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Story Is GNOME 3 going to melt your laptop? srlinuxx 1 03/02/2011 - 2:17am
Story A Linux Audio Christmas srlinuxx 02/02/2011 - 10:13pm
Story Review: KDE 4.6 srlinuxx 3 02/02/2011 - 10:13pm
Story Meet Slingshot and Plank srlinuxx 02/02/2011 - 10:10pm
Story Myriad Updates Come to Open Source Software srlinuxx 02/02/2011 - 10:08pm
Story Huh, id Tech 5 Engine To Be Open-Source? srlinuxx 02/02/2011 - 8:12pm
Story Freedom or Ease of Use? A Note on Torvalds’ Strange Remarks srlinuxx 02/02/2011 - 8:10pm
Story Disillusioned by the Community srlinuxx 02/02/2011 - 8:07pm
Story KDE 4.6 Review: It’s Full Of Awesomeness srlinuxx 02/02/2011 - 6:19pm
Story Linux Gazette: February 2011 (#183) srlinuxx 02/02/2011 - 6:17pm

Running Terminal Programs in the Background with Screen

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Sometimes you just need to run a process backgrounded. With the program screen and a bit of bash scripting, you can fool an application into thinking it's being run in a terminal. To the program it will appear as if you had run the commands from a bash prompt.

RPM's Tumultuous Saga

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Two days ago, a subscription article in LWN (Who maintains RPM?) rang a bell in my dirty mind. Who's actually owning the (originally) Red Hat Package Manager? (Well... still Red Hat, as it seems... or nobody!) RPM is practically unmaintained right now!

Minimalist tools for writers

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Doing word processing without a dedicated word processor may seem like an absurd idea, but it actually makes a lot of sense, as long as you have the right set of writing tools -- a solid text editor, the txt2tags utility, and Aspell spelling software.

Linux, sponsored by “24″.

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It seems that Open Source is rife throughout the programme, to the point that it could be considered a long advertisement for it. Jack Bauer’s outfit is too intelligent to be caught dead using Windows.

Firefox welcomes Microsoft's offer of help

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Mozilla has accepted Microsoft's offer of help towards ensuring interoperability between Firefox and the upcoming Vista operating system.

Pluto: And then there were eight

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Pluto has just been demoted. The celestial body, long known as one of the nine planets of the solar system, will now be considered a "dwarf planet," the General Assembly of the 2006 International Astronomical Union ruled in a vote Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic. Textbook makers grapple with Pluto demotion.

New NVIDIA Display Driver Released

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Version: 1.0-8774
Operating Systems: Linux IA32, AMD64/EM64T, FreeBSD x86, Solaris x64/x86

Release Highlights
*Added support for X.Org 7.1.

Tips on keeping your Ubuntu Linux server secure

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As a system administrator, one of your chief tasks is dealing with server security. If your server is connected to the Internet, for security purposes, it's in a war zone. If it's only an internal server, you still need to deal with (accidentally) malicious users, disgruntled employees and the guy in accounting who really wants to read the boss's secretary's e-mail.

Open-source stack providers getting squeezed?

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Pure-play open-source software providers are being squeezed out of the enterprise market by increasingly complete offerings from application and OS providers, according to a report from The 451 Group's just-launched "Commercial Adoption of Open Source" (CAOS) service. The report's findings may be applicable to embedded Linux stack providers, as well.

SUSE Linux Goes Desi

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Novell India today announced that the award-winning SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 and some of the key applications that run on the desktop operating system (OS) have been localized with support in five major languages namely Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Gujarati, and Marathi.

Ubuntu update becomes terminal pain

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Many users of the increasingly popular Ubuntu Linux distribution found themselves on Tuesday thrown back to mid-1990s, when a botched update to the graphical X Window subsystem brought them face-to-face with the command-line terminal.

Marathon: RubiconX

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Rubicon X is a free, cross platform, first person shooter that continues the story of Bungie’s Marathon trilogy. First released as Marathon:Rubicon in 2001, Rubicon X is a complete overhaul of the original.

Mounting things in multiple locations

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We recently saw it is possible to install Debian via debootstrap, and this works nicely for most things. However if you were to boot a system using Knoppix, or similar, you'll soon realise that guide isn't complete - your new system has no kernel installed and is also missing a bootloader. How do we fix this?

How to set up a home web server or photo gallery in 5 Minutes

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It seems like everybody's blogging and sharing digital photos online. Do you like gallery tools such as Flickr, but want to control your photos, or get rid of any of their limits? Now you can have your own custom gallery using PHP, a script called Picy, and 5 minutes of your time!

Hands on: Understanding Dapper Drake

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After a short delay, Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) was released in June. Originally scheduled for mid-April, the developers decided to let the date slip six weeks to allow for concentrated bug fixing and some final polishing.

[Debian Sarge] Installing A Bind9 Master/Slave DNS System

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In this howto we will install 2 bind dns servers, one as the master and the other as a slave server. For security reasons we will chroot bind9 in its own jail. Using two servers for a domain is a commonly used setup and in order to host your own domain you are required to have at least 2 domain servers.

Curiousity Draws 200 To Enterprise Linux Roadshow

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In a sign that Novell's new lease on life is garnering interest, some 200 people attended the Sydney leg of Novell's national Suse Linux Enterprise roadshow today.

Kickstart your Linux security by avoiding garbage installations

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Recently, a colleague complained to me that X Windows refused to start following a routine patch upgrade on a production Web server. I asked why he needed X Windows running on a production Web server in the first place, especially a server that was allegedly secured as a bastion host in a perimeter DMZ. The response that "it was installed by default" seemed inadequate when considering the security risk posed by running X Windows on a bastion host.

How to amp up the Linux kernel

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Vanilla is boring. Though it is, usually, at least stable. One of the inherent beauties of open-source software — philosophical, developmental, and future-of-the-human-race issues aside — is simply that you can play with it. And there is no more an exciting area to play in than the Linux kernel.

KPhotoAlbum Splash Screen Contest

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Several times people have complained that the KPhotoAlbum splash screen was a combination of ugly, ugly and non relating to KPhotoAlbum. So far I've managed to tell people to go and take a hike, but today I gave up and I started a contest to make a new splash screen for KPhotoAlbum.

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