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Configuring Beryl

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The Beryl Project is what gives us the ability to have beautiful 3D desktop effects on Linux. In this post, I’m going to show you how easy it is to configure your 3D effects to your liking, by using in the built-in graphical settings programs.

Kicking the tires of Mandriva 2007.1 beta 2

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The folks at Mandriva are hard at work preparing the next incarnation of MandrivaLinux systems for home, office, and server applications. Mandriva Linux 2007.1 Beta 2 was announced yesterday and I wanted to take a look. I didn't spend a lot of time in it due to a personal showstopper, but what I saw really nice looking. So, as brief as it may be, I'd thought I'd share my experiences with my visitors.

PCLinuxOS 2007 Test release 3 is now available

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Tex and the Ripper gang are proud to announce that PCLinuxOS 2007 Test Release 3 (Almost there) is now available for download and testing.

Linux to game developers: No More Excuses

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My classic gaming jones lately is insatiable. What's going on on my desktop here? Top left: Alone in the Dark running on DOSbox, Top Right: Legend of Zelda running on ZSNES, Bottom row: Arcade classics "Strider", "Black Tiger", and "Mr. Do's Castle" running in XMAME.

Freedesktop share-mime-info in KDE

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I started a few weeks ago to port the mimetype support in KDE to the "share mime info" standard from freedesktop.org (http://standards.freedesktop.org/shared-mime-info-spec/latest). There are a number of reasons for doing that:

Interactive OLPC XO Display Simulation

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OLPC

Many people still have not seen the innovative display of the OLPC project's "XO" laptop. It has twice the resolution of a regular LCD (200 dpi), and works in bright daylight in gray-scale reflective mode.

Vendetta Online 1.7.19

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Vendetta Online, the Linux x86 and AMD64-native space-combat MMO, has released version 1.7.19. (List includes highlights since 1.7.14, the last major newspost):

Also: Future Arena

Ultimate Ubuntu performance tweaking guide

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Lets start first with the kernel. Lets apply the Con Kolivas patches, these are patches designed to improve system responsiveness with specific emphasis on the desktop, but suitable to any workload. Concurrent booting allows Ubuntu to take advantage of dual-core processors, as well as processors that hyperthread.

How the Open Source Movement Has Changed Education: 10 Success Stories

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How would you like to study at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for free? MIT provides just one of the 10 open source educational success stories detailed below. Open source and open access resources have changed how colleges, organizations, instructors, and prospective students use software, operating systems and online documents for educational purposes.

foresight linux

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To set expectations, this post is part mini-review of Foresight, part comparison to Ubuntu, and just my opinions and thoughts on Foresight after using another distribution for almost 3 years.

Jono Bacon: LoCo Docs Day a Success

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Congratulations to the incredible Ubuntu LoCo Community for an excellent LoCo Docs Day on March 3rd. A number of documents were refined and improved on the day, including:

Can Apple clear the way for the Linux desktop?

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That's the question that occurs to me as I read this piece in Roughly Drafted. It's about how Apple is kicking Microsoft's butt at the high end of the desktop market, and how Microsoft seems to be bumbling its way out of desktop hegemony anyway. Linux is mentioned only twice in this long piece, but the harbingery of the references are significant.

Pros & Cons of My Ubuntu Install

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So I have spent the last couple of days installing and setting up Ubuntu 6.10 Desktop on my laptop. Some pros found: Installation was easy and quick from the Ubuntu DVD, All of my hardware was detected and drivers were installed with no issues, and The default software packages give me what I need to do most of the time.

Afronaut is skiing to the cutting edge of IT

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MARK Shuttleworth, South Africa’s billionaire Afronaut, is planning to live to 100 — and to have spent all his money by then. He does not see the need to increase his billions “trying to climb some chart” and he is prepared “to spend chunks of it having fun.”

Amarok Newsletter Issue 7 Out, Wil Wheaton raves about Amarok

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The seventh issue of the Amarok Newsletter is out. We talk about Amarok's success in the Linuxquestions.org yearly poll, new features in the upcoming Amarok 2, and continue to point out interesting related projects. Read on for some Amarok lovin' from Wil Wheaton.

The Perfect Desktop - Part 3: Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft

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HowTos

With the release of Microsoft's new Windows operating system (Vista), more and more people are looking for alternatives to Windows for various reasons. This tutorial is the third in a series of articles where I will show people who are willing to switch to Linux how they can set up a Linux desktop (Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft in this article) that fully replaces their Windows desktop, i.e. that has all software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

What does /etc stands for in Linux/Unix ?

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There is a discussion going on over at Slashdot regarding what /etc in Linux/Unix stands for. Is it an acronym or does it stand for 'et cetera' ?

Multiboot nightmare? Thy name is - Windows Vista

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I had a PC that had two mammoth hard drives, and about a dozen partitions. I had installed Windows 98, Windows XP, I also use lot of Linux varients - most for testing Hindi interfaces and translations on them since I am also a volunteer translator of KDE / GNOME / OpenOffice. I was living happily till the arrival of Windows Vista.

Numlock activate at startup in login screen

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It is very annoying that the numlock is not activated at startup in the login screen GDM, especially when using a password that contains numbers.

Converting .BIN/.CUE Files to .ISO’s

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ISO is definitely the most common CD image type and basically every program will support it. Occasionally, you might come across a disc image in the BIN format. Here is a quick tip I discovered today while trying to mount disc images in Ubuntu.

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