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GPLv3: What the Hackers Said

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OSS

When I wrote about the wrangling over the GNU GPLv3 licence a month back, it provoked a lively conversation in the comments. Given this evident passion among readers, I thought it would be interesting to ask the top hackers - the ones actually involved in the discussions - for their thoughts on the matter.

Linux Basics - How to use Cron to automate just about anything including backups

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HowTos

Cron is one of those little programs that can change the world. It’s a scheduling progam, meaning that you can give it instructions such as ‘at 10:45am on every Monday run this program’ and it will faithfully wait until the appointed time to do what you asked it. Why is this useful?

Make time for GnoTime

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Software

GnoTime, the GNOME Time Tracker, is a lightweight task/time tracking tool. It's easy to use and not overloaded with project management features, but it suffers from weak reporting tools.

Guide to Instant Messenger Clients

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Software

Communication is important to most people. Since the late 1990s, Instant Messaging (IM) has become an increasingly popular way to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. We’ll be covering the most-used mainstream IM clients and services so that you can decide who’s using what and which one you should use.

Firefox 2.0 on Mirrors Now

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Moz/FF

Although still not announced officially, tarballs are beginning to hit the mirrors. This release was expected to be announced tomorrow. Get yours HERE.

Ubuntu 6.10 Release Candidate Screenshots

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Ubuntu

Coming out on October 26, 2006 is the final release of Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft -- along with all of the Ubuntu derivatives. While it has only been six months since the belated release of Dapper Drake 6.06, Edgy Eft has shaped up very nicely. Here at Phoronix we have taken a look at the design advancements found in the Ubuntu 6.10 Release Candidate.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 174

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • News: New releases from Fedora Project and Ubuntu, changes at Xandros, introduction to LiMux and BeaFanatIX, Firefox

  • First Looks: Xen Demo CD 3.0.3
  • Released last week: VLOS 1.3, DeLi Linux 0.7.1
  • Upcoming releases: Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10
  • New additions: Rails Live CD, Shift Linux
  • New distribution: BeaFanatIX
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Playstation 3: 24 Things You Must Know

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Gaming

With all the hoopla and wahoo getting passed around like a hot potato, it can be difficult to keep things in perspective. It's also easy for little details to get lost in the shuffle. Have no fear, though, because GamePro, is to the rescue with a handy cheat sheet of little known facts and new information about Sony's Cadillac of a console.

The Internet browser is the new OS

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Software

It's been 10 years since a barefoot Marc Andreessen graced the cover of Time magazine and trumpeted how the browser would make the operating system irrelevant. By uttering the unthinkable, he brought the ire of Bill Gates down on Netscape. Now, Netscape as a Web powerhouse is gone and Andreessen is no longer a magazine cover boy. Yet his vision of computing through a browser window turns out to have been prescient, if premature.

SSH dynamic port forwarding with SOCKS

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HowTos

SSH allows you to forward ports from one machine to another, tunnelling traffic through the secure SSH connection. However, forwarding an individual port still requires you to change where your program connects, telling it to use a non-standard port on localhost rather than the standard port on the remote machine, and it requires a separate port forward for each machine you want to access. Dynamic port forwarding via SOCKS provides a more convenient alternative.

A brief look at Slackware 11.0

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Reviews
Slack

When you hear the name Slackware, you are at once transported to a world where Linux users feel more at home in setting the configurations by editing ordinary text files. In fact the credo of Slackware is to keep it as simple as possible.

Distribution Release: Wolvix 1.0.5

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Linux

Kenneth Granerud has announced a brand new release of Wolvix, a desktop-oriented live CD based on Slackware Linux: "After nearly five months of development, Wolvix 1.0.5 is finally ready for release."

Mark Shuttleworth: UbuntuWorld 2007 in the USA?

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Ubuntu

Now we’re thinking of having a “user and business” conference, aimed at bringing together the people who deploy and manage Ubuntu in the real world (well, in the USA in particular, but let’s think globally) with those who help to produce it. The big question is - who would want to come?

MPlayer 1.0rc1 released

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Software

The highlights of this release are native VC-1/WMV3, On2 VP5 and VP62 (used in some Flash video files) decoding, which works even on non-Intel platforms and SSA/ASS/color subtitles.

Red Hat Brushes Off Oracle Linux Rumors

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Linux

Red Hat Inc has waved away the implications of a potential move by Oracle Corp into the Linux distribution business, maintaining that it is not overly concerned by the possibility.

The browser race is speeding up

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Moz/FF

I love technology, but I'm fanatical about only a few things high-tech. Firefox is one of them. The Web browser has always been an underdog to Microsoft's market-dominant Internet Explorer, but Firefox is vastly superior in features and usability. That's why it's my fave browser.

Edubuntu Linux Installation With Screenshots

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Ubuntu

Edubuntu is Ubuntu GNU/Linux customised for schools, containing additional applications for young human beings, administration tools for school management, and a built-in terminal server. Besides the standard software available on the Edubuntu CD, you will also find a world of software in the Edubuntu Universe, an on-line repository containing more than 10GB of community contributed software.

CLI Magic: Salvage lost partitions with gpart

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HowTos

Messing up your hard disk's partition table doesn't take much effort, especially when you're preparing a dual-boot machine. Even a mistimed fdisk /mbr can spell disaster, erasing the master boot record (MBR) and making the disk unusable. But victims of damaged MBRs rejoice -- gpart can save your day. This utility scans a hard disk and prepares a partition table of areas that resemble a partition, which you can use to make the disk bootable again.

Halloween Pumpkin Computers

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Humor

Some crafty chaps have gone to the trouble of modding computers befitting the season. One is based on a Dell Laptop mobo and the other is an old-world Mac.

More HERE with links to the articles.

PCLinuxOS 0.93a

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PCLOS
Reviews

PCLinuxOS is a bit of an unknown quantity to me. It appears to be pretty popular, sitting at number six on Distrowatch at the time of writing, yet I rarely hear anything about it except for the odd release. So, seeing as I know next to nothing about PCLinuxOS, it's about time that I went and saw what the fuss was about.

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