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Linux Has Just Vanished Forever

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 31, 2007 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Straightaway, I would like to apologize if the title of this piece feels a little strange, but I'm going to be exploring what most of us would do if all of the different flavors of Linux were to suddenly "vanish" into thin air. Realizing it would never happen, I beg you to bear with me here, as I think you will find this interesting.

[Talk about not being able to think of anything to write about.."I've got an idea, what if Linux didn't exist?".. - Scott]

VHCS2 ISP control Panel Setup Guide in Debian Etch

  • debianadmin.com (Posted by gg234 on Jul 31, 2007 5:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
VHCS2 ISP control Panel Setup Guide in Debian Etch

Tossfest 2007: are you a hardened open sourcer?

South East Asia's premier open source software event, the Thailand Open Source Software Festival - or Tossfest 2007 - splashes down in Bangkok this week.

Google Desktop for Linux: Why Do We Need It?

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 31, 2007 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Like many of you, I feel confused in regards to the advantage of using Google Desktop on my Linux PC. After all, if I needed such a thing, Beagle has been readily available for a long time now. And of course, there are also other alternatives to Beagle as well should the need to index your desktop be something that you are interested in.

Sourceforge awards best OSS projects

Sourceforge has announced the winners of their Community Choice Awards during the OSCON conference. The awards recognise open source projects with the most supportive community following and the most respect from the community.

How To Manage An iPod From A Linux Desktop With Rhythmbox

This article shows how you can use an iPod on a Linux desktop with the Rhythmbox audio player. It covers how you can upload MP3 files from your desktop to your iPod and delete files on the iPod. Normally, Apple's iTunes software is needed to manage an iPod, but iTunes is not available for Linux. Fortunately, there are Linux alternatives such as Rhythmbox that can handle the task.

What's Wrong With Dell Selling Linux PCs

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 31, 2007 12:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Predictably, it seems that Dell is dropping Ubuntu PC prices which at first pass would seem like fantastic news. But then you have to couple this fact with the realization that they are not exactly promoting their provided Ubuntu PCs. Actually, they are downright difficult to locate without using the "Find" feature in your browser.

Keep users informed with PHPList

If you've ever considered throwing together a mailing list to keep the members of your group, project, or organization informed, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better application for that purpose than PHPList, a free and open source newsletter manager.

Managing wireless connections seamlessly with wicd

The nature of my work forces me to be something of a digital nomad -- my notebook computer and a wireless connection are essential parts of my working day. I've been known to move between several wireless access points in one day. While I've had never had any problems with the wireless cards in my Linux-powered notebooks, most of the wireless connection tools I've used have fallen a bit flat. One of the few wireless connection managers that I've actually found useful is wicd -- the Wireless Interface Connection Daemon, pronounced"wicked." It's a lot like the Windows wireless network connection tool in both appearance and ease of use.

Open Source Being Repositioned in Corporate America

Open Source methodology has gained some ground in one of the last places you and I might expect: In the development area of corporations. Consultants are calling environments like Sourceforge Enterprise Edition a Digital Development Environment.

Linux: Designing the Completely Fair Scheduler

During the recent debates about the Completely Fair Scheduler, Ingo Molnar explained why he rewrote the scheduler, "CFS started out as an experiment to simplify the scheduler, to clean up the after-effects of a better-desktop-scheduling patch Mike Galbraith sent me. Had anyone told me at that time that I'd end up writing a new scheduler I'd have laughed at the suggestion and I'd have pointed to the large number of pending patches of mine in forms of the -rt tree, the syslet/threadlet code and other stuff that needs fixing a lot more urgent than the task scheduler."

Tips and Tricks: How do I find the inode size of an ext2/ext3 filesystem?

By using the tune2fs tool with the option, -l, the inode size of the filesystem can be seen. Using the same option, other information of the filesystem superblock can also be seen. The superblock contains information about the filesystem, such as the number of free blocks available, and the number of mounts, that may be useful for tuning purposes.

SPI election results announced

Software in the Public Interest (SPI), the nonprofit organization that governs such projects as Debian, PostgreSQL, Drupal, and OpenOffice.org, has announced the results of elections for its board of governors, which were held between July 1 and July 28.

OSI Prez confronts irate users over 'badgerware' license

Open Source Initiative (OSI) President Michael Tiemann has responded to queries about the organization's decision to "rush through" approval for a new badgerware license by saying that the OSI board did its best for "the community."

Blackhat Training instructor denied entry into US

Halvar Flake was scheduled to teach a class on computer security entitled Analyzing Software for Security Vulnerabilities today and tomorrow at Blackhat Training in Las Vegas. Instead, US customs officials cross-examined him for nearly five hours, then decided not to allow him into the country and put him on a plane back to Germany.

New extras repository for Red Hat Enteprise Linux

If you need a software app that is not included or supported in the standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or CentOS distribution, Red Hat's new Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository might be an excellent place to go fishing.

New russian blog "Digged Linux Articles in Russian"

New Russian blog publishing translations of articles about Linux that reached the top of digg.com

NVIDIA & ATI GTK Benchmarks

Since publishing our Avivo versus fglrx driver GtkPerf benchmarks that compared the GTK performance between the community open-source driver and ATI's official driver, we have received a number of requests for more of these 2D benchmarks with different graphics cards and different drivers. While this is not one of our formal articles, we have completed a few more GtkPerf tests with NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards to see how the GTK performance stacks up.

Hackers find serious problems in California voting machines

Sacramento (CA) – A new California study has found that several electronic voting machines have serious security vulnerabilities. California Secretary of State Debra Bowen commissioned the study which pitted two hacker teams, better known as “Red Teams” against voting machines manufactured by Diebold, Hart and Sequoia. The hackers found several security problems and were able to change firmware, access the election database and even open up the machines without detection.

MOC Audio Player — advanced tricks

  • PolishLinux.org; By Treadstone (Posted by michux on Jul 31, 2007 12:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
I consider the MOC player to be a better solution for some users (including myself) than the very popular applications Xmms or Amarok, and the other visually appealing players. Why do I think so? Read on. I am about to describe some of the lesser known options of this excellent player.

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