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Story KDE netbook desktop: My guide to configuring and using it srlinuxx 03/08/2012 - 3:49am
Story openSUSE 12.2 RC 2 Released srlinuxx 03/08/2012 - 3:45am
Story Dreaming a Little Dream of the Ideal Linux Distro srlinuxx 03/08/2012 - 3:44am
Story GNOME implodes - again srlinuxx 3 02/08/2012 - 9:40am
Story The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 13 KDE falko 02/08/2012 - 9:20am
Story ZaReason's Valta X79 srlinuxx 02/08/2012 - 7:02am
Story Dia Does Diagrams Dutifully and Beautifully srlinuxx 02/08/2012 - 6:59am
Story Commodore 64 at 30: the specs compared srlinuxx 02/08/2012 - 6:57am
Story Look what Stella brought to CentOS 6.3 srlinuxx 02/08/2012 - 6:55am
Story WattOS R5: Not Ideal, But Still Nice srlinuxx 02/08/2012 - 6:45am

Damn Minuscule Linux: SliTaz 1.0

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Linux

reddevil62-techhead.blogspot: 25MB... surely this is a mistake? A Linux distribution which includes Firefox, an audio player, a CD ripper/encoder, email, FTP client and lots more... with a 25MB ISO footprint? Someone’s having a laugh, aren’t they? Er, actually, no.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • OOo Basic crash course: Creating a simple game using strings in a database

  • Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (Debian Etch & Apache2)
  • HowTo: Identify your IPv4/IPv6 Loopback Address
  • How To Configure Automatic Updates Schedule In Ubuntu

Donate for the Libre Graphics Meeting

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GIMP

gimp.org: The 3rd annual Libre Graphics Meeting will be held in Wrocław, Poland May 8 - 11. We are trying to raise USD$ 20,000 in the next 16 days before Friday, April 18th in order to support the conference and to help developers with travel and accommodation costs.

ISO: Office Open XML ratified as standard

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OSS

news.com: As expected, the ISO on Wednesday announced that Office Open XML (OOXML) has been approved as a standard, marking the end a long and sometimes contentious path.

Also: * OOXML approval only first step in road to adoption
* ODF Alliance Statement on the ISO Vote on OOXML
* ISO/IEC DIS 29500 receives necessary votes for approval as an International Standard

today's leftovers

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News
  • Study: April Fool's Day 37% Less Fooling

  • Mercurial - my 2 cents
  • Who wrote Linux update
  • Ubuntu’s Shuttleworth blames ISO for OOXML’s win
  • Get answers to all your Linux questions direct from the source
  • 10 Great Linux Commercials
  • Linux and FOSS - Are You An Advocate or a Zealot?
  • Mozilla Developer News April 1
  • Brasero 0.7.x, the trivial speed bug
  • PCLinuxOS, April 2008 and The Clash of Leading Linux Titans
  • Linux: Too Much of a Good Thing?
  • Reiser How-To Wiki: Sleep in a Tiny Car, Convert Hatchback to Bed

PCLinuxOS Magazine April 2008 Released

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PCLOS

PCLinuxOS Magazine, April 2008 (Issue 20) is available to download. Some highlights include: PCLinuxOS...On a Stick, Smart Package Manager and PCLinuxOS, and PCLinuxOS Based Distros.

Extensions for OpenOffice.org Impress

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OOo

linuxjournal.com: Extensions have long been written for OpenOffice.org Writer. However, the fact that attention is finally being paid to other applications seems a sign that OpenOffice.org is finally starting to develop an active extension-writing community. A case in point is the recent availability of extensions for Impress.

more howtos:

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HowTos
  • Fancy a XP on Your Ubuntu? (XPde)

  • Quickzi: How To Set Cron to Run Every 5 Minutes
  • Nautilus Tip: Quickly Open Special Locations
  • Recording Skype calls in Linux
  • Using Bash To Access The Network Via File Descriptors

What Happens When You Call Microsoft Support To Remove Linux?

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Microsoft

fsckin.com: For this April Fools’ day, I’ll call Microsoft to help me uninstall Linux. Yes, that’s right. Microsoft would willingly help me uninstall Linux, they even have a Knowledgebase article on it, and all I would need to do is tell them I’m having some problems following the KB article, and they would helpfully guide me through it.

Kernel space: ELF prediction to speed application startup

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Linux

computerworld: A new technique might make it faster to get started with a large application, by giving the kernel advance notice of what are most likely to be the program's commonly used memory pages.

SliTaz 1.0 on 450Mhz K6-2, 256Mb

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Linux

kmandla.wordpress: I’ve been getting a lot of links back to an offhand post I made about three months ago about SliTaz, but I realize now I never really “reviewed” that distro, if you can call these random notes “reviews.”

Wall Street still likes Linux, but for new reasons

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Linux

betanews.com: Of all of the industies deploying Linux and open source software, financial services have been among the earliest adopters. But what do banks and brokerages see in these emerging alternatives besides possibly lower up-front costs?

Hans Reiser Explaining 'Construction Project' and Nina's Blood

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Reiser

blog.wired.com: Hans Reiser took the witness stand for the eighth day at his murder trial here Monday and offered innocent explanations over why his wife's blood was discovered at his house, the last place where she was seen alive.

Gentoo 2008.0 Beta LiveCD Screenshots

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Gentoo

phoronix.com: Gentoo 2008.0 Beta 1 has been released. This is no April Fools' Day joke, it's really here. We have some screenshots up of the Gentoo 2008.0 Beta 1 i686 LiveCD.

Marcel Gagné: Moving to Windows

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Linux
Humor

marcelgagne.com: After years of trying to convince others, and myself I might add, I've decided that Windows is in fact the superior operating system. Yes, that's right. I'm moving from Linux to Windows.

Epiphany

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Software
Humor

Over the last few months, the Epiphany development team has been discussing the future of the Gnome web browser. The Epiphany dependency on Gecko creates a number of problems for us.

Important Notice for English Archers

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Linux
Humor

archlinux.org: Over the past two months, great discussion has passed on the private development list, and we have come to the conclusion that keeping Arch as a primarily English distro is a disservice to our largest user-base. As such, we have decided in majority vote to change the official, primary language of Arch Linux to German.

Open source barred from Australian government

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OSS

zdnet.com.au: Government was once the great hope for open source but it will continue to diminish due to a lack of support according to the CIO's of Australia's largest government agencies.

The Asus Eee PC (Part Three): The Alternative Distros

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Linux

freesoftwaremagazine.com: Getting a full KDE desktop up and running will not give you the unexpurgated GNU/Linux experience because of space constraints and the nature of Unionfs. The solution to this is the one that has been around since Unix hackers were in short trousers. Install a different distro.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • OpenSSH SFTP chroot() with ChrootDirectory

  • HowTo: Get Disk, Partition And Folder Space Usage
  • Installing OpenOffice 2.4 on Ubuntu Gutsy
  • How to Install Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera on Ubuntu
  • Home Network Security- Part2 SNORT
  • Linux Networking 3: network bridge and bump in the wire
  • Maximise Linux Memory usage
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