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Story some odds & ends: srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 2:00pm
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 1:39pm
Story It's official: Spotify is coming to the U.S. srlinuxx 2 07/07/2011 - 1:27pm
Story New GNOME haz no friends srlinuxx 1 07/07/2011 - 11:37am
Story Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu Classic 11.04 Desktop falko 07/07/2011 - 11:13am
Story Lunduke vs Linux Outlaws srlinuxx 1 07/07/2011 - 5:40am
Story Office 365 on Mac and Linux srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 3:18am
Story Seven Months of Bodhi Linux in Pictures srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 3:13am
Story Eugeni Dodonov Sails Away, Quits Mandriva srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 3:12am
Story The rise, fall and reality of commercial open source srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 3:10am

Where Can SUSE Linux Be Used?

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Most IT directors ask this question first. The case for using Linux has already been made in the popular IT press, and organizations understand that Linux is now a viable option when anything Unix needs to be deployed.

Performing Brain Surgery On Yourself

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Linux

Some years ago Linux creator Linux Torvalds famously compared changing operating systems to “performing brain surgery on yourself”. I’ve quoted him often because so many people seem to have unrealistic expectations when they pick up a Linux DVD or CD-ROM. I’ve recently received a couple of e-mails in response to my articles here on O’Reillynet that illustrate Linus’ point beautifully.

Install Beryl on Ubuntu Feisty with AIGLX for Nvidia

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HowTos

This weekend was my Feisty testing weekend, this morning I decided to add Beryl to the mix and, as usual, I’m really impressed with what a community of open source coders can do!

Swedish Armed Forces switches from Windows to Linux

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Linux

Red Hat announced today that the Swedish Armed Forces would be protecting Sweden with Red Hat Enterprise Linux rather than NT. The Swedes feel much safer. Smile

Also: Texas, Minnesota may abandon Microsoft for open standards
And: Russian Schools to Switch to Linux After Microsoft Piracy Case

Microsoft Drops "Wow", Embraces "Meh."

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Microsoft

After lukewarm reviews of its flagship operating system, Microsoft has cancelled it's "Wow!" ad campaign and unveiled it's new motto: "Meh."

Also: Weather alert: new Microsoft FUD storm expected
And: 19 Nations Respond, Most File Contradictions on Microsoft's OXML

10 reasons to love and hate your Ubuntu Linux box

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Ubuntu

It’s been a few months since I started used Ubuntu as my primary workstation. I’ve been trying and “using” Linux since Redhat 5.2 but this time it’s for real. No dual-booting, no wine, no vmware. Just what Linux has to offer by itself. I’m doing web development and design 90% of the time I’m in front of the computer, the other 10% goes to blogging, music and some movies. Ok lets break it down.

Ubuntu, openSUSE, MEPIS, and Kubuntu adventures

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Linux

Since the whole objective of this personal project was to learn more about Linux, I decided to look on this as an opportunity to try some new version of Linux. With mixed levels of success, I tried the latest versions of openSUSE, simplyMEPIS, and Kubuntu. I went through different install processes many times due to various problems I experienced.

Experiencing openSUSE 10.2 again

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SUSE

My first contact with openSUSE 10.2 was frustrated. I downloaded 5 ISOs from the mirror site at Japan, and tried to install it on my laptop: Toshiba Portege M500. I spent a lot of time to configure the wireless device: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG, but still failed.

PCLinuxOS with Beryl (on Geo's Laptop)

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PCLOS

It's one of those YouTube videos folks. View Here.

VMware to VirtualBox

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HowTos

My tests with VirtualBox went well enough that I decided to move my webserver and mailserver VMs to it (from VMware Workstation 6 beta). VMware does the job great, but VBox is open source and a little faster.

Solution: Converting line breaks

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HowTos

Linux text files and Windows text files differ from each other in an important aspect. They have a different way to indicate the end of a line. This solution describes how to convert a Windows-like text file to a Linux-like one, and the other way around.

Red Hat vs. Microsoft: Who will win?

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OSS

Jeff Gould of InformationWeek has an interesting article entitled, "Can Red Hat Rival Microsoft?" He sets it up provocatively, if not accurately. It's a problem, Jeff, if you believe the alternative is truly proprietary vs. open source. But I think the market is moving past that decision.

How to manage source packages on Ubuntu

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HowTos

Sometimes you want the latest version of a particular application, but you find out that it isn't available from the Ubuntu repositories just yet, and most probably it won't be included until the next version of Ubuntu is released. So what to do? You can use the older version that is included in the repositories or build the latest version from source.

Fldigi and amateur radio on Linux

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Dave Freese has just released version 1.2 of Fldigi, a popular new program for Linux and FreeBSD which enables amateur radio operators to join their radios and their computers at the hip and create a new kind of ham shack: a digital ham shack. Here's the story behind both the rising popularity of "sound card" digital modes in amateur radio and how Fldigi lets you enjoy enjoy them on Linux.

X.Org 7.2: ATI Open v. Closed Drivers

Last October we had compared the performance of the open-source R300 display driver against the closed-source fglrx driver for ATI Radeon graphics cards. In that comparison a Mobility Radeon X300 was used with X.Org 7.1, but we have decided to take another look at this driver comparison under X.Org 7.2. In this last comparison, the fglrx binary blob had greatly outperformed the open-source driver. While the fglrx driver remains faster, has the performance delta between these two drivers decreased?

The real point of Unbreakable Linux: breaking Red Hat

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Linux

Following my recent article in which I wrote that neither I, nor several financial analysis firms, were aware of any companies that were planning to deploy Oracle's Unbreakable Linux, a handful of companies have told me that they are giving Unbreakable Linux a try.

BASH Shell: How to run several commands in Sequence or all at once

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HowTos

If you need to run several commands chain them with a ; (semi colon). It is a control operator or metacharacter.

The Road to KDE 4: Phonon Makes Multimedia Easier

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KDE

Phonon is a new KDE technology that offers a consistent API to use audio or video within multimedia applications. The API is designed to be Qt-like, and as such, it offers KDE developers a familiar style of functionality.

Kernel 2.6.20 - still no new WLan subsystem

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Linux

Some days ago Linus released the newest Kernel, version 2.6.20. However, the new WLan subsystem again didn’t make it into the main kernel, and it looks like that it will need some more work.

Interview with openSUSE project leader, Andreas Jaeger

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Interviews

Wow. What a year 2006 turned out to be for Novell. In case you're not familiar with the Microsoft/Novell deal, let me give you a brief overview. Sometime in 2006, Novell's CEO contacted Microsoft in order to reach an agreement to work together for the betterment of Linux and Windows software. Andreas Jaeger, sat down and talked about Microsoft, Linux and where the MS deal is taking SUSE.

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