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Story Bright Computing raises $14.5M to expand services for Linux cluster management Roy Schestowitz 29/07/2014 - 7:59am
Story Manjaro 0.8.10 Gets Its Fourth Update Pack, Drops Linux Kernel 3.4.x Rianne Schestowitz 29/07/2014 - 7:55am
Story From Clouds to Cars to Kitchens, Linux Making an Impact Everywhere Roy Schestowitz 29/07/2014 - 7:52am
Story CoreOS Stabilizes Cloud Container Linux Operating System Roy Schestowitz 29/07/2014 - 7:45am
Story Leftovers: Software Roy Schestowitz 28/07/2014 - 10:12pm
Story The Shocking Truth About Torvalds' Home Office Rianne Schestowitz 28/07/2014 - 10:11pm
Story today's howtos Roy Schestowitz 28/07/2014 - 10:09pm
Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 28/07/2014 - 10:08pm
Story Tiny Linux SBC web-enables DIY IoT modules Rianne Schestowitz 28/07/2014 - 9:44pm
Story 15 alternatives to your default image viewer on Fedora Rianne Schestowitz 28/07/2014 - 9:37pm

few howtos:

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HowTos
  • HowTo: Use Flood Ping to Test For Lost Packets

  • how to add multimedia support to Ubuntu
  • Shell Script To Produce Prime Numbers On Linux And Unix
  • Developing a Simple Backup Strategy
  • Converting DVD9 to DVD5 In Linux
  • Linux web tools, Pt. 2 - Using LAMP for testing
  • Getting NVIDIA and ATI drivers on openSUSE 11.0
  • Gentoo on the Asus Eee PC - Part 1
  • Use composition effects in KDE 4 without fancy graphic cards
  • Ghost your Suse installation with dd

Maybe We Should Charge For Linux

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Linux

linuxtoday.com: It got me wondering about all the various reasons why Linux is promoted, and how being free is in beer (one would think) should be a huge draw. But, as history shows, while being free (gratis) is an advantage, it has not brought people over in waves. When people come to Linux, they cite other advantages first, and sometimes mention the gratis part only as an after-thought.

The best Linux distributions of spring 2008

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Linux

bitburners.com: The six month update cycles of major Linux distributions guarantees that there will be plenty of fresh releases for every spring and fall. It is time to have another look at the current Linux offering. In the past six months the development has been incremental, but with a few nice surprises as well.

Cheap Linux PCs Scare Microsoft

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Linux
Hardware

osweekly.com: As I sit here looking at my Zonbu(s) (a mini and the notebook), I cannot help but feel overwhelming dismay over all the progress made with "ready-to-go" Linux solutions. My concern is not in regard to the projects themselves, but it’s where Microsoft is trying to edge their way into something that Linux was working magic with first.

When Desktop Disaster Strikes, Linux Rides To The Rescue

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Linux

bmighty.com/blog: A friend in need, the saying goes, is a friend indeed. And the next time your Windows PC goes belly-up at the worst possible time, your new best friend just might turn out to be a Linux rescue CD.

Linux Mint 5.0: Usage Points

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Linux

alternativenayk.wordpress: Unlike my previous review of Ubuntu 8.04, in which I both compared it to PCLinuxOS (which is not fair to both distros) and also criticised it’s GNOME-ic flavour, which I agree is a matter of taste. Instead, I’m focussing simply on my current use of Linux Mint 5.0 and rate my experience (positive/negative).

FAI and Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

eyrie.org: My project for the past three days has been to upgrade our etch-based Debian build system to add support for Ubuntu hardy. We're primarily a Debian shop, but we want to use Ubuntu for the public timeshare systems due to its faster stable update cycle.

Tonight is Linux Night

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Linux

zdnet.com: I’m running a Linux night with my computer club tonight. Our theme? Get Lucky on Friday the 13th with Linux! We managed to get a local non-profit called the Athol-Royalston Educational Foundation to donate $400 towards a kit computer from TigerDirect. One important piece of my speal tonight will be to discuss both the benefits and limitations of Linux.

Are There Any Evil Distros?

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Linux

linuxjournal.com: If you take a gander at the number of Linux distributions listed at Distrowatch, you'll find there are tons of "forks" and "offshoots" from one distribution to another. With Linux, we have the freedom to do that, but I'm curious if there are any Linux flavors that are truly offensive to people. There has been some controversial uprisings in the past, but it begs the questions -- does the freedom to fork ever cross over into creepville?

Linus Torvalds: World’s Greatest Geek Daddy?

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Misc

junauza.com: Though considered by many as the world’s greatest computer programmer, Linus Torvalds is not afraid to show everyone his softer side. Some of the photographs that I’m going to show to you should speak for themselves.

Debian “Lenny” freeze coming up

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Linux

ducea.com: Debian GNU/Linux has published a new release update outlining the current status and upcoming goals of the project before the expected September release of version 5.0 “Lenny”.

The mini-laptops of summer

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Hardware

computerworld.com: You're not the only one losing weight for beach season. The latest and least expensive breed of slimmed-down mobile PC--the mini-laptop--is ready for summer travel.

openSUSE's Brockmeier sees distro coming into its own

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Interviews
SUSE

linux.com: Of all the community distributions, probably the least known is openSUSE. After two and a half years, the distro is not only still working out details about how its community operates -- including how its governing board is elected -- but also struggling to come out of the shadow of its corporate parent Novell, much as Fedora has emerged from its initial dominance by Red Hat.

OpenSolaris still has some Linux copying to do

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OS

theregister.co.uk: Sun has made good on its promise to deliver OpenSolaris, the company's Unix-based answer to Linux, with a company-supported, commercial update arriving in mid-May. Although far from a complete product, the latest OpenSolaris is impressive and in the long run could prove a viable alternative to Linux.

Prominent Linux desktop developer: "No one wants a new desktop"

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Linux

cnet.com: Havoc Pennington has long been one of the pioneers of the Linux desktop movement, and a primary GNOME developer. Once at Red Hat, now at LITL (cool name, by the way), Havoc should be the poster boy for Linux desktop advocacy. Nope.

Test your environment's security with BackTrack

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Linux

linux.com: In the field of penetration testing, BackTrack is today's premier Linux distribution. Designed for, created by, and used by security professionals around the globe, BackTrack is the result of a merger between two earlier, competing distributions -- WHAX and Auditor Security Collection.

Desktops in trouble

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Software

thebeezspeaks.blogspot: The main reason I switched to Linux in 2000 was the availability of a viable desktop, in my case KDE 1.1. Well, there are some disturbing developments and they are happening in the key components of our systems: the desktop. KDE is in trouble. Gnome is in trouble as well.

Linux takes over Wall Street, but business concerns linger

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Linux

Matt Asay: I laughed when I read Network World's headline: "Wall Street Becoming Linux Stronghold." Is it 1999 or 2008, I wondered? Linux has long found a warm reception on Wall Street, where enterprises view IT as a source for competitive advantage.

Gobuntu Changes Going Back Into Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

phoronix.com: The release of Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 is running a few days behind schedule, but an interesting announcement has come out of the Canonical camp this morning. The news coming out of the Canonical camp is that developers will be trying to merge as many of Gobuntu's changes back into the mainline Ubuntu code-base as possible.

Bringing a Windows mindset to a GNU/Linux world

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Misc

cydeweys.com/blog: I just ran across a level of stupid so off the charts I had to immediately comment on it here lest my inaction unwittingly foster an environment tolerant of such stupidity.

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