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What’s wrong with Free Beer?

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Freedom. It’s such a loaded term. It represents so many things: the ability to do stuff unfettered, letting the press say whatever they want, invading foreign nations to pass the time, a glorious ideal. “Free” means lots of things. Free as in libre... Free as in beer... Interestingly enough, they aren’t as different as you might think!

How can I create a background image for Grub?

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Grub is used to select between two or more operating systems installed on your computer. Grub's default background is black with white text, but it is possible to choose the background image of your choice. This tutorial will go through the process of creating your grub background and having Grub to show it next time you start your computer.

Jim Bublitz Talks About PyKDE

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Following our interview last month with Phil Thompson on PyQt, we spoke with the maintainer of PyKDE to discover the status of our own Python bindings. Read on for Jim Bublitz talking about how he was suckered into maintaining PyKDE, why you should use it and what his plans for the future are.

Sorry, but you must pay Microsoft to fix link glitch under IE

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Dear Nick: Why does my computer seem to lock up whenever it tries to open a new link? I'm going to assume, Craig, that you're running Windows.

Spice up GNOME Desktop Using gDesklets

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If you thought that the KDE people can do cool stuff with their desktops because it has SuperKaramba and GNOME doesn’t, do not despair; gDesklets comes to your rescue.

Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (Fedora Core 5)

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This document describes how to install a mail server with Postfix that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. I will also demonstrate the installation and configuration of Courier (Courier-POP3, Courier-IMAP), so that Courier can authenticate against the same MySQL database Postfix uses. In addition to that, this tutorial covers the installation of Amavisd, SpamAssassin and ClamAV so that emails will be scanned for spam and viruses.

Examining defects in the Firefox code base

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Using Klocwork’s K7 static analysis tool, I examined the large and complicated code base of the popular open source browser, Firefox. Overall it is clear that Firefox is a very well written and high quality piece of software.

Preparing the enterprise for an open source software stack

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Zachary listed the following trends that IT managers should watch for and some advice they should follow as they bring more open source software into their core enterprise operations:

Linux - Always Your Home

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I remembered the link on LinuxToday to another blogger’s article about how unhelpful the Linux community is. The Linux community is more like a large, tight-knit family to me than a community. If I’m stuck on a problem, someone will help me.

KDE 4 packages for Edgy

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I put up some packages of the KDE 4 first tech preview for Edgy. i386 only at the moment but they're sitting in Edgy's NEW queue and will be compiled for everything when they pass through that.

Why 'Real Linux' users should support Linspire & Freespire

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I guess the majority of people browsing Linux Forums are interested in computers, we like to know what makes them tick, we like to tweak them so they tick faster, and we especially like that ours tick differently to other people's. But there are a billion users out there who frankly don't give a damn.

7 Ways to Speed Up Your Linux Desktop

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Linux is supposed to be the fastest of all operating systems, but sometimes poor use of your desktop can lead to slowing it down. Usually the cause isn’t viruses and spyware, which are rare, and more likely caused by overloading your desktop with special effects, and silly, useless objects. So let’s try and speed that Linux desktop up.

Stable Linux Kernel Released

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Greg KH has released and in short succession. It looks like there was a problem with Alan Cox's VIA IDE id update and one of Jeff Mahoney's patches.

Microsoft-Backed Group May Have to Hurry on Plug-Ins

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The November deadline set by Massachusetts CIO Louis Gutierrez for the state to receive plug-ins enabling compatibility between Office and the OpenDocument file format could prove to be too tight for a series of open source plug-ins that Microsoft is funding.

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS ISP Server Setup with DTC

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Install of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Server with the DTC control panel to provide a secure virtual hosting platform for Email, Webmail Anti-spam and Anti-virus with usage statistics.

A Letter from Linuxland -- Part 1

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There are a million reasons to install Linux, and as many not to bother. The days when I actually enjoyed making a computer work through sheer force of will have gone: there's too much to do with the things these days to worry about making it happen.

Quick way to switch from KDE to GNOME or viceversa

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switchdesk is the command to switch from KDE to GNOME or viceversa. This command provides a simple method of choosing between the various desktop environments available under Fedora Core, Cent OS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Can $100 Laptops Save the Third World?

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What's the solution to world poverty? Some might say food aid; others, training and investment. But, for a growing number of international philanthropists, the next big thing for the Third World might just be the same force that's been reshaping the First: technology.

DNS techniques

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This guide shall show how to setup djbdns for a SOHO environment. Named/BIND (Berkeley Internet Name Daemon) is a popular DNS (Domain Name System) server, but perhaps it has had a few general problems.

Mark Shuttleworth: Conflicting goals create tension in communities

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Matthew Garrett expressed frustration with Debian recently, in a blog post that’s become rather famous. I’m of the opinion that Ubuntu could not exist without Debian. So it’s absolutely my intention to see that Ubuntu is a constructive part of the broader Debian landscape.

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Industrial SBC builds on Raspberry Pi Compute Module

On Kickstarter, a “MyPi” industrial SBC using the RPi Compute Module offers a mini-PCIe slot, serial port, wide-range power, and modular expansion. You might wonder why in 2016 someone would introduce a sandwich-style single board computer built around the aging, ARM11 based COM version of the original Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. First off, there are still plenty of industrial applications that don’t need much CPU horsepower, and second, the Compute Module is still the only COM based on Raspberry Pi hardware, although the cheaper, somewhat COM-like Raspberry Pi Zero, which has the same 700MHz processor, comes close. Read more

DAISY: A Linux-compatible text format for the visually impaired

If you're blind or visually impaired like I am, you usually require various levels of hardware or software to do things that people who can see take for granted. One among these is specialized formats for reading print books: Braille (if you know how to read it) or specialized text formats such as DAISY. Read more