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Story Reviewed: Linux Mint 8 srlinuxx 15/01/2010 - 6:43pm
Story Canonical To Bring Closed Source Apps Like iTunes And Photoshop To Ubuntu?!?! hotice 15/01/2010 - 12:38pm
Story today's odds & ends srlinuxx 15/01/2010 - 6:57am
Story Testing OpenShot Video Editor srlinuxx 14/01/2010 - 6:26pm
Story Back Home, with Debian! srlinuxx 14/01/2010 - 6:21pm
Story Five Essential Ubuntu Features srlinuxx 14/01/2010 - 6:17pm
Story Ted T'so moves to Google srlinuxx 1 14/01/2010 - 5:03pm
Story some shorts: srlinuxx 14/01/2010 - 4:26pm
Story You don't need to 'know' Linux to use Linux srlinuxx 1 14/01/2010 - 3:30pm
Story Linux 101 Hacks eBook Goes Online – HTML Version srlinuxx 14/01/2010 - 1:44pm

Kickstart your Linux security by avoiding garbage installations

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Linux

Recently, a colleague complained to me that X Windows refused to start following a routine patch upgrade on a production Web server. I asked why he needed X Windows running on a production Web server in the first place, especially a server that was allegedly secured as a bastion host in a perimeter DMZ. The response that "it was installed by default" seemed inadequate when considering the security risk posed by running X Windows on a bastion host.

How to amp up the Linux kernel

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HowTos

Vanilla is boring. Though it is, usually, at least stable. One of the inherent beauties of open-source software — philosophical, developmental, and future-of-the-human-race issues aside — is simply that you can play with it. And there is no more an exciting area to play in than the Linux kernel.

KPhotoAlbum Splash Screen Contest

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KDE

Several times people have complained that the KPhotoAlbum splash screen was a combination of ugly, ugly and non relating to KPhotoAlbum. So far I've managed to tell people to go and take a hike, but today I gave up and I started a contest to make a new splash screen for KPhotoAlbum.

Gentoo Weekly Newletter

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Gentoo

Some interesting things are found in this week's Gentoo Weekly Newletter. We are briefed on the Gentoo booth happenings at last week's Linux Expo, GCC 4.1.1 and glibc 2.4 are going stable, and an interview at Lxer.com is highlighted. This and more in this week's Gentoo Weekly Newsletter.

Migrating from shadow passwords to tcb in Linux

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HowTos

Shadow passwords have been a de facto standard with Linux distributions for years, and as well as the use of md5 passwords. However, there are drawbacks to using the traditional shadow password method, and even md5 is not as secure as it used to be. There is an alternative to shadow called tcb.

Review: Which Free Linux Desktop Is Best?

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Linux

CRN Test Center set out to locate good examples of free Linux distributions that still have some channel focus and offer robust features, along with upgrades to commercial support. The field was narrowed down to three familiar names in the Linux world, Ubuntu, OpenSuse and the new Freespire.

To choose or not to choose....

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Linux

One of the complaints I often hear from users new to Linux is the seemingly endless choices available. I'll admit it is confusing when you are presented with 10 browsers, editors, or email programs. And wouldn't it be great if there were only one way to install applications across all distributions! With out a doubt, it would significantly increase the usability of Linux, in general, if everyone used a best of breed installation process.

How to turn off the annoying system beep in linux (Debian/Ubuntu)

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HowTos

If you’re like me, you start getting real annoyed, real fast at the system beep that insists on beeping far to often. This system beep emits not from your laptop speakers, but from that deep, dank recesses of ancient pc technology that is a little speaker designed only to beep annoyingly. Short of ripping it out, here’s how to disable it.

Red Hat hires president of India operations

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Linux

Red Hat has hired Nandu Pradhan, a veteran of Novell and Microsoft who most recently was a vice president at Symphony Services, to be its president of Red Hat India.

Tiny, sub-$100 PC runs Puppy Linux

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Linux

A Bangkok-based company is shipping a tiny, sub-$100 PC capable of running Puppy and other lightweight Linux distributions. NorhTec's MicroClient Jr. measures 4.5 inches square, draws 8 Watts, and has a 166MHz Pentium-compatible processor with three integer units. It targets thin-client, kiosk, and electronic signage applications.

Stable Linux Kernel 2.6.17.11 Released

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Linux

Greg KH has announced the release of stable Linux kernel 2.6.17.11. Quite a few bugfixes are in this release including an SMP kernel panic fix.

Linux-based HandyPC S101 Caught in the Wild!

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Linux

Is there really a need for another Nokia Communicator wanna-be? Apparently, German phone maker Road thinks so. The company’s very on HandyPC S101 is part computer and part phone, sporting the Linux operating and Trolltech’s Qtopia GUI.

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Patent Law Ruling Threatens Free and Open Source Software

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OSS

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked the United States Supreme Court to overturn a dangerous patent law ruling that could pose a serious threat to Free and Open Source Software projects.

SELinux Policy Editor: Removing micromanagement from administrative control

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Software

Administrators often criticize Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) policies for being too complex, and they have a point. Mandatory access control-based administration is tedious and easy to misconfigure. It can be tough to handle the extended security attributes across a range of users, processes and files or directories that encompass more than one server.

Linux suffers server sales slowdown

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Linux

A slowdown in demand for Linux servers did not prevent overall global server sales inching up 0.6 per cent year over year to $12.3bn in the second quarter of 2006, new research has revealed.

Novell offering some great prizes for helping out Linux and OSS

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SUSE

Have you helped push Linux and open source forward? Put yourself on the map, and win hot prizes. If you’ve helped develop, test, promote, or evangelize Linux and open source, we’d love to hear from you. So stand up and let us see where you are.

Free Open Document label templates

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HowTos

If you’ve ever spent hours at work doing mailings, cursed your printer for printing outside the lines on your labels, or moaned “There has got to be a better way to do this,” here’s the solution you’ve been looking for. Working smarter, not harder, with the OpenOffice label templates will save you time, effort, and (if you want) make really cool-looking labels.

Make your intranet more productive with XAMPP

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HowTos

A phenomenal amount of information is being managed by open source content management systems (CMS), wikis, and blogs. However, most of these content management systems work on the popular but difficult to configure LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack, which makes setting up one fall within an administrator's domain. You can simplify your hosting tasks by turning to XAMPP, a full-featured Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl stack that works on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Solaris. It can give you a fully integrated server environment within minutes.

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