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5 Enlightened Linux Distros

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byzantineroads.info: Regular readers know I’ve been using Linux, trying to get another year or two of decent performance out of the Coal-fired pentium I use around the house. I really wanted Enlightment(E17) on my machine. So Here’s a list of five Linux distros that feature Enlightenment for you to check out:

Mandriva's Linux on a stick will wow all the ladies this Summer

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MDV

theregister.co.uk: Mandriva Linux recently announced the Mandriva Flash 2008 Spring operating system, the latest version of its Linux-on-a-USB-stick distro. The Flash sticks come with a complete, bootable version of Mandriva Linux and make it dead simple to take your Linux with you wherever you go - a huge help when you're trying to impress the babes at the beach.

Gutsy Geeks take Linux to the airwaves

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Linux

desktoplinux.com: Linux has its own radio show in Phoenix. Hosted by "the distro dorks themselves," and syndicated nationally, the "Gutsy Geeks" show aims to promote and teach Linux to newcomers while also providing tips to intermediate-level Linux users.

Kudos to openSUSE 11.0

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SUSE

linux.com: openSUSE 11.0 was one of the most anticipated Linux distro releases of 2008. Despite a few bugs in the final code, which was released yesterday, it was worth the wait. The openSUSE version of KDE 4 alone is worth the download, and the improvements to the software manager make customizing a pleasure.

Free/Open-source File Managers

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Software

junauza.com: A computer program that provides a user interface to work with file systems is called a file manager. It is considered as one of the most important software applications since its main function is to speed up interaction with files. So, here I made a list of some of the best free and open source file managers.

Testing Linux Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

bbc.co.uk/blogs: Here I am now, having lived with - and used when I can - an Ubuntu Linux laptop for the last couple of months. I've been trying it out alongside my usual laptops.

First look: OpenSUSE 11

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SUSE
  • First look: OpenSUSE 11 out, offers best KDE 4 experience

  • openSUSE 11.0 First Impressions
  • The first 24-hours with openSUSE 11 (KDE 4)
  • Install openSUSE without burning CDs
  • OpenSUSE 11.0 Integrates Compiz into Linux Desktop
  • Main-Menu Changes For OpenSuse 11.1

Better writing with OpenOffice.org and Writer's Tools

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OOo
HowTos

nothickmanuals.info: Contrary to the conventional wisdom that a word processor can’t help you to become a better writer, you can use OpenOffice.org Writer with the Writer's Tools extension to improve your writing skills and make the writing process more efficient.

One tonne 'Baby' marks its birth

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Sci/Tech

bbc.co.uk: Sixty years ago the "modern computer" was born in a lab in Manchester. The Small Scale Experimental Machine, or "Baby", was the first to contain memory which could store a program.

First Impressions of Firefox 3

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Moz/FF
  • Firefox Wins the Battle, But the Browser War Still Wages

  • First Impressions of Firefox 3
  • Photos: New features in Firefox 3
  • Install Firefox 3 the right way
  • Friday Rant - Why no MSI installer for Firefox?
  • Firefox 3-Are The Cracks Starting To Show?

Towards Opera 9.51

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Software

my.opera.com: It's time for maintenance - we have been fixing several of the most reported issues in 9.50 - including a rather nasty crash on Yahoo Mail. Have fun testing - and as always, we'd appreciate feedback.

Tips for maintaining a secure Ubuntu system

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Ubuntu

suresh-mobileweb.blogspot: There are a few basic steps to maintaining a secure Ubuntu system:

Also: Security Alert: Ubuntu Linux kernel vulnerabilities

Sharpen your Linux Vocabulary

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Linux

brajeshwar.com: Having a strong belief that it would have helped the geeks and pro’s to brush up their skills and the newbies to dirty their hands with at least a few Linux distro’s, let’s move on to a different stage today where we shall learn and remember some basic terminologies which we would probably come across in day-to-day Linux world.

Notes from the field: openSUSE 11 and ATI

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SUSE

blogbeebe.blogspot: Downloaded, via BitTorrent (Azureus), openSUSE 11.0 Gnome LiveCD ISO. Burned the disk and booted europa with it. Took a look around, and in about five minutes came to the conclusion that I wasn't going to re-install SUSE back onto europa after all.

If Yahoo Implodes, What's the Effect on Open Source?

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OSS

computerworlduk.com/blog: One of the interesting aspects of Microsoft's long-running pursuit of Yahoo has been the potential knock-on effects for open source. Although the company doesn't make much of the fact, it uses a lot of free software, and has helped open source projects by employing some of the top hackers.

Benchmarking NFSv3 vs. NFSv4 file operation performance

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Software

linux.com: NFS version 4, published in April 2003, introduced stateful client-server interaction and "file delegation," which allows a client to gain temporary exclusive access to a file on a server. NFSv4 brings security improvements such as RPCSEC_GSS, the ability to send multiple operations to the server at once, new file attributes, replication, client side caching, and improved file locking.

today's leftovers

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News
  • The Linux GUI Editor Showdown Part One: KDevelop

  • Open source tour of Europe: Sweden
  • A few notes/news on a few distros
  • A Sound Warning About Using Ubuntu On The Desktop
  • Devunity: Open community for open-source developers
  • Linux Kernel: Compiler Oops
  • Mars Phoenix Tweets: "We Have ICE!"
  • ODF won, says Microsoft
  • New Eee PC arrives, Linux same price as Windows
  • Summit link round-up: Day 2

some more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Quick Command Line Tip - Recursively Delete Files of a Certain Type

  • Creating chroot sftp Jails with Jailkit
  • Installation Security Baselines For Linux and Unix - 1b
  • How To Install Dreamweaver CS3 In Ubuntu Hardy
  • Firefox 3 with Debian Etch and GTK+ 2.12
  • Bash Arrays
  • BASH String Examples

Alternative distros, alternative desktops

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Linux

Josh Saddler: In the last few weeks I've tried Arch Linux, Zenwalk, and Myah OS. In other news, we're looking to release [Gentoo] 2008.0 final soon.

Linux Distros - My Upgrade Mandate

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Linux

easylinuxguide.com/blog: It took me a long time to find my main distro of choice (Arch) and I can be picky, however; in looking at some of the new releases lately, I am reminded of something that really bothers me about the upgrade process.

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Red Hat and Fedora: David Egts, Radcom, Google Summer of Code 2018, FOSS Wave

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