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

Test drive: EnGarde Secure Linux

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EnGarde Secure Linux is a server-based distribution developed with security in mind. It comes with a minimal set of services so that the server is not unnecessarily exposed.

A French Penguin Visits

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Mandriva Linux 2006, released last month, feels very much like a natural evolution of earlier Mandrake releases--in both good and bad ways. As I tested the PowerPack edition of Mandriva 2006, I was disappointed to find many of the same rough edges that drove me away from Mandrake still present in this new incarnation.

First Look At Mandriva 2006

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Mandriva, ohhh Mandriva how do we love you. Let us count the ways. It's all been said before hasn't it? Love them or hate them, they have a goal and are doing their best to achieve it.

Reviewing OpenLab myself

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[A regular at] TuxMachines.org has asked me [the lead developer] to do my own review of OpenLab, I won't deny that it feels rather odd to be doing so. After all, I am obviously biassed. But the request does justify the idea very well, so I reckoned I would give it my best bash.

Suse 10.1 alpha3 Report

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SUSE 10.1 alpha 3 was released this week and I thought I'd see if there was much new and exciting. As we look at the guis and applications, it appears as if most of the work must have taken place under the hood. When we examine the changelog, we find that's the case.

Red Hat Desktop 4 Review

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The hardest part of installing Red Hat turned out to be picking the right version from all the server and desktop versions listed on the site. Eventually, we downloaded and burned the three disks for Red Hat Desktop 4 -- the desktop version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 -- and installed them.

Abit AW8-MAX v1.0

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After experiencing the joys of the AW8 when we had reviewed it this past August, thanks in part to its terrific build-quality and competitive level of performance (in addition to its Linux compatibility), we have decided to bring back the Abit AW8-MAX.

Kurumin 5.1 Alpha 5 released

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If you read my earlier review of Kurumin, you might recall that about my only problem with it was the older application versions. The system itself was quite nice and stable, and since alpha 5 was released this past week, we thought we'd look and see what was new.

'Just Say No to Microsoft' book a humorous read

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There are so many reasons to Just Say No to Microsoft—the blue screen of death, Outlook email viruses, the never-ending influx of Windows patches... Author Tony Bove is only too happy to show you how to become liberated.

Kororaa - Close but no cigar...

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The Kororaa project released beta 2 of their 2005 Gentoo binary distribution installer this past week and we thought we'd give it a test run. I love the idea of getting a gentoo install in a matter of minutes instead of days and then later rebuild packages to your machine.

A first look at the Flock social browser

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One of the nice things about open source software is that it gives developers the ability to reuse and re-purpose code. Take, for example, the Flock Web browser, recently released as a pre-beta developer preview based on the Firefox code base.

Mandriva Linux 2006 Download Edition

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I have used and written about Mandriva (formerly Mandrake) for sometime. Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 was a tremendous release, and yet I downloaded the latest version of Mandriva and was quite disappointed.

Book Review: Optimizing Linux Performance

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This book concentrates on code problems. It is full of appropriate shell examples. It really spurs the reader to understanding how tools like vmstat or top or sar work to your advantage.

EVGA GeForce 6800 GS Review

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Things this year have been quite different for Nvidia contrasted with the past couple years taken in whole. Their latest foray is into the the midrange, and is what we have for review today, the 6800 GS. The new card offers high speeds, SM 3.0, and last-years-mid-end crushing performance for $249.

Ubuntu On The Business Desktop

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While the boss was away, I shoved a spare hard-drive into my computer and installed Ubuntu 5.04. I managed to work for a month and a half before the Boss noticed I was using Linux - and that was only because he happened to glance at my screen. Half a year later, I am still using Ubuntu at work and I am more productive than ever.

My name is Simon, I am a Linux addict, and this is my story.

Ubuntu: At times it's a breeze, at times it badgers

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I will say this much. True to it's name, this version of Ubuntu is a breeze to install. This will give me more time (and space) to describe the steps I took to get Ubuntu running with the applications that I believe the modern desktop should have.

Linux Quick Fix Notebook

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The Linux book market remains a crowded one, and anyone looking for a practical book on solving problems is likely to have plenty of potential titles to choose from. However, this is a book that deserves to be high on the list.

First complicated, then simple

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Your friendly reviewer – with considerable assistance from his computer-scientist brother – used kubunto (pronounced kay-ubuntu) from Ubuntu on a ThinkPad from Lenovo. In this reviewer’s testing, it was more stable and faster than Windows.

Ark Linux 2005.2-RC3 Review

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Ark is a Distro well worth trying. While aimed at the new user I believe the experienced user will find it a comfortable and easy change of pace. Everything basically works, the Mission Control Center is a paragon of simplicity, KDE 3.5 is surprisingly stable here and works well. I can easily recommend Ark for both the new and experienced user.

The Desktop Linux Showcase

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This is the followup to part one of the Mandriva 2006 Review. Next to a discussion of the features of Mandriva Linux 2006, the used software and hardware, the installation of the system and the first impressions (including some benchmark numbers), part one includes a background article on Linux software installation. That section was generally well received, but unfortunately some people didn't get the point.

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