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Hands on the Wii

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Gaming

I'm sitting in a conference room here at CNET Networks' headquarters, playing a baseball game on a Nintendo Wii in which the players look like little more than rudimentary Lego people. Still, I'm having a good time.

Mandriva 2007 Review

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MDV
Reviews

Was it because of a bad strategy? Was its release cycle too long? Was it the controversy over Gael Duval being fired? Or was it just the lack of quality in its latest releases? Whatever it was, it disappointed a lot of people. The once most popular Linux distribution had now fallen far behind the leading Ubuntu, Fedora and Suse. A lot of its users were moving towards PCLinuxOS.

Another slip in the FC6 schedule

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Linux

Over the weekend we ran into a few more bugs with Fedora Core 6 that we decided were important enough to fix. For these reasons and a few others, we decided to respin the release candidate tree and push the release date out another couple of days.

Don’t fear the penguin

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Linux

Penguins are sleek, quick, and nothing to be afraid of. The same can be said about Linux. My preferred distribution, Ubuntu, is designed for beginners, and can be set up and running in half an hour.

The GIMP's next-generation imaging core demonstrated

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Software

GIMP developer Øvind Kolås gave a public demonstration of the Generic Graphical Library (GEGL) on Friday at the Piksel 06 festival in Bergen, Norway. GEGL has long been slated to replace the core image processing framework of the GIMP, bringing with it entirely new data models and operations -- but development had languished to the point where many critics had written the project off entirely.

Linux: NVIDIA Binary Graphics Driver Exploit

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Security

A recent security advisory announced today by Rapid7 explains, "the NVIDIA Binary Graphics Driver for Linux is vulnerable to a buffer overflow that allows an attacker to run arbitrary code as root.

Cross-platform calendar Using Sunbird in Ubuntu

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HowTos

Mozilla Sunbird™ is a cross-platform calendar application, built upon Mozilla Toolkit. Our goal is to bring Mozilla-style ease-of-use to your calendar, without tying you to a particular storage solution.

Quicktip - how to give someone else sudo access in Ubuntu

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HowTos

Say you’ve got an Ubuntu box at home and you’ve been training your significant other on the wonders and uses of Linux. Now they’re up to speed and you want to give them sudo rights.

Also: Book Review - Ubuntu Unleashed

OpenSUSE 10.1 gets package update makeover

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SUSE

We like openSUSE 10.1. Really, we do. There's just been this one little, well not so little really, problem: the revised YaST package manger, which is used for adding new programs and updating old ones, has stunk.

Lobbyists denigrate open source in leaked letter to EC

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OSS

MICROSOFT IS using lobbyists to warn the European Commission of what it perceives to be the dangers of open-source software.

Mac Mini becomes Linux-based IP PBX

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Linux

An East German company will soon begin selling an IP-PBX setup based on a Mac Mini running Linux. 4S Newcom's iBlue package comes with an iPod Shuffle that acts as a boot device for the Mac Mini, plus five Linux-based VoIP phones.

2006 is a bad year for all software, Linux included

So far this year's reported vulnerabilities for apps and operating systems already exceeds last year's total. It has proven to be the year of living dangerously, if you are using a computer that's attached to the Internet - not so much if you're using a Linux-based machine.

Sabayon Linux miniEdition looks sharp on the bleeding edge

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Linux
Reviews

Last week the Sabayon Linux project released ISO images of its miniEdition 3.1 live CD Linux distro. Sabayon has earned a reputation for running right on the cutting edge; it is the first distro to deploy a live CD using the Beryl compositing engine and Nvidia's newest beta video drivers.

Larry Ellison's Linux nears release – pundit

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Linux

Wall Street continues to drool over the idea of Oracle producing its own line of Linux software for reasons unclear to us. Last week, Jeffries & Co analyst Katherine Egbert fired off a research note, claiming that "our independent checks in the past two weeks indicate that Oracle seems to be close to introducing its own software 'stack'."

Crossing Borders: What's the secret sauce in Ruby on Rails?

Ruby on Rails seems to be a lightning rod for controversy. At the heart of most of the controversy lies amazing productivity claims.

As Vista arrives, competitors reply

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Microsoft

For Microsoft's challengers, with everything to gain and little to lose, optimism reigns. Software makers are doing what they can in the marketplace to stay a step ahead of Microsoft's ability to bundle more and more features with its operating systems.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 173

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

* News: iXsystems acquires PC-BSD, Fedora counts users, Debian prepares for "etch", ReiserFS
* Web logs: 3D desktop computing with Mandriva and SabayonLinux
* Released last week: SUSE Linux 10.1 "Remastered", SabayonLinux 3.1
* Upcoming releases: Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10 RC1
* New distribution: Lintrack
* Reader comments

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

KDE Edutainment

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KDE

Many Linux users are savvy game experts. So, although computer games can be purely for fun, they also can train your mind. KDE's Edutainment suite is proof of that. The suite of packages lets users learn and have fun at the same time.

Xen - A GPLed Virtualisation Technology for Linux

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Software

Linux had always lacked a Open Source virtualisation technology in the same league as Solaris containers or commercial product like Vmware. That was until Xen came into the picture.

Ubuntu LAMP Server Installation With Screenshots

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HowTos

Automatic LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) In about 15 minutes, the time it takes to install Ubuntu Server Edition, you can have a LAMP server up and ready to go. This feature, exclusive to Ubuntu Server Edition, is available at the time of installation.

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