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Linux: Making the change

Moving to Linux used to be a big deal. Sure, it was cheaper, more reliable, and more flexible -- but who did you turn to when things went wrong? In an enterprise world that had grown up with the idea that Unix needed to be complex and expensive -- and that Windows was a quick-and-dirty Plan B -- the idea of getting a robust, scalable operating system for free just didn't click for many years.

Unclutter Firefox menus

If you like your browser interface to be simple, try these extensions designed to unclutter Firefox. Compact Menu 2 and two alternative extensions collapses all the menus into a single drop-down button, creating room for you to add buttons such as Downloads, History, and Bookmarks to the menu bar. Organize Status Bar lets you rearrange all the items displayed on your status bar, or even hide some.

Ubuntu tops desktop, server Linux enthusiast poll

Ubuntu is the favourite distribution of Linux for use on both desktops and servers, according to a poll of Australian open source enthusiasts.

DistroWatch Weekly: FreeBSD 7.0, Debian "Lenny" updates, KNOPPIX 5.3

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 3, 2008 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 9th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The delayed FreeBSD 7.0 was finally released last week and there is a lot to be excited about - especially if you deploy this excellent operating system on servers. But how about the desktop users? Is this latest version ready to take over our workstations? Read our first look review to find out. In the news section, the Debian release team contemplates the inclusion of KDE 4 in "Lenny", KNOPPIX springs to life at CeBIT with a new live DVD, Mandriva continues its relentless march towards version 2008.1, and Fedora discusses improvements in NetworkManager. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the recipient of the DistroWatch February 2008 donation is Frugalware Linux, a community distribution from Hungary. Happy reading!

Drupal goes commercial

The popular open source content management system Drupal is going commercial, reports InternetNews. A new company called Acquia, which is led by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert, plans to offer a commercial version of the content management system based on the free version but with a host of additional modules.

KDE gets new Vista, Mac bling

The long-awaited KDE4 is finally out the door after an extended gestation and a rescheduled launch date. In this inside look at KDE4, we see what all the fuss is about.

Scared or oblivious: Australia's SMEs on Linux

Australian SMEs aren't paying nearly enough attention to Linux considering the top priority for their IT managers is to "reduce costs", but despite the prevailing attitude, it won't take much for open source to have a far greater impact in the near future, according to research released today.

Torrentflux — web-based BitTorrent client

  •; By Katarzyna Myrek (Posted by michux on Mar 2, 2008 6:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews, Tutorial; Groups: GNU
The Bittorrent network is becoming increasingly popular and perfectly legal. It allows to download the latest movies, music or, to say the least, almost every Linux distribution available.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 2-Mar-2008

LXer Feature: 2-Mar-2008

In this week's LXer Roundup, speed up your Linux with Preload, KDE 4: Wow Factor Fully Engaged, learn 10 good UNIX usage habits, Richard Stallman steps back from Emacs, Best Buy Sells Linux, several articles concerning Microsoft plus audio conversion tools and Improve Security with PAM.

Mandriva Linux 2008 release candidate debuts

The Mandriva development team yesterday announced the first release candidate for Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring. Codenamed Serapias, this release includes all-new artwork, improvements to the software management tools, WPA-EAP support in the network configuration tools and the latest pre-release of 2.4

This week at LWN: SCO to continue the fight?

Just as it seemed the SCO saga was drawing to a close, a new player, with up to $100 million to risk, has come on the scene. Stephen Norris Capital Partners (SNCP) has made an offer to take SCO private while providing a line of credit to allow the company to continue its operations. If the bankruptcy court in Delaware agrees to the plan—which is not a foregone conclusion—SCO and its various legal cases could be with us for a long time to come.

Ubuntu Linux: Subtitles, Video Editing and DVD Authoring

There are many tools available for Ubuntu/Linux to create or translate subtitles in many different formats. I needed to figure out a Subtitle format that supports utf-8. Then I needed to find a software that allows me to embed the subtitles on the Video without any significant quality loss. After trying Subtitle Editor, Gnome Subtitles, Gaupol and Ksubtitle; I finally settled on Subtitle Editor.

Nexuiz 2.4 Offers Impressive Graphics

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by tuxchick on Mar 2, 2008 2:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Since the release of Nexuiz 1.0 in 2005, we have been tracking its progress as one of the leading open-source first person shooters. With time, this fast-pace game has picked up a nice level of artificial intelligence for its in-game bots, engine optimizations, single-player campaign missions, and a variety of technical advancements. Nexuiz has always been one of the leading open-source first person shooter games, and with the release of Nexuiz 2.4 yesterday it reaffirms that you don't need to be a major game studio -- or a game studio at all -- to develop a quality title...

Asus shows off new lineup of Eee PC add-ons

You can't blame these guys for trying to milk the Eee PC, and Asus is doing just that with its new smorgasboard of Eee PC accessories.

Linux Powered Mini PC

The Everex Mini come with a 1.86GHZ Intel Pentium Dual Core Mobile Processor, 512MB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, a built in DVDRW and Intel GMA950 graphics.

What is your favorite scripting language?

  • Linux Journal (Posted by tuxchick on Mar 2, 2008 12:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Which language reigns supreme? This is the question that seemed to create the most controversy in our Readers' Choice poll this year so we thought we'd have some fun and open it up to the public to discuss. (This is better than a vi vs. emacs war!) Cast your vote.

Add entries to Konqueror's "Create new" menu

This has been a point of frustration for me since I first wanted to add "Create new .doc file" to Konqueror's context menu. To the best of my knowledge, there is no GUI method of adding filetypes to Konqueror's "Create new" menu, and there is little or no online documentation that details how to go about adding filetypes, or even how the system works. Grr. The good news is that it is possible, even easy, to add filetypes to Konqueror's "Create new" menu.

Setting Up A High-Availability Load Balancer With HAProxy/Heartbeat On Fedora 8

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Mar 2, 2008 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to set up a two-node load balancer in an active/passive configuration with HAProxy and heartbeat on Fedora 8. The load balancer acts between the user and two (or more) Apache web servers that hold the same content. The load balancer passes the requests to the web servers and it also checks their health. If one of them is down, all requests will automatically be redirected to the remaining web server(s). In addition to that, the two load balancer nodes monitor each other using heartbeat. If the master fails, the slave becomes the master - users will not notice any disruption of the service. HAProxy is session-aware - you can use it with any web application that makes use of sessions like forums, shopping carts, etc.

AMD & NVIDIA's Linux Control Panels

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 2, 2008 8:13 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
It was a year ago that AMD had replaced its aging FireGL Control Panel inside its Linux driver with the AMDCCCLE, or AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition. Since that time, this Catalyst Control Center for Linux continues to mature with a few new features being added here and there, and version 2.0 could in fact be introduced in an upcoming release. At the same time, the control panel utility that ships with NVIDIA's binary driver, nvidia-settings, has stayed more or less the same for the past few years with only a few minor revisions. How do these two Linux control panels compare though when it comes to the features? For this article we have put AMDCCCLE and nvidia-settings side-by-side to compare and contrast both utilities.

Most spam comes from just six botnets

  • the Register; By John Leyden (Posted by tuxchick on Mar 2, 2008 4:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Six botnets are responsible for 85 per cent of all spam, according to an analysis by net security firm Marshal. The Srizbi botnet is reckoned to be the largest single source of spam - accounting for 39 per cent of junk mail messages – followed by the Rustock botnet, responsible for 21 per cent of the spam clogging up users' inboxes.

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