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Story Linux still rules supercomputing Rianne Schestowitz 14/07/2015 - 5:36pm
Story Drupal 8 Nears Finish Line Rianne Schestowitz 14/07/2015 - 5:45pm
Story Today in Techrights Roy Schestowitz 14/07/2015 - 7:35pm
Story Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition review Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2015 - 9:15am
Story Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Has Been Delayed Until July 20, OTA-6 Planning Continues Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2015 - 9:02am
Story Samba 4.2.3 Is a Major Release with IPv6 Improvements, over 40 Bugfixes Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2015 - 9:00am
Story Building open source e-commerce sites with PrestaShop Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2015 - 8:54am
Story IBM Chasing $20B Linux Server Market With Power Systems Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2015 - 8:48am
Story 4MLinux 13.1 Distro Enters Beta Stage with LibreOffice 5.0, Firefox 38, and Chrome 43 Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2015 - 8:41am
Story NetworkManager 1.0.4 Is a Massive Release with Lots of IPv6 Improvements Rianne Schestowitz 15/07/2015 - 8:38am

PCLinuxOS 0.93a Junior Review

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In 2003, a new distribution forked from Mandrake Linux 9.2. Its creator was a packager called Texstar who was also maintaining a website called "PCLinuxOnline". He named his distribution "PCLinuxOS" and worked closely with "The Live CD Project" to make a Live CD distribution based on Mandrake but which would use its own packages and the APT package manager.

GNU Gnash Screenshots and Review

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GNU Gnash is an open source implementation of Adobe's Flash Player and its rendering technology. Although its source code originated from other open source projects, the entire code base is a clean-room implementation of Flash.

Take a closer look at OpenBSD

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OpenBSD is quite possibly the most secure operating system on the planet. Every step of the development process focuses on building a secure, open, and free platform. UNIX® and Linux® administrators take note: Without realizing it, you probably use tools ported from OpenBSD every day. Maybe it's time to give the whole operating system a closer look.

openSUSE 10.2 Alpha 3 Report

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Well, openSUSE 10.2 Alpha 3 is in our midst and Tuxmachines is here to keep you posted. This release we tested both an upgrade and a fresh install. We found this to be a very interesting release to say the least. It's an alpha to be sure to say the most.

Micro-Evolution: Dates and Contacts

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The developers at Opened Hand have released a pair of lightweight, low-resource applications for calendaring and address book management. They were designed to run on small embedded systems such as Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet and the Sharp Zaurus -- but that doesn't mean you can't use them on your desktop Linux box just as easily.

Simple Emerge/Portage Tutorial

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Emerge is Gentoo Linux's frontend for Portage. Portage is a collection of programs that you can install from a list on your system. Emerge is what you use to install packages from Portage.

Oracle User Survey Finds Open Source Making Inroads

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Open source software is making inroads into Oracle database installations with some 60 percent of IT installations using some form of open source software, according to a new survey of Oracle sites.

Time to Get Serious

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It is often touted by many Linux users (including myself) that one of its greatest strengths lies in its diversity. Recently, however, I have seen evidence that points to a new shift in the FUD wind coming from Microsoft--a shift that tries to place that self-same diversity as a Linux fault.

And from all appearances, this tactic is working.

Linux powers unusual multicore machine

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A start-up called Movidis believes a 16-core chip originally designed for networking gear will be a ticket to success in the Linux server market.


Ubuntu's new conquest: California freeways

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Living in California's Silicon Valley has many benefits, not least of which is exposure to the "next big thing" on a near-daily basis. Yesterday, we discovered that Ubuntu Linux, not content to target first desktops and then servers, is now getting installed on billboards!

DejaVu font wins its way into Fedora Linux

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A proposal has prevailed to make the open-source DejaVu font project the default used in Red Hat's upcoming Fedora Core 6 version of Linux. The font replaces Vera, a previous font released by Bistream, on which DejaVu is based. Fedora Core 6 is due Oct. 9.

LinuxWorld: Get Ready For Some Surprises

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It's that time of year again when the Linux world converges on San Francisco to talk about all things Linux.

And of course all the major players in the Linux world will be there; many have news, and others just have things they want to say about the news to come.

Red Hat Readies Linux Desktop Upgrade To Vie With Novell

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop, which is expected to ship later this year, will compete head-on with the recently released Novell Suse Linux 10.


Simplifying data extraction using Linux text utilities

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I remember, the first time I was introduced to Unix - Yes my first experience with a POSIX OS was with Unix, more specifically SCO Unix and not Linux - the instructor told us that the real power of Unix was in its accomplishment of complex tasks by splitting them into smaller tasks which inturn are split into even smaller tasks and then assigned to different utilities.

Security Testing your Apache Configuration with Nikto

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By now you've got the perfect setup for your new Ubuntu 6.0.6 (Dapper Drake) box. You may have even followed the excellent Intrusion Detection and Prevention with BASE and Snort tutorial. And as an added precaution you installed DenyHosts to prevent hack attempts via ssh. But now that you've got your new LAMP server on the internet, how can you tell that your new web server is secure? You test it, of course!

Zenwalk 2.8, a Review

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So begins another semester at University. And as I have decided will now be my custom, each Semester I will install a new distribution. Ideally, one that will support the needs of my subjects without too much additional fiddling. It would of course be possible for me to tweak a now familiar Ubuntu, but I was curious to see what other fish were out there in this wide, predominantly blue, sea.

GNOME 2.16.0 Beta 2 Screenshots

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The second Beta for GNOME 2.16.0 is now out. GNOME 2.15.91 marks the API/ABI, feature, string, and UI freeze in the GNOME 2.16.0 candidate. We had used GARNOME with GNOME 2.16.0 Beta 2 and now have some visuals today showing a portion of the improvements in GNOME 2.16.


VMware, XenSource Join Virtualization Forces For Linux

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Peace has been established on at least one front: XenSource Inc. and VMware are working together to improve virtualization in the Linux kernel.

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Software: Latte Dock, Emacs, Ick, REAPER

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