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Automatic patch management with PatchQuest in a home environment

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Patch management has become an area of concern for business networks and home networks as well. Updates and patches are continually developed by vendors to improve their solutions. Most network administrators would know the chaos resulting from the release of a new critical patch. PatchQuest is patch management software that frees administrators from manually managing patches for their existing Windows/Linux installations. Linux-Tip tested the free edition , which can manage up to 5 computers.

The legions of the Linux nerds are on the march - Microsoft beware

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Linux

Linus Torvalds is worth $20-million (R144 million). He has been called one of the most influential people in the world (Time magazine, 2004) and came 17th in Time's Person of the Century poll in 2000. He calls his code "Linux".

A Host For Native Linux VST Plugins ?

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Software

Fully functional support for the VST plugin standard is one of the most important remaining problems for the Linux audio world. VST plugins are ubiquitous in the Win/Mac audio worlds, they are employed extensively in professional and desktop music software, and it may be no exaggeration to claim that the VST standard has revolutionized computer-based creation of music and sound.

DELL, Lenovo Sell Windows-Free Laptops

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Hardware

Two leading hardware vendors, Dell and Lenovo, are quietly selling laptops without preloaded Microsoft Windows to Linux customers who know where to look, says Lincoln Durey, CEO of EmperorLinux, an Atlanta reseller that customizes, installs and supports Linux on the major-brand laptops it sells.

Gmail Notifier for your Ubuntu Desktop

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HowTos

CheckGmail is a system tray application that checks a Gmail account for new mail. CheckGmail is an alternative Gmail Notifier for Linux and other *nix systems. It is fast, secure and uses minimal bandwidth via the use of Atom feeds.

Scientists create world's thinnest material

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Sci/Tech

Researchers have created the world’s thinnest material which they hope could mark a breakthrough in the development of super-fast computer chips. The sheet, which is just a single atom thick, has been used to make the world’s smallest transistor.

The Emerging Dell-Linux-Apple War

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OS

The real battle for the Windows desktop alternative may be the preliminary round between the MacOS and Linux. These two platforms have distinct advantages and disadvantages against each other and the winner will likely be the solution that walks away with the greatest number of advantages and the least number of disadvantages.

Visualize sar data with kSar

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HowTos

The sar utility is invaluable for collecting and displaying system data, but its output could use a little help when it comes to readability. With kSar, you can display sar data with easy-to-read graphs, and even produce PDF reports of system activity.

Set Up A Fileserver For Small/Medium Enterprises With SME Server 7.1

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Linux
HowTos

This tutorial shows how to set up a fileserver for small and medium enterprises with SME Server 7.1. SME Server is an open-source Linux server distribution (released under the GPL) based on CentOS that can turn a computer into a gateway, firewall, fileserver, printserver, mailserver (including webmail), etc. In this article we will focus on the fileserver aspect of SME Server.

People Behind KDE: Mauricio Piacentini

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KDE

For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we switch continents, travelling to Brazil to meet a cool-headed draftee with a 'cooler' pet, someone who keeps it in the family and who loves to both play and create games - tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Mauricio Piacentini.

Testdriving Sidux 2007

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Linux
Reviews
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I've been busy testing away at distros lately. I know I haven't produced too many reviews lately, but that's because since receiving my laptop this passed Christmas, distros now have a higher hurdle to clear. I've been testing, but not many are up to the challenge of a commercially available off-the-rack laptop. One "almost there" was VectorLinux which I reviewed for this week's DistroWatch Weekly. Another is the subject of this article: sidux 2007-01.

Studies in Illumination Part II

In the second part of the article, I will touch upon the interaction of light and environment in terms of colors.

Dreamlinux 2.2

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Linux
Reviews

Dreamlinux is one of the lesser known distributions, and certainly does not appear in the headlines with the same frequency as Ubuntu or openSUSE. However, it seems to have been ticking along nicely, with the 1.0 release about a year ago. Today, we're looking at DreamLinux 2.2, based on Debian with bits borrowed from Morphix.

California may adopt OpenDocument

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OSS

California may follow Massachusetts in making the OpenDocument Format the required standard for state agencies. Similar to the ODF bills proposed in Texas and Minnesota, California Assembly bill AB 1668, would require that state agencies "become equipped to accept all documents in an open, XML-based file format for office applications, and shall not adopt a file format used by only one entity."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.5 Beta Released As V5 Prepped For Launch

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Linux

With Enterprise Linux 5 set to ship in March, Red Hat has put into beta testing an update for Enterprise Linux 4 that makes it virtualization-friendly.

Linux Software Installation, Part VI: Conclusions

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Linux

The bottom line is: installing software on Linux is a horror at the moment. This horror leads to some absurd, some strange and also some very mean situations. The main point for me in this regard is:

5 useful Firefox tweaks

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Moz/FF

Firefox is a great browser, and part of that is it’s extensibility. As well as extensions and themes, Firefox also has an extensive set of hidden preferences that you can’t get to through the graphical Preferences dialogue.

Resetting your screen resolution with xrandr

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HowTos

I recently discovered a very useful tool: xrandr. This command allows you to reset your screen resolution, which comes in very handy when some buggy app changes you screen resolution and doesn't set it back.

Full Tip.

How to Increase Your Linux System Loading Speed

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HowTos

Linux can be run on various run level, for run level 0 is shutdown, and run level 6 is restart and usually run level 1 is single user linux. By knowing what run level of your linux distro init, you can further tweak your system by stopping wanted services.

Microsoft Windows ousted at California school district

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Linux

By all appearances, the migration from Microsoft Windows to Novell SUSE Linux on the server and the desktop at the Windsor Unified School District in Northern California has been almost as pain-free as any IT professional could hope for.

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