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Blog entry Linux Libraries Texstar 01/06/2011 - 8:27pm
Story Do you FOSS or do you FLOSS? srlinuxx 01/06/2011 - 7:55pm
Story The end of the Linux desktop wars srlinuxx 01/06/2011 - 7:54pm
Story Xubuntu 11.04 srlinuxx 01/06/2011 - 7:52pm
Story First step towards 12.1 with Milestone 1 srlinuxx 01/06/2011 - 7:51pm
Story Linux Gazette June 2011 (#186): srlinuxx 01/06/2011 - 4:54pm
Story Skype Out - Pidgin In srlinuxx 01/06/2011 - 4:52pm
Story 20 Things to do after installing Fedora 15 srlinuxx 01/06/2011 - 4:50pm
Story OpenOffice.org Contribution to Apache srlinuxx 01/06/2011 - 4:49pm
Story VirtualBox 4 Builds a Clean and Easy Sandbox Inside Your Linux Desktop srlinuxx 01/06/2011 - 3:24pm

Accessing Windows Or Samba Shares Using AutoFS

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Linux
HowTos

You already installed Linux on your networked desktop PC and now you want to work with files stored on some other PCs in your network. This is where autofs comes into play. This tutorial shows how to configure autofs to use CIFS to access Windows or Samba shares from Linux Desktop PCs. It also includes a tailored configuration file.

MySQL is NOT abandoning Debian

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Software

In a recent Slashdot story, a disgruntled Debian developer posted that "MySQL [has] quietly deprecated support for most Linux distributions on October 16. Linux-Watch has learned, however, that is not the case.

Firefox, now on TV!

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Moz/FF

It's remarkable enough that the Internet has come so far that an ad about a browser isn't out of the ordinary, but it's even more remarkable that these ads were made by Firefox fans off their own back, and paid to air by the same.

Fedora's Legacy Wanes

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Linux

Running an older version of Red Hat's Fedora Core Linux? Bad news: You're no longer being supported. The Fedora Legacy Project is in "transition" and is closing its doors.

Linux Levels the OS Field?

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Linux

No longer bogged down in proprietary, noninteroperable environments, insurers must carefully consider the complex array of open source choices they now have.

Playtime with Linux - what do you play?

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Gaming

I felt a little uninspired today. In the midst of my uninspired state, while looking for software to install and talk about, I stumbled upon a game called "Armagetron", available in Ubuntu's repositories.

KompoZer - Unofficial bugfix stopgap for Nvu

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Software

Nvu, the GPL "complete web authoring system for Linux, Macintosh, and Windows" has been a boon to web developers seeking a free cross-platform WYSIWYG HTML editor. However, following the acclaimed final release of Nvu 1.0 in June of 2005, lead developer Daniel Glazman announced that he had stopped official development to work on its successor, Composer 2.0 as an official Mozilla.org project. While work on Composer 2.0 is steadily progressing, many began wondering, where's the stopgap?

Law In Business: Open source of confusion

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OSS

There is more to free software applications than meets the eye. John Buyers looks at the legal risks of open source software.

Binary Drivers May Be Banned

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Linux

Greg Kroah-Hartman appears to be working on a kernel patch which will only allow drivers licensed under the GPL to be loaded into the kernel - at least, that’s what he said in passing in a longer conversation about driver core patches.

Kernel Update Affects Some nVidia Users - Fix Included

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Ubuntu

It has come to our attention that a small portion of nvidia users are experiencing a failure to boot into X after today’s kernel update. This seems to mostly affect people using NVidia driver version 9631 on Edgy Eft.

Mainstreaming Linux?

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SUSE

At first glance, it may appear to be one of the seven signs of the Apocalypse: Microsoft has agreed to support SUSE Linux. On closer evaluation, however, it may not be all that surprising or significant for the Linux community.

Free chapters from "OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook"

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OOo

I'm extremely happy to announce that after a great deal of work, many months of waiting and talking to my former publisher and much-appreciated encouragement from readers, I have self-published my guide to using OpenOffice.org 2 and StarOffice 8, titled the OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook.

Oh No, Peter Boyle of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' dies

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Obits

Peter Boyle, who played the tap-dancing monster in "Young Frankenstein" and the curmudgeonly father in the long-running sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 71.

Reiser Hid Car & Tried to Elude Police After Wife Disappeared

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Reiser

Murder defendant Hans Reiser of Oakland hid his car in a quiet West Berkeley neighborhood after his wife Nina Reiser disappeared in September and tried to elude police surveillance in the weeks after she disappeared, an Oakland police officer said today in Alameda County Superior Court.

Hands on: It’s all write now

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Linux

Many people coming to Linux for the first time will be dual-booting with a Windows XP installation on their hard drive. Those who use Linux day-to-day might still want to boot into Windows for a specific application they need. For these people some compatibility with NTFS, one of the filesystems Windows uses, is particularly useful.

Red Hat: Customers are not afraid of Microsoft

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Linux
Interviews

As right-hand man to Red Hat Chief Executive Matthew Szulik, Alex Pinchev has access to a lot of the strategic insights afforded to his boss. On a recent visit to the U.K., Pinchev told ZDNet UK how Red Hat plans to respond to recent challenges to its position.

System Administration Toolkit: Get the most out of bash

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Linux

Ease your system administration tasks by taking advantage of key parts of the Bourne-again shell (bash) and its features. Bash is a popular alternative to the original Bourne and Korn shells. It provides an impressive range of additional functionality that includes improvements to the scripting environment, extensive aliasing techniques, and improved methods for automatically completing different commands, files, and paths.

The cloudy future of mobile Linux

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Linux

Linux has been mentioned as a potentially leading platform for mobile devices for as long as there have been mobile devices. However, mobile Linux is still largely missing in action. So why are some in the mobile industry saying, once again, that Linux is on the brink of becoming a significant platform for advanced mobile devices such as smart phones?

ArsGeek’s look at OpenSuse 10.2 with Screenshots

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Reviews
SUSE

I recently had the chance to install OpenSuse 10.2 into a vm on my laptop and explore a bit. Here’s what I found.

Convert mac-based fonts for use on Ubuntu

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HowTos

Previously I did a post on How to Install Microsoft Core Fonts on Ubuntu packages for compatibility with the fonts everyone else seems to be using. This post is an addition to the previous, only this time I’ll outline how to convert and install fonts from your mac-based machine for use on Ubuntu.

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    Victims of the Wildfire ransomware can get their encrypted files back without paying hackers for the privilege, after the No More Ransom initiative released a free decryption tool. No More Ransom runs a web portal that provides keys for unlocking files encrypted by various strains of ransomware, including Shade, Coinvault, Rannoh, Rakhn and, most recently, Wildfire. Aimed at helping ransomware victims retrieve their data, No More Ransom is a collaborative project between Europol, the Dutch National Police, Intel Security, and Kaspersky Lab. Wildfire victims are served with a ransom note demanding payment of 1.5 Bitcoins -- the cryptocurrency favored by cybercriminals -- in exchange for unlocking the encrypted files. However, cybersecurity researchers from McAfee Labs, part of Intel Security, point out that the hackers behind Wildfire are open to negotiation, often accepting 0.5 Bitcoins as a payment. Most victims of the ransomware are located in the Netherlands and Belgium, with the malicious software spread through phishing emails aimed at Dutch speakers. The email claims to be from a transport company and suggests that the target has missed a parcel delivery -- encouraging them to fill in a form to rearrange delivery for another date. It's this form which drops Wildfire ransomware onto the victim's system and locks it down.

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Achieve Global Domination in Agenda, Coming to PC, Mac, Linux on September 21
    Agenda, a strategy simulation from Exordium Games where players control an evil organization seeking world domination, will come to Windows, Mac, and Linux on Sept. 21st, 2016. Players will direct covert operations to increase their control over countries' economies, political parties, militaries, science institutions and media outlets. Operations will entail everything from low key kickbacks to military leaders to the brazen assassination of political rivals.
  • Vendetta Online 1.8.385 MMORPG Drastically Improves Chat and Effect Delays
    Guild Software announced the release of a new maintenance update for their popular and cross-platform Vendetta Online MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) 3D space combat title. According to the release notes, Vendetta Online 1.8.385 is an important milestone, and it's here to drastically improve the chat and effect delays reported by users during larger capship battles by implementing a new dynamic server packet-queuing and priority change system, which was tested internally with 200 close-proximity capships per battle.
  • Looks like Subnautica from the Natural Selection 2 developers won't get Linux support
    This is quite sad, it seems we have been left wondering for a while (years) about Subnautica, but a developer has now confirmed a Linux version is not being worked on.