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Installing Puppet on Ubuntu

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Puppet is a configuration automation tool that allows you to centralize management of the various *nix flavors running on your network. This is a step by step tutorial on how to install the server component of Puppet (puppetmaster) on one machine, and the Puppet client (puppetd) on another. We then perform a simple test to make sure Puppet is working properly.

Why Dell and other major hardware vendors won't do desktop Linux preinstallation

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The big problem with Linux preinstallation is that one size rarely fits all. Although modern community-driven distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora are designed for a broad audience, serious Linux users are very particular about how their systems are configured.

Linux: 2.6.21-rc2, Lots of Changes

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Announcing 2.6.21-rc2, Linus Torvalds noted, "I'm not very proud of this, because quite frankly, -rc2 has way more changes than I really like." The current Linux kernel development model is that the bulk of changes in a new kernel should happen during the -rc1 phase, with the rest of the -rc kernels being primarily bug fixes."

Mac vs. Linux: Which is More Secure?

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In last month’s column, I said “I’m more secure on a Mac than I was on Windows XP.” Some of you asked how Linux fares in that comparison. To that, I’ll say I’m marginally more secure on Linux than on a Mac.

What Tech Companies Should Know About Linux Users

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It happened again this week. This time it was Dell, who asked the public what they'd like to see Dell offering. The overwhelming number-one response was "Linux machines". Then the inevitable foot-dragging began.

Securing Linux by breaking it with Damn Vulnerable Linux

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Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is everything a good Linux distribution isn't. Its developers have spent hours stuffing it with broken, ill-configured, outdated, and exploitable software that makes it vulnerable to attacks. DVL isn't built to run on your desktop -- it's a learning tool for security students

Run Windows Apps on Linux using 2X ApplicationServer

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I recently read an article describing how to run Windows apps on Linux using 2X ApplicationServer with Windows running as a virtual machine (VM) on the local system. It's a really cool sounding idea and overcomes some of the compatibility problems of Wine, but always having a Windows VM active consumes a lot of resources and may not always be the best solution.

Killing misbehaving programs and processes

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I’d love to say it doesn’t happen on Linux, but very rarely it does. I can say it happens less often than on Windows, though. What am I talking about? Programs and processes misbehaving - locking up, stopping working and generally causing a problem.

Most popular websites 6 out of 7 powered by GNU/Linux - concludes survey

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Pingdom - an uptime monitoring company conducted a survey recently where it researched the technologies that power 7 most popular websites. All these websites except Alexaholic, exclusively use Linux as their choice of OS. Alexaholic is hosted on Windows.

Fedora Linux Leaves Its Users Behind?

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Those of you who are outside of the Linux circle of influences must have heard about Eric Raymond's rejection of Fedora. But if you ask me, the really interesting thing has been the public reaction to his comments in, well, the reader comments area of the article.

Also: The Terrible State of WiFi in Linux

beryl: usability, part 6

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This is a quick howto on a not-so-well-known feature of beryl - drag and drop using the scale plugin.

Also: Tweak beryl for speed

So, How Does it Feel to have been Had?

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Mike Dell fires his CEO, takes control of Dell again and starts "A New Era of Innovation." He has his people put up a website asking US what we want in a Dell Computer. In no particular order, the tens of thousands of responses were:

Also: Linux and Dell - getting there?
And: Dell backs down from Linux promise

How to dual boot Linux and Windows XP (Linux installed first)

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We're going to use the Gnome Partition Editor (Gparted) from the Ubuntu LiveCD to shrink the Ubuntu partition on the hard disk and create enough space for an installation of XP. We'll then install XP, and, because XP overwrites the master boot record, we'll restore the GRUB boot loader so that either XP or Linux can be selected at boot time.

UK government ignores open-source potential

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John Pugh MP argues that a bias against open-source within Whitehall has lead to schools and universities becoming too focused on proprietary technology.

Linux partnership addresses forking

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The deal between Linux makers Ubuntu and Linspire will help to address fragmentation of the open source operating system, according to an analyst.

Ubuntu Edgy - Bluetooth File Transfer Is Back!

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It took some looking, but as it turns out, the issue that broke gnome-obex-send ability to send files to a mobile Bluetooth phone (such as my Cingular 8125) has a very simple fix. So, for those of you on Edgy looking to send files back and forth between your phone and PC, let’s get started.

GPLv3 to miss March deadline

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The release of the third version of the GNU Project's General Public License will be delayed by a few months. "We were supposed to release the third draft in January, and we have not yet done so," Stallman said in reply to a query. "We are almost ready."

The emerging FOSS revolution in Cuba

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Cuba is the rough diamond of the western-southern hemisphere. Intentionally neutered by almost 50 years of U.S. foreign policy, Cuba has still been able to create one of the world's highest literacy rates, provide free health care to all its citizens, and exports more doctors than any other nation. Now Cuba stands on the precipice of a revolution in the use and development of free and open source software. This will not only likely have dramatic effects on the internal politics of the nation, but also lead to Cuba's next significant export -- free and open source software.

Linux Could Prevent Use of 4,200,000,000 kg of Fossil Fuels a Year

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There's been a lot of talk in the last couple weeks about the significant negative impact that Windows Vista will have on the environment. Almost 100% of this negative impact is the waste that it will generate by making millions of machines obsolete.

Open Source: The Only Software One Really Owns

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Bill Gates once called the open source community a bunch of communists, thinking the open source ideal was against anyone owning the fruits of their programming labors. However, he has missed the real point. It's about not being held to ransom -- freedom to modify, extend and supplement your technology as you see fit.

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