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today's howtos & leftovers:

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  • How to create VirtualBox virtual machines from Command line

  • disable the touchpad in Ubuntu
  • Regenerate SSL certificate and Reset MySQL root password on Ubuntu 9.04
  • Disable Pango to Get a Faster Firefox
  • Dim your GNOME screen at dark
  • Customizing and Enabling Metacity's extra features - Compositing Manager
  • Nagios & Ubuntu 9.04 – Part 3
  • Electronic whiteboard for Linux (ubuntu)
  • Map your network with Zenmap
  • Merging Tux3 Into The Mainline Linux Kernel

  • Debian LiveCD with KDE 4.3.0
  • Ubuntu it is
  • Fun with the new Conky 1.7.1.1
  • Microsoft CEO belittles Apple and Linux in one speech

Virtualizing Free Linux Distributions in Windows Server 2008 R2

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zdnet.com/perlow: It’s been a while since we’ve had a hardcore Geek Sheet installment, and I promise that this one will be a real winner.

Installing Cherokee With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Ubuntu 9.04

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Cherokee is a very fast, flexible and easy to configure Web Server. It supports the widespread technologies nowadays: FastCGI, SCGI, PHP, CGI, TLS and SSL encrypted connections, virtual hosts, authentication, on the fly encoding, load balancing, Apache compatible log files, and much more.

today's howtos & leftovers

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News
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  • Howto Disable Opera 10's Tray Icon

  • 12 More Cool Firefox about:config Tricks
  • Start your webcam in debian with camorama
  • Alter the colour of your Ubuntu
  • Linking Thunderbird to Firefox
  • Week of bash scripts – rps and commentstrip
  • Create custom desktop shortcuts in Ubuntu
  • Search Google.com from the Linux command line
  • openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 83

  • Prototypical XSLT support for Konqueror
  • It's time to get rid of Windows
  • It’s official: I don’t do Windows
  • Comparing openSUSE 11.2 and Kubuntu Karmic LiveUSB setups
  • Music Player Review: VideoLAN - VLC Media Player
  • Kubuntu
  • Ubuntu- Apple is a different ball game
  • I Want To Love Firefox 3.5, But It Keeps Crashing On Me
  • The Linux Desktop's Next Challenge: Layer 8
  • FLOSS Weekly 81: OpenStreetMap.org

some howtos:

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  • Measure Your Ubuntu System’s Boot Performance With Boot Chart

  • Gedit plugins: Extension and customization guide
  • How To Setup Google Chrome with Adblock, Greasemonkey, Themes and Plugins on Linux
  • Use NERDtree to browse files from vim
  • Use Wireshark to track your network behavior
  • Easily tile and organize multiple terminals in one window
  • Take screenshots with Gscreendump
  • Week of bash scripts – grok and cdf

Complete Guide: Configure and Customise ioQuake3 in Linux

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Following the article on configuring Urban Terror, a popular first-person shooter game based on the ioQuake3 engine, here is a guide for configuring the original ioQuake3 game, including customisation of cvars, using new maps, weapons and characters models, and more. This guide will also successfully apply to the newer OpenArena game, which is practically ioQuake3 with changed weapons, maps and models.

Ubuntu User Interface Tweaks

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packtpub.com: One of the greatest things about a Linux based Desktop environment is the ability to customize nearly everything you see. In this article by Christer Edwards, we will see how to find hidden UI options as well as save all of your customizations for easy replication.

A Guide to Configure Urban Terror on Linux

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Urban Terror (or UrT for short, not to be confused with Unreal Tournament) is a great standalone first-person shooter available for Linux too, using the ioQuake3 engine. In this article I'll show several ways to make it a little faster.

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  • How to build a KDE 4.3 distro with SUSE Studio

  • Make Firefox Fit Your Netbook in 30 Seconds
  • How to connect to SmartBro Prepaid in Ubuntu Jaunty
  • Tech Tip: Remote Mirroring Using nc and dd
  • TIP: Resolving grub-probe warning message on libata transition
  • How to Open a docx file in Ubuntu 9.04 through Openoffice?
  • Snmpd Listen to Specific IP Address (BIND To Selected Interfaces)
  • How to Run Windows Software (and Games) on Linux with Wine
  • Migrating to an Encrypted Home Directory
  • Howto Set Movie Covers as Thumbnails on Ubuntu
  • Quick OOo spreadsheet tips
  • Converting OpenOffice files to/from Microsoft Office files

Acer Aspire Revo, Ubuntu, Boxee and Remote Control

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popey.com: On the latest episode of the podcast I briefly mentioned that I’d recently bought an Acer Aspire Revo to use as an Ubuntu based media player. Well, I’ve installed Ubuntu and Boxee on it, and it plays back all kinds of video including 720p and 1080p HD video via the HDMI port.

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New CloudLinux 7 Kernel Released, Rebased to Red Hat's OpenVZ Linux 3.10 Kernel

CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi announced the general availability of an updated kernel package for the enterprise-ready CloudLinux 7 operating system based on the freely distributed sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. CloudLinux is the operating system of choice for hosting providers and data centers, powering over 20 million websites. It's a super-platform designed for stability, security, and efficiency in shared hosting by isolating each occupant and giving them allocated server resources. A new kernel version, tagged as build 3.10.0-427.36.1.lve1.4.26, has been announced earlier for those who are using the CloudLinux 7 release on their server infrastructures, and it's now available for installation from the updates-testing repository. It's been rebased on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7's OpenVZ rh7-3.10.0-327.36.1.vz7.18.7 kernel. Read more

Leftovers: OSS

  • Dutch govt should consider sharing all its software
    The Dutch government is to create a vision document on how all software developed for and by public administrations can be made available as open source. On Tuesday, the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament agreed that sharing software developed for or by the government has significant benefits, including information security, efficiency and openness.
  • Communicating To The World: Why Open-Source Could Help Your Small Business
    Just as groundbreaking advancements in technology in the ‘90s and 2000s have fundamentally changed the way film, music and television are produced and distributed today, more recent tech innovations have also provided entrepreneurs with the tools they need to compete in the global marketplace. Here is a look at some of the open-source solutions that you can use in order to realize your entrepreneurial ambitions. [...] The rise of high quality open-source web utilities has made it possible for anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of web design to make a quality site. In fact, open-source content management systems like WordPress are so easy to use and comprehensive, companies like Best Buy and Xerox use them to maintain their web presences. Additionally, open-source business management and accounting program Solegis, customer relationship management app ConcourseSuite and e-commerce solution Zen Cart all exist to empower entrepreneurs with limited resources.
  • What lies ahead for open source technology in 2017?
    2016 has been a polarising year. A year when the unexpected and largely unpredicted has occurred, shocking people worldwide. We have lurched into a post-truth era, where emotion transcends logic, and maintaining the status quo is no longer a given. Change is inevitable and there are vast swathes of global society who are disappointed and apprehensive about what lies ahead. In times of uncertainty, an increased focus on collaboration and community is appealing and desirable. The internet has long been a polarising force, a connecting platform that allows individuals to find kindred spirits they might not have been able to find before, regardless of their allegiances and views.
  • Financial tech-ops chief: open source is a recruitment talent imperative
    Developers don’t want to take what companies tell them at face value: they want to look under the bonnet, and assess the quality and design of the code for themselves. If you want to win credibility among the developer community and encourage the right people to your brand, you need to share your work and demonstrate best practice, not just talk about it. The benefits to an open source approach don’t end with the positive impression it can help foster among developers.
  • Speaking in Tech: Did an open source guru just ask us to join Amazon?
  • Family Farming and Open Source Wireless Networking
    Open source methods are being covered more often on television and radio these days, as witnessed by this recent story posted Monday on YouTube by CNBC that mentions Drupal-based Farm OS and covers the story of Dorn Cox, an organic grain grower at Tuckaway Farm in Lee NH; the Director of Green Start, an organization working towards food and fuel security; and co-founder of Farm Hack, an open source community for resilient agriculture.
  • WordPress 4.7 Provides Improved Customization
    WordPress 4.7 was released on December 6, providing the tens of millions of internet users that rely on it, with a long list of new features. As always with every new major WordPress milestone, there is a new theme. For WordPress 4.7 the new theme is Twenty Seventeen, which provides users with video headers and features images.
  • Open Compliance in the Enterprise: Why Have an Open Source Compliance Program?
    Traditionally, platforms and software stacks were implemented using proprietary software, and consisted of various software building blocks that originated as a result of internal development or via third-party software providers with negotiated licensing terms. The business environment was predictable and companies mitigated potential risks through license and contract negotiations with the software vendors. It was very easy to know who was the provider for every software component.
  • Why You Should Have a Personal CI Server
    As a developer, I rely on a CI server to take care of the day-to-day routine of building, testing and deploying software...so much so that I often find myself committing code after every new class or group of methods as a “fire and forget” signal to the CI server to go ahead and run my tests, check my code for style violations, and push a new version to the dev server. When I have finished my train of thought, I can jump into the CI server and either be greeted with a green tick or have a handy (and more importantly authoritative) list of issues to be addressed. However, for all the convenience that a central CI server brings, there are times when this environment lets me down. Maybe my jobs are at the end of the queue, I can’t deploy to the dev servers during a certain time frame, or the configuration of the build just doesn’t quite do what I want it to do but I don’t have the authority to change it.

Leftovers: Software

  • grep-2.27 released
    There have been 40 commits by 4 people in the 9 weeks since 2.26. Note that there were many additional important changes via gnulib.
  • GCC 6.3 Should Be Here By Christmas
    For those looking toward the next maintenance release of GCC 6, the GNU Compiler Collection 6.3 is aiming to be out by Christmas.
  • Yum! GNOME Recipes is a New Cooking App for Linux
    Do you like to cook? No, me neither. And that’s largely because I don’t know how to cook. Could a desktop cooking app help? GNOME’s Matthias Clasen is hoping so, and has started work on a brand-new desktop recipe app that you — and anyone you know — can help contribute to.
  • Heron Animation, Free Stop Motion Software for Linux
    Looking for free stop motion animation software? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out Heron Animation. A free program, Heron Animation lets you take a series of pictures from a connected webcam and assemble each shot into a real moving animation. The tool, which is written in web technologies, pitches itself as ‘perfect for beginners and more experienced animators alike’. That sort of balance is notoriously hard to achieve.
  • EasyTAG 2.4.3 Audio Tag Editor Supports MP4 Files with the .aac File Extension
    EasyTAG, an open-source, simple, free, and cross-platform application for viewing and editing tags in audio files, supporting MP3, MP4, FLAC, Ogg, MusePack, Monkey's Audio, and WavPack files, was updated to version 2.4.3. It's been more than nine months since EasyTAG 2.4.2 was released, and we're now finally able to update the software on our GNU/Linux or Windows operating systems. Version 2.4.3 is out as of December 5, 2016, bringing support for MP4 files that use the .aac file extension, as well as Adwaita-style artist and album icons.
  • FSF Blogs: Seventeen new GNU releases in November
  • IceCat 45.5.1 release
    GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While the Firefox source code from the Mozilla project is free software, they distribute and recommend non-free software as plug-ins and addons. Also their trademark license restricts distribution in several ways incompatible with freedom 0.
  • Permabit Hits New Milestone in 2016 by Delivering the First Complete Data Reduction for Linux
  • FOSS DOS for 21st Century Hardware
    The founder and coordinator of the FreeDOS Project writes about FreeDOS 1.2, which is scheduled for a Christmas Day release. There is good news for classic gamers and nostalgia buffs: this one’s got games.
  • A Look At Async/Await JavaScript For Firefox 52
    While Chrome 55 has JavaScript async/await support, the Firefox support isn't coming until the Firefox 52.0 stable release in March while currently it's available in the latest Firefox Developer Edition and early alpha builds. Mozilla developer Dan Callahan wrote a post today on hacks.mozilla.org for the async/await support in Firefox and can be used if you are running the latest Firefox Developer Edition. Check it out if you're interested in JavaScript async await support for more asynchronous programming for the web.
  • Chrome bug triggered errors on websites using Symantec SSL certificates
  • Announcing openSUSE’s GPG Key Server – keyserver.opensuse.org
    Does it happen to you, too, that there are moments where you ask yourself why others want something from you that is there already since a while? Exactly this happened with https://keyserver.opensuse.org/: the original machine was set up a long time ago to make it easier for people attending the openSUSE GPG key-signing parties, but it looks like nobody officially announced this “new service” for our users… …and so here we are: the openSUSE Heroes team is pleased to announce that keyserver.opensuse.org is up and running as public GPG keyserver. We are of course also part of the official keyserver pool, which means that some people might already noticed us, as they got redirected to our server with their requests. (And for those who are interested to setup their own SKS keyserver: we have also written a nice monitoring plugin that helps you keeping an eye on the pool status of your machine and the ones of your peers.)

Office Suites

  • Microsoft Office, Google Docs beware: This open-source startup is after your users
    "That was one of the reasons why we chose an open-source model. We want be open, want people to trust us, want to overcome that barrier they have in mind, those strong beliefs that there's nothing but Microsoft Office, that nothing better could be created. We won't change our mind about open source." Bannov says he ultimately sees OnlyOffice becoming a firm that provides consulting, technical support and remote managed services to companies using its open-source products.
  • Collabora Online 2.0 Puts LibreOffice In the Cloud, Adds Collaborative Editing
    Today, December 7, 2016, Collabora Productivity, through Michael Meeks, is proud to inform Softpedia about the general availability of the long anticipated Collabora Online 2.0 office suite based on the LibreOffice, Nextcloud, and ownCloud technologies. After being in development for the past six months, Collabora Online 2.0 is finally here as the powerful cloud-based office suite that promises to protect users' privacy and freedom of expression while editing various documents formats online. Collabora Online is mainly targeted at the enterprise world, hosting and cloud businesses.