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Story GM of CA Technologies: 3 mainframes replaced 100's of Linux blades Rianne Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 1:08pm
Story A Very Linux Christmas Rianne Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 1:14pm
Story Paint an old toy for Christmas, revive an old PC with Linux. Rianne Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 1:38pm
Story Linux distro Ubuntu enables SSD TRIM support by default Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 4:46pm
Story MK802 IV Linux mini PC giveaway Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 4:49pm
Story Wayland-Powered Hawaii 0.2 Desktop Released Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 4:53pm
Story Mark Shuttleworth interview: Taking Ubuntu beyond desktops Roy Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 4:55pm
Story Ubuntu Is Storing Wi-Fi Passwords in Clear Text by Default Rianne Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 7:00pm
Story Minty Day in the Linuxsphere Rianne Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 7:57pm
Story X.Org Server 1.15 Release Has Several New Features Rianne Schestowitz 27/12/2013 - 8:33pm

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New MEPIS Linux Test Version Uses Ubuntu Base

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Ubuntu

MEPIS founder Warren Woodford has announced a test release of SimplyMEPIS 6.0, incorporating software from the Ubuntu Dapper package pools. This is the first version of SimplyMEPIS with an Ubuntu base.

The Best Free Desktop Linux . . . and how to make it better

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Linux

Continuing his quest for the perfect Linux desktop, Michael C. Barnes gives DesktopLinux.com readers an in-depth analysis of the technologies that make open source a great alternative to proprietary operating systems.

Shuttleworth confirms 1 June for Dapper

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Ubuntu

In an e-mail to the Ubuntu community last night, Mark Shuttleworth confirmed the release date for Ubuntu Dapper Drake desktop and server editions as 1 June.

French approve copyright protection bill

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Misc

The French National Assembly approved a digital copyright bill today that will require DRM (digital rights management) developers to reveal details of their technology to rivals that wish to build interoperable systems. The bill will make it illegal to develop, distribute or promote P2P and threaten [the development of] free and open-source software.

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Pimp Your Shell

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HowTos

Bored with your black and white Linux prompt? Try these tips to pimp your shell prompt. I tested these tips with Bash shell version 2 and above.

Mozilla Firefox v2.0 Alpha 1 Screenshots

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Moz/FF

With a few months since Firefox v1.5 had been released, the Mozilla developers have been quick to progress in the Mozilla v2.0 development tree. As the Firefox 2 development progresses, among the many goals Mozilla wishes to address include Really Simply Syndication improvements, redoing their tabbing support, and many other nifty features to come.

If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Fedora (Five)

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Reviews

My ever famous old laptop got an infusion of FC5 last night. And it was not that bad. I haven't had installed Fedora since FC3, so it was kinda new for me. The improved Anaconda is indeed extremely easy to use, it's a truly no-nonsense installer.

Sydney school teaches with Linux monopoly

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Linux

Linux may be struggling to gain a foothold in the primary and secondary education market but one Sydney school is setting itself higher grades - all without Microsoft.

Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG)

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HowTos

GNU Privacy Guard, or GPG, is a free replacement for the famous encryption tool PGP written by Phil Zimmermann. It is a tool for secure communication and data storage. It can be used to encrypt data and to create digital signatures. Here we'll provide a quick introduction to generating a key-pair and using it for basic tasks.

Tomorrows's date

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HowTos

At How can I find tomorrow's or yesterday's date in a script?, some anonymous person left what I consider to be a stupid comment. In this case, the answer (one answer) was right on on the page itself.

My desktop OS: Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo

As a Linux newbie, Red Hat Linux 9 impressed me. When that excitement wore off, I jumped cold turkey into Slackware Linux. I tried Ubuntu but it was too slow for my low-end desktop, a 32-bit 1.58GHz Sempron 2300 with 512MB of RAM and no swap file. By this time I was a competent Linux user who enjoyed using the console. I wanted to go beyond distros designed to be user-friendly because I found them to be almost always slow on low-end systems. Gentoo Linux's speed, power, and many application and configuration choices made it an appealing choice for me.

Ingres predicts the end of open source

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Interviews

In this second of a two-part vnunet.com interview, Ingres' chief technology officer Dave Dargo talks about his vision for open source and the role it plays in the world.

First official alpha release of Firefox 2.0 is imminent

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Moz/FF

Developers at the Mozilla Foundation are readying the first alpha version of the Firefox 2 open-source browser, and could release it as early as Tuesday. The release includes a new "Places" feature intended to make it easier to find and return to recently visited Web pages.

Sparc goes open source

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OS

Sun on Tuesday plans to release the underlying design of its UltraSparc T1 Niagara processor under the terms of the GPL.

Access your MySQL database for maintenance without a password

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HowTos

One important part of running a database is maintenance, and that includes backups. However, due to the fact that the database is password-protected, one can't automatically back up the database without interactively supplying the password. You can avoid those hassles by creating a configuration file for the user to do the backups.

KMFL lets users change keyboards on the fly

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Software

Setting up support for international characters should be "seamless," several readers said in responses to my recent article, "Setting up international character support." Keyboard Mapping for Linux (KMFL), a free software project rapidly approaching its 1.0 release, is dedicated to providing that seamlessness by adding a keyboard layer to the GNU/Linux desktop that allows on-the-fly switching of keyboard mappings.

Emu Software Enters Canadian Open Source Market

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OS

Marking a major step in its expansion in North America, Emu Software, makers of the NetDirector Open Source Configuration Management system, today announces a key partnership with Savoir-Faire Linux, a leading Linux migration consultant in Canada.

IE 7, Firefox 2.0 Prepare to Do Battle-Someday

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Moz/FF

It's the browser battle of the future: Some time in the next year or so, Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.0 will battle head-to-head for the hearts and minds of Web surfers.

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