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Story Ubuntu moving forward with Jono Bacon at Fedora srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 8:48pm
Story Microsoft Buys Open Source ReactOS For $12.3 Billion srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 8:46pm
Story Delaying GNOME 3.0, again srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 6:23pm
Story Lady Gaga goes gaga over Ubuntu srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 6:22pm
Story A dark new future Compiz srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 6:19pm
Story Richard M Stallman Says Its Linux Not GNU/Linux srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 6:13pm
Story The Canterbury Project srlinuxx 2 01/04/2011 - 6:11pm
Story Your Chance to Win KDE srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 3:30pm
Story Slackware Linux 1.0 Released srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 3:07pm
Story pclinuxos taken down for piracy srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 3:05pm

Early KDE 4 Bloggings

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GoboLinux Release 013 Screenshots

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Shipping on November 3 was GoboLinux 013. For those that are unfamiliar with this install and LiveCD distribution is that among its many differences, it breaks away from the historical UNIX directory hierarchy. It is also a distribution tagged as not needing a package manager because the filesystem is the package manager. New in GoboLinux 013 is X.Org 7.1, KDE 3.5.3, GCC 4.1.1, and the Linux 2.6.16 kernel. Phoronix has some nice screenshots.

Ten ideas about Ideas

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Which has more leverage in the marketplace — A) disclosure or Cool secrecy? Which is more supportive of growing markets — A) public infrastructure or Cool private platforms? Which is better for inventive entrepreneurs — A) sharing one's great ideas to drive development and adoption, or Cool patenting and keeping secret one's "intellectual property"?

Using DNSBLs to Monitor Network Security

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Many email administrators are turning to DNSBLs -- DNS Block Lists -- as useful weapons in the arsenal against spam. There are DNSBLs covering many aspects of the security spectrum related to spam. This article will introduce another useful application for the DNSBLs. I'll show how to use this valuable information source to diagnose and monitor the overall security level of a given network.

Install Wordpress in Debian Etch

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WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. What a mouthful. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

Linux on the Desktop: The need for compromise

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It has become something of a cliché that Linux has reached a critical point in its development and adoption. However, this is especially true now when we look at what events are lined up to occur in the near future, and particularly in the desktop area. Can we expect a sudden and dramatic shift to Linux on the desktop?

Managing users in Ubuntu

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This brief guide shares the key steps necessary to create and manage other users, helps clarify some essential differences with other flavors, and provides tips regarding "root" user. Perhaps most importantly, these steps help empower the use of your Ubuntu system to become far more than just another desktop PC.

10 Linux security tips in 10 minutes

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If you're looking for a crash course on Linux security, this is your guide to getting started. Bone up on the basics of working from the command line, get a few open source security tools, and discover SELinux and IT no-nos to avoid.


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Some months back I read about the GPLv3 for the first time. Just like many I was compelled by the arguments of Linus against it more then by the arguments from the FSF for this new license. The other day I talked to some KOffice developers and we discussed the software patents issue and how that would actually work in real life.

Stable kernel released

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The stable kernel release is available. There is a long list of fixes in this one, at least one of those fixes is security-related.

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Ten reasons Linux and BSD are vastly superior to Windows - Part II

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Last week, I began a countdown of the ten reasons Linux and BSD are far superior to Windows. I received a huge response to the first installment, so without further delay, here's the final four reasons and my official response to some of the comments and criticisms I've received.

Linux Gazette November 2006 Issue

This month's Linux Gazette includes the following articles:

  • Deploying IPCop

  • Boosting Apache Performance by using Reverse Proxies
  • Poor Man's Laptop
  • Booting a Linux Box via a USB Micro Drive (USB-MD)
  • Troubleshooting Apache using strace
  • Classic Shell Scripting (Book Review)

This and more in this month's Linux Gazette.

Red Hat adds new Linux legal protection

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Faced with new competitive challenges from Novell, Microsoft and Oracle, Linux seller Red Hat has begun promising protection against intellectual-property lawsuits.

Terpstra: Don't panic over Novell-Microsoft deal

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I re-read the Microsoft-Novell announcement and thought about it some more. I wonder if the wording of the announcement is designed to stir up those within the open source movement/community who are branded by the "establishment" as radicals. You know, that is not the first time that has happened!

OpenOffice Blesses Microsoft-Novell Pact

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The Microsoft-Novell pact was welcomed Friday by, which said it's delighted as long as the deal leads to improvements to the group's free open-source applications suite.

Create and Extract .bz2 and .gz files

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bzip2 and bunzip2 are file compression and decompression utilities. The bzip2 and bunzip2 utilities are newer than gzip and gunzip and are not as common yet, but they are rapidly gaining popularity. The bzip2 utility is capable of greater compression ratios than gzip. Therefore, a bzip2 file can be 10-20% smaller than a gzip version of the same file. Usually,files that have been compressed by bzip2 will have a .bz2 extension.

Using sudo to Keep Admins Honest? sudon't!

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The consensus among many Unix and Linux users seems to be that sudo is more secure than using the root account, because it requires you type your password to perform potentially harmful actions. While sudo is useful for what it was designed for, this thinking is flawed, and usually comes from inexperience.

Matt Asay: Ballmer's new weapon against Linux is...Linux

I was in meetings and flights all day, but when I got off my last flight of the day, there were scads of emails waiting for me on my phone. I figured the Red Sea had parted to allow Ron Hovsepian and Steve Ballmer to pass, holding hands and singing kumbayah. Nope.

LinuxToday: The Persistence of Memory

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I was wondering last week why Novell had been so quiet regarding Oracle's sucker punch on Red Hat. Now we know, they were preparing a sucker punch of their own. How, in the name of common sense, does Novell expect to survive such a partnership with Microsoft?

Of Macros And Drum Machines

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This week in my random survey of activity on the mail-lists for Linux sound & music software I'll look at two very different software drum machines and a keystroke macro that enters LilyPond music notation into an Open Office text document. And if that isn't enough I've included four thrilling screenshots and links to three entertaining audio files to entice and maintain your interest.

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  • PSPP 0.10.2 has been released
    I'm very pleased to announce the release of a new version of GNU PSPP. PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS.
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    Just a few seconds ago the initial release of Hamster-GTK, version 0.10.0, has been uploaded to the cheese shop. That means that after the rewritten backend codebase hamster-lib has been out in the wild for a few days by now you can now have a first look at a reimplementation of the original hamster 2.0 GUI. It will come as no surprise that this current early version is rather unpolished and leaves a lot to be desired. However, if you are familiar with legacy hamster 2.0 aka hamster-time-tracker you will surely see some major resemblance.
  • Core improvements in digiKam 5.0
    Version 5.0.0 of the digiKam image-management application was released on July 5. In many respects, the road from the 4.x series to the new 5.0 release consisted of patches and rewrites to internal components that users are not likely to notice at first glance. But the effort places digiKam in a better position for future development, and despite the lack of glamorous new features, some of the changes will make users' lives easier as well. For context, digiKam 4.0 was released in May of 2014, meaning it has been over two full years since the last major version-number bump. While every free-software project is different, it was a long development cycle for digiKam, which (for example) had released 4.0 just one year after 3.0. The big hurdle for the 5.0 development cycle was porting the code to Qt5. While migrating to a new release of a toolkit always poses challenges, the digiKam team decided to take the opportunity to move away from dependencies on KDE libraries. In many cases, that effort meant refactoring the code or changing internal APIs to directly use Qt interfaces rather than their KDE equivalents. But, in a few instances, it meant reimplementing functionality directly in digiKam.
  • MATE Dock Applet 0.73 Released With Redesigned Window List, Drag And Drop Support
    MATE Dock Applet was updated to version 0.73 recently, getting support for rearranging dock icons via drag and drop (only for the GTK3 version), updated window list design and more.
  • Minimalist Web Browser ‘Min’ Sees New Release
    The Min browser project has picked up a new update. Version 1.4 of the open-source, cross-platform web browser adds browser actions and full-text search.
  • Docker adds orchestration and more at DockerCon 2016
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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Cheese Talks: Porting Games to Linux & Day of the Tentacle
    In addition to my own thoughts, the article includes insights from a number of other Linux game porters including Leszek Godlewski (Painkiller Hell & Damnation, Deadfall Adventures), Ryan "icculus" Gordon (StarBreak, Left 4 Dead 2, Unreal Tournament 2004, Another World, Cogs, Goat Simulator), David Gow (Keen Dreams, Multiwinia), Ethan Lee (Salt & Sanctuary, Hiden in Plain Sight, HackNet, Waveform, Dust: An Elysian Tail) and Aaron Melcher (Outland, La-Mulana, Hyper Light Drifter, Darkest Dungeon). Betweem them, they offer a great range of attitudes and approaches that support and provide counterpoint to my own experiences.
  • ​Bundle Stars presents the Indie Legend Bundle 4
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