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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 176

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • News: Novell partners with Microsoft, CentOS on Oracle Enterprise
  • Linux, Fedora code names, Mandriva and MEPIS updates, gNewSense

  • Web logs: One month with Mandriva Linux 2007
  • Released last week: OpenBSD 4.0, NetBSD 3.1
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 10.2 Beta 2
  • Site news: Dilemma about distributions linking to DistroWatch
  • New additions: gNewSense, TrueBSD
  • New distributions: Damn Vulnerable Linux, URLI OS

This week in DistroWatch Weekly....

Linux a computer operating system for the people

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Linux

The popular free Linux computer operating system being co-opted by corporate technology titans was born of a Finnish university student and a group devoted to no-cost software.

“The Role of Open Source Software for the Development of Information Society” Conference in Armenia

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OSS

The conference “The Role of Open Source Software for the Development of Information Society” was held in Yerevan, capital of Armenia from October 31 to November 1, 2006. The conference aimed at exchange of experience in open source promotion policy and in the use of open source software in specific areas such as public administration and education.

CentOS: Oracle Linux Doesn't Measure Up

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Linux

Oracle's plans for its own Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product, announced last week, follow on the heels of Red Hat derivatives put together by dozens of open source projects, including CentOS, Pie Box, and Startcom Linux. But this week, members of the influential CentOS community voiced strong pessimism over Oracle Linux.

CLI Magic: Transform your audio files with SoX

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HowTos

Sound eXchange (SoX) is a command-line sound sample translator. This Swiss Army knife of sound tools can be used to convert file formats of your audio files, and to apply sound effects such as echo, fade-in/out, and chorus to jazz up your music with just a few keystrokes.

Install Amarok 1.4.4 Music Player in Ubuntu Edgy

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HowTos

Amarok is a sound system-independent audio-player for *nix systems. Its interface uses a powerful “browser” metaphor that allows you to create playlists that make the most of your music collection.

Install Amarok Music Player in Ubuntu

MiniTutor: MPlayer and Video Output

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Howtos

The MPlayer, Linux Movie Player, is an extraordinary video and audio player, and it has hundreds of options to use in order to do everything we wish to an audio or video file, one of these fantastic options are used to video output.

Minitutor from: GoblinX Minitutors

Ubuntu's offical Launch in China

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Ubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth was in Beijing last week for Ubuntu’s official China launch. The event was overwhelmingly successful. However, the reason for the success is questionable, was it because Ubuntu, one of the top distros in the world, has really caught on in China, or was it simply because of its greatest benefactor?

Mozilla Starts Work On Firefox 3.0

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Moz/FF

With Firefox 2.0 out the door last week, Mozilla is turning its attention to version 3.0, with a goal to deliver the new browser about this time next year.

LiMux The Penguin: Deep into Munich’s Linux F/OSS migration

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Linux

The city of Munich got more media attention than respect after it decided on a migration to Linux and open source software on the desktop. After a careful and deliberately open movement towards deciding its IT future, Munich was slammed in the media, then became a target for Microsoft negotiators and a project at risk from a proposed European move to US-style software patents.

AptonCD - Create a backup of all the packages you have installed using apt-get

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HowTos

You are interested in installing GNU/Linux on your machine. But once the installation is done and finished, you will most certainly want to install additional software apart from the ones bundled with the CD. The problem occurs when you decide to re-install Linux on your machine. You are forced to start all over again, downloading additional software using apt-get. A good samaritan has pointed out to a unique project named AptonCD.

Bangalore readies for 'one of world's largest' FOSS events

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OSS

FOSS.IN, a Bangalore-based annual event that calls itself "one of the world's most focussed Free and Open Source Software events", has announced its Nov 23-25 meet will have 82 talks and tutorials.

Matt Asay: Customers - Open source's only true friend

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OSS

These past two weeks have been fascinating. Frustrating, but fascinating. I've learned a great deal since I first got involved with open source in 1998. One lesson stands out above them all, and was first related to me by a good friend at Red Hat: Customers are open source's only true friends.

XP to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

After about 6 weeks of heavy use, there's nothing that has me wanting to move off Ubuntu. It's remarkably solid and well-designed, and maybe no more than 2 years away from being something anyone could use. Definitely a keeper.

Cool KDE discovery of the day

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KDE

For people like me, who are addicted to Klipper: Klipper has search as you type. Just click on the icon, and start typing away! Only the parts of your paste history that match the typed text will be shown.

On-Disk.com Contributes to FOSS

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OSS

This past week we've seen headlines depicting selfish and self-serving actions from major players in our open source community. Perhaps we need to hear more of some thoughtful and helpful community members. One service has paid into the community in a pleasantly surprising manner - with cold hard cash.

How To Compile A Kernel - The Ubuntu Way

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HowTos

Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on Ubuntu systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from www.kernel.org (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

Gaming Headlines

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Gaming

Securely Administring Remote Machines Using Freenx in Ubuntu

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HowTos

FreeNX is a system that allows you to access your desktop from another machine over the internet. You can use this to login graphically to your desktop from a remote location. One example of its use would be to have a FreeNX server set up on your home computer, and graphically logging in to the home computer from your work computer, using a FreeNX client.

Fedora 6 + fglrx 8.28.8 + R200 Hardware

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Linux

As the R200 generation GPUs are no longer supported by the main fglrx display driver after the 8.28.8 release, I have written a script to allow the 8.28.8 display drivers to properly build on Fedora Core 6.

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GeckoLinux 421 Plasma and SUSE Hack Week

  • GeckoLinux 421 Plasma review - It ain't no dragon
    I heard a lot of good praise about this little distro. My inbox is flooded with requests to take it for a spin, so I decided, hey, so many people are asking. Let us. The thing is, openSUSE derivatives are far and few in between, but the potential and the appeal are definitely there. Something like CentOS on steroids, the way Stella did once, the same noble way Fuduntu tried to emancipate Fedora. Take a somewhat somber distro and pimpify it into submission. GeckoLinux is based on openSUSE Leap, and I chose the Plasma Static edition. There's also a Rolling version, based on Tumbleweed, but that one never worked for me. The test box for this review is Lenovo G50. But wait! Dedoimedo, did you not recently write in your second rejection report that GeckoLinux had failed to boot? Indeed I did. But the combo of yet another firmware update on the laptop and a fresh new download fixed it, allowing for a DVD boot. Somewhat like the painful but successful Fedora exercise back in the day. Tough start, but let's see what gives.
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AMD and Linux

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