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CLI Magic: Is that CD still fresh?

Ever wonder if that ISO or backup CD or DVD you burned last year is still good? This week we'll take a look at a small command-line utility called cdck that checks the condition of data on the media and let you know if it's still good.

2006 Install Fest

Last weekend, April 15-16, 2006, the third Install Fest was organized by Free Software Macedonia, at the facilities of “Narodna Tehnika” in Skopje. This year’s edition, in addition to installation of free software for the visitors, indluded several other activities: workshops, lectures, debates...

Fedora Weekly News Issue 42

New GNOME Does Search Right

Review: GNOME Version 2.14 adds compelling refinements to the Linux desktop, including desktop search.
For years now, the Linux and open-source desktop has had the benefit of multiple software projects pushing forward to create nicer-looking, more useful environments. One of the most prominent of those projects, GNOME, recently underwent one of its twice-yearly updates, and the result is a compelling set of refinements.

Tutorial: Synchronizing your Linux Laptop and Desktop

If your laptop computer is a complement to your desktop machine, you're probably well aware of the need to synchronize data between the two. This article from Jem Matzan will show you two ways to accomplish this on GNU/Linux-based machines.

Chinese no OS ban may open way for Linux

The Chinese Government ban on the sale of naked computers (computers without pre-installed software) may open the way for Linux distributions loaded with open source applications to increase its penetration of the massive Chinese market.

Open Solaris a source of contention

LINUX distributor Novell has taken a shot at open-source rival Sun, saying the company's moves to open the code on its Solaris operating system had added little to the open-source community.

Will Google and Linux make Microsoft yesterday's company

Back in the mid 1980s, it would have been hard to imagine anyone breaking the IT market dominance of the mighty IBM. Big Blue was seven times as big as the number two player. Then along came Microsoft, changed the rules of the game and usurped the throne. Now along comes Google and the open source movement and the rules have changed again. In an era of open source, web services, wireless connnectivity and converged communications, can Microsoft maintain its market grip going forward?

Fedora Frog brings the bling to Fedora

Fedora Core 5 users now have a way to install and update games, productivity software, and multimedia support applications all at one time, much as Ubuntu users can do with Automatix. The script is called Fedora Frog, and it is available at

The Perfect Setup - Fedora Core 5

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 17, 2006 7:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This is a detailed description how to set up a Fedora Core 5 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.).

Solved! Setting Up Roaming SMTP Service

  •; By DC Parris (Posted by dcparris on Apr 17, 2006 7:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
  LXer Feature: 15-Apr-06

Many ISPs block smtp connections from outside their networks, which is great for stopping spam, but it also makes things a little difficult for laptop users who need to send e-mail from another network. Initially, Don Parris found some workarounds, such as setting up his e-mail client to use Google's smtp server, but had difficulty getting the correct settings for Evolution.

Lic Chooses Red Hat To Power IT Infrastructure

LIC, India's largest life insurance company, will deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux across its 2,048 branches, 100 divisional offices, seven zonal offices, head office, subsidiary offices and overseas locations.

New Linux look fuels old debate

The use of closed-source software to give Linux slick graphics is keeping a thorny legal and philosophical dispute alive.

Looking Ahead: Ubuntu Linux 6.04

  • Mad Penguin; By Adam Doxtater (Posted by silentbob4 on Apr 17, 2006 5:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu is a pretty interesting Linux distribution isn't it? I mean, no other take on Linux has shot so high so fast. Nobody has single-handedly turned the desktop Linux world over on its ear like Ubuntu has. Nobody. What makes it so special? What sets it apart from the hundreds of other distros on the market today? Well, we're here to take a look at the latest pre-release copy of what is to become Ubuntu 6.04... Flight 5.

Next Up on the System i: Python

trictly speaking, the popular open source software stack that is abbreviated as LAMP should really be shortened to LAMPPP, since the stack is comprised of the Linux operating system, the Apache Web server, the MySQL database, and the three programming languages made popular for Web programming: Perl, Python, and PHP.

Get your game on with SuperGamer-1

The supergamer is completely compatible with all the updates and normal mirrors are used in will update completely to all the new stuff. I will be doing some testing to see how compatible taking the base supergamer up to P93 levels will be." And of course, being based on PCLinuxOS, the infallible harddrive installer we all know and love is also included, as well as the PCLinuxOS Control Center and Synaptic.

K3b Fundraiser 2006: A Complete Success

At the beginning of March 2006, I started a fundraising campaign with the goal of collecting 1000 Euro by the end of the month in order to buy a new computer system. I soon discovered how very unrealistic this goal was! You -- the K3b users -- taught me a lesson: by the end of the second day I had already received more than 1000 Euro and in the end the goal was surpassed by far.

DistroWatch Weekly: SUSE 10.1 RC1, Arch64, Linux in Japan

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 17, 2006 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 16th issue of DistroWatch Weekly and happy Easter Monday to all our readers who observe the popular Christian holiday. As usual, we'll start with re-visiting some of the interesting news events of the past week, including the release of SUSE Linux 10.1 RC1, the election of Anthony Towns as the new Debian Project Leader, and the announcement about a new 64-bit edition of Arch Linux. This is followed by links to a handful of interesting articles: an interview with Bruce Perens about reviving UserLinux, a new review of the latest alpha release of Ubuntu, and a useful tutorial about keeping a FreeBSD server farm up-to-date. Finally, a special report from Japan analyses the current state of Linux adoption in the country. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch provide non-stop services for Linux Technologies

ValueSYS, the leading promoter of Linux and Open Source Solutions from Novell and Loghat Al-Asr Magazine, the most popular IT magazine in Egypt has announced the launch of Open SUSE Linux virtual image CD to the Arab World.

LINUX Guide for newbies

Here is a quick run down of some of the top questions I had as a newbie to Linux. Hopefully this will help others as well. FYI, this is created for my personal record which means it's not all written by me. It's kind of a hodgpodge of stuff from the net. But rest assured, it's quite accurate!

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