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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

Roll your own Linux distro

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Linux

iTWire: There's no denying that Linux is a popular operating system and is genuinely seen by many as a viable alternative to Microsoft's market domination. However, once having decided to go with Linux, the next question is which Linux distribution to use?

Desktop search tools for GNU/Linux: Tracker, Recoll Strigi and Deskbar

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Software

freesoftwaremagazine: In Part One and Part Two of this blog, I looked at Beagle and its alternative interfaces (Peagle, Yabi and Peagle). In this last part, I want to take a look at three other search engines as viable replacements.

Virtual Hosting With vsftpd And MySQL On Debian Etch

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HowTos

Vsftpd is one of the most secure and fastest FTP servers for Linux. Usually vsftpd is configured to work with system users. This document describes how to install a vsftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users.

QuakeWars coming for Linux

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Gaming

the inquirer: PROGRAMMERS at Splash Damage, developing Quake Wars: Enemy Territory, have revealed that Linux support for the game will be imminently forthcoming after the Windows release.

Secure Your Connection With Open Source

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Software

sheehantu: You never know who may be watching your connection. With constitution violators like AT&T and other service providers your data can be in the hands of big brother. Here are a few tips for securing your online experience, so you can enjoy the web in peace.

BASH Command-Line Editing

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HowTos

lxpages.com blog: If you work on command-line often, then this reference guide is for you. This is a quick reference of Emacs and Vi while in command-line bash.

Four Reasons to Avoid Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

allaboutubuntu: I’ve spent recent days praising Ubuntu’s simplicity. My $1,400 investment in a screaming Dell machine running Ubuntu was money well spent. But I also realize Ubuntu won’t appeal to all users. In fact, I can think of at least four key reasons.

The Solaris Installation Experience

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OS

phoronix: There's a problem with Solaris and Sun knows it. The installation experience of Solaris (along with other areas) could be greatly improved. The installer doesn't "suck" as it's easy and known to Solaris administrators, but for a Linux or Windows user it could prove to be a bit challenging.

Hans Reiser: Once a Linux Visionary, Now Accused of Murder

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Interviews

Wired.com: Hans Reiser is waiting for me, standing on the other side of an imitation-wood table. The room is small, the concrete walls bare. A guard locks the steel door from the outside. There is no sound. Reiser is wearing the red jumpsuit of a prisoner in solitary confinement.

Tweaking KDE GUI Apps in a Gnome Environment

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HowTos

nerdica: For those of us who enjoy using the Gnome desktop environment, we know we want our GUI applications to be easy to use and seamless. But, there’s always that one program that uses the KDE QT library to provide a front-end.

AMD 8.38.6 Display Driver

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Software

Phoronix: Hitting the web this afternoon was the AMD 8.38.6 display driver. Introduced in this driver was official Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 packaging scripts.

Review: Pardus Linux 2007 Kurulan RC2

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Linux
Reviews

seopher: Pardus is a relatively unknown release funded and developed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and I was rather impressed with it last time, so let's give it another go and see what improvements have been made. NOTE: I appreciate this is a Release Candidate so it's not a final release, but I'm going to give it a preliminary review anyway.

KDE Built For Speed -- Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO

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Linux
Reviews

Caitlyn Martin: The new SOHO even sports a newer kernel under the hood: 2.6.20.3. Vector Linux SOHO resembles a next release rather than a different build of the same release. It probably should have been numbered 5.9 rather than 5.8 and it does deserve a separate review.

How to Install Compiz Fusion on Ubuntu

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HowTos

softpedia: We talked a few days ago about the Compiz and Beryl mergence and the name of the newly born project resulted from this fusion, Compiz Fusion. The following guide will teach you (step by step) how to install Compiz Fusion on your Ubuntu (Kubuntu) 7.04 operating system.

Mozilla + iTunes + Rhapsody = Songbird

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Moz/FF

internetnews.com: As Apple continues to extend its hegemony over the music industry, an alternative to iTunes from an MP3 veteran could be an alternative to the vendor lock between iTunes and the iPod player.

Wubi: Making it easy for Windows Users to Install Ubuntu

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Software

cybernet: We’ve seen this Ubuntu installer for Windows before, but now it has new features and a new name: Wubi Beta. It uses no confusing lingo, and even lets you choose a variety of options that similar applications don’t offer:

More useful commands for the Linux Newbie

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HowTos

pimpyourlinux: If you are just starting out with linux, and have no idea how to uncompress a gzip file, or do other simple commands, check this out. It will improve your speed with the Linux operating system.

Opera Software Shareholders Shake Up Company Board

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Software

linuxinsider: The Opera board reshuffle was backed by shareholders holding 80 percent of the company's shares, including the company's chief executive and founder, Jon S. von Tetzchner, who holds a 15 percent stake through the investment group Amadeus Invest II. William J. Raduchel, a former executive at Time Warner and Sun Microsystems, was appointed as the new chairman.

Two Gnome easter eggs

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Software

arsgeek: Want to have a little bit of fun with your Gnome desktop? here are a few easter eggs for you.

Measuring Linux and Open Source

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Linux

LinuxPlanet: Measuring success is a matter of definition, and therefore it can be a hard thing to pin down. And, it seems, the challenges of measurement go a lot deeper than something as subjective as "success." For something as objective as measuring, say, processor I/O, one would expect the answer to be very clear-cut and well defined.

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