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Story Evernote for Linux: Nevernote srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 7:48pm
Story 10 ways to e-publish with Linux srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 7:45pm
Story Executive Spotlight: Paul Smith of Red Hat srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 7:12pm
Story Nine traits of the veteran Unix admin srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 5:39pm
Story 53 Open Source Replacements to Spice Up Your Desktop srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 5:37pm
Story As Linux becomes easier it can be more dangerous srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 5:35pm
Story Ready for Firefox 4 srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 4:38pm
Story openSUSE to Celebrate 11.4 with Virtual Dance Party srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 4:36pm
Story Ubuntu Netbook Edition review srlinuxx 15/02/2011 - 4:35pm
Story The Perfect Desktop - Debian Squeeze falko 15/02/2011 - 12:09pm

Potential Photoshop killer Pixel

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According to the results of a survey conducted early this year by Novell, Adobe Photoshop tops users' lists as the most critical application not available on Linux. While Gimp may be a popular free choice, an exciting project from Slovakia called Pixel is a potential Photoshop-killer under development.

Not quite answered: Can open source messaging servers replace Microsoft Exchange?

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This week on we reviewed Scalix, Open-Xchange, and Zimbra, three of the highest-profile open source alternatives to Microsoft Exchange. All of them have their defects, and all three offer commercial versions that make installation and maintenance easier than it is for their open source versions.

Installing Fedora 5

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This chapter shows you how to get a basic installation of Fedora up and running. You will learn how to start installation, as well as specify certain configuration options during the install.

A New JRuby Interview and More

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Since the news about Sun and JRuby broke at the beginning of the month, I've tried to stay close to the JRuby team to see what's going on. Our discussion has turned into another interview.

Install Mplayer in Ubuntu Linux

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MPlayer is a movie and animation player that supports a wide range of codecs and file formats, including MPEG 1/2/4,
DivX 3/4/5, Windows Media 7/8/9, RealAudio/Video up to 9, Quicktime 5/6, and Vivo 1/2. It has many MX/SSE(2)/3Dnow(Ex) optimized native audio and video codecs, but allows using XAnim’s and RealPlayer’s binary codec plugins, and Win32 codec DLLs.

Linus Torvalds on the GPL Fight

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A new version of a license for open source Linux has caused a storm among the community of open source developers. The kernel developers contend that the Free Software Foundation’s plan to promote GPLv3 has “the potential to inflict massive collateral damage upon our entire ecosystem and jeopardize the very utility and survival of open source.” Now, in an email interview with Red Herring, Mr. Torvalds says this is not as much a “debate” between the kernel developers and the Free Software Foundation “as it is a declaration of different positions.”

Second look at Linux proves persuasive

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Back in 1991, a brilliant and determined 21-year-old computer science student at the University of Helsinki had an idea. He decided to try his hand at creating his own PC-style operating system. I recently shook the dust off my old Compaq 1800-XL notebook computer to see how easy it would be to install a modern-day Linux operating system.

Linux XP 2006 SR2 - From Russia with Love???

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So the other day I was reading the Weekly review on and was checking out a recent tidbit on Linux XP that seems to have caused quite a stir on their site. Seems that for the past 7 days, Linux XP has surpassed Ubuntu for number one on their list. To quote Ladislav

A Nickel's Worth of TCL

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The Tool Command Language (TCL), pronounced tickle, is a scripting language and cross platform interpreter. It was designed by Professor John Ousterhout at UC, Berkeley, as a high level embedded language, but is often used to quickly create stand alone applications. Why bother with TCL?

Wall Street Beat: Ill winds for open source?

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Red Hat Inc.'s woes this week raise the issue of whether IT investors are turning sour on open source. A somewhat disappointing forecast for the next quarter has investors fleeing, just as they have from the company's open-source rival, Novell Inc.

People Behind KDE: Philip Rodrigues

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This week the People Behind KDE series is featuring Philip Rodrigues. He mostly is active as a documentation contributor, but he also does user support and some coding. Enjoy the interview with tonight's star.

Openoffice Template/Clipart Competition

The Documentation Project is holding a competition for templates and
clipart, and there is prize money!

The goal is to increase our trove. Frankly, we don't have enough;
users are feeling deprived. That means over 50 million people.

Why is the GPLv3 debate about Linux?

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Talked with Chris DiBona and Leslie Hawthorn at Google today. And of course, the GPLv3 debate came up. Strange that the media makes it seem all about Linux.

Google Summer of Code 2006 a Success

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The projects are in and the mentors have filed their evaluations. In the final tally, it looks like Google's Summer of Code 2006 was a success.

Gartner: Linux Not About to Do Damage to Windows

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Microsoft Windows will not suffer irreparable damage on the server side at the hands of the Linux operating system over the next five years, Gartner analyst George Weiss told attendees at the Gartner Open Source Summit here September 28.

Also: OSDL: Patent Infringement Not a Real Open-Source Threat

Get started with GAWK: AWK language fundamentals

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Discover the basic concepts of the AWK text-processing and pattern-scanning language. This tutorial gets you started programming in AWK: You'll learn how AWK reads and sorts its input data, run AWK programs, manipulate data and perform complex pattern matching. When you're finished, you'll also understand GNU AWK (GAWK).

Debian's in fine health?

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After my recent story asking the question, "Is Debian Dying?" I received several email messages. By far the best of them was by C. J. Fearnley, CEO of LinuxForce Inc., a Linux service provider, and a long-time Debian developer. Here's what Fearnley had to say in defense of Debian:

Linux: Suspend and Resume

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A recent thread on the lkml explored the current state of suspend and resume in the Linux kernel. Nigel Cunningham responded to a patch for uswsusp exclaiming, "guys! Why can't you see yet that all this uswsusp business is sheer lunacy?"

Five Reasons I'm Not Worried About Red Hat

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After Red Hat announced Tuesday that its income was up in the second quarter, but profits were down due to increased operating expenses related to the the JBoss acquisition, investors flushed the stock in after hours trading. Wall Street has continued the beat-down on Red Hat in the last two days. But investors may have turned bearish a bit too soon.

Ubuntu’s Edgy Eft Beta is out today! Here’s how to upgrade

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The Ubuntu developers are moving very quickly to bring you the absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. The Edgy Eft Beta is the first beta release of Ubuntu 6.10, and with this new beta release comes a whole host of excellent new features.

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    Defined in ETSI ISG NFV architecture, MANO (Management and Network Orchestration) is a layer — a combination of multiple functional entities — that manages and orchestrates the cloud infrastructure, resources and services. It is comprised of, mainly, three different entities — NFV Orchestrator, VNF Manager and Virtual Infrastructure Manager (VIM). The figure below highlights the MANO part of the ETSI NFV architecture.
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Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more