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The Open-Source ATI R500 Driver

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Phoronix: Last week the first open-source ATI R500 (Radeon X1000 series) driver had entered the world. This new driver (named the xf86-video-avivo) is very early into development and does not yet contain any 3D functionality or support for features that most end-users expect. Even with this very basic R500 driver, we couldn't help but to explore the Avivo driver for the past few days.

Linux for Newbies

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Pimp Your Linux: Are you interested in moving to Linux, but have no idea how the terminal works? Are you used to commands like “dir” in dos, but have no idea how to do them in Linux? This is a great guide to get you started with the basic commands.

Using Ubuntu: What Package Did This File Come From?

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the How-To Geek: How many times have you noticed a file sitting in a directory and wondered… where did this file come from? Or you are trying to tell a friend how to use a utility but he doesn't have it installed, and you can't remember what package you installed to get it.

What?!?!? Linux now NEEDS Microsoft?!?!?

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Penguin Pete: Nothing's more disappointing than watching the dunce in the corner suddenly appear to be on the verge of getting his first clue, only to get distracted and go back to rooting in his nostril at the last second. Groans all around! Well, that zany SJVN is at it again.

US Department of Defense: We love open source lots and lots

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Matt Asay: Dave, who was clearly being held back by me over at Open Sources, the Department of Defense's latest Software Tech News, and highlights some interesting factoids (though he fails to read pages 37-38, which focus on Alfresco Wink:

Suse updates put Linux and Windows side by side

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the inquirer: NOVELL HAS FINALLY introduced Service Pack 1 for Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10, delivering improved virtualisation and quad-core support, it said.

Barloworld builds on open source, Drupal

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Drupal

tectonic: Automotive engineers Barloworld CVT Technologies have set up on online presence using open source software and the Drupal content management system.

Also: The World Bank goes open-source

Google Killing Microsoft?

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Blog of Gentoo: I just read a digg story, titled "The Google Product That Could Kill Microsoft". So, here I am, thinking about it bit more. I will go over this in a little more detail:

Also: The Gears that could ‘augur the death of Microsoft’

Microphones & Skype on Ubuntu

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geeky bits: Today I installed Skype in Ubuntu 7.04. There can be a number of problems running Skype in Ubuntu. Yet my biggest concern was getting my microphone working.

Splitting Apache Logs With vlogger

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Vlogger is a little tool with which you can write Apache logs broken down by virtual hosts and days.

Dual Monitors With Ubuntu

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lockergnome blogs: Over and over, I hear people asking me “how do I get dual monitors working in Ubuntu“. Well today, I will show you (note the video) how to make this easy with a fairly modern NVIDIA card, two flat screen LCDs (one DVI, the other VGA) and a little understanding how getting two monitors working in Ubuntu Linux is a snap, once you understand the basics.

Visuwords: WordNet goes graphical

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linux.com: WordNet is one of the best English language references available, but its command-line and rather primitive graphical interfaces don't really do it justice. WordNet would greatly benefit from a graphical front-end similar to Visual Thesaurus that allows you to view and explore the connections between different words. Fortunately, there is a tool that does exactly that.

Blocking ad servers with dnsmasq

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Debian Administration: I was chatting with a colleague over IRC on Tuesday and he was complaining about the new update for Bind9 that broke his automatic blocking of ad servers. Naturally I was curious and asked him what he was talking about..

Torvalds doesn’t live in Indiana

Paul Murphy: The trouble with the worker’s paradise idea is that it takes a dictator to make it happen - meaning that the happier the workers and useful idiots proclaim themselves, the worse off they are likely to actually be.

24-hour test drive: PC-BSD

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arstechnica: PC-BSD is not a Linux distribution, but rather what could be considered among the first major FreeBSD-based distributions to live outside of the official FreeBSD. Like most distributions, it has implemented certain features in a way that attempts to distinguish it from the competition, and I will focus mostly on these differences.

Linux gaming

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kahvipapu: Linux might not have as much games as Windows (or game consoles) but people enjoying this wonderful open source operating system can have fun with games too, as there are a lot of free games for Linux available, even some huge commercial ones. So what’s the state of Linux gaming?

Green Linux to attack power consumption

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vnunet.com: The Linux Foundation has formed a "Green Linux" initiative that will focus on reducing the open source operating system's power consumption.

Also: No politics please, we’re Linux

Quake 4 v1.4.2

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linuxgames: id Software has made the 1.4.2 Point Release for Quake 4 available. Changes include: Refined hitboxes, Optimized sound and network code, Configurable fps caps, & Weapon balancing.

Linux printing steps toward simplicity

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desktoplinux: The Linux Foundation last week announced the free availability of the Linux Standard Base Driver Development Kit for print drivers. The DDK provides the tools and resources for printing manufacturers to easily support all Linux distributions with one driver package, greatly reducing the time and effort needed to support Linux, a foundation spokesperson said.

Mandriva and Microsoft

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dvalin Karlsen: Adam has already unofficially dismissed rumours on François' part, but still I feel like pointing out the obviousness everybody with some real knowledge of Mandriva should've spotted..

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Security Leftovers

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    One thing that I miss about using Ubuntu is PPA’s there are lot’s of PPA in Ubuntu and you can hack around and install all types of software which are required for your usage. In the Fedora side of the world there are copr repos but they don’t have as many repos as in Ubuntu and you can’t build non-free software (don’t get me wrong here, I love FREEdom software but couldn’t resist not using some beautiful non-free applications such as Sublime). I am creating a work around for this by using shell scripts which are open source (cc0) but when those scripts are executed they install non-free software on your system.
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Leftovers: Ubuntu

  • IOTA: IoT revolutionized with a Ledger
    Ever since the introduction of digital money, the world quickly came to realize how dire and expensive the consequences of centralized systems are. Not only are these systems incredibly expensive to maintain, they are also “single points of failures” which expose a large number of users to unexpected service interruptions, fraudulent activities and vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious hackers. Thanks to Blockchain, which was first introduced through Bitcoin in 2009, the clear benefits of a decentralized and “trustless” transactional settlement system became apparent. No longer should expensive trusted third parties be used for handling transactions, instead, the flow of money should be handled in a direct, Peer-to-Peer fashion. This concept of a Blockchain (or more broadly, a distributed ledger) has since then become a global phenomenon attracting billions of dollars in investments to further develop the concept.
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    Earlier this week, my colleague Chaim Gartenberg covered a laptop called the GPD Pocket, which is currently being funded on Indiegogo. As Chaim pointed out, the Pocket’s main advantage is its size — with a 7-inch screen, the thing is really, really small — and its price, a reasonable $399. But he didn’t mention that the Pocket is the resurrection of one of the most compelling, yet fatally flawed, computing trends of the ‘00s: the netbook. So after ten years, are netbooks finally cool again? That might be putting it too strongly, but I’m willing to hope.

Linux Devices

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