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EnGarde Secure Linux 3.0.14

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All about Linux: EnGarde Secure Linux is a Linux distribution developed by Guardian Digital - an open source Internet security company, and is designed with security in mind. Originally based on Red Hat Linux, this product has been in development since 1999.

PostrgeSQL creator on the art of open source

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ComputerWorld: Bruce Momjian may not be the most famous free software figure, but as a founder and lead architect of the PostgreSQL relational database management system, he is an ardent believer in the correctness and beauty of open source development.

Howto: Use elinks like a pro

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Motho ke motho ka botho: What if you could cut through all the gimmickry, all the Flash animations, all the embedded gadgetry and doodads that don’t add anything to the content — the real content — of a Web page? What if?

Making Ubuntu Usable

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extremetech: In this chapter from the ExtremeTech book Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks Mods and Customizations you'll learn how to set up the operating system to your taste with things like changing the startup music, the background, fonts, icons, and colors, and navigating the Nautilus file manager—on both PCs and Macs.

Creating A DNS Cache With djbdns

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Building a local DNS cache will speed up your internet connection since the time for the translation job (converting domain names into IP addresses) will become negligible with the assumption that the DNS cache gets the information from the parent DNS.

How to Become a Cool Blogger and/or Hip Journalist

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Devnet: First...get yourself a blog and get it running. To get maximum exposure in the past, you had to use keywords. Now is no different. The keyword we’ll focus the most on is one that can get you thousands of hits in a few minutes if submitted to the right news outlet.

Ubuntu is not ready for most, even from Dell

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tech.blorge: Dell has seen fit to equip some of its laptop and desktop offerings with one of the most popular versions (also called distros) of Linux being Ubuntu. I have said many times before one of the biggest challenges for Linux is to make things easy to install and configure. I know plenty of people that think doing so is hard in Windows and for them it would be impossible in Linux.

Microsoft, Dell, Novell in Linux server deal

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Linux-Watch: The rumor was that Novell and Dell were going to partner up to deliver SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop). While nothing has come of that rumor -- yet -- Linux-Watch has learned from sources close to the companies involved that Novell, Dell, and Microsoft will be joining together in what seems to be an expansion of last November's Microsoft/Novell partnership.

Skype Linux Alpha Disappoints

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Peer to peer communications provider Skype has released a tentative upgrade to the Linux version of its softphone client software, but users are not particularly happy with the progress.

Feedback on the page the company has announced Skype for Linux is not very positive and the early reports on Linux Devices are not particularly flattering about the progress made toward the next version.

Book Review - Linux System Administration

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Geared for the Linux pro or UNIX administrator, Linux System Administration was written to provide advice to manage a complete range of systems and servers.

Howto: Record soundcard output with Audacity in KDE

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This short howto will show how to record the soundcard output on Linux with Audacity while running in KDE.

The given task was in this case: record the output of a flash streaming online radio. In principle this shouldn’t be difficult because the data are on your computer - you just have to route them through a recording tool.

How to make a Live CD

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This isn't a tutorial for making your own distro- that requires time, money, and m4d-1337 technical 5k!11z. This is how to make a Live CD for an application of your choice.

==Why have a Live CD?==

Portability. A program would normally have to be installed several times in order for it to be able to be used wherever you go, so why not put it on a CD?

Hiding arguments from ps

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There are many articles on the Interwobble telling you how to set the process title on Linux; they all concentrate on the problem of placing an arbitrarily long string in argv[0] to report status information in the process list.

Mark Shuttleworth: The Wizard of OS

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To find the 22 innovators, instigators, and inventors to honor with a Rave Award this year, we started by looking for the most intriguing breakthroughs in the world today — then tracked down the individuals who made them happen.

Installing Ubuntu on Virtual PC for Windows Lovers

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I recently decided to try out Ubuntu to see what all the fuss was about. My notes here apply to Virtual PC 2007.

Downloading Ubuntu and Setting up the VPC

To start, download the iso image from the Ubuntu download site. I downloaded the 7.04 version first since I assumed the bigger the version number, the better, right? We’ll see this isn’t always the case as we’ll see.

Howto Setup a Lighttpd Chroot Jail Web Server under Debian Linux

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Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility--all of these describe LightTPD which is rapidly redefining efficiency of a webserver; as it is designed and optimized for high performance environments.

ASCII-Art fun: cowsay and FIGlet

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Ever wanted to type in text terminal somehow funnier? This article describes two programs that can be used to generate a little less standard output in Linux console: cowsay and figlet.

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

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Leftovers: KDE

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