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Story Latest Linux kernel version 3.16.1 announced Roy Schestowitz 15/08/2014 - 12:48am
Story GNOME's Tracker 1.1.2 Arrives with Multiple Fixes Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 9:07pm
Story Valve Just Released A Big Linux Steam Client Update Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 7:06pm
Story AMD Quietly Releases Catalyst 14.8 Linux Driver Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 6:45pm
Story Btrfs Changes Rejected For The Linux 3.17 Kernel Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 6:36pm
Story HTC is bringing its in-house apps to the rest of Android Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 6:16pm
Story Will Linux ever be able to give consumers what they want? Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 6:09pm
Story 6 Secrets Every Windows User Should Know About Linux Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 5:55pm
Story Linux-driven service robot wants to deliver your towels Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 5:52pm
Story Reiser4 Now Available For Linux 3.15 Rianne Schestowitz 14/08/2014 - 4:46pm

Switching Jobs with a Terminal

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HowTos

While writing a script in a text editor, suddenly, I sense a strong desire to refer the bash manual. To stop the current job and return to shell prompt, press Ctrl+z, and here’s what I see:

Novell and the Brave New Open Source World

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SUSE

For some people, when Novell recently made a deal with Microsoft, they might as well have sold their soul to the devil. I'm fed up with people acting like Novell has become a heretic in the Church of Open Source.

Novell CEO addresses patent concerns

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SUSE

Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian has issued a public letter addressing concerns about the recent agreement between Novell and Microsoft and how it might impact Linux customers. The letter does not appear to be available on Novell's homepage so far, so I will reprint the full text here:

IP company sues AMD over patents

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Legal

Opti, a chip-oriented intellectual property company, said it has filed a lawsuit alleging that Advanced Micro Devices violated three patents with its Opteron processors and other products.

Consolehelper Quick HowTo

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HowTos

After a quick look at: man 8 consolehelper, man 8 userhelper, man 8 pam, and man 8 pam_console, and at the way other applications use PAM, I made my own way to add a "Root File Manager" icon in a distro that only has kdesu (which I will not use).

Del.icio.us bookmarks extension for Firefox

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Moz/FF

Organizing your favorite Web sites with bookmarks on Firefox can be tedious, especially when you want to keep your bookmarks synchronized across several computers at the same time. That's why I started using del.icio.us, the social bookmarking service now owned by Yahoo! Yahoo! recently released a del.icio.us bookmarks extension for Firefox that fully integrates del.icio.us with Firefox bookmarks.

Postfix and Spamassassin: How to filter spam

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HowTos

Postfix is a widely used mail transport agent (MTA) used on many popular Unix/Linux systems. Nowadays, networks are overwhelmed by SPAM mail, fortunately, there is a way to filter them with software such as spamassassin.

Easy video creation using only FOSS software

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Software

While digital video editing today is an affordable, popular activity for both the computer hobbyist and amateur cinematographer, many people seem to think that video creation under Linux is either impossible or too difficult for the average computer user. Not so! From video capture to editing to DVD authoring and encoding, you can create high-quality videos easily with free, open source software.

Season of Usability 2006/2007 Open

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OSS

Season of Usability 2006/2007 is a series of sponsored student projects to encourage students of usability, user-interface design, and interaction design to get involved with Freee/Libre/Open-Source Software (FLOSS) projects. If you are a student of usability, user-interface design, interaction design or related subjects send us your application.

The Happy State of ODF implementation in Massachusetts

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OSS

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Boston, Massachusetts are half a world apart in distance, but side by side in their commitment to adopt ODF. Sad to say, however, I am hearing from Malaysia that those who are working to see ODF adopted as a Malaysian National Standard are being confronted with the same tactics there that were so pervasive here a year ago, including the dissemination of a great deal of misinformation. I will write today on the happy state of ODF adoption in the Commonwealth.

GP2X handheld lets penguins run amok

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Gaming

ENTHUSIASTS REJOICE. The world's best underdog handheld is back is and it's better than ever. The people who brought us the GP32 handheld have recently released its successor, the GP2X and while it's certainly not everyone's cup of tea it does appear to have strong geek appeal.

Ubuntu Multimedia Center - Installation howto & Screenshots

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu Multimedia Center is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with community and professional support.It is also a live cd that is ubuntu derived and also free. This system was inspired by the fact that ubuntu didn’t have much of a multimedia center.Because users would have to manually download the codecs for playing mp3’s and what not.The main objective of this project is multimedia related programs available to users as easy as possible.

Aaron J. Seigo: thoughts on framing "kde"

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KDE

for the last year or so there have been two sets of thoughts squirming in the back of my mind with regards to the name "kde" and how we're going to communicate what that means in a post-4.0 world.

Ubuntu-Server 6.10 As A Firewall/Gateway For Your Small Business

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HowTos

This is a COPY&PASTE howto creating a firewall/(mail)gateway for a small network (say 10 to 15 users or so on a PIII 450MHz, 512 MB ram and two identical network interface cards, broadband connection, fully featured, for a bussines environment.

Three, two, one…Geronimo!, Part 3: Issues of state

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News

Today's Internet no longer functions simply by responding to requests for HTML-coded Web pages. Discover an industrial-grade solution to this age-old problem -- namely, session state. This article demonstrates how Apache Geronimo maintains the state of thousands of simultaneous connections so that IT managers can breathe easier.

SC06: A Beowulf cluster of supercomputer people

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Misc

SC06, "the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage," was held last week in Tampa, Florida. I took my video camera with me so that I could give you a little feeling of what the show was like, and even grabbed a couple of shots of the "by invitation only" Beowulf Users Group party that was held at a bar a few blocks away from the Tampa Convention Center.

JBoss' Fleury Comes Out Swinging at Microsoft, Oracle

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Linux

Red Hat and its JBoss division came out swinging against the recent assault by Microsoft and Oracle on Red Hat's open-source middleware and operating system technology base.

Ubuntu Hacks

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Reviews

I have recently been reading a book called Ubuntu Hacks by Jonathan Oxer, Kyle Rankin & Bill Childers, published by O'Reilly and Associates. I didn't expect to become a Grand Ubuntu Master by reading a single book, but I was hoping to pick up a few tips and tricks. If you want to really get to know Ubuntu, then you should grab a copy of this book and follow the bouncing dot.

Using Webilder to display flickr photos as your Ubuntu/Debian desktop wallpaper

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HowTos

Webilder is a handy little program that allows you to download photos from flickr and import photos from webshots to display as backgrounds on your Linux desktop.

the ubuntu devconf

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Ubuntu

A week or so ago I went along to the Ubuntu Developer Summit at Google HQ. This sort of conversation makes me very cynical about the relevance of the OSDL and LSB. It was a shame that Mark Shuttleworth didn’t show up - his blog entry is the only reason I went along.

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    Feldwor (1):
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    Paolo Giangrandi (1):
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    Peter Hutterer (3):
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