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Linux That Looks Like Windows: Bad!

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Linux

A few articles have appeared recently discussing the copying of the Windows interface to Linux to ease user migration, such as this one. This is nothing new - Windows-like Linux desktop environments such as LXP and xpde have been in existence for a few months/years. I think these projects are great because the developers are enjoying their work and I’m sure that some people use their products, but I don’t believe that this is the right way to attract Windows users to desktop Linux.

Suse 10.2, parts 6 & 7

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SUSE

Beagle is Gnome's answer to built-in desktop indexing and search. The heart of Beagle appears to be beagled, the Beagle daemon. I went out earlier today to run a number of errands leaving europa on and running with openSuse. When I returned home several hours later, I came back to an unresponsive machine.

Also: Media support, mixed at best

Installing OpenBSD for the first time

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BSD
HowTos

There are dozens of ways to install OpenBSD. The following tasks will help you install OpenBSD on an i386-compatible computer for the first time, using one of the most common scenarios.

The Buzz About Aldrin

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Software

For the past month I've been building and playing with Leonard 'paniq' Ritter's Aldrin, a music production system that combines a tracker-style composition interface with audio synthesis and processing modules called machines.

Comparing remote backup options

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HowTos

I have always been interested in backups. Most recently, I have been trying to decide how to best implement the concept of "Separation". This requires that I store my data in multiple geographic locations to prevent a local disaster from destroying all copies of my data.

Also: The easy way to resize hard drive partitions

Suse 10.2, part 5: Fixing an annoying boot splash screen

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SUSE

When you first start Suse Linux, you're presented with a Grub splash screen menu that allows you to select between one or more boot options. If you're like me, you've got at least four; Windows XP, openSuse 10.2, floppy, and openSuse 10.2 failsafe. The problem with the current boot screen is somebody decided it would be cool to have the bland blue Suse boot screen 'randomly' trade places with a penguin-themed boot screen background, complete with running and tumbling penguins.

Using mixmaster to send anonymous email

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HowTos

This is a document that explains how to install mixmaster and how to use it to send email. Mixmaster is described by the debian package system as An anonymous remailer is a computer service that privatizes your email. A remailer allows you to send electronic mail to a Usenet news group or to a person without the recipient knowing your name or your email address. Anonymous remailers provide protection against traffic analysis.

The Quirks I Ran Into With Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

In a previous post Nico suggested that I could write a post about the quirks and the reasons I found Ubuntu too difficult to use in hopes that those developing it could make it more accessible. I do agree that it could be beneficial for others to hear what I ran into.

How To Crash and Break Xfce4 In Xubuntu Edgy

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Ubuntu

While I stand by my glowing review of Xubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft), I have yet to find any release of any Linux distribution which was free of bugs or quirky behavior. The latest releases of the Ubuntu family of distributions are no different.

To binary or not to binary, that is the question

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OSS

The Ubuntu developers are in the process of deciding whether to enable binary-only drivers by default in their installation process, under certain limited circumstances. This decision process has prompted the latest wave in a conversation that's nearly as old as Linux itself.

Running Ubuntu Linux on Acer Tablet PCs Part III

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Ubuntu

Installing Ubuntu was a snap. Since I had chosen to completely get rid of Windows altogether, instead of dual booting, I backed up all my sensitive data, music, Word documents, photos, etc., to my external NTFS hard drive.

Hey wow! Looking Glass 3D

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Linux
Reviews

Out of curiosity, I downloaded and installed Looking Glass 3D 1.0. This stuff is pretty sweet. It reminds me a lot of the early days of Compiz, in the sense that there’s an enormous sense of potential, waiting to be tapped.

Mount a Remote Folder using SSH on Ubuntu

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HowTos

Connecting to a server across the internet is much more secure using SSH. There is a way that you can mount a folder on a remove server using the SSHFS service.sshfs is a filesystem client based on the SSH File Transfer Protocol.

Show source-package information apt-show-source

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HowTos

This program parses the APT lists for source packages and the dpkg status file and then lists every package with a higher version number than the one installed.

The Microsoft Tax revisited

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Microsoft

The genesis of this article began when a colleague, who knew of my interest in, use and advocacy of GNU/Linux handed me a printout of a news story of Dave Mitchell, in Sheffield, England, who purchased a Dell laptop with the express purpose of installing GNU/Linux on it. Now, this got me thinking.

Transparent Terminal Windows

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HowTos

While most tasks can be conveniently accomplished using the graphical user interfaces of the Linux desktop, experienced users often find it more efficient to go back to the "command line". Unfortunately, the default terminal windows are usually set to a boring black on white or white on black. But this can be easily changed to look much cooler.

Browser Wars 2.0

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Software

With new versions of two of the most popular Web browsers coming out at nearly the same time, we examined both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.0, keeping a keen eye out for functionality and aesthetic improvements over prior versions.

Linux: Ubuntu Founder On Microsoft “Challenge”

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Interviews
Ubuntu

Taking a trip into space hasn’t been Mark Shuttleworth’s biggest challenge. Instead the one-time space tourist counts building an open-source company and working to hook users on the Linux as his most testing venture. Mr. Shuttleworth spoke with Red Herring about recent developments in the world of open source and his plans for Ubuntu.

Open-Source Predictions for 2007

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OSS

Open source came out on strong in 2006. Open-source advocates are promising more to come in 2008. Here are some of the predictions open-source experts are making for the coming year.

Formatting cells in OpenOffice.org Calc

I've seen spreadsheets that are basically interactive tutorials, and many more loaded with what Edward Tufte refers to as "chartjunk" -- embellishments that do nothing to make the presentation of information more effective. Yet, generally, spreadsheets are treated pragmatically. Certainly, few people worry about their layout than the layout of text documents. Still, even if you share this attitude, learning the basic formatting options for cells in OpenOffice.org Calc can be worth your time.

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