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Story KDE Spark Tablet Renamed to Honor Classical Composer srlinuxx 16/03/2012 - 4:20am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 14/03/2012 - 7:54am
Story Mozilla debates supporting H.264 video playback srlinuxx 14/03/2012 - 2:12am
Story Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux srlinuxx 14/03/2012 - 12:19am
Story Wine gaming on Nouveau srlinuxx 14/03/2012 - 12:14am
Blog entry Top Android Apps fieldyweb 13/03/2012 - 10:43pm
Story Pivoting Linux in a Post-PC world srlinuxx 13/03/2012 - 6:34pm
Story Raspberry Pi More Popular Than Lady Gaga srlinuxx 13/03/2012 - 6:33pm
Story IDC lists top 6 myths, realities about open source srlinuxx 13/03/2012 - 6:31pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 13/03/2012 - 5:28am

Microsoft and patent claims: ‘Business as usual’?

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Mary Jo Foley: So why go public with an alleged number of violations? Hilf told IDG News Service (IDGNS) in an interview late last week that the decision to share the numbers was motivated by a call for “more transparency.”

Ubuntu: Getting in with the Grunge Set

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Software Reality: My story is a common one: I tried GNU/Linux a few years ago (and a few years before that, and even a few years before that), and each time grew excited by the possibilities. However I had real work to get done. So each time, I resolved with heavy heart that I would return to Linux later.

Computing Grid Helps Get to the Heart of Matter

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eWeek: At CERN, the PCs, CPU servers and disks are linked on a 1G-bps network provided by Hewlett-Packard ProCurve switches. CERN itself will contribute 10 percent of the total necessary processors for the job, including 3,500 PCs and the rest single- or dual-core processors all running a version of Linux called Scientific Linux CERN.

Howto: Update BIOS/firmwares on Linux

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/home/liquidat: Some hardware firmware updates need a DOS environment for executing the flash tools. There are free DOS versions available to accomplish this task easily.

Did you know these basic Firefox Tips?

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CyberCapital.Org: You can easily double the joy of using Firefox by knowing these essencial Firefox tips. Feel free to comment your Ff tips!

CentOS 4.5 released

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MDLog:/sysadmin: If you will run today yum (or up2date) on a Centos 4 system you will notice that there are many updated packages available. This is happening because Centos has released the 5th update of Centos-4 a few days ago and now this update is appearing on Centos mirrors.

Hidden Linux : Wobbly Windows Step-by-Step

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Tux Love (PCWorld): I've become so used to wobbly windows now that whenever I use a regular machine I end up feeling cheated if I drag one and it doesn't display a certain sticky inertia. And if I feel positively deflated if I hit Ctrl + Alt + [any arrow key] and a glorious desktop cube doesn't flip me over to the next display face. What am I talking about?

Howto install a free NX Server on Debian 4.0

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Linux-Tip: NoMachine NX is a Terminal Server and Remote Access solution based on open source technologies. It makes it possible to run any graphical application on any operating system across any network connection as if you were sitting in front of your computer.

Whatever happened to the future of beryl ?

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Kristian’s blog: One day I’m writing about all these changes I want to make in Beryl, and the next day Beryl is merging with the Compiz community. So whatever happened to my vision? Was it just talk? No, it wasn’t.

SMC SMC2870W Wireless Bridge

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Phoronix: Today we have the SMC SMC2870W 802.11g Wireless Ethernet Bridge. This wireless bridge is capable of turning any wired networking device into a wireless node and can also act as an Internet Access Point along with a built-in 802.11b/g repeater. What category of righteousness does this product fall into? Well, for Linux users, the SMC bridge is falling down.

Linux set to replace Palm OS

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ComputerWorld: Palm's announcement earlier this month of the Palm OS Treo 755p provoked some questions regarding whether this would be the last Palm device to run the Palm Garnet OS, now that Palm is embracing Linux.

Runtime power saving on Linux - not all CPU use is equal

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Matthew Garrett: As the number of people using Linux in mobile situations increases, the need to reduce power consumption also increases. While some of these power savings are obvious (like turning off hardware when it's not being used), others are more subtle. The combination of recent changes to the kernel and some small adjustments to existing code can have a significant effect on your battery life.

Microsoft vs. Open Source: Military Moves

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Linux Insider: We're now seeing Microsoft's true stripes. The performance of the products is a charade, an unfortunate cost of doing business in a once competitive market. The real means to profits and market share are really about legal positioning, but in essence necessitates a military posture. For what are laws and lawyers but a means to avoid violence and warfare in lieu of a day in court?

How To Install VMware Server On A CentOS 5.0 Desktop

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This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VMware Server on a CentOS 5.0 desktop system. With VMware Server you can create and run guest operating systems (virtual machines) such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system.

Mirage: simple and fast image viewer

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Debian Package of the Day: irage is a relatively new image viewing application which has been designed with speed in mind. It uses GTK+. The project was started in March, 2006 and has undergone rapid development since then.

Linux Lite: Small distros for old machines

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the distrogue: One of the reasons why one would get Linux is to make use of old hardware. Windows Vista, with all the DRMs built in, is bloated beyond belief, especially with the shiny "Aero" effects. Anyways, people who do this had better check the system requirements before they pick a distribution.

Are these Dell's Ubuntu PCs?

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DesktopLinux: Dell reportedly will release its new Ubuntu-powered computers on May 24. In his blog, founder Jeremy Garcia writes that a Dell staffer told him, "We will be launching a Linux based OS (Ubuntu) on the E520, 1505 and XPS 410 starting next Thursday, 5/24."

PCLinuxOS 2007, USR5411 MaxG Wireless Primer

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HowTos So you’ve just installed PCLinuxOS 2007 TR4 on your laptop and your wireless card is detected! Finally, a distro gets it right! However, you’re not too sure how to proceed you manage the device through the PCLinuxOS Control Center? Do you start another program and work that way? Do you use KDE’s built in applet to monitor things? What’s next?

QEMU 0.9 with acceleration on SUSE 10.2

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HowTos QEMU version 0.9 is already out for some time, but AFAIK no official package is available for openSUSE Linux 10.2 yet. Here are some steps I did to have QEMU 0.9 with accelerator (kqemu) on SUSE 10.2. The motivation is simple: I'd like to have a faster system for filter development.

Using traceroute

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FOSSwire: If you’re trying to diagnose a misbehaving network or you’re just plain curious about what machines handle your requests to the internet, you might be interested in a tool called traceroute.

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