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An introduction to the visual features of GNU Screen

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debian-administration: Many people here use GNU Screen, and I've not seen extensive coverage of the things you can do with the status-line in the past, so I thought a brief overview of a couple of visual settings wouldn't be amiss.

Monitor your drives to extend their life

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tectonic: The problem is that modern laptops often have very aggressive power setups by default to, theoretically, guard against damage and reduce power consumption. But in doing so they may cause your disk drive to load/unload at more regular intervals than is reasonable.

Running FreeNX using a Mandriva 2008 Server

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linux-tip.net: NoMachine NX is a Terminal Server and remote access solution based on a comprising set of enterprise class open source technologies. NX makes it possible to run any graphical application on any operating system across any network connection at incredible speed.

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  • MP3s On Ubuntu - The OGG Alternative

  • how to create animate gif from your mobile video
  • Short Tip: Extract Files from an RPM file
  • Howto Setup firefox for kmail

How to dual-boot Vista with Linux (Adding Linux on Vista machine)

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blorge.com: If you want to explore and enjoy both Vista and Linux world in a single PC, then you have to configure your PC to handle dual-boot system. It may sound difficult but it’s really within the knowledge of average computer users. Here are the steps to add Linux on your Vista system for a dual boot.

Also: GSoC: final look at Bootloader Manager

Installing Songbird 0.3 Developer Pre-Release On Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

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This guide shows how to install the Songbird media player (0.3 Developer Pre-Release) on an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) desktop. Songbird is a free software audio player with media database capabilities written using XUL and VLC, with an interface similar to Apple's iTunes.

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  • Howto Change Ubuntu Forced fsck

  • Stupid Way to make Mplayer Repeatedly Play
  • How to install Intel PRO ipw3945 wireless drivers
  • Linux Increase Process Identifiers Limit with /proc/sys/kernel/pid_max

How to divide and conquer a problem the UNIX way

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rudd-O: If you’re one of our regular readers, you’ll remember reading the article and script I wrote on automating BitTorrent downloads with TorrentFlux and rsync. The script has come to be quite handy to me, but the process of writing it is much more fun and appealing. Here’s how I did it.

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  • Understanding Linux Users

  • Upgrade from Ubuntu Feisty to Gutsy: the one-liner version
  • Interception of files with tcpdump
  • KDE Keyboard Shortcuts
  • How to configure Splashy Screen on debian
  • Basic C++ Tutorial
  • Linux Increase Local Port Range with net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range
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