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Knights and Merchants announced

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Gaming

Knights and Merchants recreates a fictitious kingdom in the era of the Middle Ages. All game elements and scenes are based on the Anglo-Saxon period, of around 1200 A.D. Linux Game Publishing announced the release of Knights and Merchants for Linux for the 12th of March.

Open-Xchange Deploys Largest OSS Customer Win in History

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OSS

Open-Xchange Inc. announced today that it has signed a partnership with 1&1 Internet to provide hosted email and collaboration services based upon Open-Xchange's award-winning Smart Collaboration™ technology.

Adjusting MP3s with mp3gain

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HowTos

If you listen to music on CD much, you'll notice that some CDs sound much louder than others. This difference carries over when you rip the CD to MP3, and can be really annoying when you're going from song to song on your MP3 playlists on your computer or portable music player. One way to iron out the differences is to use MP3Gain to adjust your MP3s to have the the same volume.

Also: How to convert MP3s to OGG Vorbis (and more)

We're All Trapped in the Patent Holders' Nets

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Microsoft

The Novell-Microsoft pact has made us all aware that we can be clubbed over the head by a Microsoft intent on protecting what it calls its "intellectual property" Reading between the lines of some statements made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on February 15, underscores the fact that they may be planning to swing the patent bat against us at some point.

Also: Ballmer Dismisses Linux Threat, Talks Up Intellectual Property

Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: Keep an Eye On Your Servers

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HowTos

Today's networking grab-bag contains iftop, ApacheTop, and sysctl. iftop is a nice realtime bandwidth monitor, ApacheTop is an almost real-time Apache monitor, and sysctl is used to control hundreds of kernel parameters in a most elite fashion. sysctl comes with all Linux distributions, and iftop and ApacheTop are just a Yum install or apt-get install away.

Uncertifiable Linux

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Linux

I tried hard not to blog this, but the flesh is weak (however willing the spirit Smile. I'm not sure how newsworthy it is that IBM is refusing to certify Oracle's Linux. After all, IBM doesn't necessarily overflow with love for Oracle.

No rush for open source technology

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OSS

Despite open-source technology outshining the proprietary world of Microsoft for more than a decade, it seems that some customers still like to be controlled by their suppliers. Maybe it’s a sadomasochistic thing.

Also: Many Top Open Source Projects Still Lack Enterprise Support

Now playing: The world's first Open Source film

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Movies

A unique community website project that plans to bring thousands of talented minds on the same online platform for the purpose of creating a “complete mainstream film,” was launched today. The project has officially begun building its first film called "The Bomb Within," a story that unfolds in a post 9/11 era, surrounding the discovery of a new biochemical weapon.

floppy0: no floppy controllers found – solution

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HowTos

Why am I getting a ‘no floppy controllers found’ error message - /var/log/messages file on my RedHat (RHEL) HP BL20P Blade server ?

Did Microsoft want to 'whack' Dell over its Linux dealings?

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Linux

Barely a week after a U.S. judge approved a landmark antitrust agreement with Microsoft, company executives were swapping e-mails suggesting Dell deserved a beating for its growing interest in Linux, according to documents filed with a state court.

Also: Dell to Linux users: Not so fast

Chatting and File Transfer with Netcat

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HowTos

netcat, or sometimes the command known as nc capable of doing a lots of thing. Here, using netcat to initiate a private chat, we need a listener server with open port and a client connect to the listener server.

Detect content format of a disk or disk image Using disktype

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HowTos

The purpose of disktype is to detect the content format of a disk or disk image. It knows about common file systems, partition tables, and boot codes.

Wrapping up PyCON 2007

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Software

Well, I didn't quite make it to all of day 3 of PyCON, but I got a good piece of it, starting with some very nice presentations of scientific software from Enthought and finishing with some questions about the future of Python packaging for GNU/Linux distributions.

Faces of KDE4

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KDE

The Faces of KDE takes a look at some of the developers working on KDE 4. In this stage of development it’s a lot of pain for very little glory, re-designing the next generation KDE from the ground up. It’s a task that separates the core developers from the hangers on, and the architects of the new desktop are a pretty dedicated group.

The Perfect Desktop - Part 2: Mandriva Free 2007

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MDV
HowTos

With the release of Microsoft's new Windows operating system (Vista), more and more people are looking for alternatives to Windows for various reasons. This tutorial is the second in a series of articles where I will show people who are willing to switch to Linux how they can set up a Linux desktop (Mandriva Free 2007 in this article) that fully replaces their Windows desktop, i.e. that has all software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops.

Xara LX forked to replace rendering engine

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The Xara LX vector graphics editor took a big step forward last week. After months of gridlock between open source contributors to the project and its corporate owners, one of the contributors published his own fork of the code base -- and the company approved, offering to host it in the official Subversion repository.

Linux camp rages over Novell pact

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SUSE

Last year's surprise partnership between software titan Microsoft Corp. and leading Linux distributor Novell Inc. was supposed to be a kind of peace treaty. Instead, it's brought the open-source software community to the brink of civil war, over a provision that could help Microsoft sue other open-source software companies for patent violations.

Because penguins need to play too.

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Gaming

In our chosen career we work hard, we work long and we suffer a lot of stress. So sometimes we need to unwind. The Windows camp have a lot of great games to play and a popular misconception is that Linux is lacking in games. That is not true. There are literally thousands of games for Linux. In fact a lot of them have been ported to Windows too.

Mint 2.2 for office and home use

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Ubuntu

It would be fair to say that I am moderately comfortable with technical change. The folks at the Mint project appear to live to keep people like me happy. Mint has revved three times off it's Ubuntu 6.10 parentage. Most recently is Linux Mint 2.2, codenamed "Bianca".

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