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Foresight LiveCD GNOME 2.17.92 Screenshots

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Today marks the release of GNOME 2.18.0, and to commemorate today's release we have posted some screenshots from the Foresight LiveCD 2.17.92 GNOME Release Candidate, which is designed to be a demo GNOME LiveCD. This is also Foresight's first attempt at creating a bootable CD image.

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Top 5 Linux Live CD/DVDs

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#1 Knoppix

There is no surprise here, Knoppix is the best linux livecd currently out there, they have been holding this spot for a few years now.
The latest version of Knoppix packs a Linux 2.6.x kernel, KDE 3.x, xmms with mp3 and ogg support, GIMP 2.x and

#2 SimplyMEPIS

Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 5+ - Another major update

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Another major update came across the wire today: 149 packages downloaded and installed. Observations so far include:

* A new kernel update, to 2.6.20-10. The kernel was built using gcc 4.1.2, which is also part of this installation.

* Gnome is now officially upgraded to 2.18.0.

* Sound is working again.

Red Hat Release Renews OS Debate

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As Red Hat prepares to launch the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system on Wednesday, the question is again being asked whether a robust and feature-laden operating system is really needed for some computing situations.

Novell meet Ubuntu

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The background. We usually do localization weekends every month or so, when we cleanup the Hungarian translations in Rosetta a bit, and also send some stuff upstream.

getting big changes in Debian

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Erich Schubert comments on the issues relating to getting big changes into Debian. This is something that I had also noticed. I started work on SE Linux in Debian in 2001 and continued it actively until 2003 when I joined Red Hat.

The Glass Ceiling Over Linux

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It's really hard to miss how Linux and Windows are relatively judged in the tech blogosphere. Consider the following attributes and their praise or criticism, completely based on what operating system they happen to accompany:

1. A free graphics program bundled with the system.
(a) On Windows: Cool! A free paint program! Hey, everybody, check out this awesome pixel-art I did!

Linux fragmentation: help or hindrance?

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Here is a familiar list for readers: vanilla kernel, custom kernel, debs, rpms, Tgzs, source files, Apt-get,Emerge, Yum, Urpmi, Synaptic, Kpackage, Adept, Kyum, Yumex, Smart, Klik and Autopackage. I could go on but you get the idea.

Stable kernel Released

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Greg K-H and the -stable team have released Linux Kernel No earth shattering bugs in this one, just the usual round of cleanup.

More Here and Here.

Gentoo fights flamewars and bad behaviour!

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Triggered by recent examples of bad behavior and dissatisfaction among developers and users alike, the Gentoo Council has drafted a new Code of Conduct that will be enforced for both developers and users.

Songbird -Impressive Media Player For Linux and Windows

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I like listening most of my music on Ipod or my phone , i use laptop mainly for browsing Internet , programming and some other casual work .

Blazing Fast NICs for Linux

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NetXen, a maker of hardware-accelerated 10GbE (10-Gigabit Ethernet) LAN cards, has just introduced a set of software drivers for Linux systems. The company claims that with this hardware/software combo users should see great network performance without incurring increased host CPU overhead.

A dozen tips for testing free software

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One of the best ways you can participate in the free and open source software (FOSS) revolution is by helping to test software and reporting bugs and issues to project developers to help them improve their code. Even in the wild and woolly, sometimes undisciplined approach to development that we see in FOSS projects, there are ways to test more effectively.

Scheduling tasks with cron

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When you want to run a particular task repeatedly, or run it at a scheduled time, Linux and other Unix-like operating systems offer you an easy way to do this and plenty more. It’s called cron and it’s a multi-purpose task scheduler on steroids. It’s installed and enabled on virtually every Unix-like OS out there by default.

Two vulnerabilities in KDE BitTorrent client KTorrent

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Version 2.1.2 of the open-source BitTorrent client KTorrent for KDE removes two vulnerabilities. The first one is said to enable an attacker to cause the application to crash. According to the bug report by Ubuntu the vulnerability also allows code to be injected onto a system and executed. The vulnerability is found in the module chunkcounter.cpp and is triggered by large idx values.

SUSE security: Forgotten passwords, AppArmor

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Take advantage of the added protection that firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spyware programs offer, says James Turnbull. The author of Hardening Linux warns that, while the incidence of viruses and spyware on Linux are considerably smaller than on Windows-based platforms, they can still occur.

UPDATED: Guide to Ripping Internet Radio to MP3 on Linux

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Back in December, I wrote a guide on Streamtuner/Streamripper in Linux. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, I suggest you read that post first. In this guide, I will be using the Amarok-like media manager for Gnome, Exaile.

Dell polls PC users on favorite Linux varieties

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Dell began polling customers about their software preferences on Tuesday as part of an effort by the struggling PC vendor to meet a popular request for desktops and notebooks that run on Linux instead of Windows.

Linux Starts to Find Home on Desktops

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The Linux operating system, having made inroads into corporations' backroom server computers, is showing hints of inching into a much broader market: employees' personal computers.

The much-hyped notion that Linux would be viable software to run desktop and notebook PCs seemed dead on arrival a few years ago. But the idea is showing some new vital signs.

How to hide an entire filesystem

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Simple file encryption is useful, but sometimes it's more useful to encrypt a complete filesystem or disk, such as when you need to protect a large set of files. Or you may need not only to protect, but to completely hide the presence of sensitive data from prying eyes. For these cases, here are several options for securing your systems.

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