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Beyond Synaptic - using apt for better package management

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: I’m a Debian user and—like many—I use apt and its associated tools. If you haven’t yet discovered apt here’s a brief summary of some of it and some of its tools which can make your package management even more powerful.

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  • How to get better help with Gentoo

  • PostgreSQL on openSUSE
  • Howto: Setup a Mailserver
  • Get Your Pizza Order Status From Dominos From Terminal
  • How to upgrade to Cooker or pre-2008.1
  • ufw ftw! Ubuntu 8.04’s uncomplicated firewall

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  • OOo Basic crash course: Creating a simple game using strings in a database

  • Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (Debian Etch & Apache2)
  • HowTo: Identify your IPv4/IPv6 Loopback Address
  • How To Configure Automatic Updates Schedule In Ubuntu

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  • Fancy a XP on Your Ubuntu? (XPde)

  • Quickzi: How To Set Cron to Run Every 5 Minutes
  • Nautilus Tip: Quickly Open Special Locations
  • Recording Skype calls in Linux
  • Using Bash To Access The Network Via File Descriptors

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  • OpenSSH SFTP chroot() with ChrootDirectory

  • HowTo: Get Disk, Partition And Folder Space Usage
  • Installing OpenOffice 2.4 on Ubuntu Gutsy
  • How to Install Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera on Ubuntu
  • Home Network Security- Part2 SNORT
  • Linux Networking 3: network bridge and bump in the wire
  • Maximise Linux Memory usage

Setting up a nice looking KDE - For Beginners

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planetoss.com: KDE is my preferred choice of desktop and every time I install a distribution I spend around an hour customizing it to my taste. Most of the distributions provide customized KDE but most of the customization go into the functional aspect of KDE.

Communicating With the Other Half: NTFS Support in Linux

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linux-mag.com: NTFS support has been slow in coming to Linux. But new drivers are now available that enable you to read from, and even to write to, NTFS partitions, including removable media formatted with NTFS. We show you how.

Understanding the Ubuntu package repositories

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bethesignal.org/blog: During a thread about daylight savings confusion here in Sydney, Martin Barry asked the SLUG list why updates to Ubuntu packages go into a separate “updates” repository. John Ferlito suggested that I blog my answer…

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  • Trick grep not to report itself in a process search

  • Apt-Get Linux Fix
  • Quickzi: Find files over a certain size on Linux
  • Python: Regex Test Function
  • Save streaming audio and video as a file with Mplayer
  • Getting Compiz/XGL working on a Lenovo X61
  • Encrypted swap partition on Debian/Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Studio and NVIDIA 9600GT
  • Putting the Thinkpad T60p to sleep in Ubuntu Hardy Heron beta
  • HowTo: AD Domain Authentication in Ubuntu 7.04 Server

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  • A Lil’ Guide to Installing Ubuntu

  • Thinkpad Fingerprint Reader on Linux
  • Ubuntu 8.04 + Broadcom Wireless
  • BurnCDDA, a tool for creating audio Cds
  • FreeBSD: Updating ports with csup
  • Checking password strength for squirrelmail
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