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Story GOG.com Might Get Linux Support srlinuxx 20/08/2013 - 8:02pm
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Story The Linux Setup - Matt Hartley, Linux Action Show srlinuxx 20/08/2013 - 1:23am
Story The Road to 3.10 – The Kernel Column srlinuxx 20/08/2013 - 1:22am
Story Interesting facts about Debian Linux srlinuxx 20/08/2013 - 1:20am
Story Who's Afraid of Linux Malware? srlinuxx 19/08/2013 - 8:43pm
Story The last days of Unix srlinuxx 19/08/2013 - 8:41pm
Story opensuse GSoC 2013 – Half Way Through srlinuxx 19/08/2013 - 8:40pm
Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 19/08/2013 - 4:36pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 521 srlinuxx 19/08/2013 - 3:53pm

How do you budget for FOSS?

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OSS

Businesses seem to be champing at the bit to cut costs by using free and open source software, but many fail to budget for the necessary integration and support costs that go along with any software. Sand Hill Group co-founder M.R. Rangaswami says most companies turn to FOSS when they're in a fix, and do not plan out the other costs that may go along with software that was free to acquire.

PCLinuxOS MiniME, A Walk on the Lighter Side.

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PCLOS


PCLinuxOS, simply put, is one of the easiest to use, stable, consistent, and enjoyable distros out there.

I honestly feel that it has few equals at this point in time.

MiniME proves to be no exception, just smaller.

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Novell brands its own open-source religion

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SUSE

Novell is readying two major product launches meant to make its open-source software more palatable to corporate customers.

Vector Linux - A sleek, secure Linux distribution based on Slackware

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Reviews

Over the years, I have installed and used quite a number of Linux distributions. But one distribution which I hadn't got the chance to install and use was the venerable Slackware. I decided to download a relatively small Linux distribution going by the name Vector Linux. What piqued my interest in downloading this distribution was that it is based on Slackware.

The Rise of Independent Media

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Software

What would happen if anybody could produce radio or TV programming as easily as they consume it? What would happen if the natural limits to broadcasting went away?

Those questions only had sci-fi answers when I was a kid growing up in New Jersey.

A portable data device that does everything

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Hardware

Who says you can't take it with you? The folks at Wolverine Data and Digital Foci beg to differ and have actually produced portable devices that allow you to transport, save, listen and watch data on-the-fly. It supports Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

Mini-Review: Open source handheld gaming device: GP2X

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Gaming

Dynamism sent me the GP2X-F100 Personal Entertainment Player to play around with. If you're not familiar with the unit, it's a Linux-based device manufactured by Gamepark Holdings co., Ltd which is made from the ground up for Open Source tinkering. This is one great handheld!

Drupal Upgrade

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Site News

Well, we have the site updated to 4.6.6. It was rough, but we are just about there. I was planning to upgrade to 4.7.x as soon as the modules and bug fixes caught up a little better, but as rough as upgrading Drupal is, it might be a bit longer. Big Grin

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Phonon and the future of KDE multimedia

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KDE

The development of the next generation of KDE kicked off with the release of the Qt 4 toolkit and aKademy conference last August and is now in full swing. KDE sub-projects from Kate to KWin are deep in the midst of planning and coding for the next major overhaul to GNU/Linux's most popular desktop. Each of KDE's applications must be rewritten to take advantage of Qt 4 and improve the look, power, and usability of KDE. The latest development announcement is for Phonon, KDE 4's multimedia framework, and the replacement for KDE 2 and 3's aRts.

Creating a Dual-Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Laptop

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HowTos

Notebook computers are generally preloaded with Windows XP, but for those of us who do considerable work in the Linux environment, a Windows-only notebook is far from ideal. I worked with Unix on Windows packages such as Uwin and Cygwin for several years, but I finally decided I wanted a full Linux installation on my notebook. This article describes the steps I took to complete the dual-boot conversions.

Updated FC5 Network Install

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HowTos

Creating a yum repo for installing FC5, prepatched, via the network, is also fairly simple. And makes a lot of sense for anyone supporting a fedora based environment.

Case Study: Backcountry.com Bets the Shop on Open Source

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OSS

Backcountry.com is a small player in the outdoor sporting goods market. But thanks in part to an unconventional approach to IT, it's experiencing eye-popping growth, nearly doubling its revenues in 2005. How? By using a variety of open source software, including Linux and MySQL.

Graphing router usage with MRTG

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HowTos

Capturing data from network routers and systems can be both interesting and enlightening. This data is sometimes not so easy to obtain, but using tools like MRTG can make it easier to both obtain and monitor.

War Stories From Open Source Pioneers

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OSS

The decision to forego proprietary software isn't always easy, but those who rise to the challenge can reap the rewards. Early adopters of open source blazed the trail for enterprise users of this new software model, even though they didn't know where the journey might lead. Some of the territories they pioneered -- such as Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl -- are now well established. In other areas, however, open source is only beginning to make inroads.

My desktop OS: PCLinuxOS 0.92

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PCLOS

After getting my hands dirty with nearly a dozen operating systems over the years, I find PCLinuxOS (PCLOS) comes closest to being a complete desktop solution right out of the box.

Updates to Quake III Arena, RTCW, and Wolfenstein: ET

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Gaming

Yes, it is true! id software released updates to Quake3, RTCW and RTCW:ET to fix some security issues discovered in Quake III Arena source code under GPL.

Pointy Haired Boss Issues Press Releases About His Personal Life

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Humor

We might be short on staff, but we're not short on incoming spampress releases from worthless Sillycon Valley companies. During the last several months, we've received an amusing series of announcements from a certain corporate executive who likes to see his name in print.

Book review: Write Great Code by Randall Hyde

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Reviews

In our era of more powerful personal computers, applications that were once quick and simple have become larger, slower, and full of bloat. Any one of these application’s developers would have done well to have picked up a copy of Randall Hyde’s Write Great Code Volume 2: Thinking Low-level, writing high-level.

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