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Reviews of software and GNU/Linux distributions for the most part

Logitech MX518/MX1000

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The engineers at Logitech certainly have managed to get repeat customers with their exceptionally well-designed mice. In addition, Logitech always pushes new mouse technologies to the market along with jumping on existing bandwagons and they always manage to improve these designs from optical to laser technologies. But will it work in Linux?

Ultima Linux: Third Time's a Charm?

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New release Ultima Linux 8 was announced this morning and we thought we'd try again. Given our past track record with Ultima, we were a bit leary. To quote the Ultima site, "Ultima Linux is a free distribution of the Linux operating system designed for stability, ease of use, and lots of penguin eye-candy. With Ultima Linux, you get a complete desktop system with everything you?ve come to expect from a computer ? Web browsing, e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, image manipulation, and multimedia, for starters ? absolutely free." Well, we're hoping the "third time's a charm," or is it going to be "three strikes - you're out?"

Cherokee vs. Apache: the Older Indian Serves Better?

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Cherokee is a free, alternative web server, started in 2001. Its only limitation is that it doesn't yet run on Windows, but only on Linux, BSD, Solaris and MacOS. I wanted to test Álvaro's statement on Cherokee: « Es el más rápido de todos los servidores web » But I'm not an expert in Indian populations, so YMMV. And this is not a professional review, just a quick assessment.

Linux Patch Management

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When I first looked at this book, my reaction was more than a little unfavorable. Another rehash of man pages? Why would you need a book about "up2date" and "yum" etc.? Can't you read the man pages?

Book Review: Running IPv6

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When I put together my IPv6 Addressing anthology in 1999, there were about a half-dozen books describing the "new" protocol. There are now more than 50. This one is very fine.

Book Review - Point & Click OpenOffice.org!

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You might recognize Robin Miller by his nick "roblimo" on Slashdot. He's been the editor in chief of various OSDN properties including Slashdot, NewsForge, and the other "Forge" sites under the OSDN umbrella for a few years. Also the author of Point-and-Click Linux!, Roblimo has followed it with another book for new users with Point & Click OpenOffice.org!

Parsix GNU/Linux - A Gift from Ancient Persia

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Parsix GNU/Linux is a new twist on an old theme. It is one of a number of remixes of the Kanotix/Knoppix line, but with some very interesting differences. First off is the fact that it is tailored to users of Persian languages and keyboards, while also being very usable in English. The next big difference is that Parsix uses the Gnome desktop. But is there more to Parsix than just a different DE and language?

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Solving Rubix Linux 1.0 RC2

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Rubix is a Linux distribution forked from Slackware Linux. It differs from its parent in that Rubix uses Arch Linux's 'pacman' for simplified package management with dependency resolution. They released rc2 for their upcoming version 1.0 and we took it for a little spin.

FoX Desktop 1 Review

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Of the approximately four trillion Linux distributions out there, here's something a little different. FoX Linux Desktop 1 is an Italian-made distribution that by default runs a combination of KDE apps that make it look and feel more like OSX.

Review: Atomix Linux 3.2

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After several years' work, a team of young Linux experts from Serbia has released Atomix Linux 3.2 to the public. Considering the long development period -- more than three years -- my expectations were fairly high, but Atomix met my expectations.

Video game review: 'Darwinia' Stands Out

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Gaming

It often seems the big publishers have lost touch with gamers, focusing more on wily marketing campaigns rather than interesting new titles.

"Darwinia" offers proof that there's something good about being small. For Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.

Fox Desktop 1 Review

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This distro has it all, speed, stability, look and feel and the backing of Fedora Core. I can honestly say that if Texstar and the gang over at PCLinuxOS gave up on the project, I have found it's replacement.

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.

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.

VLOS 1.2.1 Tested

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VLOS 1.2.1 was released yesterday with lots of changes and upgrades. Most notable for me was the new Anaconda version updated to FC5 Test1. In addition, other versions include GCC 4.0.1, glibc 2.3.5, GNOME 2.12.1. Their announcement claimed version 7.0 of Xorg, but I got 6.8.2. Anyway, with all these great sounding updates, how can we go wrong? We installed VLOS today and this is our report.

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Little looksee at sam-2006-1-preview

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Sam is an installable livecd based on Mandriva Cooker and uses xfce4 as its desktop. I tested Sam about a year ago back when it was still a mini distro of approximately 200mb. At that time it wouldn't stay running long enough to permit us taking some screenshots. They released a full 700 mb preview of their upcoming 2006 release and we at Tuxmachines thought we'd check it out. How did Sam do this time?

LGP X2 The Threat v1.4

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Gaming

Reaching the closed testing environment just hours ago has been the third BETA candidate for X2 - The Threat, which is presently being ported to Linux by the developers at Linux Game Publishing. This third candidate delivers many performance improvements and is the focus of our benchmarking today to see how the second and third BETA updates fair, after we had tampered with the initial build late last year.

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