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Story Take your Linux PC back to the future! srlinuxx 19/10/2011 - 10:45pm
Story Happy 15th to the folk at the KDE project srlinuxx 19/10/2011 - 10:08pm
Story Firefox 8 Beta: Visual Tour srlinuxx 19/10/2011 - 10:04pm
Story Puppy Linux 5.2 (Wary) optimized for older PCs srlinuxx 2 19/10/2011 - 8:53pm
Story Don’t Upgrade to Oneiric Ocelot! srlinuxx 6 19/10/2011 - 4:27pm
Story Unity or Gnome Shell? srlinuxx 2 18/10/2011 - 10:23pm
Story Linux Mint developers make GNOME 3 edition plans srlinuxx 1 18/10/2011 - 10:05pm
Blog entry My plan to use KDE3 forever. blackbelt_jones 18/10/2011 - 9:19pm
Story Watch out for FOSS advertising srlinuxx 18/10/2011 - 8:33pm
Story Ubuntu Linux Saves the Day srlinuxx 18/10/2011 - 8:26pm

How to get Java Swing apps under Beryl or Compiz

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At this time, Java Swing apps won't run properly under Beryl or Compiz. The app comes up, but it comes up completely blank. It's a known issue, and Java engineers are working on it. But until it hits my box, I still need to run Java, and I'm definitely not giving up Beryl.

Dell, Linux... and Mark Shuttleworth

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A few weeks back Dell invited ideas from the world at large about what it should put on sale - in other words, what did the so-called "community" want?

BrainShare: The Heart of Novell

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The reason I wanted to attend BrainShare this year, specifically, was to find out for myself if Novell was really a Linux company, or if they were just talking the talk.

Imagine my complete and utter surprise when I discovered I didn't need to actually attend the show to learn the answer.

What's new in cooker? Ask the Inside Man - issue VI

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How can I become a Mandriva Packager? : A new contributor, Shlomi Fish, appeared on the cooker ML and asked how he could become a Mandriva packager[1]. Stéphane Teletchéa directed him to the Submitter HOWTO[2] and some others docs. Since then, Shlomi Fish submits severals perl related packages. Welcome on board Shlomi !
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My First Two Months With Ubuntu

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It’s been a little over two full months that I’ve been using Ubuntu Linux as my sole operating system (cold turkey switch from Windows) and I think it’s about time to share some thoughts, some links, and hopefully a little knowledge that I’ve picked up along the way.

Bring on the bling with Beryl: a look at a new Linux window manager

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Desktop computing technology has evolved considerably since the first graphical user interface was developed by researchers at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center in 1973.

KDE 4 roadmap made official

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It has already been reported by several blogs and news pages, therefore I’m safe blogging about it now. The previously discussed schedule is out in the wild. The KDE 4.0 schedule has officially been released to the KDE development wiki. Also, a roadmap and a module status page ahs been added.

My Favorite Open-Source Projects

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Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to use many different open source software packages for various projects with which I’ve been involved. I’ve tried many different content management systems, shopping carts, operating systems, development editors, multimedia players, and many more. I have a few favorites that I have come to rely on and will continue to use long into the future.

Konsole Survey

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One of the areas of Konsole which I really want to give a little love for KDE 4 is the terminal setup ( terminal features, colour schemes, display options, character encoding etc. ) and creation of profiles for different types of terminal.

The Nuclear Option

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The FLOSS Movement is not yet recognized enough to develop peacefully. There are many obstacles in the way of its expansion: either internal (e.g. lack of standards) or external (e.g. stubborn hardware manufacturers). Those problems could be gradually overcome in a relatively short period of time but a question arises: What will happen if the paranoia wins?

Ubuntu Twinview Monitors with an NVidia Graphics Card

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I was just thinking about how difficult it was for me to setup dual monitors on my Ubuntu system. I read numerous articles and tutorials about how to get it up and running. The configuration settings were different for each person so it was hard to get it right. After hours searching and hours of tweaking the settings, I finally got it how I like:

Review: PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 3

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After a number of recommendations from readers on my SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC1 review, I decided to make my next Linux distribution review about PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 3. Like SimplyMEPIS, it is an up-and-coming distribution that aims to make all the advanced capabilities of Linux easily available to everyone.

About PCLinuxOS

Living in the real world with KDE

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Today (and the last few days, and I generally does that quite all the time) I have been using KDE applications extensively in real life projects, today a tight day in the fundraising group in the sailing club.

Discussing via email what should go in our ‘sales’ material, and producing that material using KWord, Krita, Digikam, Konqueror and KPDF.

Where, Oh Where, is the GPLv3?

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Almost two years ago, the FSF (Free Software Foundation) started work on the first update of the GNU GPL (General Public License) in over a decade. A last-minute hitch, though, is keeping the license from appearing.

Picante shell: pipes

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Spicy food should cause chemical burns, or spontaneous human combustion. Your mouth should feel as if it’s tangled with an angry badger. Capillaries in your nose should burst. Your gut should sue for punitive damages. If not, your food just isn’t spicy enough.

Frugal computer users turn to free software

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Avery Bowron, a computer-savvy 19-year-old, readily acknowledges that he learned something valuable about technology from senior citizens: Good software can be obtained at no cost.

He learned that lesson two years ago in Olympia, Wash., when he volunteered to refurbish old computers for low-income elderly people.

Sabayon Linux v3.3 DVD Screenshots

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Sabayon Linux, a LiveDVD distribution known for being based upon Gentoo and its inclusion of desktop eye-candy such as Beryl and XGL, has reached version 3.3. New in this Sabayon release is the Linux 2.6.20 kernel, X.Org 7.2 with AIGLX and Composite support, Beryl 0.2.0-rc2, updated NVIDIA and ATI drivers, and much more.

A test drive of Debian/etch Xen

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I have been looking for a new server for quite some time now. My old server is an aging HP NetServer LC3 Dual PII 233 Mhz that was donated to me. I use it as a general purpose home server and I also run a few other services off it, such as our Bugzilla and Subversion repository. It works but it was a little inflexible.

Integrating amavisd-new Into Postfix For Spam- And Virus-Scanning

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This article shows how to integrate amavisd-new into a Postfix mail server for spam- and virus-scanning. amavisd-new is a high-performance interface between MTAs such as Postfix and content checkers: virus scanners, and/or SpamAssassin.

MySQL – is this database fit for the Enterprise?

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MySQL has recently appeared as an Enterprise edition. We have already looked at whether MySQL (the company) is enterprise ready, but we can also ask whether the product itself is suitable for enterprise use.

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Leftovers: KDE


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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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