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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.

Kontron SBCs support Linux

Kontron has introduced a trio of single board computers (SBCs) that run Linux. The "PM" boards are based on Intel 852GM chipsets and Celeron/Pentium M processors, and are available in form factors that include PC/104-Plus, EPIC, and JRex.

A Perception of Lack of Support for Open Source Should Not Stop Adoption of Linux

  • Legal Technology Blog; By Steven Richardson (Posted by tuxchick on Mar 2, 2008 12:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I have written several posts about Linux and whether it is ready for the solo and small law office, listing the pros and cons as I have seen them. However, there is one “con” that people have in their minds when they think of Linux that should not be there: that Open Source Software (OSS) does not have the support that commercial products do. This has contributed somewhat to a resistance to adopt Linux in the business world. The shame of it is, it is a false perception.

Ubuntu: How To Change Wallpaper Easily With Wallpapoz

GNOME desktop does not come with a wallpaper changer. While there has been lots of wallpaper changing script developed by enthusiasts, none of them provide an easy to use graphical interface. Most of them will require you to run the code in your terminal. Wallpapoz is different…

Free x86 router distro gains faster routing, Linux-like shell

Vyatta is alpha-testing a major new release of its X86-Linux router distribution for enterprise and Tier-2 network operators. Vyatta Community 4 (VC4) boasts new open source routing protocol implementations, a more Linux-like command-line user interface, and support from a new open source community website.

The impact of licensing choice

  • 451 CAOS Theory; By Matthew Aslett (Posted by tuxchick on Mar 1, 2008 5:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
“When it comes to takeovers and valuations, I think the role of GPL as a strategic weapon is often under appreciated. If you’re top vendor dog in a GPL project, other players have a very hard time unseating you....With BSD projects on the other hand, solution providers tend to go to market with proprietary solutions. You can’t force your competitors to share their plums."

All GIMP hotkeys at a glance

As you might know - we already had a small page about the most important hotkeys in GIMP. But now we've collected all available default key bindings of GIMP in a single list.

Fear and Loathing in Open Source Marketing

Drupal recently made a deal with the devils (venture capitalists) by virtue of the a $7 million investment in Acquia. Acquia owns the Drupal brand (or at least legally they do). Drupal lead (and Acquia co-founder) Dries Buytaert and the fine people at Acquia along with their backers are now at the crossroads faced by every vendor who sells free software… How do they supply a return on their investment without recommitting the sins of their proprietary software brethren or alienating Drupal - Open Source CMS the community that so far has driven their success.

Microsoft May Have Bribed India for OOXML Pressure

  • BoycottNovell; By Roy Schestowitz (Posted by schestowitz on Mar 1, 2008 11:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
Back in August we warned that Microsoft had just made a very suspicious donation at a very strategic time. It only days before the September vote on OOXML. The article which was cited at the time has vanished, but you can find a copy here:..

OSGGFG: 4.0 Free Racing Games

  • (Posted by MrCopilot on Mar 1, 2008 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
I have to confess a love, nay addiction of a certain closed-source non-free NFSU2 running under Wine. I had hoped to find a suitable Open Source replacement. Instead I found 10 open source racers to supplement it.

Nexuiz 2.4 Offers Impressive Graphics

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 1, 2008 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
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 and even for being a free software game it has impressive graphics. With the graphical settings near maximized, a GeForce 8600GT on a quad-core system was brought to its knees by this free software (and free content) game.

OOXML issues not solved during the BRM

As it stands today, the BRM has failed -failed to work, failed to impress, failed to create consensus and failed to succeed. Rules that were not part of the existing JTC-1 corpus had to be invented to come up with the astounding result of 6 countries approving the bulk voting versus 4 countries formally disapproving them.

Desktop Development for OLPC Laptop

  • (Posted by IdaAshley on Mar 1, 2008 6:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
This article shows how to develop and debug a graphical activity in Sugar using Python. The XO laptop includes many innovations such as an inexpensive and durable hardware design, the use of GNU/Linux as the underlying operating system, and an application environment written in Python with a human interface called Sugar, accessible to everyone (including kids).

Configure HTTP basic authentication with Rational

This second installment in the three-part series shows you how to configure HTTP basic authentication for your Web services and Web services client, and monitor the HTTP basic authentication information using the TCP/IP monitor. Check out the first part of there series for the initial steps.

End Software Patents project comes out swinging

Four months after being announced, the End Software Patents project (ESP) is launching a new Web site with arguments for economists, computer scientists, lawyers, and lay peoplemen about why they should support the project. Prominent on the site is the publication of a report on the state of patents in the United States during 2006-07, and a scholarship contest that will award $10,000 for "for the best paper on the effects of the patentability of software and business methods under US law."

Extending Ubuntu's Battery Life

Last week when traveling to Europe for FOSDEM and other business meetings, I had picked up a new 9-cell battery for a Lenovo ThinkPad T60. While an additional three battery cells will noticeably extend your battery life, you can also extend your battery life by taking a few simple steps to optimize your Linux desktop that will also reduce your power consumption and heat output. In this article are a few simple steps to take in order to extend your notebook's battery life on Ubuntu.

Com One Phoenix Wi-Fi radio rises from embedded Linux platform

Com One's Phoenix Wi-Fi radio is a home music appliance built on an embedded Linux foundation. Phoenix lets you stream music or play podcasts as easily as you can listen to a car radio, once you tell it what you want to hear. Its ability to play Internet radio is nice -- but is it worth its price? The radio is attractive enough in a shiny white plastic kind of way. It's smaller than a boom box -- about the size of three transistor radios (remember them?) side by side. The main controls include a five-way circular control pad and a knob that changes the music volume and moves through device settings during setup.

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