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Story some howtos: srlinuxx 02/04/2011 - 3:53am
Story ZaReason Teo Pro Netbook Proves Its Netbook Mettle srlinuxx 1 02/04/2011 - 1:15am
Story Ubuntu Tweak unveils new look, features srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 11:52pm
Story What Would Be Disastrous For Linux, Open-Source srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 11:49pm
Story Scientific Linux 6.0 Released srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 10:33pm
Story Natty Narwhal with Unity: Worst Ubuntu beta ever srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 10:31pm
Story Microsoft To Open Source Windows srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 8:50pm
Story Ubuntu moving forward with Jono Bacon at Fedora srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 8:48pm
Story Microsoft Buys Open Source ReactOS For $12.3 Billion srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 8:46pm
Story Delaying GNOME 3.0, again srlinuxx 01/04/2011 - 6:23pm

Pushing Firefox to the Limit

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Moz/FF

Sure, you can use the plain vanilla Firefox, but even though Firefox is already a gazillion times easier to use than IE, not to mention more reliable, adding selected extensions increases its power and adds functionality that you didn't even realize you wanted. In my opinion, Firefox extensions are awesome.

Moving to Ubuntu 6.10 from Fedora Core 5 on the IBM T41

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Ubuntu

I have two office systems. My main one is my IBM T41 workhorse laptop. It is the one I haul everywhere and do everything with, to, for , and on. it can't be down or I cry a lot . So making major changes to it is not something I do lightly. Till last night, both systems ran Fedora Core 5. Today the laptop is Ubuntu 6.10.

openSUSE 10.2 Beta 1 Report

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Reviews
SUSE
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As you know openSUSE released the first beta in the 10.2 developmental cycle on the 26th and tuxmachines has been checking it out in preparation for our report. This feature and version freeze release came with quite a few annoying bugs, but most didn't apply to my testing. I did encounter a coupla problems of my own and little or no new eye candy was found. But how did the system perform overall?

Galternatives - graphical setup tool for Alternatives Configuration in Ubuntu

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HowTos

There are several programs fulfilling the same or similar functions to be installed on a single system at the same time. For example, many systems have several text editors or different web browsers installed,Multimedia players,graphics editors at once. galternatives is graphical setup tool for the alternatives system.

Book Review - The Official Ubuntu Book

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There are a plethora of books hitting the market on the Ubuntu Linux distribution, and so far they've all been pretty good. But this one is at the head of the pack for getting started with your penguin experience... The Official Ubuntu Book by Benjamin Mako Hill, Jono Bacon, Corey Burger, Jonathan Jesse, and Ivan Krstic. It's a collaborative book writing effort that pays off on a number of levels.

Adventures in a New Ubuntu 6.10 Clean Install

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Ubuntu

This will be a series of posts called the Adventures in a New Ubuntu 6.10 Clean Install. I will document my entire experience in preparing for a re-installation of Ubuntu from 6.06.1 to Ubuntu 6.10 with a format.

Ubuntu Edgy Eft Installation

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HowTos

Ubuntu 6.10, codename Edgy Eft, has been released on the 26th October 2006. This is the latest version of Ubuntu available and this tutorial will go through the installation process of Ubuntu Edgy Eft using the 6.10 release.

Henry in Demand

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Humor

It is a new day. An important day, because on this morning the call that I have been waiting all of my life for has finally come. Yes, Mozilla wants my super powers!

Rsync Backup Web interface, Frontend or GUI Tools

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HowTos

rsync is a replacement for rcp (and scp) that has many more features. It uses the “rsync algorithm” which provides a very fast method for remote files into sync. It does this by sending just the differences in the files across the link, without requiring that both sets of files are present at one of the ends of the link beforehand. Here are some of the tools to manage rsync easily.

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Pretty Widgets for Firefox for Linux

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Moz/FF

The switch to Ubuntu has had it’s ups and downs. But one annoyance I had was the un-styled ‘widgets’ in Firefox look like *ss. I found one person who customized it a little bit to work with Linux. I made a couple minor tweaks and repackaged it and am now sharing with all.

FC6 Xen - no luck here

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Linux

I first installed Fedora Core 6 in a Parallels Virtual Machine. That was fine, but I quickly realized that I wanted to investigate this more deeply, and especially wanted to look at the Xen integration. So, I created CD's and did the install on "Trusty Old Spare". Yeah.. well, yes, but.. things didn't go so well.

Also: Howto: Using Beryl in Fedora Core 6

firefox 2 million

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Moz/FF

Apparently, people loves them some Firefox. Within 24 hours of the official launch on Tuesday, there were over 2 million people using Firefox 2, and we were seeing a peak rate of more than 30 downloads per second from our website.

The Perfect Setup - Ubuntu 6.10 Server (Edgy Eft)

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HowTos

This is a detailed description about how to set up a Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Ubuntu Edgy Eft, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect_setup_ubuntu_6.10

Linux Usage on the Rise in Large Companies

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Linux

Linux usage in the servers of large companies is continuing to rise. 73% of enterprise companies are running Linux on at least some of their servers. Just six months ago that figure was 67% and a year ago it was 65%, as per Evans Data Corp's latest Enterprise Development Issues Survey...

MyahOS 2.3 - Cute, but not entirely functional

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Linux
Reviews

MyahOS was one of a growing number of distributions that come out of left field and are recommended to me by posters at LinuxForums. It's based on Slackware, which posters of LinuxForums will know isn't exactly my favorite distribution.

Ubuntu vs. SUSE Linux

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SUSE
Ubuntu

I hadn’t really given Ubuntu a fair shake the last time I looked at it. I decided to go another round with Ubuntu to see what it was all about. The initial act of downloading Ubuntu is easier than SUSE.

Upgrade to Ubuntu Edgy (6.10) - and a look back on the switch

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Ubuntu

Try a search on quite a few blogs and you’ll find stories on switching to Linux, but somehow a few months or a year later you see the same person talking a lot about Windows-Software and Windows-Gadgets in a way that makes it clear, that at some point they switched back. So I the past months I was keen on seeing whether I got to that point where I just wanted to “get back to good old Windows” – the short answer: it never came.

Happy Anniversary GoblinX

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Linux

The GoblinX Team is celebrating its second anniversary of life. The very first edition was released at October, 28 2004. During these twenty-four months we devoted our efforts to create a great liveCD distribution.

Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft Upgrade plus Compiz goodness on AIGLX

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HowTos

Well, apparently on the Internet, people have having trouble upgrading. I had the exact same problems and I’m going to describe steps to take to resolve them. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone, I’ll explain as well how to get you some Compiz eye-candy.

Regular Expressions: Tile makes Tcl look good

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Software

Tile will change the face of computing. Well, maybe. It could; Tile's a Tcl project, though, and Tcl doesn't operate the same as other languages or programs. So, while Tile might have an enormous affect on standard practices for development of graphical user interface (GUI) projects, there are no guarantees.

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