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In "Drivers -- below the OS?", Linus Torvalds said more than ZDNet has noticed

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beranger: Are Linus Torvalds, IBM, AMD, others at odds over pushing hardware drivers out of Linux? pointed to an intriguing discussion thread: [Desktop_architects] Drivers -- below the OS?, but David Berlind failed to notice that the "Strong words from Linus regarding the virtualization community!" were actually saying more.

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Environmentally friendly PC runs on 15 watts of power

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Gentoo

wilmingtonstar.com: entil, with the help of his partner, investor, chairman and fellow Frenchman Alain Rossmann, has developed a low-cost, hassle-free, environmentally-correct PC. The Zonbox uses the Gentoo version of Linux as the core of its operating system.

Stable kernel 2.6.21.7 Released

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LWN: The 2.6.21.7 stable kernel release is out. It contains a fair number of fixes that 2.6.21 users are likely to want to have.

Mixing Repositories In Debian

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HowTos

tuxcity: I have Debian Lenny (Testing) running on one of my partitions, and use it as my default O.S. For some packages I use the unstable (Sid) repository , simply to get the latest available version for Debian.

Howto Turn Off Auto-Play of CDs,DVDs and iPods in Ubuntu

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HowTos

onlyubuntu: Ubuntu automatically starts playing audio or video discs when you insert them into CD/DVD drive.If you want to turnoff this use the following tip.

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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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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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.

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