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Mandriva Linux 2006 has been released

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Right on the heels of the SuSE Linux 10.0 announcement comes Mandriva Linux 2006. Of course it's only available for club members at this time.

Linux pioneer wins lifetime achievement award

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Linux

Alan Cox's efforts maintaining the Linux kernel have been recognised at the LinuxWorld awards.

Making an OpenOffice.org 2.0 presentation

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HowTos

In this tip, follow OpenOffice.org instructor and author Solveig Haugland as she describes the step-by-step process for creating a presentation in the new 2.0 release of OpenOffice.

Check Point to Acquire Makers of Snort

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Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. and Sourcefire, Inc., developers of Snort, today announced that they have signed an agreement for Check Point to acquire Sourcefire. What does this mean for Snort?

It's Official - SuSE Linux 10.0 is Released!

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Oct 6th: SUSE Linux 10.0 OSS GM has been released. The OpenSuSE site is slowing down already under a slashdot effect as the masses flock to get directions to download mirrors.

Gentoo User's Response to Slacker who tried Gentoo

This is a gentoo user's answer to Mr. Slacker Tries His Hand at Gentoo. If you missed the story on OSNews on the Slacker Tries His Hand at Gentoo, you really must read it. It's a hilarios account of an experienced linux user's first try at gettting a Gentoo system all set up for work or play. At first I was gonna make a cute witty comment to the story and be on my way, but instead it turned into an article. I guess as I read his story I found I had something to say at about every experience he shared.

a penguinista's review of Serenity

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Penguinistas tend to love Star Trek and Star Wars. Maybe it's the love of the idea of endless possibilities that runs as a common theme through both free open source software and those movies. I'm not here to do a traditional movie review, instead I'm going to try to figure out why penguinstas and GNUsters are going to see this film in droves, and if the film is really worth the hype.

Ad-free Opera browser up to 3 million downloads -- and counting

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Opera's browser seems to be music to the ears of Internet surfers. After the Oslo-based company served up about 1 million browser downloads in the first two days following its launch of the ad- and license-free Opera v8.5, some 3 million additional copies were downloaded in next two weeks.

Howto: Mail Server with Virtual Users And Domains

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This document describes how to install a mail server based on Postfix that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database with Courier on Debian Sarge 3.1.

Monitoring network traffic with Ruby and Pcap

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There are many situations where the ability to monitor network traffic can save a lot of time and effort. If you want to reverse engineer a network protocol, keep an eye on junior's browsing habits, or blackmail your evil boss, Ruby and libpcap can make it easy!

How Dell repels attempts to buy its 'open source' PC

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Dell this week received much praise for releasing a new version of its "open source" PC. While Dell garners glowing reviews for shipping such an open source OS-friendly product, the company's new E510n actually stands as yet another example of how hard Dell tries not to sell non-Microsoft gear.

Japanese state aims to boost state use of Linux software

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he government here aims to switch some of its computers to the free Linux operating system and reduce its dependence on Microsoft Corp's Windows, officials indicated.

SuSE Goes Gold?

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Yet to be officially announced, SuSE Linux 10.0 iso torrents, cd isos and delta isos are making their way to ftp mirrors around the world.

Socialtext to open-source bulk of its software

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Socialtext Inc. plans to open-source more than 80% of its software, the company announced Wednesday. The U.S. start-up specializes in software and support for enterprises looking to set up their own internal wikis and Web logs.

Microsoft: No Office software for Linux

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Microsoft Corp. is not going to release a version of its Office suite software for open-source rival Linux, although the company is actively studying how Linux works and how it can integrate with the platform, a Microsoft representative said Wednesday.

Linux on desktop is a diverse market - really

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Don't expect hegemony from a single Linux vendor on the desktop comparable with Microsoft's Office, as rival frameworks and implementations tackle different markets.

Downloading Source Trees 101

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If you’ve been using open source for a good length of time, you’ve probably needed a feature or bug fix that’s only available in the development tree of a open source project. Here, let's see how to use CVS and SVN to access the development tree of a few notable projects.

Linux and the Desktop: Will it Jump the Hump?

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"Novell sees a lot of excitement and interest from companies that are looking at segments of their populations where these specialized desktops are in play," said Greg Mancusi-Ungaro, Novell's director of marketing for Linux and open-source products. "Linux is seeing a lot of action there."

University of Stirling Migrates SAP Application Servers to Linux

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Red Hat has helped the University of Stirling in Scotland to migrate its SAP application servers, that manage the Human Resources and Payroll functions, to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Meet Komodo Linux

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Komodo Linux is a livecd based on PCLinuxOS remastered for personal and business needs of the developer. Perhaps more a learning project than anything, Komodo was released to the public and official version 1.0 is expected within weeks. Komodo is another on Distrowatch's waiting list, so come with us as we meet Komodo and speak with developer Simon Foote. Customized graphics, software additions, and a few other changes might inspire you to remaster a livecd for your own uses.

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Security Leftovers

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