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Pygame.draw challenge

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Gaming

THE CHALLENGE: Create a game in 64kbytes of source code using only pygame. No additional libraries, no external files (even ones loaded from a network). That means no PyOpenGL, no PNGs, no OGGs.

How-To: Get Full Multimedia Support and Playback Capabilities in Ubuntu Desktop Linux

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Ubuntu
HowTos

The purpose of this how-to is to give Ubuntu desktop users (especially new ones coming from the Windows world) the guidance to enable full multimedia support and playback of popular media codecs and technologies in just 3 simple steps.

Red Hat: Microsoft, Ubuntu no competition in the high end

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Linux

Red Hat is not losing any sleep over Microsoft's impending entry into the cluster computing space. Red Hat's regional manager for Southeast Asia, said that Microsoft would find it hard to gain popularity among the cluster computing user base.

Multimedia For Linux: dyne:bolic 2.0

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Linux

Since Linus Torvalds first began to develop the Linux computer operating system in 1991, until about three or four years ago, it was an operating system used mostly by techies and geeks. However, in the last few years, it suddenly seems to have become a threat to the proprietary operating system world. Why? Because it has become useful to the everyday computer user.

My desktop OS: Zenwalk

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Linux
Reviews

There are so many desktop distributions that I often find myself testing them like I'm looking for the Holy Grail and forgetting what I really want: An operating system for my daily tasks at home. I found my Grail in Zenwalk, a Slackware-based Linux distro that uses the lightweight Xfce desktop environment along with an up-to-date 2.6.16 kernel.

What Happened to GNU/Linux Evangelism?

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Linux

Not that long ago, a significant portion of desktop GNU/Linux enthusiasts were actively advocating GNU/Linux among Windows users. I even remember doing it myself at one point, though now I really don't care what you use on your computer as long as I don't have to use it too. I thought that sentiment was isolated to me, but lately I've seen an abrupt decline in GNU/Linux evangelism on online forums. Below are some possible reasons for this change in community thinking and behavior.

More Google the Earth with Linux

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Google

Google has released a version of Google Earth for Linux, at last. The Beta Version 4 has been tested on numerous versions of Linux, including Ubuntu, Suse, Linspire and Red Hat, and is a significant improvement to running Google Earth under Wine.

Venezuela and Free Software

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OSS

An announcement about the Venezuelan government offering free software classes was posted a mailing list I am on. To me, this is just another example of how many governments understand the advantages of free software (I mean that in both the sense of price and in the sense of freedom).

Microsoft cozies up to the GPL?

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Microsoft

What's next? Dogs and cats marrying each other?

It almost sounds like a joke headline, but there it is: a top Microsoft executive saying complimentary things about open source.

OpenSolaris one year on: Success or failure?

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OS

In June 2005, Sun Microsystems released core elements of its flagship Solaris operating system as open source software, making public more than five million lines of code. The announcement sparked intense interest among developers. But, one year on, are the structures governing the OpenSolaris project fully in place and has the community embraced the offering?

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Google Earth on Linux

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Google
Software
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Here's a quick little tour from my 5 minutes of playing with Google Earth for Linux. It's kinda neato, but not as feature complete as the windows version I played with at the U.

Google Earth Linux Beta Available

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Google
Software

Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Linux version available.

Build a Mail Server with Commodity Hardware and FreeBSD

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HowTos

In this Recipe, I'll show you how to build a mail server for your SMB clients using simple, commodity PC hardware, the FreeBSD operating system, and several pieces of freely available open-source software. At first blush, this may appear to be a daunting task. But by following the steps in this Recipe, you'll find it's not difficult at all. In fact, you should be able to build the entire setup in just a couple of hours.

Ubuntu 6.06 Painless to Install, Full of Features

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Ubuntu

If you want to dual boot Ubuntu with Windows, you'll have to partition your hard drive. It's not as hard as it sounds, and the installation program guides you through it. Otherwise, if you're happy to only run Ubuntu -- and you really should be -- let it automatically take over the whole drive.

Still undecided? Then install Fedora Core 5!

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Linux

With the recent release of Ubuntu 6.06, the second quarter release season has now come to an end. Although all big distributions are already busy finalising the feature sets for their upcoming versions -- in fact, the first development releases of SUSE, Mandriva and Fedora are expected before the end of June. If you are still undecided about which distribution to try on your system, take a good look at Fedora Core 5.

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Keep Tabs on Network Services with Nagios

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HowTos

Nagios provides an advanced server and device monitoring solution. It has become the de facto standard among other service monitoring applications, and is highly competitive with the non-free ones. This article will explain why Nagios is useful, and then cover some installation concepts to help get you started.

Creating virtual private networks with tsocks and VTun

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HowTos

Virtual private networks (VPN) let remote users connect back to corporate networks over encrypted links. Many VPNs are built with proprietary technology and can be tricky and expensive to set up. Let's look at two simple approaches that bring you transparency without the cost. All you need is Secure Shell (SSH) access to a server on the network you're trying to access.

Remastering Ubuntu Dapper Drake

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HowTos

How do you make a local version of Ubuntu? Get yourself a large amount of disk. Now you can start the real work.

The Omen (2006)

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Reviews

The new remake of The Omen that hit theaters last weekend was a great disappointment. It lacked the suspense and biting "horror" found in the original.

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Linux on Servers

Debian, Devuan, and Ubuntu

  • My Free Software Activities in April 2016
    I handled a new LTS sponsor that wanted to see wheezy keep supporting armel and armhf. This was not part of our initial plans (set during last Debconf) and I thus mailed all teams that were impacted if we were to collectively decide that it was OK to support those architectures. While I was hoping to get a clear answer rather quickly, it turns out that we never managed to get an answer to the question from all parties. Instead the discussion drifted on the more general topic of how we handle sponsorship/funding in the LTS project.
  • Initial Planning For Ubuntu 16.10 Today At UOS
    Beyond the announcement that Ubuntu 16.10 won't ship with Mir and Unity 8 by default, many other items were discussed for the Ubuntu 16.10 release due out in October.
  • Ubuntu 16.10 Isn't Going To Use Mir / Unity 8 By Default
    Well, another setback for Unity 8 and Mir. Kicking off the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 16.10, it's been confirmed that the Unity 8 desktop and Mir display server will not be the default for the desktop spin. Similar to the current situation with existing Ubuntu releases, Unity 8 and Mir will be available as an opt-in feature for users wanting to upgrade their desktop, but Unity 7 and the faithful X.Org Server is planned to be the default for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak.
  • Devuan Beta Release
    After two years in development, a beta release of the Devuan distro has made it into the world (Devuan is a registered trademark of the Dyne.org foundation). Devuan is a very Debian-ish distro. In fact, it basically is Debian, with one notable absence. Devuan doesn't use systemd. In fact, that's its main claim to fame. Devuan was created to offer an alternative to Debian fans who were alienated by the controversial switch to systemd.

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