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Car rental agency migrates to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

Aging Linux and Unix systems have prompted car rental company Thrifty Inc. to modernize its server platforms and direct investment towards more innovative applications. In doing so, we looked at Solutions First, and one of its recommendations was to move away from Red Hat to Ubuntu Linux, which we did.

A quick look at KNOPPIX 5.1.1

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Linux
Reviews

Because I've just received my copy of LXF90 (March 2007), and its DVD includes the Beryl-aware KNOPPIX 5.1.1, I thought I should give it a try. This is the second time in my life when I boot into KNOPPIX. I usually dislike live distros.

Linux in the Recording Studio with Studio 64

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Linux

As a musician and long time Linux user I have often found myself stuck between a rock and a Microsoft place, when it came to recording. The world of mixers, Mic's, proprietary hardware and its accompanying software seemed like one that that didn't have any room for Linux and its "volunteer" coders. There are now several distributions of Linux based on Debian and Redhat which are compiled and tuned with multimedia work in mind.

Open-Source figures like the Ubuntu/Linspire partnership

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Linux

Every now and again, technology companies make a deal that everyone likes. That's the case with Canonical Ltd.'s new partnership with Linspire Inc., whereby the companies will share Linux operating system and software distribution technologies.

In a Vista World, I'm Dreaming of Gubuntu

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Google
Ubuntu

The blogosphere has been singing both positive and negative tunes about Microsoft's latest offering in its long line of operating systems. Vista has been the talk of the town as of late, but there are still some of us who envision a world where more than one platform can thrive in the OS marketplace.

Firefox 3 in Alpha 2

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Moz/FF

Mozilla is stepping up its development effort for the next version of its flagship Firefox Web browser.

Virtualization goes Nationwide

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Linux

Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services, a $21 billion company with 30,000 employees, has turned to virtual servers running Linux to gain more control over computing power and expenditures.

Install a Mail Server with Antivirus and Antispam in 15 Minutes

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HowTos

This article illustrates a situation where you need to set up your own mail server (be it your home mail server, or a small office one). It actually shows that, if using an integrated service mail server, anyone can do the job, all in a matter of minutes.

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 3 Screenshots

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 3 is now available for download. New in this third alpha release of 7.04 Feisty Fawn is GNOME 2.17.90 and numerous other updated packages. For Ubuntu fanatics this is certainly worth trying out.

Those Screenshots

MythTV Installation Guide for Debian

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HowTos

This was the first time that I used the Debian Installer to install linux. I am impressed, it was able to find all of my hardware and configure it all appropriately. I am pleased to see this since this has always been a downfall of debian distro. I am going to record the events so that if anyone else can use this information it is available. I am also going to try and record the installation process for installing Mythtv for debian.

Arsgeek’s guide to installing Beryl with Avant in Ubuntu on an Intel i915 chip

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HowTos

Here’s a soup to nuts guide on getting beryl with aiglx up and running on your computer if you have an Intel i915 onboard graphics chip. Once you’ve got Beryl installed we’ll add the Avant window navigator as well. With props to the Beryl Project and FunnyLookinHat.

The story of RPM

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Software

It’s hard to imagine that you don’t know the story of RPM, the package manager that is the core of so much of Red Hat’s Linux experience. From a beginner’s first installation to the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developer’s latest Fedora release, RPM is inherently part of the Linux user interaction. But what happens when a core piece of software suffers from politics and agendas, cruft, and bad decisions–or no decisions at all?

Enhance security with file encryption tools

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Software

System-wide security solutions such as SELinux, AppArmor, Bastille and grsecurity can, in most cases, make your Linux desktop more than reasonably secure. But there are still cases where file or directory encryption is necessary. Here are some tools that can help you when you need to move files outside of your home computer, carry personal data around with you on a pendrive, or send email messages containing sensitive information.

Open source network monitoring -- An open alternative

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OSS

Network monitoring and management applications can be costly and cumbersome, but recently a host of companies have sprung forth offering an open source alternative to IBM Tivoli, HP OpenView, CA and BMC -- and they're starting to gain traction.

The Limits of Skippy

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Software

It was suggested to try Skippy for an Exposé-like application switcher. It works. But I will not be using it. Skippy doesn't have a reliable way to identify which windows are distinct applications and which are not.

The GPL, EULA and BSD licenses. Who's the target?

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OSS

There are so many different licenses floating around the computer industry today that it is not funny. To me they all seem to stem from a mixture of three primary licenses. Much like all the colours of the rainbow can be generated from three primary colours.

Linspire Changes to Ubuntu-base

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Linux

Linspire will immediately transition from Debian to Ubuntu as the base for their Linspire and Freespire operating systems, and Canonical will utilize Linspire's CNR technology for aspects of Ubuntu's software delivery system.

Installing Ubuntu/Kubuntu Dapper Drake on a Single/Multi-Boot RAID System

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Ubuntu
HowTos

This guide describes how to install Ubuntu (Ubuntu+GNOME) or Kubuntu (Ubuntu+KDE) 6.06.1 LTS (Dapper Drake) on a single or a multi-boot RAID system. It is meant as a variation of Ubuntu Wiki FakeRAID HowTo document, but digested and with minimum commentary. Its goal is to allow new Ubuntu users to complete an entire installation within 30 minutes, almost entirely by copy and paste.

Good old-fashioned shooting with Kobo Deluxe

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Gaming

If you still dig the old-style arcade games, you owe it to yourself to check out Kobo Deluxe, an improved version of XKobo with sound and better graphics. I ran across Kobo Deluxe when I was looking for a game similar to Namco's arcade classic Bosconian. Your mission? Blow up the fortresses and move on to the next level, to ... blow up more fortresses. OK, so it's not exactly Shakespearean story development, but what do you want from a retro arcade-style game anyway? Right -- fast-paced action and an ever-increasing high score, which Kobo Deluxe delivers in spades.

Discussing Dyne:Bolic and Freedom with Denis Jaromil Rojo

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Interviews

Denis "Jaromil" Rojo is an artist and a FOSS hacker. He's popularly known for Dyne:Bolic, a Live CD distribution that contains several applications for audio and video manipulation. As a programmer, he is author of several free software that present new possibilities for online radios. As an artist he is known for his netart performances and for crafting the most elegant and efficient 13-character forkbomb ever written.

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