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Story Open Source boost as Linux Conference heads to Auckland Roy Schestowitz 14/07/2014 - 7:15am
Story This Is What It's Like To Be A Woman CEO In The Male-Dominated Open-Source Software World Roy Schestowitz 14/07/2014 - 7:10am
Story When "Free" Can Suck. Roy Schestowitz 14/07/2014 - 6:49am
Story 5 Games You Can Play from Your Linux Command Line Roy Schestowitz 14/07/2014 - 6:43am
Story Mozilla brings Indian communities together Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 11:21pm
Story Linux 3.16-rc5 Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 11:12pm
Blog entry July's Record Roy Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 11:06pm
Story GSRC Brings New & Updated GNU Packages Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 11:01pm
Story Cubietruck review Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 10:57pm
Story Pick of the Bunch: Console Internet Applications Rianne Schestowitz 13/07/2014 - 10:50pm

My New OS - Mandriva Linux

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sufyanism.blogspot: I switched to Mandriva Linux this past week. Having tried and tested the Live CD, and verifying that everything was fine, I decided to install it on the HD.The boot was quiet, and the installation took around 15 minutes.

Angry enough at Ubuntu to spit

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kmandla.wordpress: You can reinstall Grub to the drive, but the 8.04 rescue mode doesn’t give you the option to pick a different partition as the destination for Grub. Next thing I know, Ubuntu is installing itself again. I broke out of the installer, praying that it hadn’t destroyed four hours of work. It had.

Moonlighting silverlight

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Software

blogs.techrepublic.com: So this past week Miguel di Icaza (the overly caffeinated creator of GNOME) brought to us an open source version of Microsofts’ Silverlight. The project? Moonlight. Turns out it’s a browser plug-in to compete with Macromedias’ Flash.

Linux and Sun Partnering?

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practical-tech.com: What happens when you get Linus Torvalds, Mr. Linux, together with Jeff Bonwick, Sun’s master of storage and creator of ZFS? Well, right now, we don’t know.

easys, some Slackware guys, and the GPL

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Linux

beranger.org: I thought I am the only fundamentalist who notices when a distro is not GPL-compliant, but it seems I was wrong. I'd like to see that newcomers are not being referred to a parasitic distro like Easys, but instead taught how to use Slackware itself.

Survey: Programmers shunning Vista for Mac OS and Linux

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OS

cnn.com blogs: “Developers,” a VP at Electronic Arts once told me, explaining why there were so many me-too Windows applications, “will walk through the desert in their socks to get to an installed base.”

Desktop Linux should address these little annoyances

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Linux

pclinuxos2007.blogspot: Users are right when they say linux is not ready for desktop. And they are right when they point to some rough edges of linux. I would like to add a small point that many others have missed out.

Goodbye PCLinuxOS!! Hello gOS!!

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Linux

themarktrix.blogspot: This happened on Friday, where my very loyal PCLinuxOS system had finally shown its age. Constant desktop freezes/crashes and the signs of slowing down prompted me to go distro-hopping again.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • XTerm Title

  • Using puppet on Gentoo
  • Yum Force Reinstall
  • Hybernate on CentOS5.1
  • Fixing Kubuntu’s trash icon

The Perfect Desktop - Fedora 9

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HowTos

This document describes step-by-step how to set up a Fedora 9 desktop (GNOME). The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment.

today's leftovers

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News
  • An interview with p_quarles

  • Reflections on Open Source Commerce, Part 2
  • My Fedora 9 upgrade story
  • Linux week in Vienna
  • Linux distro madness
  • And This is Why I Use Open Source Software
  • The path of least-patching
  • Ubuntu…What have you done?
  • Fedora 9 feature - kernel modesetting
  • Fedora 9.. round 1
  • Blaming Debian packaging
  • Back from vacation at Disney World and Tux Racer is all over

10 Most Beautiful Looking Linux Desktops

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Linux

linuxhaxor.net: Over the years I came across many many linux Desktop screenshots, it’s amazing how someone can spend huge amount of time tweaking and customizing their desktop look. Here are some I really liked.

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • Make Your Distro Free of Miguel de Icaza’s junk code

  • How to indent lines in text files using sed, awk, perl
  • Tips for Upgrading Fedora 8 to Fedora 9
  • Building Software From Source
  • QEMU - machine emulator and virtualizer Setup in Ubuntu
  • Doing Search And Replace In Multiple Files With Unix and Linux Perl

Ubuntu's need to catch a wave

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Ubuntu

dag.wieers.com/blog: Let me play devil's advocate here. Mark Shuttleworth's recent pledge to join a synchronised release plan for Enterprise Linux distributions is no more than a wish to benefit from a lot of work that Novell and Red Hat are already doing in the Enterprise space.

Why I won't even try Fedora 9

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beranger.org: It might sound very bizarre, knowing that I was using Rawhide quite some time before F9 was released. However... I am not impressed by the way Fedora 9 is becoming "yet another Ubuntu."

Adventures with Ubuntu and XP and the family computer

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mindstab.net: So my folks Windows XP box started having difficulty booting. Most of the time it would go to boot and suddenly you'd be back at the BIOS. So I burned a copy of Hardy Heron, the newest Version of Ubuntu, released just last month. It loaded up and recognized all the hardware and installed, no trouble.

Ubuntu Security Notice another win for Linux

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dthomasdigital.wordpress: What is that I say, a win for Linux? I think was handled much better than any Microsoft vulnerability ever has. Notifications were sent from multiple sources. If it was a Debian based distribution it was made perfectly clear you needed to install the security updates.

Firefox 3 RC 1: A Guided Tour

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Moz/FF

ostatic.com: I've been using all the previous beta versions, and while I'm still frustrated that I can't use my extensions with RC1, the rendering speed is so much faster than previous versions that I'm ready to use it as my main browser most of the time. It is still pre-release software, but the speed and several of the new features are truly welcome.

Early Days with KDE 4: openSUSE 10.3, Kubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9 compared

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KDE

softvision.wordpress: Arch has taught me so much and I will go back to it one day. For now, I plan to decide between three popular KDE distros - openSUSE, Kubuntu and Fedora. The desktop environment of choice? KDE 4.0.

Firefox 3 First Look

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Moz/FF

sjvn: I've loved Firefox since version 0.93. It was so much better than Internet Explorer and the other alternatives that I couldn't imagine using anything else. But, then Firefox's memory leaks went from annoying me to ticking me off. Now, Firefox 3 release candidate 1 was released early. Based on my quick look at it, I may end up sticking with Firefox after all.

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LWN on Linux: LTS, API, Pointer Leaks and Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC)

  • Cramming features into LTS kernel releases
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  • What's the best way to prevent kernel pointer leaks?
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An update on GnuPG

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Ubuntu: GNOME, New Video, Ubuntu Podcast, Refreshing the Xubuntu Logo

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Intel Linux and GCC Work

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