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Quickly navigating Web pages with Firefox extensions

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Moz/FF

linux.com: Two things annoy me a lot when I'm browsing the Internet. First, I hate unclickable links, where I have to select the text link, open a new tab, paste the link, then press enter. I'd much rather deal with links that I can just click to open. The other issue is being forced to manually edit a URL in the address bar if I want to browse up one level on a site. Linkification and Uppity are two Firefox extensions that make my annoyances go away.

Apple’s dirty Safari installer wouldn't happen in open source

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Software

itwire.com: A lot has been said of late concerning the way Apple slipped in a brand-new Safari installer into the Apple Software Update used by many hundreds of thousands of iPod-wielding Windows users. Let me offer a new perspective, from the open source point of view.

KDE stuff

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KDE

  • KDE and Amarok Present at the OpenExpo in Bern

  • Theme Contest and New Features
  • KDE Commit-Digest for 16th March 2008
  • Still pleased with KDE 4
  • Why I won’t use Kubuntu/KDE

ubuntu stuff

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Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 83

  • Ubuntu Fun
  • Moving to Ubuntu Hardy
  • My thoughts on Ubuntu 8.04 Beta
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Beta - My Opinion

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • A simple way to test Plasma themes

  • Quickzi: How To Change PostgreSQL Root Password
  • Fixing Wireless on eee Ubuntu and Mandriva
  • Basics of URPMI in Mandriva
  • Hardlinks and Symlinks
  • mrename - A tool for easy and automatic renaming of many files
  • Use rsync for a simple incremental backup of a folder
  • Stranger in *x land
  • How To Dual Boot With Xp and Ubuntu

A Frugal experience

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Linux

beranger.org: Three days ago, I installed Frugalware 0.8. As the speed and the availability of the repositories is not always stellar, I decided to download the DVD1 and to install everything on it. I supposed this would give me the "feeling of bloatedness", something close to what you get when you install openSUSE and select everything.

Lina: Run Linux aps on Windows or OS X, or at least one Linux app

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Software

downloadsquad.com: It's been almost a year since we checked in on Lina, an attempt at creating a cross-platform solution for running Linux applications on pretty much any operating system. At the time, Lina was only available to a handful of folks. Now anyone can download and install Lina on a Windows, OS X, or Linux machine.

Why Business Doesn't "get" Desktop Linux

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Linux

linux-blog.org: As for Linux and a business like this...getting them to see the savings isn’t hard. They know if they didn’t have to buy antivirus for over 6 thousand desktops they’d save tons of money. They know that if they didn’t have to license the same number of office installs that they’d save an enormous amount of cash. This isn’t the problem.

9 Improvements Needed in GNOME

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Software

earthweb.com: Although I regularly use KDE, Xfce, and other desktops for GNU/Linux, I keep returning to GNOME. Despite being in development for a decade, GNOME still lacks one or two utilities that I consider essential. Here are the improvements that I would most like to see in GNOME:

Linux Tidbits

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HowTos

linuxtidbits.wordpress: Regular commands I use every day in Linux plus a few eclectic ones. Basically geared to the new user.

Freespire 2.0.3

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Linux

distro-review.com: The single most annoying thing about Freespire is that I've only just stumbled upon it's greatness. If someone dresses up the menus and the folder icons then this has the potential to be the best release in the world - and I genuinely believe that.

Playing RM And RMVB Video Files On Linux

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HowTos

I have a large collection of short videos, which are from various sources - friends, YouTube, or BitTorrent. Most of these are in the RM (Real Media) format, which was originally meant for streaming online video or audio.

One week of KDE

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KDE

Frederik Himpe: Last week, I swtiched back from GNOME to KDE for one week. I used KDE 3.5.9, not 4.0.2 because I think that one will very probably not be mature enough for my needs.

5 Tips to Improve your Linux Desktop

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HowTos

cheesemedia.net: Here are 5 funkalicious tips to improve your Linux desktop. Whether it be speed, or just look and feel, here are some of my favourites.

OpenOffice 3.0 promises to bash Office

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OOo

techworld.com: Microsoft’s Office suite could have plausible challenger on the desktop for the first time since Lotus gave up trying to take on Redmond a decade ago.

Install OpenWRT, Chillispot, FreeRadius Based Managed Hotspot(s) Including PayPal Payment Gateway

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HowTos

If you have ever tried to implement one of the hotspot HowTos on this and other sites, it might have dawned on you that this is not an easy feat to accomplish. Amazingly most solutions also leave out the most important part – how to get paid by the punters using the hotspot.

Re-enabling Compiz with Radeon Mobility in Hardy Beta

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Ubuntu

Not being a man of patience, I figured with the final release of Gnome 2.22 included in the latest Hardy Beta, now would be a good time to jump on the Hardy band-wagon. Unfortunately I did run into one major issue, Compiz completely stopped working after the upgrade.

today's leftovers and stuff

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News
  • Ubuntu and Fonts

  • Ubuntu Hardy - Liberation Fonts now Fully Hinted?
  • Opensuse 11.0 Alpha 3
  • Troubleshooting Defunct (Zombie) Processes on Linux
  • Linux Directory Structure Overview
  • Quickzi: How To Change MySQL Root Password
  • New packages in Ubuntu 8.10 (Hardy Heron) that I'm excited about
  • Make Conky Transparent and movable
  • New Life for an Old Laptop - an Update part 2
  • Two console word processors
  • Howto: Install Safari on Ubuntu with Flash!

Mozilla: what do you fear?

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Moz/FF
  • Question to Mozilla CEO: what do you fear?

  • Miro 1.2 update is out with the latest Mozilla 1.9
  • Firefox + Gmail = GTD

No consensus over OOXML in Poland, yet

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OSS

polishlinux.org: Last Thursday PKN (Polish Normalization Committee) had a meeting on which it was supposed to come up with the decision concerning Polish recommendation for ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (OOXML) proposed standard. The common stance has not been acheived.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

Today in Techrights

Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.