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Story some leftovers: srlinuxx 25/09/2012 - 5:21pm
Story A Dying Tux in an Airbus srlinuxx 1 25/09/2012 - 12:24am
Story Using Raspberry Pi as a Photo Station srlinuxx 24/09/2012 - 11:32pm
Story Why Are We Still Buying Desktop OSes, Anyway? srlinuxx 24/09/2012 - 11:31pm
Story Vector Linux review srlinuxx 24/09/2012 - 11:28pm
Story 8 Deadly Commands You Should Never Run on Linux srlinuxx 24/09/2012 - 7:30pm
Story Ubuntu: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly srlinuxx 24/09/2012 - 7:26pm
Story DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 475 srlinuxx 24/09/2012 - 5:40pm
Story Is Red Hat looking to a model of the past? srlinuxx 24/09/2012 - 5:39pm
Story On to better booting srlinuxx 24/09/2012 - 5:37pm


Making move from Windows to Linux

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Another month and yet another security problem plaguing the Microsoft Windows operating system platform. Windows users must seriously consider and invest some time to secure their computers.

CLI Magic: OpenSSH + Bash

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Other system administrators have fantastic toolboxes for their work. My tools consist of two everyday programs: OpenSSH and the GNU Bourne-Again Shell (bash). No other tool, whether console-based or GUI, has been so consistently useful to me as these two programs.

What's Left Of Unix?

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For 35 years, the Unix operating system has been a mainstay of the computer industry, from its origins as a time-sharing system used by horn-rimmed academics to its central role running some of today's most powerful servers. But enthusiasm for this sophisticated piece of code is in decline as sales flatten, while Linux, the Unix-like alternative, thrives. Which leads to the inevitable question: Is Unix itself on the wane?

PCLinuxOS Has a New Home

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PCLinuxOS, a user-friendly distribution that has found many followers among the DistroWatch readers, has unveiled a new web site and forum: "Texstar and The Ripper Gang are proud to announce the official website for PCLinuxOS. We now have a home of our own thanks to the support from donations received last month.

How To Install MythTV on your Xbox

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Mythtv is an amazing product for turning your xbox in to a home built PVR system, the downside is the Xbox is not powerful enough for having it do the recording or the streaming of your tv shows. This guide will help you through configuring the xbox as a front end "Viewer" to your already in place Myth TV System.

'Understanding user needs the key to localisation'

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"Localisation is everything that makes the computer work for you in your locale (country and language)," says Bailey. "Translating the computer interfaces is by far the biggest task and ongoing, but it is not the complete picture. Keyboards, fonts, locales, date systems and rendering are all part of localisation."

Tips for tackling MySQL 5.0

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IT pros have been checking out the new MySQL 5.0 open source database since its recent release its commercial parent, MySQL AB. Some of those IT pros put our resident MySQL expert, Mike Hillyer, to the test, too. In this tip, he answers users' questions about the ins and outs of choosing, testing and using MySQL 5.0, an open source relational database management system.

Artificial Intelligence for Computer Games Book Review

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This week I read "Artificial Intelligence for Computer Games" by John David Funge. The first thing I noticed when I got it up was how thin it was. It reminded me of the small reference O'reilly books. The first two chapters where more of a crash course in game design.


Chex Trek for Doom3 - first beta for linux/win released

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Chex Trek is a fun based doom3 Kids remake, inspired by the doom1 mod Chex Quest (for the people who dont know the mod was make 1996 for 6 year old kids that want to play doom).

Adding Panel Notification for New Mail in Evolution

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Even if back in August 2005, said the status of a bounty for implementing a panel notification applet for new mail in Evolution is "Solved", even to date, Evolution does not have anything for showing in GNOME's notification area an icon when a new mail arrives! The real solution is evonotify.

Doing Some Looking at Linux

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So, a friend of mine is looking at migrating from Windows to Linux. So is Mike, for that matter. Many of us in the Life, Liberty, Property community already use a variety of Open Source tools on the web. What I did think I would do is provide Kay and Mike with some pointers to the various flavors of Linux and my thoughts on them. I'm going to avoid the battles over KDE and Gnome and which is better, while I'm at it. I'll leave that to others. Instead, I'm just going to give a brief discussion of Fedora, Debian, SuSe and SlackWare.

Novell Plans Corporate Licensing Overhaul

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Novell plans to move to a new licensing model that could impact partners serving corporate accounts.

Key to the new model, effective March 1, is the elimination of the Waltham, Mass., company’s Corporate Licensing Agreement (CLA) and the addition of a new option that allows customers to buy on a per-named-user or per-device basis.

Review: MediaReady Flyboy

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The MediaReady Flyboy is a Linux-based portable media player. It handles video, MP3s, pictures, and doubles as a portable data story device. On paper, it sounds pretty good. In practice, after a few weeks of playing with the Flyboy, I'm not convinced that it's worth the price tag.


SuSE 10.1 Beta 1 Report

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Woohoo, Suse 10.1 Beta 1 is here, one of the milestones in the development of a new release. It came a bit later than expected, at least for me. I had picked out a coupla fast mirrors before hand and began my download before announcements were made. As soon as OSNews and Distrowatch reported its release, the mirrors slowed to a crawl. It took the better part of the 20th to download SUSE 10.1 beta1. All this to say, SUSE, even in beta, has got to be one of the most popular distros available. And with good reason. I've been following the development of SUSE since the formation of OpenSuse and I have acquired quite a liking to its polish and completeness, its great tools and little extras, and its fast performance and stability. As has become the norm here at Tuxmachines, we installed the new beta to look around and see what we see. This is our report.

NVIDIA 7300 GS Preview

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Today NVIDIA will be announcing their GeForce 7300 GS product. Aimed strictly at the mainstream, their latest will compete directly against ATI's X1300 product line. The GeForce 7300 GS will feature 4 pixel pipes and 3 vertex shaders. The core will be clocked at 550MHz, but the memory clock will vary depending on what the add-in card partner decides on.

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