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Xrandr 1.2

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Software
HowTos

Since I got my 20" widescreen monitor in the summer, I discovered how bad X's support for resizing displays is. I wanted to have the ability to plug my laptop into the 20" display in the office and expand the desktop to 1680x1050, or remove the 20" display and shrink the desktop back down to the native resolution of 1024x768. Then I heard about xrandr 1.2.

Where Can SUSE Linux Be Used?

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SUSE

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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Linux

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.

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Distro Development: Rescatux and Bodhi

  • Rescatux 0.40 beta 9 released
    Many code in the grub side and in the windows registry side has been rewritten so that these new features could be rewritten. As a consequence it will be easier to maintain Rescapp. Finally the chntpw based options which modify the Windows registry now perform a backup of the Windows registry files in the unlikely case you want to undo some of the changes that Rescapp performs. I guess that in the future there will be a feature to be able to restore such backups from Rescapp itself, but, let’s focus on releasing an stable release. It’s been a while since the last one. UEFI feedback is still welcome. Specially if the Debian installation disks work for you but not the Rescatux ones.
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    Late last month I posted a first alpha look at Bodhi 4.0.0. Work since then has been coming along slowly due to a few unpredictable issues and my own work schedule outside of Bodhi being hectic over the summer. Bodhi 4.0.0 will be happening, but likely not with a stable release until September. I am traveling again this weekend, but am hoping to get out a full alpha release with 32bit and non-PAE discs next week.

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Emma A LightWeight Database Management Tool For Linux

Today who does not interact with databases and if you're a programmer then the database management is your daily task. For database management, there is a very popular tool called, MySQL Workbench. It's a tool that ships with tonnes of functionalities. But not all of us as beginner programmers use all Workbench features. So here we also have a very lightweight database manager in Linux, Emma. Read
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