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VMware to VirtualBox

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My tests with VirtualBox went well enough that I decided to move my webserver and mailserver VMs to it (from VMware Workstation 6 beta). VMware does the job great, but VBox is open source and a little faster.

Solution: Converting line breaks

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Linux text files and Windows text files differ from each other in an important aspect. They have a different way to indicate the end of a line. This solution describes how to convert a Windows-like text file to a Linux-like one, and the other way around.

Red Hat vs. Microsoft: Who will win?

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Jeff Gould of InformationWeek has an interesting article entitled, "Can Red Hat Rival Microsoft?" He sets it up provocatively, if not accurately. It's a problem, Jeff, if you believe the alternative is truly proprietary vs. open source. But I think the market is moving past that decision.

How to manage source packages on Ubuntu

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Sometimes you want the latest version of a particular application, but you find out that it isn't available from the Ubuntu repositories just yet, and most probably it won't be included until the next version of Ubuntu is released. So what to do? You can use the older version that is included in the repositories or build the latest version from source.

Fldigi and amateur radio on Linux

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Dave Freese has just released version 1.2 of Fldigi, a popular new program for Linux and FreeBSD which enables amateur radio operators to join their radios and their computers at the hip and create a new kind of ham shack: a digital ham shack. Here's the story behind both the rising popularity of "sound card" digital modes in amateur radio and how Fldigi lets you enjoy enjoy them on Linux.

X.Org 7.2: ATI Open v. Closed Drivers

Last October we had compared the performance of the open-source R300 display driver against the closed-source fglrx driver for ATI Radeon graphics cards. In that comparison a Mobility Radeon X300 was used with X.Org 7.1, but we have decided to take another look at this driver comparison under X.Org 7.2. In this last comparison, the fglrx binary blob had greatly outperformed the open-source driver. While the fglrx driver remains faster, has the performance delta between these two drivers decreased?

The real point of Unbreakable Linux: breaking Red Hat

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Following my recent article in which I wrote that neither I, nor several financial analysis firms, were aware of any companies that were planning to deploy Oracle's Unbreakable Linux, a handful of companies have told me that they are giving Unbreakable Linux a try.

BASH Shell: How to run several commands in Sequence or all at once

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If you need to run several commands chain them with a ; (semi colon). It is a control operator or metacharacter.

The Road to KDE 4: Phonon Makes Multimedia Easier

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Phonon is a new KDE technology that offers a consistent API to use audio or video within multimedia applications. The API is designed to be Qt-like, and as such, it offers KDE developers a familiar style of functionality.

Kernel 2.6.20 - still no new WLan subsystem

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Some days ago Linus released the newest Kernel, version 2.6.20. However, the new WLan subsystem again didn’t make it into the main kernel, and it looks like that it will need some more work.

Interview with openSUSE project leader, Andreas Jaeger

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Wow. What a year 2006 turned out to be for Novell. In case you're not familiar with the Microsoft/Novell deal, let me give you a brief overview. Sometime in 2006, Novell's CEO contacted Microsoft in order to reach an agreement to work together for the betterment of Linux and Windows software. Andreas Jaeger, sat down and talked about Microsoft, Linux and where the MS deal is taking SUSE.

Why it's difficult to hate Linux

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Like many others I found myself reading a witty article on the Guardian from Charlie Brooker entitled I hate Macs. The article used the latest advertising campaigns in the UK as a basis for getting it's point across and it made a thoroughly good read. It got me thinking, surely it must be really hard to actually HATE Linux...

Manage your media library with Data Crow

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Many Linux apps let you manage your movie collection, or your book collection, or your music collection -- but Data Crow is one of the few that handles all of the above, plus software and images. It also puts a lot of import tools at your fingertips that can save you from entering information about your media manually -- including importing information directly from online services and text files, and extracting information from music files.

Does the $100 Laptop Have a Future in the US?

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The low-cost laptop, which in the coming weeks will go into wide-scale production, could have applications in needy U.S. school districts. However, the economic impact of a laptop at that price point could scare off potential manufacturers. Ultimately, educators believe all efforts should be made to bring inexpensive technology and devices to students who need them.

Shuttleworth Foundation left in the dark by LPI

One-sided decision making and a lack of communication from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) contributed to the breakdown in the relationship between the organisations, says Shuttleworth Foundation programme manager Jason Hudson.

Counter-Strike on Linux

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Counter Strike is one of the most popular online First-Person Shooter (FPS) games. It is estimated that at any time there are more than 200,000 gamers simultaneously playing the game. Counter Strike has been developed for and it is mainly played on Windows PCs. But recent advances in the Windows emulation software Wine have made it possible to run it on Linux as well.

VirtualBox On FC6 / CentOS 4 / OpenSuSE 10.2

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This tutorial shows how to install and use VirtualBox on Fedora Core 6, CentOS 4, and OpenSuSE 10.2. InnoTek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL).

Build Your Own Ubuntu

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With the release of Vista and the curiosity people have with trying other operating systems in light of its release, I have found myself knee deep in a number of operating systems over the course of the past few months. BSD, Linux, even OS X. But when it comes to Linux, there are still a number of users feeling overwhelmed as they become confused with this Linux distribution’s way of doing things.

Increase PHP programming productivity with Zend Studio

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Looking for an integrated development environment (IDE) for your PHP coding? Zend Studio, which launched its latest version 5.5 in December, offers an impressive feature list that can increase the productivity of even novice programmers.

Enable DVD Playback in ubuntu

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DVD playback is not a feature that is installed by default due to license restrictions. This will show you how to install DVD playback capability on your Ubuntu linux machine.

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