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Story What does Community really mean? (Part 2) srlinuxx 18/03/2011 - 5:38pm
Story Ubuntu: a complete guide srlinuxx 18/03/2011 - 5:36pm
Story Mozilla outlines 16-week Firefox development cycle srlinuxx 18/03/2011 - 5:35pm
Story openSUSE 11.4 review – KDE 4.6 and Tumbleweed shine srlinuxx 18/03/2011 - 5:33pm
Story How To Upgrade OpenSUSE 11.3 To 11.4 (Desktop & Server) falko 18/03/2011 - 12:26pm
Story today's leftovers: srlinuxx 18/03/2011 - 4:37am
Story some howtos: srlinuxx 18/03/2011 - 4:14am
Story Debian CUT, a new rolling release? srlinuxx 18/03/2011 - 2:57am
Story 7 Surprises From Turkey srlinuxx 18/03/2011 - 2:54am
Story Lessons Learned from Canonical, Banshee, and GNOME srlinuxx 18/03/2011 - 2:52am

iXsystems Announces Acquisition of PC-BSD Operating System

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BSD

iXsystems, an enterprise-class hardware solution provider, announced today its acquisition of PC-BSD, a rock solid UNIX operating system based on FreeBSD. PC-BSD is a fully functional desktop operating system running FreeBSD version 6, with a KDE desktop interface and graphical system installer. Its PBI system, developed exclusively for PC-BSD, lets users download and install their applications in a self-extracting and installing format.

Install songbird in Debian Machine With Screenshots and enjoy Your Music

This is first time songbird installation articlee in debin.Songbird plays the Media Web. Play MP3s without leaving the page. Songbird views Web pages as dynamic playlists to play, save, download or subscribe to.

Songbird plays your music too with all the features you’d expect in a desktop media player. Like Firefox, Songbird’s features may be improved with user installed and contributed cross-platform extensions.

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AI versus AI: N.E.R.O. on Linux

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Gaming

If you've ever been frustrated with the artificial intelligence (AI) in video games, then you are a prime candidate for Neuro-Evolving Robotic Operatives (N.E.R.O.), a cross-platform combat game where the key to winning is training your own intelligent non-player characters. On the field of play, the only rule is "let the best AI win." I tested my skills with the Linux client, and found N.E.R.O. to be a very different sort of game.

French urged to adopt OpenDocument format

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OSS

A REPORT commissioned by the French prime minister has called for the country's bureaucrats to adopt the OpenDocument Format.

Ubuntu Seeks Idents on Demo Scene

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Ubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth explained at Sundown that Ubuntu is looking into ways to include demoscene animation during the wait for Ubuntu to boot. The project returns to the origins of the demo scene, an identity projected while loading software.

Making Sense of the OLPC Proprietary Software Row

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OLPC
Interviews

Theo de Raadt, the leader of the OpenBSD project and a vociferous crusader for hardware (especially networking) documentation, recently went public with his concerns about the One Laptop Per Child project's choice to use a wireless networking chip from Marvell, a company with an unusually poor record of supporting free software operating systems, in the 2B1 laptop computer that it is developing.

Open Source madness!

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OSS

I love free software. I use open-source programs and operating systems every day. But once in a while, I want to take some free software developers and shake them until their teeth rattle.

Updates on Flash Player 9 for Linux

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Software

There has been some interesting stuff coming out about Flash Player 9 for Linux, and I wanted to put it all in one place for those following the development.

More Here.

Aussie Feds assess open source

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OSS

FEDERAL government use of open-source software will be examined to assess how many agencies have adopted Linux and other systems.

Google to acquire YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock

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Google

Google Inc. said Monday it’s buying No. 1 Internet video sharing Web site YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in stock. The deal is regarded as a largely defensive one that leapfrogs Google into a leading role in a burgeoning Internet marketplace.

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Ray Noorda, Father Of Network Computers, Dies

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Obits

Ray Noorda, the Novell Inc. founder who battled Microsoft Corp. in the early years of network computers, died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 82.

Partition Table Backup

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HowTos

Many of us are doing backups of all kinds of data: from regular files, databases, to full partitions or hard drives. What I have noticed that very few peoples even think about the partition table.

Book Review: Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks

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Reviews

I recently came across a very nice book titled "Ubuntu Linux for non-geeks" authored by Rickford Grant and published by No Starch Press. What attracted me to this book was the obvious title which makes no bones about the fact that this book is targeted at non-geeks.

What's the best Linux for beginners?

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Linux

I recently received a letter from a computer pro who's nearing 80. He's disgusted by "how [Microsoft] things have developed, and how most software is put out there full of errors and omissions. Help is virtually none existent. One really has to dig to find answers." So, here's my list of the best Linuxes for people who just want a working PC.

A look at Firefox 2.0 RC2

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Moz/FF

The official release of Firefox 2.0 is right around the corner and the second release candidate (RC2) was made available last week. Release candidates provide insight into the features and functionality that will be available in the final release. Much has changed since the Firefox 2.0 alpha builds were made available to the public early this year.

Book review: ImageMagick Tricks

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Reviews

Command-line utilities can be powerful, but it takes some doing to make a typical desktop user work in the shell. The image manipulation program ImageMagick is one command-line program that gives users a good reason to use the CLI. Now Packt Publishing has released ImageMagick Tricks, a book that covers ImageMagick from the ground up. If you've never used ImageMagick before, this book is a good starting place.

The Scrabble For Open Source

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OSS

I was fascinated to read about Software Freedom Day last month, where open source enthusiasts took to the streets around the world to celebrate open software. We've had freedom marches in favour of land rights, troop withdrawal and industrial relations laws, but I never realized proprietary software was in the same category as country invasions and reductions in workers rights.

Fedora Core 6 vs Ubuntu 6.10

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Linux

I've been using Fedora Core 6 pre-release for a couple of days now, and I'm ready to write about my experience so far. Overall, there are both good and bad things about Fedora. Here are some things that I like about it:

Install Opera Web Browser in Debian Sarge,Etch or Sid in 3 Steps

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OS
Linux
HowTos

Opera is a full-featured Internet tool, most notably a fully standard conforming Web browser. Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like a password manager, mouse gestures, native Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) support, an email program, RSS newsfeeds, and IRC chat. It is designed to be fast andhighly customizable.

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Boot Debian from an USB device

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HowTos

Here is a very short (but in my opinion very useful) how-to for creating an USB boot device, which enables you to boot Debian from your memory stick.

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