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Firefox 2.0

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Moz/FF
Reviews

If you expect every software update to bring an arsenal of shock-and-awe technologies, prepare yourself now for disappointment with version 2.0 of Firefox (as well as with IE7 and Opera 9). But if you realize what artisans and engineers have known for millennia—that improving and refining what you have beats feature bloat—this is your browser.

SLED 10: Configuring Dual Monitors

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HowTos

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 supports dual monitors. To learn how to configure this multiple display and give yourself a little more room, follow the steps below.

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Oracle, Red Hat Stoush Leaves Users Unfazed

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Linux

Linux big guns Oracle and Red Hat may be battling it out for support supremacy, but local IT shops have little concern for how any outcome may affect their operations.

Bootcamp: Installing Linux

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MDV
HowTos

A few weeks ago, in Faqs! Facts! Fax! 531 in response to a query about the DT Mk II ‘Vista Ready’ computer (Boot Camp 436) I casually mentioned that if anyone was interested in finding out about how to install Linux on this machine they should write in, and you did! We are going to be looking at how to install Linux on a Windows XP computer in a dual-boot configuration.

Car PCs mount in dashboards, run Linux

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Linux

Hong Kong based mini-PC manufacturing specialist SD-Omega has added a pair of high-end models to its extensive line of more than 20 Linux-friendly car PC models. The SD631C and PCI-slot-equipped SD631CH support Intel Pentium M and Celeron M processors at over 2GHz, and include car-specific features.

News from the Wobblyland

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KDE

Current kwin_composite branch can finally do some simple effects. This screenshot shows the animation for a newly appearing KWrite window. This time no manual hacking in of the effect, this is what is in SVN. Technically, right now kwin_composite should about match Kompmgr's possibilities.

Amarok 1.4.4 & Audacity 1.2.5 Released

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Software

Amarok continues to blast ahead with release 1.4.4. For all users, Audacity 1.2.5 is a minor bug-fix update that addresses some problems with Audacity 1.2.4, but does not add any significant new features.

Install Fireworks on Ubuntu

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HowTos

When I installed Ububto on my laptop I decided to learn Gimp. Well that didn’t go very well, so I tried a few others. But after a week I must say they just don’t toe the line, at least not for me. So what follows is how I installed fireworks.

Open-Source Vendors at Risk of Being Priced Out

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OSS

Larry Ellison knew Oracle needed its own operating system, and the Redwood Shores software company had a choice: Build it or buy it. But Ellison told attendees at last week's Oracle's OpenWorld conference that he'd found a third way -- take an operating system from another business. What Oracle did wasn't without precedent, but it crossed a line that some parts of the open-source community saw as violating the spirit of the technology.

Krita & Kontact sitting in a tree...

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KDE
Reviews

Applications is what will bring people to Linux. But Firefox and Amarok aren’t the only apps to wow people with. The open source world looks to be succeeding in the e-mail realm as well. Introducing Kontact, KDE’s Personal Information Management application.

Also: Krita is a fully-loaded raster graphics workhorse that stands on its own.

HOW-TO: Configuring Your Mouse To Work With All 5 Buttons

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HowTos

The problem I had was that the mouse (Logitech MX518 by the way), did not work as intended by the manufacturer. More specifically the back and forward buttons on my mouse didn't do what they should when I was browsing (in any browser). Ofcourse it works fine in Windows and I bought the mouse because I wanted a good gaming mouse, but since Linux (Fedora Core 5) is my main OS I wanted those buttons to work as expected.

Pointers and memory leaks in C

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Linux

In this article you'll learn about the types of pointer operations that can cause memory corruption and you'll also examine some scenarios that show what to consider while working with dynamic memory allocation. Pointers and memory leaks might seem to be deterrents to some programmers but, once you understand the fundamentals of pointers and associated memory operations, they will be the most powerful tool you posses in C.

Quicktips - Saving man pages as text documents.

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HowTos

We’ve all agreed that Man pages are a wonderful utility and probably the best thing invented since air-sickness pills. Now wouldn’t it be nice if you could save the output from a man command into a handy text document?

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Secure SSH

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HowTos

SSH is not only the secure replacement for rlogin, rsh and telnet, which has been used in the past to do remote administration work, but there are also neat tricks like port forwarding, vpn tunneling and file transfers that you can do with minimal configuration work, leaving only one port open to the internets.

Does free software taste great, or is open source less filling?

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OSS

Which do you like best: the satisfying, rich taste of principle in free software? Or do you prefer the less morally filling and pragmatic goodness of open source? Do you wish people would stop endlessly rehashing the whole question of "free" versus "open source?" Or do you enjoy the chance to talk about goals and philosophy?

A Linux start-up on the path to profits

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Interviews
Ubuntu

Ubuntu has been a phenomenon in the desktop Linux niche. But Canonical Chief Executive Mark Shuttleworth, who founded the project, has his eyes on the more lucrative server market. Shuttleworth discussed his agenda with CNET News.com's Stephen Shankland.

Doing it for the kids, man: Children's laptop inspires open source projects

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OLPC
OSS

A network of developers who work on much of the most commonly used software on Linux is passing up multi-core monsters with gigabytes of RAM to target their code to a design of which only 500 prototype boards now exist: the "Children's Machine 1" from the One Laptop Per Child project.

Automate Banshee Updates

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SUSE
HowTos

Okay, time to finish off the “How to Update Banshee” posts. The Mighty Aaron Bockover has put up a repository for SLED10 and another for openSUSE 10.2. If you followed my previous steps on buidling banshee from source, you have to uninstall all the packages before adding these. This is as easy as using “sudo make uninstall.”

VCs' Open Source Attraction

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OSS

As VCs continue to demonstrate their willingness to fund young open source companies, many closed source companies are trying to adopt an open source-type business model just to be more appealing to those with the cash. A lot of the startups recognize the fact that it's difficult to get into the software business if you don't have an open source angle.

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    I'm very pleased to announce the release of a new version of GNU PSPP. PSPP is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS.
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    Just a few seconds ago the initial release of Hamster-GTK, version 0.10.0, has been uploaded to the cheese shop. That means that after the rewritten backend codebase hamster-lib has been out in the wild for a few days by now you can now have a first look at a reimplementation of the original hamster 2.0 GUI. It will come as no surprise that this current early version is rather unpolished and leaves a lot to be desired. However, if you are familiar with legacy hamster 2.0 aka hamster-time-tracker you will surely see some major resemblance.
  • Core improvements in digiKam 5.0
    Version 5.0.0 of the digiKam image-management application was released on July 5. In many respects, the road from the 4.x series to the new 5.0 release consisted of patches and rewrites to internal components that users are not likely to notice at first glance. But the effort places digiKam in a better position for future development, and despite the lack of glamorous new features, some of the changes will make users' lives easier as well. For context, digiKam 4.0 was released in May of 2014, meaning it has been over two full years since the last major version-number bump. While every free-software project is different, it was a long development cycle for digiKam, which (for example) had released 4.0 just one year after 3.0. The big hurdle for the 5.0 development cycle was porting the code to Qt5. While migrating to a new release of a toolkit always poses challenges, the digiKam team decided to take the opportunity to move away from dependencies on KDE libraries. In many cases, that effort meant refactoring the code or changing internal APIs to directly use Qt interfaces rather than their KDE equivalents. But, in a few instances, it meant reimplementing functionality directly in digiKam.
  • MATE Dock Applet 0.73 Released With Redesigned Window List, Drag And Drop Support
    MATE Dock Applet was updated to version 0.73 recently, getting support for rearranging dock icons via drag and drop (only for the GTK3 version), updated window list design and more.
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    The Min browser project has picked up a new update. Version 1.4 of the open-source, cross-platform web browser adds browser actions and full-text search.
  • Docker adds orchestration and more at DockerCon 2016
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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Cheese Talks: Porting Games to Linux & Day of the Tentacle
    In addition to my own thoughts, the article includes insights from a number of other Linux game porters including Leszek Godlewski (Painkiller Hell & Damnation, Deadfall Adventures), Ryan "icculus" Gordon (StarBreak, Left 4 Dead 2, Unreal Tournament 2004, Another World, Cogs, Goat Simulator), David Gow (Keen Dreams, Multiwinia), Ethan Lee (Salt & Sanctuary, Hiden in Plain Sight, HackNet, Waveform, Dust: An Elysian Tail) and Aaron Melcher (Outland, La-Mulana, Hyper Light Drifter, Darkest Dungeon). Betweem them, they offer a great range of attitudes and approaches that support and provide counterpoint to my own experiences.
  • ​Bundle Stars presents the Indie Legend Bundle 4
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