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Blog entry Is Mark Shuttleworth the new Steve Jobs? fieldyweb 24/11/2011 - 11:48pm
Blog entry How I customized my Android.. fieldyweb 24/11/2011 - 11:46pm
Blog entry Google's Android Market is better than the Apple App Store fieldyweb 24/11/2011 - 11:44pm
Blog entry My 20 Most Used Android Apps. fieldyweb 24/11/2011 - 11:42pm
Blog entry Webmin, the first tool in a new Linux admin's kitbag... fieldyweb 24/11/2011 - 11:40pm
Story Mark Shuttleworth Talks 12.04 srlinuxx 2 24/11/2011 - 7:01pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 24/11/2011 - 10:32am
Story The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 12.1 (GNOME) falko 24/11/2011 - 10:20am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 24/11/2011 - 6:14am
Story Linux syslog may be on way out srlinuxx 24/11/2011 - 2:25am

Jokosher 0.9 released

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Jono Bacon: Jokosher 0.9 is out! Go and download it! If you are running Ubuntu it is as simple as installing two packages. Even easier on Gutsy, it is available in the repositories.

Tone-mapping HDR photos with Qtpfsgui

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Linux.com: A lot of photos tagged with "HDR" turn up on Flickr and similar photo sharing sites these days. They're unnatural, surreal, sometimes crazy-looking images with the bright areas darkened, the dark areas brightened, and lots of saturation. You can get in on the craze under Linux using Qtpfsgui.

Linux users often have a very skewed opinion on what “easy” is

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Thursday Night: While wasting time on teh Intarnets today, I came across this article on Linux Mint, an “improved” version of Ubuntu. However, the author of the article says, "Linux Mint comes preinstalled with is mintDisk that allows easy mounting of various partitions." This dialog is by no means “easy”.

What is the Ubuntu W2L edition about?

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opensourcelearning: We are working on a book about Ubuntu Linux that aims at Windows users who want to migrate to Linux or are considering it. The book is a step-by-step migration guide, but also want to provide a wide overview of what Linux has to offer.

More Fun With Printing

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Software

linux devcenter blogs (Carla Schroder): Printing on any platform is part voodoo, part high blood pressure and hair loss, and part yay-it-works-it-works! Printing in Linux gets better all the time, especially when you find the right drivers.

We're all Linux users

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DesktopLinux: Ever since I wrote "Why people really don't switch to Linux," I've been getting email and forum messages about why I'm right or why I'm wrong. One thing I didn't mention, though, was that really, in 2007, we're all already Linux users.

Share files with friends while chatting using Qnext

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Linux.com: Two of the most popular open source instant messaging clients, Pidgin (formerly Gaim) and Kopete, can work with multiple protocols, but neither is a great option when it comes to sharing files with friends. For that, try Qnext.

X.Org-ATI driver news

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liquidat: In a recent blog entry the developer airlied gave an update about the current development state of the X.Org drivers for ATI cards. After the next vesion 6.7 randr-1.2 support will be integrated.

Three more things that the Linux community doesn’t get

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ZDNet Blogs: The response to the Five crucial things the Linux community doesn’t understand about the average computer user post I made the other day was, well overwhelming. After wading through some of the comments I’ve realized that I missed three more points about regular PC users that some in the Linux community just don’t get.

How to use Thunar Bulk Rename

Raiden's Realm: Everyone at some point in their life has found themselves in need of renaming a lot of files in the quickest and simplest way possible. Originally designed for the XFCE window manager, Thunar Bulk Renamer (aka Bulk Rename) also works well under other window managers such as KDE and Gnome.

The Road to KDE 4: Konsole Gets an Overhaul

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dot.kde.org: Konsole has been a staple of KDE since KDE 2.0, as has been showing signs of a little bit of clutter and wear. So, Robert Knight has stepped in to clean up the program's code, and more than anything else, fix a cluttered and difficult interface.

Dell's Ubuntu Offering Shows Why Linux Is Its Own Worst Enemy

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InformationWeek: Unfortunately, we're seeing in action why Linux, which is the best operating system money can buy--because it's free--is also its own worst enemy. The big problem is that the availability of Linux drivers, though nowhere near the crisis levels it was several years ago, is still spotty.

How to set up a dual-boot or multi-boot with *Ubuntu using Lubi

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suseforums: Ever wanted to test the new K/X/Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty, but don't have a spare partition, and don't want to jeopardize your production environment by resizing partitions, dist-updating, or tinkering with its bootloader? Now you can leave your existing Linux distro untouched, while being able to use Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty in a full-fledged install on a loopmounted partition, no partitioning required!

Linux: Files as Directories

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kernelTRAP: Miklos Szeredi posted a patch to allow files to be accessed as directories, offering the example of accessing the contents of a compressed tarball as you would any other directory. He noted that this is not the only application of the patch, "others might suggest accessing streams, resource forks or extended attributes through such an interface."

Also: Kernel space: a new filesystem for flash devices

BASH shell scripting tip: Set default values for variable

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nixcraft: A shell variable may be assigned to by a statement using following syntax:
var=value If value is not given, the variable is assigned the null string. In shell program it is quite useful to provide default value for variables.

New PCLinuxOS 2007 looks great, works well

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PCLOS
Reviews

Linux.com: PCLinuxOS is a live CD distribution that enables users to test Linux without actually having to install it. The highly anticipated new version, PCLinuxOS 2007, was released on Monday. Its intuitive selection of software, high level of stability and functionality, and the quality of the graphics make this the distribution's best release ever.

Switching Desktops on Ubuntu

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PC World: Here's how to test-drive the 'Big Three' desktop environments on Ubuntu Linux and switch among them at will.

OS Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery

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OSWeekly: One of the amusing things about people who use operating systems is that even though some of them may confidently claim that the platform they use is better than the competition, there are probably still going to be times when they covet a feature that another OS has.

Mozilla Seeks Executive Director

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Moz/FF

MozillaZine Blogs: The Mozilla Foundation is seeking an Executive Director. If you know anyone you think would be a good candidate, please contact Eunice Azzani at Eunice [dot] Azzani [at] kornferry [dot] com.

How to secure VNC remote access with two-factor authentication

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In this article, we will show you how to combine the NoMachine NX server to encrpyt VNC and remote X session combined with two-factor authentication from WiKID Systems to create a secure, fast remote access solution.

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