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Story KDE Ships July Updates srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 4:43pm
Story A first look at: The Platform Shooter srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 4:34pm
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Story July 2011 Issue of The PCLinuxOS Magazine Released srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 3:01pm
Story Web Browser Grand Prix 5: Opera 11.50, Firefox 5, And Chrome 12 srlinuxx 07/07/2011 - 2:58pm
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Story It's official: Spotify is coming to the U.S. srlinuxx 2 07/07/2011 - 1:27pm
Story New GNOME haz no friends srlinuxx 1 07/07/2011 - 11:37am
Story Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu Classic 11.04 Desktop falko 07/07/2011 - 11:13am

Top Drupal & CiviCRM Gotchas

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Drupal

Thinking of trying the Drupal open source content management system?

Festival: Linux Text-To-Speech

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HowTos

Festival is a free software for speech synthesis, it is distributed under an X11-type licence allowing unrestricted commercial and non-commercial use alike.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Open Source Flash Library Now Plays YouTube Videos

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Benjamin Otte has Swfdec working with YouTube. Swfdec is a library for decoding and rendering Flash animations. It is still in heavy development. The intended audience are developers or people using it for pretested Flash animations (think embedded here). If you use it on unknown content, expect it to have issues and don't be surprised if it crashes.

The More Things Change

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SUSE

Sometimes you just look at things and realize that they are just plain funny.

That was what ran through my mind this week when I saw this headline from Computer Business Review: "HSBC Signs Up for Microsoft's SUSE Linux Support." The double-take took a bit to settle in, because for a second I wondered if Microsoft actually owned SUSE Linux now.

K3b 1.0 Released

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I am proud to announce the release of K3b 1.0. After years and years of development, all the sweat (actually in the summer it can get sticky in front of the screen), all the tears (ok, admittedly, not that many), and all the countless hours I spent on a single application finally we have what I think is worth the big 1.

Gentoo's Proposed Code of Conduct Adopted

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Gentoo

In no small part due to the wide exposure of a high-profile article published earlier in the week on in-fighting and other disgraceful behaviors from developers and contributors, Gentoo announced a proposed Code of Conduct.

Slower, safer rollouts ahead for Firefox bug fixes

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Moz/FF

Mozilla Corp. is changing the way it publishes security fixes for its Firefox browser.

Over the next day, the open-source company plans to begin delivering bug fixes to a select group of beta testers who will try out the upcoming Firefox 2.0.0.3 version before it is released to all Firefox users.

Beryl: Eye Candy For the Linux Desktop

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Ever wanted to take the window open on your desktop and set it on fire? If you happen to be running Linux, you're in luck.

Jaw-dropping 3D desktop effects first came to the Linux desktop by way of the Novell sponsored Compiz effort which got started over a year ago.

A Long Time Ago, In a Wiki Far, Far Away

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Web

The Star Wars Saga carries arguably the largest fan base of any one particular work of fiction. Fanboys and uber-geeks have made the Internet their platform to engage in endless debates surrounding topics such as the exact specifications of the X-Wing Starfighter to whether or not the destruction of the first Death Star was an inside job.

The Intrepid Investigator Report -- Sniffing Powdered Ubuntu CDs Cures Cancer!

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Humor

The Intrepid Investigator

Ubuntu Cures Cancer
by reporter Ursula Upton
filed: 16 March 2007 at 13:52.

Yes, it's a genuine miracle. In a scientific study by reputable scientists Borg Benderle and Lamer DiDiot (both affiliated with Shuttlecock University), the study found that sniffing powdered Ubuntu CDs brings about a dramatic reduction in the size of cancer tumors.

Affinity - GNOME desktop search tool

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Affinity is a front end desktop search tool that uses Beagle or Tracker as backend desktop search engine. Some of the current features in Affinity are:

* Front-end to both the Beagle & Tracker desktop search engines.
* Has actions (configurable through Desktop files), which speeds up common tasks.

Learning GIMP - Part 1

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GIMP a.k.a. GNU Image Manipulation Program is a 100% free software created to view and edit almost all image formats out there. Not only that it is the best FREE photo editor, it is also compatible with many operating systems like Linux, Windows or Mac OS X and translated into many languages.

Become a digital video editing guru using Linux tools

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HowTos

Shooting, editing, and producing video clips has been my passion for about 10 years. As a free software adept, I always tried to perform this process on Linux. This year I have finally found a set of tools that work for me. This article provides a brief tutorial on home video production.

Slightly changed openSUSE 10.2 ISOs released

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SUSE

today we are releasing slightly changed openSUSE 10.2 ISO images. The reason for putting out those updated ISOs is a license issue, which had to be addressed. The following ISOs have be replaced on the mirrors:

* openSUSE-10.2-GM-Addon-NonOSS-BiArch.iso
* openSUSE-10.2-GM-Addon-NonOSS-ppc.iso
* openSUSE-10.2-GM-DVD-i386.iso
* openSUSE-10.2-GM-DVD-ppc.iso

Installing OpenSSL Support for Ruby on Ubuntu

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The more I work with Ubuntu, the more I think it’s a very good desktop, but not a good development machine. For instance, you can install Ruby 1.8.4 from the package management system, but not 1.8.5 (or 1.8.6 which is now the latest). So you’re stuck compiling ruby on your own.

Red Hat insists rivals not gaining

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Linux

Responding to ZDNet Asia's query Thursday during the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and Exchange, Scott H. Crenshaw, the company's vice president of enterprise Linux platform business, said: "I've seen no data to suggest that we're losing market share." Crenshaw added that Novell's revenues from its Linux products are nothing to shout about.

A clear case for operating system harmony

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There was scepticism last year when arch-rivals Microsoft and Novell signed an alliance which would see Microsoft sell and support Linux systems.

Some argued that it was a ploy by Microsoft to convert Linux users to Windows. Now two of the world's largest organisations - Wal-Mart and HSBC - have signed up to Microsoft's Linux.

How do I... Configure TightVNC for remote access?

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HowTos

Numerous remote administration and connectivity tools exist to help support technicians and IT administrators troubleshoot, maintain, and access systems in different locations. Some are easy to use and require no firewall configuration. Others possess expensive and potentially prohibitive licensing requirements, while delivering more advanced functionality.

How to create a command-line password locker

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HowTos

Like many people, I have too many passwords to remember. To keep them straight, I wrote a simple password locker script using dialog and GnuPG (GNU Privacy Guard). The script prompts the user for a master password using a dialog box, unencrypts a file that holds a list of passwords, and opens the file in a text editor. When the editor is closed, the script re-encrypts the password file.

Howto install & use Flash, Java, Real Player 32 bit plugins under 64 bit Firefox

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HowTos

Recently I found nspluginwrapper which allows to use 32bit plugins on a 64bit Firefox browser using nspluginwrapper. It is an Open Source compatibility plugin for Netscape 4 (NPAPI) plugins. That is, it enables you to use plugins on platforms they were not built for.

For example, you can following plugin on Linux/x86_64 , NetBSD and FreeBSD platforms:
=> Acrobat Reader (v5.0.9, v7.0.1)

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