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Sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke is dead

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news.com: Science fiction impresario Arthur C. Clarke is dead, according to published news reports. Clarke was the author, or co-author, of dozens of fiction and non-fiction books. But he will likely always be best known for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Alternageek Episode 32: Putting On A Social AIR

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Linux

In this week’s episode, we talk about our new AlternaGeek OGG feed, PCLinuxOS, Amazon MP3 Downloader for Linux, Adobe AIR and the recent influx of social network aggregators like SocialThing, FriendFeed and Spokeo.

Best Practices for moving to desktop Linux

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Linux

cityblogger.com: There are a lot of good reasons for moving to Linux on the desktop. But before you make the move, here are a few suggestions on the best practices to be followed before moving to Linux on the desktop.

Hans Reiser Stumbles on Witness Stand; Defense Attorney Cuts Bait

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: Linux guru Hans Reiser took the witness stand for the fifth day at his murder trial here Tuesday and immediately decried the police as law breakers who will do anything to get a conviction, including the planting of evidence.

Novell comes to Sesame Street

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SUSE

blogs.zdnet: Novell on Tuesday announced that Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street, is a reference customer using ZENworks Asset Management and Xen virtualization on Suse Linux Enterprise Server.

Ubuntu Based Linux, 32 Flavours and Then Some…

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Ubuntu

ubuntulinuxhelp.com: I had an inspiring thought this morning. It occurred to me how vibrant a number of Ubuntu Linux flavours there must be. Below is what some of the flavours have to say about themselves. Ubuntu Linux truly is 32 flavours and then some. Can I make it to 32? I’m not sure but let’s try… Wink

Web Servers: Don't Count Apache Out

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Software

ostatic.com: There's been discussion in the open source world about a decline in the popularity of the dominant Apache web server. These concerned are fueled largely by the Netcraft survey of the internet, which shows a 20% decline in Apache's market share over the last three years. But bearing in mind the old saw about lies and statistics, it's worth digging a bit more to see what these numbers mean.

10 Linux Commands You Probably Don’t Use

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Linux

foogazi.com: If you are a hard core systems administrator or Linux engineer you’ll probably recognize most of these Linux command line tricks. The following Linux command line tips are not typically used by your everyday Linux user.

some howtos:

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  • Reload the Gnome or KDE Panels Without Restarting

  • How do I… Create a 3D logo in GIMP?
  • Drupal 6.0: Installation and Basic Usage
  • PIC Programming with Linux #2: building the programmer
  • dvorak to QWERTY on the fly
  • See what Unicode characters are in Perl’s character classes
  • Linux Desktop Search
  • The value of a meaningful xorg.conf
  • Bash bits, nibbles and bytes: Breaking out of the Loop.
  • Lightweight Linux - A Look at Fbpanel
  • Enhance your music player with Rockbox

mozilla developer news March 18

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Moz/FF

In this issue… Firefox 3 Memory usage, Mozilla QA Companion released, Mozilla at SXSW
John Lilly and Mike Schroepfer interviewed by Matt Asay, Effortless Good Firefox Add-on, and The Year of the Gecko.

Microsoft +/vs. Novell: The rich irony of then and now

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Microsoft
SUSE

Matt Asay: There is a tragic (but rich) irony in the news that Microsoft failed in its appeal to throw out Novell's decade-old antitrust lawsuit against it. On one hand, you have Novell arguing (rightly) in court that Microsoft unfairly bullies competitors. On the other hand, we see Novell supping at the feet of Microsoft to revive its Linux business.

When Lintel beats Wintel

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OS

Paul Murphy: "How is it possible for Linux ever to be substantially less expensive than Windows?” If you’re not dumb enough to pay someone like Red Hat to impose a license on you, Linux really is free - meaning that it’s always possible to get Linux for less than Windows.

Ubuntu and Marketing

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Ubuntu

jonreagan.wordpress: According to this blog post, Linux companies should do more to market their distribution. Here’s what is being done on the Ubuntu side, and some of the reasons why Linux companies do not run a full marketing campaign:

There’s Something About Pardus

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junauza.com: Pardus is a Turkish Linux distribution which can be installed and used more easily than the existing distros as well as other competitive operating systems. I've heard plenty of good things about Pardus that I gave it a try the other week. I tested Pardus 2007.3 in VMWare Server.

Lesser-known Gnome Panel Applets can improve your desktop

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linux.com: The Gnome Desktop Environment comes with a set of default panel applets included. A little searching in your distribution´s repositories and on the Internet will uncover a few extra applets which are not included in the official Gnome offering, but which you may find very useful all the same. Let's take a brief look at some of them.

Why I switched back to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

theunixgeek.blogspot: Ubuntu is sometimes thought of as the beginner's distro, something that more advanced users don't care about. Of all the distros I've tried, Ubuntu is the fastest, most reliable, and (most of the time) most compatible.

GNOME Do 0.4 Released

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blog.davebsd: The Do team is proud to announce the release of GNOME Do 0.4, our shiniest, smartest, and friendliest version yet.

5 ways to pimp your terminal in linux

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tuxtraining.com: Most people tend to think of the terminal as boring. But here I will list a number of choices you can pick to snaz it up a bit. The following applications can increase the usability and the speed in which you use a terminal, from drop down screens, syntax highlighting, or having multiple terminals in one window.

Goodbye For Good Gentoo

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Gentoo

blog.diginux.net: It has been actually over a year since my “Goodbye Gentoo” post. I have been wanting to get away from Gentoo for a long time now because of how the Gentoo community has fallen apart. It was bad a year ago, and it has become only worse. The number of developers that left Gentoo is astounding.

Your $100 desktop PC

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Hardware

theinquirer.net: YOU’VE HEARD OF UMPC, MID, OLPC, DTR, subnotebooks, slim line PCs, ITX, SFF and basically enough variants on the age-old beige box to drown a fish. Well, if you haven’t heard already, La Intella has come up with yet another name for another format (or package): a Nettop. Half desktop, half UMPC.

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Security: Apple's Betrayal, Intel ME Back Doors Backfire, and Optionsbleed

  • iOS 11 Muddies WiFi and Bluetooth Controls
    Turning WiFi and Bluetooth off is often viewed as a good security practice. Apple did not rationalize these changes in behavior.
  • How To Hack A Turned-Off Computer, Or Running Unsigned Code In Intel Management Engine
    Intel Management Engine is a proprietary technology that consists of a microcontroller integrated into the Platform Controller Hub (PCH) microchip with a set of built-in peripherals. The PCH carries almost all communication between the processor and external devices; therefore Intel ME has access to almost all data on the computer, and the ability to execute third-party code allows compromising the platform completely. Researchers have been long interested in such "God mode" capabilities, but recently we have seen a surge of interest in Intel ME. One of the reasons is the transition of this subsystem to a new hardware (x86) and software (modified MINIX as an operating system) architecture. The x86 platform allows researchers to bring to bear all the power of binary code analysis tools.
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OSS: Puppet Acquires Distelli, Mozilla Adds Tracking Protection, Fake List of Open Source Companies, and Open Source Summit

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