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Running Ubuntu Linux on Acer Tablet

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Ubuntu

I want to share the experience I gained from the switch over to Ubuntu Linux a few months ago. It might be of some help to other people looking for a superb alternative to Windows.

Desktop Linux--What Happened, And What Didn't, In 2006

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Linux

Mozilla, Adobe, and Novell made some major news in desktop Linux this year, and smaller developers introduced interesting innovations. But on the whole, 2006 was just about as memorable for what didn't happen on the Linux desktop as what did happen, with interoperability issues of various sorts playing big roles on both sides of that stage.

RSS Aggregators on openSUSE 10.2

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Software

RSS feeds initially hit my scene around July of 2004. Below is a graph with the results of my evaluations of each of the aggregators. In the first column is each of the criteria. In the next column is how important that particular criterion is to me personally. Then there are the individual aggregator columns. In the left column is my grade for that aggregator. In the right column is my grade multiplied by the weight. At the bottom of each column is the total score for each aggregator. The image links to a spreadsheet that you can download.

Power Management for Ubuntu

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HowTos

There are two methods of power management for your laptop; ACPI and APM. APM or Advanced Power Management is the older of the two and works with the BIOS of the computer.

Setting up a Tor server

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HowTos

This is a short guide on quickly setting up a Tor server in Debian Sarge. The rest of this document assumes that you have a solid understanding of what you're doing. First we'll ensure that we have our clock in sync by using ntpdate:

Stop calling everything blogs!

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Web

ENOUGH WITH CALLING every site on the (#*&$ing net a blog, people! I know the mass media is filled with dumb sheep that need to spread fear about anacondas in toilets to get ratings, but this has gone too far. What am I talking about? It seems every site that puts up content that is not owned by a major media outlet that has a TV channel is now blogging.

Alternatives to Skype beginning Jan 1, 2007

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Sci/Tech

My reasons are not the price. Yes, free is appealing and $14.95 / year is by no means a large expense to anyone. My main reason is that Skype does not use a standard protocol for its communication. There are many other SIP options available, most of which use an open communication protocol.

Also: A Free Telephone

Get the most out of Z shell

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News

Examine key parts of the Z shell (zsh) and how to use its features to ease your UNIX system administration tasks. Z shell is a popular alternative to the original Bourne and Korn shells. It provides an impressive range of additional functionality, including improvements for completing different commands, files, and paths automatically, and for binding keys to functions and operations.

OpenVZ On Debian Etch For Webservers

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HowTos

Virtualization is a good practice for servers, since it makes things more secure, scalable, replacable, and replicable, all this at the cost of little added complexity. This guide was written during an install of a Supermicro machine with two dual-core opterons (64-bit), two identical disks (for RAID) and a load of memory. Why OpenVZ and not XEN or the recent KVM kernel module? Well, XEN is not very stable for 64-bit architectures (yet), and it comes with quite a bit of overhead (every VM runs its own kernel) due to its complexity. KVM is very simple but restricts you to run a kernel as one process, so the VM cannot benefit from multi core systems.

2006: A year of surprise Linux partnerships. Or, guess who's coming to dinner

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Linux

It has come to be expected. Linux and open source news in 2006 was a potpourri of topics that included Windows-Linux interoperability, wild acquisitions and corporate spending sprees and stories of enterprise-level companies buying into open source and Linux en masse.

BasKet Note Pads Usability Survey

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Software

Users of BasKet Note Pads, an advanced notepad application for the KDE desktop, are called to participate in a usability survey. The survey is carried out by the recently launched BasKet Usability Project, a sponsored student project in the "Season of Usability" of OpenUsability.org.

Some Howtos:

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HowTos
  • Put an unpacked .deb file back together Using dpkg-repack

  • Ubuntu Multimedia Center
  • Get to Know Your Hardware Information

Free Open Document label templates from Worldlabel

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HowTos

The regular readers of this blog will remember me mentioning a competition being conducted by Worldlabel.com in conjunction with the OpenOffice.org documentation project for creating Open Source templates. Guess what..., On the eve of the New Year, they have released the winning template. Using Worldlabel templates in OpenOffice.org is easy.

City of Amsterdam announces experiment with open-source software

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OSS

The City of Amsterdam said Friday it will spend euro300,000 (US$400,00) testing open source software in two administrative districts in 2007, in a potential blow for the city's current main supplier, Microsoft Corp.

What's New in Symphony OS 2006-12

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Linux
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The Symphony OS project released a new version of their unique system on December 13 to the surprise and delight of many in the Linux community. Many feared the revolutionary new desktop might be doomed due to a lack of funding, but developers chugged along through hard times and presented us with the culmination of months of work. Their labors show through in this release. As we're fans, Tuxmachines took Symphony OS 2006-12 for a bit of a test drive. So what's new this time?

Windows Versus Open Source: The Battle for Operating Your Company's Computers is Heating Up

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OS

IT departments can get pretty catty. There's plenty of behind- the-scenes sarcasm about inexperienced users (such as digs about PBCAK errors - short for "problem between chair and keyboard"), but that pales in comparison to the vitriol they direct at each other in the Windows/open-source debate.

Tweaking KDE 3.5.5

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KDE

For those of you who have not followed the comment thread on the 'On Favouritism, Apologies, and Black Helicopters' story: I there promised to write an article about all the customisations I do on KDE to make it look and (more importantly) behave in my own preferred way; as a sort of Christmas present, so to speak (it is not like it is a fast news day today). Read on!

Book Review: Ubuntu Linux For Non-Geeks

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Reviews

Now, an OS like Ubuntu, needs a guidebook like Ubuntu. "Ubuntu Linux For Non-Geeks" by Rickford Grant, is just what the doctor ordered. A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook.

The year in pop culture

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Misc

It's not always about you, you know. Except in 2006, it was.

It was all about YouTube, the Internet phenomenon that felt like the final elimination of the increasingly blurry line between the providers of entertainment and the consumers. On YouTube and its multiplying online kin, you're both.

Which is better for technical support

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OSS

In the never ending battle against the open source proponents and the closed source confederates an argument that always seems to add fuel to the fire is technical support. Indeed for many businesses the ability to provide support for a computing solution is a critical part of the decision making process.

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CORD becomes a Linux Foundation project

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Fork YOU! Sure, take the code. Then what?

There's an old adage in the open source world – if you don't like it, fork it. This advice, often given in a flippant manner, makes it seem like forking a piece of software is not a big deal. Indeed, forking a small project you find on GitHub is not a big deal. There's even a handy button to make it easy to fork it. Unlike many things in programming though, that interaction model, that simplicity of forking, does not scale. There is no button next to Debian that says Fork it! Thinking that all you need to do to make a project yours is to fork it is a fundamental misunderstanding of what large free/open source projects are – at their hearts, they are communities. One does not simply walk into Debian and fork it. One can, on the other hand, walk out of a project, bring all the other core developers along, and essentially leave the original an empty husk. This is what happened when LibreOffice forked away from the once-mighty OpenOffice; it's what happened when MariaDB split from MySQL; and it's what happened more recently when the core developers behind ownCloud left the company and forked the code to start their own project, Nextcloud. They also, thankfully, dropped the silly lowercase first letter thing. Nextcloud consists of the core developers who built ownCloud, but who were not, and, judging by the very public way this happened, had not been, in control of the direction of the product for some time. Read more

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