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Story The Flat Owl Linux Desktop Rianne Schestowitz 22/02/2014 - 2:14am
Story Cantata 1.3.0 Music Player Released with 87 Fixes [Ubuntu Installation] Rianne Schestowitz 22/02/2014 - 1:29am
Story Rugged Android tablet offers IP65 ingress protection Rianne Schestowitz 22/02/2014 - 1:24am
Story Recommending Linux to a Friend Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 10:08pm
Story Are Android phones too big? Rianne Schestowitz 2 21/02/2014 - 10:07pm
Story 11 Percent of Windows XP Users Will Switch to Linux, Survey Claims Rianne Schestowitz 2 21/02/2014 - 10:03pm
Story Leftovers: Screenshots Roy Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 9:00pm
Story Wine 1.7.13 Lands More Task Scheduler Support Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 8:16pm
Story Zorin OS 8 - More like Windows 7 than Windows 7 Roy Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 7:59pm
Story Seven ways to set up multi-booting with Windows 8 and Linux Rianne Schestowitz 21/02/2014 - 7:58pm

Backup Your MySQL Database with phpMyAdmin

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One of the most important tasks for a webmaster is to keep a current backup of your database or databases. If you are a small website or the database is low priority, you might just perform the backup manually. One easy way to manually backup your database is to use the backup feature of a database management application such as the open source, freeware program called phpMyAdmin.

Securing NFS - Tunneling NFS over SSH

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The goal of this howto is building an NFS server that works on an SSH tunnel. This way all traffic between your hosts and the file server is encrypted and thus more secure. Normally you should enter a password every time you try to establish an SSH connection but since we could be mounting at bootup we will use ssh-keygen to create a keypair so we can login without entering a password. We will, however, limit that login session to executing just one command.

Open-source guru Eric Raymond joins Freespire board

In a move that some may have sensed was coming, Eric S. Raymond -- one of the co-founders of the open-source movement -- will become the newest member of the Freespire Leadership Board on Sept. 27.

Gaël Duval, Ulteo, & Screenshot

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MDV

LXF 85 is available at the newsstands since Sep. 21 (in Britain), and it was sent to subscribers about one week earlier. Something new is publicly known to the readers of LXF, and absolutely n-o-b-o-d-y said a word on it! The Ulteo coverage starts with two pages of babbling. Then...

Book Review: Moving to Ubuntu Linux

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Reviews

This is the fourth book by Gagné I've reviewed over the past half-dozen years. Though I've found things to carp at in each of them, each one was a first-rate book. Here's another.

Ubuntu - the best Linux distribution?

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu has a lot going for it. A rich benefactor cum space tourist, a huge and rapidly growing user base, a sleek look and an easy install. So why is it the best in Linux operating systems? Simply put, it’s not. That’s right, Ubuntu is not the best Linux distro.

Linux: 2.6.16.y, Defining Stable

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Linux

In August 2006 Adrian Bunk took over maintainership of the 2.6.16.y stable kernel. With the release of the 2.6.16.30-pre1 patch, concerns were expressed as to what makes a stable tree.

FSF Clarifies 'Inaccurate' Information About GPLv3

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The Free Software Foundation has moved to clarify what it says is inaccurate information being presented about the second discussion draft of the next version of the GNU General Public License.

Open-source developer's wife still missing, reward offered

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Reiser

Nina Reiser, the estranged wife of well-known open-source programmer Hans Reiser, is still missing and a $15,000 reward for information about her is now being offered by the Oakland, Calif. police department.

Review: Mesk Audio Player 0.2.1

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There are numerous audio players designed especially for GNOME. Single GnomeFiles repository lists over 60 of them. However, the problem lays in quality rather than quantity. Recently I’ve been looking for an audio player that would resemble the famous Windows player called Foobar 2000. I have found a lot of clones, and just a few original applications. Mesk audio player was among the latter.

Your TV Guide under Linux!

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What do most people have in common? They watch TV! In fact, if you're like most people you probably watch TV a lot. For this you need a pleasant and effective way to know in advance what's on TV, at what time and on which channel.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 2.0 RC1

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Moz/FF

Mozilla Corp. will unveil a release candidate of Firefox 2.0 later Tuesday, the next step toward finalizing the browser's first major upgrade in a year.

Unix To Surpass Linux?

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OS

Tom Yager dusted off his crystal ball this morning in order to answer the question "where will Linux thrive?" He also made a prediction regarding the effect of Apple's Unix on the future of Linux.

Linux: Red Hat on Deck

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Linux

Wall Street will be looking to Red Hat earnings for clues on the progress of its JBoss acquisition. Red Hat shares dipped $0.60, or about 2 percent, to $25.47 in morning trading.

Mandriva Linux 2007 Released

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Linux

Linuxlookup.com is reporting on Mandriva's introduction to its brand new product: Mandriva Linux 2007. This new version of the operating system was designed to be an even better fit for the needs and expectations all users, from the beginner to the SOHO user.

Kubuntu 6.06 LTS Installation Walkthrough with Screenshots

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Linux
Ubuntu
HowTos

Kubuntu is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle and part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.

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Python: Thinking differently

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Software

For those who followed my PHP tutorials, it should be pretty clear by now that I'm a PHP fan at heart. That's why it was a surprise even to myself that I started learning -- and enjoying -- Python.

Why Torvalds is sitting out the GPLv3 process

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Why isn't Linus Torvalds involved with the drafting of the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPL)? Torvalds gives his reasons as a dislike of committees, an inability to contribute in his preferred way, and philosophical differences with the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which he suggests is trying to absorb other licenses under the GPL.

"IE for Linux" hack offers one more reason not to boot Windows

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Misc

A BRAZILIAN web designer got tired of having to boot Windows to see how web pages looked in IE, so he coded a little script allowing anyone to download, install and run IE on Linux.

Novell, Intel Deliver Xen-Enabled Linux for Dual-Core Xeons

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SUSE

Like most Linux programs, Xen, the virtualization software, can run on almost any hardware. But, just like any program, it performs better when it's been optimized for a specific platform.

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