Released

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Software

The Jokosher team are proud to announce the second pre-release of their simple yet powerful audio studio for the GNOME desktop. The new 0.2 version of the software has been in active development since July, and has packed Jokosher with the core features to perform full audio recording and production on the Linux desktop.

Printing in OpenOffice.org Calc, Part I: Page styles

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HowTos

Spreadsheets are primarily used online. For this reason, printing them can be challenging even to experienced users. However, OpenOffice.org offers more help than most spreadsheets with printing, starting with the introduction of page styles. In this entry, I'll explain how Calc page styles can help with printing spreadsheets.

Jono Bacon: Practical PHP and MySQL, boo yah

Well, my new book will be published any time now. A sample copy was here when I got back from San Francisco, and it looks schaweeeet.

Adopt a Debian orphan

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Linux

In the Debian project they refer to packages that no longer have mantainers as orphaned. There are a lot of orphaned packages around, some that are promising or very good. Every good developer is encouraged to pick one and try to push it a bit further. Today I'll talk about one of them; it's Syndigator.

Novell to Samba: We're Not Terminating MS Agreement

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SUSE

According to statements from Novell, in Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier's article in Linux.com, they are not repudiating their Microsoft deal. We also learn that Eben Moglen has finished the audit and is in discussions with Novell, and he says this:

Installing XOOPS

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HowTos

To install XOOPS for the first time, you'll need to have the minimum following server software pre-installed:

* HTTP Server (Apache or IIS) "Note, XOOPS only officially supports Apache"
* PHP 4.1.0 and higher (4.1.1 or higher recommended)
* MySQL Database 3.23.XX

Installing Nvidia Drivers in Etch

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HowTos

For some time now the Nvidia drivers have been missing from the Debian Etch repositories. Naturally it is possible to use Nvidia's own installer, however I prefer to avoid bypassing the package management system where possible, and you should too. Because I say so, and I am right.

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  • Mozilla Firefox 47.0.1 Is Now Available in the Arch Linux and Solus Repos
    Mozilla quietly delivered the first point release of the Mozilla Firefox 47.0 web browser to users of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems on the day of June 28, 2016. However, because the built-in updater of the Mozilla Firefox web browser doesn't work on GNU/Linux distributions, users have to wait for the latest version of the software to be first pushed by the maintainers of their operating systems on the main repositories before they can upgrade.
  • Questions loom about the future of open source at VA
    The CIO for the Department of Veterans' Affairs sought to reassure stakeholders that the agency was committed to open source in the future, but with Congress pressuring the agency to give up the homegrown health record system VistA, the open source community is a bit perplexed.
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    Over five lakh polytechnic students from 500 colleges across Tamil Nadu would begin training on open source software from Friday, learning more about the nitty-gritties of ‘free’ software under a programme run by the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay along with the Tamil Nadu government.
  • Bombay Stock Exchange: Open source is a mindset
    Open source is still gaining momentum in the industry worldwide. Despite naysayers, open-source software and hardware are making believers out of a broad array of users. In the case of Bombay Stock Exchange, LTD (BSE), the transition has been cost efficient, as well as has improved order processing power. By switching from proprietary hardware to open source, Kersi Tavadia, CIO of BSE, reported going from being able to process 10 million orders a day to 400 million. Even with the increase, the new open-source hardware is only using 10 percent capacity.
  • GitHub releases data on 2.8 million open source repositories through Google BigQuery
    GitHub today announced that it’s releasing activity data for 2.8 million open source code repositories and making it available for people to analyze with the Google BigQuery cloud-based data warehousing tool. The data set is free to explore. (With BigQuery you get to process up to one terabyte each month free of charge.) This new 3TB data set includes information on “more than 145 million unique commits, over 2 billion different file paths and the contents of the latest revision for 163 million files, all of which are searchable with regular expressions,” Arfon Smith, program manager for open source data at GitHub, wrote in a blog post.
  • How one company is using open source to double its customers’ mobile business
    Most retailers today stay a step or two behind when it comes to modern technology, especially on the mobile side. Sawyer Effect, LLC, a consultant for J.Crew Group, Inc., has been using Red Hat, Inc.’s open-source product Ansible, an IT automation engine, to get its customer’s mobile business up to speed and greatly improve its business.
  • Can Capital One change banking with open source, mobile apps, and NoSQL?
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  • How bank Capital One developed an open source DevOps visualisation tool based on MongoDB
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  • MongoDB launches Atlas, its new database-as-a-service offering
    MongoDB, the company behind the eponymous open source database, is launching Atlas today, its third major revenue-generating service. Atlas is MongoDB’s database-as-a-service offering that provides users with a managed database service. The service will offer pay-as-you-go pricing and will initially allow users to deploy on Amazon Web Services (AWS), with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform coming later.