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Merging In 2.6.20

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Linux

Following the release of the of the 2.6.19 kernel, Andrew Morton offered a list of patches in his -mm tree, summarizing for each his plans as to whether or not they will be pushed to Linus for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.20 kernel.

Browser Smackdown: Firefox vs. IE vs. Opera vs. Safari

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Software

People may be passionate about their favorite sports team, but if you really want to get them fired up, ask what Web browser they use. So which browser should you use? Which is really best? To help you decide, we asked four power users to do battle in support of their chosen browser: Scot Finnie for Firefox, Preston Gralla for Internet Explorer, Dennis Fowler for Opera and Ken Mingis for Safari.

Mandriva 2007.1 News

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MDV

Esfa (Eric Augé) summarizes some news on Mandriva Linux: 2007.1 sur les rails. First of all, the first cooker snapshot should be ready for Monday, Dec. 11. It will include: the development version of GNOME 2.17.x, the latest KDE 3.5.x, Firefox 2.0, and more!

Mandriva Launches Mandriva Flash Based on Mandriva Linux 3D Desktop Technology

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MDV

Mandriva launches Mandriva Flash, the first Mandriva Linux Live USB key. Hit the right key with Mandriva Flash. Bringing its long experience with Live CDs, Mandriva aims to offer the best performing live system. All you have to do is plug in the USB key, turn the PC on and the Mandriva Linux 2007 operating system is ready to use in no time, with all you need for office work, Internet and multimedia tasks.

LinuxBIOS ready to go mainstream

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Software

After seven years of work, the LinuxBIOS project is on the brink of making a free BIOS a standard option for computers. Serious obstacles remain, including a lack of resources and resistance from some proprietary chipset manufacturers and OEMs, but the advantages of LinuxBIOS indicate that its availability to the average computer buyer may be only months away.

Loves Linux, Runs Windows

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OS

European governments have long complained about their dependence on Microsoft's software, but their rhetoric has not turned into a mass migration away from Windows.

PlayStation 3 support now standard in Linux 2.6

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Linux

Sony-contributed patches aimed at adding machine-specific features for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) have been merged into the stable 2.6.20 kernel tree. The patches should greatly simplify maintaining Linux kernels for the PS3, which is already supported under Linux by at least one distribution.

tuXlab Linux release targets education

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Linux

Inkululeko Technologies will this week release the first public release of tuXlab, a GNU/Linux operating system for schools based on the popular distribution used by the Shuttleworth Foundation to provide low-cost Linux computer laboratories around South Africa.

UNOFFICIAL: openSUSE 10.2 Available

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SUSE

This is UNOFFICIAL Announcement - openSUSE 10.2 Avaialable via selected servers, through FTP and as torrent files.

Ulteo Sirius Alpha1 has been released!

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Linux

Here is the first public version of Ulteo! Its codename is "Sirius" because we want to make it a star. Please use with care! This version is an experimental Ulteo system, it comes without any warranty and should not be used in a production environment.

Novell Plans More Licensing Deals

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SUSE

Novell on Tuesday said it plans to seek out more deals similar to its recent marketing and licensing pact with Microsoft as it embraces partnerships and moves away from selling its open-source software directly to small and medium-size companies.

Also: Novell: where have the PR folk gone?

9 reasons Linux and mainstream users are not ready for each other

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Linux

Linux brings enormous benefits to power users. However, some limitations and difficulties prevent it from becoming massively popular with home users. Here are 9 reasons why Linux and mainstream users are not ready for each other.

Firefox 2.0, IE 7 Post Gains

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Moz/FF

Mozilla's Firefox browser continued to erode Microsoft's Internet Explorer market share during November, a Web metrics company said Wednesday, even as IE 7 gained momentum.

Also: IE7 doesn't pull ahead of competition

Kurdish translation of Ubuntu stirs controversy in Turkey

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Ubuntu

Controversy followed the release of a Kurdish translation of Ubuntu in Turkey last week. The release was originally reported in Millyet, a Turkish national newspaper, on November 21. This first release of a Kurdish language operating system and software has caused a stir in Turkey, where, up until 1991, it was illegal even to speak Kurdish in public.

Key-Based SSH Logins With PuTTY

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HowTos

This guide describes how to generate and use a private/public key pair to log in to a remote system with SSH using PuTTY. PuTTY is an SSH client that is available for Windows and Linux (although it is more common on Windows systems). Using key-based SSH logins, you can disable the normal username/password login procedure which means that only people with a valid private/public key pair can log in. That way, there is no way for brute-force attacks to be successful, so your system is more secure.

Samba to go GPLv3

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Software

The proposed GPL version 3 has suffered the slings and arrows of outraged Linux developers, and its anti-patent provisions give companies the twitches, but one prominent open-source project, the Samba Team, is ready to switch to the new license as soon as it's approved.

UNIX tips for new users, Part 3: Filters and regular expressions

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Linux

Discover the power of UNIX filters. In this tutorial, you'll learn about the grep family in depth, including the syntax of regular expressions in many UNIX utilities. You'll also find out more about the stream editor, sed, as well as examine the awk pattern scanning language through examples and explanations.

How to always mount removable drives in the same place : Ubuntu

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HowTos

How many of us now use mobile drives such as USB thumb drives or larger capacity external drives? With the cost of media going down it is much more accessible to many of us. Now, the way that Ubuntu and Linux handle these by default may cause your drive to mount in a dynamic location each time you plug it in. This tutorial will outline how to make sure your USB drive or external hard drive mount at your specified location each time.

Adobe Reader 8 Linux whoops

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Software

Some Linux users may already be on their way to download Version 8 of Adobe Reader, formerly Acrobat Reader, announced today by Adobe. Stop that download... there's just one "small" problem! Reader 8 isn't available for Linux.

Mother calls the fuzz on boy who opened his Xmas present early

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Misc

A TWELVE YEAR OLD mite has been arrested by South Carolina coppers because the lad opened up his giftmas present early. Ho Ho Ho.

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