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Story PC-BSD Goes Into 9.0 Beta With New Features srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 6:08pm
Story Getting to know Ubuntu Software Center srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 6:07pm
Story Top Windows games that run flawlessly in Ubuntu using Wine srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 5:14pm
Story Can GNOME 3 Become the Next Big Open Source UI Contender? srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 4:48pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 4:46pm
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 4:46pm
Story Review: CentOS 6.0 srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 3:18am
Story Linux, Linux, everywhere! srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 3:16am
Story New Pup is Born, Dolphin 2.0 srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 3:15am
Story Multiple X Servers For One Graphics Card, Again srlinuxx 02/08/2011 - 3:13am

Review: Elive 0.6.5

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Linux
Reviews

Enlightenment. Linux users who have been around for awhile no doubt remember this X11 window manager. Every once in awhile a new story pops up on the web about Enlightenment and I reminisce about using it back when few people had heard of Linux. So, with the latest Elive release announcement, I decided to give Elive a try.

creating a new SE Linux policy module

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HowTos

Creating a simple SE Linux policy module is not difficult. For example I had a server with the above messages in the kernel message log from the spf-policy program (run from Postfix) trying to run the "hostnme" program. So I ran the following command to generate a .te file (SE Linux policy source):

In The Eyes Of GIMP 2.3.15

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Software

The GIMP is a project that whenever a new release comes out (stable or not), I can't help but to give it a shot. With the release of GIMP 2.3.15 it made its way onto one of my machines.

Paranormal Search Engine Powered by Linux and Open Source

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Web

The Anomalies Network has unveiled the UFOCrawler, one of the first of a new breed of search engines specifically tuned to search for information about the paranormal and unexplained. The Anomalies Network uses the CentOS Linux distribution, Apache, Tomcat, MySQL and PHP in addition to IBM OmniFind Yahoo! Edition.

How to flash motherboard BIOS from Linux

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HowTos

You've finally made the move to a Windows-free computer, you're enjoying your brand new Linux OS, no trojans/viruses, no slowdown, everything's perfect. Suddenly, you need to update the BIOS on your motherboard to support some new piece of hardware, but typically the motherboard vendor is offering only DOS based BIOS flash utilities. You panic! Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve...

KSpread vs. OpenOffice.org Calc

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KDE
OOo

I've been using OpenOffice.org Calc for a while now, but I recently decided to give KSpread a try after getting frustrated with Calc's slow load times. It rarely bothered me on my desktop system because I have 4GB of RAM and usually leave the program open, but my work laptop runs Windows XP, forcing me to run Kubuntu in a virtual machine.

BOSS Tarang 1.1 Review

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Linux
Reviews

BOSS Linux, based in India, is trying to be the first Linux distribution trying to support all official languages of India. It does also support English which is also being used more in that country.

One reason why you should use free and open source software

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OSS

Today I’m going to take it all the way back to FOSS fundamentals and look at one question which a lot of people who are unfamiliar with free and open source software ask. In particular, one question often arises - why should I use FOSS over a similar proprietary solution?

How To Choose The Right Ubuntu CD

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Ubuntu

I realized the other day, based on repeated questions, that many people don’t know which CD is the best to download. When looking at a list of CD options from a download page the options can be very overwhelming. I thought I would break things down for everyone today.

Squeeze Multiple Blank Lines into One

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HowTos

To save the trees, i always squeeze multiple blank lines down to single blank line, before printing. Once I did this manually (yes, it’s like hell), but now I use cat -s:

Full Tip.

GIMP 2.3.15 Development Release

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Software

Version 2.3.15 is a snapshot of the development towards GIMP 2.4. The source code can be downloaded from the usual places. Changes include added keyboard control to rectangle tools, cleanup of the internal undo system, added HAL support for hotplug, and speed up transform tools.

Will the Daylight Savings Shift Do Us Any Good?

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Misc

It's all in the name of saving energy. At least, that's what we were told. Will it work? Not very likely, say two young economists at the University of California at Berkeley.

How to choose a Linux distribution

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Linux

Linux. It’s a great operating system, but it’s hard to choose which distribution (which version) you want to use. So, which do you choose? You’re probably expecting me to tell you, right? You’re partially right.

NZB,PAR and UNRAR all-in-one Using Hellanzb

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HowTos

hellanzb is a Python application designed for *nix environments that retrieves nzb files and fully processes them. The goal being to make getting files from Usenet (e.g.: Giganews Newsgroups) as hands-free as possible.

Sun Opens Darkstar to Win Over Online Game Developers

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OSS

"By open sourcing Darkstar technology, we will help enable the widest possible market for online game developers and remove their burden of having to build enterprise-grade server solutions, leaving them to do what they do best -- build great game experiences," Chris Melissinos, chief gaming officer at Sun Microsystems, stated.

Ubuntu IRC Etiquette

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Misc

In the past few month I’ve been bothered by the fact that several folks have been asking for help with file sharing in the #ubuntu-nl channel on the freenode IRC network. I think it’s wrong.

Oh no, Boston Lead Singer Dead at 55

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Obits

New Hampshire authorities are investigating the death of Boston lead singer Bradley Delp, who was found dead in his home at the age of 55.

Linux makes for greener computing

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Linux

The UK Government reckons that servers with Linux installed are greener than those running Windows. That's because open source software has lower hardware requirements and needs less frequent hardware refreshes.

Freespire floats first Ubuntu-based alpha

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Linux

After the recent switch to the Ubuntu code base, Freespire announced that it has restarted its development process with the first alpha release of Freespire 2.0, Alpha1U (1.2.42). The new revision sports a 2.6.20 kernel and the KDE 3.5.6 desktop environment, according to the project team.

write a message to login users through terminal

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HowTos

To write a message to users that have login, you can using the command write. But before that, you need to check who is login, and which terminal he is login to, use command who.

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