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Story Life with GIMP 2.7 srlinuxx 28/06/2011 - 6:11pm
Story The kernel column srlinuxx 28/06/2011 - 6:04pm
Story What City Is Your Distro? srlinuxx 28/06/2011 - 4:55pm
Story What’s New in Opera 11.50 srlinuxx 28/06/2011 - 4:29pm
Story UK shakes dust off open source policy srlinuxx 28/06/2011 - 4:27pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 28/06/2011 - 7:06am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 28/06/2011 - 6:43am
Blog entry PCLinuxOS KDE 2011.6 post installation tips. Texstar 28/06/2011 - 5:57am
Story The decline of ‘open source’ as an identifying differentiator srlinuxx 28/06/2011 - 4:42am
Story Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter srlinuxx 28/06/2011 - 4:41am

Installing Zimbra on Ubuntu 6.10

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Zimbra is an open source email server. It does email, calendar, contacts, and various other useful things that software like Microsoft Exchange does. The problem is that Zimbra has a number of dependencies on other open source projects and they don't provide direct downloads for those dependencies.

Setting Up A News-Voting Website With Pligg

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HowTos

This article shows how to set up your own news-voting website with Pligg. Pligg is a content-management system published under the Affero General Public License, and it is written in PHP and uses a MySQL database for storing its data. With a little work you can create your own community and let users vote news to the front page.

Interview with Dr Andrew S Tanenbaum

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Creator of MINIX, flame-war legend and well known supporter of microkernels -- these are some of the monikers of Dr Andrew S Tanenbaum; he probably wrote a textbook or two that is in your library as well. Builder AU's Nick Gibson caught up with Dr Tanenbaum after his keynote address at linux.conf.au and spoke about microkernels, MINIX and what's coming up on the horizon.

Portrait: Rosegarden's D. Michael McIntyre

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If there is anything like a "typical" member of the free/open source community, that template is probably nothing like D. Michael McIntyre. By profession a truck driver, McIntyre holds a bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages, and he's used his facility with words to document the popular Rosegarden project. He's since gone on to do whatever he sees that needs to be done on the project, and has become an integral part of the Rosegarden team.

Book review: The Definitive Guide to GCC

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Reviews

Without the GNU Compiler collection GCC it would be difficult to imagine that free software would have had such a rapid penetration into the market place. If you want to use GCC (including version 4) to its utmost, The Definitive Guide to GCC, Second Edition, written by William von Hagen and published by Apress, is almost certainly for you.

Debugging system freezes

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Sometimes your Debian box hangs, and for a strange reason, there is no debugging information printed on your screen. What options do you have?

Create virtual Machines Using Virtualbox in Debian

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VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

Change Prompt Color when logged in as Root

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All security books will recommend you not to allow root SSH logins to your Linux machines. In this article, I will show you how to change the color of your prompt when you escalate your privileges to a super-user. This technique is a good way to remind yourself that you are holding high privileges.

Animated boot screen on openSuSE 10.2

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Everyone who has used openSuSE 10.2 must have come across the animated boot screen. But the problem is that its not permanent. It comes sometimes, and doesnt come at other times. Im writing this tutorial for all you penguin lovers who would like to see the animated boot everytime!

GPL 3: An Open-Source Earthquake?

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OSS

For 15 years, the current version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) has remained untouched. One of the oldest, most widely used open-source licenses, the GPL is a foundational text and an ideological marker. Yet this spring, the GPL's author will release a controversial new version of the license, a move that's already sending tremors along the software industry's fault lines.

Mandriva Linux Opens Office in Lagos

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MDV

As part of its commitment to help bridge the digital divide and make ICT affordable and closer to the people of West Africa, Mandriva Linux has incorporated a subsidiary with headquarters in Lagos.

Open Source Pioneer Alan Dechert To Deliver Keynote at Red Hat Summit

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Linux

Alan Dechert, one of the pioneers in the open source software movement, will deliver the keynote speech at the Red Hat Summit.

PCLinuxOS Tops DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking

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PCLOS

After hovering around 13th position for several months this time last year and slowly moving up to around 7th six month ago, this past month has shown PCLOS climbing to 3rd, just below Ubuntu and openSUSE. But refresh for the last 7 days and you find that PCLinuxOS now reigns supreme, knocking Ubuntu out of its long standing first place. Congratulations PCLOS.

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Shuttleworth OK with "Evil Edgy"

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The U.K.-based team that released the "Satanic" version of Ubuntu last December -- nicknamed "Evil Edgy" -- earlier this month added a KDE-based Kubuntu version. Ubuntu or Kubuntu Satanic Edition can be installed over any Ubuntu Edgy variant, the team said.

The Top Companies Contributing to F/OSS (as seen in Debian GNU/Linux)

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OSS

The nearly 300-page Economic Impact of FLOSS on Innovation and Competitiveness of the EU ICT Sector report shows that Sun is the largest contributor to F/OSS. IBM provides the next largest amount of contributions.

Frederic Crozat: Metisse is not a 3D desktop

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Software

I guess most people know now what my dream was : 3D can be more than just fancy. For some time now, I’ve been working with members of In Situ team to integrate their Metisse software in Mandriva Linux and it is really exciting.

Brazil's FOSS utopia image at risk

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OSS

According to the international media, Brazil is a leader in free and open source software (FOSS) adoption. The New York Times describes the country as "a tropical outpost of the free software movement," while BBC News claims that "Increasingly, Brazil's government ministries and state-run enterprises are abandoning Windows in favour of 'open-source' or 'free' software." However, FOSS advocates familiar with Brazil describe a less hopeful situation.

Linspire CEO on opening up CNR: share the bread

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Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony says his company is opening up its CNR ("Click 'N Run") software download and management service to other Linux distributions. To find out more Desktoplinux.com conducted the following short Q&A with Carmony via email.

Ubuntu tip - get Mplayer and play everything

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Feeling in the dark when it comes to WMV files, QuickTime movies, Real media files or any other popular (but proprietary) media format?

Overview of Xfce 4.4

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Xfce is another Open Source Desktop Manager like KDE or GNOME, that has traditionally been known for being lightweight and able to run more efficiently on slower hardware. Through the years Xfce has gradually added more features, but still has kept the bloat down to a minimum. With the long awaited release of version 4.4, Xfce is now competitive with the big boys.

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