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Story Further thoughts on Mandriva... srlinuxx 2 13/05/2010 - 1:54am
Story What Is Unity Linux? srlinuxx 6 12/05/2010 - 9:58pm
Story Gentoo Failed Us Again srlinuxx 12/05/2010 - 7:53pm
Story OpenOffice vs. Google Docs srlinuxx 12/05/2010 - 7:50pm
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Story Future GNOME: What to Expect in GNOME 3.0 srlinuxx 12/05/2010 - 7:43pm
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The State of Enterprise Linux

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Linux

For more than 20 years, Unix played the role of the 800 pound gorilla in the server space, especially in enterprise, scientific, government and academic environments. But traditional Unix vendors have faced increasing competition on two fronts. Microsoft Windows Server products have made significant inroads, particularly in the business back-end. To a lesser extent, but cutting closer to the bone, is competition from Linux.

Linux Desktop Gets a New (X) Face

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Software

The term Linux desktop is a bit of misnomer since there are actually many Linux desktop environments, including KDE and GNOME. Xfce 4.4 is now available.

Open source lobby fury over Office format fast-track

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OSS

Two leading open standards bodies claim Microsoft's new Office XML formats are being 'fast tracked' into official European ISO/IEC standards without due consideration.

openSUSE Build Service goes Open Source

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SUSE

The openSUSE team announced today the open sourcing of our openSUSE Build Service (OBS). We believe that it is not only important to release an excellent Open Source distribution but also create it in an open way with Open Source tools together with the openSUSE community. Releasing the build service as Open Source makes the complete project build on Open Source.

Automatic package update nagging with apticron

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HowTos

Do you need your machines to automatically alert you when new packages are available? apticron might be just the package you've been looking for.

What is this ar program thingy?

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HowTos

Travelling through the mysterious and wonderful world of the linux file system we come across a program called "ar" and we think to ourselves, "What is this 'ar' program thingy?". It sounds like a pirates exclamation but it is actually a very important program.

The State of the Union of FOSS

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OSS

Confidential White House sources have leaked to me a secretly included draft section of the President’s State of the Union address. These sources suspect that the Free Software Foundation (FSF), a suspected terrorist group, somehow gained access to the speech and included this section. It was purportedly caught at the last moment by a staffer who was literate enough to understand what she was reading. I release this copy of the rejected section, exposing myself to potentially grave peril, as a public service to our readers.

Linux Audio Players, Tested and Graded

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Software

One longstanding Unix tradition is best summed up thus: "Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together." On a Linux machine, this philosophy is most clearly visible from the command line. I use my main Linux desktop for a lot of things, but music-related activities are key. While visiting my family back home, I encountered Windows Media Player 11 and Apple's iTunes. I began to wonder if there were an all-in-one music application for Linux that I could love.

How not to release a live DVD game

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Linux

I was intrigued when I heard about SuperGamer, a beta live DVD based on PCLinuxOS. The DVD includes, in demo version for the most part, 3-D shooters America's Army, Doom 3, Postal 2, Cube, Enemy Territory, Nexuiz, Quake 4, Soldier of Fortune, UFO: Alien Invasion, and Wesnoth. Unfortunately, my SuperGamer/PCLinuxOS experience was as bad a Linux experience as I can remember having.

Sauerbraten - Cube 2 Based Free Multiplayer First Person Shooter

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Gaming

Sauerbraten is a popular free and open source computer game for Linux. It is a "First Person Shooter" game, that is, when you play it you see the world of the game from the perspective of the character that you control, giving you the impression of moving in the 3-dimensional space created by the game. The main activity of this character is running around in a fantastic world and shooting enemies or evil creatures.

War of words between aid organization and OLPC erupts

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OLPC

A war of words has erupted through email channels between Scandinavian-based aid organization FAIR and Dr Nicholas Negroponte of the One Latop Per Child (OLPC) project.

Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: The State of the Tiny

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Linux
Hardware

There is a distinct sub-culture in the Unix-type operating universe made up of gnarly old geekbeards who were raised up in the green-screen command-prompt era. They think X Window is for amateurs. These are the wizened gurus who take pride at keeping antique hardware in service. Throw away an old 386 or 486? Never. Me, I have a life. So let's take a look at some of the small form-factor devices that we can stuff Linux into.

Kernel Space: State of the Nouveau project

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Software

While NVidia refuses to release programming information for its video chipsets, one ambitious project is reverse engineering the hardware to develop open source support.

Control machines with your machine

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HowTos

This article is intended for new Linux users who wish to use their Linux-box for some real work. Speed control of an industrial motor? Sounds complicated? It’s not as complex an affair as it sounds. What’s interesting is that a PC powered with a Linux based Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) can be used to control anything from a small motor to a complex industrial drive with the utmost reliability.

5 Tips to Install Ubuntu From Windows

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HowTos

A great new prototype had been making the front page of a lot of publication recently. All the fuzz is about the new Ubuntu installer Windows based installer for Ubuntu. What’s the catch? The news was so over the place and the installer in such a bad shape that a lot of people could be discouraged.

The Road to KDE 4: Job Progress Reimagined

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KDE

Have you ever had your taskbar filled with 10 applications all doing something that involved waiting for a task to finish? Document Printing Progress, a K3b CD burning dialogue, Audio Encoding via KAudioCreator, File Transfers in Konqueror, Kopete, KTorrent, checking email in KMail... The new Jobs support in KDE 4 will unify the display of progress for these tasks, making it easy to see and manage what is happening on your system.

Tip of the Trade: apt-proxy

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HowTos

If you're running more than one Debian or Ubuntu computer on your network, you can speed up downloads and updates considerably by using a local package mirror. Packages need only be downloaded once to be available to all of your local clients.

The Open Source Initiative still lives

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OSS

There was a time when the OSI (Open Source Initiative) was one of the hotbeds of open source activity. After the retirement of its co-founder and leader, Eric S. Raymond, in January 2005, the OSI lost much of its fire. That may be changing soon, though.

Small businesses are ripe for free software

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OSS

Once upon a time, in a career far, far away, I worked for a very small business. I was tasked with upgrading the OLD PC’s. The budget was so miniscule that literally every penny counted. In the effort to get the best bang for the buck, I stumbled across these programs called free software. “Whoo-hoo, they’re free” I thought. Little knowing how that introduction to free software applications would change my life.

OpenOffice, Office 2007 get new tools

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OOo

Rivals Microsoft Corp. and OpenOffice.org on Tuesday both released toolkits that support building applications for their competing document file formats and productivity suites.

OpenOffice.org's toolkit allows developers to add the ability to save documents in Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) to a variety of applications.

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