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Story Banshee as a Platform? srlinuxx 15/07/2009 - 8:43pm
Story Do We Need a New Distro for Everything? srlinuxx 5 15/07/2009 - 8:33pm
Story Apache and the future of open-source licensing srlinuxx 15/07/2009 - 4:43pm
Story KDE 4 Rough Edges srlinuxx 1 15/07/2009 - 4:41pm
Story What I Like About Firefox srlinuxx 1 15/07/2009 - 4:38pm
Story The need to expand open-source licensing srlinuxx 15/07/2009 - 4:37pm
Story Second edition of Mandriva Linux One 2009.1 released srlinuxx 1 15/07/2009 - 4:26pm
Story Text Mode Linux Applications srlinuxx 15/07/2009 - 1:41pm
Story Ubuntu’s Karmic Koala Needs You srlinuxx 15/07/2009 - 1:39pm
Story Linux and the Brick and Mortal Establishment srlinuxx 15/07/2009 - 12:00pm

Port knocking: A security idea whose time has come

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Many, many innovations come from the Linux and Unix world. Few are more intriguing to me than port knocking. Port knocking works on the concept that users wishing to attach to a network service must initiate a predetermined sequence of port connections or send a unique string of bytes before the remote client can connect to the eventual service.

Build a Secure Wireless Portal with Linux

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Software

Ever since wireless Ethernet was born, a sizable number of folks decided that it should be freely available to the masses at no cost. Humans being what they are, admins of open wireless networks should be canny and careful. It's a good idea anyway to have some controls in place. There are a number of specialized applications for building wireless portals.

Easing Data Migration

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OS

Linux is emerging as the platform of choice for a growing number of enterprises across the globe. While moving to a new operating system is not trivial. The trick is don't move the data.

MyahOS 2.0 Released

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Linux

Announcing MyahOS 2.0. MyahOS 2.0 is a completely new system, rebuilt from the ground up using Slackware Current packages. It features the 2.6.15.3 test kernel and has patched in squashfs, unionfs, and bootsplash. It also sports the latest KDE 3.5.1 with the latest qt and xorg 6.9.0.

Top 10 reasons Linux pwns your OS

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Linux

You've probably heard the talk and seen the articles from Linux enthusiasts on how virtually any Linux distro can run rings around Windows. To help clarify things, Scott M. Morris, the editor of Novell's CoolSolutions website, has complied all the key reasons in one handy, bookmarkable article.

A Rebuttal to SJVN on Forks and Desktop Linux Direction

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Linux

Pardon me Steven, but I must have missed your article of equal "forking" outrage.

"MS/Linux" (Mark Shuttleworth/Ubuntu Linux) effectively forked from the Debian proper, core distribution by breaking binary compatibility with them. As you must know, there are now third-string distros promising binary compatibility with Ubuntu instead of Debian.

Off the Beaten Browser

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WHEN THE VAST MAJORITY of the world's PC users want to surf the web, they fire up Microsoft's Internet Explorer. That's a shame, because IE, as it's known in the Internet business, is probably the worst web browser you can use. Many users don't know there are alternatives.

SUSE 10.1 Beta 8 report

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Reviews
SUSE
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Well, it's that time of year again. Buttercups are blooming, little birds are making their way back, and a beta 8 of SUSE is released... BETA 8? Wow. Have you ever known a release to go through so many betas? According to the Roadmap, there may only be one or two release candidates though, and we can expect some kind of word as to the final release date sometime around April 13. But these things tend to change often and we'll be right here to keep you posted. We weren't privy to the beta7, so could we expect some major improvements this public release? Well, let's find out.

Public Test of DropTeam

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Gaming

This is a public multiplayer test release of DropTeam (download links below). The purpose of this release is to test DropTeam's network functionality with a large number of players. Anyone can play for free in order to help us test DropTeam. For Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X Tiger.

Open source 'split by digital divide'

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OSS

Local needs are not being met in developing countries, which are consumers not creators of open source software, says the United Nations University.

Code to Run XP on Mac May Become Open Source

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OSS

A couple of amateur programmers have managed to do what Apple Computer didn't want them to: get Microsoft's Windows operating system to run on the Macintosh. Nederkoorn said he expected they would make it available as open source software.

Making the move to Linux

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Linux

The numbers of SMB manufacturers turning from UNIX to open source operating systems seems to be increasing. One thing driving this is the increasing availability of ERP application suites ported to Linux.

PC Collective Cracks 2nd Enigma U-Boat Message

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Misc

A distributed computing project has cracked another 63-year-old message encrypted with the German navy's vaunted Enigma machine, the M4 Message Breaking Project has announced.

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Book Review: Linux In Easy Steps

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Reviews

As implied by the title, Linux In Easy Steps is an introduction to the open source operating system and is targeted very clearly at new users. In fact the cover proudly proclaims that it can take the reader from 'from NEWBIE to GURU', in full colour as well. That's a tall task, particularly as there are only 240 pages to go from absolute beginner to the heights of gurudom.

TW My sysadmin toolbox

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Software

My list of tools is aimed at non-professional system administrators who manage Linux machines in a home or small-office network. On my network, I use a number of security-related programs that I usually run as cron jobs. None of the programs are mentioned in the Top 75 Security Tools list, but I like them because they are easy to install and configure, and they work well. I also have a few recovery tools that I use when a system is having problems.

Will Suse 10's cool looks be enough to win hearts?

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SUSE

It has a clean and has immaculate look about it with enough eye-candy to make it a hit with both Linux enthusiasts good desktop design fans. But does the forthcoming vesion 10 of Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (previously called Novell Linux Desktop) really have what it takes to make the real inroads into the desktop OS sector Novell so badly needs to make?

Knoppix 5 Review

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Knoppix, the founder Klaus Knopper, created with what could be mentioned today as maybe one of the first LiveCD distributions. Knoppix had a great following when people found out that they could finally try out Linux without configuring their system to work with both Windows and Linux.

Review: GNOME 2.14

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The GNOME desktop has come a long way since a study sponsored by Sun Microsystems in 2001 raised usability issues. Since then, GNOME has learned to take usability seriously, developing its Human Interface Guidelines and making strong efforts to apply them more thoroughly with each release. The GNOME 2.14 release continues this tradition.

Also: Deskbar 2.14 screencast

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