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Interview with Miklós Vajna, Frugalware Linux

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Frugalware Linux is one of those distributions that does not feature often in the news headlines. But those users who take the time give it more than just a passing glance are often surprised to find in Frugalware a clean, fast distribution. We have asked Miklós Vajna, the distribution's founder, a few questions about the history of the project and where it is heading.

Debian Etch: Solid, Crufty, Some Assembly Required

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Linux

Debian is the the quietest big Linux distro. I see hourly posts on Distrowatch, Slashdot and Digg about the latest builds of Ubuntu and SUSE, and even Mark Shuttleworth’s wearing of a KDE t-shirt is considered news. I presume that things are fine inside Debian and that no gnus is good gnus, but also I believe, as Oscar Wilde said: “What’s worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”

CLI Magic: Viewing pictures on the console with fbida

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HowTos

Fbida (previously known as fbi) is an image viewer for the Linux console. Some people -- console veterans included -- might find the idea of viewing pictures on the console a little bit silly; why not just use X Windows and a graphical viewer or even a photo editor? The answer to that question varies from "running X on my server is not an option, but I'd like to be able to view some pictures while I'm waiting for the compilation of a new kernel to finish" to "because I can." Pick your excuse and read on to find out more about fbida.

Grab and hoard

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OSS

This spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in the world of open source software. Thousands of people donate their time and expertise to the benefit of all. But not everyone is giving as much as they're getting. Large companies, those with the greatest wherewithal to help, are surprisingly minor players in the roll-up-your-sleeves work of open source development.

Aaron J. Seigo: free as in beer or free as in freedom?

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to truly appreciate stallman's philosophies requires reading them and then really thinking about them. most people don't do much of that anymore. you also need a fairly broad understanding of the state of various aspects of "intellectual property" law and how industry interacts with it.

Microsoft: Open source 'not reliable or dependable'

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A senior Microsoft executive has told a BBC World documentary that people should use commercial software if they're looking for stability.

Wizard's Kid-Safe LiveCD Version .20- beta Released

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Linux

If you saw my review of Wizard's Kid-Safe Livecd and thought it sounded like a good idea, but had a few concerns, perhaps they are addressed in Version .20-beta.

Open source can’t always be open to all

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An open source software company is something of a paradox. On the one hand, it has to convince customers that software is becoming increasingly commoditised, that proprietary software is limiting and expensive, and that standards-based, community-developed and community-supported open source software is the way to go.

Taking a Linus-like Attitude Towards Gnome

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Software

Last December I blogged about the uproar Linux creator Linus Torvalds had caused by posting on the gnome.org Usability list his extreme dislike for the direction the Gnome developers had taken with the UI. Why rehash this now?

User Reviews of SUSE Linux 10.1

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Reviews
SUSE

On this terribly slow news weekend, here are a couple of user reviews of SUSE Linux 10.1 to help you decide if you want to go to the trouble of installing or upgrading, or just to see if their experience mirrors yours.

How To: subversion SVN with Apache2 and DAV

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Subversion is an application used for version control, it is meant to become a replacement of CVS Concurrent Versions System. Subversion is also known as svn.

This how-to will show how to setup svn repositories accessible throught http by using apache2 and the DAV module.

Dillo - the Fast and Light Browser

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Dillo is a quick, lightweight, small and secure graphical web browser based on the GTK+ toolkit. Although it lacks many of the features expected in most modern graphical browsers, it does hold potential due to its impressive performance and project goals.

Canada leads the world in Firefox Usage

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Moz/FF

The use of Firefox, the free open source web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation, is higher in Canada than any other country in the world according to recent research by onestat.com.

Hands on: 3D eye candy for Linux

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Linux

There have been some significant developments lately on the Linux desktop front.

For a long time, X.org has supported 3D rendering in applications and games, but the desktops themselves have not.

Practical Revision Tracking in OpenOffice.org Writer

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You need to run a procedure manual past two of your managers before it can be sent to the entire department. Both managers mark up the document and return it to you with their changes. Now you have three different copies of the document: the original, the first manager's changes, and the second manager's changes.

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Puppy Linux 1.0.9 CE

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Linux
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It'd been quite a while since we reported on Puppy Linux, so with the release of 1.0.9ce, we thought it was about time. However, since the developers are concentrating on the 2.0 branch, this release is a community developed update. Featuring Firefox 1.5.0.3, xdg dynamically generated menus, enhanced and simplified interface, and many bugfixes, we were anxious to see how Puppy turned out.

Stable Linux Kernel 2.6.16.17 Released

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Linux

Chris Wright and the -stable folks have released Linux Kernel update 2.6.16.17. It contains mostly security patches with a few other interesting notes. The PCI quirk fix for VIA southbridges and udev device creation fix look interesting.

A Rebuttal To Mark Golden's Wall Street Journal Article

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Linux

On May 15th Mark Golden wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal titled Out The Window where he posed the question: “Can the ordinary user ditch Windows for Linux?” His conclusion, in most cases, is a resounding no. Sadly Mr. Golden’s methodology in trying out Linux for his article bears little resemblance to what an ordinary user trying out Linux would likely do. Indeed, his approach almost guaranteed his results.

Using the Belkin USB Wireless G key under Linux

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This is an attempt to summarize the content of the various web pages that describe the setting of a Belkin USB Wireless G key under Linux, plus the author's own experience.

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