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Build Your Own Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

With the release of Vista and the curiosity people have with trying other operating systems in light of its release, I have found myself knee deep in a number of operating systems over the course of the past few months. BSD, Linux, even OS X. But when it comes to Linux, there are still a number of users feeling overwhelmed as they become confused with this Linux distribution’s way of doing things.

Increase PHP programming productivity with Zend Studio

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Software

Looking for an integrated development environment (IDE) for your PHP coding? Zend Studio, which launched its latest version 5.5 in December, offers an impressive feature list that can increase the productivity of even novice programmers.

Enable DVD Playback in ubuntu

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HowTos

DVD playback is not a feature that is installed by default due to license restrictions. This will show you how to install DVD playback capability on your Ubuntu linux machine.

Also: Ubuntu Network Troubleshooting Tips

It's Tuesday, It's Rant Time on Beryl!

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Software

The article of the week should be Lunapark6's Preview of Beryl 0.2.0. And this is scaring me. A lot. Beryl will distract developers from the real problems of Linux and of the real software in general.

Kernel 2.6.20 Release Announcement Parody

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Linux
Humor

As ICD head analyst Walter Dickweed put it: "Releasing a new kernel on Superbowl Sunday means that the important 'pasty white nerd' constituency finally has something to do while the rest of the country sits comatose in front of their 65" plasma screens." Walter was immediately attacked for his racist and insensitive remarks about Geeks.

Much ado about nothing over Novell, FSF fuss

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SUSE

The truth of the matter is that the FSF does not have the authority to ban Novell from distributing Linux as they are compliant with the current GPL.

Wal-Mart video downloads won't play on Linux or Mac

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Linux

Hollywood's love affair with DVDs will face its biggest test beginning today as Wal-Mart unveils a movie and TV-show download service with participation by all major studios. They won't work with Macintosh, Linux-based computers, with iPods, or a conventional DVD player. What good are they then?

Red Hat program ramps up services

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Linux

The Certified Service Provider (CSP) program initially encompasses three offerings: core build and deployment; systems health checks; and implementation and management of the satellite provisioning tool. The latter service is targeted at customers with more than 15-20 servers.

Do you Ubuntu?

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Ubuntu

With the advent of Ubuntu 6.10 I figured it was about time to give this, the current Linux community “darling”, another try. As some of you know I am OS/Platform agnostic, and while I do not work day-in-day-out on a Linux system, I like to keep current on the various distros and know what is happening amongst these sometimes militant Linux camps. To that end, it was time to give Ubuntu another look.

Work arounds for the mysterious openSuse 10.2 lock-up on Dell

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SUSE

Since I installed openSuse 10.2, I’ve had an extremely annoying problem. The problem was that mostly when I started my machine, the booting process would jam at the place where it says “Activating Device Mappings” or “Loading Kernel Modules”.

And you thought the Microsoft/open source divide was political...

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OSS

Mac people and Windows people seem to have more mutual scorn than open source and Windows people have for each other. Just one more reason to believe that open source is an opportunity for Microsoft, not a threat.

Software isn’t open and closed case

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The software world is divided between advocates of open-source and defenders of proprietary-code software. While both parties have more or less rational arguments, it would be useful to take a look into how the issue affects every computer user.

Latest Linux kernel release pushes KVM into the limelight

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Linux kernel version 2.6.20, released on Sunday, offers access to a new framework meant to provide a user-friendly, high performance platform for Linux virtualization in the future.

Make a Movie of Your Linux Desktop

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HowTos

Want to show off your snazzy 3d desktop, or demonstrate the features of your favourite new program? Make a movie of your desktop to capture all your actions, edit it, then add a soundtrack.

The Myths of DST

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Linux

I would be lying if I said I was a big fan of Daylight Savings Time (DST). If you are in IT, you are patching all your time critical systems right now. This intersects Linux of course because Linux is affected by this rampaging ... err... change.. One of my senior technical people internally wiki'ed this handy document about the Myths of DST:

Microsoft and Novell. Strange bedfellows?

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I know that this makes me sound like a graybeard but I can remember when Novell was a bigger name than Microsoft. They weren't exactly competitors then but they weren't friends either. As Microsoft grew larger so Novell became a pale shadow of its former self. Then when Microsoft unveiled its New Technology operating system for servers and the business world it became a direct competitor to Novell. By that time Novell just didn't have the exposure and market share to effectively compete. It became a niche player in an ever shrinking niche.

Amarok 1.4.5 and AWN Issue 6 Released

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The long-awaited Amarok 1.4.5 has finally been released. Major changes include an integrated Shoutcast stream directory, the new Magnatune music store re-download manager, support for track labeling, and improved sound quality when using the equalizer with xine engine. Many of the new features are explained in the latest issue of the Amarok Weekly Newsletter.

Best of Both: Windows and Ubuntu on a Single PC

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OS

“Linux rocks!” “no, it’s lame—stick with Windows!” Visit any Web site or online forum where impassioned computer users debate the relative merits of operating systems, and you’ll find endless disagreement. The only way to determine which operating system fits your needs is to run both on the same PC, configured for dual-booting.

Novell: 'No One Can Stop Us From Selling Linux'

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SUSE

The company comes out swinging after the Free Software Foundation expresses concerns over the Novell/Microsoft partnership. "We're telling customers that no one can stop us from selling SUSE Linux," the spokesman said.

Understanding the Free Software Foundation

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OSS

Free Software Foundation, or FSF for short, is one of the most controversial information technology related organizations. Some people hate it and some people love it. Neither can change the fact that it has had a tremendous influence on what many today tend to call the "open source" phenomenon which is in fact lying on the very foundations that the FSF represents; Free Software and the Free Software philosophy.

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