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common newb mistakes, and how to avoid them

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Software

kmandla.wordpress: Newcomers to Ubuntu have any number of problems, but some of them are fairly common. Here are three I see a lot, and easy ways to avoid them.

Ubuntu: next release will be the critical one

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Ubuntu

iTWire: April 24 will be a red letter day for the Ubuntu project. It will be three-and-a-half years since the experiment began and the release that day of Hardy Heron, as version 8.04 is known, will be a defining moment. This could well be the release that either makes or breaks the project.

Flock 1.1 with WebMail is here

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Software

flock.com: We’re very excited to tell you about our latest release, so let’s cut to the chase: Flock 1.1 is here. Flock 1.1 includes some very exciting improvements. Flock’s integration of Gmail and Yahoo! Mail lets you know when you have new messages waiting.

KDE 4 - click, drag ... eject!

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KDE

Aaron J. Seigo: A few days back Marco Martin committed a change to the trash plasmoid he's written so that you can drag drives and discs from the Places view in Dolphin, the file open/save dialog, the Computer tab in kickoff, etc to the trash/recyle bin. Once dropped, the volume will be unmounted and, if applicable, the media is ejected.

KDE4 Desktop Effects

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KDE

linuxappfinder.com: I installed KDE4 on my desktop today so I could finally try out KWin in all its glory. If you haven't tried it yet I highly recommend it. KDE4 with desktop effects enabled is simply gorgeous. It's fast, responsive, and comes with a nice array of effects options.

Linux tool speeds up police computer forensics

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Linux

zdnet.co.uk: Australian university students have developed a Linux-based data-forensics tool to help police churn through a growing backlog of computer-related criminal investigations.

Choose the DVD ripper that's right for you

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Software

linux.com: Linux is sometimes belittled for having inferior applications, but that's simply not the case. Take DVD rippers, for example -- a plethora of them work on Linux machines. With so many to choose from, which is the best?

PCLinuxOS Gnome 2.21.2

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PCLOS

distro-review.com: I have a lot of confidence in the PCLinuxOS guys (Texstar) because PCLinuxOS 2007 was (and still is) one of my favourite releases ever. I was worried for a while that nothing was going on in the PCLOS camp because there was no word of PCLOS2008.

Not the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter, Chapter 6

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Gentoo

gentooexperimental.org: Not the Gentoo Weekly Newletter Chapter 6 is online and ready to go. Topics include Travel report: FOSDEM, Gentoo Improvement: Trustees, Interview with a bot: Amarok, and Tips&Tricks: bash completion.

today's leftovers

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News
  • Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Alpha 6

  • Debian Lenny XFCE CD: buggy as nobody else
  • Fedora XFCE: 8->9
  • Granularity of GNOME dependencies: and the ad-hoc winner is...
  • Linux: An Introduction
  • My Thoughts On Linspire
  • Interview with Craig Muzilla, VP of middleware at Red Hat
  • KY Rep. Seeks To Ban Anonymous Blogging, Comments
  • Samba keeps up with Server 2008, Vista SP1
  • Will Acquia ruin Drupal?
  • Dries Buytaert Open Source Rock Star / Entrepreneur?
  • The Linux.. Windows.. Um, Just the Desktop
  • OLPC computers on their way to Birmingham, Ala.
  • Ubuntu Installation
  • The Linux car that drives itself

Top 20 Linux Games: Boredom got PWNT!

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Gaming

linuxlove.org: If you’re a Linux user on a daily basis, certainly you’re not really a gamer. But there are some moments for everyone when we’re bored in front of the computer. And what better way to kill boredom but with games?

Another Look at Gnome Menu Bar Alternatives

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Software

linuxtidbits.wordpress: After reading a post yesterday that talked about replacing the Gnome’s built-in menu applet, I began thinking why not try out the replacements for my lead-weighted Gnome Menu Bar.

some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Creating Your Own Linux RPM's - The Initial Software Build

  • Beginning Your Spec File For Building Linux RPM's
  • How to set default session timeout in Linux
  • Archive files in both Windows and Linux using PeaZip
  • phpMyBackupPro: No simpler backup for MySQL
  • List Open Files for Process
  • How to check your video card
  • Rescue an encrypted LUKS LVM volume
  • Thunderbird Has Lost my eMail in Ubuntu
  • How-to Install Nexuiz 2.4
  • Using Google Gears on Linux
  • Monitoring Realtime network interface Using Slurm
  • Patching debian packages
  • AstroMenace: A 3D space shooter game
  • ACPI S2 vs. Gentoo vs. Vaio TZ11

pytmenu: a menu option for openbox with xcompmgr

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Software

kmandla.wordpress: pytmenu is unconventional, but I can’t deny that it works, and has potential. Basically this is a common applications list, thrown up on the screen as a transparency, with applications triggered when you hit return.

EU to consider buying open-source software

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OSS

iht.com: The European Commission will propose in the next few days to buy more of its computer software from open-source developers, a commission spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The Office Suite Dilemma on Ubuntu

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ibeentoubuntu.com: Let's face it, the office suite options on Ubuntu aren't as good as they should be. (I'm going to talk mostly about word processing here.)

Open Source Music Makes Tons Of Money

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Misc

openlogic.com/blogs: This past week, the band Nine Inch Nails released a new studio album consisting of 36 tracks on the internet. He uploaded a torrent of the album to The Pirate Bay as well as other torrent sites, all completely free.

Breaking a dpkg Addiction with Gentoo

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Gentoo

kdubois.net: “Hello. My name is Kevin, and I’m a dpkg addict. Its been 3 days since my last apt-get…” Dpkg is the package management system for the *buntu’s and for Debian. I have had an itch for a little while to move away from downloading prebuilt packages. Why?

Microsoft Singularity: What is the mess we've been handed?

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Microsoft
OSS

penguinpetes.com: I have a standing moral obligation with myself as follows: If Microsoft ever released a purely Open-Source or Free Software system I would download it, try it out, review it, and possibly adopt it, to be treated no different from software from, for example, Red Hat Inc. or BSD. But I'm poring over the license, and this seems like it doesn't qualify.

Negroponte Seeks a Laptop CEO

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OLPC

businessweek.com: With the group far short of his goal, Negroponte is looking for help in piloting OLPC. During an interview with BusinessWeek, he revealed publicly for the first time that he's searching for a chief executive while he continues in the role of chairman. He says the organization has been operating "almost like a terrorist group.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

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Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.