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Open source network monitoring tools you should care about

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Tools such as MRTG (Multi-Router Traffic Grapher) and RRD (Round Robin Database) make it possible to more easily collect data from a greater number of devices on the network, and convert the data into XML for easy consumption on the front end.

Busy Week for The Gimp

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It's been a busy week for the folks over at The Gimp. They posted their long awaited user's manual, released a snapshot of a version soon to be 2.4, and released stable version 2.2.11.

TW My sysadmin toolbox

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I started experimenting with Linux for fun, first with Slackware, but in the last few years more with Debian and its derivative distributions. Lately I've been using Linux increasingly in my job. As I've gotten more experienced with Linux, I've started teaching Linux courses to colleagues. Connectivity and fast package and file management are important components in my administration toolbox.

ATI Radeon X1800 Linux Preview

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After months of negative scrutiny by the Linux community, ATI will finally be pushing out its X1000 support to their Linux proprietary drivers later today. With that said, starting today with the 8.24.8 display drivers penguins can finally experience the benefits of the X1000 series, while Microsoft users have been able to experience this level of support since launch date. While it will likely take a couple of monthly driver releases to nail down the fine details related to this support, we have up now our ATI Radeon X1800 preview as we compare various X1000 cards against that of NVIDIA's GeForce lineup under Linux.

GNOME 2.14.1 Released

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The latest release of GNOME is here: Gnome 2.14.1! This is the first release in a series of point releases for the 2.14 branch.

Package management meets version control in rPath

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rPath is a young company that is rapidly becoming a leader in package management innovation. At a time when traditional package management systems such as APT and dpkg or Yum and RPM are adding elements such as signed packages and plugins, and projects such as Autopackage and Zero Install are focusing on easy-to-use interfaces and giving ordinary users the ability to install desktop applications, rPath takes a top-down approach and focuses on simplifying release management.

Running Photoshop plugins in the GIMP, even under Linux

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Linux advocates are familiar with the refrain that would-be switchers in the graphic arts have to rely on Adobe Photoshop under Windows because it can do things that the GIMP can't. An important but altogether different hurdle is the installed (and paid-for) base of often expensive third-party Photoshop plugins. But a solution to that problem might be easier than you think.

Linux drivers for ATI Radeon X1K on their way

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The current release of the ATI driver for Linux does not include support for any of the X1K series of cards, but the new driver - 8.24 - should be rearing its head sometime this week.

When is software done?

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This article deals with the philosophy of the program development and the interesting observation, that user forums are full of feature requests. Some of these requests don't fall into the program functions as the developers see it and thus, the battle between them arises.

This Week's My sysadmin toolbox

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I use FreeBSD and Linux on more than 15 servers at work. Here are 10 of the tools I find most useful. GNU Screen, Duplicity, ssync, and FUSE, and Birthday.

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New Nvidia Graphic Drivers: Version: 1.0-8756

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Linux IA32 & AMD64/EM64T
Latest Version: 1.0-8756

Highlights:

# Adds support for GeForce 7300, GeForce 7400 Go, GeForce 7600 and GeForce 7900 GPUs.
# Added support for running OpenGL applications while the Composite X extension is enabled; see "The X Composite Extension" appendix for details.

Penguin Pete's XWM Guide

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Newcomers to Linux and other FOSS systems have a new phenomena to digest. As opposed to proprietary operating systems, FOSS operating systems give you your choice of desktop environments and window managers. This is a brief overview of the various interfaces you may run on top of the X graphical desktop.

OpenOffice aims to boost lagging performance

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OpenOffice.org is working to iron out several performance bottlenecks following complaints that the application takes relatively long to start up, especially on Linux systems.

At the Sounding Edge: Music Notation Software, the Final Installment

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This month we take a look at the FOMUS and MuseScore music notation programs. FOMUS has been designed "to facilitate the conversion of raw algorithmic output into readable music notation". MuseScore is an ambitious project that intends to provide Linux musicians with a true WYSIWYG music notation editor.

My quest for a Linux audio player

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Nowadays I collect, store, and listen to music mostly on digital media, so I thought I'd find myself a Linux audio player that does all the things I need it to do. Little did I know how many options I had! After evaluating more than a dozen applications, I've found three that I feel provide the best mix of features and performance.

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NVIDIA 1.0-8751+ Xinerama + CoolBits

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We have just confirmed this morning that the 1.0-8751 drivers still are unable to run CoolBits when Xinerama is activated.

Opera Now Supports Mplayerplug-in

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Yes - you saw that correctly: Netscape Plug-in API 0.16 has been enabled on Linux/Unix! This means for our Linux users, among other things, that mplayerplug-in now is working in Opera.

Virtualisation: The cure for all software installation ills?

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Analysis: The likes of VMware and XenSource think it might be, and some analysts agree

This Week's My sysadmin toolbox

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I'm continually astounded by the depth and variety of the tools available for Linux, particularly for system administrators or even those who run just a regular Linux workstation. While other administrators in my Windows shop struggle with costly Windows GUI-based programs to get their data, I just smile and go back to my toolbox. What follows are some useful programs that I use on a daily basis.

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