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Story OpenOffice.org site goes offline, Oracle declines to comment srlinuxx 1 29/06/2011 - 5:41pm
Story 10 ways the Linux community can fix the mess on the desktop srlinuxx 1 29/06/2011 - 5:41pm
Story Mandriva 2011 RC 1 Released, Almost srlinuxx 2 29/06/2011 - 5:40pm
Story Ten Linux apps that need to raise their game srlinuxx 29/06/2011 - 5:12pm
Story Fuduntu 14.10: An interview with Andrew Wyatt 'Fewt' srlinuxx 29/06/2011 - 5:10pm
Story My top 5 media players for Ubuntu srlinuxx 29/06/2011 - 5:08pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 29/06/2011 - 6:52am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 29/06/2011 - 6:43am
Story What's This “…And the Rest” Crap!?! srlinuxx 29/06/2011 - 6:37am
Story Security of GNU/Linux Systems srlinuxx 29/06/2011 - 6:36am

Create virtual Machines Using Virtualbox in Debian

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HowTos

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

Change Prompt Color when logged in as Root

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HowTos

All security books will recommend you not to allow root SSH logins to your Linux machines. In this article, I will show you how to change the color of your prompt when you escalate your privileges to a super-user. This technique is a good way to remind yourself that you are holding high privileges.

Animated boot screen on openSuSE 10.2

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Everyone who has used openSuSE 10.2 must have come across the animated boot screen. But the problem is that its not permanent. It comes sometimes, and doesnt come at other times. Im writing this tutorial for all you penguin lovers who would like to see the animated boot everytime!

GPL 3: An Open-Source Earthquake?

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OSS

For 15 years, the current version of the GNU General Public License (GPL) has remained untouched. One of the oldest, most widely used open-source licenses, the GPL is a foundational text and an ideological marker. Yet this spring, the GPL's author will release a controversial new version of the license, a move that's already sending tremors along the software industry's fault lines.

Mandriva Linux Opens Office in Lagos

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MDV

As part of its commitment to help bridge the digital divide and make ICT affordable and closer to the people of West Africa, Mandriva Linux has incorporated a subsidiary with headquarters in Lagos.

Open Source Pioneer Alan Dechert To Deliver Keynote at Red Hat Summit

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Linux

Alan Dechert, one of the pioneers in the open source software movement, will deliver the keynote speech at the Red Hat Summit.

PCLinuxOS Tops DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking

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PCLOS

After hovering around 13th position for several months this time last year and slowly moving up to around 7th six month ago, this past month has shown PCLOS climbing to 3rd, just below Ubuntu and openSUSE. But refresh for the last 7 days and you find that PCLinuxOS now reigns supreme, knocking Ubuntu out of its long standing first place. Congratulations PCLOS.

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Shuttleworth OK with "Evil Edgy"

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Ubuntu

The U.K.-based team that released the "Satanic" version of Ubuntu last December -- nicknamed "Evil Edgy" -- earlier this month added a KDE-based Kubuntu version. Ubuntu or Kubuntu Satanic Edition can be installed over any Ubuntu Edgy variant, the team said.

The Top Companies Contributing to F/OSS (as seen in Debian GNU/Linux)

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OSS

The nearly 300-page Economic Impact of FLOSS on Innovation and Competitiveness of the EU ICT Sector report shows that Sun is the largest contributor to F/OSS. IBM provides the next largest amount of contributions.

Frederic Crozat: Metisse is not a 3D desktop

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Software

I guess most people know now what my dream was : 3D can be more than just fancy. For some time now, I’ve been working with members of In Situ team to integrate their Metisse software in Mandriva Linux and it is really exciting.

Brazil's FOSS utopia image at risk

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OSS

According to the international media, Brazil is a leader in free and open source software (FOSS) adoption. The New York Times describes the country as "a tropical outpost of the free software movement," while BBC News claims that "Increasingly, Brazil's government ministries and state-run enterprises are abandoning Windows in favour of 'open-source' or 'free' software." However, FOSS advocates familiar with Brazil describe a less hopeful situation.

Linspire CEO on opening up CNR: share the bread

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Interviews

Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony says his company is opening up its CNR ("Click 'N Run") software download and management service to other Linux distributions. To find out more Desktoplinux.com conducted the following short Q&A with Carmony via email.

Ubuntu tip - get Mplayer and play everything

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HowTos

Feeling in the dark when it comes to WMV files, QuickTime movies, Real media files or any other popular (but proprietary) media format?

Overview of Xfce 4.4

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Software

Xfce is another Open Source Desktop Manager like KDE or GNOME, that has traditionally been known for being lightweight and able to run more efficiently on slower hardware. Through the years Xfce has gradually added more features, but still has kept the bloat down to a minimum. With the long awaited release of version 4.4, Xfce is now competitive with the big boys.

Linux Basics - the Secrets of chmod

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HowTos

Chmod - short for CHange MODe has been around just about as long as Unix based operating systems have. This is the command line tool used to modify the permissions of some file, set of files or directories.

LDAP replication with Kerberos auth and k5start

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HowTos

I run LDAP + Kerberos on my network for information and authentication. After setting everything up initially, I later acquired a spare machine and decided to run it as a slave LDAP server, using slurpd.

Open Linux Router Project Announced

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Linux

ClarkConnect, IPCop, m0n0wall, and Smoothwall are among the Linux distributions currently available that are targeted for use as a firewall or network server. However, shortly another contender will be launching into this arena and that is the Open Linux Router.

VMware Workstation On OpenSuse 10.2

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HowTos

This article describes how to install VMware Workstation on an OpenSuSE 10.2 (i686) system. With VMware Workstation you can create and run guest operating systems ("virtual machines") such as Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, etc. under a host operating system.

The State of Enterprise Linux

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Linux

For more than 20 years, Unix played the role of the 800 pound gorilla in the server space, especially in enterprise, scientific, government and academic environments. But traditional Unix vendors have faced increasing competition on two fronts. Microsoft Windows Server products have made significant inroads, particularly in the business back-end. To a lesser extent, but cutting closer to the bone, is competition from Linux.

Linux Desktop Gets a New (X) Face

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Software

The term Linux desktop is a bit of misnomer since there are actually many Linux desktop environments, including KDE and GNOME. Xfce 4.4 is now available.

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