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Story Fedora 18: Nice Tweaks to the OS, but It's Haunted by a GNOME srlinuxx 20/02/2013 - 10:44pm
Story Chakra 2013.02 Benz review srlinuxx 20/02/2013 - 10:42pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 20/02/2013 - 9:25pm
Story Shuttleworth embraces tablet terror srlinuxx 20/02/2013 - 8:16pm
Story Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" XFCE Review: Simply the best srlinuxx 20/02/2013 - 8:12pm
Story Firefox 19 brings PDF viewer and 4 critical security fixes srlinuxx 20/02/2013 - 8:09pm
Story Debian 7 Progressing, Mageia 3 Delayed srlinuxx 20/02/2013 - 8:06pm
Story Hiring managers: “A good Linux-head is hard to find” srlinuxx 20/02/2013 - 8:02pm
Story FlightGear review srlinuxx 19/02/2013 - 11:27pm
Story CentOS 5.9 Gnome Desktop Review srlinuxx 19/02/2013 - 11:25pm

Answering Paul Thurrott on OOXML

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OSS

Groklaw: Paul Thurott thinks OpenXML is A-OK. After noting that Massachusetts has deemed it an acceptable document format, he says, "It should be noted that while Microsoft originally developed the Open XML in-house, these file formats are now controlled by a standards community that answers to Ecma International."

Freespire Review

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Linux

simplyjat.blogspot.com: Freespire is a comunity version for commercial Linspire. The latest alpha 2U was released on 22nd March, 2007. Generally I avoid reviewing distributions that as in beta phase. But I would like to make an excetpion in case of Freespire.

Time for a switch?

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Linux

timesofindia.indiatimes.com: Linux is powerful, easy to use and free. Naturally, it’s becoming the Operating System of choice for many internet aficionados.

Microsoft dreams

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OSS

FreeSoftware Mag: I won this great big lottery the other day. I rushed around and bought new houses and all the usual stuff, then I had enough left over to get a new sports car. Before I went to look at the latest Porsches and Ferraris, I thought I might have a look at the new MicroKlapt V16 F1 GT Ultimate.

How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin On CentOS 5.0

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on a CentOS 5.0 server. From the Suhosin project page: "Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations that was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core. Suhosin comes in two independent parts, that can be used separately or in combination.

Two weeks without Windows

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PCLOS

techzone: I have set myself a target of 1 month without booting to windows. The day I installed PCLOS, I was so impressed that I decided to refrain myself from booting to Windows. However, I had to make a few changes to PCLOS to make it workable.

Linux: Tuning CFS

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Linux

kernelTRAP: Nick Piggin used 'git bisect' to track a lmbench regression to the main CFS commit, leading to an interesting discussion between Nick and Ingo Molnar. Ultimately the regression was tracked down to the temporary configurability of the scheduler while it is tuned for optimal performance.

Liquidsoap: a versatile icecast source client, and much more…

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Software

DPotD: Liquidsoap is a powerful audio stream generator designed to work with icecast as a source client. The special thing of Liquidsoap is that instead of building an ad-hoc solution for that single net-radio, it was developed as a flexible tool with which you can combine as you like the features that you want.

Weekly tip: Fail to prepare or prepare to fail- backing up your Master Boot Record (MBR)

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HowTos

FreeSoftware mag: Backup, like security, is a well-worn mantra in the world of GNU/Linux—and even the most battle-hardened, street-wise user has, for whatever reason, thought about regular backups after disaster has already struck. It is an all too familiar story.

PCLinuxOS China Goes Live!

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Web

devnet: “I am pleased to announce the younger sibling site, PCLinuxOS CN catering for Chinese users of PCLinuxOS. It’s main purpose is to provide Chinese users of PCLinuxOS a place they can be comfortable with in posting questions and problems with PCLinuxOS, a home for PCLinuxOS Chinese experts to help out, and a launchpad to any Chinese-related PCLinuxOS projects."

Older Gateway M680 notebook upgrades flawlessly to openSuse 10.2

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Linux

blogbeebe: I've spent some pretty intensive work time on my M685 notebook over the last months. The M680 is the Pentium M-based Gateway on which I installed Suse Linux 10.0 (before it became openSuse). In the past few weeks I slowly began to investigate if the M680 was worth the effort of upgrading the Linux partition beyond Suse 10. The answer is absolutely yes.

The Cradle of Independence Rolls Over for Microsoft

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Microsoft

Linux Online: In the fall of 2005, in my home state of Massachusetts, Peter Quinn, the CIO of the Commonwealth, endorsed a plan to require the state government to use the Open Document Format for storing government records. The big loser, of course, would be Microsoft and its monopoly. The behemoth from Redmond Washington didn't waste time reacting.

Using Amarok to Transfer Music to a BlackBerry Curve

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HowTos

Linux App Finder: Now that I have a memory card installed in my BlackBerry Curve, it's time to load some music. Amarok is my player of choice so I decided to focus my efforts on syncing using it.

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 7 report

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Reviews
SUSE
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openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 7 was released a few days ago, little over two weeks since Alpha 6, and it's an exciting release for sure. We have new eye candy and it was working wonderfully here. The dvd delta iso was about a 650 MB download and it came in quite fast using the torrent. It emerged with no problems. So, from start to finish, here's my report.

Installing PCLinuxOS - Full tutorial

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HowTos

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.

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Security News

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Android Leftovers

Entroware Launches Ubuntu-Powered Aether Laptop with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs

Softpedia was informed today, February 24, 2017, by Entroware, a UK-based hardware manufacturer known for building and selling desktops, laptops, and servers with the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system pre-installed, about a brand-new product. Read more