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Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 27/05/2011 - 7:37am
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Exaile - Amarok kinda player for GNOME

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Exaile is a media player aiming to be similar to KDE’s AmaroK, but for GTK+. That is what I don’t like. I like the UI of Amarok. It’s much more cooler and modern. UIs based on GNOME generally sucks. Though Exaile is a good alternative compared to Rythmbox and other music players, it’s UI is still not as cool as Amarok.

Child's play: Sneaking a peek at the OLPC OS

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OLPC

The first One Laptop Per Child hardware devices are still months from deployment, but you can sneak a peek at their Sugar desktop environment and bundled applications by running an OS image under an emulator. It's a great way to finally get some hands-on time with this long-anticipated project, even though it's not perfect.

Unbreakable Linux still unproven, analyst warns

IT managers running Red Hat Linux should think carefully before making the switch to Unbreakable Linux, the new Linux distribution that Oracle Corp. announced last month.

Set gFTP as the Default Command Line FTP Client on Ubuntu

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HowTos

gFTP is a great ftp client for Ubuntu Linux that provides both a GUI based experience as well as a command line client. There’s an easy way to switch between using the default ftp client and using gftp-text. First you’ll want to make sure that you’ve installed gFTP.

Installing Popular Applications On Your Ubuntu Desktop With Automatix2

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Ubuntu
HowTos

Although Ubuntu comes with lots of applications that can be installed on your desktop, there are still some applications that are available only from third-party repositories. Finding all these repositories and installing these applications manually is very time-consuming, but fortunately some people have created a script called Automatix2 (which is the successor to Automatix) which automates the task for you. It comes with a graphical interface so that you can run it from your desktop, and this tutorial describes how you do it.

From XMMS to Audacious: the history of a Winamp clone

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One of the most used functions on any modern computer is the ability to play back music. From the first beeps and bloops in arcade machines, to the AdLib and the first Sound Blasters in home PCs, to the monstrosity of the 51 million transistor Sound Blaster X-Fi, people have listened and continue to listen to music on computers.

Network Interface Configuration Using ifconfig

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HowTos

You can configure a network interface from the command line using the basic Linux networking utilities. You configure your network client hosts with the command line by using commands to change your current settings or by editing a number of system files. Two commands, ifconfig and route, are used for network configuration. The netstat command displays information about the network connections.

Jono Bacon: Sensationalism takes a choke-hold

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Web

Oh dear. I used to like reading Groklaw and admired it for its accuracy and straight-down-the-line reporting. Recently though, I have felt it has become too much of a pulpit, and this post is just sensationalist clutching at straws.

Get your ABC's of Linux right

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Humor

Recently, one of my friends shared with me this rather funny ode to Linux which was passed on to him by a friend of his, which I am in turn sharing with you. So without much ado, here is the rhyming ode to Linux ...

Using multiple network cards in XEN 3.0

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HowTos

Xen is great. But installing more than one network card became a pain when I tried it the first time. There are some documents describing the principle but I was unable to find a real life example somewhere else. So this is a summary about how it works here now.

ET Live CD

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Gaming

An Enemy Territory live CD has been released recently by [*C]ascii at nixcoders.org. The CD is available in two versions, one including the nvidia, the other one utilizing the ati drivers for optimal support of your graphics card. More Here.

The Linux way to Flickr

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The Flickr Web portal allows people to publish and share online, grouped and tagged by subject, whole galleries of digital pictures. You can use Flickr with several GNU/Linux-based applications. Developers can also use the API published on the Web site to obtain an API_KEY and build new interfaces to download, upload, or process pictures in Flickr. What might be less known is that Flickr already is another place where GNU/Linux users can meet, as well as a potentially very useful advocacy tool.

Malaysian OSS master plan gets pruned

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OSS

It was a small change, the deletion of a single sentence from the Open Source Master Plan. But the impact could be major to companies that supply software to the Malaysian Government.

Linux Grabs 75% of All Open Source Investment

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The Linux operating system is the recipient of 75% of all vendor investment in open source software, according to a new report from the Harvard Business School, which also indicates that vendor support for open source is primarily motivated by boosting their proprietary offerings.

Linux adoption - it's the ecology stupid!

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Linux

Why should an operating system be important for a mobile phone? It shouldn't, but of course mobile phones are no longer simple voice communicators. The handset manufacturers' need to get different types of products quickly to market makes the flexibility of an operating system platform particularly valuable.

Latest Search for Nina Reiser Unsuccessful

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Misc

The Contra Costa County sheriff's search and rescue team searched for the body of 31-year-old Nina Reiser in a hilly area near Oakland on Saturday but wasn't able to find her, sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said today.

Ripping Shoutcast Streams to MP3’s in Linux

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There are quite a few tutorials on how to rip Shoutcast internet radio streams into MP3 files for Windows. Most of these make use of Winamp and a plugin called Streamripper. This is fine and dandy, but you are not a Windows user. So here is a way to do just as easily on Linux.

Locking Down Ubuntu

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Security is an important issue in computing. Unfortunately, many computers allow a cracker to gain access to them and retrieve sensitive information, or just make life hard. This article will review the basics in general security and explain how to apply it to two Linux distributions--Ubuntu and Kubuntu.

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