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Story Mandriva Desktop 2011 review srlinuxx 01/09/2011 - 11:55pm
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Afronaut is skiing to the cutting edge of IT

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Ubuntu

MARK Shuttleworth, South Africa’s billionaire Afronaut, is planning to live to 100 — and to have spent all his money by then. He does not see the need to increase his billions “trying to climb some chart” and he is prepared “to spend chunks of it having fun.”

Amarok Newsletter Issue 7 Out, Wil Wheaton raves about Amarok

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Software

The seventh issue of the Amarok Newsletter is out. We talk about Amarok's success in the Linuxquestions.org yearly poll, new features in the upcoming Amarok 2, and continue to point out interesting related projects. Read on for some Amarok lovin' from Wil Wheaton.

The Perfect Desktop - Part 3: Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft

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Ubuntu
HowTos

With the release of Microsoft's new Windows operating system (Vista), more and more people are looking for alternatives to Windows for various reasons. This tutorial is the third in a series of articles where I will show people who are willing to switch to Linux how they can set up a Linux desktop (Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft in this article) that fully replaces their Windows desktop, i.e. that has all software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

What does /etc stands for in Linux/Unix ?

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HowTos

There is a discussion going on over at Slashdot regarding what /etc in Linux/Unix stands for. Is it an acronym or does it stand for 'et cetera' ?

Multiboot nightmare? Thy name is - Windows Vista

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Microsoft

I had a PC that had two mammoth hard drives, and about a dozen partitions. I had installed Windows 98, Windows XP, I also use lot of Linux varients - most for testing Hindi interfaces and translations on them since I am also a volunteer translator of KDE / GNOME / OpenOffice. I was living happily till the arrival of Windows Vista.

Numlock activate at startup in login screen

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HowTos

It is very annoying that the numlock is not activated at startup in the login screen GDM, especially when using a password that contains numbers.

Converting .BIN/.CUE Files to .ISO’s

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HowTos

ISO is definitely the most common CD image type and basically every program will support it. Occasionally, you might come across a disc image in the BIN format. Here is a quick tip I discovered today while trying to mount disc images in Ubuntu.

OLPC project distributes second round of beta units

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OLPC

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is shipping out another set of prototype XO laptops. Designated BTest-2, this series of beta test units is primarily intended to help testers evaluate improvements to the screen and touchpad. The BTest-2 units, which are in transit to select developers, will also be used to perform early tests on the wireless mesh technology.

Free Software Foundation Urges Computer Makers To Replace Windows Vista With Free OS

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OSS

The Free Software Foundation, taking advantage of what it says is the rejection of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, is urging major computer hardware manufacturers to offer consumers computers without any operating system or with a free GNU/Linux OS.

Dell cocks a deaf ear to Linux at its online listening post

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Linux

The customer is always right. Except, of course, when he's wrong. Of late Dell has hit a bad patch. Thus was born IdeaStorm, Dell's effort to harness the collective intelligence of its actual and potential customers. Hordes of people signed up to volunteer their ideas. And that, of course, is where the trouble started.

Howto use katapult - The KDE Launcher on Steriods

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HowTos

katapult is an application launcher on steroids. Not only does it launch applications (like alt+f2 in kde), it also does incremental searching for applications and other files on your system, allowing you to launch things, or open files in just a few keystrokes. In addition, it can act as a calculator, and as a spell checker.

Book Review: Code Craft

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Reviews

Bookshop shelves groan under the weight of books promising to teach programming x, y or z in 21 days, 7 days, 24 hours, 10 minutes, 30 seconds… On the other hand, books devoted to the everyday craft of programming are far less common, particularly those that seek to impart the hard lessons gained from long experience churning out code in the real world. Peter Goodliffe's Code Craft is definitely in the latter camp.

What is Open Source? The Follow Up

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OSS

Like Matt, I thought I’d posted my final thoughts with respect to the open source debate, but his follow up to mine and others‘ entries is certainly deserving of a response.

KDE: K.I.S.S.

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KDE

Keep It Simple Stupid! That's the fundamental principle I'm applying to Kassie. I removed all unnecessary dialogs asking "Do you want to do that?" I found only two cases where such a dialog is useful.

E17 — Desktop Enlightenment

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Software

The performance of desktop computers increases year by year. This gives the programmers great opportunities to further improve the desktop experience of the users. However, what should you do when you have an old computer that is not capable of running the latest and hottest software? Let me introduce you Enlightenment E17 — the window manager with minimal hardware requirements that may amaze you.

WordPress server hacked, downloads rigged with serious flaw

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Security

An unknown cracker broke into a server hosting downloads of the popular WordPress blogging software and rigged the file with a remotely exploitable code execution vulnerability. If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker.

Where Open Source Developers Shine

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OSS

In January I reviewed Vector Linux 5.8. While the review was mainly positive I did complain about what I saw as some faults in the distribution. The response from the developers of Vector Linux was almost immediate, both in the Vector Linux forum and in the comments under my reviews, and was incredibly positive.

What you should know about switching to Ubuntu from Windows

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Ubuntu

Are you ready to take the plunge? It can be hard to decide, particularly if you’re a longtime Windows user. Here’s a truthful look at some of the issues you will be faced with if you decide to switch.

User-Friendly Linux

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Linux

Red Hat, Novell and Oracle are scrapping for your Linux support dollars. But could you save big by going it alone? As Linux becomes easier to use and gains big-name vendor support, we assess available options for fitting the OS into your organization.

The Next Round Of Microsoft Vs. Linux: Health Care

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OS

An industry that has long resisted IT automation got a double dose of medicine last week. Both Microsoft and backers of key open source initiatives laid out plans to push IT further into health care--plans that also put the Windows and Linux camps on another collision course.

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