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Story New Blocks That Matter Linux Demo with Exclusive Levels and Content srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 11:38pm
Story Tweaking Gnome srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 11:35pm
Story ‘Ubuntu Friendly’ Hardware Certification Program Maturing srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 11:33pm
Story openSUSE Weekly News Issue 194 is out srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 11:31pm
Story A status update srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 11:30pm
Story Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Review srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 6:22pm
Story Dodging Bullets With Debian GNU/Linux srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 6:20pm
Story They make Mageia: Oliver Burger srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 6:18pm
Story Taking PC-BSD 9.0 BETA for a spin srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 6:16pm
Story Revisiting Ubuntu and Xubuntu (11.10 beta 2) srlinuxx 24/09/2011 - 6:12pm

Don’t Use Yum To Update To Fedora 7!

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The update from one Fedora version to the next by yum was never officially supported - however, given that you were brave enough it could work out. However, for the next Fedora version you shouldn’t try it because you might even make your system unbootable!

PCLinuxOS Magazine March 2007 Issue 7 Released!

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It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the March 2007 issue (#7)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

Mozilla Firefox Wins Anti-Spam Award

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Mozilla Firefox, a free, open-source web browser for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, has long had a loyal cult following. Now Datamation’s readers have taken notice, choosing Firefox – narrowly – to win its Product of the Year award in the Anti-Spam category.

Eric Raymond: Yes, "open source" is still meaningful

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Writing in O'Reilly's Radar, Nat Torkington argues that the term "open source" is becoming meaningless. He points to SugarCRM's badgeware, through which, he claims, only two-thirds of their code is downloadable, and rPath and MontaVista, which "sell software that works on Linux but the software itself isn't actually open source."

Using squidGuard for content filtering

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Content filtering for the Web can be a messy proposition. A business may need to block only the most objectionable Web sites, while schools may be required by law to follow a more thorough process. Whatever your needs, you can build a solution with only open source pieces: squid, squidGuard, and blacklists.

Dell censors IdeaStorm Linux dissent

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It seems pointless seeking ideas and feedback if you’re going to ignore and delete the ones you don’t like. That’s exactly what Dell is doing with its IdeaStorm web site, which has been set up by the company to solicit ideas and feedback.

Tamil Nadu gets dual-boot Win-Linux desktops

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The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has finalized a tender for 40,000 Lenovo desktops which can be installed with both Novell's Suse Linux and Microsoft's Windows XP Starter Edition.

Safeguarding the Keys to the Linux Kingdom

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Without proper controls, anyone with access to the root account -- the virtual "keys to the kingdom" -- is given complete super-user privileges without justification based on their job classification, specific duties or role within the IT department. This violates the security best-practices doctrine of least privilege, and can expose proprietary systems and information to malicious activity and sabotage.

extract audio from video or online stream

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You can easily extract audio from video files such as avi, mpg, even flv! into mp3 uses either mplayer or ffmpeg. You can even record online stream into mp3, such as stream from radio cast.

Automate GUI testing with TestNG-Abbot

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TestNG-Abbot is a testing framework that breathes new life into testing GUI components. Understand the scenario and you'll find it surprisingly easy to isolate GUI components and then verify them using the framework's handy fixture objects.

Graphs in LaTeX using GNU Octave

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I finished two assignments in my crappy ME 410 statics class that involved me making graphs and writing out equations on a computer. For the first one I used OpenOffice and it was really ghetto; I was determined to do a “proper one” for the second assignment, and so I went out to learn LaTeX and how to generate graphs using GNU Octave.

Automatic patch management with PatchQuest in a home environment

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Patch management has become an area of concern for business networks and home networks as well. Updates and patches are continually developed by vendors to improve their solutions. Most network administrators would know the chaos resulting from the release of a new critical patch. PatchQuest is patch management software that frees administrators from manually managing patches for their existing Windows/Linux installations. Linux-Tip tested the free edition , which can manage up to 5 computers.

The legions of the Linux nerds are on the march - Microsoft beware

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Linus Torvalds is worth $20-million (R144 million). He has been called one of the most influential people in the world (Time magazine, 2004) and came 17th in Time's Person of the Century poll in 2000. He calls his code "Linux".

A Host For Native Linux VST Plugins ?

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Fully functional support for the VST plugin standard is one of the most important remaining problems for the Linux audio world. VST plugins are ubiquitous in the Win/Mac audio worlds, they are employed extensively in professional and desktop music software, and it may be no exaggeration to claim that the VST standard has revolutionized computer-based creation of music and sound.

DELL, Lenovo Sell Windows-Free Laptops

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Two leading hardware vendors, Dell and Lenovo, are quietly selling laptops without preloaded Microsoft Windows to Linux customers who know where to look, says Lincoln Durey, CEO of EmperorLinux, an Atlanta reseller that customizes, installs and supports Linux on the major-brand laptops it sells.

Gmail Notifier for your Ubuntu Desktop

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CheckGmail is a system tray application that checks a Gmail account for new mail. CheckGmail is an alternative Gmail Notifier for Linux and other *nix systems. It is fast, secure and uses minimal bandwidth via the use of Atom feeds.

Scientists create world's thinnest material

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Researchers have created the world’s thinnest material which they hope could mark a breakthrough in the development of super-fast computer chips. The sheet, which is just a single atom thick, has been used to make the world’s smallest transistor.

The Emerging Dell-Linux-Apple War

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The real battle for the Windows desktop alternative may be the preliminary round between the MacOS and Linux. These two platforms have distinct advantages and disadvantages against each other and the winner will likely be the solution that walks away with the greatest number of advantages and the least number of disadvantages.

Visualize sar data with kSar

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The sar utility is invaluable for collecting and displaying system data, but its output could use a little help when it comes to readability. With kSar, you can display sar data with easy-to-read graphs, and even produce PDF reports of system activity.

Set Up A Fileserver For Small/Medium Enterprises With SME Server 7.1

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This tutorial shows how to set up a fileserver for small and medium enterprises with SME Server 7.1. SME Server is an open-source Linux server distribution (released under the GPL) based on CentOS that can turn a computer into a gateway, firewall, fileserver, printserver, mailserver (including webmail), etc. In this article we will focus on the fileserver aspect of SME Server.

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