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Linux lovers love to mount

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Its true. Linux lovers love to mount. Mounting things is part and parcel of a linux lovers life. They mount everything. Now before you get the wrong idea I wish to specify that I am talking about the mount command that is part of linux based systems.

A Graphical Disk Usage Analyzer

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Ubuntu Feisty Fawn has improves in graphics and user friendliness, one of the tools install by default is baobab. Baobab is one of the gnome utils. As the name didn’t suggest anything, but it is a cool disk usage analyzer. As it scan your folders and present you the disk usage statistics reports in graphs. Look at the screenshot:

Kurt Vonnegut, Writer of Classics of the American Counterculture, Dies at 84

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Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like “Slaughterhouse-Five,” “Cat’s Cradle” and “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died Wednesday night in Manhattan. He was 84.

The Open Source Security Motherload: 105 Tools, Applications and Resources

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Open source security is like a military general who shows his plans to both his allies and his enemies. On the one hand, his enemies can try to exploit the plan by targeting its weaknesses. But on the other hand, by exposing his tactics to those who want to help, the plan is ultimately much stronger as a result of their feedback and modifications.

Red Hat Linux Not Likely To Be Offered On Dell Desktop PCs

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In a brief research note this morning, Pacific Crest’s Brendan Barnicle writes that it “seems unlikely” that Dell will offer Red Hat’s (RHT) version of Linux on its desktop PCs. Barnicle writes that his contacts believe the company is more likely to choose a version of Linux from Ubuntu or possibly Novell (NOVL).

Linux Foundation pushes OS to common ground

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In January, two open-source advocacy groups -- the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Free Standards Group (FSG) -- merged and formed the Linux Foundation. Last month, the new nonprofit organization named its board of directors, which includes representatives from Linux vendors and users, as well as Linux kernel developers and other open-source community members.

Goodbye etch, hello lenny

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The long-anticipated Debian 4.0 may only just have made its debut this week, but it's never too soon for the developer community to be making plans for its successor.

Ubuntu's new Linux sports debugging tool

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With its upcoming "Feisty Fawn" version of Ubuntu Linux due April 19, Canonical hopes to shed light on what happens when things go wrong.

Ubuntu's new Linux sports debugging tool With its upcoming "Feisty Fawn" version of Ubuntu Linux due April 19, Canonical hopes to shed light on what happens when things go wrong.

Timed shutdown in openSUSE: kshutdown

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I never thought I’d need it, but today I did. I needed a timer (for shutdown) in linux.

context: I was doing some bittorrent downloads during an ISP limited timeframe. I had to finish by 8:00am otherwise it would cost me dearly!

tried and failed: I googled for “timed shutdown” and found two main solutions… THAT DIDN’T WORK in openSUSE.

So what worked?

Ubuntu 7.04 - 108 new updates, Gnome 2.18.1 upgrade, network regression

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Got a big block of upgrades today, including Gnome. Gnome itself was upgraded to 2.18.1 and Ubuntu followed right along. Quick testing indicates that Compiz is still regressed from the last upgrade, which is no big deal to me. Regular old 'flat' mode still works just fine, and I can live with that.

No, there's a bigger problem. When the system reboots networking does not automatically start.

Are GPLv3 and Apache 2 incompatible?

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One of the GPLv3's (GNU General Public License version 3) goals was be more compatible with other open-source licenses. There is some concern, however, that this goal has not been achieved in relation to the Apache License 2.

Quick Little Tour of Opera's New Speed Dial

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Opera 9.2 was released this morning to a surprizing amount of interest. I suppose one of the reasons for all this excitement is the new feature called Speed Dial.

Dispelling the fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about Linux

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The fear, uncertainty and doubt surrounding Linux is still immense and it's purely through lack of education. If only people could see what's happening in the community they might change their tune. Here's why the FUD is misplaced.

Squid in 5 minutes

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Why Squid? Why only five minutes?

There are many great tools that Squid has to offer, but when I need to redirect http traffic to a caching server for performance increases or security, squid’s my pick. Squid has built in proxy and caching tools that are simple, yet effective.

Open Source, Stat!

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There is a syndrome that has lately been plaguing the "Big 4" proprietary vendors.

I will call it the "Acquisition/Confusion Syndrome." It can be severely damaging, and anyone exposed to it is susceptible to infection.

The point of exposure occurs when a "Big 4" vendor acquires a smaller, focused start-up in the hopes of expanding their offerings to their customers.

Web Browser Shows Glance of 9 Favorites

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The latest version of Opera's Web browser lets visitors see mini versions of their nine favorite sites at a glance. Click on any thumbnail to load the full site.

The Speed Dial feature also lets people access the site by typing its corresponding numeral -- 1 to 9 -- in the address bar.

"Speed Dial is a fresh way to call up the top sites you enjoy throughout the day."

Ubuntu Linux Forges Tighter DB2 Ties

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IBM's DB2 has long been a Linux-friendly, cross-platform database. But as of this week, there will be improved coexistence between DB2 and the latest Ubuntu 6.06 Linux release.

The latest IBM database will now download and deploy easily from the Ubuntu desktop. If users want DB2, they can go to the download site, and Ubuntu automates the download and installs it.

Open-Source Security Tools Abound

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Open-source security tools abound, so take advantage of them and avoid paying for commercial products if open source fits your needs. That was the message from Matthew Luallen, president of consulting firm Sph3r3, who spoke at the recent InfoSec Conference.

The Road to KDE 4: Strigi and File Information Extraction

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After a short delay due to a heavy dosage of Real Life(tm), I return to bring you more on the technologies behind KDE 4. This week I am featuring Strigi, an information extraction subsystem that is being fully deployed for KDE 4.0.

Ubuntu Linux: To the server side and beyond?

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As the launch of Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" 7.04 draws near, proponents of the Linux operating system (OS) are predicting much wider adoption of it in server environments.

Bolstering that belief is Canonical Ltd.'s -- Ubuntu's corporate sponsor -- promise that the OS's existing server functionality would be better marketed in 2007.

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