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Story some howtos: srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 5:12am
Story The Linux Security Circus: On GUI isolation srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 1:50am
Story My thoughts on Unity srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 1:48am
Story Gnome 3 Look & Feel srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 1:47am
Story The Linux Power Problem Is Widespread, Hits Desktops Too srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 1:45am
Story Linux is Spoiling Me!! srlinuxx 2 24/04/2011 - 1:40am
Story Gnome 3: Not Ready for Prime Time in Fedora 15 srlinuxx 23/04/2011 - 8:40pm
Story 10 Easter Eggs in Linux srlinuxx 23/04/2011 - 8:39pm
Story Canonical/Ubuntu Has Lost Its Way srlinuxx 23/04/2011 - 8:38pm
Story openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 172 is out srlinuxx 23/04/2011 - 8:36pm

Birmingham City Council claims open-source success

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Linux
Interviews

Birmingham City Council has defended its year-long trial of desktop Linux, claiming it to be a success, despite an independent report showing it would have been cheaper to install Windows XP. Contrary to press reports which claimed Birmingham had scrapped the Linux initiative, it will in fact "significantly increase" its use of open-source software

The 2006 Holiday Shopping Guide

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Misc

Have a penguinista in your life? Need the perfect holiday gift? Look no further! Here’s a parcel of presents that’ll please even the pickiest geek. Best of all, none will put your eye out.

Recover data from damaged Hard Disks and CD/DVD ROMs

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HowTos

Data recovery is the process of salvaging data from damaged, failed, wrecked or inaccessible primary storage media when it cannot be accessed normally. Often the data is being salvaged from storage media formats such as hard disk drive, storage tapes, CDs, DVDs, RAID, and other electronics. There are a few utilities that lets you (try to) recover your data, ignoring the I/O errors.

Installing Ubuntu on a machine with no CDROM drive

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Ubuntu

Today I had to install Ubuntu on one of the older machines in the computer room. It's a 1U server without CDROM drive.

Top Linux vs Windows Disputes Myths

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OS

In continuation of my previous article “Can Ubuntu Defeat Windows”, which caused some disputes, I decided to share my vision of the most Linux vs Windows disputes myths.

Why hack your game console?

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Linux

Some people buy game consoles at launch only to take them apart immediately and post pictures of the insides on the internet. It’s part of the ideology of the hacker: take it apart, fiddle with it, and make it do what you want.

Ubuntu on Sun's CoolThreads T1000

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Ubuntu

I wanted to test JBoss performance with the Sun Microsystems new CoolThreads CPU so i ordered one from the Try&Buy deal a week ago.And today it arrived. Small pizza-box with absolutely no printed documentation included. First i had to spend several hours figuring out planning how to actually install Ubuntu on the damn machine, because it doesn't have video output, keyboard or mice connectors or CD/DVD players.

Why Flash 9 for Linux is taking so long

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Software

Adobe skipped a version of Flash for Linux and released stable versions of the Flash 9 player for Windows and Mac OS X long before the beta of Flash 9 to Linux users. Paul Betlem, senior director of engineering for Adobe, explained why the process is taking so long.

Fork off Mr Ballmer!

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SUSE

Any serious, committed user of GNU/Linux who hasn’t heard about the Microsoft/Novell deal has either been slightly dead or at the bottom of an Albanian tin mine shaft. When names of such quality and recognition are speaking out so vehemently and with much greater knowledge and experience than me, I’m inclined to sit up and take notice.

Stable Linux Kernel 2.6.19 Released

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Linux

Linus has just tagged v2.6.19 of his vanilla Linux kernel tree. Not many changes here, so if it doesn't compile it's your fault. But the kernel team might just fix it anyway Wink So go get it. It's one of those rare "perfect" kernels.

BeleniX LiveCD v0.5.1 Screenshots

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OS

BeleniX, our favorite OpenSolaris-based LiveCD here at Phoronix, has come out with a new release. New in BeleniX 0.5.1 Firefox 2.0, Thunderbird 1.5.0.8, Koffice 1.6.0, C++ runtime libraries from the SUN Studio Suite, and the inclusion of NVIDIA's proprietary display drivers. BeleniX 0.5.1 is also up to date with OpenSolaris build 52. If you've never tried out BeleniX, it's certainly a handy LiveCD worth trying out.

Nice Screenshots.

Firefox Logo Crop Circle from Google Maps

Nixcraft has linked to the famous Firefox Logo Crop Circle from Google Maps and earth. Pretty cool. Take a click.

Make a DVD Slideshow Using QDVDAuthor

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HowTos

Last weekend a family member asked me if I knew how to create slideshow on a DVD and it got me thinking. After browsing the apps in the DVD Authoring category I settled upon QDVDAuthor and decided to give it a try.

The problem with 3rd party repositories

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Linux

I am a big supporter of the idea of a common repository format for all software management tools around Linux. But: whenever you install software from someone else, you should be aware that this person can gain total control of your entire system. And that’s a big security risk!

Google Toolbar FIX for Firefox 2

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HowTos

So I’ve realized that the Google Toolbar will not install on Ubuntu 6.10 “Edgy Eft” with Firefox 2. I did however figure out a fix for it. Below are instructions for downloading, “fixing” and installing the Google Toolbar on Firefox 2.

KDE - select audio device

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HowTos

GNOME has a nice selector to select the output device for audio. Apparently, KDE does not have any (at least up to version 3.5.2 I’m running). I figured out a rather simple way to select the ALSA audio device.

Tux`s progress

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Linux

The “Linux vs Windows” debate generally revolves around the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) issue. Decision-makers rely heavily on their assessment of TCO. It is important to understand the dynamics of different segments of the market.

Xen GUI In Fedora Core 6

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Software

The new version (6) of Fedora Core, which became available for download in November, shows that major Linux vendors see the importance of virtualisation and virtual private servers in years to come. Xen in Fedora Core 6 comes with a GUI named Virtual Machine Manager.

Review: Arch64, Archlinux for 64bit processors

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Linux
Reviews

I love Slackware, and at one time Arch Linux was my absolute favorite. I recently upgraded to an Athlon64 3200. I tried a variety of distros, only to run into problems I didn’t have time to fix. Fedora gave me a messed up Grub. Mandriva Free gave me problems with my video driver. Ubuntu Edgy has been fine. I saw that Arch Linux had a 64bit version and decided it was time to revisit it.

Influence scheduling priority with nice and renice

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HowTos

The "niceness" of a process is a numeric hint to the kernel about how the process should be treated in relation to other processes contending for the CPU. The strange name is derived from the fact that it determines how nice you are going to be to other users of the system. A high nice value means a low priority for your process: you are going to be nice. A low or negative value means high priority: you are not very nice. The range of allowable niceness values is -20 to +19.

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