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Moving Away From WIMP Interfaces One Step at a Time

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While the capabilities of operating systems have improved over the last years, the improvements have largely focused on under the hood changes. But the graphical interface of the computer itself is keeping the same concepts introduced with its appearance. One could argue that the graphical environment of computers is exactly the same for the last 10 years and only cosmetic changes take place in newer versions of operating systems. This article describes a solution which attempts to free the user from the files/folder concept.

Book review: The Official Ubuntu Book

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The quality publishing around Ubuntu these days cannot be ignored. Another excellent book sits here beside me now, pages flagged with many points of interest. I wasn’t anticipating doing so much detailed reading with this one. But before the chapters even began, I found myself interested in learning about the authors and the development style used in putting together this book.

Linux on More Dell Client Systems?

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Linux

We put a lot of effort into our Linux offerings on our workstations and servers. We work directly with engineers at Intel, Red Hat, and Novell/SuSE on specific client features, such as ACPI testing, suspend-to-RAM and suspend-to-disk, hot plug device bays and docking station support.

VideoLan VLC Media Player 0.8.5

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Reviews

I've done a number of reviews of Winamp and have been progressively less happy with it. Winamp is "free" in the sense that it doesn't cost anything — but it is still a commercial, proprietary work. It has gotten slightly more intrusive, slightly more obnoxious, and slightly more bloated with every new version. Of course, the obvious alternative, Windows Media Player, is worse. I thought it might be time to expand my horizons a bit. I decided to try VideoLan's VLC Media Player.

Drupal 5.0 beta scaling new heights in the Content Management Systems arena

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Drupal

There was a time when publishing content online required fairly good technical knowledge even when the data resided in static HTML pages. Then the blogging revolution happened and the rest as they say is history. Now a days it is possible to publish content online even without an iota of knowledge about the HTML elements.

Tip of the Trade: Nexenta

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OS

As nice as Solaris is, though, users accustomed to Linux or FreeBSD found it lacking in several key areas. These cries did not go unheard, and thus the Nexenta project was born, thought with a slightly different perspective: "if only GNU/Linux had a better kernel."

Web inventor fears for the future

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Web

The British inventor of the internet says he is worried about the way it could be used to spread "misinformation and undemocratic forces".

Final Fantasy XII

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Reviews
Gaming

Ars enters the world of Final Fantasy with a review of Final Fantasy XII. Does the latest installment in the venerable series mark a new direction for the franchise or is it more of the same?

KDE and Distributions: MEPIS Interview

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Interviews

The MEPIS distribution has been one of the bigger KDE-centric distributions around for some years now, created to make desktop GNU/Linux easier to use. As part of our KDE and Distributions series founder and main contributor Warren Woodford talks to KDE Dot News about the history and current vision of the distribution.

Interviews: Jon "Maddog" Hall

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Jon Hall, president of Linux® International, is a passionate spokesman for the open source community and ideal. In this two-part interview, he speaks at length on the progress and challenges for open source, and on the need to recapture a purer vision of education.

Ten tips for new Ubuntu users

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HowTos

Ubuntu has become the most popular Linux distribution for new Linux users. It's easy to install, easy to use, and usually "just works." But moving to a different operating system can be confusing, no matter how well-designed it is. Here's a list of tips that might save you some time while you're getting used to Ubuntu.

Howto: Sun-Java on FC6

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First of all: this is not what you want to do: the people at the Fedora project are working hard to get a Java version running which is capable to do all the stuff which SUNs Java is able to do. However, I have some apps which are not working with this version of java - so I had to install Java in FC6, and here is the way I did it.

Building and leading FOSS communities

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OSS

Building a community is at the core of any free and open source software (FOSS) project, but few projects have faced challenges equal to Fedora's and openSUSE's efforts to create FOSS communities around formerly commercial projects, or Ubuntu's efforts to manage growth in a widely popular distribution. How to define communities, how to encourage participation from non-programmers, what community values to foster -- these are questions that community leaders from these projects have had to struggle with. Their attempts to answer the questions provide guidance to others trying to build communities within FOSS.

IE v Firefox: the battle begins

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Moz/FF

This month Microsoft and Mozilla released new versions of their Internet Explorer and Firefox internet browsers. Surprisingly, Firefox seems to be leading early on in the download race, and it's been more of a hit with the critics.

Also: A new denial-of-service bug found in Firefox 2

GeeXboX - Standalone Linux Media Center on a LiveCD

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Linux

GeeXboX is a fully operational Media Center solution available on what's known as a LiveCD. It works on both x86 and PowerPC based computers and is as easy to use as dropping a CD in a PC since no installation is required.

Sun Finalizes Open-Source Java Plans

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OSS

Sun Microsystems is gradually providing more details on how it plans to open source its core Java technology, delivering on a promise the company made to developers back in May at its JavaOne conference.

U.S. intelligence goes Wikipedia route

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Misc

Noticing the popularity of the Internet Wikipedia in which users add and edit material, all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies have created their own secure version.

Mandriva 2007: Back in the race

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MDV
Reviews

Beginning with an easy-to-use installer and booting into a well-thought-out desktop, Mandriva 2007 provides an environment that is aesthetically consistent and makes new users feel at home. Overall Mandriva 2007 re-establishes the distribution as one of the most advanced desktop experiences in GNU/Linux.

simple samba slackware setup

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HowTos

If you are wanting to connect your Windows machine(s) to your Linux machine(s) over your network, then Samba is what you need. Essentially, Samba allows your Linux machine to communicate with your Windows network to share files, resources, and printers. This document will cover the steps of installing and configuring Samba on Slackware 11.0.0.

Xfld 0.3 + Xfce 4.3.90.2 Screenshots

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Xfld; ever hear of it? Neither did we until hearing of its third (0.3) release. Xfld is a Xubuntu-based LiveCD that ships with the latest development build of the Xfce desktop environment. Xfld v0.3 includes Xfce 4.3.90.2 and is based on Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10. With that said we decided to take a look at this LiveCD release. Those Great Looking Screenshots.

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