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Story Debian Live After Debian Live Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 1:38am
Story antiX MX-15 Linux Distro Gets a Second Beta Release, Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8.2 Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 1:28am
Story What Are the UX Principles Behind Ubuntu Phone? Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 1:25am
Story DragonFlyBSD Switches To Gold Linker By Default Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 1:15am
Story GNOME Photos App Now Tries to Become an Image Editor Too Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 1:13am
Story KNOPPIX 7.6.0 Live Linux OS Officially Released, Features Popular 3D Programs Rianne Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 1:11am
Story Security Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 12:34am
Story OSS in Telecoms Roy Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 12:33am
Story Android: More Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 12:31am
Story Linux Devices Roy Schestowitz 25/11/2015 - 12:31am

Linux to Microsoft: Let’s Fight with Silverlight

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OSWeekly: It is going to take Flash by the ears and shake the daylights out of it. Fantastic, and from the looks of the promo video, am I to also assume that we will be using translucent touchscreen computers that look like something from iRobot?

Make the whole Web look better with Stylish

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Software

Linux.com: Most Firefox users are familiar with the Greasemonkey extension, a powerful tool that lets you enhance your browsing experience by rewriting HTML pages and JavaScript on the client side. The Stylish extension gives you that same level of control over Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Unlike JavaScript, altering a page's CSS cannot change its functionality -- but it can greatly enrich its usability.

EnGarde Secure Linux 3.0.14

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Linux

All about Linux: EnGarde Secure Linux is a Linux distribution developed by Guardian Digital - an open source Internet security company, and is designed with security in mind. Originally based on Red Hat Linux, this product has been in development since 1999.

PostrgeSQL creator on the art of open source

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OSS

ComputerWorld: Bruce Momjian may not be the most famous free software figure, but as a founder and lead architect of the PostgreSQL relational database management system, he is an ardent believer in the correctness and beauty of open source development.

Howto: Use elinks like a pro

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HowTos

Motho ke motho ka botho: What if you could cut through all the gimmickry, all the Flash animations, all the embedded gadgetry and doodads that don’t add anything to the content — the real content — of a Web page? What if?

Making Ubuntu Usable

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Ubuntu

extremetech: In this chapter from the ExtremeTech book Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks Mods and Customizations you'll learn how to set up the operating system to your taste with things like changing the startup music, the background, fonts, icons, and colors, and navigating the Nautilus file manager—on both PCs and Macs.

Creating A DNS Cache With djbdns

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BSD
HowTos

Building a local DNS cache will speed up your internet connection since the time for the translation job (converting domain names into IP addresses) will become negligible with the assumption that the DNS cache gets the information from the parent DNS.

http://www.howtoforge.com/dns_cache_with_djbdns

How to Become a Cool Blogger and/or Hip Journalist

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Humor

Devnet: First...get yourself a blog and get it running. To get maximum exposure in the past, you had to use keywords. Now is no different. The keyword we’ll focus the most on is one that can get you thousands of hits in a few minutes if submitted to the right news outlet.

Ubuntu is not ready for most, even from Dell

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Ubuntu

tech.blorge: Dell has seen fit to equip some of its laptop and desktop offerings with one of the most popular versions (also called distros) of Linux being Ubuntu. I have said many times before one of the biggest challenges for Linux is to make things easy to install and configure. I know plenty of people that think doing so is hard in Windows and for them it would be impossible in Linux.

Microsoft, Dell, Novell in Linux server deal

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SUSE

Linux-Watch: The rumor was that Novell and Dell were going to partner up to deliver SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop). While nothing has come of that rumor -- yet -- Linux-Watch has learned from sources close to the companies involved that Novell, Dell, and Microsoft will be joining together in what seems to be an expansion of last November's Microsoft/Novell partnership.

Skype Linux Alpha Disappoints

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Software

Peer to peer communications provider Skype has released a tentative upgrade to the Linux version of its softphone client software, but users are not particularly happy with the progress.

Feedback on the page the company has announced Skype for Linux is not very positive and the early reports on Linux Devices are not particularly flattering about the progress made toward the next version.

Book Review - Linux System Administration

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Reviews

Geared for the Linux pro or UNIX administrator, Linux System Administration was written to provide advice to manage a complete range of systems and servers.

Howto: Record soundcard output with Audacity in KDE

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HowTos

This short howto will show how to record the soundcard output on Linux with Audacity while running in KDE.

The given task was in this case: record the output of a flash streaming online radio. In principle this shouldn’t be difficult because the data are on your computer - you just have to route them through a recording tool.

How to make a Live CD

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HowTos

This isn't a tutorial for making your own distro- that requires time, money, and m4d-1337 technical 5k!11z. This is how to make a Live CD for an application of your choice.

==Why have a Live CD?==

Portability. A program would normally have to be installed several times in order for it to be able to be used wherever you go, so why not put it on a CD?

Hiding arguments from ps

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HowTos

There are many articles on the Interwobble telling you how to set the process title on Linux; they all concentrate on the problem of placing an arbitrarily long string in argv[0] to report status information in the process list.

Mark Shuttleworth: The Wizard of OS

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Ubuntu

To find the 22 innovators, instigators, and inventors to honor with a Rave Award this year, we started by looking for the most intriguing breakthroughs in the world today — then tracked down the individuals who made them happen.

Installing Ubuntu on Virtual PC for Windows Lovers

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HowTos

I recently decided to try out Ubuntu to see what all the fuss was about. My notes here apply to Virtual PC 2007.

Downloading Ubuntu and Setting up the VPC

To start, download the iso image from the Ubuntu download site. I downloaded the 7.04 version first since I assumed the bigger the version number, the better, right? We’ll see this isn’t always the case as we’ll see.

Howto Setup a Lighttpd Chroot Jail Web Server under Debian Linux

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Linux
Software
Security
Web
Ubuntu
HowTos

Security, speed, compliance, and flexibility--all of these describe LightTPD which is rapidly redefining efficiency of a webserver; as it is designed and optimized for high performance environments.

ASCII-Art fun: cowsay and FIGlet

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Software

Ever wanted to type in text terminal somehow funnier? This article describes two programs that can be used to generate a little less standard output in Linux console: cowsay and figlet.

Reasons for Apache’s 56%

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Software

In a recent post I asked why Apache is losing market share for several months in a row now. Several readers responded with insightful comments and possible answers like better configuration tools or today’s high quality of IIS.

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  • The rise of the Robot Operating System

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  • Kafka Monthly Digest – November 2020

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Let's start with those aging, venerable machines: your old laptop. Linux carries a strong reputation for breathing life into old hardware, and Lubuntu is one of the best options. Lubuntu, as you might guess from the name, is an Ubuntu derivative. It uses a different desktop environment from Ubuntu, opting for the more lightweight and less resource-intensive LXDE desktop instead of GNOME. The result is a lightweight Linux distro that will run nicely on an older laptop. Lubuntu requires a minimum of 1GB RAM for "advanced internet services" such as YouTube and Facebook, while just 512MB RAM will suffice for basic operations such as LibreOffice and basic web browsing. In terms of CPU, you'll need at least an Intel Pentium 4 or Pentium M, or an AMD K8. Read more

Don't Panic: Kubernetes and Docker

Docker as an underlying runtime is being deprecated in favor of runtimes that use the Container Runtime Interface(CRI) created for Kubernetes. Docker-produced images will continue to work in your cluster with all runtimes, as they always have. If you’re an end-user of Kubernetes, not a whole lot will be changing for you. This doesn’t mean the death of Docker, and it doesn’t mean you can’t, or shouldn’t, use Docker as a development tool anymore. Docker is still a useful tool for building containers, and the images that result from running docker build can still run in your Kubernetes cluster. If you’re using a managed Kubernetes service like GKE or EKS, you will need to make sure your worker nodes are using a supported container runtime before Docker support is removed in a future version of Kubernetes. If you have node customizations you may need to update them based on your environment and runtime requirements. Please work with your service provider to ensure proper upgrade testing and planning. If you’re rolling your own clusters, you will also need to make changes to avoid your clusters breaking. At v1.20, you will get a deprecation warning for Docker. When Docker runtime support is removed in a future release (currently planned for the 1.23 release in late 2021) of Kubernetes it will no longer be supported and you will need to switch to one of the other compliant container runtimes, like containerd or CRI-O. Just make sure that the runtime you choose supports the docker daemon configurations you currently use (e.g. logging). Read more

International Day Against DRM (IDAD) is almost here: Stand with us on Dec. 4

Although many of us are in quarantine, that doesn't mean that we have to cease our fight against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). The International Day Against DRM (IDAD) is just two days away, and we're here to let you know how we can all stand up this Friday, December 4th, against the latest encroachments from one of DRM's major players: Netflix. As pandemic response measures all over the world forced so many people to stay home, we've seen a corresponding and dangerous increase in dependence on streaming media for entertainment. Streaming media has gone from an ethically problematic pastime to being a playground for dystopia. In a world where media is served over ephemeral streaming, these services can delete things from history, or rewrite them, sometimes without any announcement. Besides deciding what people can and can't view with their service, corporations like Netflix also dictate what can and can't be made, now that they're one of the heavyweights in television and film production and distribution. This rise in control is in part due to their constant mistreatment of their subscribers, having used DRM to prevent legitimate uses of their media and dictate which devices can play it. December 4th marks the start of Netflix's "StreamFest" initiative in certain countries -- letting users have a taste of the poison apple before they commit to taking the bite. It's at times like these that we as a community need to step up and say that enough is enough, and let them know that DRM is unacceptable no matter where it appears or how it's being used. We may not be meeting in person, but that doesn't mean we can't come together and let our voices be heard. We hope you'll join us in this year's IDAD by following one or more of the suggestions we've provided below. Read more