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Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 04/05/2011 - 5:42am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 04/05/2011 - 4:47am
Story Natty Narwhal: the First Linux for Newbies? srlinuxx 04/05/2011 - 2:32am
Story Friends Of JACK srlinuxx 04/05/2011 - 2:30am
Story Linux as Social Justice Symbol - I Think Not srlinuxx 04/05/2011 - 2:28am
Story Switch Off Windows, Tune Into Linux And Drop Out srlinuxx 03/05/2011 - 11:23pm
Story Interview with Linux Torvalds srlinuxx 03/05/2011 - 11:20pm
Story Linux skills: A hot commodity for job hunters srlinuxx 03/05/2011 - 11:17pm
Story Putting Drupal to Work srlinuxx 03/05/2011 - 8:47pm
Story Open Source Applications for Math Teachers srlinuxx 03/05/2011 - 8:45pm

Travails of adding a second hard disk in a PC running Linux

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Over the years, I have accumulated a couple of hard disks which I salvaged from my old computers. I have a Seagate 12 GB hard disk, a Samsung 2.1 GB hard disk apart from another Seagate 20 GB hard disk. In fact, these were just lying around with out being put to any use and recently I decided to add one of them to my present computer.

Interview with Fred Trotter: the Medsphere saga

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Interviews

Recently Medsphere, supposedly an “Open Source” Medical Software Company, has sued its founders Scott and Steve Shreeve. Why? Medsphere claims that the Shreeves illegally released Medsphere software to Sourceforge. An “Open Source” Software company is suing its founders for releasing code under a free license... that’s a bit like Ford suing its employees for making cars.

OS X more appealing than desktop Linux: Gartner

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OS

OS X is more appealing to enterprises as a desktop operating system than ever before and although it is unlikely to take market share away from Windows, the Mac could reduce the number of Linux-based desktops, according to research group Gartner.

Video: openSUSE 10.2 Installation

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SUSE

After trying out openSUSE 10.2 last night @home on a separate partition and spending some time, around couple of hours, I decided to take a bold decision - to install it as my primary OS, replacing the good old SUSE 10.1.

GNU/Linux: anywhere and everywhere

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Linux

There are many things about GNU/Linux which merit complaint. But it is extremely doubtful whether anyone can find anything to complain about with regards to the versatile nature of the operating system. Despite this flexibility, it's not often that one hears of the operating system being used in secure facilities by government organisations. Hence I was pleasantly surprised to hear that a locked-down version of the Knoppix distribution is being used at a remand centre close to Melbourne.

The Linux Liability Problem

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Linux

The greatest differentiator between OS vendors is no longer a question of features, function, performance, customer support, security, reliability or any feature of the product itself. The future of computing may depend on the lawyers.

Linux Desktop Testing Project 0.7.0 Released

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Linux

The LDTP team is proud to announce the release of LDTP 0.7.0. This release features number of important breakthroughs in LDTP as well as in the field of Test Automation.

Third Issue of Amarok Weekly Newsletter Released

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Software

Third issue of Amarok Weekly News talks about cross-desktop media player cooperation, cool new additions to Amarok, and refreshed artwork. And again, it also includes useful tips. Enjoy!

Open-Xchange Announces Partnership with MySQL AB

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Linux

Open-Xchange Inc. announced today that it has signed a partnership and support agreement with MySQL AB, the developer of the world’s most popular open source database. This partnership enables Open-Xchange to embed the MySQL database into its leading open source collaboration server.

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 1 Screenshots

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Ubuntu

The first development build for Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn has been released. While Ubuntu has tagged development builds as Colonies, Knots, and Flights in the past, this time around the development versions will be Herds: Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 1, Feisty Fawn Herd 2, etc... Featured in Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 1 is GNOME 2.17, new disk analyzer, Linux 2.6.19 kernel, and a massive package merge from Debian. Screenshots @ Phoronix.

Gaming PCs Surpass New Consoles

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Hardware
Reviews

Featuring water-cooled microprocessors, beefy graphics cards and gigabytes of memory, current high-end gaming PCs are light years ahead of the latest consoles from Microsoft Corp., Nintendo Co. or Sony Corp. However, they come at a hefty price, however.

Free Tennis - Tennis simulation game for Linux

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Gaming

Free Tennis is a free software tennis simulation game for Linux. According to the site, The most notable features of Free Tennis are: More Here.

Richard Stallman in Guayaquil

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OSS

Yesterday at 18:30, I had a first-hand opportunity to see Richard Stallman live. He came to Guayaquil, Ecuador for the first time ever to give a series of talks on Free Software. The first talk was on Free Software and the ethics and values of the movement. The second talk, due today in the morning, was about the dangers of patents in the field of software.

Speaking UNIX, Part 5: Data, data everywhere

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Linux

One of the most common problems of managing large numbers of computers is how to keep so many systems up-to-date and consistent. Take a look at several techniques that illustrate how to move files among systems and how to keep such far-flung data in sync. In Part 5 of this series, let's look at a handful of techniques that can help keep explosions of files under control.

Edgy Woes During Monitor Upgrade

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Ubuntu

I’ve had some good things to report on Ubuntu Edgy 6.10 recently. So when I recently purchased a new Dell 1907FP LCD monitor to replace my old CRT monitor I was expecting a fairly painless exercise. After all, I was just replacing a monitor. Surely it couldn’t be that difficult with Ubuntu Edgy, could it? Maybe it was my turn at last to experience some Edgy woes.

How to include "My Computer” or “My Documents” icon on your Desktop : Ubuntu

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HowTos

For those of you that recently came from the wonderful world of windows you might prefer to have quick access to “My Computer”, “My Documents” and “Trash” right there on the desktop. This tutorial will outline how to have those icons included (or removed).

Better Beryl beats vanquished vista

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Microsoft

Even though I am quite at home on the command line and tend to use it quite a bit I am still an eye candy junkie. I suppose it is from my windows background but still I can't help it. If I am going to stare at a screen all day it may as well look pretty. I had heard all the hype about the new windows vista and its fantastic new eye candy enhancements that just makes your time at the computer so pleasing you won't want to leave it. I was mildly interested in seeing what they have done but I wasn't going to immediately rush out and buy a copy. From my past experiences from win95 onwards each new version of windows is just the same'ol'samo with a bit more icing on the top.

IBM votes against Microsoft document standard

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Misc

IBM voted against the certification of Microsoft Office document formats as an international standard at a general assembly of Ecma International on Thursday.

Making a distribution secure

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Linux

There's no dearth of Linux distributions to choose from. With so many to choose from, one might think it's as easy as picking up the Linux kernel, throwing in a few applications, setting up respositories, making ISOs and you've got a shiny new Linux distro. Well, there's more to a Linux distro than assembling applications and making sure everything works. A lot of time and effort, at least for major distros, is spent on making the distribution secure and getting updates out in a timely fashion.

Crop Circling Firefox With Asa Dotzler

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Moz/FF

The man behind SpreadFirefox.com told WebProNews the story of the Firefox Crop Circle, and how a bunch of students pulled off a memorable feat through hard work, persistence, and a nudge from Lady Luck.

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  • Why Blockchain Matters
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  • Our Third Podcast, with Cybik, is Out Now
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  • GSoC: final race and multi-disc implementation
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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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