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Ubuntu Christmas Edition and Linux Mint Review

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Ubuntu

Even with Ubuntu's official position on the use of "Automatix" and the idea that you are on your own, the fact remains that it’s tools like this that have helped to propel Ubuntu into one of the top distributions of all time.

Also: Spyware: Is Any OS Really Safe?

Linux find or look for available smb shares on a server

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So how do you find out share name from Linux command line? Let us say you’ve few more servers running, a Windows 2000 server and a Redhat Enterprise Linux 4.0. How do you list or look for available share on a server?

Simply Mepis 6.0-4 Beta 4 -- A gift from the MEPIS gods 64 Bit that actually works

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Reviews

So my dreams of being free of 32 bit still live on, yet I still cannot get a package that wants to work across the board...until now. More on that later, but let's give this new polished package a review before the Feb 10th expected launch and let people know if they should move over from other KDE systems to the one out of the Mountaineer state.

What if Hardware Vendors are Trapped Too?

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Want some frustration? Buy a piece of hardware with “Linux support” and try to use it on anything besides x86 GNU/Linux. If you’re fortunate enough to choose a device for which there exists free drivers, you’ll have much more luck. What about the other vendors?

Commercial DVR Software Comes to Desktop Linux

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Linspire and SageTV today announced the availability of SageTV Media Center Version 6 for users of the Linspire and Freespire desktop Linux operating system.

It's 2007 and Linux has arrived!

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"Linux has arrived"...that may sound funny to those who have been using Gnu/Linux for a number of years. But it has finally graduated from a "kit car" with a manual transmission to a full blown production vehicle with automatic everything.

Media Players for gnome

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I got on the topic the other day or media players in Ubuntu and which did I use. There are a few that I really like, but none of them are actually installed by default. Below are three media (audio, video or both) players that I like.

Fedora's metrics have ripple effect

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Fedora announced this month that by using a tracking tool to monitor unique IP addresses, it was able to determine that Fedora Core 6 now has more than one million users. What does all this metric gathering mean for future Fedora releases? Moreover, what does it mean for the Linux community at large? The answer on both counts: plenty.

The REAL difference between open and closed source programming

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So many people have made so many posts on blogs and mailing lists and in web pages about open source vs. closed source. There have been too many flame fests and bad feelings. Time for some facts. The REAL difference between open and closed source programming.

Red Hat to open source its Network product

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One of the primary reasons companies buy Red Hat and JBoss is for the network(s): Red Hat Network and JBoss Operations Network. By open sourcing it Red Hat could enable an ever-growing body of commercial open source vendors to make serious money with free software.

Remote backup: Five tips in five minutes

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According to Pierre Dorion, certified business continuity professional with Mainland Information Systems Inc., remote backups address a disaster recovery requirement for a lot of organizations. "Not having your production data and backup copy in the same place at any time is ideal," he said.

Installing Mobo, CPU & Memory

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First thing is first, make sure that you have everything you need to get started. What good is it to get started only to find you don’t have everything necessary? This can take quite a bit of time, but is well worth the effort. Once you have inventoried everything it is time to get started!

How to debug a Shell Script smartly

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HowTos

This article shows you how to write your shell scripts smartly to make them easier to test and debug. You can use traditional set command. There is drawback of using set command. Before moving a script to production environment you need to remove all debug lines. This tip shows you how to solve this old problem without introducing any new errors.

Why Gentoo is a Great Server Distribution (a Rebuttal)

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When I read Why Gentoo Shouldn’t be on Your Server, I felt Gentoo was getting a bad rap. I’m currently using Gentoo on a number of production servers for a fairly heavily-used website. Gentoo has simplified my administration tasks greatly, and allowed me the flexibility I need to build the best possible set of systems to handle the job at hand.

Mark Shuttleworth: Call for Participation for Ubuntu Live 2007

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After six developer summits, many more sprints and countless informal meetings amongst our developers, maybe it’s time to invite our users, customers and partners to the party? Together with O’Reilly we are thrilled to be inviting the WHOLE community to join us in our first annual business conference - Ubuntu Live 2007.

Custom Monitoring MySQL and SNMP with BixData

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With BixData you can monitor your servers as well as VMware and Xen. BixData includes pre-built plugins for things like CPU, Memory, Disk, etc. but any good monitoring tool needs to be customizable. BixData includes the basic ability to run scripts and record their exit values, similar to Nagios Plugins. This allows you to monitor almost anything.

Running Windows applications with CrossOver Linux 6.0

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CodeWeavers this month announced version 6.0 of its flagship Windows compatibility product. Now called CrossOver Linux, the new version is the first with official support for games. With its growing application support and foray into gaming, CrossOver Linux 6 is an excellent alternative for Linux users who are stuck with a Windows application at work or at school.

Also: A peek behind CrossOver Linux with CodeWeavers' CEO

Use MySQL GUI tools remotely and securely

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Vincent Danen looks at MySQL GUI tools for database-driven Web applications. Here are his tips for getting the most of the GUI tools, even while connecting remotely, without compromising security.

Union Bank of California standardises IT on Red Hat

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Red Hat today announced that Union Bank of California, one of the 25 largest banks in the United States, will standardize its IT infrastructure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 187

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • First Look: Foresight Linux 1.0

  • News: Linspire's expanded CNR, Mandriva Metisse, Debian usability, PC-BSD interview, Solaris
  • Released last week: gNewSense 1.1, Foresight Linux 1.0
  • Upcoming releases: openSUSE 10.3, Linux Mint 2.2
  • New additions: JackLab Audio Distribution, sidux
  • New distributions: Gamix, uL (Microlinux), UBERYL
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

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    Google just stepped in with its massive server infrastructure to run interference for journalist Brian Krebs. Last week, Krebs' site, Krebs On Security, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that took it offline, the likes of which was a "record" that was nearly double the traffic his host Akamai had previously seen in cyberattacks. Now just days later, Krebs is back online behind the protection of Google, which offers a little-known program called Project Shield to help protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship. And in the case of Krebs, the DDoS attack was certainly that: The attempt to take his site down was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service allegedly created by two Israeli men that would carry out cyberattacks on behalf of paying customers.
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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

Small scale DAB radio was (quite literally) conceived in an Ofcom engineer’s garden shed in Brighton, on a Raspberry Pi, running a full open source stack, in his spare time. Four years later, Ofcom has given the thumbs up to small scale DAB after concluding that trials in 10 UK cities were judged to be a hit. We gave you an exclusive glimpse into the trials last year, where you could compare the specialised proprietary encoders with the Raspberry Pi-powered encoders. “We believe that there is a significant level of demand from smaller radio stations for small scale DAB, and that a wider roll-out of additional small scale services into more geographic areas would be both technically possible and commercially sustainable,” notes Ofcom. Read more