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The future of Compiz

The future of Compiz

...from the Freedesktop.org Compiz maillist. Where are we going? It's time to start thinking ahead and really figure out how to make Compiz survive, specially in lieu of Dennis' suggestion. The reality is that there has been the equivalent of no progress since the merge. We've basically only been in maintenance mode. The reason for [...]

Linux in 2009: Recession vs. GNU

Linux in 2009: Recession vs. GNU

Pundits and business executives alike are predicting gloomy economic times for 2009. But when the talk turns to free and open source software (FOSS), suddenly the mood brightens. Whether their concern is the business opportunities in open source or the promotion of free software idealism, experts see FOSS as starting from a strong base and [...]

HOWTO: Rebuild failed Linux software RAID arrays

Detecting a drive failure? No mystery there. It's easy enough with a quick glance to the standard logs and stat files to notice a drive failure. /var/log/messages will always fill with a mess of error messages, no matter what happened... but, when it's a disk crash, tons of kernel errors are reported. Some nasty examples (for the [...]

Top 10 Linux Financial Applications

Top 10 Linux Financial Applications

Many people don’t realize the wealth of applications that are available for Linux. I am asked all the time about X and/or Y application on Windows and whether there’s an equivalent on Linux. Most of the time the answer is yes. The arena of finance is no exception. Plenty of outstanding financial applications are available for the Linux [...]

Linux. Stop holding our kids back

Linux. Stop holding our kids back

This is just epic. A teacher takes linux discs off a student because "no software is free" and writes to a Linux blog (that is somehow related to the student) to complain. I wonder what that school district's servers are running... If you think this is bad, imagine the people running our local, state, and federal governments. Ugh. "...observed [...]

DriverBackup2 Copies Your Windows System Drivers

DriverBackup2 Copies Your Windows System Drivers

DriverBackup2 is a lightweight windows driver-backup tool. The application is portable with a caveat: you'll need administrative privileges for full use. You can opt to backup one or all of your drivers, the backed up files are dumped into a tree structure based on driver name. DriverBackup2 also allows you to restore and delete unnecessary [...]

HOWTO: Interview a Linux machine

HOWTO: Interview a Linux machine

Just the other day, a client called upon me to perform a hardware and software inventory on all of the computers on his network. There weren't that many machines to inventory, but we needed to gather quite a bit of information about each one quickly. The client was a Microsoft shop and so I had to deal with about an even mix of Windows XP and [...]

HOWTO: Convert MPEG and AVI to 3gp using FFmpeg

FFmpeg is an excellent FOSS application on video conversion. It supports most of the file formats. ffmpeg ]… { outfile}… Convert from MPG to 3GP ffmpeg -i inputfile.mpg -s qcif -vcodec h263 -acodec aac -ac 1 -ar 8000 -r 25 -ab 32 -y outputfile.3gp Convert from AVI to 3GP ffmpeg -i inputfile.avi -s qcif -vcodec h263 -acodec aac -ac 1 -ar [...]

Go-oo takes the bloat out of OpenOffice.org

Go-oo takes the bloat out of OpenOffice.org

Free application Go-oo is a fork of the popular Microsoft Office alternative OpenOffice.org with a focus on improved speed and performance. If you've ever used OpenOffice.org, Go-oo's load speed may blow your mind the first time you launch it, and it maintains a relatively small footprint while you're using it. The actual look and feel of Go-oo is [...]

Amarok 2 Beta 2

Sneak preview of Amarok 2.0 excuse the horrible music selection.

Slow linux startup? Bootchart reveals all

Slow linux startup? Bootchart reveals all

Ever wondered what takes your Linux box so long to boot up? You can see for certain with the Bootchart package. Bootchart logs the entire startup process and produces a clean, graphical representation of its results suitable for everything from troubleshooting to good old-fashioned bragging rights. Bootchart is a common utility, so check your [...]

Fedora 10: A Detailed Discussion on 13 Prime Features

Fedora 10: A Detailed Discussion on 13 Prime Features

With the success of Fedora in Linux distributions, Fedora 10 is perhaps the most anticipated operating system from their library. A faster and advanced distribution is what is proposed by them. Fedora 10, codenamed Cambridge, is set for release on November 25, 2008. So before you go on and download this new Fedora version, let me give you a [...]

HOWTO: Add a Linux server to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain

HOWTO: Add a Linux server to Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Domain

This tutorial will explain how to add a Linux/GNU server/desktop to Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory.We are going to use Likewise Open. Likewise Open is a free, open source application that joins Linux, Unix, and Mac machines to Microsoft Active Directory and securely authenticates users with their domain credentials. We will be [...]

New Totem BBC plugin

New Totem BBC plugin

A while back, the BBC approached Canonical about providing seamless access to unencumbered BBC content for all Ubuntu users (in the UK and elsewhere). We agreed to approach this by way of a plugin for our primary media player, Totem, and asked Collabora Multimedia to do the plugin development work. (more…)

Hackers working on cracking the Googlephone’s firmware

Hackers working on cracking the Googlephone’s firmware

T-Mobile's new Google Android phone, the G1, is not as open as you'd hope -- all the good hardware is sandboxed off from the development environment and requires a signature to run. But hackers are already working to crack open the firmware. From the #android channel on Freenode: I hacked my camera's firmware manually by using an exploit to cause [...]

Screen: A must for SSH

Screen: A must for SSH

If you’ve ever used SSH to connect to a server, you ‘ll know its limitations: if you want to open a new window, you’ll need to create a second SSH connection to the server. And if the connection breaks during the SSH tunnel, you’ve lost your progress. This is where Screen comes in. Screen, which calls itself a [...]

Command Line Bookmarks using bm

Command Line Bookmarks using bm

bm is a program that can make life at the terminal a little easier when you often have to deal with a couple of directories at the same time. It can be used to keep bookmarks of directories you use regularly, but are a drag to type and switch between. Of course, there are the popd, pushd and dirs commands, but a stack is often not sufficient to [...]

Firefox 3.1 raises the browser bar… again

Firefox 3.1 raises the browser bar… again

Competition is a good thing, and the way that Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome have re-invigorated browser development will mean good a better web experience all round. Let’s be honest, Internet Explorer never really offered Firefox much of a challenge. Internet Explorer has only really managed to remain relevant [...]

Linux Summit Will Preview New Advanced File System

Linux Summit Will Preview New Advanced File System

Linux Foundation is organizing a end user collaboration summit this week. A major topic will be a presentation on the new upcoming filesystems - Ext4 and Btrfs. Ted Tso, who is a Linux kernel filesystem developer on a sabbatical from IBM working for Linux Foundation for a year, has talked about the two-pronged approach for the Linux kernel, [...]

Metasploit 3.2 Offers More “Evil Deeds”

Metasploit 3.2 Offers More “Evil Deeds”

Hacking into systems (albeit for testing purposes) is apparently getting easier with the upcoming open source Metasploit 3.2 framework, according to its creator. During a packed presentation at that SecTor conference here yesterday, Metasploit creator H. D. Moore detailed some of the new features in the upcoming Metasploit 3.2 release. They [...]

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