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Lock down the GNOME desktop with Pessulus

Looking for a way to limit users' functionality on a publicly available machine, such as a kiosk machine for conference attendees? No one wants people trying to alter their systems for fun or malice. If you're running the GNOME environment, you can turn to a tool called Pessulus -- a lockdown manager for the GNOME desktop.

Ruby in May 2007

May has been a busy month in the Ruby world, and while I’ve been busy with work, Erlang, and other commitments I’ve tried hard not to lose track of things. Here are some of the things that have caught my eye.

KDE 3.5.7 Improves PIM and More

The KDE project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.7, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. This release brings a renewed focus to KDE-PIM applications. KAddressBook, KOrganizer and KAlarm received attention with bugfixes, while KMail additionally witnessed the addition of new features and improvements with both interface work and IMAP handling: it can manage IMAP quotas, and copy and move all folders.

Howto Setup Dual Monitors with NVidia in Ubuntu

  • ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on May 22, 2007 4:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Howto Setup Dual Monitors with NVidia in Ubuntu

Freenode and OFTC IRC networks buddy up

Two Internet Relay Chat (IRC) networks that are used heavily by free and open source software projects, freenode and the Open and Free Technology Community (OFTC), are building bridges by swapping staff and observing each other's operations. The rapprochement brings together two organizations that sprang from a single project, and may be a precursor for more intimate ties.

Dell’s not really serious about Linux

I sure hope Dell can offer customers a way to upgrade these rigs to Windows if the need arises.

Speed up surfing with Split Browser

Split Browser is a Firefox extension that lets you take the versatility of tabbed browsing even further than usual.

Open News Episode 13 Released

This week on Open News Linus Lays It Out For Microsoft, GPLv3 Comes To The Rescue, and Mythdora 4.0.

Setting up TinyMCE

Moxiecode's LGPL-licensed TinyMCE (Tiny Moxiecode Editor) is a JavaScript program that lets users enter formatted text in HTML forms without having to know HTML tags. It's bundled in many blogging and content management systems. If you want to use TinyMCE in your own Web applications, you'll find basic setup to be quick and easy, but advanced configuration can become complex as you sort out dependencies and conflicts. Here are some tips and advice on integrating TinyMCE with your Web pages.

Beryl, Compiz, And Metisse - The 3D Desktop on Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring

  • HowtoForge; By Olivier Blin (Posted by falko on May 22, 2007 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
After having included the AIGLX, Xgl and Compiz 3D desktop technologies in Mandriva Linux 2007, Mandriva has added all the latest 3D desktop updates in Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring, like Metisse and Beryl.

Howto Change Default Text editor in Debian Etch

  • debianadmin.com (Posted by gg234 on May 22, 2007 10:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Howto Change Default Text editor in Debian Etch

Munich's KDE Desktops Usability Certified

Munich's KDE distribution LiMux has been certified to meet the international usability standard ISO 9241. The use of KDE 3 as an "effective, efficient and satisfactory" working environment is named as a decisive factor for passing the certification.

PCLinuxOS 2007 final released

This week the PCLinuxOS community have proudly brought out the final release of PCLinuxOS 2007 which comes with all the latest versions of several popular open source programs.

Sue Me First, Microsoft!

Tired of Microsoft rattling the patent sabers against FOSS? Why not join Christian Einfeldt at the Digital Tipping Point and demand that Microsoft sue you first! Or to put it another way, "Hey, Microsoft, put up or shut up!"

Sun's Schwartz Pledges to Use Patents to Protect Red Hat and Ubuntu

You have to take a look at Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's blog today. He has pledged the company will use its patents to defend Red Hat and Ubuntu. That's the headline, and I'm really happy to know that Sun's very extensive patent portfolio is available, just in case it is ever needed. You never know these days. And yes, I take that as a message in a bottle to Microsoft. But he says it in such an interesting and creative way, I think you'll be glad if you go and read the entire entry.

Penguins rejoice: Linux gets TV

The wait is over, Linux users out there can now watch Live TV on their platform of choice.

First OpenOffice virus emerges

Pop the champagne corks, Microsoft. The first OpenOffice virus has emerged, displaying an indecent pic of a guy in a bunny suit fornicating with a girl in the woods.

Puppy Linux targets sub-$100 mini-PCs

Following the addition of PXE network booting to the ultra-lightweight Puppy Linux distribution, a group of enthusiasts offering Puppy customization and support services has revealed plans for "Minipup," a project aimed at ultra-low-cost diskless hardware such as sub-$100 PCs.

Microsoft vs. Open Source: Military Moves

We're now seeing Microsoft's true stripes. The performance of the products is a charade, an unfortunate cost of doing business in a once competitive market. The real means to profits and market share are really about legal positioning, but in essence necessitates a military posture. For what are laws and lawyers but a means to avoid violence and warfare in lieu of a day in court?

San Diego schools pick SUSE Linux desktop

The San Diego Unified School District has selected Novell's SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) as the standard platform for its "Always-On Learning Initiative," a mobile computing initiative intended to help students achieve academic success and prepare them for life and work in the 21st century.

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