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Nerrivik – Beta 1 of Amarok 2.0 released!

Nerrivik – Beta 1 of Amarok 2.0 released!

The Amarok team is proud to announce the first beta version of Amarok 2, codenamed Nerrivik, released after days of hard work during this year's Akademy in Belgium. It contains a considerable amount of improvements over the previous alpha versions, bringing Amarok one step closer to the 2.0 release. Thanks again for sending bug reports, patches [...]

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON, the 9000+ attendee hacker conference in Vegas has become a sort of hydra conference. It has become more like a global fair than what most people think of conferences; even the badge is highly unique. I say this because there are so many things to do at DEFCON, other than going to talks, that you could spend your whole weekend looking at [...]

IBM To Linux Desktop Developers: “Stop Copying Windows”

IBM To Linux Desktop Developers: “Stop Copying Windows”

IBM, whose decision to back Linux years ago was a driving force in its adoption by business, called on developers of the open-source operating system to make it more "green" and to stop copying Windows, if they want to see Linux on the desktop. Bob Sutor, VP of open source and standards at IBM, told attendees of the LinuxWorld Conference in San [...]

Linux to Confuse the Masses

Linux to Confuse the Masses

Sometimes it’s fun to just make people think “WTF‽” when they see your computer. That’s “WTF‽” in a good way. It’s not hard on Linux to make people say “woah”, but it’s even easier, if you know the command line, to make people look at you typing away on your laptop and [...]

HOWTO: Secure A Linux Web Server

HOWTO: Secure A Linux Web Server

If you self-manage or Co-Lo a Linux server, you absolutely need to know how to secure your box. If you don't know, you need managed hosting. End of story. No questions. Here's a (very) basic outline for you. You'll need to do some research on each step. This post is specific to a Linux server running Apache and PHP, a very common combination. [...]

Phoenix BIOS Locks out all OS’s except Vista!

Phoenix BIOS Locks out all OS’s except Vista!

Below is a cute read from the LinuxForums... This seems like a BIOS targeted to be used only with Windows Vista, because no other OS has the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) functionality. This means that this BIOS will protect your hard disk data, even if your laptop is stolen. I'm not a fan of TPM (a.k.a. DRM) but it's like "encrypting" your hard [...]

Linux should rival Apple, urges Ubuntu founder

Linux should rival Apple, urges Ubuntu founder

Linux should be able to rival Apple as a desktop operating system said Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth, speaking at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Oregon, also urged development of a new revenue model to fund free software and set his sights on a services-based mechanism for this. He also stressed [...]

Linux is Not Windows

Linux is Not Windows

If you've been pointed at this page, then the chances are you're a relatively new Linux user who's having some problems making the switch from Windows to Linux. This causes many problems for many people, hence this article was written. Many individual issues arise from this single problem, so the page is broken down into multiple problem [...]

Find is a Beautiful Command-line Tool

Knowledge of command-line tools is essential to take the next step in programming/linux productivity. I think it would be useful to provide simple tutorials for these powerful tools, starting with find. I hope you agree, and would appreciate your feedback in the comments. Tutorial If you’re on Windows, I would recommend installing Cygwin [...]

HOWTO: Remote Shutdown of a Windows Computer from Linux

HOWTO: Remote Shutdown of a Windows Computer from Linux

I was away for a few days with my family visiting relatives, but being self-employed it can be hard to take time off, and wouldn't you know it I had to spend a little time online checking email, finding passwords for people and occasionally just checking in on things at the house through a remote desktop connection to a Windows media computer [...]

Banshee GNU music player for Linux turns 1.0

Banshee GNU music player for Linux turns 1.0

I'm awfully excited to note (belatedly) that Banshee, the free and open source music player for Linux, turned 1.0 a couple weeks ago. When I first surveyed all the music players available for the girlfriend's Linux laptop, Banshee looked the most promising, but it was still in a fairly unstable beta. Now that it's finished, I'm happily importing [...]

The Kernel Boot Process

The Kernel Boot Process

A previous post explained how computers boot up right up to the point where the boot loader, after stuffing the kernel image into memory, is about to jump into the kernel entry point. This last post about booting takes a look at the guts of the kernel to see how an operating system starts life. Since I have an empirical bent I’ll link [...]

Wine 1.0 is now available

Wine 1.0 is now available

Wine has had its first non-beta stable release ever today. By complete coincidence today is the same day Firefox 3 came out. (more…)

Embedding a File in an Executable, aka Hello World v5967

Embedding a File in an Executable, aka Hello World v5967

I recently had the need to embed a file in an executable. Since I'm working at the command line with gcc, et al and not with a fancy RAD tool that makes it all happen magically it wasn't immediately obvious to me how to make this happen. A bit of searching on the net found a hack to essentially cat it onto the end of the executable and then [...]

Excellent Fedora 9 Installation Guide

Excellent Fedora 9 Installation Guide

Fedora 9 (SULPHUR) was released this past month. As always it comes along with some new and bleeding edge features such as 2.6.25 kernel, Gnome 2.22.1, KDE 3.5.9, OpenOffice 2.4, Firefox 3 and PackageKit, a new cross-distribution software management system that has replaced pirut and pup. I've written this guide to help new Fedora users to easilly [...]

Goosh: The Unofficial Google Shell

Goosh: The Unofficial Google Shell

The first thing I typed was uname -a and I didn't know what to expect... (more…)

Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive

Fedora 9 Puts Your Desktop on a USB Drive

This past week's release of the Fedora 9 Linux makes putting a full-fledged desktop on a portable USB thumb drive a three-click affair. Even better, you don't need Linux installed to create it, you can leave the data on your thumb drive untouched, and any files you create or settings you tweak remain in place the next time you boot up. After the [...]

Red Hat Launches Red Hot Fedora 9

Red Hat Launches Red Hot Fedora 9

Red Hat’s Fedora Project launched today the new Fedora 9. The new version offers users of the Linux Operating System a whole new set of features, including the KDE 4 desktop environment which represents the system’s main characteristic. Fedora is a Red Hat Package Manager – based, general purpose Linux distribution with [...]

Fedora 9 Gives Ubuntu a Run For Its Money

Fedora 9 Gives Ubuntu a Run For Its Money

The Fedora Project has released Fedora 9, a significant upgrade for the popular Linux distribution. Fedora 9 packs in a number of new features including an improved package management system, KDE 4 and more. Perhaps the best part of Fedora 9 is the new live USB options. Fedora has always made it easy to go from a live CD to a bootable USB [...]

The Great Ubuntu-Girlfriend Experiment

The Great Ubuntu-Girlfriend Experiment

I’ve toyed with Linux since 2002, when I first installed Mandrake. With the latest release of Ubuntu, I was interested to see how far Linux had come since then in terms of being used easily by the mainstream. So, I tricked my grudging girlfriend Erin into sitting down at a brand new Ubuntu 8.04 installation and performing some basic tasks. [...]

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