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Story Ubuntu 12.10: The Controversies Continue srlinuxx 17/10/2012 - 4:12am
Story Five reasons to try the new Razor-qt Linux desktop srlinuxx 17/10/2012 - 12:47am
Story Open Source Takes Center Stage, Decades Later srlinuxx 17/10/2012 - 12:45am
Story Slackel 14.0: Slackware 14 further simplified! srlinuxx 16/10/2012 - 8:44pm
Story Gnome 3 has a non-fallback mode, too! srlinuxx 16/10/2012 - 8:42pm
Story Amazuntu: Pictures Speak Louder Than Words srlinuxx 16/10/2012 - 8:40pm
Story Boring screenshots begone! srlinuxx 16/10/2012 - 5:45pm
Story Evaluating Sabayon Linux Xfce srlinuxx 16/10/2012 - 5:37pm
Story Two new Asus laptops offer an Ubuntu Linux option srlinuxx 16/10/2012 - 5:26pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 16/10/2012 - 3:43pm

Is Linux Next?

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A report warns of security vulnerabilities, raising the question of whether the open-source model can provide bulletproof software.

Also: Linux Vulnerabilities Spur Enterprise Warning

Virtualization companies vie for advantage

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Three companies selling software to let servers run software more efficiently will try to advance their respective fortunes Monday with new software, a new partnership and a new promotion.

An Introduction to Video Surveillance with 'Motion'

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Videochatting and amateur pornography are all well and good, but have you ever wondered what else you can do with that webcam?

Well, thanks to the efforts of many dedicated open-source coders, any half-decent PC can be turned into a motion-detecting, snapshot-making, video-recording D.I.Y. security solution.

Making a Genius Scanner Work With SuSE

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My Genius ColorPage Vivid4 USB scanner worked acceptably under Windows, so it was the time to get it working with SANE.

OOo Off the Wall: The Elephant in the Living Room -- OOo and MS Office

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For (OOo), MS Office (MSO) is the elephant in the living room. As much as the project might want to ignore MSO, it cannot. Many potential users never have used anything except MSO, and most have to share files with MSO users at some point.

First Look: Free SeaMonkey Internet Tool Suite Is Solid

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Volunteers update the former Mozilla Application Suite to combine a browser with e-mail, chat, and Web design tools, just like old times.

Fixing Patents, Open-Source Style

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The U.S. Patent Office has a big problem with how it grants software patents. And open-source developers are ready to help it out.

Also: Patent Office takes second look at JPEG

Book Review: Linux Patch management - Keeping Linux systems up to date

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It is a waste of time and bandwidth to individually download all the patches and security fixes for each machine. This is where this book named "Linux Patch Management - Keeping Linux systems up to date" authored by Michael Jang gains significance.

Google, Skype in Startup to Link Hotspots

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Google Inc. and eBay Inc.'s Skype are investing in a startup that plans to help hotspot owners charge for Wi-Fi access, a plan that could face significant opposition from Internet service providers.

Linux Australia addresses burnout syndrome

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The nation's peak Linux body will informally separate some of its governance and executive functions in a move to relieve some of the pressure on its voluntary leadership.

The Rise of Real-time Linux

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New real-time Linux enhancements open a whole new world of possibilities for Linux, ranging across the latest 3G technologies and as near as the mobile handset in your pocket. The purpose of modifying the Linux kernel with real-time functionality: to dramatically reduce interrupt and task preemption latency, thus enabling the 2.6 kernel for use in high-performance multimedia applications and those requiring extremely fast, task level reliable control functions. Real-time Linux has come a long way - where is it now and where is it heading?

Tuxmachines: 4th quarter Report

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February 4th was Tuxmachines official one year anniversary. Although I put a site up and added content 6 months prior, it was static and unknown. A year ago I began putting a little content in this little cms called Drupal and we've been growing every since. Tuxmachines continued to showed some growth early part of the quarter, but perhaps has now leveled off some.

Claudio Matsuoka: Frankensystem

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Another post about the Lone Gunmen. Watching carefully the computer screen depicted in the last episode, it seemed to be a bit more ellaborated than your average HollywoodOS (which usually has a green 1200/75 terminal that beeps at each received character along with a spinning wireframe 3D model and a progress bar). The Gunmen OS (which I suspect is in fact MacOS 9 with Kaleidoscope) is a bit different:

Mini Review: Opera 8.5

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I'm a two browser man. Or rather: I used to be. For a long time I have been using Konqueror and Opera 7 more or less concurrently, depending on the task at hand. I've always liked Opera for its polished, intuitive GUI, and the good rendering engine. However, something always made me go back to Konq, it just felt better for some tasks.

Pentoo Mini LiveCD v2006.0

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Pentoo, a Network Security Consortium distribution based off of Gentoo, has released their Mini-Pentoo v2006.0 build. Not only is this a great LiveCD security distribution, but it comes without many of the hassles beginning Linux users have faced when attempting to run Gentoo, and of course Emerge is included. We have the Screenshots!


Degunk Linux and debunk FUD

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Degunking Linux could easily have been called "Intermediate Linux Administration 101", but then no one would have bought it. Degunking Linux is inherently eye-catching. The title makes everyone curious. The Microsofties are thinking, "Ha! I knew that there was gunk in Linux!" and the Penguinistas are thinking, "No way. Linux doesn't have gunk." Both of those groups of book buyers will get more and less than what they hoped to find in the 320 pages of Roderick's book.

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GNOME: New Flow, GNOME 3.28, New Shotwell

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Graphics: Mesa/Mali, Wayland 1.15 Beta, and Mesa 17.3.7 RC2

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