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Story Ubuntu 12.04 Is A Mixed Power Story srlinuxx 05/04/2012 - 6:10am
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Story The 1% Linux myth srlinuxx 04/04/2012 - 9:22pm

Howto: Change / Setup bash custom prompt (PS1)

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nixcraft: Most of us work with a shell prompt. By default most Linux distro displays hostname and current working directory. You can easily customize your prompt to display information important to you. You change look and feel by adding colors.

First KRDC Sceenshot!

urs’ blog: As I have promised some days ago: Here is the first screenshot of the new KRDC mainwindow. Smile Please keep in mind that I am at an early state of development. A lot is not completed yet and will change.

Roll your own Fedora 7! (In RAM, yet!)

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fluxam @ livejournal: Fedora 7 64-bit is how I'm posting this using the Scribefire/Performancing extension in Firefox -- supposedly a 64-bit build, since I'm running the 64-bit Fedora. I was startled when I saw the option of loading into RAM when I booted off the 835 Mb DVD, and again surprised when the DVD was ejected after being read into RAM.

Ubuntu's Feisty

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Black Phoebe: This evening I took the big plunge: I completely wiped Microsoft Windows XP off my 2003 Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop and made it an Ubuntu linux only machine. Goodbye Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates! Goodbye! Hello Feisty Fawn, Hello!

Linux vs. Wikipedia

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BusinessWeek: Crowds are not wise. Nor are they ignorant. The intelligence, or lack thereof, resides in those of us who are trying to capture their momentum. One fascinating point: once the crowds have been rallied to do their work, often a central authority possessing considerable talent is necessary to meld their efforts into a tangible product.

Game of the Day: Angband

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Penguin Pete: If you've not played Angband or its variants, sprint, don't waddle, to Thangorodrim and get thee thy new game. It is a stupendous implementation of the text-mode RPG game, with a highly authentic Lord-of-the-Rings flavor.

DirectX 10: A chance for linux gaming

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linux-gamers: A year in, the Alky Project has gone live under the cover of a company Falling Leaf Systems. Members of its Sapling Program will be able to get the wrappers for DirectX10 applications and users will be able to run Windows games intended on the Mac OS X on x86-based Macinteltoshes as well as Linux.

SlackRoll has been released

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503 Service Unavailable: Yesterday I published version 1 of SlackRoll, a package or update manager for Slackware Linux. The end result is a Python script that reflecst my view on Slackware package management, with a uniform interface, which works fast.

The User Interface of Firefox 3: Features

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Alex Faaborg: Firefox 3 is going to provide a wide range of improvements to performance, stability, and security, and it’s also going to present several new user facing features. Here is a quick recap.

I got my Ubuntu pre-installed Dell E520N today!!

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Technocrat: The ship date that they gave me when I ordered my E520N was June 1st, but it actually shipped well before that and I got it 6/1 with regular shipping. The only deviation from the default configuration was that I didn't need a monitor.

Fedora 7 "Moonshine": Freedom vs. Ease-of-Use (Part 1)

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Fedora 7, a.k.a. "Moonshine," released on May 31, is an odd duck. On the one hand, it's hugely popular. On the other hand, these days, there seems to be an emphasis on being user-friendly (think "Ubuntu"). But Fedora's creators have consciously limited what it can do out of the box.

PCLinuxOS Magazine June 2007 Issue 10 Released!

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It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the June 2007 issue (#10) is available for download! Some highlights include KDE User Guide Part 3 & 4, Linux Mint - A Review, and Top 10 Firefox Extensions.

KDE 3.x final freeze, KDE 4 module freeze

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/home/liquidat: The KDE team announced that the 3.x branch is officially closed. There will be no further features or changes besides bug fixes. In the meantime, the KDE 4 module is frozen as well.

Myah OS 3 Tech Demo 2 Available

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Myah OS 3 Tech Demo 2 is now available. This is the second release on the road to 3.0 Stable. This is still a development release but it should be fairly stable and have a well rounded selection of applications.

Review of Dell XPS 410n with Ubuntu Feisty preinstalled

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ubuntuforums: I received my XPS with Ubuntu today. The first thing I will say is that when the Fedex guy delivered it he asked if Dell was having some kind of liquidation sale because he has delivered more Dells today than ever before. He told me that he had already delivered five and there were eleven more on the truck.

$100 Linux gadget becomes student testing device

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Linux Devices: LearningSoft has used customized Linux-based handheld devices in an "assessment system" aimed at helping classroom school teachers create, administer, and score tests. Aimed primarily at grades three through eight, the "Indigo Learning System" uses Aeronix's $99 Zipit chat device running a custom software stack.

Red Hat gives training discounts to Fedora users and developers

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Linux As a way of thanking Fedora contributors and users for their support, Red Hat is offering discounts on its training programs, in some cases up to 25% off the normal price, said Fedora project leader Max Spevack in a message on fedora-announce-list announce Friday.

The Next Generation

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Linux Today: But what really floored me was Andy's youngest son, 10-year-old Greg, who chimed in the middle of the conversation and asked me (and I quote): “how hard is it to run Windows programs, like executables, on Linux?”

Ubuntu Satanic Edition - Linux for the damned

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Seopher: I first visited Ubuntu Satanic Edition back in February and since then It's had some more work done on it. Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn was released and proved to be an excellent release, so Satanic Edition released an updated "Fiery Fawn". Here are some sexy screenshots.

Fedora 7 - latest offering from Red Hat & Video

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All about Linux: The latest offering from Red Hat, Fedora ver 7.0 has been released. This time round, Fedora team has mearged the core packages with the Extra platform components which is why you see the title of this post to contain "Fedora 7" instead of "Fedora core 7".

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