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How to install Adobe PDF Reader with Plug-in for Mozilla Firefox

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Adobe Acrobat was the first software to support Adobe Systems’ Portable Document Format (PDF). It is a family of software, some commercial and some free of charge. The Adobe Acrobat Reader program (now just called Adobe Reader) is available as a no-charge download from Adobe’s web site, and allows the viewing and printing of PDF files.

Package Management with APT

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If you’ve read any of my previous posts you know they all take advantage of APT to install or upgrade packages. If you’ve spent more than a few hours using Ubuntu you’ve probably taken advantage of APT. Anytime you add, remove or upgrade part of your system you’re using APT. I thought I would take a minute today to explain a few more features of APT that you might not be familiar with.

Tux Paint - Fun Drawing Software For Small Children

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This is a very easy to use, yet very useful software for creating graphical documents for children. The user interface is designed for intuitive use by children as young as three to five years.

Book review: Ubuntu Hacks

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I want to tell you a little story. One that involves: love, greed, selfishness, guilt, shame and finally—confession. A torrid little story this is. It revolves around a geek and his love for free software. Not just free as in freedom, we’re talking free as in “keep my cash in my wallet” free! I’ll be playing the part of the geek, Ubuntu will play the part of free software.

openSUSE 10.2 / Evolution 2.8.2 running against MS Exchange 2003

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At the end of last year, on the first day of my vacation, I moved my IBM T41 from Fedora Core 6 to openSUSE 10.2 . I was at home, and on vacation at the time, so the one thing I could not really test was how well the openSUSE default install of Evolution 2.8.2 works. No MS Exchange server at the house and all. I had to wait to return to the office.

Firefox 2 - You Make My Heart Sing!

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Moz/FF

Sometimes you find yourself wondering why certain features are added to specific software. Take Firefox and Open Office as one such example. Both have a back-up feature that will give you an opportunity to recover from a computer crash, thus making sure any data loss is kept to a minimum.

Distros for New Linux Users

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As you can see from the various forums and help sites, questions concerning new user distro's has touched off a bit of a spat, but then again it always does. The FOSS (Free Open Source Software) Purists can be pretty vocal and rigid at times. Don't take what they say as mean-spirited...they really are passionate about what they believe and are trying to do what's right for Linux...

Does LAMP make economic sense?

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Many companies have data scattered across several databases that are often maintained by proprietary software. LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) is a combination of free software that offers a convenient way to centralize and administer data. In this tip, we'll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of LAMP.

openSUSE 10.2 Earns A Seat At The Head Of The Table

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SUSE

Columnist Eric A. Hall was looking for a Linux distro that combines stability with the capabilities needed to test bleeding-edge technology. After a long search, he found that openSUSE 10.2 was up to the job.

Why I can't switch to Windows Vista...ever!

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It just occurred to me how alien Windows has become to my way of working. The trigger for this realization: Windows Vista Ultimate, A Hands On Diary by Barry Gerber over at Tom's Hardware Guide.

Top four reasons Windows wins and Linux loses

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Today, you can do everything you want with a Linux desktop, except play the latest games. Even there, Linux is catching up. So, why do only a handful of people run Linux instead of Windows? Here are my top-four reasons why Windows wins and Linux loses.

dvd::rip Revisited

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In June I wrote an article comparing DVD ripping programs that run on Linux. At that time dvd::rip was my second choice, mostly because of its ugly interface. Now that it has an updated GUI I decided to go back and give it another try. And I'm glad I did because dvd::rip is my new favorite ripper.

Linux needs to evolve - now!

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It is a brilliant idea to create an operating system that is free for everyone to use and to edit. Thousands of hackers around the globe share the dream of open source information technology without monopolism. Everybody who is into computing has heard of Linux and lots of them are using it for daily work. Yet so called “out-of-the-box” experience can instead be very tricky and much to complicated for a normal user.

Dunc-Tank continues to make splash

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Dunc-Tank, the unofficial organization set up to fund selected Debian activities, has made its first experimental payment to release managers, but community members are still debating whether a missed deadline and the alleged demotivation of some programmers make the experiment a failure.

Useful cloaking device is one step closer to reality

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Sci/Tech

Last October saw a major breakthrough in an area of research that, until very recently, was squarely in the realm of science fiction—cloaking technology.

HOWTO: Install FVWM-Crystal 3.0.4 on Edgy

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I’m really, really impressed with FVWM-Crystal. It makes for an exceptionally good-looking lightweight system — even on outdated hardware. But after knocking around the FVWM-Crystal howto, I realized I would do much better.

ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick?

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The ImageMagick (IM) suite of command-line graphics tools is a free software staple; Linux, other Unix-like operating systems, and proprietary OSes like Windows have supported IM for close to two decades. But there is also an alternative tool called GraphicsMagick (GM) that covers much of the same functionality. How do you know which one is right for you?

Tweakin' your Bash Prompt

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About a month after moving into my new Slackware install, I have finally gotten around to setting up my cool Bash prompt again... only this time it's perfect.

Video chat working in Ubuntu finally

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Ubuntu

I finally managed to get my webcam work with AMSN (actually I didn’t do anything much) in my desktop. I have a Logitech Quickcam and Ubuntu Dapper recognized the camera without any problem. The problem was, I had a TV tuner card installed and also the webcam.

The Best Linux Security Tools

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You can never be too safe these days. Viruses, spyware, rootkits, remote exploits, you just never know what security issue is going to be your downfall. Thats why it is important as a Linux administrator to have an understanding of some of the best Linux security tools available to you.

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    China-based Linux distro Deepin has shown off its all-new desktop file manager. And to say it's pretty is an understatement.
  • GRadio Lets You Find, Listen to Radio Stations from the Ubuntu Desktop
    Love to listen to the radio? My ol’ pal Lolly did. But let’s say you want to listen to the radio on Ubuntu. How do you do it? Well, the Ubuntu Software centre should always be the first dial you try, but you’ll need to sift through a load of static to find a decent app.
  • Reprotest 0.2 released, with virtualization support
    reprotest 0.2 is available in PyPi and should hit Debian soon. I have tested null (no container, build on the host system), schroot, and qemu, but it's likely that chroot, Linux containers (lxc/lxd), and quite possibly ssh are also working. I haven't tested the autopkgtest code on a non-Debian system, but again, it probably works. At this point, reprotest is not quite a replacement for the prebuilder script because I haven't implemented all the variations yet, but it offers better virtualization because it supports qemu, and it can build non-Debian software because it doesn't rely on pbuilder.
  • Calibre 2.63.0 eBook Converter and Viewer Adds Unicode 9.0 Support, Bugfixes
    Kovid Goyal has released yet another maintenance update for his popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Calibre ebook library management software, version 2.63.0. Calibre 2.63.0 arrives two weeks after the release of the previous maintenance update, Calibre 2.62.0, which introduced support for the new Kindle Oasis ebook reader from Amazon, as well as reading and writing of EPUB 3 metadata. Unfortunately, there aren't many interesting features added in the Calibre 2.63.0 release, except for the implementation of Unicode 9.0 support in the regex engine of the Edit Book feature that lets users edit books that contain characters encoded with the recently released Unicode 9.0 standard.
  • Mozilla Delivers Improved User Experience in Firefox for iOS
    When we rolled out Firefox for iOS late last year, we got a tremendous response and millions of downloads. Lots of Firefox users were ecstatic they could use the browser they love on the iPhone or iPad they had chosen. Today, we’re thrilled to release some big improvements to Firefox for iOS. These improvements will give users more speed, flexibility and choice, three things we care deeply about.
  • LibreOffice 5.2 Is Being Released Next Wednesday
    One week from today will mark the release of LibreOffice 5.2 as the open-source office suite's latest major update. LibreOffice 5.2 features a new (optional) single toolbar mode, bookmark improvements. new Calc spreadsheet functions (including forecasting functions), support for signature descriptions, support for OOXML signature import/export, and a wealth of other updates. There are also GTK3 user-interface improvements, OpenGL rendering improvements, multi-threaded 3D rendering, faster rendering, and more.
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