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Story Bodhi Linux Road Map srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 8:55pm
Story GNU/Linux in Russia srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 8:54pm
Story Ubuntu Unity 2D tweaking tool srlinuxx 1 24/04/2011 - 8:49pm
Story On desktop re-invention srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 5:17pm
Story Introducing The R5 Game Engine srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 5:14pm
Story 19 things we'd change about KDE srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 4:56pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 24/04/2011 - 5:29am
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

Install Automatix2 in Ubuntu,Kubuntu,Xubuntu

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Automatix is a graphical interface for automating the installation of the most commonly requested applications in Debian based Linux operating systems.

LDAP Series Part V - Grtting a Grip on Directory Service Modeling

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HowTos

While Linux has garnered a major part of the UNIX market, it has not made much progress in the enterprise management field. Without directory services to create a serious model of an enterprise, Linux will continue to remain a great application server. Under Novell, Linux will become a nice kernel for the Netware proprietary stack.

MA Governor-Elect Names MS Anti-ODF Lobbyist to Technology Advisory Group

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OSS

In a case of strange political timing, governor-elect Deval Patrick announced 15 transition team working groups the day before Thanksgiving. Patrick named 200 people to a wide variety of advisory groups covering topics as diverse as healthcare and civic engagement. Most of the eight people on that group were not a surprise. Oh yes. And one person from a major, out of state software company. Say what?

Why Fedora Matters

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Linux

Recent blog postings here on the O’Reilly Network and articles on Slashdot (including a recent review of my book) have generated some really strong negative comments about the Fedora project. Does Fedora really matter?

Using OpenOffice.org master pages in the real world -- Combining more than just Writer text documents

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HowTos

I took a look at some of the big honkin' reports that the City of Largo puts together. The answer to combining documents in a single publication is usually master documents, which work by organizing Writer text documents. But guess what?

SETI@home launches a new initiative and needs some help

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Misc

I just got an email from Arthur C. Clarke, famous author and scientist. SETI is implementing a new method of data collection and is looking to update their equipment. For this they need both users and dollars. If you’re interested, you can read the email in it’s entirety after the jump.

The 10 Greatest Operating System Upgrades Ever

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OS

Herewith, my idiosyncratic, extremely subjective list of the top ten, in chronological order. (Note that rating upgrades isn't quite the same exercise as rating operating systems, period--for one thing, it sort of rules out 1.0 versions, although I include one anyhow.) I'm pretty sure this isn't exactly the same as your list...

How to set up an encrypted filesystem in several easy steps

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HowTos

There's been a lot of talk lately about encrypted partitions, and Debian is proud to offer a feature to easily create them in the etch installer since beta3. But what about existing systems? This guide walks you through setting up an encrypted partition using cryptsetup and LUKS.

WordPerfect to support both ODF and Open XML

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Software

Corel Corp. promised months ago that it would support the OpenOffice.org ODF (Open Document Format). Now, we know it will support both ODF and Microsoft's Open XML next year.

Mark Shuttleworth: Govoritye po Russki?

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Ubuntu

There are 347 languages with more than a million speakers. But even Ubuntu, which has amazing infrastructure for translation and a great community that actually does the work, is nowhere close to being fully translated in more than 10 or 15 languages.

Hold Those Linux Lawsuits: Patent Standoff Pending

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Misc

As much fun as it has been -- and it has been fun -- to hear Steve Ballmer verbally backhand Linux distributors with threats of patent lawsuits, to watch the whole Microsoft-Novell Linux deal dissolve faster than a Britney Spears marriage, we all might want to take a step back and pay attention to something very important that will start this week: The US Supreme Court is going to take a look at patents.

Test-driving Adobe's Flash Player 9 beta

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Software

The stable Flash Player plugin for Linux is crusty old version 7 -- trailing more than two calendar years, two major revisions, and one corporate buyout behind the Windows and Mac offerings. But now Adobe has finally unveiled a beta release of Flash Player 9 for Linux. Was it worth the wait? And should you install it now, or hold off a little longer for the official, stable product instead?

RIAA wants the Internet shut down

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Web

ONE OF THE lawyers involved in defending cases bought against people by the RIAA claims that if the music industry wins a crucial case, the Internet will have to be switched off.

Firefox extensions: fun and games

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Moz/FF

Firefox is more than just a web browser. It’s also a cross-platform arcade machine. No quarters necessary.

Step-by-Step IPP based Print Server using CUPS

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Linux
HowTos

This tutorial describes how to install a Linux print server with CUPS. It also covers the installation and configuration of printer drivers on the print server as well as the printer setup on a Windows 2000 client.

Linux Tool Highlight: Desktop Data Manager

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Software

I found this great utility for Gnome that I just can’t keep as a secret! Smile It is called the Desktop Data Manager and includes “a clipboard history for many different types of content” like text and images that sits in your notification area (system tray), and an application to take screenshots of a single window, a region of the screen, or the whole desktop. Being able to select the region of the screen is VERY important to me and it’s a huge time-saver.

Converting your techno-resistant loved ones

The techo-resistant person in my life is my own spouse. See, my wife loves to work with her hands. So, her instinctive reaction to computers and software was “why do I need that?” However, in the last few years, I converted her into a bona-fide computer user just as I converted her to Chinese food. So how did I activate her latent geek genes?

AIT homes in on Linux

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Linux

The Asian Institute of Technology will soon be home to an open source centre of excellence for "Linux on the Desktop" following the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations University. This will be the first centre of excellence of its kind funded by the UNU outside of Greater China.

GCC, Useful Versus Useless Warnings

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Linux

Linux creator Linus Torvalds proclaimed, "friends don't let friends use '-W'," in a thread discussing GCC's handling of warnings. The thread began with a patch to remove an unnecessary comparison of an unsigned variable which resulted in a GCC warning.

Novell abandons open source Exchange competitor

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Software

Novell has axed support for the Hula open source collaboration suite for email, calendaring and contact lists.

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today's leftovers

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  • The Linux Deepin File Manager Is a Thing of Beauty
    China-based Linux distro Deepin has shown off its all-new desktop file manager. And to say it's pretty is an understatement.
  • GRadio Lets You Find, Listen to Radio Stations from the Ubuntu Desktop
    Love to listen to the radio? My ol’ pal Lolly did. But let’s say you want to listen to the radio on Ubuntu. How do you do it? Well, the Ubuntu Software centre should always be the first dial you try, but you’ll need to sift through a load of static to find a decent app.
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  • Calibre 2.63.0 eBook Converter and Viewer Adds Unicode 9.0 Support, Bugfixes
    Kovid Goyal has released yet another maintenance update for his popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, version 2.63.0. Calibre 2.63.0 arrives two weeks after the release of the previous maintenance update, Calibre 2.62.0, which introduced support for the new Kindle Oasis ebook reader from Amazon, as well as reading and writing of EPUB 3 metadata. Unfortunately, there aren't many interesting features added in the Calibre 2.63.0 release, except for the implementation of Unicode 9.0 support in the regex engine of the Edit Book feature that lets users edit books that contain characters encoded with the recently released Unicode 9.0 standard.
  • Mozilla Delivers Improved User Experience in Firefox for iOS
    When we rolled out Firefox for iOS late last year, we got a tremendous response and millions of downloads. Lots of Firefox users were ecstatic they could use the browser they love on the iPhone or iPad they had chosen. Today, we’re thrilled to release some big improvements to Firefox for iOS. These improvements will give users more speed, flexibility and choice, three things we care deeply about.
  • LibreOffice 5.2 Is Being Released Next Wednesday
    One week from today will mark the release of LibreOffice 5.2 as the open-source office suite's latest major update. LibreOffice 5.2 features a new (optional) single toolbar mode, bookmark improvements. new Calc spreadsheet functions (including forecasting functions), support for signature descriptions, support for OOXML signature import/export, and a wealth of other updates. There are also GTK3 user-interface improvements, OpenGL rendering improvements, multi-threaded 3D rendering, faster rendering, and more.
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