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Story Ubuntu 11.04: is this the end of the road? srlinuxx 07/04/2011 - 4:21am

Wolvix Hunter 1.0.5 Review

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Reviews

I was drawn to Wolvix by a review of an earlier version on [some other site], where the reviewer raved about its multimedia capabilities. As installing codecs and plugins has always been one of my least favourite admin tasks, I thought I'd try Wolvix Hunter 1.0.5, which claimed to come with all the usual suspects pre-installed.

PS3 to ship without Linux?

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Gaming

Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3), due this month, will not ship with Linux pre-installed, as suggested in March by CEO Ken Kuturagi. However, TerraSoft CEO Kai Staats says his company's Yellow Dog Linux is installable by "anybody who knows how to use a keyboard, mouse, and browser," according to an interview in the Coloradoan.

Quetoo 0.5.0 released

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Gaming

Quetoo, a for performance optimized version of Quake2, has just been released in version 0.5.0 and is available for download now.

Ubuntu Tricks - 4 ways to run Root privileged processes without a password.

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HowTos

I’ve had three email requests now to right up how to execute things that normally require root privileges without having to enter a password. There are a number of ways to do this and we’re going to look at four of them.

Review: GnuCash 2.0

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Software

GnuCash is a personal and small business accounting package that provides true double-entry accounting, the ability to set up automatic recurring transactions, and simple budgeting. The application does not try to hide the complexities of managing...

Novell layoffs rumored

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SUSE

According to sources close to Novell Inc., the Linux company has laid off numerous mid-level employees from several departments, including training and sales.

Why I'm sticking with Novell's Linux desktop

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SUSE

Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell's become buddies with Microsoft, I'll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I'm sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here's why.

Also: Novell is Now the New SCO

Microsoft’s perfect timing

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OSS

Microsoft has always had excellent timing. They know when to announce a product; they know when to begin grass-roots movements to build hype for a product; they know when to create an alliance; they know when to break an alliance. Microsoft's best timing, though, has always been when and where to spread Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

Nuts and Bolts of Open Source Business Models

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"There's a tendency to think of the community as being entirely volunteers somehow working for free in their basements, but invariably they're in government or research," said Red Hat's Rick Carr. "For the commercial products, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, where the customer base is Wall Street or wherever, the large majority of development is done by commercial IT companies."

Turning SLED10 Linux Into a Practical User Desktop

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SUSE

The so-called "Vista Killer" may not be ready for prime time -- but your customers may want it anyway. Here's how to be prepared.

Songbird: The Firefox of Media Players

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Software

Today we'll take a look at one of the most appealing XUL apps—Songbird, from Pioneers of the Inevitable, Inc, which claims folks who've previously worked on Winamp and Yahoo! Music Engine. Songbird is currently just at version 0.2, so consider this a preview rather than a review of the fully baked product. Songbird is a "mashup" of a web browser and a desktop media player. Think of it as the open-source analog of Windows Media Player or iTunes. Like Winamp, Songbird supports skins, which are called "feathers" in this case. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

grep: highlighting matches in color

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HowTos

Many Debian users use grep regularly. But did you know that grep can highlight the text it matches in color?

Full Tip.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 176

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • News: Novell partners with Microsoft, CentOS on Oracle Enterprise
  • Linux, Fedora code names, Mandriva and MEPIS updates, gNewSense

  • Web logs: One month with Mandriva Linux 2007
  • Released last week: OpenBSD 4.0, NetBSD 3.1
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 10.2 Beta 2
  • Site news: Dilemma about distributions linking to DistroWatch
  • New additions: gNewSense, TrueBSD
  • New distributions: Damn Vulnerable Linux, URLI OS

This week in DistroWatch Weekly....

Linux a computer operating system for the people

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Linux

The popular free Linux computer operating system being co-opted by corporate technology titans was born of a Finnish university student and a group devoted to no-cost software.

“The Role of Open Source Software for the Development of Information Society” Conference in Armenia

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OSS

The conference “The Role of Open Source Software for the Development of Information Society” was held in Yerevan, capital of Armenia from October 31 to November 1, 2006. The conference aimed at exchange of experience in open source promotion policy and in the use of open source software in specific areas such as public administration and education.

CentOS: Oracle Linux Doesn't Measure Up

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Linux

Oracle's plans for its own Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) product, announced last week, follow on the heels of Red Hat derivatives put together by dozens of open source projects, including CentOS, Pie Box, and Startcom Linux. But this week, members of the influential CentOS community voiced strong pessimism over Oracle Linux.

CLI Magic: Transform your audio files with SoX

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HowTos

Sound eXchange (SoX) is a command-line sound sample translator. This Swiss Army knife of sound tools can be used to convert file formats of your audio files, and to apply sound effects such as echo, fade-in/out, and chorus to jazz up your music with just a few keystrokes.

Install Amarok 1.4.4 Music Player in Ubuntu Edgy

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HowTos

Amarok is a sound system-independent audio-player for *nix systems. Its interface uses a powerful “browser” metaphor that allows you to create playlists that make the most of your music collection.

Install Amarok Music Player in Ubuntu

MiniTutor: MPlayer and Video Output

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Howtos

The MPlayer, Linux Movie Player, is an extraordinary video and audio player, and it has hundreds of options to use in order to do everything we wish to an audio or video file, one of these fantastic options are used to video output.

Minitutor from: GoblinX Minitutors

Ubuntu's offical Launch in China

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Ubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth was in Beijing last week for Ubuntu’s official China launch. The event was overwhelmingly successful. However, the reason for the success is questionable, was it because Ubuntu, one of the top distros in the world, has really caught on in China, or was it simply because of its greatest benefactor?

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Google beefs Linux up kernel defenses in Android

Future versions of Android will be more resilient to exploits thanks to developers' efforts to integrate the latest Linux kernel defenses into the operating system. Android's security model relies heavily on the Linux kernel that sits at its core. As such, Android developers have always been interested in adding new security features that are intended to prevent potentially malicious code from reaching the kernel, which is the most privileged area of the operating system. Read more

Fork YOU! Sure, take the code. Then what?

There's an old adage in the open source world – if you don't like it, fork it. This advice, often given in a flippant manner, makes it seem like forking a piece of software is not a big deal. Indeed, forking a small project you find on GitHub is not a big deal. There's even a handy button to make it easy to fork it. Unlike many things in programming though, that interaction model, that simplicity of forking, does not scale. There is no button next to Debian that says Fork it! Thinking that all you need to do to make a project yours is to fork it is a fundamental misunderstanding of what large free/open source projects are – at their hearts, they are communities. One does not simply walk into Debian and fork it. One can, on the other hand, walk out of a project, bring all the other core developers along, and essentially leave the original an empty husk. This is what happened when LibreOffice forked away from the once-mighty OpenOffice; it's what happened when MariaDB split from MySQL; and it's what happened more recently when the core developers behind ownCloud left the company and forked the code to start their own project, Nextcloud. They also, thankfully, dropped the silly lowercase first letter thing. Nextcloud consists of the core developers who built ownCloud, but who were not, and, judging by the very public way this happened, had not been, in control of the direction of the product for some time. Read more

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Pithos 1.2

  • New Version of Linux Pandora Client ‘Pithos’ Released
    A new release of open-source Linux Pandora client Pithos is now available for download.
  • Pithos 1.2 Improves The Open-Source/Linux Pandora Desktop Experience
    Chances are if you've ever dealt with Pandora music streaming from the Linux desktop you've encountered Pithos as the main open-source solution that works out quite well. Released today was Pithos 1.2 and it ships with numerous enhancements for this GPLv3-licensed Pandora desktop client. Pithos 1.2 adds a number of new keyboard shortcuts for the main window, initial support for translations, an explicit content filter option, reduced CPU usage with Ubuntu's default theme, redesigned dialogs and other UI elements, and more.