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Story Preview: Linux Mint 10 "Julia" GNOME (RC) srlinuxx 22/10/2010 - 7:17pm
Story Open Source Skills: The Road to Riches? srlinuxx 22/10/2010 - 7:15pm
Story How many balls can you juggle? srlinuxx 1 22/10/2010 - 6:17pm
Story Linux underdogs srlinuxx 2 22/10/2010 - 6:16pm
Story Taco Bell Programming srlinuxx 1 22/10/2010 - 6:15pm
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Story Firefox: are we fast yet? srlinuxx 1 22/10/2010 - 3:55pm
Story The top 10 geek sins that will get your geek card revoked srlinuxx 22/10/2010 - 3:06pm
Story AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series Graphics Cards On Linux? srlinuxx 22/10/2010 - 3:04pm
Story A look at Ubuntu Tweak 0.57 srlinuxx 22/10/2010 - 3:00pm

How-To: Postfix and Virtual Hosts

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Postfix comes as the default mail server under unbuntu. By default, it is set such as it can basically send system notice mail to the user you predefined during install. During this how-to, I’m going to explain how you can set virtual domains that will forward your mail back to another email adress of yours.

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GNOME v2.15.1 Screenshots

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With GNOME 2.14 having come out in March of this year, the development for the GNOME 2.16 cycle is now in full swing. With all of the packages that are now integrated with GNOME, we will refrain from sharing the individual changes, but there are plenty of excellent features planned for the upcoming release. We had built GNOME 2.15.1 from source using GARNOME on May 03, 2006.

Learning Linux the Easy Way - With Cygwin

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Linux expert John Traenkenschuh offers step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Linux environment on your Windows PC. If you want an easy way to try Linux, Traenkenschuh shows that Cygwin is the perfect way to get many UNIX tools for free.

Flash Player 8.5 Linux

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It was tested on Dapper Drake beta 2 (on x86 - 32 bit machine)

1.install wine
sudo apt-get install wine

The Microsoft malaise

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For the past year or so, this is what I've been telling people in private. Now that there appears to be some sputtering by both the stock and by those who defend Microsoft I think it might be high time to explain the eight signs that the software giant is dead in the water.

RPM for Newbies

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I was in doubt about writing this article. There are several tutorials covering this topic but I want to try to write a simple article that shows the basis of rpm usage. So this is not an advanced tutorial but a document for the impatient and the people that performs simple operations with rpm.

A Review of Bluefish

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Bluefish, the GTK-based text editor tailored for dynamic web programming, includes most standard features like syntax highlighting and multiple documents, but also some very neat features such as integrated documentation, boilerplate code, and dialogs and wizards. In this article, we will evaluate Bluefish's unique features as well as its shortcomings.

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Editorial: Are Freespire's Proprietary Packages a Problem?

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News of this seems to be causing quite a stir among commentators and not many other people. There's a reason for that. While they like to draw a parallel to QT, which was licensed more restrictively in the past, there really isn't one

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First look: Dropline GNOME 2.14.0

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Dropline 2.14.0, released last month, lets you add the GNOME desktop environment to Slackware. It consists of 271 compressed package format files on a single CD. Using dropline on top of Slackware is like putting icing on a cake.

Get answers on Ubuntu Linux with this review and interview with Jeff Waugh

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Reviews

I recently decided to take a look at Ubuntu Linux, I found several problems during the install and with the configuration and default set of packages. I decided to raise the configuration and default package issues with representatives of Ubuntu Linux via e-mail.

StarTrek Voyager - Elite Force engine release

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StarTrek Voyager - Elite Force is a standalone game utilizing the quake3 engine playing in the StarTrek universe. Now a linux version has been developed based on the ioquake3 engine. Full Story.

Firefox Users Won't Be Buying On Windows Live Shopping

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Windows Live Shopping comparison shopping site just doesn't work with the open-source browser. Microsoft says a fix is coming.

GNU/Linux training with Damn Small Linux manual

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Books about GNU/Linux have become so numerous over the past decade that it is pretty hard to find anything original among them, but the recently published DSL -- Linux Operating System in Less Than 50 MB by Mike Weber, published by a GNU/Linux training company, achieves this feat.

Can Open Source Defeat Microsoft?

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While there are of course proponents and detractors on both side of the line, many experts have identified open-source software and nonproprietary formats as building up strong momentum against Redmond. But the open-source movement does have legitimate detractors.

MySQL issues security fix

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MySQL has issued a security update to address flaws in its client-server protocol that could allow a malicious attacker to exploit buffer overflow vulnerabilities and gain access to sensitive information.

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MPlayer interview

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I requested an interview from the MPlayer team, and today I got a reply mail: "We're ready!", and few hours later I was talking about their award-winning software with Alex Beregszaszi, Project Maintainer; Diego Biurrun, Project Maintainer & Server Admin; and Oded Shimon, General MPlayer Developer.

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today's leftovers

  • M$ Kicks Second Most Loyal Users In The Teeth [Ed: context below]
  • Windows 10 updates are now ruining pro-gaming streams
    Forcing a gaming PC to update mid-game during a livestream to up to 130,000 followers isn’t best advert for the software
  • Containers Used on over Half of New Apps in Production
    Shippable, the Seattle-based producer of a continuous delivery platform for software developers, recently quizzed 300 coders in the U.S. and found that more than half of them (52 percent) are using Docker or other container technologies to deploy their new applications in production. Fourteen percent are using containers for development and testing purposes. Indicating that 2016 is the year that containers cement their hold on the enterprise, a whopping 89 percent of respondents told the startup that they were very or somewhat likely to increase their use of the DevOps-enabling technology within the next 12 months. Developers are turning to containers when speed is of the essence. Containers have helped a majority of developers (74 percent) ship new software at least 10 percent faster. Eight percent are enjoying a 50-percent boost.
  • Divide et Impera
    But for those committed long term to an on premise model, new tactics are required. In a market that is struggling with fragmentation, solutions must become less fragmented. In some cases this will mean traditional formal partnerships, but these can be difficult to sustain as they require time and capital resource investments from companies that are certain to be short on one if not both. History suggests, however, that informal aggregations can be equally successful: the Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP combination, as one example, achieved massive success – success that continues to this day.
  • gNewSense 4.0 released
    I hereby announce the release of gNewSense 4, codenamed Ucclia. It's based on a solid Debian, modified to respect the Free Software Foundation's and is available for 3 architectures: i386, amd64 and mipsel (Lemote Yeeloong).
  • IPFire 2.19 Core Update 102 Linux Firewall OS Lands More OpenSSL Security Fixes
    Yesterday we reported news on the release of the IPFire 2.19 Core Update 102 Linux kernel-based firewall distribution, which brought many security patches and improvements, along with updated components. Today, May 5, 2016, we're informing our readers about the immediate availability of IPFire 2.19 Core Update 102, a small maintenance build to the stable IPFire 2.19 distribution that updates the OpenSSL package to version 1.0.2h, fixing a total of six vulnerabilities discovered upstream.
  • Samsung’s Artik 10, starts shipping in the US for $150
    Samsung’s Artik development boards are finally reaching hands of consumers in the US. The Artik development boards which were unveiled back in May 2015 at the IoT World 2015 have taken quite a lot of time to become consumer ready and take over the likes of the new Raspberry Pi 3, Pine 64,etc which have revolutionized the DIY Maker community with the “PC ona board” concept. And now, the Artik 10- the most powerful board from the Artik series is all set to intensify the ongoing competition. Priced at $150, which is more than what one would pay for 4 $35 priced Raspberry Pis, Samsung will sure have to do a lot to of work to impress the buyers and build a community around it.
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • ​Why I Hate Security, Computers, and the Entire Modern Banking System
    I woke up yesterday to find that a string of mysterious credit card payments had wiped out my checking account. I spent the next few hours as a prisoner of the phone tree, being interrogated on the transactions that I wanted answers about. No, I did not have a Banana Republic credit card. I didn’t have a Capital One credit card either. And I had no idea who Michael was, or what he was doing with all my money. The woman on the other end of the phone flagged transaction after transaction. For each one, she read me a long, pre-written paragraph of instructions and disclaimers—verbatim, even if she had repeated the same words just before. “Okay, so,” I said, when she was finally done. “It looks like this person is paying off credit cards through the web. What… am I supposed to do about that? What information do they have that lets them do it?” “It looks like they have your routing number and account number,” she told me. “You should close this account and get a new one.” I thanked her and hung up. Then my head exploded.

Leftovers: Software

  • Cockpit 0.105
    Cockpit is the modern Linux admin interface. There’s a new release every week. Here are the highlights from this weeks 0.105 release.
  • Mercurial 3.7 and 3.8
    The Mercurial project continues its fast pace of innovation in version control. Both major releases this year (3.7 and 3.8) have very important new features that promise to improve user experience to a large degree.
  • KDE neon User Edition Testing Survey Results
    We made a tech preview release of KDE neon User Edition 10 days ago and I made up a survey to get results for how people’s experiences were. We got 59 responses, here’s a summary:
  • Blog backlog, Post 1, Emoji
  • Nautilus & Gtk+ status – 1 year of progress
    Today I was having a rough time thinking on how to implement the new GtkPathBar, which is taking more time and frustration than expected given some technological limitations on animations in gtk+ and that responsive design is technologically hard to do.

Red Hat pilots new leadgen program in Canada targeting the mid-to-high market

Fedora: The Latest

  • Fedora’s Love For Python Continues
    In this digital age, there is still some use for having messaging that is easy to distribute and consume. While it may seem quaint and old-fashioned, hard-copy content is a useful way to deliver information at events like conferences and meetups.
  • Fedora account system and FreeIPA
    Over the years, a number of times, people have asked us about migrating from our own custom Fedora Account System (FAS) to FreeIPA.
  • Testing FreeIPA in openQA
    openQA has some integration with Open vSwitch and it’s what the SUSE folks use, so I went with that. You basically have to create a tap device for each worker instance and use something like OVS to connect those devices together with a virtual bridge or whatever so the test VMs can communicate. The VMs also need to access the per-job web server that os-autoinst runs for the worker to upload logs to and download scripts to run from (in some cases), so in the reference set up you have that bind to the bridge interface and ensure the firewalling is set up so the VMs can reach it. And if you need the VMs to have access to the external network, as we do for FreeIPA testing (dnf and rolekit just do not want to work without access to the repositories), you have to basically set up NAT routing for the traffic from the VMs. It’s lots of network configuration fun!