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Story Top Geometry Software for Linux srlinuxx 22/09/2012 - 3:18pm
Story New Firefox Health Report to Aid Performance srlinuxx 22/09/2012 - 3:16pm
Story openSUSE 12.2 KDE Review srlinuxx 22/09/2012 - 2:50am
Story Gnome Shell 3.6 Preview srlinuxx 22/09/2012 - 2:47am
Poll Linux Desktop srlinuxx 22/09/2012 - 2:28am
Story Senior GNOME dev says users not being ignored srlinuxx 22/09/2012 - 12:22am
Story Ubuntu to Use Signed GRUB2 Bootloader for Secure Boot srlinuxx 21/09/2012 - 6:48pm
Story Kernel Log - Coming in 3.6 (Part 5): Infrastructure srlinuxx 21/09/2012 - 6:45pm
Story SolusOS Eveline 1.2 Review srlinuxx 21/09/2012 - 5:41pm
Story The inner workings of openSUSE srlinuxx 21/09/2012 - 5:39pm

Morons at the helm: the Firefox-blocking Danny Carlton

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Moz/FF

rudd-O: Let’s dig into the deep dark Moron Web. Today, we’ll explore the “wonderful” lessons that Danny Carlton, of Firefox blocking infamy, has for us.

Who needs Windows Home Server with Linux around?

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Linux

linux-watch: Is this a joke? I only recently started paying attention to Windows Home Server, since I tend to focus more on desktop operating systems and enterprise server systems. So I didn't realize until now that WHS is really just a vanilla file server. Why pay extra for it?

How to make a GTK theme that uses multiple theme engines

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HowTos

arstechnica: When I make a new GTK theme, I usually start with an existing theme that I like and then refine it over the course of several weeks until I no longer feel compelled to make additional changes. My themes tend to evolve and increase in consistency over time, and I'm very picky about the visual appearance of my desktop.

Mandriva : New network center

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Software
MDV

Fabrice Facorat: One of the new feature of Mandriva 2008.0 is a revamped and unified UI to show and configure the network settings : Network Center ( draknetcenter ). This new config tool allow to see and configured all the network interface in the same UI.

lineak: Using multimedia keyboards with Linux

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HowTos

liquidat: I recently got a new “multimedia” keyboard which comes along with a set of extra keys. While my keyboard needed some initial manual configuration it works now almost without problems using Lineak.

Pain-free disk space management with LVM

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HowTos

linux.com: Managing disk space used to be a royal pain for admins and users. Running out of disk space often meant reinstalling Linux or spending a few hours with tools like Parted to resize partitions. However, using the Logical Volume Manager (LVM) tools, you can grow, shrink, and manage disk space with very little hassle.

Why XSserver 1.4 won't make it into Ubuntu Gutsy

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Software
Ubuntu

desktoplinux: If everything goes well, Ubuntu 7.10, Gutsy Gibbon, the next community version of the popular Linux distribution, will appear in October. It will not, however, include the latest and greatest X window server and utilities: Xserver 1.4 and X.Org 7.3.

On Firefox 3 and microformats with Michael Kaply

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Interviews
Moz/FF

mozilla links: Microformats support is one of the most relevant features coming to Firefox 3. To talk about microformats and their progress in their way to Firefox 3 final, I talked with Michael Kaply, the owner of the microformats support module and author of Operator, a powerful extension that allows Firefox to interact with microformats.

Making My Grandparents Leet Linux Users - Part 3

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Linux

tomdryer.com: I use some common Linux tools to remotely support my Grandparents’ PC. These tools are SSH and X11vnc. X11vnc lets me take over the display, and the VNC traffic is tunneled with SSH. They can be a bit of work to set up, but work beautifully.

GPLv3 adoption is up 14% week-over-week

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OSS

enterprise linux log: California-based IP gurus Palamida emailed me this week with some intriguing GPLv3 information that I thought I’d share with everyone this morning. Apparently all the GPLv3 haters can go to lunch, because the little license that could is seeing adoption rates of approximately 14% week-over-week.

I survived the Peruvian quake

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Misc

Richard M. Stallman: On the evening of August 15 I was answering email in the offices of COSOLIG, the free software organization of the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Lima. I was just about to do a batch mail transfer when the earthquake began. It was strong enough to shake my body in an interesting way, but insufficient to damage a concrete building, or even to make a bookshelf fall over.

Building UNIX Software from Source Code

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Linux

If your UNIX system lacks a tool you need, chances are you can find an apt solution in the enormous inventory of software available online. This month, learn how to build software from source code.

Tremulous - Free Fast Paced Shooter Game for Aliens

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Gaming

about.com: Tremulous is a FPS (fast-paced shooter) game. However, the gameplay is unlike most other FPS games because not only do you get to pick whether you want to be a human or an alien, but there are also other customizations allowed.

The Culture of Open Source

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OSS

onlamp blogs: The spirit of the open source movement operates under the assumption that software’s most valued resource, its code, should be freely available to everyone. Despite the obvious advantages of making code readily available to anyone around the world, there are some cultural differences that complicate the open source movement.

Reasons to stick with Windows Vista and avoid Ubuntu

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OS

vista.blorge.com: As you may recall, outgoing PC Magazine editor Jim Louderback had almost nothing good to say about Vista in his most recent column. Just about everyone I know that has used Vista is going to stick with it and Information Week poses the reasons why that not so strangely, I agree with.

New Matrox Graphics 1.4.5 Linux Drivers Provide Enhanced Features for Thin Client Users

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Software

Matrox Graphics, the leading manufacturer of multi-display graphics solutions for professionals, introduces new 1.4.5 Linux drivers providing enhanced features and additional support to its Matrox EpicA TC2 and EpicA TC4 multi-display graphics cards for thin computing.

Stable kernel 2.6.22.4 released

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Linux

LWN: Stable kernel 2.6.22.4 has been released. This one contains a single patch - a security fix for the signal vulnerability which allows, under some circumstances, an arbitrary signal to be sent to a setuid process.

GNOME 2.20.0 UI Preview

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Software

phoronix: Last week marked the release of the first GNOME 2.20.0 beta, which also defined the user interface freeze for GNOME 2.20.0. With the UI freeze we have taken some screenshots from GNOME 2.19.90 for your viewing pleasure of the subtle changes.

some howtos & such:

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HowTos
  • A step-by-step guide to building a new SELinux policy module

  • Back to School: A few of the many, many sites with free clip art for schools
  • Command line tips - Finding files; Part 1: By Name
  • Using Iconv to convert UTF-8 to ASCII (on Linux)
  • remove blank lines using grep or sed

PCLinuxOS gaining more popularity than Ubuntu?

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PCLOS
Ubuntu

seopher: This may not be as absurd a claim as you may think, especially when you take into consideration the minor backlash that Ubuntu has experienced. So is PCLinuxOS the next poster-child of usable Linux?

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