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Story Sys Admin Day srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 6:03pm
Story Review: Chakra 2011.04-r2 "Aida" srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 3:36pm
Story Affordable But Capable Ubuntu-powered Laptop Computers srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 3:34pm
Story What's missing in Debian, or why my parents use Kubuntu srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 3:32pm
Story Emacs has been violating the GPL since 2009 srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 3:30pm
Story Ten open-source fallacies that need nailing srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 3:28pm
Story Is Your SSD More Reliable Than A Hard Drive? srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 3:27pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 6:30am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 4:22am
Story DIDO? srlinuxx 29/07/2011 - 2:28am

Linux Truths, Half-Truths, and Myths

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Linux

When people find out I run Linux on my computer instead of Windows or even Mac OS X they sometimes have funny ideas about what it must be like. Some of it is historical; Linux used to be quite difficult to administer in its younger days. Some of it is misinformation, or no information at all. I hope to dispell some of the misconceptions.

Truth about switching to Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu

I have been sat at work and had people actually laugh out loud at my laptop running Ubuntu. I’ve had people pick up the free professionally-made official Ubuntu CDs, sneer and throw them back at me.

Linux Pro Magazine opens North American office

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Linux

A publisher of magazines focusing on the Linux computer operating system has launched its North American headquarters in downtown Lawrence, KS.

Hard Times at Novell: renting space and laying off workers

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SUSE

Novell is looking for companies to fill surplus space in three buildings on its Provo campus. The software company has signed a deal with two real estate firms to conduct a national search for technology companies that might be attracted to the high-tech campus.

Learn some command line: using du, df, file, find to make your life easier

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HowTos

I love the command line. If the command line were a dog, it would be a hard-headed labrador: big and somewhat intimidating, but really kind of even-tempered and friendly once she gets to know you. I can't do much with Roscoe, but I can help out a bit with the command line. And so allow me to introduce four of my favorite utilities: df, du, file, and find.

Enabling GNOME Desktop Icons in Ubuntu

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HowTos

By default, Ubuntu has no desktop icons. You can change that to include things like Computer and the Home Folder.

Preparing your Linux systems for the new DST

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HowTos

"Spring forward; Fall back," That's the way the saying goes. Some years I get it backwards, but I eventually catch on. I've never had to worry about my PCs getting it wrong before, though. Now, with the recent changes in the Daylight Savings Time (DST) rules, I do.

Mandriva to have better graphics detection

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MDV

Instigated by Thierry’s comment on bug 28682, I did some work on ldetect-lst. ldetect-lst is the Big List Of Recognised Hardware. First I fixed the ATI definitions and I dumped all the various old NVIDIA definitions and refactored them all into these six categories, then dropped a patch in Bugzilla.

A comparison of OLPC's XO laptop and Intel's Classmate PC

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OLPC

Intel's World Ahead program took another step forward this month when Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, received one of Intel's Classmate PC mobile devices. The Classmate PC given to President Silva is one of 30 prototype units sent to the nation's Ministry of Education for technical evaluation. Intel plans to provide another 800 units next month for a preliminary field test.

Tux Strikes Back

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Gaming

Tux Strikes Back is a level set for SuperTux 0.1.3 (Milestone 1), the famou 2d jump'n run sidescrolling game featuring Tux in Action. It comes with 18 levels and its own story and world map.

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Quick Fix: Install Win32 Codecs in Ubuntu Linux

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HowTos

Installing libxine-extracodecs will get you the most wide-spread codecs installed, but not all of them. MPlayer, a movie player program for Linux, has support for a big bunch of video and audio formats. Here’s how to install them manually.

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KDE Games: Meet GGZ Gaming Zone

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KDE
Gaming

The KDE games development for KDE 4 recently introduced a GGZ backend. It will empower users to play their games on the internet.

TamTam Edit released!

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Software

The next stable XO build will see the first beta release of the TamTam music editor. TamTam Edit is a page driven event sequencer featuring a powerful music generator, a colorful and intuitive graphical interface to create, modify and organise notes on five virtual “tracks.”

Kazehakase usurps Iceweasel

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Software

For a long time now I’ve been looking for something between Dillo and Iceweasel (which I find a little faster than straight Firefox). I want to like Dillo in the same way I want to like Fluxbox, but Dillo never does it for me. Iceweasel/Firefox do everything a competent browser should do, but they don’t do it fast enough for me.

How To Speed Up The Nautilus File Browser

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HowTos

I ran across a few settings the other day that can help speed up your Nautilus file browser within gnome. This would work for those of you on older machines, of even those that want to get a little more out of your newer machines.

Testdriving srlinuxx 2007

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Humor

I took a look at srlinuxx a couple of years ago and she was quite the gal. I thought this would be a good chance to catchup and see how she has progressed over the past few years.

Bluetooth on Ubuntu - A pleasant surprise

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Ubuntu

After a couple of weeks of using Ubuntu, I finally took out some time to setup bluetooth as I thought it would be a fairly ‘power user’ task with lots of console commands and apt-gets. Boy was I wrong.

Making animated movie of your Linux/Ubuntu desktop

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HowTos

I have a number of friends who are new to using computers and recently when Windows Vista was launched a lot of them were really impressed with the snazzy graphics vista offered. When i said that Ubuntu with Beryl provided a interface that could compete with Aero interface and to top it is free and comes at no cost whats so ever well they did not quite believe me. So i decided to make a movie of my desktop showing all the glitzy effects.

The easy, Wine way to run Windows apps on Linux

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Software

Many would-be Linux users don't make the leap because there are one or two Windows applications they just can't live without. That doesn't have to hold them back anymore. Thanks to Wine.

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Distro Development: Rescatux and Bodhi

  • Rescatux 0.40 beta 9 released
    Many code in the grub side and in the windows registry side has been rewritten so that these new features could be rewritten. As a consequence it will be easier to maintain Rescapp. Finally the chntpw based options which modify the Windows registry now perform a backup of the Windows registry files in the unlikely case you want to undo some of the changes that Rescapp performs. I guess that in the future there will be a feature to be able to restore such backups from Rescapp itself, but, let’s focus on releasing an stable release. It’s been a while since the last one. UEFI feedback is still welcome. Specially if the Debian installation disks work for you but not the Rescatux ones.
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    Late last month I posted a first alpha look at Bodhi 4.0.0. Work since then has been coming along slowly due to a few unpredictable issues and my own work schedule outside of Bodhi being hectic over the summer. Bodhi 4.0.0 will be happening, but likely not with a stable release until September. I am traveling again this weekend, but am hoping to get out a full alpha release with 32bit and non-PAE discs next week.

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Emma A LightWeight Database Management Tool For Linux

Today who does not interact with databases and if you're a programmer then the database management is your daily task. For database management, there is a very popular tool called, MySQL Workbench. It's a tool that ships with tonnes of functionalities. But not all of us as beginner programmers use all Workbench features. So here we also have a very lightweight database manager in Linux, Emma. Read
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