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Story Survey Reveals Some Open Source Surprises srlinuxx 06/02/2013 - 7:40pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 06/02/2013 - 6:07pm
Story Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 302 srlinuxx 06/02/2013 - 1:47am
Story Krita 2.6 Released srlinuxx 06/02/2013 - 1:44am
Story Why I said goodbye to the Gnome Desktop srlinuxx 06/02/2013 - 1:40am
Story Why the Linux Desktop Needs More Usability Testing srlinuxx 05/02/2013 - 10:53pm
Story Linux Netbooks: Hiding in Plain Sight srlinuxx 05/02/2013 - 8:41pm
Story Raspberry Pi Model A released one year later srlinuxx 05/02/2013 - 7:44pm
Story Jonathan Blow criticises Linux dev tools srlinuxx 05/02/2013 - 7:41pm
Story UEFI strikes again srlinuxx 05/02/2013 - 7:34pm

Installing PCLinuxOS - Full tutorial

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dedoimedo.com: PCLinuxOS is another rising star in the Linux constellation. Based on Mandriva, PCLinuxOS aims to be a simple distribution that reaches to the masses, allowing Windows users to easily and painlessly convert.

Make an ISO image from a folder of files

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HowTos

FOSSwire: ISO image files are everywhere. When you download a new Linux distribution, you’ll probably be given one of these files which you then burn the contents of to disc. You aren’t just restricted to burning them, though, and it’s actually a really simple process to make your own ISO images.

Lenovo Next To Launch $199 PC

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Hardware

hothardware.com: From desktops to notebooks, it seems like all the rage lately is the design and manufacturing of ultra-cheap computers. First we saw the OLPC and then Asus' new Eee PC made a serious splash. Now it seems Lenovo will enter the fray.

Xara Xtreme - a Test Drive

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Software

Penguin Pete: Xara Xtreme is a graphics drawing application which has been available on the Linux desktop for about a year now. But I just now got around to trying it. What can they possibly show me with a vector path that I haven't seen already?"

F-Spot manage, review and administer your Photo Albums

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Software

go2linux: F-Spot is a great software to manage your photos. You can import them directly from your camera, or from a directory. You can Browse thumbnails, Edith the photo, see it in Full screen or start a slide show, all from its panel buttons.

Configure Local and Remote System Logging : Ubuntu

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HowTos

ubuntu-tutorials: A linux machine has a logging system which keeps track of what everything is doing. Anytime you authorize with sudo it gets logged. Anytime you (or someone else) connects via ssh it gets logged. This, of course, has a number of other valuable uses. In any event, here are a few quick steps to set it up.

Black Hat USA 2007: That's a wrap

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Misc

linux.com: Black Hat USA 2007 was fast-paced, fun, and informative. It demonstrated that security is big business. The halls were lined with vendors, some new, some old, and the smell of money was everywhere. Still, I'm left thinking this year's show had a different tone to it than last year's.

Ten Reasons To Dump Windows [III]

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Linux

polishlinux: I’d like to invite you to read the last of three articles from the “Dump Windows” saga of writings. Two previous articles (part I, part II) stirred up quite a controversy and a variety of opinions. With this article I’m hoping for calmer and more meritorious responses.

Microsoft Clarifies Open-Source Certification Plans

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Microsoft

PCWorld: Microsoft Corp. clarified its plans to seek open-source certification for its shared-source licenses on Wednesday, saying it will submit for approval only the two licenses that allow source code to be used on any platform.

Also: Businesses Rethink Vista

Q&A: Sun's Top Operating System Brass Talk OS Strategy

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OS

ITJungle: In March, server and software maker Sun Microsystems brought in a new set of executives to manage the technical and marketing aspects of its Solaris Unix variant. Ian Murdock, one of the co-creators of the Debian variant of Linux, was named chief operating platforms officer, and Marc Hamilton, a long-time executive in Sun's Systems group, was named vice president of Solaris marketing. The two sat down recently with me to talk about the future of Solaris and other operating systems.

Today's Extra Links:

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  • Stock Screenlet
  • Automatix: Initial Conclusions
  • OSCON Wrap up report
  • Ubuntu Users = drooling idiots?

Runes of Avalon - an enjoyable game for Linux

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Gaming

All about Linux: In my teens I was addicted to playing computer games. The most enjoyable ones were games which had simple controls. Two weeks back I had the opportunity to try out another very interesting game called "Runes of Avalon".

Some LinuxWorld predictions

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Linux

CBR: It's that time of the year again. Here's next week's news, so you won't miss anything: Ron Hovsepian will talk up the benefits of Novell's Microsoft deal, Dell will not announce new Linux PCs but loads of people will blog about them anyway, and IBM will announce something.

Linux, 2.6.23-rc2, "-rc2 is the new -rc1"

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "So I tried to hold people to the merge window," Linus Torvalds began in announcing the 2.6.23-rc2 kernel, "and said no to a few pull requests, but this whole '-rc2 is the new -rc1' thing is a disease, and not only is -rc2 late, it's bigger than it should be. Oh, well."

PCLinuxOS - A little walk down history lane (Updated)

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PCLOS

Texstar: In the summer of 2003 I became interested in livecd technology after looking at knoppix and a fresh distribution from a fellow named Warren called Mepis. I came across a South African fellow by the name of Jaco Greef who was developing a script called mklivecd and porting it to Mandrake Linux. I got an idea to make a livecd based on Mandrake Linux 9.2 along with all my customizations.

Good Son, Bad Son

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OS

Linux Today: A couple of weeks ago, my mom got a bee in her bonnet about no longer being able to connect to her favorite web sites, due to the age of her browser and operating system. Her options: get a new Apple machine with OS X or get a new PC and let me get Linux on it for her.

Compiz Core 0.5.2 is out

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Software

A new compiz release 0.5.2 is now available. Highlights include: Better support for multiple X-screens, Major improvements to option initialization, and Plugin plugins that make it possible to adjust and extend the behavior of existing plugins through new plugins.

People Behind KDE: Summer of Code 2007 (1/4)

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KDE

The People Behind KDE series takes a temporary break, as we talk to students who are working on KDE as part of the Google Summer of Code 2007 - in the first of four interview articles, meet Aleix Pol Gonzàlez, Piyush Verma, Mike Arthur and Nick Shaforostoff!

Firefox 3 alpha 7 released

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Moz/FF

mozillalinks: As expected, a seventh alpha version of Firefox 3 has been released and while it brings some visible changes, most of the improvements are still happening in the background, just like in previous alphas. Let's start.

Are Linus Torvalds, IBM, AMD, others at odds over pushing hardware drivers out of Linux?

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Linux

ZDNet blogs: I can’t possibly profess to know what the pros and cons are of pushing hardware device drivers into the hypervisors that support virtualization technologies like those from XEN and VMware. But it’s clear from a recent thread over at the Linux Foundation that there’s some disagreement amongst experts (including Linus Torvalds himself) as to whether it makes sense or not.

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GNOME and Other Software

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    Since Nautilus was created, if a user wanted to open a folder where the user didn’t have permissions, for example a system folder where only root has access, it was required to start Nautilus with sudo. However running UI apps under root is strongly discouraged, and to be honest, quite inconvenient. Running any UI app with sudo is actually not even supported in Wayland by design due to the security issues that that conveys.
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