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Pimp Your Shell

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HowTos

Bored with your black and white Linux prompt? Try these tips to pimp your shell prompt. I tested these tips with Bash shell version 2 and above.

Mozilla Firefox v2.0 Alpha 1 Screenshots

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Moz/FF

With a few months since Firefox v1.5 had been released, the Mozilla developers have been quick to progress in the Mozilla v2.0 development tree. As the Firefox 2 development progresses, among the many goals Mozilla wishes to address include Really Simply Syndication improvements, redoing their tabbing support, and many other nifty features to come.

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Fedora (Five)

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Reviews

My ever famous old laptop got an infusion of FC5 last night. And it was not that bad. I haven't had installed Fedora since FC3, so it was kinda new for me. The improved Anaconda is indeed extremely easy to use, it's a truly no-nonsense installer.

Sydney school teaches with Linux monopoly

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Linux

Linux may be struggling to gain a foothold in the primary and secondary education market but one Sydney school is setting itself higher grades - all without Microsoft.

Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG)

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HowTos

GNU Privacy Guard, or GPG, is a free replacement for the famous encryption tool PGP written by Phil Zimmermann. It is a tool for secure communication and data storage. It can be used to encrypt data and to create digital signatures. Here we'll provide a quick introduction to generating a key-pair and using it for basic tasks.

Tomorrows's date

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HowTos

At How can I find tomorrow's or yesterday's date in a script?, some anonymous person left what I consider to be a stupid comment. In this case, the answer (one answer) was right on on the page itself.

My desktop OS: Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo

As a Linux newbie, Red Hat Linux 9 impressed me. When that excitement wore off, I jumped cold turkey into Slackware Linux. I tried Ubuntu but it was too slow for my low-end desktop, a 32-bit 1.58GHz Sempron 2300 with 512MB of RAM and no swap file. By this time I was a competent Linux user who enjoyed using the console. I wanted to go beyond distros designed to be user-friendly because I found them to be almost always slow on low-end systems. Gentoo Linux's speed, power, and many application and configuration choices made it an appealing choice for me.

Ingres predicts the end of open source

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Interviews

In this second of a two-part vnunet.com interview, Ingres' chief technology officer Dave Dargo talks about his vision for open source and the role it plays in the world.

First official alpha release of Firefox 2.0 is imminent

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Moz/FF

Developers at the Mozilla Foundation are readying the first alpha version of the Firefox 2 open-source browser, and could release it as early as Tuesday. The release includes a new "Places" feature intended to make it easier to find and return to recently visited Web pages.

Sparc goes open source

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OS

Sun on Tuesday plans to release the underlying design of its UltraSparc T1 Niagara processor under the terms of the GPL.

Access your MySQL database for maintenance without a password

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One important part of running a database is maintenance, and that includes backups. However, due to the fact that the database is password-protected, one can't automatically back up the database without interactively supplying the password. You can avoid those hassles by creating a configuration file for the user to do the backups.

KMFL lets users change keyboards on the fly

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Software

Setting up support for international characters should be "seamless," several readers said in responses to my recent article, "Setting up international character support." Keyboard Mapping for Linux (KMFL), a free software project rapidly approaching its 1.0 release, is dedicated to providing that seamlessness by adding a keyboard layer to the GNU/Linux desktop that allows on-the-fly switching of keyboard mappings.

Emu Software Enters Canadian Open Source Market

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OS

Marking a major step in its expansion in North America, Emu Software, makers of the NetDirector Open Source Configuration Management system, today announces a key partnership with Savoir-Faire Linux, a leading Linux migration consultant in Canada.

IE 7, Firefox 2.0 Prepare to Do Battle-Someday

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Moz/FF

It's the browser battle of the future: Some time in the next year or so, Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.0 will battle head-to-head for the hearts and minds of Web surfers.

Is Dapper Drake the One?

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Ubuntu

Shuttleworth said that we would be living with Dapper "for a long time". It is reported that he also said "for five years". Given the current six-month release cycle for Kubuntu and SuSE, five years is a very long time. This brings up two questions: what does this five year number mean, and, well, why?

Users of SELinux Now Have a Choice on Security

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Linux

The release of a new open-source security package has sparked debate over how many Mandatory Access Control applications Linux really needs, and if more than one would just dilute volunteer efforts.

Better Living Through Open Source?

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OSS

Open source software such as Linux is non-proprietary, less complex, more efficient and freely available to anyone -- unlike Microsoft's Windows operating system. Linux is now the fastest growing software and powers eight of the 10 fastest supercomputers in the world.

Fedora Core 5 (Bordeaux) Screenshots

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Linux

Well well, the fifth installment of Fedora Core has been officially released. The codename for Fedora Core 5 is "Bordeaux" and among other new features to this release is a new Anaconda installer, Novell mono support, replacement of Up2date with Pirut/Pup, and the beginnings of the Fedora Rendering Project for desktop OpenGL effects. Some of the packages to be included in Fedora Core 5 is the Linux 2.6.15 kernel, X.Org v7.0, NetworkManager v0.6, and GNOME v2.14.0. Continue on as we investigate the happenings with this state-of-the-art release.

Encrypt filesystems with EncFS and Loop-AES

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HowTos

Encrypted filesystems may be overkill for family photos or your résumé, but they make sense for network-accessible servers that hold sensitive business documents, databases that contain credit-card information, offline backups, and laptops. EncFS and Loop-AES, which are both released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), are two approaches to encrypting Linux filesystems. I'll compare the two and then look at other alternatives.

Book Review: Beginning Python

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The Python interpreted programming language is relatively easy to learn and use (especially when compared to C or C++), but that doesn't mean you should do it on your own. Whether this is your first foray into programming or if you're interested in adding Python to your repertoire, Apress' Beginning Python can assist you in your learning.

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