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Debian and localhost.localdomain

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A while back I was trying to set up kpropd on a Debian system, and came across a problem whereby one of my hosts was identifying itself as host/localhost.localdomain (this was Not Helpful).

Firefox unaffected by IE7 'growth'

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Although Microsoft recently touted the 100 millionth installation of Internet Explorer 7, Web measurement firms said that the new browser is simply being swapped out for older editions and hasn't had an impact on Firefox's continued climb.

Linux Certification: Vendor-Specific or Vendor Neutral?

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Talk to anyone who follows hiring trends in IT and they’ll tell you the same thing: having Linux proficiency is growing increasingly important in getting and keeping a job in IT.

Searching for Openness in Microsoft's OOXML and Finding Contradictions

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I thought of a friend's ex-husband when I learned this week that despite Microsoft's promises of a new openness and its assertions regarding interoperability for its OOXML (formerly known as OpenXML and also known as EOOXML) and despite having offered it as a *standard*, it seems that it's another case of promises, promises. From what I've been reading, which I'll share with you, I think it's time to ask ourselves some serious questions: does OOXML really qualify as a standard? Or is it yet another monopoly-enabler in the guise of a standard?

Using XenExpress To Virtualize Your Server

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This guide covers the installation of XenExpress and the creation of virtual machines with the XenServer Administrator Console. XenExpress is the free virtualization platform from XenSource, the company behind the well known Xen virtualization engine. XenExpress makes it easy to create, run and manage Xen virtual machines with the XenServer Administrator Console. XenExpress can run up to 4 virtual machines at the same time with a max. total amount of 4GB RAM. The XenExpress installation CD contains a full Linux distribution which is customized to run XenExpress.

Linux – My side of story

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Today it was a good day for me. I was asked to install Linux on a dual processor (64 bit) machine with SCSI and RAID. It sounds easy and it is easy also, but to install Linux on a machine like this was a dream from beginning.

Linux ups Web cams to Wi-Fi

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By its own developers' admissions, Linux supports more hardware devices out-of-the-box than any other operating system but that won't stop a slew of new drivers being added in upcoming releases.

Get your groove on with Amarok

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So, you got the new iPod that you wanted for Christmas, but you're no fan of iTunes. No problem -- you can cast off your iTunes chains and manage your music entirely with Linux using Amarok. Amarok gives you everything you need to manage your music, from playing to burning music CDs to managing your portable music player.

Study Finds Open Source Benefits Business

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Floss for economic health. That's the conclusion of a newly released European Commission study on the impact of Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (Floss) on the European IT sector.

IP attorney: Bankrupt or not, SCO case is 'boring'

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In this interview with, Tom Carey, an attorney with Boston-based Bromberg & Sunstein LLP, waxes nostalgic on the SCO trial -- where it was, what lessons it has taught users of Linux and open source software, and what SCO's rumored bankruptcy could mean for the major players.

Do you know KNetWalk?

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You think that you know every game that KDE ships? How about KNetWalk? It's a nice little game - not just for system administrators. The chance that you have it already installed is high, it's in the kdegames module!

Ever wonder how IDC can do all those "studies"?

We all know IDC is basically a known "propaganda mercenary" for Microsoft...But did you know they're incredibly "efficient" in producing studies?

What's up with the annual Desktop Linux Summit?

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Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony, who introduced Freespire -- a no-cost version of Linspire's Linux distribution -- in his keynote address at last year's Summit, gave the scoop on what's happening with this year's event.

Sound control on minimal setups

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Ubuntu installs alsa-base and alsa-utils by default (as part of ubuntu-minimal), and provided you didn’t rip them out when you built your minimal system, you still have a nifty ncurses application for modifying sound settings: alsamixer.

Lightweight OS for my old hardware

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Here is my run-down of Linux distros that I have tried to run on my PIII 600mhz/128mb laptop.

First try - Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy)

There`s not much to say about this choice.

What it takes to make Ubuntu ready for use

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I recently installed Ubuntu 6.10 on a new PC at work. In this post I will document all the steps I had to perform to get it ready for everyday use. Each step is assigned a level of difficulty, which I define below:


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Webmin is a modular web-based administration tool that works on a wide variety of Linux versions and other Unix and Unix-like operating systems. It enables you to log in via a web page and perform administration tasks. Webmin then “does the right thing” and makes the necessary appropriate changes to configuration files.

Open Source Needs More Concerted Efforts

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Major corporate houses choose open source partly due to the economic gains and mainly due to the control the open source system gives to their hands.

Linux quicktip - find and replace from the command line using sed

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If you’ve ever had to modify files on your Linux system and simply change a word or two, there’s a fast and simple way to do this using sed.

People Behind KDE: Daniel Molkentin

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For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we meet a developer who has unfinished business with midges, someone who prefers bullets to stars -- tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Daniel Molkentin.

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