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Why Flash 9 for Linux is taking so long

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Software

Adobe skipped a version of Flash for Linux and released stable versions of the Flash 9 player for Windows and Mac OS X long before the beta of Flash 9 to Linux users. Paul Betlem, senior director of engineering for Adobe, explained why the process is taking so long.

Fork off Mr Ballmer!

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SUSE

Any serious, committed user of GNU/Linux who hasn’t heard about the Microsoft/Novell deal has either been slightly dead or at the bottom of an Albanian tin mine shaft. When names of such quality and recognition are speaking out so vehemently and with much greater knowledge and experience than me, I’m inclined to sit up and take notice.

Stable Linux Kernel 2.6.19 Released

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Linux

Linus has just tagged v2.6.19 of his vanilla Linux kernel tree. Not many changes here, so if it doesn't compile it's your fault. But the kernel team might just fix it anyway Wink So go get it. It's one of those rare "perfect" kernels.

BeleniX LiveCD v0.5.1 Screenshots

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OS

BeleniX, our favorite OpenSolaris-based LiveCD here at Phoronix, has come out with a new release. New in BeleniX 0.5.1 Firefox 2.0, Thunderbird 1.5.0.8, Koffice 1.6.0, C++ runtime libraries from the SUN Studio Suite, and the inclusion of NVIDIA's proprietary display drivers. BeleniX 0.5.1 is also up to date with OpenSolaris build 52. If you've never tried out BeleniX, it's certainly a handy LiveCD worth trying out.

Nice Screenshots.

Firefox Logo Crop Circle from Google Maps

Nixcraft has linked to the famous Firefox Logo Crop Circle from Google Maps and earth. Pretty cool. Take a click.

Make a DVD Slideshow Using QDVDAuthor

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HowTos

Last weekend a family member asked me if I knew how to create slideshow on a DVD and it got me thinking. After browsing the apps in the DVD Authoring category I settled upon QDVDAuthor and decided to give it a try.

The problem with 3rd party repositories

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Linux

I am a big supporter of the idea of a common repository format for all software management tools around Linux. But: whenever you install software from someone else, you should be aware that this person can gain total control of your entire system. And that’s a big security risk!

Google Toolbar FIX for Firefox 2

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HowTos

So I’ve realized that the Google Toolbar will not install on Ubuntu 6.10 “Edgy Eft” with Firefox 2. I did however figure out a fix for it. Below are instructions for downloading, “fixing” and installing the Google Toolbar on Firefox 2.

KDE - select audio device

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HowTos

GNOME has a nice selector to select the output device for audio. Apparently, KDE does not have any (at least up to version 3.5.2 I’m running). I figured out a rather simple way to select the ALSA audio device.

Tux`s progress

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Linux

The “Linux vs Windows” debate generally revolves around the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) issue. Decision-makers rely heavily on their assessment of TCO. It is important to understand the dynamics of different segments of the market.

Xen GUI In Fedora Core 6

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Software

The new version (6) of Fedora Core, which became available for download in November, shows that major Linux vendors see the importance of virtualisation and virtual private servers in years to come. Xen in Fedora Core 6 comes with a GUI named Virtual Machine Manager.

Review: Arch64, Archlinux for 64bit processors

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Linux
Reviews

I love Slackware, and at one time Arch Linux was my absolute favorite. I recently upgraded to an Athlon64 3200. I tried a variety of distros, only to run into problems I didn’t have time to fix. Fedora gave me a messed up Grub. Mandriva Free gave me problems with my video driver. Ubuntu Edgy has been fine. I saw that Arch Linux had a 64bit version and decided it was time to revisit it.

Influence scheduling priority with nice and renice

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HowTos

The "niceness" of a process is a numeric hint to the kernel about how the process should be treated in relation to other processes contending for the CPU. The strange name is derived from the fact that it determines how nice you are going to be to other users of the system. A high nice value means a low priority for your process: you are going to be nice. A low or negative value means high priority: you are not very nice. The range of allowable niceness values is -20 to +19.

Linux desktop auto start or launch programs

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HowTos

So how do you automatically start or launch program when you login into your KDE desktop system? For example if you would like to start program called xawtv (to watch tv) and mozilla-thunderbird mail client program.

Geronimo JNDI/Java resource connection pools, Part 1

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Linux

Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI) is an interface to connection pools in the Apache Geronimo application server. Through this interface, developers have access to all Java objects, including Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs). This article series provides concept-rich documentation on how to use JNDI to access connection pools for data sources, Java Messaging Services (JMS), mail sessions, and URL connections.

Install Automatix2 in Ubuntu,Kubuntu,Xubuntu

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HowTos

Automatix is a graphical interface for automating the installation of the most commonly requested applications in Debian based Linux operating systems.

LDAP Series Part V - Grtting a Grip on Directory Service Modeling

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HowTos

While Linux has garnered a major part of the UNIX market, it has not made much progress in the enterprise management field. Without directory services to create a serious model of an enterprise, Linux will continue to remain a great application server. Under Novell, Linux will become a nice kernel for the Netware proprietary stack.

MA Governor-Elect Names MS Anti-ODF Lobbyist to Technology Advisory Group

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OSS

In a case of strange political timing, governor-elect Deval Patrick announced 15 transition team working groups the day before Thanksgiving. Patrick named 200 people to a wide variety of advisory groups covering topics as diverse as healthcare and civic engagement. Most of the eight people on that group were not a surprise. Oh yes. And one person from a major, out of state software company. Say what?

Why Fedora Matters

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Linux

Recent blog postings here on the O’Reilly Network and articles on Slashdot (including a recent review of my book) have generated some really strong negative comments about the Fedora project. Does Fedora really matter?

Using OpenOffice.org master pages in the real world -- Combining more than just Writer text documents

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HowTos

I took a look at some of the big honkin' reports that the City of Largo puts together. The answer to combining documents in a single publication is usually master documents, which work by organizing Writer text documents. But guess what?

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