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How to Customize Your Linux Desktop - From GTK to Compiz

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maximumpc.com: The days of ugly Linux desktops are a thing of the past. Modern distros include many tools and options that enable them to look good and be more useful.

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  • How to Install Software from a Tarball in Linux

  • Change Ubuntu Jaunty Top-Level Menu Names (Gnome)
  • Setup Xen 3.4.1 Dom0 on top of Ubuntu 9.04 via UDEV patch
  • How to Run Android Applications on Ubuntu
  • Install And Use Specto In Ubuntu Linux
  • Getting Help from Console
  • Determining What's Been Changed on RPM Based Systems
  • Creating a template for postcards in OpenOffice
  • HOWTO : Cacti on Ubuntu 9.04 server
  • Configure Bacula for Open Source Backups
  • Using Built-In Revision Control in Firewall Builder
  • Getting the most out of OpenOffice.org Writer
  • Configuring hotkeys in Lenny
  • Installing Damn Small Linux To Hard Disk
  • Resize Images in Linux with ImageMagick

Distributed Storage Across Four Storage Nodes With GlusterFS On Debian Lenny

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This tutorial shows how to combine four single storage servers (running Debian Lenny) to one large storage server (distributed storage) with GlusterFS. The client system (Debian Lenny as well) will be able to access the storage as if it was a local filesystem.

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  • Give users specific access with sudo

  • Installing Mandriva Linux with PXE
  • Bridge wireless cards
  • ubuntu as a media center with Moovida
  • Keep a Backup of Installed Packages
  • Howto: Installing Gnoetry 0.2 On Any Platform
  • Speed up Gentoo’s emerge
  • Install Crashplan backup tool in Linux
  • Create local SVN repository in ubuntu
  • abby GUI & addons utilities for Clive/CClive
  • Using Arp On Your Network
  • DoD CAC Cards and Gentoo Linux

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  • Compiling conky from sources

  • TV-Browser – Online Digital TV Guide in Ubuntu
  • What Services are Really Running on Your Linux Machine
  • Quick Linux Copy/Paste Tip
  • Using the Synaptic Package Manager to Ease Installations
  • Mirroring Fedora
  • How to disable touchpad in Ubuntu Netbook Remix
  • Howto Turn On KMS at Ubuntu Jaunty and Karmic
  • Manage dotfile configuration with subversion

Enabling Compiz Fusion On A Fedora 11 GNOME Desktop (NVIDIA GeForce 8100)

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This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on a Fedora 11 GNOME desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card - I'm using an NVIDIA GeForce 8100 here).

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  • Setup Approx On A Debian Server

  • Bash Startup Scripts: .bashrc and .bash_profile
  • Email Subaddressing (or "plus addressing") with Exim
  • Howto Recover Grub2 After Windows Installation
  • Hide Files in Images
  • VMWare server NAT configuration
  • Watch Live Interrupts
  • Back In Time – free backup tool in openSUSE
  • Run virtual machines directly from your desktop with VirtualBox
  • Stop ssh brute force attack using SuSEfirewall
  • Simple Interface Bonding (Gentoo)
  • Install & Configure Nagios in less than 5 minutes
  • Fixing Dates in Image EXIF Tag Data from Linux
  • How to use SSH X-forwarding to Run Remote Apps
  • Some basic hardware testing on Linux
  • Debugging MySQL Stored Procedures
  • Creating postcards in OpenOffice Draw
  • The different ways to execute a Linux application

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  • Easily Manage Your ISO Files In Linux With AcetoneISO

  • Installing Sonar in a linux environment
  • Pidgin and Yahoo
  • Exim4 on Ubuntu 9.04
  • Automatic notification of Debian package updates via cron
  • How To Disable Ubuntu User Login Window
  • Tip: Make VLC Quit After Viewing Video/Audio
  • Video Player Crashes in Ubuntu

The beginner's guide to Slackware Linux

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techradar.com: Give a man Ubuntu, and he'll learn Ubuntu. Give a man SUSE, and he'll learn SUSE. But give a man Slackware, and he'll learn Linux.

Virtualization With KVM On A Fedora 11 Server

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This guide explains how you can install and use KVM for creating and running virtual machines on a Fedora 11 server. I will show how to create image-based virtual machines and also virtual machines that use a logical volume (LVM).

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Getting started with Raspberry Pi

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Games for GNU/Linux

  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun Hardcore Tactical Stealth Game Out on Linux
    More and more AAA games are coming to our beloved Linux platform, and nothing makes us happier than to see Daedalic Entertainment's Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun title launching today on Steam for Linux, Mac, and Windows. If you're not familiar with Daedalic Entertainment's work, they are the creators of the superb and fun Deponia series, but Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is something different, a tactical stealth-strategy game in the style of the Commandos stealth-oriented real-time tactics video game series.
  • Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, the top-down stealth game is now out
    Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun [GOG, Steam, Official Site] is the rather good top-down stealth game from Mimimi Productions. It's now out way a day-1 Linux release and it has a demo. I played the demo and I was massively impressed, so impressed that I would very much like to cover the game properly. So I will be reaching out to the developer for a key.
  • The Keeper, a promising looking side-scrolling survival action game with plenty of action is coming to Linux
    The Keeper side-scrolling survival action game full of boss battles, a combo system for combat and a day and night cycle will come to Linux.
  • Editorial: A chat about asking developers for a Linux port
    It has come to my attention recently that some people have been taking a really hard stance against developers who want to gauge interest for a Linux port. I want to talk about it for a bit. [...] Be the Linux community I know and love, be helpful to developers, get in on beta testing when you can (I’ve seen plenty of developers give out free keys for this too!) and appreciate the good games we get. We are a smaller market in most people’s eyes, so let’s not turn away anything that could help us grow even a little. The fact is, I’ve seen multiple games only come to Linux because Linux fans showed actual interest in it. One such example is Nightside, which I discovered on Steam. After a quick chat with the developer, I was able to convince them to do a Linux build and after a short test they then decided to do support a Linux build. There’s many such examples like this, but due to the amount of games I cover that’s one I could quickly pull up (without having to sift through hundreds of articles).
  • Dawn of War II has a minor patch to fix a few issues
  • Khronos are working on an open standard for VR, Valve will use it
  • BOOR, a new puzzle platformer will arrive with Linux support next year
    BOOR [Official Site] is a new puzzle platformer from developer Dazlog Studio and publisher BadLand Games that will have Linux support. We have many puzzle platformers now, so I do hope BOOR has something to set itself apart from the rest of them. I haven't seen anything in the trailer or the feature list that really jumps out at me. I am hoping when they reveal more gameplay it will look more enticing.
  • The developers of 'EVERSPACE' are still working on the Linux version, seeking help from Epic Games
    EVERSPACE [Steam, Official Site] is the fantastic looking UE4 space shooter that's being ported to Linux, but the developers have encountered a problem with lighting bugs. I follow the topic on Steam, but a user also emailed this in to ask me to highlight it. I would have anyway since I'm interested in it.
  • Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm of The Wood Elves DLC will come to Linux soon
    Total War: WARHAMMER - Realm of The Wood Elves [Steam] is the next DLC that introduces an exciting race into this strategy game. Feral have confirmed it will be on Linux soon with the quick tweet they sent out.
  • DoomRL or 'DRL' as it's now called has gone open source
    After ZeniMax sent the lawyers knocking, the developer of what was called DoomRL (Doom Roguelike) has changed it's name to 'DRL' [Github, Official Site] and it's now open source. ZeniMax are well within their rights to "protect" the Doom brand, but I still think their lawyers are idiotic for doing this. It's not like small-time roguelike was actually competing with the real Doom.

High School's Help Desk Teaches Open Source IT Skills

The following is an adapted excerpt from chapter six of The Open Schoolhouse: Building a Technology Program to Transform Learning and Empower Students, a new book written by Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director for Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In the book, Reisinger recounts more than 16 years of Linux and open source education success stories. Penn Manor schools saved over a million dollars by trading proprietary software for open source counterparts with its student laptop program. The budget is only part of the story. As Linux moved out of the server room and onto thousands of student laptops, a new learning community emerged. Read more

What’s New with Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8?

I’m pleased to announce the release of the Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8. As always, we focused on improving code quality, security hardening as well as enabling new features. One area of interest and particular focus is new feature support for ARM servers. Over the last few months, we’ve seen a surge of patches from various ARM vendors that have collaborated on a wide range of updates from new drivers to architecture to security. Read more