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Quick Kubuntu time saver

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Kubuntu and most good Linux distributions give you a great graphical interface to work on. This makes using Linux a very intuitive affair. One thing that Kubuntu makes easy is transferring files across a network. Using the Konqueror interface and the fish protocol you can easily and securely transfer files between Linux machines with simple drag and drop.

BalanceNG: A simple approach to load balancing

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Load balancing software uses multiple hardware devices to spread work around and thereby speed performance. While Linux Virtual Server may be the best-known option for Linux networks, another alternative, BalanceNG, a simple, lightweight utility, may be a better choice for some organizations.

Novell Seeks Partners Across Linux/Windows Integration, Security, And More

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Novell is now on the lookout for more partners to work on-site at customer locations to help out with product maintenance and optimization. Opportunities with Novell are also especially strong for VARs with interest and abilities in Linux/Windows integration, security and identity management, and customization of thin client environments, various officials said at BrainShare.

Sam Linux 2007 - For the XFCE Lover

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Sam Linux 2007 was released yesterday and since it's been little over a year since my last test of Sam, I thought I might see what was new.

Mozilla: 3D office meetings will be the norm within ten years

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Mozilla's technologist predicts that in the next 10 years our avatars will attend virtual business meetings and chat with other shoppers.

The virtual world phenomenon of Second Life will transform the Internet within the next 10 years, and the browser will have to change just as fast to keep up, said Mozilla's Window Snyder.

Novell, Red Hat Compare Desktop Linux Programs

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Open-source rivals Novell and Red Hat are each highlighting initiatives to bring Linux-based functionality to the desktop.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Release Candidate 2 Screenshots

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Linux

The second release candidate for SimplyMEPIS 6.5 is now available. SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC2 replaces QtParted with GParted, improvements to the MEPIS Xconfig assistant, and a fair amount of other changes beyond the original release candidate. SimplyMEPIS is another Ubuntu-based distribution.

Review: CRUX 2.3

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Reviews

Turning away from the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink distributions for a moment I now turn my attention to a light-weight distribution aimed at being as simple as possible while still being up-to-date. CRUX 2.3, released on March 20, 2007, attempts to fulfill such a role.

Linux on the Desktop is Building Momentum

I have noticed that mention of Linux on the desktop seems to be building in the media, but it hasn't been clear if that noise correlated to more users actually switching to it. Based on the results of my admittedly unscientific poll, Linux does appear to be building momentum.

Debian, Red Hat patch numerous OpenOffice flaws

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Debian released a patch to fix multiple vulnerabilities in OpenOffice that open up the users' systems to compromise, Secunia reported on Wednesday.

One vulnerability was originally discovered by an anonymous researcher and reported to VeriSign’s iDefense Labs.

iDefense reported that research by Sean Larsson found additional flaws.

GNU/Linux on the desktop: a modest business proposal

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Linux

With the bickering about what Dell will and won’t do to provide Linux on their desktop machines, it seems to me there’s a much easier way to introduce GNU/Linux into the world. Scrap it!

Novell responds: 'Stop fixating on the patent deal'

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In case it's not abundantly clear, I despise Novell's patent pact with Microsoft. But, as Bruce Lowry wrote me today (because comments are turned off on the blog, due to a massive spike in comment spam), there may be some bright spots on the Novell horizon that I have not reported. I'm willing to "concede" that, and am happy to hear about it.

Where Fedora Went Wrong

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Last month Eric S. Raymond made a public announcement on the Fedora developer’s list that he was giving up on Fedora Core and that from now on Ubuntu is his distribution of choice. Actually it was more of a rant than an announcement. ESR’s scatter shot attack on Fedora was wrong in more ways than I care to comment about here.

Cleaning up after Kazehakase

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I really love Kazehakase: It’s light, it’s fast, it’s clean and it does things that Firefox hasn’t thought of yet, or maybe needs a plugin to do (like a Tab Tree rather than just a list of active tabs, or a thumbnailed history of closed pages).

Bruce Perens: Clearing up anti-GPL3 FUD

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There's been a lot of talk about GPL version 3: whether it goes too far to be acceptable to business, whether the Linux kernel developers will accept it, whether our community will fork or undergo unrest over it. Much of that talk is based on a poor understanding of the GPL3 terms, and with release of the new license imminent, it's time to clear that up.

What Novell could learn from Google

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There's an interesting story on Slashdot this morning about why (possibly) Google may have been spoiling for a YouTube fight, rather than hoping to avoid it. As the theory in the article goes, Google may have wanted to get sued to protect the viability of YouTube, rather than leaving the copyright fight to a company less able to fight back (financially and strategically):

VLC beyond the basics

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VideoLAN's VLC is a cross-platform media player with a simple interface that doesn't require a degree in rocket science to operate. That doesn't mean, however, that VLC is a simplistic application: it has a few tricks up its sleeve that can significantly extend its functionality and enhance your user experience. Here are a couple of VLC's nifty features you might want to try.

Having fun with netcat.

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Netcat or nc in short can be aptly described as one of those two letter command-line tools that have all of legendary UNIX magic and power.

nc however is a new program and does not share the age of well known programs like cat or dd. However its power and versatility make one think why no one came up with this before.

(K)Ubuntu vs openSUSE

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Linux

I’ve installed Kubuntu on my laptop recently and I must say I am pretty impressed. It has picked up most of m laptops hardware and the hibernation and media button functions I could never get working on openSUSE worked out of the box! Pretty cool! I have no doubt I could have got them working with openSUSE but I wasn’t willing to spend the time on it.

KDE Konqueror FTP PASV Response Handling Client-Side Port Scanning Vulnerability

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A vulnerability has been identified in KDE Konqueror, which could be exploited by attackers to gain knowledge of sensitive information.

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