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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?

Full Tip.

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.

Revenue or Revolution: The Linux Explosion

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Linux

In recent months, there is one thing that’s on my mind - open source revenue vs. revolution. Seriously, while the revolution is well underway within the open source community, one has to question which of these two previously mentioned ideologies will, in the end, be the deciding factor on the future of software and OS' as a whole.

A guide to building your music library the cool way

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HowTos

In this article, we’ll explore the three most effective ways to obtain music without paying through your nose or losing access to your music. If you’re fed up with the recording studios, just by reading this you’ll be making them soil their pants.

Firefox 2.0: The Honda Civic of Web Browsers

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Moz/FF

Tapping once again into the collective talents of the open-source community, the new Firefox 2.0 Web browser is unambiguously a success. This said, it breaks little genuinely new ground.

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    Wireshark is widely used as the primary network protocol analyzer by security researchers all across the world. Wireshark 2.0.5, the latest maintenance update, is now available for download with various security fixes and updated network protocols.
  • ownCloud 9.1 Community Edition Cloud Server Adds Innovative Security Features
    ownCloud announced the availability of the first major release for the 9.x series of the open-source self-hosting cloud server software for GNU/Linux operating systems recently. ownCloud 9.1 Community Edition is now the latest stable and most advanced release of the ownCloud Server, which promises dozens of attractive new features, among which we can mention a bunch of innovative security enhancements, such as support for token-based authentication sessions and pluggable authentication support. Additionally, ownCloud 9.1 introduces the ability to list all the devices that are connected to your personal user page, from where you'll be able to invalidate certain session. Device specific tokens are supported as well in the ownCloud 9.1 release, giving users new ways to control the access to their personal and private cloud servers.
  • Deluge 1.3.13 Free BitTorrent Client Adds an Extremely Large Set of Bugfixes
    It's been a while since we last heard something from the Deluge project, an open-source and cross-platform BitTorrent client that's available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Deluge is quite a popular software for downloading torrent files over the Internet, and it comes with pretty much everything you would expect from a BitTorrent client, including protocol encryption, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), Distributed Hash Table (DHT), uTorrent Peer Exchange, wet-PMP, and, of course, the ability to manage the program remotely via a web browser.
  • Krita 3.0.1 Coming September 5, First Development Builds Are Out Now for Testing
    Now that the final release of the Krita 3.0 digital painting software has been released for our personal computers, the time has come for the project's development team to concentrate their efforts on the first point release.
  • Docker Built-in Orchestration Ready for Production: Docker 1.12 Goes GA
  • Docker 1.12 App Container Engine Officially Released with Built-in Orchestration
    Docker, the award-winning and widely-used open-source application container engine, has just released a major milestone that introduces approximately 100 changes since the previous stable update. That's right, Docker 1.12.0 is finally here after being in development for the past two months, during which it received a total of five Release Candidate (RC) builds that have been seeded to public testers and those who wanted an early taste of what's coming to the final Docker 1.12 release. "We wanted to thank everyone in the community for helping us achieve this great milestone of making Docker 1.12 generally available for production environments. Docker 1.12 adds the largest and most sophisticated set of features into a single release since the beginning of the Docker project," reads the release announcement.
  • The State of GIMP & Its Future

Games for GNU/Linux

  • Latest Vendetta Online Update Brings VR Improvements, Oculus Rift 1.6 Support
    Guild Software announced earlier today, July 30, 2016, the availability of the latest updates for its cross-platform, commercial, and popular Vendetta Online massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). A total of three small updates have been released for Vendetta Online since our last report three weeks ago, when Vendetta Online 1.8.380 was released for PCs (Linux, Mac, and Windows) with lots of goodies and multiple improvements.
  • ‘Stardew Valley’ Now Available On Mac And Linux
    Back in June, it was confirmed that the game will be making its way to the Wii U, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
  • New Steam Beta Client Adds Numerous Steam Controller Improvements, More
    Today July 30, 2016, Valve has pushed yet another update for its Steam Client to the Beta channel on all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. Steam Client Beta Update July 29 was announced today, despite its name, and it only introduces support for the upcoming Windows Anniversary Update that will be made available on August 2, 2016, as well as numerous improvements and a handful of new features for the Steam Controller device.
  • The TORCS Racing Car Simulator Should Now Be Slightly Faster With Gallium3D
    For those playing TORCS, The Open Racing Simulator, its performance for this driving game simulator should be slightly faster if using one of Mesa's Gallium3D drivers. AMD developer Marek Olšák has landed a complete rewrite of state atoms inside the Gallium3D Mesa state tracker. Long story short, Marek concluded his commit message by mentioned, "torcs is 2% faster between the previous patch and the end of this series." Every little bit counts in making the open-source driver stack more competitive. With this being in the vendor-neutral Mesa state tracker code, it should presumably also help the Nouveau driver too, in addition to RadeonSI/R600g.

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Voyager 16.04.1 LTS Adds Intel Skylake Support, Based on Xubuntu 16.04.1 LTS

The guys over Voyager, a Xubuntu-based GNU/Linux distribution built around the lightweight Xfce desktop environment, have announced the release of Voyager 16.04.1 LTS. Read more