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Story Best Linux apps for managing your media srlinuxx 17/11/2010 - 4:52pm
Story Linux Video Editing Apps: The Simple, the Slick and the Stumbly srlinuxx 17/11/2010 - 4:51pm
Story Google Code to stop checking SourceForge names srlinuxx 17/11/2010 - 4:48pm
Story The best netbook OS: XP, Windows 7 or Ubuntu? srlinuxx 17/11/2010 - 4:46pm
Story do “open UIs suck”? or do “UIs without vision suck”? srlinuxx 2 17/11/2010 - 10:33am
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 17/11/2010 - 6:13am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 17/11/2010 - 5:38am
Story Fedora Welcomes in New Management srlinuxx 17/11/2010 - 5:22am
Story Fear of Forking srlinuxx 17/11/2010 - 2:45am
Story OpenSSL Issues Fix srlinuxx 17/11/2010 - 2:43am

Scan to PDF in Ubuntu, with Beagle Searchable Meta Data

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This bash script lets you scan directly to a PDF and then search your scanned PDF's using beagle, not just by file name, but by the information (meta data), that you can save with your PDF.

Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional

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Based on one of the latest GIMP 2.3.x development releases, and (obviously) printed in color by the publisher, this book has all the ingredients for a big success.

Why should we care about open-source Java?

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Among the biggest news stories at the recent JavaOne conference was Sun Microsystems’ long-awaited announcement that it will be releasing the industry-standard Java programming language under an open-source licence. Java expert Richard Hoffman put together this list of answers to frequently asked questions covering some of the basic history behind this decision, what it means and why you should care.

Unleashing Google File System: An Overview

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I found a link to Google File System. Honestly, it didn’t make any sense to me. Where would Google deploy this proprietary file system? Or is Google planning to have an operating system? I decided to have a look at it nonetheless and here’s a quick overview of my findings.

Free Software Foundation: Free as in "do what I say"

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But the FSF has chosen a different path. Convinced, perhaps, that average consumers are too stupid to know what's good for them, it's embarked on a mission that's even more insidious than the DRM it opposes. No DRM system ever told an artist what notes to play or what lyrics were OK to sing. But the FSF seems intent on doing just that.

SSH Issues: Does Installing SSH Enable More Exploits Than it Solves?

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SSH, the wonder tool of the security set, is misused by your users more easily and more often than you may think. John Traenkenschuh points out how well-intentioned administrators are using SSH to create gaping holes in their own security, and what you can do about it.

Interview with Andreas Jaeger, SUSE Linux

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Following the highly intensive 9-month development effort of hundreds of full-time coders and volunteer contributors, SUSE Linux 10.1 was finally released to the public on 11 May 2006. We asked Andreas Jaeger, Project Manager at SUSE Linux, about his experiences with managing a massive and complex software project, and to give us some hints about the next SUSE release, the development of which is scheduled to start in just a couple of weeks.

Firefox Bon Echo Alpha 3 Milestone Released

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Bon Echo Alpha 3 is the third developer milestone focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 2.

Also: Firefox snaps at Microsoft's heels

US Marshals Switching to Red Hat Linux

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Federal agencies want uniform software platforms to run on varied hardware, said Helmut Kurth, chief scientist and lab director at IT consulting firm Atsec. "Linux is one of the few [operating systems] that can achieve that and provide the security they need."

Handling mailing lists easily

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If you're a Debian user it is likely that you're subscribed to several of the mailing lists which the project uses for discussion, development coordination, etc. There are a lot of lists available, some quiet, and some very busy. If you're subscribed to several of them you might be looking for a simple way of organizing them, thankfully procmail makes it easy.

Boson 0.12 released

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Boson 0.12, a real time strategy game for Linux, has been released. This version includes support for shadows, completely new radar system, new resources and much more. Some new screenshots are also available. The download is available here.

Win a copy of “User Mode Linux”

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This week freesoftware magazine is giving away a copy of User Mode Linux by Jeff Dike. All you need to do to enter is:
1) Read our terms and conditions.
2) Answer this question:

Kubuntu and Parallels

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While I was away, Parallels brought out the release candidate of the virtual machine software for Mac OS X. Now I think I might have found the perfect Linux OS to run within a Parallels VM.

CLI Magic: Executing jobs once

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You know you can schedule recurring jobs with the cron command. What if you want to run a certain command just once, or a limited number of times, but still at times when it is inconvenient to type in the command interactively? You could always add the command to the crontab and then remove it later. But there is also a tool that is made for this job: the at command.


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RubyGems is a system for managing Ruby software libraries. Ruby code packaged in this manner is called a gem. When you find Ruby software you want to use in a project, gems offer a means of downloading, installing and managing the software.

Some changes brought by SuSE 10.1 and why they're bad

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A couple of days ago I was very upset with the way my upgrade from 10.0 to 10.1 was like. Now I have more info about some of the changes, the rationale behind them, and why I'm not happy with SuSE 10.1.

Running VMware Workstation 5.5 on SUSE 10.1

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As I had VMware Workstation running on my previous SUSE distros, I decided to install the latest available version 5.5 on my SUSE 10.1 desktop. I usually use VMware Workstation to run WindowsXP, as there are few applications that I need to get my job done, as well as to test and see various Linux distributions.

Enterprise-level Ubuntu Linux due this week

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The developers of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution plan to make a new landmark version of the software widely available this week.

PostgreSQL Fix Could Break Applications

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PostgreSQL users have been put in a potentially sticky situation by a serious security flaw made public last week. The flaw allows for SQL injection attacks, and affects all versions of PostgreSQL, aside from fixed versions released this week. However, the fix, PostgreSQL developers admit, will break many users' applications.

Open source audio applications: A rebuttal

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I just spotted this article over on digg: Open source audio applications need to learn from listeners. After reading the first few paragraphs, I had to ask myself a question: What the heck is the editor talking about?

Also: Sound Recording using GNU/Linux

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Leftovers: Software

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