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Story some howtos: srlinuxx 11/12/2011 - 7:30pm
Story How To Encrypt Mails With SSL Certificates (S/MIME) falko 11/12/2011 - 11:01am
Blog entry Using the right tools to get your media.. fieldyweb 10/12/2011 - 10:45pm
Blog entry Linux Mint 12 review finid 09/12/2011 - 10:21pm
Blog entry webOS: The latest open source, Linux distribution finid 09/12/2011 - 10:17pm
Story In Defense of Free Riders srlinuxx 09/12/2011 - 3:29am
Story GNOME Co-Founder Still Uses Linux srlinuxx 09/12/2011 - 3:26am
Story Gnome Shell Activities srlinuxx 09/12/2011 - 3:23am
Story Firefox May Not Recover In 2012 srlinuxx 09/12/2011 - 3:10am
Story Linux Mint Swap Banshee Affiliate Code, Take 100% of Profits srlinuxx 09/12/2011 - 3:05am

Reasons for Apache’s 56%

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In a recent post I asked why Apache is losing market share for several months in a row now. Several readers responded with insightful comments and possible answers like better configuration tools or today’s high quality of IIS.

Who are the Linux desktop users?

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A typical Linux desktop user is a guy in his twenties who's computer savvy but may very well not be an IT professional. Those are some of the conclusions you can draw from the just-released openSUSE survey results.

Review of SAM Linux 2007

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Sam Linux 2007 is another one of those distros that clearly has a lot going for it because numerous people have told me to look in it's direction. On further investigation it seems odd that I've not heard of this release before.

Interface, aesthetics and general feel

Planet Penguin Racer

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It’s about time for another FOSSwire game post and this time I’m going to be looking at Planet Penguin Racer.

PP Racer is actually a fork of a now-abandoned game, Tux Racer. You can still download the old Tux Racer, but the last news for it was back in 2001. For the newer levels and features, you’ll probably want to play PP Racer.

Burning Issues With Vista

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Having heard that Vista's CD/DVD burn utility by default uses a nonstandard format, possibly as a result of yet another one of Microsoft's lock-in schemes, I decided to check things out for myself. That would also give me a nice chance to see what Vista was all about.

The plan was simple:

1. Locate a Vista box,
2. Bring empty CD's plus some arbitrary files on a USB stick, and

openSUSE Simple Software Installּ

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A great solution for finding and installing software in openSUSE.

Benjamin Weber's solution provides a meta-repository of packages from repositories around the web, and a meta-package format makes it very easy to install new software, without having to find and register new repositories, or even start the dreaded YaST...

on desktop wars

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Yesterday, after arriving at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Sevilla, I had three people in a row claiming one of the following: "You're a KDE guy, I'm GNOME guy, so we should be fighting (rather than drinking beer together)", "KDE? Sorry, I'm a GNOME user." or "... (silence)".

Dell To Fix Misleading Advertising Links

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In late February or early March, active LXer member, cyber_rigger, raised concerns about Dell advertising links showing up in Google searches related to Linux computers. In searching on the terms "linux notebooks", a Dell ad appeared in the result page.

Nina Reiser Couldn’t Win

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Nina Reiser vanished sometime during the day on September 5, 2006, after taking her children to visit Hans Reiser. Though Nina is still missing, investigators in Oakland, California eventually gathered enough evidence against Hans Reiser to charge him with her murder.

Litrix v7.4 Linux LiveCD Screenshots

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We've never heard of this Brazilian Linux distribution but decided to give it a shot with the recent release of Litrix v7.4. The Litrix LiveCD is based upon Gentoo Linux and with the new additions in v7.4 being NTFS write support, support for wireless networking, i686 optimizations, NVIDIA's binary blob pre-installed, and Beryl integration.

Linux: Improved KVM Performance, Vista Support

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Avi Kivity announced significant performance improvements and support for running 32-bit Windows Vista as a guest within the latest release of KVM.

The happy theme of today's kvm is the significant performance improvements, brought to you by a growing team of developers. I've clocked kbuild at within 25% of native.

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Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On Debian Etch

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This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine.

Simple Instructions for enabling all Necessary Repositories with openSUSE

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The openSUSE Community website has a neat and tidy guide for enabling all the necessary repositories that you would need, on openSUSE. This includes the online OSS and Non-OSS repositories, as well as the popular Guru and Packman repositories.

brightside: workspace switcher

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This utility for the GNOME desktop allows you to switch between virtual desktops by moving the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen, as if dragging it to the next one beside it, and is a nice alternative to keyboard shortcuts for the more mouse-oriented user.

Ubuntu on an Asus A8j laptop

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I bought a shiny new laptop recently to replace my old Dell Inspiron 8000.

The Asus A8j is a top notch machine with only one major drawback: the LCD display is not on the same level of quality of the other components.

True transparent eye candy on Fluxbox

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I often hear people asking how to install compiz, beryl on Fluxbox at IRC during the period when 3D desktop effects caught the crowd’s attention. And the answer is definitely NO! you can’t mix beryl with Fluxbox.


Tips for transitioning to a GNU/Linux distribution

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So, you've made the choice to try a GNU/Linux distribution or distro and have completed the installation. But now what? While doing some spring cleaning on my desk, I came across the notes from my last distro installation. Here are the key tips that made my last transition from Windows to GNU/Linux easier.

How to enable subpixel hinting in openSUSE 10.2

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Only works on openSUSE 10.2 -- on older openSUSE versions, it might create issues because the following instructions also upgrade to the latest freetype2 library.

Rebuild freetype2 with subpixel hinting

Note: the following commands must be executed using your regular non-root account

Ubuntu 7.04 Online Documentation

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Finally we’ve managed to get the online documentation for Ubuntu 7.04 up and running. Check it out at

The documentation for Ubuntu 7.04 is the product of some serious restructuring of the way we present documentation in Ubuntu, and the documentation team hopes that users will find it useful.

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How-To: Import Thunderbird Emails to Evolution

Lately, I wanted to make the move from Thunderbird to Evolution. The main motivation for this move was the fact that Evolution is by far well more integrated with Gnome Desktop, Beagle...

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today's leftovers

  • Docker: Making the Internet Programmable
    Docker, and containers in general, are hot technologies that have been getting quite a bit of attention over the past few years. Even Solomon Hykes, Founder, CTO, and Chief Product Officer at Docker started his keynote with the assumption that people attending LinuxCon Europe know that Docker does containers, so instead of focusing on what Docker does, Hykes used his time to talk about Docker’s purpose saying, “It really boils down to one small sentence. We're trying to make the Internet programmable.” Hykes described this idea of making the Internet programmable with three key points. First, they are focused on building “tools of mass innovation” designed to allow people to create and innovate on a very large scale. Second, applications and cloud services are allowing the idea of the Internet as a programmable platform to be realized, and they want to make this accessible to more people. Third, they are accomplishing all of this by building the Docker stack with open standards, open infrastructure, and a development platform with commercial products on top of the stack.
  • How to benchmark your Linux system
    The Software Center list will also include individual tests. These can be fine to use, but they can be tedious to open and configure manually. Keep your eye out for an entry called Phoronix Test Suite, or PTS for short. The Phoronix Test Suite is a powerful program that can run a single test, or an entire battery. PTS offers some built-in suites (collection of tests), or you can design your own suite. When tests are completed, you can choose to upload the test results to, where other users can see your results and even run the exact same tests on their PC.
  • Wunderlist Electron App for Linux
    Missing Wunderlist on Linux? You don’t need to thanks to Wunderlistux, an Electron-based desktop app. It doesn’t claim to be anything more than a wrapper around the official Wunderlist web app (which, yes, you could just open in a new browser tab).
  • Enter the Wasteland: Mad Max now available for Mac and Linux
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  • GNOME at Linux Install Fest
    It’s an event organized in order to help first year students install a Linux distro on their laptops (here at our uni, we work almost entirely on Linux, so we need to help those that have never used it and set up their distros

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