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GNOME v2.15.1 Screenshots

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With GNOME 2.14 having come out in March of this year, the development for the GNOME 2.16 cycle is now in full swing. With all of the packages that are now integrated with GNOME, we will refrain from sharing the individual changes, but there are plenty of excellent features planned for the upcoming release. We had built GNOME 2.15.1 from source using GARNOME on May 03, 2006.

A Review of Bluefish

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Bluefish, the GTK-based text editor tailored for dynamic web programming, includes most standard features like syntax highlighting and multiple documents, but also some very neat features such as integrated documentation, boilerplate code, and dialogs and wizards. In this article, we will evaluate Bluefish's unique features as well as its shortcomings.

First look: Dropline GNOME 2.14.0

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Dropline 2.14.0, released last month, lets you add the GNOME desktop environment to Slackware. It consists of 271 compressed package format files on a single CD. Using dropline on top of Slackware is like putting icing on a cake.

MySQL issues security fix

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MySQL has issued a security update to address flaws in its client-server protocol that could allow a malicious attacker to exploit buffer overflow vulnerabilities and gain access to sensitive information.

Simple package management with Synaptic

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Synaptic is a graphical user interface (GUI) for managing software packages on Debian-based distributions. If you are using Debian or Ubuntu you will easily find Synaptic in the System Tools menu or in the Administration menu. Synaptic uses the GTK graphic libraries (GNOME’s ones) . So, if you are using GNOME on your debian-based distro you will probably have Synaptic installed as well.

Bibble 4.7: RAW power for penguins

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Bibble Labs has released Bibble 4.7, a commercial program for processing and conversion of RAW digital photography files to publishable formats such as JPG, PNG, and TIFF. Since professional photo editing programs are far and few between on Linux, I decided to take a look at Bibble's Linux version to see how it handles.

First look at Vim 7

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The final release of Vim 7 is just around the corner, and it brings a number of new features to the venerable editor, including spell checking, omni completion for several programming and markup languages, tab pages, undo branches, and several other features that are worth upgrading for. Let's take a look at what's new in 7.0.

Music Collection Sharing With Rhythmbox

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The traditional way of sharing a collection of audio files across a local network is by sharing the directory that contains them, so that everybody can access these files. This works well, but I guess it’s time to move on to the next level of music sharing through the Digital Audio Access Protocol (DAAP).

Linux Gets Native WiFi Support

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WiFi on Linux got a major boost today, as Devicescape Software donated technology to allow WiFi to run natively for the first time.

Tips and Tricks: Using GRUB with XFS

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I've installed Breezy quite a few times already, and I know that by default it chooses GRUB as its boot manager. So I was really surprised when I found that LILO, rather than GRUB, wound up on my friend's hard disk. Was I hallucinating? Had I been kidnapped by aliens, and they were now controlling my brain with radio waves? Perhaps, but even after I put on my tinfoil hat, LILO was still there.

A First Look at LyX

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Whether you are writing technical documentation, an article, CV, letter, or thesis, working with LyX, the free, fully-featured cross-platform document processor, can increase your productivity immensely. In this introductory tutorial, we'll see how to get started with LyX, and explore a few of its big features and drawbacks.

Apache 2.2.2 & 2.0.58 Released

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The Apache HTTP Server Project is proud to announce the release of version 2.2.2 and the legacy release of version 2.0.58 of the Apache HTTP Server ("Apache").

Designing a database-driven PHP App? Don't Forget the Data!!

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If you have a sourceforge account, and are on your way to becoming the best thing to happen to the web since Yahoo or Google, then I beg of you to put a call out for people who understand database design fundamentals.

Xen in action: Deploying multiple servers

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This article briefly examines the current state of affairs for multiple server deployment, with an emphasis on modern advancements in virtual servers and workstations. The most common configurations use three primary techniques: Partition, Emulate and Virtualize.

ATI PowerPlay Reanalyzed

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Last year we had taken an in-depth look at ATI's PowerPlay technology upon the support within the Linux fglrx display drivers. Now that Fedora Core 5 has been out for some time, and there have been quite a few monthly releases since that point, we are now back today as we re-examine ATI's PowerPlay using once again the Mobility RADEON X300.

Azureus Adding "Content Layer"

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Azureus, the ever popular Open Source BitTorrent client, is due to announce the addition of a "content layer" to the software at OnHollywood 2006.

A web interface to digikam

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Currently I have 21458 photos according to digikam's database (which are using 13 Gb according to du ). When someone asks me to put some album in my web server I hate to lose my time exporting to html, generating thumbnails and resized 1024x768 versions of my pictures which occupy space in my HD that I'm usually hesitant to remove. So last saturday evening I started a new project: Creating a web interface to digikam.

GNOME 2.15.1 Released!

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This is our first development release on our road towards GNOME 2.16.0, which will be released in September 2006. And I can tell you that GNOME 2.15.1 tastes good. Go download it. Go compile it. Go test it. And go hack on it, document it, translate it, fix it.

Apache Now the Leader in SSL Servers

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Apache has overtaken Microsoft as the leading developer of secure web servers. Apache now runs on 44.0% of secure web sites, compared to 43.8% for Microsoft.

MySQL Opens Up its Database

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Open source database company MySQL said Wednesday it’s opening up its database to several storage engines—products that help determine how data is stored and indexed—in a move aimed at giving its customers greater ability to customize their databases.

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