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Story Eulogy for Groklaw srlinuxx 11/04/2011 - 3:58am
Story Elementary OS - Distro Review srlinuxx 11/04/2011 - 3:56am
Story Miegakure – A Puzzle Platform In Four Dimensions srlinuxx 10/04/2011 - 11:38pm
Story An Open-Source MMORPG Using The Unigine Engine srlinuxx 10/04/2011 - 10:30pm
Story To be Unity or not to be Unity. That is the question. srlinuxx 10/04/2011 - 10:29pm
Story Slackware 13.37 srlinuxx 10/04/2011 - 10:27pm
Story How I use the Unity Dash srlinuxx 10/04/2011 - 5:49pm
Story Do I Have Bad Karma for Debian? srlinuxx 10/04/2011 - 5:48pm
Story Aaron Seigo: active routes srlinuxx 10/04/2011 - 5:46pm
Story Meet the ubuntu (or rather unity) menu; will you call this an innovation? srlinuxx 10/04/2011 - 5:44pm

PS3 is nifty, but it's a bit too pricey

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Gaming

After spending time with Sony's new PlayStation 3 game console last week, I understand why Microsoft's Xbox team has been strutting lately. Don't get me wrong. The PS3 is an amazing machine. I'd love to have one sitting beneath my TV. But not for $500 or $600.

Also: Playstation 3 dissected and analysed

Can Novell Make the Sale?

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SUSE

Recently, Novell made a statement that could’ve given them some grief. In an online publication Computer Business Review Online, Novell was apparently quoted as stating that Vista would cost $300 more than their SuSE option. What Novell appears to have missed is a seemingly long list of Vista licenses with a number of price ranges. To add insult to injury, it appears the page containing the quote has since been pulled down.

The four most trendy Linux developments

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Linux

The buzz over Linux is hardly new. Vendors of every ilk have tripped over themselves to announce Linux-related products. But even in the deafening noise surrounding Linux, four topics stand out : the duel for the desktop, 3-D desktop tools, isolated virtual environments (also known as containerization or virtualization), and mobile Linux devices.

Analysis - Sun GPLs Java

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Software

First, Sun Microsystems Inc. wouldn't do it. Then Sun teased us with it. Now, on Nov. 13, Sun will finally open-source its implementations of Java under the GNU GPLv2. On Monday, Sun released the first pieces of source code for Sun's implementation of JSE and a buildable implementation of JME.

Quick Look at Urli OS 6.10

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Linux
Reviews
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Urli 6.10 is an Debian/Ubuntu derived Linux OS developed in Argentina. It was recently added to distrowatch's waiting list and sounded a bit interesting given that their motto seems to be "Linux like never before!" Well, this I had to see.

Is Ubuntu set to become non-free?

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Ubuntu

Last week at the Ubuntu Developer Summit the release goals for Feisty Fawn—scheduled to appear April 2007—were discussed and drawn up. Ubuntu's next version is aiming for some pretty good features such as a bullet proof X.org and network roaming. There's one change that bothers me to no end though: composite by default.

Q&A: VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum

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Interviews

At the third and by far the biggest VMware's annual VMworld convention last week, we grabbed the chance to speak to the company's virtualisation visionary and co-founder, Mendel Rosenblum. Where does he see the company taking this fast-evolving technology?

Month of Kernel Bugs: Linux in the lead

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OS

At this point in time, nine vulnerabilities in operating system kernels have been publicised as part of the Month of Kernel Bugs. Following on July's Month of Browser Bugs initiated by H.D. Moore, a similar project to highlight security vulnerabilities has been announced for November under the title "Month of Kernel Bugs" (MoKB). The project's initiators intend to release one security hole per day for the various operating system kernels.

Clear indication that Linux has arrived

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Linux

Oracle’s announcement of providing support on Red Hat Linux is a clear indication that Linux has arrived. Linux, which started out as a hobby among some engineers, is today enterprise-ready and important enough for Oracle to provide support.

openSUSE 10.2 Beta 2 Report

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Reviews
SUSE
-s

The countdown continues on the road to 10.2 with the latest release of beta 2 on the 10th. This release didn't bring too many surprises, but things seem to be shaping up nicely. In light of all the negative publicity of Novell's recent announcement, I imagine the pressure is bearing down on the openSUSE infantry to release a banner system. I wish them luck and I think they are on the right path.

Samba says Novell-Microsoft deal sucks

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SUSE

THE OPEN SOURCE guys at Samba hit out at Novell's rapprochement with Microsoft, saying they disapproved strongly of the former Utah firm's actions.

Racoon Roadwarrior Configuration

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HowTos

Roadwarrior is a client that uses unknown, dynamically assigned IP addresses to connect to a VPN gateway (in this case also firewall).

Linux Desktop Search

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Linux

Searching in Linux starts those venerable command line favorites: find, grep, and locate. These tools are very powerful and can easily be integrated into scripts, but for many users, this usefulness is also one of their key weaknesses. These users require a graphical interface in order to be comfortable with a program.

New book expounds the wonders of GIMP 2

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Software

A guide to using version 2 of GIMP, the popular open-source digital image editor, was released this month by O'Reilly Media. GIMP 2 for Photographers is like a classroom seminar that starts with the basics, and enables students to learn as much as they want.

Cloning Ubuntu in 7 steps

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HowTos

The SystemImager concept is that an image server retrieves a golden client's entire system image and deploys it to any number of client systems. A golden client is a system you have customized to work exactly the way you want. You can re-compile the kernel, install custom software, and do any configuration file tweaking you like.

Jono Bacon: Jokosher bug-fixing update

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Ubuntu

I figured it is time for a Jokosher update. As many of you will know, I have been at the Ubuntu Developer Summit for the last week at Mountain View, and I am now in San Francisco at our Allhands company summit. Jokosher really rocked at UDS, and lots of people were interesting in our little project.

Creating Screencasts on Linux

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HowTos

I recently created a couple of screencasts for the Ubuntu-UK LoCo team, of which I am a member. I've been tinkering with screencasting for nearly a year now but only recently has everything come together in such a way that I find it easy to make the screencasts. I've been asked to write a guide showing how I created the screencasts at quickones, and here it is.

Do Operating Systems Matter? Part 1

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Misc

A month or two back, I had a conversation with a vendor who I won't name here (given that I'm at VMWorld, I should probably say that it wasn't VMWare) on the subject of application and service provisioning via a grid type application.

The Perfect Setup - OpenVZ with CentOS 4.4

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HowTos

This article describes how to prepare a CentOS 4.4 server for OpenVZ virtual machines. With OpenVZ you can create multiple Virtual Private Servers (VPS) on the same hardware, similar to Xen and the Linux Vserver project. OpenVZ is the open-source branch of Virtuozzo, a commercial virtualization solution used by many providers that offer virtual servers.

http://www.howtoforge.com/openvz_centos4.4

The Secret of Firefox's Success

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Moz/FF

"A lot of people don't even know what a browser is," said Firefox co-creator Blake Ross. "They think that it's the first thing they use on the Internet. They say, 'What do you mean browser, is that Google? Is that Yahoo?' It's hard to get people to switch browsers if they don't understand the concept."

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