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Richard Stallman in Guayaquil

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OSS

Yesterday at 18:30, I had a first-hand opportunity to see Richard Stallman live. He came to Guayaquil, Ecuador for the first time ever to give a series of talks on Free Software. The first talk was on Free Software and the ethics and values of the movement. The second talk, due today in the morning, was about the dangers of patents in the field of software.

Speaking UNIX, Part 5: Data, data everywhere

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Linux

One of the most common problems of managing large numbers of computers is how to keep so many systems up-to-date and consistent. Take a look at several techniques that illustrate how to move files among systems and how to keep such far-flung data in sync. In Part 5 of this series, let's look at a handful of techniques that can help keep explosions of files under control.

Edgy Woes During Monitor Upgrade

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Ubuntu

I’ve had some good things to report on Ubuntu Edgy 6.10 recently. So when I recently purchased a new Dell 1907FP LCD monitor to replace my old CRT monitor I was expecting a fairly painless exercise. After all, I was just replacing a monitor. Surely it couldn’t be that difficult with Ubuntu Edgy, could it? Maybe it was my turn at last to experience some Edgy woes.

How to include "My Computer” or “My Documents” icon on your Desktop : Ubuntu

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HowTos

For those of you that recently came from the wonderful world of windows you might prefer to have quick access to “My Computer”, “My Documents” and “Trash” right there on the desktop. This tutorial will outline how to have those icons included (or removed).

Better Beryl beats vanquished vista

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Microsoft

Even though I am quite at home on the command line and tend to use it quite a bit I am still an eye candy junkie. I suppose it is from my windows background but still I can't help it. If I am going to stare at a screen all day it may as well look pretty. I had heard all the hype about the new windows vista and its fantastic new eye candy enhancements that just makes your time at the computer so pleasing you won't want to leave it. I was mildly interested in seeing what they have done but I wasn't going to immediately rush out and buy a copy. From my past experiences from win95 onwards each new version of windows is just the same'ol'samo with a bit more icing on the top.

IBM votes against Microsoft document standard

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Misc

IBM voted against the certification of Microsoft Office document formats as an international standard at a general assembly of Ecma International on Thursday.

Making a distribution secure

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Linux

There's no dearth of Linux distributions to choose from. With so many to choose from, one might think it's as easy as picking up the Linux kernel, throwing in a few applications, setting up respositories, making ISOs and you've got a shiny new Linux distro. Well, there's more to a Linux distro than assembling applications and making sure everything works. A lot of time and effort, at least for major distros, is spent on making the distribution secure and getting updates out in a timely fashion.

Crop Circling Firefox With Asa Dotzler

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Moz/FF

The man behind SpreadFirefox.com told WebProNews the story of the Firefox Crop Circle, and how a bunch of students pulled off a memorable feat through hard work, persistence, and a nudge from Lady Luck.

Microsoft Office lock-in and the deal with Novell

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Microsoft

I can't urge you strongly enough to read the article entitled How Vista Lets Microsoft Lock Users In. This is perhaps one of the biggest hidden weapons Microsoft has in its arsenal that could sabotage Linux and OpenOffice.org if Microsoft succeeds in its attempt to plug SUSE and all Novell's "interoperability" bonuses.

New LPI policy is certifiably bad

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OSS

When the Linux Professional Institute was formed, the mantra was "vendor neutral" Linux certifications that don't arbitrarily expire. I bought into the LPI, now it is biting me.

Template contest results show off capabilities of OOo

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OOo

The contest resulted in some superior and innovative work. "Some of
the templates show just how advanced and flexible Openoffice.org's
Opendocument Format is as both a Word and Spreadsheet ODF processor.
The winning templates and many others breaks a myth that
Openoffice.org cannot do advanced editing functions like Microsoft

Directory services made easy with Fedora Directory Server

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HowTos

Directory services play a vital part in today's networks by helping administrators manage network users and resources. Now Fedora Directory Server (FDS), Red Hat's open source LDAP server, makes setting up an enterprise directory server on Linux simple. I decided to give FDS a try to implement single sign-on for a network of Linux computers.

Opening the door to interoperability

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Interviews

Should open source developers feel uneasy about the recent deal struck by Microsoft and Novell to make their operating systems work with each other? Bill Hilf and Roger Levy spoke to Computer Weekly about how the alliance will benefit users.

Manage Linux init or startup scripts

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HowTos

Init scripts are small shell programs that usually control services, also known as daemons. Other applications for init scripts involve simply controlling the state of something such as hdparm (HDD sleep timeouts), iptables (loading firewall rule-sets into the kernel) and setserial (COM port configuration).The /etc/init.d directory contains the scripts executed by init at boot time and when the init state.

screen: Keep Your Processes Running Despite A Dropped Connection

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HowTos

I guess you all know this: you are connected to your server with SSH and in the middle of compiling some software (e.g. a new kernel) or doing some other task which takes lots of time, and suddenly your connection drops for some reason, and you lose your labour.

It's Official: Release of openSUSE 10.2

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SUSE

After lot of work, we proudly announce the availability of openSUSE 10.2 formerly know as SUSE Linux 10.x. Product highlights include: Available for i386, x86_64 and PowerPC architectures, Linux kernel 2.6.18.2, using only SMP kernels, and both KDE and GNOME feature improved start menus.

Postfix with dkfilter (DomainKeys Implementation)

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HowTos

DomainKeys is an anti-spam software application in development at Yahoo that uses a form of public key cryptography to authenticate the sender's domain. dkfilter is an SMTP-proxy designed for Postfix. It implements DomainKeys message signing and verification. It comprises two separate filters, an outbound filter for signing outgoing email on port 587, and an inbound filter for verifying signatures of incoming email on port 25. This document shows step-by-step how to install dkfilter for Postfix to deploy DomainKeys signing and verification.

Linux Hardware Support

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Linux

Every few weeks an article comes up on Slashdot or Digg in which someone describes their experience switching from Microsoft Windows to some Linux distribution. In these articles, the writers have consistently complained about Linux’s support for their hardware.

Just in time to save our rights

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OS

Microsoft has been trying to prevent the world from reading and writing their documents for years now. In fact, maybe I could even say "decades" (!). The scary part, is that this time it looks like they are just about to manage.

Securing GRUB on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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HowTos

Many security controls are ineffective or can be overridden if an attacker gets physical access to your hosts, especially if attackers are able to reboot those hosts. In this tip, I will look at how you can secure your GRUB boot loader with a password that will prevent unauthorized access to your hosts after a reboot.

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