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Best Linux distributions for hardware detection and older hardware

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Linux Jack Wallen responds to a question from a long-time Linux fan about small distributions and hardware support. Here is Jack’s advice on lightweight distributions.

Linux light - SliTaz GNU/Linux and SliTaz-Aircrack-ng

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all-things-linux.blogspot: Once upon a time there was DSL (Damn Small Linux) which provided a full workable system in a 50 MB image. I used to have it on a small tertiary partition for repair and rescue tasks on my main systems.

New $89 Open-source Hardware Runs Full Linux OS

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Hardware An open-source hardware group on Monday announced a US$89 credit-card sized motherboard based on an ARM processor that could be used for robotics, gaming and medical devices.

Linux Foundation Launches OpenMAMA Project

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Linux Several financial services firms are teaming up to launch the OpenMAMA project to deliver a new open-source messaging API, according to the Linux Foundation.

Also: Gloves off in NYSE: Red Hat trading tech face-off

Mea culpa: coming clean about my n00b Linux mistakes

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Linux A little over a week ago, I wrote a rant about how my Linux server had crashed. I was upset when I wrote the piece, having lost a lot of work. Since then, the article itself got almost 800 comments and even my respected colleagues here on ZDNet and elsewhere have weighed in.

Complete Arch Linux Installation, Part 2: Graphical User Interface & Packages

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HowTos Welcome to the second part of the Arch Linux installation tutorial! We are installing Arch because of the amount of users who want to learn how to get into Linux.

My life with a Linux Desktop in the Corporate World...

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Linux When I recently changed jobs I was given the opportunity to build my dream machine and put what ever OS “I thought would be best”. Several of my counterparts were running Linux or dual booting between Linux and Windows.

Linux 3.2 Is Still Looking To Be Power Hungry

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Linux The PCI subsystem pull for the Linux 3.2 kernel was published on Friday evening. If you were hoping it would rework PCI-E ASPM (Active-State Power Management) to be more like the Windows implementation or for more PCI drivers to be setting the bits directly to support it (effectively white-listing drivers/hardware), it didn't happen yet.

CommandLineFu: Amazing Collection Of Command Line Gems

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Linux Browse an assortment of amazingly useful commands. Whether you’re an veteran system admin or a command-line neophyte striving to discover more, CommandLineFu is a vote-driven collection of commands that serves up thousands of ideas you should have thought of but didn’t.

How to Convince Your Friends into Using Linux Without Being a Jerk

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Linux Many Linux users have already tried to coax their friends and family members into trying out this popular and newbie-friendly distro called Ubuntu. A select few have succeeded. So here, we will give you some important tips.

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Security Leftovers

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    Underscoring just how hard it is to design secure cryptographic software, academic researchers recently uncovered a potentially serious weakness in an early version of the code library protecting Amazon Web Services. Ironically, s2n, as Amazon's transport layer security implementation is called, was intended to be a simpler, more secure way to encrypt and authenticate Web sessions. Where the OpenSSL library requires more than 70,000 lines of code to execute the highly complex TLS standard, s2n—short for signal to noise—has just 6,000 lines. Amazon hailed the brevity as a key security feature when unveiling s2n in June. What's more, Amazon said the new code had already passed three external security evaluations and penetration tests.
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Android Leftovers

Slackware Live Edition – Beta 2

  • Slackware Live Edition – Beta 2
    Thanks for all the valuable feedback on the first public beta of my Slackware Live Edition. It allowed me to fix quite a few bugs in the Live scripts (thanks again!), add new functionality (requested by you or from my own TODO) and I took the opportunity to fix the packages in my Plasma 5 repository so that its Live Edition should actually work now.
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