Evesham/AOpen Mini PC Plus

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Hardware

It's finally arrived - the first Mac Mini clone. Our review system was supplied by Evesham, but the barebone chassis is manufactured by AOpen and has been known as the 'Pandora'. Sadly this catchy name is gone - AOpen has re-named it the Mini PC, which is just plain boring. Anyhow, name aside, this is a really cool-looking little machine - it arguably looks even better than the Mac Mini, mainly due to its aluminium case.

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Return to Na Pali ...er ...Nepalinux

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Linux
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A brand new distro has been released and Tuxmachines is on the case. NepaLinux is a Debian-based live and installation CD localised into the Nepali language, complete with Nepali fonts, input method, spell and grammar checker, dictionary, and GNOME theme. It was said, "With the launching of the software, Nepali people who are using pirated software can use Nepali software free of cost." Well, any purpose that produces a new linux distro is good enough for me. But can NepaLinux persuade windows pirates to switch?

Celebrity Deathmatch: Windows XP vs SUSE Linux

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Microsoft
SUSE

The mission that I set for myself some months ago was to find a desktop Linux worthy of replacing Windows XP—to rejoin the world of free software. A friend of mine in Minneapolis was using a Linux that I had never tried before: SUSE Linux. Goodbye, Windows XP. Goodbye, Fedora. Hello, SUSE.

Bandwidth and Traffic Monitoring for the Home PC

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HowTos

So, you have ADSL. Or you have your Linux box connected to a network (not by a phone line) and you have quite a traffic.

You need some tools to monitor your network traffic.

Scratch-Less Disc CD-R

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Hardware

When data stored on CDs and DVDs are vital for ones well being whether it be a backup of financial records or storing pictures from the holidays, losing this data can be quite a hardship. A new company has begun creating a scratch-resistant disc.

Sir Tim and the Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Web

In 1990, the world recieved the first Web browser for Christmas. Santa, in the form of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was very good to us indeed. Fifteen years ago this week, the world received what has turned out to be a most wonderful Christmas present: WorldWideWeb, the very first Web browser.

The Art of Troubleshooting

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HowTos

Yes, troubleshooting is an art!. The key points to mastering this art is knowing the system in and out, using the right tools and, of course, googling. Troubleshooting a problem is not something that can be spoon fed or taught with precise steps. It has to evolve from logical thinking and thorough knowledge of the system.

Open-Source Start-Ups Challenge Red Hat, Novell

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Linux

Linux pundits see that, on the strength of revenues, Red Hat is clearly the leader in North America while SuSE has some strength in Europe. But this competition is not happening in a vacuum. Both are fighting in Asia where there are other competitors such as TurboLinux and Red Flag, which comes from China.

Gaim 2.0b - Flooded in Feedback

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Software

Wow! We've all been completely swamped in feedback since Saturday's beta release. I'm personally surprised how positive it is as a whole. We've gotten a ton of really well-founded gripes too.

Linux XP 2006

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Linux
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An updated version of Linux XP was released on December 21 and since then I had been waiting for an English release. There was an English directory on the mirror, so I thought one would be forthcoming. I gave up. I downloaded the Russian version and was able to get it to display in English with a few mouse clicks. So don't let the fact it's a Russian distro throw you off. Test it out anyway... if you want a distro that is based on Fedora/Redhat, comes with a 2.6.10 kernel, Xorg 6.8.1, and gnome 2.12, yet looks remarkably like KDE meets Windows.

New worm for Linux

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Security

This morning a new worm for Linux appeared on the Internet. This is the second worm in the last couple of months. (The one before this one, Lupper, appeared on 7th November 2005). This shows how relatively rare Linux worms are in comparison to Windows worms.

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The future of OS/2 - Open source or not?

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OS

Yesterday saw IBM cease the sale of the OS/2 Operating system. Come the 31st of December, standard support for the OS will end also. However, a significant number of companies and people continue to use it, and they are finding ways for OS/2 to live on.

Clustering - A technology to solve common computational problems

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Software

In the computer world, when people talk about clustering, they are refering to technologies that allow multiple computers to work together to solve common computing problems.

An introduction to bash completion: part 2

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HowTos

Previously we showed how to add basic completion to commands, using facilities which were already provided by the bash completion routines. In this second part we'll demonstrate how to add completely new custom completion to commands.

US film institute picks Penguins

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Movies

The documentary film March of The Penguins has been branded a "moment of significance" by a US movie body. The American Film Institute (AFI) chose six events and trends from 2005 from the US movie and TV industries.

Recovering Data with Foremost

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HowTos

Sometimes you can craftily restore a damaged master boot record after an all night hack-a-thon. With proper care, restoration software, and carefully maintained backups it usually isn't necessary to read data raw off a partition.

But even with the best recovery systems in place accidents can still happen. When you've written over the MBR of your system after deleting it during a 4AM coding marathon more drastic measures than a backup restore are called for. Enter Foremost.

Installing Spamassassin

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HowTos

Spam is one of the biggest problems of the internet and just about everybody has written Bill Gates. I did not want to be one of those guys who blogs and never wrote about spam, one of the most loved subjects of bloggers. Here are some methods to avoid spam.

Opinion: XP faster than Linux? Not so fast!

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OS

In a recent so-called Desktop Linux versus Windows XP shootout, writer George Ou declares that "Microsoft handily beat the open source platform." The basis for this judgment? "OS boot time and application load times" on two different PCs. Oh, dear. This isn't right at all.

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