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Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 25/01/2013 - 8:12pm
Story Valve ports Half-Life to Linux srlinuxx 25/01/2013 - 6:21pm
Story LibreOffice 4.0: An Existential Release srlinuxx 25/01/2013 - 3:54am
Story Heading to GNOME Shell 3.7 srlinuxx 24/01/2013 - 11:05pm
Story Fedora 18 Spherical Cow XFCE Review srlinuxx 24/01/2013 - 10:57pm
Story Goodbye Ubuntu srlinuxx 24/01/2013 - 10:54pm
Story Putting enterprise security in place with open source tools matthartley 24/01/2013 - 10:13pm
Story The Eternal Sunshine of the Classic Linux Desktop srlinuxx 24/01/2013 - 7:04pm
Story Alan Cox, No. 2 in Linux world, resigns srlinuxx 24/01/2013 - 6:56pm
Story Microsoft Potential Dell Investment: Bad for Linux, FOSS? srlinuxx 24/01/2013 - 6:53pm

Linux: Historical Kernel Tree with Git

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kernelTRAP: In a recent lkml thread, the idea of getting the entire Linux kernel history into a git repository was discussed. Linus Torvalds noted, "I actually tried to get something like this together back in the BK days and early in the SCO saga. It was pretty painful to try to find all the historic trees and patches - they're all in different format, and some of them are unreliable."

A Look at the One Laptop Per Child Computer

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OLPC

Washington Post: After months of knowing the One Laptop Per Child project's XO computer only through pictures and blog postings, I got to spend an hour or so playing with a couple of test units last Thursday -- courtesy of two D.C.-area residents involved with this effort.

Ubuntu Live: the exhibit hall

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Ubuntu

arstechnica: The Ubuntu Live exhibit hall was small, but a very nice assortment of companies and organizations were present, including Intel, Sun, the Free Software Foundation, IEEE, OpenMoko, and System 76.

Come and get it: Fedora laptop for $150

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ZDNet Blogs: Would you try a $150 laptop powered by Fedora? Sure you would. And apparently so are a lot of other folks. A Swedish company called Medison has unveiled a laptop called the Celebrity. Medison’s laptop is the latest in a race to the bottom of the pricing barrel.

Review: CentOS 5

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Reviews

Raiden's Realm: CentOS, a derivative of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, was started back in 2002 with its first beta versions appearing in 2003. CentOS is designed to be a high end server OS that runs on a wide variety of different architectures, including x86, Intel IA-64 (Itanium 64-bit), x86-64, PowerPC/32, IBM Mainframe, Alpha, and SPARC. Given all this versatility, and its roots as a server OS, some may be lead to ask the question, “Does it make a good desktop distribution?” We’re about to find out.

GIMP 2.4 Almost Ready -> 2.3.19 Development Release

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GIMP

We are getting ready for the GIMP 2.4 release. Most of the outstanding issues have been resolved or will be resolved soon. You can get a snapshot of current development by downloading the source code for GIMP 2.3.19 from the usual places.

New Compiz Fusion Effects

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The Linux Movement: So the Compiz Fusion blog hasn't been updated in a while, but now they have and with some new effects. The first effect is a bit funky, and I probably will not use it. But I guess it would be fun to play around with. The second new effect is the one I am excited for! But I will save the best for last.

Ubuntu 7.04 is a refreshing Linux-based alternative to Vista

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laptopmag.com: Because Linux has always been a bit of a mystery to most people, we want to take this opportunity to answer the myriad questions you might have about this promising OS while sharing what we like about it and what we don't.

BBC Trust backs calls for Linux iPlayer

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the register: The BBC Trust met with the Open Source Consortium (OSC) yesterday to discuss the controversy raised by the BBC's iPlayer, which will only work on Windows XP.

Filtering PDF-/XLS-/Image-Spam With ClamAV (And ISPConfig) On Debian/Ubuntu

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HowTos

There is currently a lot of spam where the spam information is attached as .pdf or .xls files, sometime also hidden inside a .zip file. While these spam mails are not easy to catch with e.g. SpamAssassin or a Bayes filter, the ClamAV virus scanner can catch them easily when it is fed with the correct signatures as ClamAV is built to scan mail attachments.

Ubuntu Studio supports serious audio, adds little for video and graphics

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Linux.com: Ubuntu Studio bills itself as the "multimedia creation flavor of Ubuntu," an official Ubuntu project "aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast as well as professional." It is certainly flashy on the outside -- even if it is mostly the same Ubuntu Linux distro under the hood.

Mandriva 2007 Spring Version Review

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MDV
Reviews

OSWeekly: Considering the fact that everyone has Ubuntu-fever, with PCLinuxOS as a close second, I thought it might be fun to check in on Mandriva (once known as Mandrake), to see how their latest beginner-friendly distribution is doing.

revelation: the gnome password manager

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Software

DPotD: Revelation is a powerful tool which lets you manage and store sensitive information, such as passwords or credit cards numbers, in a password protected file, so you only have to remember one password to access all.

Learn the Linux command line

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tectonic: Linux has come a long way in the past two years. Today much of what needs to be done on a Linux machine can be done using a mouse and a little pointing and clicking. Occasionally, however, there are things that still require a little under-the-hood tinkering, where a rudimentary understanding of the command line comes in handy.

OSCON Report: Why Mozilla Matters

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Moz/FF

wired blogs: The morning's executive briefing sessions are underway here at OSCON. Tim O'Reilly just led a discussion on stage about Firefox add-ons -- what they've achieved, how the open source model has shaped their development and what they contribute to the web.

Harry Potter and PCLinuxOS

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PCLOS

Techzone: Sun finally set in the English empire; wind of change is blowing hard and the inevitable has happened. A non-corporate backed distribution, PCLinuxOS, has displaced the mighty Ubuntu as the top ranked distribution on 3 months page hit ranking at distrowatch.

Protect Your Linux Box from Viruses

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MaximumPC: There's a ridiculous rumor running around the net that Linux is so inherently secure -- or so securely obscure -- that you shouldn't even bother running an antivirus on it. But frankly, that's just not true.

Why desktop Linux fails in big organizations

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Paul Murphy: I believe that the key reason Unix hasn’t taken over the generic office desktop has nothing to do with the technology and everything to do with the people and processes involved.

"Pretty much anything [Mac] has, Linux can do better." Hogwash. Can we kill the zealotry?

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O'Reilly ONLamp: I just read an article at Linux.com about the OS habits of Linux users. The author of the article asked Linux Torvalds about his habits and found he exclusively used Linux. Torvalds said, “I don’t use either [Windows or Mac OS X]. OS X is kind of pointless (pretty much anything it has, Linux can do better) and Windows offers stuff that I don’t much care about. However, to Torvalds, I say, “hogwash”.

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Leftovers: OSS

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    Princeton University’s web team had a complex and overwhelming digital ecosystem comprised of many different websites, created from pre-built templates and hosted exclusively on internal servers. Fast forward six years: Princeton continues to manage a their multisite and flagship endeavors on the open-source Drupal platform, and have seen some great results since their migration back in 2011. However, this success did not come overnight. Organizational buy-in, multi-site migration and authentication were a few of the many challenges Princeton ran into when making the decision to move to the cloud.
  • GitHub Invites Developers to Contribute to the Open Source Guides
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Desktop GNU/Linux

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Security Leftovers

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

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