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Story ubuntu 11.04 updates: banshee default, new grub background, appmenu changes srlinuxx 1 08/01/2011 - 7:09am
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When Life Hands You Lemons...

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A friend of mine sent me a lavishly described "eye-popping" font configuration tweak. I was using Kubuntu at the time, and that this was actually happening on August 22? Before we all heard about the xorg-server break. Needless to say, when I got the "No screens found" error message, I was instantly sure it was my friend's fault.

TUX Issue #17 Now Available

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Issue number 17, September 2006, of TUX now is available. Highlights include:

*P2P: What Will It Take for Linux to Become a Mainstream Option for Gamers?
*Home Plate: KDE Edutainment and Doom 3 and Quake 3, or Nightmares Spoken Here
*Suited Up: Running Windows Software on Linux with CrossOver Office

Linux Newbie - Directory Structure

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One of the biggest stalling points that new Linux users have to get over are where things are kept. The Linux directory structure may seem odd at first, especially to Windows users. Here’s a brief list of the major directories and what they’re for.

Open source "gaining enormous momentum"

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The open-source software "phenomenon" extends far beyond Linux, and is "gaining enormous momentum," IDC reports. Following a recent survey of over 5,000 developers in 116 countries, IDC has concluded that open-source software represents "the most significant all-encompassing and long-term trend that the software industry has seen since the early 1980s."

Tested: Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu Linux is free to download and includes everything needed for basic desktop productivity tasks. The latest release, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support), will be supported with security and bug-fix updates for three years, unlike earlier versions. We found Ubuntu 6.06 easy to install and equally easy to use.

Asterisk: The software phone company

Asterisk is a phone system in software. It can replace large and expensive business phone systems, powering thousands of extensions, or it can help home users save money on long distance. Because it’s implemented in software, it is extremely versatile, easy to customize, and easy to extend.

Freenigma: Encryption for webmail

Until now, security-conscious email users could employ encryption with traditional email clients, but were out of luck with webmail services. Freenigma, a service to add encryption to third-party webmail services via a Firefox plugin, aims to add security to the convenience of webmail. My trial of the service indicates that it's making a good start, but has room to improve.

Static Meets Dynamic Adding Caches to Reduce Costs

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Static content on a website is like a phone book, but imagine how difficult it would be to use your "paper cache" if the numbers inside the phone book constantly changed or if numbers differed based on who was looking them up. This is why caching dynamic content poses a more difficult problem than caching static content.

Gentoo 2006.1: A Thing of Dreams?

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Gentoo Linux 2006.1 is now out offering users the latest in package updates for the community-built meta-distribution. The 2006.1 release is the second official milestone release from Gentoo this year and follows the 2006.0 release by six months. Unlike other Linux distributions, Gentoo developers considered their distribution to be a "meta-distribution" users can customize.

React OS: Windows done right

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React OS project has recently released the version 0.3.0 of this operating system and this is what you are looking at above. The similarity with Windows doesn't end nor begin with the desktop. The installer looks pretty much exactly like Windows, and hence doesn't have much to offer on a beauty contest.

Novell Denies Flagship SUSE User has Abandoned Linux

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Novell Inc has denied reports that the city of Bergen in Norway, one of its flagship Linux deployments, has decided to stick with Windows at the expense of SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Linux From Scratch

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From the days when installing a Linux distribution required a 300-page bible, to the days of Live CDs, the question "How do I learn Linux?" doesn't seem to have a ready answer. That's probably because the question itself is a little vague. If you want to learn how to use a Linux distribution, trying out one should help you. You need to lock yourself in a room for a weekend with a copy of Linux From Scratch ( Find out more from Mayank's interview with Gerard Beekmans.

Four Tough Lessons of System Recovery

Last week, I received a brand new laptop. My game plan was to transfer my files via a USB disk to the NTFS partition and then transfer my second partition which is Debian Sarge (so-called) Unstable, and keep up with my regular business.

Linux Goes Mainstream

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He'll be the first to admit it: Troy Webb has struggled trying to do business with channel newbie and Linux stalwart Red Hat.

Transcript of talk with Richard .M. Stallman @ GPLv3 Conference

Today when I came across the interview of Richard.M.Stallman on The Hindu, it left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. So without further ado here is the transcript of the interview of Richard.M.Stallman as published in The Hindu newspaper dated August 31st 2006.

Desktop Linux

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Today, the cheap revolution is focused on back-end data centers, where big shops are replacing expensive Unix servers with clusters of low-cost Linux-on-Intel machines. But phase two of the Linux revolution is targeting user desktops.

BI Vendors Get Smart Around Linux, Open Source

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As Linux steps beyond the limits of technical applications, business intelligence (BI) is one area that's leading the way. In a rash of recent BI announcements at LinuxWorld and elsewhere, many vendors are developing new business models, while consciously giving customers a choice between Linux and other operating systems--and in some cases, between commercial and open source implementations, too.

IE For Linux?

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer has been the dominant Web browser (almost) since the birth of the Web. It runs on Microsoft's Windows and on Apple's Mac, but it has never been officially supported on Linux. A nascent open source effort called IEs 4 Linux is trying to change that.

No Flash 9 Alpha For Linux

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Everyone who has been anxiously awaiting a peek at Adobe's Flash Player 9 for Linux will have to wait until a well-scrubbed beta release becomes available.

Linux Desktops Sneak Into NSW Education

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Despite a lacklustre policy towards Linux in schools, the NSW Department of Education will be dealing with more open source desktops as pilot projects begin across the state.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Why Open-Source Pros Are in Great Demand
    The majority of hiring managers predict that the demand for open-source IT professionals will rise more than other recruitment-based areas of interest over the next six months, according to a recent survey from the Linux Foundation and Dice. The resulting report, "Moving Toward Professionalization: Rising Need for Open-Source Skills in 2016," indicates that these managers struggle to fill open-source positions, especially when trying to find candidates with needed cloud, networking and/or security experience. Meanwhile, when considering an offer, open-source professionals said they're most interested in working on appealing projects with cutting-edge technology challenges. Money and perks are of secondary interest, even though, given the hot market, many open-source specialists are able to negotiate a great compensation package. According to the report, "In the last decade, open-source development has experienced a massive shift: Once a mostly community and volunteer-based concern, the model has since become a mainstay of the IT industry. Flexibility in accommodating new technologies and speed at adapting to a changing market have made open source vital to modern companies, which are now investing zealously in open source and open-source talent. More and better code is the way forward, and the skilled professionals who can make it happen are highly in demand." More than 400 hiring managers and 4,500 open-source professionals took part in the research.
  • Open Source Realm Mobile Database Hits Version 1.0
    Citing advantages over the SQLite and Core Data databases commonly used in iOS and Android apps, Realm today launched version 1.0 of its namesake "mobile-first database."
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    Dovecot, the open source email platform from Open-Xchange, received a significant endorsement this week from Rackspace, which announced that it will use the company's Dovecot Pro product for email hosting.
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Security Leftovers

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  • Paul Vixie on IPv6 NAT, IPv6 security and Internet of Things
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  • PHP 7.0.7 Released Fixing 28 Bugs
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Leftovers: BSD

  • Faces of FreeBSD 2016: Michael Lucas
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