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Zenwalk 4.6.1 on 450Mhz K6-2, 256Mb

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress.com: Ordinarily Zenwalk is mentioned in the same breath as distros like Xubuntu or Slax, as a full-featured alternative to something like Ubuntu, that generally has a quicker feel to it. I have suggested it to many people myself and for those same reasons, but this time my own advice turned out to be a disappointment.

The perfect start with Smoothwall Express 3.0

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Linux

Linux Tip: Smoothwall Express is an internet firewall, which allows you to protect your network, as well as providing NAT functionality. It is ease to use and configurable via a web-based GUI. This open source firewall distribution requires absolutely no knowledge of Linux to install or use. This workshop shows the installation and basic configuration of the current release Smoothwall Express 3.0.

Using justification in OOo Writer

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HowTos

Linux Journal: OpenOffice.org Writer is better at justification than most word processors and desktop publishing programs, but you need to be prepared to work at it. Before you set your paragraphs to full justification, you need to consider whether it's an appropriate choice for your layout. Then you need to set it up correctly, and be willing to tweak the results if you want results that are as professional as possible.

For Linux Lovers: The Penguin Mouse

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Hardware

softpedia: A computer mouse is no longer a simple object as nowadays it may come in a variety of shapes and sizes, colors and tones, bigger and smaller and sporting exotic or more common features. Among the shapes that a computer mouse can take these days is the shape of a little happy penguin, looking especially for those Linux lovers out there.

ASUS Eee PC expected to depress average selling prices for notebooks

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Hardware

arstechnica: For a system that hasn't even shipped yet, the ASUS Eee PC is certainly generating its share of hype. According to DigiTimes, the Eee could effectively decimate the UMPC market.

Fix a Frozen System with the Magic SysRq Keys

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HowTos

FOSSwire: You finally got your Linux environment to crash. Ctrl+Alt+Backspace does nothing, nor do the F-keys. You know you shouldn’t have installed that bad driver, but you did it anyway. So you reach for the power button. Stop.

OpenSolaris vs. GNU/Linux: Deathmatch or Lovefest?

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OS

O'Reilly ONLamp: One of the recent posts that Jonathan made was in response to a flame by Linus. In his response to accusations, by Linus, that Sun was being disingenuous about truly open sourcing its ZFS file system, he mentioned that not only was Sun going to open source everything, but that they were going to do it under GPL3.

Awn Clock

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Software

thelinuxmovement: So awn now allows people to use python for creating applets. And with that announcement lots of new applets and such have been coming out for Awn. One such new applet is the Awn Python Clock.

PackageKit

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Software

silwenae.org: As a Foresight user, I’m very excited about the future of PackageKit, which was highlighted in the August Foresight newsletter.

Summer of Code project finished

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KDE

urs' blog: I’m happy to tell you that I have successfully finished my SoC project, KRDC. The resulting work is already in trunk and included in the to KDE 4.0 beta releases. Try the new KRDC out!

Radeon HD 2900XT Linux Game-Play

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Software

phoronix: All week we have talked about the performance of the 8.41 display driver and the performance on various ATI graphics cards from the R300 series to the latest R600 graphics card. In some of these articles, we have briefly commented on the image quality, but in this article we will be looking exclusively at the image quality while gaming with the ATI Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB under Linux.

Portable Apps - Carry all your favorite Open Source applications where ever you go

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Software

All about Linux: Recently while visiting a friends house, I ran into a situation where I had to use his computer. His computer is a rather old one which he has seldom maintained properly. He still has Windows 98 loaded on it. That was when I felt the need for a solution where in I could use a standalone version of my favorite applications.

It's time to retire the mom test

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Misc

linux.com: One of the more humorous ad series today is the Geico "caveman" commercials, featuring a caveman complaining about the stereotype of something being "so easy a caveman could do it." Since we don't have to worry about offending cavemen (or cavewomen), companies can safely poke humor at that demographic group and not worry about alienating anyone. However, you might want to think twice about saying "it's so easy your mom can do it."

Opera 9.50 Alpha: Fast, crisp, and superior.

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Software

pinderkent.blogsavy: Several days back, Opera 9.50 Alpha was released. I’ve been using this alpha release for the past few days. And I have to say, I am quite impressed!

RDesktop - remote desktop howto

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HowTos

vertito.blogspot: Here's a document entry on managing and connecting to Windows (TM) based operating systems (Windows 2000/2003, XP Terminal servers, Windows NT) from Linux box using a remote desktop tool called RDesktop.

Taking the Open Road: University Libraries Explore Options

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OSS

linux insider: University libraries are natural users of open source software, which offers a good fit with open access to information and collaborative working. Open source solutions are beginning to encroach on learning and library operations, more often than not without the say-so of the librarians.

Linux on the new Toshiba Portege R500

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Linux
Hardware

frederic99.blogspot: As I have just said I use Linux on my R500. Why Linux over Vista? How does Linux fare on the R500? Quite well I must say.

Puppy Linux . . . Wow!

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Linux

anerroroccurred.blogspot.com: Okay, I've spent several days wrestling with Damn Small Linux. It's a very cool distribution, but unfortunately, I could not get the wireless card in my laptop to work with it. So, I went back through my list of live CD distros and found . . . Puppy Linux.

Ubuntu, fresh from the start

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Linux

hasseno.blog.com: I introduced an Ubuntu distro to my friend, stating that he try it out, seeing that it is by far, the most popular distro among the rest. The installation went fine, then we browsed the internet, and some pages are seemingly missing some, since it needed plugins for it to display the page correctly. There has to be a better alternative.

few howtos

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HowTos
  • Linux/Fedora 7 and ATI Graphics Card

  • Dealing with hard drives in Ubuntu
  • Howto: Installing SPF plugin for Postfix in Ubuntu Gutsy in 4 simple steps
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today's leftovers

  • Red Hat - Another Quarter And A Totally New Set Of Investor Perceptions
  • BIG open-source love Microsoft and Google? You still won't catch AWS [Ed: Microsoft does not love FOSS (or loved by it); it actively attacks FOSS.]
    Open source wasn’t supposed to matter in the cloud. After the Free Software Foundation’s failed attempt to rein in network-delivered software services, some wrung their hands and waited for the open source apocalypse. Instead of imploding, however, open source adoption has exploded, with ever more permissive licenses rising to largely eliminate the need to contribute anything back.
  • Open Source Data:The Last Frontier of the Fintech Revolution
    In the early days of computing, programmers and software developers shared their creations learned from each other and therefore advanced computing and software engineering to new heights.
  • The cheap arm project: An affordable, open-source robotics project
    What do you get when you put together wood and rope? Well according to Plymouth University’s Professor Guido Bugmann: a low-cost, open source, 2 meter tall robot! All buildable for under £2000. The Cheap Arm Project (CHAP) began as an MSc project aimed at developing an affordable mobile robot arm system that could be used by wheelchair users to access daily objects at inaccessible heights or weights (the extreme case being 2 litre bottle).
  • European Interoperability Framework: Commission presents new guidance for digital public services
    The announcement will be made today, at the Digital Day in Rome, together with other initiatives that aim to promote cooperation between EU Member States to better prepare society to reap the full potential of the digital transformation. Many EU Member States are digitising their public administrations to save time, reduce costs, increase transparency, and improve the quality of services that they offer to citizens and businesses. Doing this in a coordinated way ensures that the public sector is not only digital but also interoperable. The EU framework published today will help Member States to follow a common approach when making their public services available online, also across countries and policy areas. This will contribute to reducing bureaucracy for people and businesses, for example, when requesting certificates, enrolling to services, or handing in tax declarations.
  • Carbon Black warns of over reliance on 'nascent' machine learning security

    Security professionals cited high false positive rates and the ease with which machine learning-based technologies can be bypassed – at present – as the most serious barriers to adoption.

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