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April 2007

E-mail Architecture Part II

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HowTos

Sending e-mail from the command line is something very easy to do with the plethora of tools available under linux for this. mail,mutt, nail, nmh etc. come to mind.

However to directly talk SMTP commands to the target host and deliverthe mail is something that needs some more work.

VMware Server 1.0.x

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Reviews

As the acknowledged leader in server virtualisation VMware is well aware of the pretenders snapping at its heels. Virtualisation remains a hot topic and it is becoming an increasingly crowded market, with a range of offerings, some commercial and some coming from the open source community.

Ulteo Declares a Desktop Revolution

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Linux

Several Linux systems debuted over the last few years with the promise of making Linux easier for the ordinary user. The lastest of the desktop debutantes is a mysterious Linux know as Ulteo.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5.02 Update

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Linux

SimplyMEPIS 6.5.02 is a minor update to the 6.5 release. The update adds Vista detection, newer alsa sound utilities, better handling of CDROM devices, etc. The updated ISOs are available at MEPIS online mirrors. Individual updated packages are available at the MEPIS 32 and 64 bit package pools.

Linux kernel: The battle of the CPU schedulers

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Linux

Since some time already, different patches are being written for the Linux kernel, which improve the CPU scheduler. The CPU scheduler, is that part of the kernel, that's responsible for assigning CPU time to the different task running on your system.

Art of Illusion 3-D graphics studio for Linux, Mac and Windows

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Software

Art of Illusion (AOI) is a 3-D graphics studio that provides modeling, texturing, animation, and rendering in a single program. It is designed to be easy to use so that new users can pick it up quickly, while still providing advanced features to let experienced users create professional-quality artwork.

Getting DNS information with dig

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HowTos

There exists a neat little tool in Unix command line toolbox called dig. The dig tool is designed to allow you to pull up DNS information and can be useful if you’re having network problems, or messing around with your DNS.

Blue Belle: Running PCLinuxOS Test 4

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Reviews

PCLinuxOS is an up-and-coming distribution that recently made it into Distrowatch.com's list of Top Ten Distributions. I installed PCLinuxOS Test 4 on a 10 GB partition (with a separate 1 GB /home partition) on an AMD Athlon 2600+ with 640 MB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce 6200 LE graphics card. This hardware is no great shakes nowadays, but it's plenty fast enough to run PCLinuxOS with all the bells and whistles.

My Week in Linux: Video and Games

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Linux

One of my long standing issues with moving to Linux was trying to find a suitable video conversion application for my Cowon D2. It had to churn out suitable files and let me transfer them without booting into Windows. I tried, and failed, many times to find a solution to this problem, and was content to just boot Windows from time to time.

NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 256MB

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Hardware
Reviews

The GeForce 8500GT is NVIDIA's value-priced contender in the GeForce 8 series. The 8500GT has a 450MHz core clock and 400MHz memory clock, but how is this $100 creation able to compete against other graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA?

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