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Story Mandriva Linux avoids bankruptcy; we test the new version srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 11:47am
Story Linux Distributions - Why Choice Is A Good Thing srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 11:48am
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 362 srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 11:51am
Story Spotify for Linux arrives srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 1:39pm
Story Midori 0.2.6: Simple, lightweight, but still needs work srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 1:40pm
Story LinuxUser kernel column #89 srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 1:42pm
Story Even as SCO dies, the company lies srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 5:37pm
Story Five tips to make your bash life easier srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 5:41pm
Story SystemRescueCd 1.5.6 srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 5:42pm
Story Parted Magic 5.0 released srlinuxx 12/07/2010 - 5:43pm

A clear case for operating system harmony

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SUSE

There was scepticism last year when arch-rivals Microsoft and Novell signed an alliance which would see Microsoft sell and support Linux systems.

Some argued that it was a ploy by Microsoft to convert Linux users to Windows. Now two of the world's largest organisations - Wal-Mart and HSBC - have signed up to Microsoft's Linux.

How do I... Configure TightVNC for remote access?

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HowTos

Numerous remote administration and connectivity tools exist to help support technicians and IT administrators troubleshoot, maintain, and access systems in different locations. Some are easy to use and require no firewall configuration. Others possess expensive and potentially prohibitive licensing requirements, while delivering more advanced functionality.

How to create a command-line password locker

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HowTos

Like many people, I have too many passwords to remember. To keep them straight, I wrote a simple password locker script using dialog and GnuPG (GNU Privacy Guard). The script prompts the user for a master password using a dialog box, unencrypts a file that holds a list of passwords, and opens the file in a text editor. When the editor is closed, the script re-encrypts the password file.

Howto install & use Flash, Java, Real Player 32 bit plugins under 64 bit Firefox

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HowTos

Recently I found nspluginwrapper which allows to use 32bit plugins on a 64bit Firefox browser using nspluginwrapper. It is an Open Source compatibility plugin for Netscape 4 (NPAPI) plugins. That is, it enables you to use plugins on platforms they were not built for.

For example, you can following plugin on Linux/x86_64 , NetBSD and FreeBSD platforms:
=> Acrobat Reader (v5.0.9, v7.0.1)

Gnome GDM Tricks

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HowTos

It is possible to launch GDM, Gnome's Desktop Manager, automatically at startup so that you don't have to type startx all the time. Assuming you already have Gnome installed on your system, you just have to open as root /etc/inittab, and add the following line at the end of the file:

In Search Of GPL Version 3: The Long Road To Nowhere

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OSS

A month ago, I started down a path that I hoped would lead me to a great prize: an explanation from the authors of how the General Public License Version 3.0 was shaping up. Little did I know that this journey would contain more curves than San Francisco's Lombard Street.

Free Software Versus Open Source Software

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OSS

The terms "Free Software" and "Open Source Software" are often used interchangeably, and even abbreviated together as F/OSS (for "Free/Open Source Software"). Are there any differences between the two? If so, what are those differences? If not, why do the two different names exist? David Chisnall examines this paradox.

The Birth of Free Software

Using RADIUS to authenticate users with RSA SecurID

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HowTos

Recently I was tasked with authenticating users who carry RSA SecurID tokens. I was highly inspired by Jeff Wirth and his success using RADIUS to authenticate with SecurID Tokens on FreeBSD. While I'm not a fan of non-free software, it's possible to make each server authenticate against the non-free RSA Ace server using only free software.

The Visual History of Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

While Debian has been around for over a decade, Gentoo for five years, and Mandriva/Mandrake for nearly nine years, in less than three years of existence Ubuntu has received the most attention and generated the greatest amount of publicity in the Linux limelight. Why is that?

Top five PC manufacturers fail naked PC test

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Hardware

IT professionals are being forced to adopt Microsoft's operating systems — even if they tell their PC supplier they want a system free of Microsoft software, ZDNet UK's research has revealed.

Why Linux Mint?

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Ubuntu

I received an interesting email the other day that I wanted to share with you:

Hi, Matt
Here’s another tip-of-the-cap for Linux Mint, as compared to my Ubuntu distro.

Science stars trace a long handwritten journey

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Software

Alan Pierce stands next to a computer in a darkened classroom and traces "h-e-l-l-o" on a small computer's touch-sensitive data entry screen.

Instantly, "hello" appears in typewritten text, projected on a 5-by-8-foot wall screen behind him, below the likeness of his handwritten greeting.

Canonical Ltd Launches Global Partner Programme for Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Canonical Ltd, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced its newly created Partner Programme to drive awareness and adoption of business-ready, Open Source server platforms, and desktop solutions.

Backing Up with Keep

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HowTos

Keep is the second entry in my Backing Up series. It is a lightweight app that makes it simple to create and manage multiple backups. At first glance Keep's feature set looks very solid, but when trying it out I quickly discovered some limitations that really limit its potential.

I tested with version 0.3.0 and 0.4.0 on Kubuntu Edgy and 0.4.0 on Debian Etch.

Appearance and Useability

Will Microsoft buy Novell?

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SUSE

The answer to that question is probably not, though the thought had crossed my mind. In a way they already have done in a small way, they have given Novell approximately a quater's worth of net profit in return for what appears to be a cut of all Open Enterprise and SUSE Linux sales. Although no shares have changed hands, this, in itself, seems to me to be a kind of "virtual" company sale.

Nominations open for second annual Mellon Foundation technology awards

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OSS

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Research in Information Technology (RIT) program has opened nominations for the 2007 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC). Prizes of $50,000 to $100,000 will be awarded to the winners in December. Any open source software project that assists educational or not-for-profit ventures is eligible to be nominated, and self-nominations are allowed.

Taiwan notebook players sound off on Linux

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Linux

Considering that Dell recently asked its clients for their opinions on selling Linux-based notebooks, it was interesting to raise the same question to Taiwan-based notebook http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/add/storyplayers, and the results showed that branded players are more conservative than ODM manufacturers concerning adopting Linux compared with a Microsoft operating system (OS).

Ubuntu impressions 5 days on

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Ubuntu

Five days ago I installed linux for the first time in a decade. am I impressed? Hell yes. upfront, ease of use, intuitive configuration and accessibility were great. everything was detected and worked out of the box, or should i say out of the ISO.

Apache Software Foundation: 2007 Open Source Outlook

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Interviews

Open Source is enjoying a fabulous ride, with F1000 adoption growing, developers and architects seeking training and new projects incubating and maturing all the time.

Recovering data from a damaged partition

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HowTos

Most of the time GNU/Linux is a powerful Operating System. Sometimes, i wish i had think thought before using one of its great console command, the simple and rapid dd.

In order to make room on one hard drive, i used dd to sweep the first 512 bytes of the boot sector, in order to let the other operating system to boot by itself instead of using lilo.

Step 1: what is missing ?

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