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Story Arch + XFCE: The perfect Desktop srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:16pm
Story Peppermint Linux: An interesting approach srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:17pm
Story Tech worker testifies of 'blue screen of death' on oil rig's computer srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:20pm
Story Screen: A SysAdmin's PowerTool srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:47pm
Story 5 Websites To Learn About GIMP Photo Editing srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:49pm
Story Eight free open source books srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 4:51pm
Story Using KDE 4 srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 7:53pm
Story openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 133 out now srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 7:55pm
Story Seven Ubuntu Derivatives worth Checking Out srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 7:56pm
Story What’s happening in compizland? srlinuxx 24/07/2010 - 7:58pm

Planet Penguin Racer

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It’s about time for another FOSSwire game post and this time I’m going to be looking at Planet Penguin Racer.

PP Racer is actually a fork of a now-abandoned game, Tux Racer. You can still download the old Tux Racer, but the last news for it was back in 2001. For the newer levels and features, you’ll probably want to play PP Racer.

Burning Issues With Vista

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Having heard that Vista's CD/DVD burn utility by default uses a nonstandard format, possibly as a result of yet another one of Microsoft's lock-in schemes, I decided to check things out for myself. That would also give me a nice chance to see what Vista was all about.

The plan was simple:

1. Locate a Vista box,
2. Bring empty CD's plus some arbitrary files on a USB stick, and

openSUSE Simple Software Installּ

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A great solution for finding and installing software in openSUSE.

Benjamin Weber's solution provides a meta-repository of packages from repositories around the web, and a meta-package format makes it very easy to install new software, without having to find and register new repositories, or even start the dreaded YaST...

on desktop wars

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Yesterday, after arriving at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Sevilla, I had three people in a row claiming one of the following: "You're a KDE guy, I'm GNOME guy, so we should be fighting (rather than drinking beer together)", "KDE? Sorry, I'm a GNOME user." or "... (silence)".

Dell To Fix Misleading Advertising Links

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In late February or early March, active LXer member, cyber_rigger, raised concerns about Dell advertising links showing up in Google searches related to Linux computers. In searching on the terms "linux notebooks", a Dell ad appeared in the result page.

Nina Reiser Couldn’t Win

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Nina Reiser vanished sometime during the day on September 5, 2006, after taking her children to visit Hans Reiser. Though Nina is still missing, investigators in Oakland, California eventually gathered enough evidence against Hans Reiser to charge him with her murder.

Litrix v7.4 Linux LiveCD Screenshots

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We've never heard of this Brazilian Linux distribution but decided to give it a shot with the recent release of Litrix v7.4. The Litrix LiveCD is based upon Gentoo Linux and with the new additions in v7.4 being NTFS write support, support for wireless networking, i686 optimizations, NVIDIA's binary blob pre-installed, and Beryl integration.

Linux: Improved KVM Performance, Vista Support

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Avi Kivity announced significant performance improvements and support for running 32-bit Windows Vista as a guest within the latest release of KVM.

The happy theme of today's kvm is the significant performance improvements, brought to you by a growing team of developers. I've clocked kbuild at within 25% of native.

More Here.

Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On Debian Etch

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This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine.

Simple Instructions for enabling all Necessary Repositories with openSUSE

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The openSUSE Community website has a neat and tidy guide for enabling all the necessary repositories that you would need, on openSUSE. This includes the online OSS and Non-OSS repositories, as well as the popular Guru and Packman repositories.

brightside: workspace switcher

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This utility for the GNOME desktop allows you to switch between virtual desktops by moving the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen, as if dragging it to the next one beside it, and is a nice alternative to keyboard shortcuts for the more mouse-oriented user.

Ubuntu on an Asus A8j laptop

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I bought a shiny new laptop recently to replace my old Dell Inspiron 8000.

The Asus A8j is a top notch machine with only one major drawback: the LCD display is not on the same level of quality of the other components.

True transparent eye candy on Fluxbox

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I often hear people asking how to install compiz, beryl on Fluxbox at IRC during the period when 3D desktop effects caught the crowd’s attention. And the answer is definitely NO! you can’t mix beryl with Fluxbox.


Tips for transitioning to a GNU/Linux distribution

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So, you've made the choice to try a GNU/Linux distribution or distro and have completed the installation. But now what? While doing some spring cleaning on my desk, I came across the notes from my last distro installation. Here are the key tips that made my last transition from Windows to GNU/Linux easier.

How to enable subpixel hinting in openSUSE 10.2

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Only works on openSUSE 10.2 -- on older openSUSE versions, it might create issues because the following instructions also upgrade to the latest freetype2 library.

Rebuild freetype2 with subpixel hinting

Note: the following commands must be executed using your regular non-root account

Ubuntu 7.04 Online Documentation

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Finally we’ve managed to get the online documentation for Ubuntu 7.04 up and running. Check it out at

The documentation for Ubuntu 7.04 is the product of some serious restructuring of the way we present documentation in Ubuntu, and the documentation team hopes that users will find it useful.

More Here.

How-To: Import Thunderbird Emails to Evolution

Lately, I wanted to make the move from Thunderbird to Evolution. The main motivation for this move was the fact that Evolution is by far well more integrated with Gnome Desktop, Beagle...

Linux computer shrunk to size of postage stamp

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"Honey, I've shrunk your Linux computer!" It's now the size of a postage stamp.

Yet, it has all the power of a full-sized board — complete with 32 megabytes of memory; 16 MB of storage and the interconnects needed to fuel any standard Linux application.

openSUSE 10.2

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I like to keep a Linux partition around on my main machine, for doing the odd bit of testing when I need to. I’ve had Ubuntu on there in recent years, but it’s gotten rather old, and I had a bad experience with the X auto configuration last time so I decided to try SUSE again this time to see what it was like.

What’s Good

Linux gets one over on Windows

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It's taking a long time, but with each new generation of the Linux computer operating system, open source software takes a step towards being a viable alternative for consumers to Microsoft's Windows.

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