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Story Calligra Productivity Suite: Too Much Trouble srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 9:36pm
Story Ubuntu 12.10 review: finally growing up srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 9:34pm
Story KDE 4.9.2 Released srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:56am
Story A Quick Look at Gimp3 (2.99) ..Yeap, 3 :) srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:53am
Story Four key new features in Linux 3.6 srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:50am
Story Is Linux Market Growth Stagnated (At Least)? srlinuxx 03/10/2012 - 2:06am
Story Firefox Is Back on Top of Chrome srlinuxx 02/10/2012 - 8:16pm
Story Ubuntu 12.10: More to Um Bongo Linux than Amazon ads srlinuxx 02/10/2012 - 8:10pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 02/10/2012 - 3:09am
Story 9 potentially New Gnome Apps! srlinuxx 02/10/2012 - 1:57am


KDE 4 Mock-ups

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Finally, some mouthwatering eye candy of the much awaited KDE 4. The maintainer of the Planet Diaz web site has been collecting screenshots and mock-ups of the current development of KDE 4 and posting them in the site's forums.

First Look: Symphony OS Build 122

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Although Symphony OS was still a prototype, rather than a usable distribution, it showed much promise and many users have been eagerly awaiting for further news about its development. What's new in Symphony OS, build 122?

Anonymize Your Internet Experience

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Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. Here's how I installed it, guided by The Linux/Unix/BSD Install Instructions.

CLI Magic: Use top to monitor PCs across a network

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Most Linux users are familiar with the top command, typically used to examine the system load on a local PC and others on the network. However, have you considered using top to monitor your system automatically and to warn you when a server is being overloaded?

A hands-on look at the new MacBook Pro

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I had a chance at a special Apple event last week to get a closer look at Apple Computer's new MacBook Pro, the renamed Intel-based successor to the PowerBook unveiled by Apple CEO Steve Jobs two weeks ago. In fact, I had some real "pick it up and use it" hands-on time.

Don't get too excited about Windows source code

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"Normally speaking, the source code is not the ultimate documentation of anything." What open source has that is really unique, however, can be summed up in one word, a word that's bandied about so often that it's almost lost its meaning: community. Proper documentation for open source software is notoriously lacking, but the shared body of knowledge of the developers and users of that software is available to anyone for the asking.

Debian server Setup Guide

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Here are the Step by Step tutorials how to setup Debian server this includes:

Debian Installation
FTP Server Setup in debian
Webserver Setup in Debian
Samba Server Setup in Debian
Database Server Setup in Debian
Time clock sync for debian server
Mail Server Configuration in Debian


First look at KStars under KDE4

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I've spent the last few months on the behind-the-scenes architecture of KStars. Since the port to KDE4 was going to be a major overhaul for us anyway, we decided to simultaneously do a major refactoring of how the data catalogs are represented in KStars. We're now using a hierarchical Composite/Component model, and it's working well.

A Week's Worth of LCA2006

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The Hairy Geek was at the LCA2006 and has blogged every detail from start to finish. From the Miniconf Day 1 Part 1 to the Wrap-up events, he shares his experiences at this past week's LCA2006. Full Blogs.

ColdFusion 7.x & MySQL 4.1.x Connection

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Because MySQL is one of the best known database solution and a good, powerful and free alternative while working for any kind of application, I will try to explain connecting MySQL from ColdFusion on Linux and Windows platform.

Logitech MX518/MX1000

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The engineers at Logitech certainly have managed to get repeat customers with their exceptionally well-designed mice. In addition, Logitech always pushes new mouse technologies to the market along with jumping on existing bandwagons and they always manage to improve these designs from optical to laser technologies. But will it work in Linux?

Trusted Computing comes under attack

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Alan Cox, a lead Linux kernel developer and security architect, said that trusting computing has often been used to lock customers into buying a particular software and to prevent rival software makers from competing on that platform.

Ultima Linux: Third Time's a Charm?

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New release Ultima Linux 8 was announced this morning and we thought we'd try again. Given our past track record with Ultima, we were a bit leary. To quote the Ultima site, "Ultima Linux is a free distribution of the Linux operating system designed for stability, ease of use, and lots of penguin eye-candy. With Ultima Linux, you get a complete desktop system with everything you?ve come to expect from a computer ? Web browsing, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, image manipulation, and multimedia, for starters ? absolutely free." Well, we're hoping the "third time's a charm," or is it going to be "three strikes - you're out?"

Quick Tips

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  • Install Gnu Gnash Flash Player on Mandriva
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Effective Partitioning - The How and Why of it

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A few days back, when my non-techie friend came to visit me at home, he was amazed to see me booting into multiple OSes (4 to be exact) on my machine. He then wanted to know how I accomplished this feat.

Cherokee vs. Apache: the Older Indian Serves Better?

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Cherokee is a free, alternative web server, started in 2001. Its only limitation is that it doesn't yet run on Windows, but only on Linux, BSD, Solaris and MacOS. I wanted to test Álvaro's statement on Cherokee: « Es el más rápido de todos los servidores web » But I'm not an expert in Indian populations, so YMMV. And this is not a professional review, just a quick assessment.

Samba developer wins annual Free Software award

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Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell was named this week as the winner of the annual Free Software Foundation award for his work as originator and developer of the Samba project. Samba reverse-engineered Microsoft's version of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, which is used for file-sharing and print services.

Linux 101: Best practice for security integrity auditing and recovery

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Two critical security considerations that are closely related to one another are ignored all too often: integrity auditing and recovery. This document is an overview of good security integrity auditing and recovery practices using a Linux operating system.

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