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NVIDIA 1.0-8762 Display Drivers

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After being quiet for nearly two months, NVIDIA has come out this afternoon and released the NVIDIA 1.0-8762 Linux display drivers. Contained in this release are a few fixes, new product support, and more. Here at Phoronix we have taken a quick look at some of the changes.

X.Org Foundation Releases X11R7.1

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Five months after release of X11R7.0, the modularized and autotooled release of the MIT ("X") Licensed X Window System source code, the X.Org Foundation has issued its first modular roll-up release.

New Nvidia Graphic Drivers - v. 1.0-8762

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Linux Display Driver

Version: 1.0-8762
Operating System: Linux IA32, AMD64/EM64T, FreeBSD x86, Solaris x64/x86
Release Date: May 22, 2006

Taking a Linus-like Attitude Towards Gnome

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Last December I blogged about the uproar Linux creator Linus Torvalds had caused by posting on the gnome.org Usability list his extreme dislike for the direction the Gnome developers had taken with the UI. Why rehash this now?

GNOME 2.15.2 Released!

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This is our second development release on our road towards GNOME 2.16.0, which will be released in September 2006. GNOME 2.15.2 works well and you should definitely try it to see how well it works.

amaroK 1.4: Rediscover More of Your Music

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The amaroK team have announced the official release of amaroK 1.4, and the launch of the Fast Forward series, the cheeky successor to the well-received Airborne series.

Hardware Monitoring On Linux

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Hardware monitoring on Linux is actually pretty straightforward, but like most other things, even the simplest stuff can be complicated. Basically there are three “layers” of software involved, all of which are based around the lm_sensors software package.

JavE - A versatile editor for creating ASCII art

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Creating ASCII art was never an easy job. For one, you need to have imagination and a knack for portraying things in an intelligent visually appealing manner. Now though, the perseverance part of the job of creating ASCII art has been elevated by a software called JavE.

XPde and XPwm: An Overview

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In this series of Linux desktop graphical environment overviews, we saw widely used KDE and GNOME a while back. Today, we’ll take a look at XPde. This Linux graphical environment looks like a carbon copy of Microsoft Windows XP and it runs very much independently of KDE and GNOME.

Anti-Virii for Linux: Panda's and Avira's

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Linux-only workstations are far more secure than Windows PCs when comes to trojan and viruses coming by e-mail. Therefore, many Linux users either don't feel the need to use an antivirus under Linux. The last weekend I decided to try both Linux Desktop Anti-Virii.

Nmap: A valuable open source tool for network security

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Arguing for an increase in your IT security budget is often an arduous task, so many administrators turn to free open source tools to help get the job done. But how can they rely on tools with no commercial support and that never get past the beta version? Well, if you think like that, you need to think again.

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Battle of Mambo -- the open-source civil war continues

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Mambo's core development team leader Martin Brampton has called it quits. In his resignation letter, Brampton wrote, "In terms of fundamental principles, there is a considerable concern in my mind that the Board is not informing itself about the members wishes, and not making decisions that fully take account of their interests."

Nintendo Sings Browser Duet With Opera

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Opera Software on Wednesday announced plans to bring a Web revolution to the living room. The Norway-based browser developer intends to do this through a partnership with Nintendo.

Linux Antivirus and Firewall Beta from Panda

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Panda Software released a new public beta today for DesktopSecure, their antivirus and firewall program for Linux. It's available as a free download from their Web site. No, there isn't any huge new influx of Linux malware to be addressed: CTO Patrick Hinojosa says it's meant more to help Linux users be good neighbors.

Nine things you should know about Nautilus

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The Nautilus program in GNOME is not only the default file manager, it creates and manages the desktop. While it looks simple on the surface, there is a lot of hidden power under the shell. The latest version of Nautilus is 2.14.0, which is included in Fedora Core 5. That's the one I poked with a stick.

Bettering the Linux desktop -- Portland progress

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Six months ago, architects from two dozen desktop-oriented Linux projects came together in Portland, Ore. to work together on creating the best possible Linux desktop. Thus was born the Portland Project. Now, in Mainz, Germany, the expanded group is meeting again to see how far it's come and to look at what's ahead.

The Rise of Independent Media

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What would happen if anybody could produce radio or TV programming as easily as they consume it? What would happen if the natural limits to broadcasting went away?

Those questions only had sci-fi answers when I was a kid growing up in New Jersey.

Window management and the power of scripting

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In the last edition of Linux.Ars, I wrote a review of GNOME 2.14 in which I criticized the Metacity window manager and expressed dissatisfaction with its lack of functionality. In response to my arguments, I received e-mail from several readers with comments about window management.

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