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Story VLC Nightly Builds Bring Tweaked Look, New Features srlinuxx 02/12/2011 - 5:13pm
Story ASCII Games Rock srlinuxx 01/12/2011 - 11:12pm
Story Early Peek at Ubuntu Linux 12.04 srlinuxx 01/12/2011 - 11:08pm
Story Is Linux Mint an Ubuntu-Killer? srlinuxx 01/12/2011 - 11:06pm
Blog entry Miniatur Wunderland worlds largest model railway fieldyweb 01/12/2011 - 9:46pm
Story What Linux n00bs Need to Know srlinuxx 01/12/2011 - 9:10pm
Story Red Hat's Linux changes: Fixes or ISV positioning? srlinuxx 01/12/2011 - 9:09pm
Story Precise Pangolin Alpha 1 Released srlinuxx 01/12/2011 - 9:07pm
Blog entry Find His Porn: Evil Website of the Week fieldyweb 01/12/2011 - 8:46pm
Story 10 things Mandriva is doing right for Linux srlinuxx 01/12/2011 - 6:58pm

CentOS 5 as a Desktop System

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CentOS is an enterprise class GNU/Linux distribution basing on the publicly available source packages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Just like RHEL or Debian stable, CentOS focuses on stability and security, sacrificing the “latest and greatest” packages. Is CentOS 5 really that stable? And does it fit on the average Joe’s desktop? This is what I’m gonna find out.


EU considers new kind of Microsoft antitrust action

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Microsoft may face a new kind of antitrust punishment from the European Union if the company, already hit by multi-million-dollar fines, continues to defy it, the bloc's top competition official hinted.

Ten Things You Didn't Know About Open Sauce

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One of the world's leading advocates of the open sauce bottle 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 sauce".

Unfortunately he was extensively misquoted by James Archibald in this article.

Here, then is the real gist of the thing.

Linux petitioners want Sony to open up PS3's graphical innards

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WHILE THE LINUX community is pretty chuffed that Sony lets them stick their fave operating system on the PS3 there's one hitch that is giving them the heebie-jeebies.

Sony provides partitioning tools to allow the console to be dual booted and to setup a Linux as the one to boot from.

Ubuntu Fiery Spawn Released

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Ubuntu Satanic Edition Fiery Spawn is now available. Packages for both Ubuntu Feisty 7.04 and Edgy 6.10 can be installed from our secure APT repository.

The KDE 3.5 Control Center - Part 4 - KDE Components

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Welcome to part 4 of our series on the KDE 3.5 Control Center. In this part we will be covering is one of the easier to understand sections of the control center. But just because it's easy doesn't mean it's not important to you. So let's look at each of the 8 different areas in this section and go over the importance of each of them to your daily KDE experience!

Boost your blogging with ScribeFire

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The Web is littered with blogs that are updated infrequently, at best, or completely abandoned. If you want to show your blog a little love, install ScribeFire for Firefox and get busy posting. ScribeFire puts your blog right at your fingertips in Firefox, and makes it much easier to go from thought to post.

Mandriva: Raising cash

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Last week was an exciting one: we announced we were going to raise some cash, we shipped our new version of the distro, Mandriva 2007 Spring and we held our international distributor meeting in Paris.

Let me focus on the cash raise:

Stellarium: A Stellar Application

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Stellarium is a fantastic, free, open-source sky show program. The graphics are outstanding, the data on sky objects amazing, and there are some awesome surprises.

Why OpenSource matters for a business

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When talking to people about Free Software, the discussion always leads to a point where I'm trying to convince the person I'm talking to that Open Source software is better for a business than proprietary software. And by business I don't just mean a company selling or developing software, I mean any company.

first look at CentOS 5 Xen

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I have just installed a machine running CentOS 5 as a Xen server. I installed a full GUI environment on the dom0 so that GUI tools can be used for managing the virtual servers.

Justin Steinman on Novell: never been better

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Justin Steinman is Novell’s PR chief, spreading the SuSe Linux gospel and the benefits of the deal with Microsoft both at home in the US and abroad. On his current visit to Australia, I got the chance to ask him questions – some easy, some tough. Novell doubters and haters beware: Steinman says Novell has never had it so good, and it’s only getting better!

Interview: Avi Kivity

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Avi Kivity is the lead developer and maintainer of the Kernel-based Virtual Machine project, better known as kvm. The project was started in mid-2006, and has been part of the Linux kernel since the 2.6.20 release in February of 2007. kvm is a full virtualization system for x86-based Linux hosts, allowing users to run isolated x86 guest operating systems in virtual machines.

Foundations of GTK+ Development

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Foundations of GTK+ Development is the only book completely dedicated to GTK+ 2 development available, available at for only $32.99. It uses numerous examples to introduce almost every widget available in the library. In this book, you will learn how to:

* Use basic widgets such as windows, buttons, and labels, in addition to many types of container widgets.

Linux aids the hunt for red tide in Sarasota

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Almost every autumn the beaches of Southwest Florida fill with stinking piles of dead fish, thanks to a tiny algae called Karenia brevis, better known as red tide. Researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., are tallying red tide blooms with an arsenal that includes Linux and open source software.

The hard truth about installing Linux

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Having had a go at a few more Linux installations than the average newbie, I can say that Ubuntu is probably about as easy an install as it's going to get. Sure you can run into hardware driver issues but Ubuntu advocates are right when they say it's probably just as easy and maybe easier than installing Windows. However, at this point in time it needs to be.

Beryl: The Cool Linux UI Reviewed

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To this day, I still have to smile when new Linux users decide to take the plunge because they want the cool looking visual effects that Beryl offers. To some limited degree, I can understand the motivation. The stunning videos on YouTube are certainly compelling to those who have never tried to use the setup themselves.

OpenSUSE 10.x: Hardware Monitoring - Using LM_sensors “Sensors”

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Here’s a small how to get LM_sensors to work with OpenSuSE 10.2.

Audacity helps create custom ring tones

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You can tell a lot about a person by listening closely when their cell phone rings.

According to commercials on TV and the Web, there is no better way to show your individuality than by spending a couple dollars to download 50 Cent's new hot hit (like tens of thousands of other individuals). And ring-tone distribution has become big business.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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    When it comes to data handling, or rather data manipulation, different APIs can perform it in different ways. In one, you might simply be able to modify some memory and all is ok. In another, you might have to point to a copy and say "use that when you can instead and free the original then". This is not a one way is better than the other discussion - it's important only that they require different methods of handling it. Actually, OpenGL can have a lot of different methods, and knowing the "best" way for a particular scenario takes some experience to get right. When dealing with porting a game across though, there may not be a lot of options: the engine does things a certain way, so that way has to be faked if there's no exact translation. Guess what? That can affect OpenGL state, and require re-validation of an entire rendering pipeline, stalling command submission to the GPU, a.k.a less performance than the original game. It's again not really feasible to rip apart an entire game engine and redesign it just for that: take the performance hit and carry on. Note that some decisions are based around _porting_ a game. If one could design from the ground up with OpenGL, then OpenGL would likely give better performance...but it might also be more difficult to develop and test for. So there's a bit of a trade-off there, and most developers are probably going to be concerned with getting it running on Windows first, GNU/Linux second. This includes engine developers.
  • Why Linux games often perform worse than on Windows
    Drivers on Windows are tweaked rather often for specific games. You often see a "Game Ready" (or whatever term they use now) driver from Nvidia and AMD where they often state "increased performance in x game by x%". This happens for most major game releases on Windows. Nvidia and AMD have teams of people to specifically tweak the drivers for games on Windows. Looking at Nvidia specifically, in the last three months they have released six new drivers to improve performance in specific games.
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  • Linux community has been sending their love to Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media
    This is awesome to see, people in the community have sent both Feral Interactive & Aspyr Media some little care packages full of treats. Since Aspyr Media have yet to bring us the new Civilization game, it looks like Linux users have been guilt-tripping the porters into speeding up, or just sending them into a sugar coma.
  • Feral Interactive's Linux ports may come with Vulkan sooner than we thought
  • Using Nvidia's NVENC with OBS Studio makes Linux game recording really great
    I had been meaning to try out Nvidia's NVENC for a while, but I never really bothered as I didn't think it would make such a drastic difference in recording gaming videos, but wow does it ever! I was trying to record a game recently and all other methods I tried made the game performance utterly dive, making it impossible to record it. So I asked for advice and eventually came to this way.

Leftovers: Software

  • DocKnot 1.00
    I'm a bit of a perfectionist about package documentation, and I'm also a huge fan of consistency. As I've slowly accumulated more open source software packages (alas, fewer new ones these days since I have less day-job time to work on them), I've developed a standard format for package documentation files, particularly the README in the package and the web pages I publish. I've iterated on these, tweaking them and messing with them, trying to incorporate all my accumulated wisdom about what information people need.
  • Shotwell moving along
    A new feature that was included is a contrast slider in the enhancement tool, moving on with integrating patches hanging around on Bugzilla for quite some time.
  • GObject and SVG
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