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Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 403 srlinuxx 02/05/2011 - 12:59pm
Story NSA says no to Linux in best practice advisory srlinuxx 02/05/2011 - 12:57pm
Story Fedora 14 makes a mean KDE Plasma desktop srlinuxx 02/05/2011 - 12:55pm
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Story Linux Mint: Two Years, Going Steady srlinuxx 01/05/2011 - 9:21pm
Story A few more Firefox 4 tips srlinuxx 01/05/2011 - 9:19pm
Story GNOME Shell love & hate srlinuxx 01/05/2011 - 9:18pm

A first look at Firefox 3.0

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Moz/FF

Mozilla has officially released the first public alpha build of Firefox 3.0. Codenamed Gran Paradiso, Firefox 3 includes the new Gecko 1.9 rendering engine which leverages the open source Cairo rendering framework and features heavily refactored reflow algorithms that improve Firefox layout functionality and resolve some long-standing CSS bugs.

A Review: A week with KDE Applications, Round 1

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KDE

I like many love KDE, but like many I’ve also complained about most of the KDE apps. Personally i loathe the naming of most Linux apps. It’s gnu this and K that and gtk this and qt that. Overall i just want nice look and feel. For a week, I’ve dedicated myself to KDE applications in their native environment.

My own private Microsoft-Novell survey

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SUSE

Shockingly (Shockingly!!!) a Microsoft-Novell-commissioned survey reports that the world would end tomorrow but for the pact. Never mind, as Matthew Aslett notes, that one-third of the respondents had never even heard of the deal.

Developing KDE 4 Inside a KDE 3 Session

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HowTos

When I started to get a full blown KDE 4 environment running, I found it very inconvenient to constantly switch screens. On the other hand, Xnest was not bearable. Lucky enough, there is Xephyr.

one laptop + video conferencing = hotness

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OLPC

Robert McQueen has posted a web log entry about getting video teleconferencing from the OLPC XO machine. This is pretty damn hot and I’m very excited about it. It basically sells itself.

How cool would it be to be able to video conference from a laptop that only costs around $100 or so?

More Here.

Configuration: the forgotten side of security

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Security
HowTos

When the average computer user thinks about security, they usually think about reactive measures like anti-virus programs or security patches -- responses to a specific threat. A more efficient approach is to configure a system securely from the start.

Mother of Hans Reiser testifies during preliminary hearing today

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Reiser

Palmer testified during a preliminary hearing in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland for Hans Reiser, 42, charged with murdering his estranged wife. Says son never called anyone about wife's disappearance.

Open Addict is having a Hardware Contest

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Hardware

Ok guys and gals, the underground Open Addict office mega-complex is being overwhelmed with spare hardware. Well, not really but I've got some spare stuff that I'd like to give away. What better way to do it than hold a (insert radio announcer voice) December Spare Hardware Giveaway(tm)!!

How to use Konqueror as an FTP client on KDE

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HowTos

Several FTP clients for KDE have been either discontinued or their development has been stalled. But the good news is that the most famous FTP client is under constant development and its name is Konqueror. Using Konqueror as an FTP client is a good idea because you can have remote files inside your file manager, as if your files were on your HDD.

Getting Text out of Other File Formats

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HowTos

A common problem is that you receive a file in a format that you cannot easily read because you don’t have an appropriate application. The most common case of this problem is that you want to retrieve the text from a Microsoft Word file. It’s not always obvious how to retrieve the text.

Password Management Concerns with IE and Firefox

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Security

This two-part paper presents an analysis of the security mechanisms, risks, attacks, and defenses of the two most commonly used password management systems for web browsers, found in Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Review: Mandriva Flash delivers Linux to go

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MDV
Reviews

Mandriva Flash is a 2GB Dane-Elec USB key loaded with Mandriva Linux 2007. It gets points for style: the key is an attractive deep blue surrounded by a sturdy metal fence that leaves room on both ends to attach the key to a lanyard or keychain. The release notes say that the operating system and related files only take up half the space on the USB drive, leaving 1GB for my own files. This little powerhouse packs a lot of punch, once you get it up and running.

Unix maintenance costs spur Ohio EPA's Linux adoption

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Linux

As a state run agency, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency couldn't afford a drastic increase in maintenance costs for its data center. So it was with the aim of saving money that Holler forged a testing and development relationship with Red Hat Inc. in 2003.

Ubuntu reflects current state of Linux art

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Ubuntu

The month of October has been, at least to this writer, one of discovery. The technical one was by far the easier of the two: changing Linux distributions. I ended up installing a version of Ubuntu.

Isolate and resolve memory leaks using MALLOCDEBUG on AIX Version 5.3

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Linux

Memory leaks can be tough and costly problems to solve, so it makes sense to use good tools to clearly point out and understand where the leaks are coming from. This article outlines an approach you can use while tackling memory leaks, and it discusses how to take advantage of the MALLOCDEBUG tool that is supplied with AIX.

How to gracefully reboot your Ubuntu/Debian system if all else fails

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HowTos

There you are, staring at a crashed Gnome session, CTRL-ALT-BKSPC does nothing. ALT-CTRL-F1 won’t bring you to a terminal where you could cd to /etc/init.d and restart gdm. In short, your choices seem to be limited to holding down the power button and chancing file system corruption or nothing. But wait!

OpenSUSE 10.2 @Work

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Reviews
SUSE

After testing out openSUSE 10.2 @home and being exceptionally satisfied with the new release I decided to go for clean install on workstation @office, replacing the good old SUSE 10.1.

OpenOffice.org 2.1 Is Here

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OOo

OpenOffice.org is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.

OpenOffice.org 2.1 is recommend all users, as it represents a significant improvement over all previous versions. Among other things:

* Multiple monitor support for Impress

Sirius Teams Up with KDE

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KDE

In a move to promote the KDE desktop in the Enterprise, the UK's Open Source experts, Sirius Corporation, have become a Supporting Member of the KDE project.

Parade of Penguins before 'Happy Feet'

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Misc

Marching penguins, dancing penguins and, next year, surfing penguins. We're surrounded by the little critters, but they're not justa Hollywood creation --they've been popular culture fixtures for years. Among them:

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