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Story A quick look at Linux Mint LXDE 11 mcasperson 06/07/2011 - 4:30am
Story Fireworks And Gimp srlinuxx 06/07/2011 - 3:57am
Story Ubuntu Linux 'Natty Narwhal' debuts in PHL srlinuxx 06/07/2011 - 3:56am
Story FOSS misfits: Rusty Russell's take srlinuxx 06/07/2011 - 3:52am
Story There Should Be Only One Distribution! srlinuxx 2 06/07/2011 - 3:25am
Story The ordeal srlinuxx 1 06/07/2011 - 2:54am
Story Introducing Update Packs in Linux Mint Debian srlinuxx 1 06/07/2011 - 2:52am
Story AMD's New Open-Source Employees srlinuxx 1 06/07/2011 - 2:50am
Story Tech Pundits Surrender: The Retreat from Free Software and Open Standards srlinuxx 05/07/2011 - 10:40pm
Story People of openSUSE: Manu Gupta srlinuxx 05/07/2011 - 7:44pm

KDE news: Kamion, Step, Phonon

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KDE

The commit digest issue 44 had a note that Kamion, a user data migration tool, has been added to the SVN and is pretty far in development (already with a first GUI). Troy Unrau, once again, posted an excellent article about a future KDE 4 technology. This time he wrote about the state of the art of Phonon.

Also: KDE 4's Sonnet will turbocharge language processing

Linspire sheds light on new "wiki-ized" CNR

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Software

Several weeks ago, desktop Linux distributor Linspire Inc. announced that it was going to open up CNR (Click N Run), its Web-based software downloader/manager, to other distributions. Now, the company is revealing more about what this new Linux software distribution system will look like.

Tutorial: Playing around with MPlayer & Other Howtos

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HowTos

This tutorial handles about the usage of the wonderful media player MPlayer. It explains several options, lists some useful keyboard shortcuts and handles about tips and tricks that can be used to enhance your multimedia experience.

Unifying Desktop Search

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Software

Wasabi is a new proposal on FreeDesktop.org for a unified desktop search and metadata specification. I'm not qualified to comment on the specifics of the proposal, but I definitely like the vision.

Microsoft is more serious about Linux than Oracle

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Linux

Do you remember the story about the dog that didn't bark? It was a Sherlock Holmes tale where the world's finest detective deduced the killer's identity by observing that a certain dog, who should have been barking ferociously, was in fact completely silent.

OpenSUSE 10.2 Impressions

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Reviews
SUSE

After becoming fed up having to fix a broken system on almost every major update, I decided it was time to move away from Ubuntu, at least for a while. But which distro to pick? Taking a look around DistroWatch, I noticed OpenSUSE had gained a lot of popularity.

Why a secret patent deal won't help Linux/Windows

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Interviews

LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit speaker Jeremy Allison explains some tricky details of Linux/Windows interoperability, what the Novell/Microsoft deal really does for interoperability, and a vision for a future easy-to-administer network filesystem.

Win4Lin Pro Desktop 3.5 review

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Reviews

For several years, Win4Lin has offered a virtual operating environment whereby you can run Microsoft Windows inside of GNU/Linux. The first several generations of Win4Lin were limited to Windows 98, difficult to install, and had requirements that were difficult to satisfy, such as a proprietary kernel module and various acts of command line kung fu. Version 3.5 still has some of these problems, but it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be.

Is Red Hat in trouble?

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Linux

Lately, I've been getting questions about how well, or not, Red Hat is doing. I know that Oracle is coming after them. And, I know that Novell and Microsoft's partnership, problems and all, has given Novell's SLES 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) some unexpected sales.

Raymond, Nelson critical of new planned license for open source peripherals

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Legal

Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) is sponsoring a plan to encourage and popularize the idea of open source -- for hardware components. The organization released a draft of an open source license for computer hardware this month, and issued a public call for comments on the draft. The new license is already drawing criticism from prominent members of the open source community.

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Review: Sabayon Linux

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Linux
Reviews

There is a newer distro in town, gaining traction. Sabayon Linux is an installable, Gentoo based live Cd/DVD. It has the stated goal of being 100% Gentoo compatible. A lot of attention has been paid to the Sabayon brand. Theming is consistent and striking. Sabayon is one of the best looking distros I have used.

New Open Source Group to Focus on Apps

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OSS

A new open source advocacy group is about to launch with a focus on applications rather than open source standards, internetnews.com has learned.

UnixODBC CLI Install and Configuration

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HowTos

For those of you that may not know what unixodbc does, "ODBC is an open specification for providing application developers with a predictable API with which to access Data Sources. Data Sources include SQL Servers and any Data Source with an ODBC Driver." They include a text file driver as an example of a non-SQL source. Two examples are Asterisk and OpenOffice.org.

Micro How-To: MySQL

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HowTos

MySQL communicates through either local unix sockets or over TCP/IP port 3306 (default). Database names, tables, field names, and passwords are case sensitive. SQL Commands are not case sensitive.

Free Works in Africa

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OSS

iSolemamba school is in Durban, South Africa. Like every other school on the planet, it needed a computer lab. Basic infrastructure costs were covered, but there wasn't much money left over to buy computer equipment. Fortunately for the school was Linux and open-source software.

Testing RAID-1 on OpenSUSE

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SUSE

As I described in another post, I wanted to test RAID technology on my GNU/Linux OpenSUSE configuration. My intent is to see what happens when a hard drive fails, as it is supposed to protect me against it. But I prefer to test rather than believe the hype. Just after that I will need to observe what happens when we plug a new drive to replace the failed one. And I will suppose that once again it’s a different drive.

Debian release may slip to March

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Linux

The release of the upcoming version of Debian may slip to March, according to one of the two release managers for the Linux distribution.

ROX Desktop provides light, quirky alternative to GNOME and KDE

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Software

The ROX Desktop is a lightweight alternative to GNOME or KDE built around the ROX-Filer file manager. The project's name is an abbreviation of "RISC OS on X." The ROX Desktop's performance is reminiscent of IceWM, and it's noticeably faster opening programs than GNOME or KDE. However, its speed comes at the expense of a needlessly redundant default configuration, and some users may balk at some of the assumptions its design makes about how they prefer to work.

Faking the FOSS

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OSS

Do your ever wonder if some self-proclaimed open source projects really 'get it' what it means to truly be about being 'free and open source' versus just using FOSS for other means? Sometimes I really have to wonder, because I keep running into examples where projects touting open source software engage in behavior where they glaringly contradict the holistic and philosophical embrace of its ideals. There's a lot of faking the FOSS going on out there.

WINE Gaming: Steam, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Counter Strike Source And 1.6

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Gaming
HowTos

Half Life 2 and Counter Strike are two of the most popular First Person Shooters available. These games are available for Windows PCs in first place. A growing number of people uses Linux as their major operating system and does not want to renounce their favored games. This HOWTO should make it possibly for anybody to get Steam working with Wine.

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