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Story Fedora's Beefy Miracle Sizzling with Alpha 1 srlinuxx 29/02/2012 - 1:01am
Story Frozen Bubble 10th Anniversary srlinuxx 29/02/2012 - 12:59am
Story Stormy's Corner: srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 10:23pm
Story REVIEW: Chakra 2012.02 "Archimedes" srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 10:20pm
Story Looking forward to GNOME 3.4 srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 10:15pm
Story Why I Use PCLinuxOS srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 10:06pm
Story Linux is the world’s fastest growing desktop OS – up 64% in 9 months srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 8:11pm
Story Why Linux? 7 Reasons That Make Linux Great srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 8:09pm
Story Mountain View, California, Penguin Heaven srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 8:08pm
Story Canonical's Ticking Time Clock srlinuxx 28/02/2012 - 6:59pm

Gentoo's Graphical Installer is Unnecessary

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Gentoo

daniweb: Gentoo has long been a distribution aimed towards the power Linux user. With this year's first Gentoo release, 2007.0, comes an updated LiveCD featuring a completely rewritten GTK+ based installer. The bigger question is, why provide a GTK+ based installer in the first place?

Also: Ubuntu User on Installing Gentoo

KDE tip - taking screenshots

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HowTos

FOSSwire: In GNOME, it’s really easy to take a screenshot of your system, you just hit Print Screen and a handy window pops up where you can save it. For some reason, this functionality doesn’t work with KDE out of the box, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take screenshots.

Microsoft is not the boss, we are

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Linux
Microsoft

libervis.com: After celebrations over Dell announcing that it will soon be selling GNU/Linux Ubuntu desktops and laptops we are seeing a bit of an uproar after, just a week later, Microsoft announced it's partnership with Dell akin to the one it made with Novell last November.

A Day Without Open Source

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OSS

bmc blogs: I was at a conference when two techies walked into the open bar, one an open source supporter and one staunchly anti. They got into it a bit after a few drinks, and Mr. Anti commented loudly, “I wish open source would just go away! It causes more trouble than it's worth.”

Why Is Dell Buying SLES certificates from Microsoft, Not Novell?

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Microsoft
SUSE

Groklaw: According to sources, Dell will be selling SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) certificates, which it will obtain from Microsoft. As part of the Novell/Microsoft deal, Microsoft received 75,000 SLES licenses. From Microsoft? The Direct2Dell blog confirms that indeed Dell will buy the certificates from Microsoft, not from Novell. Why? Why not directly from Novell?

How secure are Linux, Window and Mac OS?

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Security

Masuran.org: How secure is your favorite operating system? In a time where OS fanatics battle each other on what OS is the best, security is often one of the turning points of discussion. In this article I will be comparing the vulnerabilities listed on Secunia and assessing how serious they are.

Also: What about Linux spyware?

Red Hat, red hat, RED HAT

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Linux

  • Summit 2007: The calm before the storm

  • Overheard at the Red Hat Summit
  • Xerox SA switches to Red Hat on Dell
  • Talking security with Red Hat's Mark Cox
  • Redhat securely mount remote Linux file system using SSHFS
  • Red Hat Summit 2007 opens strong
  • Red Hat Summit: "The Desktop Paradigm is Dead"
  • Red Hat CEO Dismisses Novell, Ubuntu Threats
  • Summit 2007: Day zero, blog two
  • Red Hat Summit: ...But They'll Sell a Desktop Anyway
  • Red Hat's New Global Desktop Is Ready to Run
  • Red Hat Rolls at Home And Abroad

Linux Still a Hit in China

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Linux

internetnews.com: A new report from Beijing-based CCID Consulting pegs Linux operating sales revenues up by nearly 31 percent in the first quarter of 2007 to 31 million Yuan (just over US$4 million), as compared to the same period a year prior.

Red Hat boss claims digital divide contributes to terrorism

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OLPC

ZDNet: The first keynote of the Red Hat conference here in San Diego kicked off with a passionate speech from chief executive Matthew Szulik who asserted that some of the blame for the terrorist threat that many developed nations are facing, lies with the fact many developing countries have been left behind when it comes to the digital revolution – particularly when it comes to education.

Also: Learning as easy as pie

A firefox hack you can live without

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Moz/FF

webworkerdaily: Vancouver-based developer Doug Schmidt has come up with one of the silliest (yet most amusing) browser hacks to come down the pike in a while: DryerFox.

Open-source wants open-wheel exposure

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Linux

indystar: It's not just big companies, with their household names and logos and equally big advertising budgets, that sponsor cars in the Indianapolis 500. Ordinary geeks do it, too.

Ahead of the Bell: Red Hat

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Linux

boston.com: Red Hat Inc.'s analyst day on Wednesday may be a chance for the budding Linux provider to swing the sentiment on Wall Street after recently posting disappointing fiscal fourth-quarter results.

Also: IBM and Red Hat Announce Worldwide Enterprise Linux-On-Mainframe Program
And: Red Hat to build 'Online Desktop'

Extending OpenOffice.org: Turning OpenOffice.org into a document conversion tool

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OOo
HowTos

Linux.com: One of the less well-known features of OpenOffice.org is its ability to run as a service. You can put that ability to some clever use. For example, you can turn OpenOffice.og into a conversion engine and use it to convert documents from one format to another via a Web-based interface or a command-line tool. JODConverter can help you to unleash OpenOffice.org's file conversion capabilities.

Yoper vs Arch vs Slick vs openSUSE

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Linux

Open Source Toolbox: SML has Published an interesting review of Yoper 3 Beta (in Hebrew), in which he measured boot time and application start time across Yoper, Arch Linux, Slick (retired?) and openSUSE.

Linux: Large IO Commands

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Linux

kernelTRAP: Some people complain that Linux doesn't support really large IO commands. The main reason why we do not support infinitely sized IO is that we need to allocate a scatterlist to fill these elements into for dma mapping.

Also: Linux: Merging lguest

Google vs. Microsoft Office? NO: vs. Open Office (.org)!

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OOo

Donna Bogatin (ZDNet blogs): If we take Google CEO Eric Schmidt at his public words, Microsoft Office is welcome at the Google Apps table. But what about OpenOffice.org?

Review: Elisa media center

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Software

Linux.com: Fluendo's Elisa is a free software media center application that can play your DVDs, video files, music, and pictures. Since it is designed for extensibility, Elisa has the potential to do much more. It does not handle television or video recording functions, but it is a slick and promising project.

The simplest way to make databases in OpenOffice.org

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OOo
HowTos

Free Software Mag: Do you need to make a database, but fear it’s too much of a pain or you don’t have the right tools? Don’t worry: it’s easy, free, and useful, too. Use the free OpenOffice.org office suite to get your data in shape for mail merges, queries, or useful analysis of your business data.

Linux is not Windows Lite

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Linux

Paul Murphy: I've said elsewhere, linux is not Windows and efforts to make it so are doomed to fail. Nobody gets to be a leader by following, and neither OpenOffice nor Linux are going to beat Microsoft at being Microsoft.

Open source use expanding in mission critical apps

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OSS

eChannelLine: More than half of companies taking advantage of open source in a survey are using it in mission critical applications, stated a new report from Forrester Consulting that was sponsored by Unisys.

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    Ceph is a storage system designed to be used at scale, with clusters of Ceph in deployment in excess of 40 petabytes today. At LinuxCon Europe, Allen Samuels, Engineering Fellow at Western Digital, says that Ceph has been proven to scale out reasonably well. Samuels says, “the most important thing that a storage management system does in the clustered world is to give you availability and durability,” and much of the technology in Ceph focuses on controlling the availability and the durability of your data. In his presentation, Samuels talks not just about some of the performance advantages to deploying Ceph on Flash, but he also goes into detail about what they are doing to optimize Ceph in future releases.
  • Ceph and Flash by Allen Samuels, Western Digital
  • Red Hat Opens Up OpenShift Dedicated to Google Cloud Platform
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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • WordPress 4.7 Content Management System Provides New Design Options
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  • Psychology Professor Releases Free, Open-Source, Preprint Software
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