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Tux 500: A Race To Nowhere

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Eight days into this donation race Tux 500 is reporting they have collected just under $5,500 of the $350,000 goal for the race. At the time of the race, I will be utterly shocked if they collect more than $50,000.

At $25,000 Linux would only be an associate car sponsor. While this is a nice original idea, I personally see Tux 500 becoming a flop.

Vietnam gives priority to open source software

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The government has approved the software industry development programme to 2010, in which priority will be given to the use of open source software in state-funded IT projects.

The state will encourage and assist organisations and businesses in providing services supporting the use of open source software, curbing the rate of intellectual property violations of software.

GnuCash financial-accounting software in Debian

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GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, *BSD, Solaris

Create "chroot jail" for bind

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This article will explain how to create a chroot jail for bind8. This effectively makes bind oblivious to the rest of the (file)system beyond it's chroot directory tree. Therefore security will be increased, because if bind due to some crack attempt allows shell access one can not go beyond the chroot environment.

(Quoting bind howto):

How to secure WebDAV with SSL and Two-Factor Authentication

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This guide documents how to configure a WebDAV resource using SSL and two-factor authentication and how to access that resource from Windows, Linux and Mac.

Stable GIMP 2.2.14 Released

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Version 2.2.14 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a bug-fix release in the stable 2.2 series. Please see the NEWS file for a detailed list of changes. The source code is available from Binary packages for the various supported platforms should become available soon.

Bugs fixed in GIMP 2.2.14:

Kids In Jiri Love XO!

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Shankar and Ankur of OLPC Nepal were invited and sponsored by nepa~laya to attend the festival to show the XO to school children and also teachers from some of the schools in the area.

Progress toward Linux on the desktop

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Is Linux on the desktop in your future? Momentum in the enterprise is slowly building for “the march of the penguin.” (Please forgive me...I love puns!)

Kernel space: Linux runs into a scalability problem

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Part of the fun of working with truly large machines is that one gets to discover new scalability surprises before anybody else. So the SGI folks often have more fun than many of the rest of us. Their latest discovery has to do with the number of kernel threads which, on a 4096-processor system, leads to some interesting kernel behavior.

Compiling a hassle? Not any more.

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Most linux distributions provide thousands of packages for our computing fun. Somehow they always seem to miss one or two packages that we just have to have. Either that or the package they do provide has, for one reason or none, missing functionality. Sometimes the packages are just plain broken.

Review: DesktopBSD 1.6 RC2

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After a nice weekend away in Hilton Head, SC, enjoying the nice sun and the company of family and friends, I am back with another review of a BSD-based system. DesktopBSD 1.6 RC2, released April 13, aims to provide a system that is easy to use but maintains the power and functionality of BSD.

enigma: addictive puzzle game with a high dose of dexterity

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Enigma is an addictive puzzle game, a re-invention of the discontinued game “Oxyd” available for Atari, Mac and (some versions) DOS, with hundreds of levels and improved graphics.

The game principle of Enigma is simple: uncover pairs of stones as in the “Concentration” (also known as “Memory” or “Pairs”) board game.

Simple? Yes. Easy? Not by far!

Start Downloading Feisty Now - and Get it Faster on Release Day

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Less that 48 hours for Feisty Fawn to be released! I thought I should write about how to go about getting your image the fastest way possible on release day. Ubuntu’s download servers are fast - and I mean really fast - but you still can save a lot of time if you start downloading now.

$100 laptop project plugs kids into digital age

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Khaled Hassounah stood at the front of a dusty classroom, 10 miles outside of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, pointing his index finger at nothing in particular.

"Show me your power adapters," the 31-year-old Hassounah called out. Forty young hands shot up in response, hoisting pronged AC adapters skyward, black cords dangling to the floor.

the tux500 scam of the Linux community

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devnet cracked first.

KDE 4 development Live CD available

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The KDE svn live DVD was announced three weeks ago already. But today its creator Beineri gave it a nice name, KDE Four Live, and this time it catched my attention.

Mandriva 2007.1 Spring is out!

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The new Mandriva release is out, including GNOME 2.18 and Metisse. A more complete tour is available on the wiki.

The iso are appearing, packages are already on the mirrors and Cooker is already alive.

Canonical Signs License Agreement With Open Invention Network

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Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, announced today that Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, has become an OIN licensee, providing Ubuntu users and developers IP protection.

Mandriva raising new funds for Linux business

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Mandriva, a struggling seller of the Linux operating system, is in the process of raising "a minimum of 3 million euros," or $4.1 million, the French company said Monday.

The funds will be used to exit bankruptcy protection and to complete the acquisition of server software company Linbox, a merger the companies agreed upon in September 2006 but have been unable to complete.

Debian 4.0 Tiptoes to Leading Edge

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Debian GNU/Linx is a popular Linux-based operating system with excellent software management tools and a development pace that is, depending on your perspective, saner or more plodding than those of its Linux distribution rivals.

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Desktop GNU/Linux

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