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Linux sees big growth in China, despite problems

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Linux

China's Linux industry is slated for a 28% increase in growth through the years 2006-2010. Despite its success, there are many hurdles to overcome - mainly improving compatibility issues.

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GNOME 2.17.90 Released!

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Software

Yet another GNOME release is now available. This is our sixth
development release on our road towards GNOME 2.18.0, which will be
released in March 2007. This release marks the start of the UI Freeze.

PC-BSD Day 5: Gaming

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BSD

For Day 5, I reinstalled, and set out to answer the following question: how is PC-BSD as a gaming platform? Since fun trumps work every time, Day 5 was dedicated to installing games.

Also: PC-BSD Conclusion

BT still 'not fulfilling' GPL

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OSS

BT has still not done enough to fulfill the requirements of the General Public License, according to the Freedom Taskforce.

kubuntu vs MS ISA Proxy ft apt-get

Getting adept at updates behind enemy lines, a quick guide to get your updates running through MS ISA Proxy. Also known as NTLMAPS to the rescue!

Pardus gives Linux a custom lift

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Linux
Reviews

Apart from a KDE desktop and applications, the developers of the Pardus 2007 Linux distribution have built an entire distribution from scratch. Pardus, released last month, has its own multilingual installer, custom dependency-resolving package manager, and an INIT system that slashes boot times by several seconds. The distribution has come a long way since its first release in 2005, when it was based on Gentoo and lacked a package manager. Thanks to its custom tools, it's one of the easiest Linux distribution to run and manage.

Back Up Linux And Windows Systems With BackupPC

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HowTos

This tutorial shows how you can back up Linux and Windows systems with BackupPC. BackupPC acts as a server and is installed on a Linux system, and from there it can connect to all Linux and Windows systems in your local network to back them up and restore them without interfering with the user's work on that system.

Linux For The Desktop - Is It Really Time?

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Linux

Linux for the Desktop is still way to geeky for the average user. I guess my best analogy is to compare Linux to DOS. Linux still seems that way to me and this needs to be modified, changed, simplified, redone, uncomplex, uncomplicated, plain, clear, ………that’s enough.

Also: 2007, the Year of the Penguin

Dunc-Tank: Success or failure?

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Interviews

The Dunc-Tank project has been the topic of much debate in the Debian community since it was launched in September last year. It has now been more than a month since the scheduled release of Debian 4.0, codenamed etch. However, even with Dunc-Tank's funding, etch is yet to be seen.

Red Hat is under siege

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Linux

Red Hat is under siege. When Oracle launched a direct attack on Red Hat's business model last October, Red Hat's share price sank by 24 per cent. And this week it added management tools to its Linux support service. Now, it's not alone: Sun has thrown Solaris into the mix.

What is this vigr program thingy?

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HowTos

Here you are spending a few pleasant moments running a critical eye over your directory system when you are suddenly quite alarmed. Staring you accusingly in the face is a program thingy called "vigr". Oh No! You think.

Installing Zimbra on Ubuntu 6.10

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Zimbra is an open source email server. It does email, calendar, contacts, and various other useful things that software like Microsoft Exchange does. The problem is that Zimbra has a number of dependencies on other open source projects and they don't provide direct downloads for those dependencies.

Setting Up A News-Voting Website With Pligg

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Web
HowTos

This article shows how to set up your own news-voting website with Pligg. Pligg is a content-management system published under the Affero General Public License, and it is written in PHP and uses a MySQL database for storing its data. With a little work you can create your own community and let users vote news to the front page.

Interview with Dr Andrew S Tanenbaum

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Creator of MINIX, flame-war legend and well known supporter of microkernels -- these are some of the monikers of Dr Andrew S Tanenbaum; he probably wrote a textbook or two that is in your library as well. Builder AU's Nick Gibson caught up with Dr Tanenbaum after his keynote address at linux.conf.au and spoke about microkernels, MINIX and what's coming up on the horizon.

Portrait: Rosegarden's D. Michael McIntyre

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If there is anything like a "typical" member of the free/open source community, that template is probably nothing like D. Michael McIntyre. By profession a truck driver, McIntyre holds a bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages, and he's used his facility with words to document the popular Rosegarden project. He's since gone on to do whatever he sees that needs to be done on the project, and has become an integral part of the Rosegarden team.

Book review: The Definitive Guide to GCC

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Without the GNU Compiler collection GCC it would be difficult to imagine that free software would have had such a rapid penetration into the market place. If you want to use GCC (including version 4) to its utmost, The Definitive Guide to GCC, Second Edition, written by William von Hagen and published by Apress, is almost certainly for you.

Debugging system freezes

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HowTos

Sometimes your Debian box hangs, and for a strange reason, there is no debugging information printed on your screen. What options do you have?

Create virtual Machines Using Virtualbox in Debian

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HowTos

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

Change Prompt Color when logged in as Root

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All security books will recommend you not to allow root SSH logins to your Linux machines. In this article, I will show you how to change the color of your prompt when you escalate your privileges to a super-user. This technique is a good way to remind yourself that you are holding high privileges.

Animated boot screen on openSuSE 10.2

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Everyone who has used openSuSE 10.2 must have come across the animated boot screen. But the problem is that its not permanent. It comes sometimes, and doesnt come at other times. Im writing this tutorial for all you penguin lovers who would like to see the animated boot everytime!

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    Google just stepped in with its massive server infrastructure to run interference for journalist Brian Krebs. Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks. Now just days later, Krebs is back online behind the protection of Google, which offers a little-known program called Project Shield to help protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship. And in the case of Krebs, the DDoS attack was certainly that: The attempt to take his site down was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service allegedly created by two Israeli men that would carry out cyberattacks on behalf of paying customers.
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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

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Linux and Open Source Hardware for IoT

Most of the new 21 open source software projects for IoT that we examined last week listed Linux hacker boards as their prime development platforms. This week, we’ll look at open source and developer-friendly Linux hardware for building Internet of Things devices, from simple microcontroller-based technology to Linux-based boards. In recent years, it’s become hard to find an embedded board that isn’t marketing with the IoT label. Yet, the overused term is best suited for boards with low prices, small footprints, low power consumption, and support for wireless communications and industrial interfaces. Camera support is useful for some IoT applications, but high-end multimedia is usually counterproductive to attributes like low cost and power consumption. Read more