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Windows Vista vs. Linux: Why Vista Might Lose the Battle

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The opening of Beta 2 testing at WinHEC for Windows Vista has once again raised serious questions about Microsoft's ability to keep its promises.

How to Build a Linux Router

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This guide will show you how to setup a Linux router with the Fedora Core 4 Linux operating system and an old computer in about 3 hours worth of time. Since many retail routers have been having trouble keeping up with the modern user with their loads of P2P apps, I’ve decided to write up this multi-part guide to help YOU setup a basic Linux-based router. If your router is slow, resetting, or stopping internet access when you're doing torrents or downloading from other P2P sources, the router you will make from this guide will take care of all your problems.

RISC OS found on Pocket PC PDA

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It's a sight that will stun many users. To run RISC OS on a PDA is something we've been crying out for. Here, RISC OS can be seen running on a PocketPC PDA, with no Microsoft software in sight.

Also: ROX desktop in new Debian package

The Importance of Configuration Management in Open Source Deployments

As anyone who has used Linux systems for production systems knows all too well, there's an art to arriving at a stable configuration with all dependencies met. Linux distributors do an excellent job of delivering systems that meet this criteria, and keeping them there through their update processes as functionality updates, bug fixes, and security updates get laid on top of the out-of-the-box system.

Linux Helps FAA Monitor Air Traffic

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Graham Beasley, a federal business development manager at SGI, said the FAA is unusual in deploying Linux on desktop PCs. However, "open source is a lot easier in terms of maintenance," he said.

Second Day KDE 4 Multimedia Meeting

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KDE

Though it was still rainy here at the Annahoeve in the Netherlands, the KDE 4 multimedia meeting was definately up to speed. This article will report on the progress the hackers made yesterday, including the "why" and "what" of redesigning and speeding up amaroK, work on the KIO slaves and Phonon.

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NVIDIA 1.0-8XXX Driver Round-Up

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With the NVIDIA 1.0-8762 driver pushed out to the Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD community last week, this has marked the end of the 1.0-8XXX series, with Rel90 approaching later this year. How have the NVIDIA 1.0-8XXX Linux display drivers matured through this series? Today we are having a look as we check back with the 1.0-8174, 1.0-8178, 1.0-8756, and the most recent 1.0-8762 candidate.

Ubuntu tips June 1 upgrade, server release plans

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Ubuntu

UK-based Canonical Ltd. will introduce all-new versions of its popular Debian-based Linuxes -- Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu -- along with its first enterprise server edition on June 1, a company spokesman told DesktopLinux.com May 25.

Setup a transparent proxy with Squid in three easy steps

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Y’day I got chance to play with Squid and iptables. The job was to setup Squid proxy as a transparent server. Main benefit of setting transparent proxy is you do not have to setup up individual browsers to work with proxies.

Backup your MySQL databases automatically with AutoMySQLBackup

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If you site relies on MySQL and stores its sensitive data in a MySQL database, you will most definitely want to backup that information so that it can be restored in case of any disaster. The script that I liked the most is AutoMySQLBackup, because it doesn’t have any real requirements.

Under... SELinux standing !

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Security-enhanced Linux (SELinux) is an implementation of a mandatory access control (MAC) mechanism. This mechanism is in the Linux kernel, checking for allowed operations after standard Linux discretionary access controls are checked. Standard Linux security is a discretionary access control model (DAC).

Warsow 0.1 has been released

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The new version of Warsow, a free of charge first person shooter based on the QFusion engine, has finally been released to the public. Warsow is a game similar to the Quake series, Unreal Tournament and Tony Hawks Pro Skater.

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Ubuntu for your grandmother.

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They say its for geeks, they say its for nerds, they say its for those whose pinkie finger has the imprint of the enter key tattooed on it. We say its for your grandmother ! Yes my friends, I kid you not, for all of those who are afraid to dip their little toe into the great Linux-Lake let us reassure you : If your grandmother can do it ? So can you.

Linux (still) trumps OS X

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We recently ran a feature item which suggested, heretically, that Linux was faster than Apple's OS X for statistics. Sekhon followed up his first study and states a Linux performance advantage remains, although it's substantially smaller.

Nuremberg Region Becoming Hotbed for Open Source

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SuSE's success drew the attention of U.S. software giant Novell, which bought the German company in 2004. Novell now aims to become the world's leading Linux vendor. Programmers are already envisaging a "Linux Valley" in the middle of Germany's Franconia region, where tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost in recent years.

Saga of the Upgrade to SuSE 10.1: Advil needed!

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That's the new kid in town, having had a lot of reviews even from its beta releases. Some people may want to get into it because of the hyped Xgl/Compiz, AppArmor, Xen and who knows what else (NX, anyone?). Some others might just consider to install it for a fully-fledged, user friendly, desktop GNU/Linux distro.

In my case, I was having SuSE 10.0 on my desktop PC, and I only considered upgrading from 10.0 to 10.1, with as little as possible disruption of the service.

Remastering DSL: A Short HOWTO with a Long Preamble

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I chose DSL as the basis for my new toy. For those unfamiliar with the Distro, DSL is a severely stripped down version of Debian/Knoppix. The distribution aims to include as many useful applications as possible while remaining under 50MB. It uses a 2.4 series kernel, busybox, a tiny little Xserver, Fluxbox as the default WM, and a host of other microscopic office, media and Internet applications. It is designed to be easily expandable by via a system called 'MyDSL'. MyDSL packages come in several flavours and formats.

Blending: The Best of Both Worlds

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Mixing Open Source and commercial software isn't a new concept. IT departments have been doing it for years, especially when building out their core server, networking, and database infrastructures. But using a novel "blended" application development strategy - one that combines Enterprise Java APIs and Open Source Java application frameworks - offers the best of both worlds.

The Basics of CRON and Linux Automation

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This beginner introduction to the CRON process and tables allows even a novice to automate commands that need to be run repeatedly. Let's get started with the basics of cron and at.

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