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U.S. Backs Open XML as ISO Vote Nears

cio today: In the U.S. vote for Open XML this week, IBM strongly argued against approval of Open XML, and Oracle joined IBM in voting against it. Voting in favor of the Open XML format were Hewlett-Packard, EMC, Intel, Sony Electronics, Lexmark International, and Apple, as well as the Defense Department, Homeland Security, and NIST.

Network Security with tcpwrappers

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Ubuntu tutorials: I thought today I would outline a few tips on network security with tcpwrappers or, as you’re probably more familiar, the hosts.allow and hosts.deny files. How you can use them?

Writing Scripts that need root permission

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HowTos

Linux by Example: While executing commands that needs root permission, I rely on sudo. Sudo provides me a very convenient way to execute root privilege commands from my user account provided with my user account password.

Bye bye Dapper. Hello Feisty.

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Ubuntu

opensourcelearning.info: One wisdom in the realm of Linux says: “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. Well, after a year of playing with Ubuntu Dapper Drake it was time to move ahead. It was getting broken.

Comprehensive Linux Terminal Performance Comparison

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Software

Martin Ankerl: Linux has an abundance of excellent terminal applications. Interestingly, I could not find any decent comparison of their text display performance. Since I use the command line a lot, I want text output that is as fast as possible.

People Behind KDE: Summer of Code 2007 (3/4)

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KDE

People Behind KDE releases the third interview in its series of four interviews with students who are working on KDE as part of the Google Summer of Code 2007 - meet Leo Franchi, Juan González Aguilera, Andrew Manson and Marcus Hanwell!

Saving Power on Intel Hardware Using Powertop

only ubuntu: PowerTOP is a Linux tool that finds the software component(s) that make your laptop use more power than necessary while it is idle. However... there are many things that can ruin the party, both inside the kernel and in userspace.

Xubuntu plus Gnome equals … a metapackage

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Ubuntu

kmandla.wordpress: I’m going out on a limb saying it, but here’s my brief prediction: Xubuntu’s push toward Gnome applications is going to marginalize the distro.

Nokia N800 As an EBook Reader Using FBReader

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Hardware

Every Flavour Beans: Though N800 is an Internet Tablet, it can serve as a very good ebook reader too, for those casual/semi-serious readers who don’t want to invest in a stand-alone ebook reader. At its screen size and resolution, reading ebooks is extremely pleasing on the eye.

More ISO OOXML news ahead of today's deadline

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Microsoft
OSS

the inquirer: THERE'S MORE news about countries' ISO votes on Microsoft's proposed OOXML document formats ahead of today's deadline for votes to be submitted.

Also: Poland vote$ for Microsoft OOXML

Conky: highly configurable system monitor for X

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Software

DPotD: Conky is one of my favorite applications for all of my Linux distros. It is a light-weight system monitor (according to the project page) that can monitor many different aspects of your computer.

Lenovo 3000 N100 Laptop Sound - ALSA work around for Fedora 7

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HowTos

typos: I installed Fedora 7 on my new Lenovo 3000 N100 Laptop. It wasn’t big deal getting up wireless on this one with WPA support as well as the graphics. Wow…miracle I thought…! Soon I connected my headset to play some cool music…for my surprise, sound was coming from both the internal speakers and headphones at the same time.

X.Org 7.3 Release Delayed

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phoronix: If you haven't noticed, the release of X.Org 7.3 has been delayed by at least a week. Eric Anholt, the X.Org 7.3 release manager, had pushed the X.Org 7.3 release back by at least a week due to show-stopping bugs.

My experience installing OpenSuse 10.3 beta 2

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SUSE

usalug-org: I've always liked Suse. I first installed Suse 9.1 when I was a Linux Newb. Germ was nice enough to mail that one to me Very Happy . I then installed OpenSuse 10.0 and ran that on my laptop for quite a while. I then got tired of waiting for YaST to load, and moved on to some other distros.

MEPIS 7.0 Beta3: Updates Galore

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Linux

mepis.org: MEPIS has released Beta3 of SimplyMEPIS 7.0. The kernel in Beta3 is version 2.6.22.5 which contains minor patches from the Kernel Development Team. The ipw3945 driver was updated. The MEPIS System Assistant was repaired.

Hands-on with GamePark's GP2X F-200

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Linux
Gaming

engadget: We're pretty hot for any device that sports some sort of console emulator, so when faced with GamePark Holding's GP2X, which currently boasts of SNES, NES, Genesis, MAME and quite a few other gems, it's a little difficult to rein in the enthusiasm.

Ubuntu Linux + Apache2 + Virtual Hosts + Syslog Server

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HowTos

ubuntu geek: This tutorial will explain How to install syslog server in ubuntu using apache. Steps Involved in this tutorial:

1) Install Apache2 and change the ports
2) Virtual Hosts: an example
3) Syslog Server with php and Virtual Hosts
4) Only me wants to see the log files (by using a .htacces file)

migration from lovely gentoo to feisty kubuntu

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Ubuntu

broddlit.wordpress: A few weeks ago I decided to migrate my Notebook from Gentoo to Kubuntu. Now why would anyone want to do that?

Installing Compiz Fusion -- Total Newb Version

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fusioncast.fsckr: Use this guide for installing with Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04). If you have nVIDIA, that's good. nVIDIA has a good proprietary driver for linux. If you have an ATI, this is a little more complicated. Intel cards are well supported generally.

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