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How To Roll Your Own Linux Distro

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Serdar Yegulalp: Whether you want to customize Knoppix, respin an existing distribution of the open-source operating system, like Puppy Linux, or are intent on creating your own package from scratch, we'll walk you through the process.

Find and Extract Video File Details

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Using FFMpeg it is relatively simple to query an existing video file to find details such as video codec, audio codec, bitrates, duration and dimensions.

Master the KIO slaves

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linux.com: Hard-working KDE Input/Output (KIO) slaves perform much of KDE's functionality. KIO slaves provide consistent access to different resources, such as filesystems, network protocols, and search functions, making them accessible to all KDE applications in a standard way.

some howtos:

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  • ATI/NVIDIA Driver install in PCLInuxOS 2008

  • KDE 4 Tips & Tricks: Enable Printing
  • Westminster Chime with Beep
  • iftop - Check and analyze your traffic
  • 6 ways to find files in linux
  • Alien - Convert RPM to DEB or DEB to RPM
  • Find How Many Files are Open and How Many Allowed in Linux
  • Quick Tip: K3b On Ubuntu with Gnome
  • Tweak Firefox's "Responsiveness" Config Setting
  • How to clone your bootable Ubuntu install to another drive
  • Use apropos to find the command you’re looking for

LILO and GRUB: Boot Loaders Made Simple

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linuxdevcenter.com: LILO (Linux Loader) and GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) are both configured as a primary boot loader (installed on the MBR) or secondary boot loader (installed onto a bootable partition). Both work with supporting operating systems such as Linux, FreeBSD, Net BSD, and OpenBSD.

Also: How to boot with grub off a floppy and into your hard drive

CLI Magic: Use ANSI escape sequences to display a clock in your terminal

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linux.com: When I'm in a Linux terminal, I often find myself typing date just to see the time. To make life a bit easier, I wrote a script to always display a clock in the top right corner of the screen.

Misplace a file? Find it quick!

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downloadsquad.com: It happens to the best of us. We forget where we put things. Car keys. Flash drives. Yes, sometimes we even forget where certain files are on our computers. We can't really help you with the car keys and flash drives (although we inexplicably find things like that in the refrigerator here), we can help you out with finding missing files.

Three Ways To Access Linux Partitions (ext2/ext3) From Windows On Dual-Boot Systems

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If you have a dual-boot Windows/Linux system, you probably know this problem: you can access files from your Windows installation while you are in Linux, but not the other way round. This tutorial shows three ways how you can access your Linux partitions (with ext2 or ext3 filesystem) from within Windows: Explore2fs, DiskInternals Linux Reader, and the Ext2 Installable File System For Windows.

Cloning a Debian Etch system for redundency

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debian-administration.org: I am responsible for a production web server that is very critical to our clients and the bread and butter of our company. We have collocated the server, for reliability of power, A/C and Internet connectivity as well as cost effective high bandwidth. Here we'll describe how to make that more redundant with the configuration, identical, machine.

Play Flash and Quicktime files in Ubuntu

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cnet.com: I'm starting to wonder if anything about Linux is going to be easy. But I remain undaunted in my efforts to use Ubuntu 7.10, or Gutsy Gibbon, to accomplish the same computing tasks I use Windows for. Now that I've got Flash and Quicktime working in Ubuntu, I feel like I'm nearly there.

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