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Allowing Limited Sudo Access With Visudo

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If you’ve used your Ubuntu machine for more than a week you’ve probably run into the sudo command. Now what happens when you have another user on that machine that needs certain superuser privileges but you don’t want to give them FULL access?

Fedora cleans its repositories, considers move to Free Software

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The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora project is undergoing several changes before the release of its next version. In preparation for Fedora 7, which will fuse the Core and Extra software repositories, Fedora's developers are auditing the repositories for non-free and non-open software that doesn't meet the project's guidelines. Eventually, the project may change its package guidelines to only allow Free Software.

Choice or Chaos? The High Cost of Linux Fragmentation

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Freedom of choice is one of the great benefits of Open Source Software in general and Linux in particular. However, a couple of announcements this week seem to indicate that market value of freedom of choice has dipped considerably. The biggest hurdle Linux adoption faced this week wasn't Microsoft, it was an enemy from within: Linux fragmentation.

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.

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  • Coreboot Lands More RISC-V / lowRISC Code
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  • Nextcloud Advances with Mobile Moves
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