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Story What Goes Around Comes Around srlinuxx 11/06/2011 - 1:33am
Story Introducing BackTrack 5 'Revolution' srlinuxx 11/06/2011 - 1:17am
Story The road to systemd for openSUSE 12.1 srlinuxx 11/06/2011 - 1:15am
Story Peppermint OS Two (Review) srlinuxx 10/06/2011 - 9:39pm
Story 10 principles the Linux community should revisit srlinuxx 10/06/2011 - 9:38pm
Story Kubuntu Natty Narwhal review - KDElicious! srlinuxx 10/06/2011 - 9:37pm
Story Linux Mint 11 review srlinuxx 10/06/2011 - 9:35pm
Story Mozilla Aims to Reduce Firefox Memory Use srlinuxx 10/06/2011 - 8:00pm
Story First impressions of Mageia Linux srlinuxx 10/06/2011 - 7:02pm
Story Why I love Bodhi Linux srlinuxx 10/06/2011 - 6:59pm

The OS Agnostics

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OSS

I find the OS Agnostics are a good starting point for getting someone to TRY Free Software. Realistically, I’m unlikely to get my extended family members or friends to light-switch to a GNU/Linux or Unix based operating system. However, there is a good chance I can get them to try Firefox, Thunderbird or OpenOffice.

First phase of Korea's open-source city is high success

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OSS

Following the trend of open source adaptation in major cities worldwide, one of the major Korean cities, Gwangju Metropolitan City, successfully jumped onto the open source transition, receiving spotlight from related industry.

The Netizen's Guide: Web Browsers Beyond Explorer; Firefox Heats Up

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Moz/FF

As you surf the Internet, you may not notice what Web browser you use. It's also likely you don't know your browser's specifics, its edition (version) or even how old it is. It's very likely you don't spend your evenings pondering ways to improve it. You probably know more about your toothbrush. Netizen spoke recently with Asa Dotzler, who works for Mozilla's community outreach efforts.

Red Hat Soldiering On

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Linux

What does a good soldier do when he's outnumbered and outmaneuvered? He calls in reinforcements, of course. That's why Red Hat is beefing up its troops for the coming campaign, at the expense of giving up some ground today.

Firefox Making Sparks In The UK

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Moz/FF

Firefox the open source browser from Mozilla is gaining ground on Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the UK according to the latest findings from Nielsen//NetRatings. They have increased their market share by 768 percent since September 2004. Firefox is the browser of choice for 12 percent of the UK.

OpenOffice Base: Converting data and files from Access

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HowTos

OpenOffice's Base tool provides an open source alternative to proprietary Microsoft Access. But if you need to use both, it's nice to be able to move data back and forth between applications. In this tip, OpenOffice expert and instructor Solveig Haugland explains how to convert Access files to OpenOffice. She also describes a workaround for changing field orders and discusses how to group items in OpenOffice.

Pragmatic Questions about Binary-Only Drivers

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Linux

The perpetual debate over the legality, practicality, and wisdom of using, distributing, producing, and supporting binary-only drivers flared up again recently. This issue raises passionate debates, and those debates often walk the lines of a false dilemma: freedom versus pragmatism.

Quake cuts off much of Asia Internet

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Web

Internet and phone services have been disrupted across much of Asia on Wednesday after an earthquake damaged undersea cables, leaving one of the world's most tech-savvy regions in a virtual blackout.

AIX 5L LDAP user management: Active Directory client support

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News

Get an overview of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol- (LDAP) related enhancements in the AIX 5L operating system V5.3 TL5 update. This lets clients configure and manage multiple systems with a single set of user identity configuration information, and it simplifies system administration.

Today's Howtos:

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HowTos
  • How to View Hidden Files and Folders in Ubuntu File Browser

  • Change the GRUB Menu Timeout on Ubuntu
  • Show the GRUB Menu by Default on Ubuntu
  • Antivirus on Ubuntu with Avast!
  • How-to get your removable device mounted under an explicit and persistent name
  • Using the Root Account on Debian
  • Creating Filesystems in Linux

  • Rebuilding the Directory for TexInfo
  • Using Gnonlin with GStreamer and Python

  • Configure Wireless From The Command Line

Ubuntu Edgy Eft

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Ubuntu

Over the Christmas period I installed Ubuntu 5.10 (Edgy Eft) on my MacBook under Parallels, and I have to say that it’s the most likeable Linux distribution I’ve tried so far.

The Ultimate Distro

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Linux

The name of Gaël Duval's new distro, Ulteo, with its hint of the word "ultimate", smacks of a certain ambition. But Duval probably means it in the sense that it is the last distribution you will ever need to install, because thereafter it will "self-upgrade automatically," as the announcement of the alpha release put it. Ease-of-use has been a constant theme in Duval's work.

Ubuntu 6.10 (EdgyEft) vs. SUSE 10.1 on an HP Pavilion dv2000

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Lee commented that the HP Pavilion dv2000 is well supported by Ubuntu/Kubuntu Linux 6.10 (aka EdgyEft). In particular, he mentioned that sound worked, and the extra row of blue-lit multimedia buttons at the top works. That sounded very interesting, so I decided to have a try. I use Gnome, not KDE, as my desktop, so I chose to look at Ubuntu, not Kubuntu (which Lee uses).

Finally user-friendly virtualization for Linux

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Linux
Reviews

The upcoming 2.6.20 Linux kernel is bringing a nice virtualization framework for all virtualization fans out there. It's called KVM, short for Kernel-based Virtual Machine. This article tries to explain how it all works, in theory and practice, together with some simple benchmarks.

Linux - Room for Improvement

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Linux

This month's column was supposed to be a look at openSUSE 10.2. Here's what I have to report thus far: openSUSE 10.2 is the only distribution that has stubbornly refused to install on my current test machine, an older Dell Dimension 8100 desktop. But one obstacle has led to another, and so far I'm nowhere near the finish line. Here's my current wish list.

Editing Debian alternatives graphically with galternatives

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HowTos

Have you ever been tinkering under the hood only to discover later that you blew up one of your defaults? Say your default web-browser, so that when you click a link from email it opens Firefox instead of Konqueror or vice-versa. Well I know I have. Here we'll look at how to fix this, graphically.

Mark Shuttleworth: Plan, execute, DELIVER

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Ubuntu

We are a somewhat chaotic crowd, the software libre army. Thousands of projects (hundreds of thousands, if you consider Sourceforge as a reference point). Hundreds of thousands of contributing developers from virtually every country and timezone. We are a very loosely coupled bunch.

Gameforge get rights for Saga of Ryzom

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Gaming

Mediabiz reports that the German publisher Gameforge got all rights for Saga of Ryzom from the French game developer Nevrax. Nevrax will be merged with the new founded Gameforge SARL located in Paris.

Google Toolbar 3.0 beta improves browsing experience

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Software

The Google Toolbar 3 (GT3) beta for Firefox, released earlier this month, includes a slew of new features, including bookmarks, integration with Google Apps, and customizable buttons. I tested the toolbar with Firefox 2.0 and Flock 0.7.9. Once I had it installed, I signed out of Google services and signed in using the Google Toolbar sign-in feature

Why Microsoft/Novell is good for Linux

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SUSE

Being aware, as I am, of Microsoft's monopolisation endeavours, coupled with working in a Linux world inherently mistrustful of the software giant, it may seem strange that I believe the Microsoft/Novell agreement will be great for Linux. But I do. Why?

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