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Story Mountain View, California, Penguin Heaven srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 8:08pm
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Story Are App Stores Liable for Open Source Software Compliance? srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 5:50am
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Lintrack As A LAN Gateway And An OpenVPN Bridge

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HowTos

This tutorial will guide you through the installation and configuration of Lintrack, a GNU/Linux distribution specialized in networking tasks. We will give two LANs access to the internet along with DHCP and DNS cache servers, and then we will connect our networks using OpenVPN in bridging mode. You should be running all these in well under an hour, thanks to the unified configuration interface of Lintrack.

Progeny's closure highlights problems of small FOSS companies

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Linux.com: The reasons for the closure provide a case study of the problems that small FOSS companies face. They include difficulties in scaling, an inability to compete with large companies, and a lack of the funding needed to develop.

Howto: Use Oleo like … like … like … ?

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Software

Motho ke motho ka botho: I spent two or three days with it, putting together basic spreadsheets and learning the way things work, and once you get into the swing of it, it’s every bit as functional as Gnumeric (Oleo’s GNU successor) or OpenOffice.org-Calc … or VisiCalc, for that matter.

Google Comes Clean on Microsoft

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Google

Red Herring: Google today officially confirmed what many analysts have been saying for months: the Mountain View, California-based search leader is going after the software market in direct competition with Microsoft.

Linux starts making inroads

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Express Computer: Awareness and adoption among mid-sized businesses is high when it comes to open source. This is indicated by the fact that system vendors are increasingly bundling open source software with their products, ranging from PCs and notebooks to mid- and high-end servers in order to lower the cost of solutions for end-users.

Red Hat can learn from Milkha Singh

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iTWire: Some foolishness appears to be manifesting itself. Once again, Red Hat is making an effort to be all things to all people and this will end up in the dust.

Ubuntu Studio opens up

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Ubuntu

ubuntustudio.org: UbuntuStudio.org is now open for business!! Yes all you crazy kids it's time. Come on in and get it. Smile

Firefox Dashboard

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Moz/FF

SpreadFirefox: We've started a project to define and build a community dashboard to track Firefox adoption. The plan is to publish a full set of metrics and raw data so that everyone has as much information in their hands as possible, to assist with planning and decision making around driving adoption worldwide.

Original Dell PC added to Smithsonian collection

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Misc

CNN (AP): Michael Dell donated his employee badge, a PC Limited computer from 1985, and a new PC to the Smithsonian.

Red Hat Exchange Goes Live

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eWeek: Red Hat officially rolled out at its annual summit here May 10 an online service for North America that delivers pre-configured, fully integrated solution stacks for 14 business applications.

Helvetica at 50

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Misc

BBC: The Helvetica font is celebrating its 50th birthday. You've probably seen it a thousand times today. Why?

Linux: Kernel Markers & 965GM Drivers

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kernelTRAP: In a series of ten patches, Mathieu Desnoyers posted an updated version of the Linux Kernel Markers. Keith Packard announced the availability of drivers for Intel's 965GM Express Chipset.

KXDocker Review

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HowTos

Pimp Your Linux: The KXDocker looks just like the dock in OS X. One stubborn problem that I’ve noticed with Linux, that the KDE and gnome standard docks are butt ugly. This is one solution.

SMART Installing

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HowTos

Daemon Dancing in the Dark: I have decided to give SMART a chance on my openSUSE machine. YaST has been working fine, it is just remarkably slow when it first starts up. It has to load all the dependencies, foreign package source info files, etc, and can take three or four minutes to start up.

The truth about the Linux kernel

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Linux

Eugenia's Rants: Arch Linux maintainer of the –beyond Linux kernel version announces that he won’t be a maintainer of that package anymore. James, hats off to you!

5 reasons to use Ubuntu and not Windows

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ubuntudaily: Ubuntu, like other free operating systems (including all Linux, BSD and Solaris flavors), is a very modular system. If you don’t like a certain aspect of the software or you dislike the software as a whole: exchange it.

Eight common misunderstandings about GPLv3

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itmanagersjournal: The official release of the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3) is still a couple of months away, yet already, the misunderstandings about it are almost as numerous as those for the second version (GPLv2).

Knoppix offers OpenVZ virtualization test drive

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Software

ComputerWorld: Using a specially-equipped Knoppix Linux 5.5.1 bootable CD, companies looking to see how server virtualization might fit into their IT plans can now run OpenVZ virtualization software instead of having to install and configure the full program.

Review: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform

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Reviews

ITWeek: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 is a fully-supported open-source server operating system that is suitable for a range of hardware and includes the latest Xen virtualisation tools.

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