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Story A newly minted Linux a must for the desktop srlinuxx 15/11/2010 - 4:17pm
Story Pelagicore Joins Linux Foundation srlinuxx 15/11/2010 - 4:15pm
Story Ubuntu vs Fedora: which is best? srlinuxx 15/11/2010 - 4:14pm
Story today's leftovers & howtos: srlinuxx 15/11/2010 - 5:05am
Story Going down the programmable pipeline road srlinuxx 15/11/2010 - 3:46am
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Story China Officially Overtakes U.S. in Supercomputer Performance srlinuxx 15/11/2010 - 12:15am
Story The Great Blender Survey Results: The News Behind The News srlinuxx 15/11/2010 - 12:13am
Story Review: GNU/Linux Utopia 12112010 (Idea by Manuel) srlinuxx 15/11/2010 - 12:11am
Story I miss the old Debian srlinuxx 15/11/2010 - 12:08am

Linux hackers re-claim the Linksys WRT54G

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As predicted, the open source community has come up with a way to convert VxWorks-based LinkSys wireless WRT54G routers to Linux. The process does not require hardware hacking, and installs a recent version of "DD-WRT micro."

'Splunking' going on at the OSU Open Source Labs

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There's a good deal of spelunking going on these days at the Oregon State University Open Source Labs, but there's nary a rocky underground cave in sight.

First Looks Xandros Desktop 4

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I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Xandros Desktop, a commercial desktop Linux distribution designed for novice users - for deployment in home and office environments. There is something about this distribution that makes it a great introductory Linux system for those who are looking for an alternative to Windows.

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Mandriva 2005 Postfix Anti-Spam, Anti-Virus Relay Server for Exchange Server 2000/2003

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The Definitive Guide to Setting up a Linux Relay Server for Microsoft Exchange Server 2000/2003. This guide has been written with Mandriva Linux in mind.

Partitioning and unbundled software

Disk layout planning is still a good idea. The trick is making sure your applications respect your plans.

Reading feeds efficiently with Akregator

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HowTos

Information overload is a serious problem for most users. We all have so many sources of information to deal with, it's hard to keep them under control. One way to help deal with information glut is to use a good RSS and Atom feed reader, such as Akregator.

SUSE Linux course on a stick

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Novell has unveiled a SUSE Linux Enterprise training course contained on a portable USB drive, which it says is an industry first.

Desktop Linux could take off at airports

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The airport check-in desk could be where "desktop" Linux usage takes off, according to Unisys' European coordinator of open-source software activities.

A comparison of Ubuntu 6.06 and Windows XP

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Last Thursday night I installed my new hard drive and set up my computer so that it would dual-boot between Windows XP and Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake). I figured that this might end up being a weekend-long project. It wasn’t; both Ubuntu and Windows XP were fully functioning after less than 5 hours of work.

The battle of the spam

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Security

A French-based Englishman, John Graham-Cumming, is about 666,666 clicks away from creating a weapon to kill spam for good.

OpenLogic Launches OpenLogic Enterprise 4.0

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OpenLogic, Inc. today announced the launch of OpenLogic Enterprise 4.0, the first enterprise-wide solution providing a platform that empowers enterprises to manage, deploy, track and maintain a broad library of open source solutions.

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Taiwan mandates Linux-ready PCs

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According to media reports, the new requirement came into effect last month, marking the start of efforts to boost adoption of open-source software in Taiwan. About 120,000 new desktop PCs acquired by the Taiwan government will have to comply with the new mandate, the reports stated.

Disabling IPv6 under a 2.6 kernel

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HowTos

Sometimes you might have a host which you wish to disable IPv6 upon, this can be useful if you're having DNS timeouts when software attempts to resolve hostnames, and for other reasons.

Novell's New CEO Looks for Quick Improvements

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Novell Inc's newly appointed chief executive officer Ron Hovsepian has said he expects the Linux and identity-management software vendor to be able to execute its strategy quicker now that he is at the helm.

Get a quick VPN with OpenVPN

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HowTos

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are a means for connecting to a remote network and making it look like a local one. There are a number of VPN products freely available; some are kernel-level like, but for a quick client/server VPN, you can be up and running in minutes.

CLI Magic: EncFS

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EncFS is an easy-to-use, command-line tool for storing information in encrypted form. It's not really a filesystem, but it pretends to be one at the CLI. If you've been searching for a means of encrypting and decrypting your sensitive data easily, here it is.

Who Are the Real Winners Now We'Ve Al Gone Wiki-Crazy?

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Web

Many believe that the web has entered its newest and most exciting phase: a communal era, which looks to both its altruistic beginnings as well as to its most powerful aspirations. We are starting to see open-source technologies replacing proprietary software.

Howto use Loop-AES

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Every day it seems we get another story in the news about how data was lost on a laptop or a USB Flash thumbdrive that should have been encrypted. The sad part is how easy it is to do and how many different ways we can do it. Loop-AES is another alternative we have on Linux and this is how you use it.

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