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GAP for GIMP 2.6 released

GAP for GIMP 2.6 released

GAP is a collection of GIMP plugins that make it possible to create animations as sequences of single frames. The result can be saved as animated. GIF, AVI or MPEG file (external libraries are used for this). Now GAP 2.6.0 has been released. The new version is optimized for GIMP 2.6 and offers some new functionality. To download the [...]

Empathy will replace Pidgin and Ekiga in Ubuntu Karmic

Empathy will replace Pidgin and Ekiga in Ubuntu Karmic

Silly me... I had heard that Empathy was discussed at UDS, but i didn't realize that, as pointed out on the forum thread, the decision had already been made to include Empathy instead of Pidgin and Ekiga in Ubuntu Karmic 9.10. This is great! Karmic will be shipping with Empathy so that testing and fixing can be done, and if it's not satisfactory, [...]

Shut Down Your Windows PC Remotely From Linux

Shut Down Your Windows PC Remotely From Linux

If you've ever wanted to remotely reboot a Windows box from your Linux machine, we have you covered with the quick and easy command to use. In order to actually use this command, you'll need to make sure that you have the samba-common package installed for Ubuntu, or the corresponding package for your Linux distribution. The simple sudo apt-get [...]

Priceless Linux T-shirt

Priceless Linux T-shirt

"There are some games you need windows to run. For everything else, there's linux."

HOWTO: Recovering Deleted Files With lsof

One of the more neat things you can do with the versatile utility lsof is use it to recover a file you've just accidentally deleted. A file in Linux is a pointer to an inode, which contains the file data (permissions, owner and where its actual content lives on the disk). Deleting the file removes the link, but not the inode itself – if [...]

Asus and Microsoft join forces against Linux

Asus and Microsoft join forces against Linux

The campaign has kicked off with a web page entitled "It's better with Windows" showing adverts for Windows and suggesting it is a better choice for use with Asus' range of netbooks. Asus confirmed to vnunet.com that the campaign was legitimate, saying: "As a hardware vendor we have to provide both operation systems for our [...]

Linux Unified Kernel aims to combine Linux and NT kernels

Linux Unified Kernel aims to combine Linux and NT kernels

There are several ways to run Windows programs on Linux (virtualisation, WINE) and vice-versa really isn't a problem either with Cygwin, or better yet, native ports thanks to the Windows variants of Gtk+ and Qt. Still, what if Windows support was built straight into the Linux kernel? Is something like that even possible? Sure it is, and the [...]

Has ASUS given up on Linux?

Has ASUS given up on Linux?

At today's ASUS product showcase in Sydney, a bunch of media representatives where given a taste of the company's latest and greatest notebooks, including the new range of Eee PC netbooks. The entire range was there, from ultra-portable, touch screen netbooks to high-end, quad core Lamborghinis (I'm not joking). Even Windows Vista was [...]

Adobe has issued a DMCA removal request for rtmpdump

Adobe has issued a DMCA removal request for rtmpdump

I've just found out today that the author of rtmpdump has received a DMCA removal request via Sourceforge for rtmpdump which was hosted by them. This is rather curious since Adobe publicly and officially announced earlier this year that they will be releasing the specification of the RTMP protocol on its public developers site. Get your copy [...]

Linux group, Microsoft form unholy alliance against US lawyers

Linux group, Microsoft form unholy alliance against US lawyers

Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have penned a joint letter to the American Law Institute, in opposition to its proposal to create an implied warranty that software goods ship with “no material defects”. The odd coupling between the openista group and software multinational came about over a common beef the two parties had with the [...]

HOWTO: Receive an email when someone logs in as root

Login as root. (If you disabled root SSH logins, login with your other username, and su to root) Type: nano .bash_profile At the end of the file put this: echo 'ALERT - Root Shell Access on:' `date` `who` | mail -s "Alert: Root Access from `who | awk '{print $6}'`" offsite-email-address@gmail.com Make sure that the email address you use [...]

RHCE/RHCT Exam Changes

RHCE/RHCT Exam Changes

What is changing? Effective May 1, 2009, the RHCE exam will be a single section lasting 3.5 hours. Previously the exam consisted of two sections of 2.5 and 3.0 hours. The RHCT exam becomes a single section lasting 2.0 hours from its previous two section format lasting 1.0 hours and 2.0 hours respectively. How have the exams been made [...]

HOWTO: Recover the GRUB menu on a dual boot system

HOWTO: Recover the GRUB menu on a dual boot system

Planning ahead to multi-boot Windows and Linux distributions is the way to do it, but what if you end up erasing your boot menu and losing access to Linux? The FOSSwire blog has you covered. The open-source fans at FOSSwire detail the use of an Ubuntu live CD to get onto a system that Windows or another boot-hogging system has locked up and get [...]

Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

Linux Reaches 1% Usage Share

The April data is out for the Net Applications 'market share' survey of operating systems (more accurately referred to as a usage share). For the first time, Linux has reached 1%. This past month the Linux share increased by 0.12% which is well above the average monthly increase of 0.02%. Historically, the Net Applications estimate of market share [...]

Btrfs Is Not Yet the Filesystem Performance King

Btrfs Is Not Yet the Filesystem Performance King

Benchmarks of the Btrfs filesystem have been published by Phoronix that compare it to the XFS, EXT3, and EXT4 file-systems. In the end they conclude that this next-generation Linux filesystem is not yet the performance king. In a great number of the tests, the EXT4 filesystem that was designed to be an interim step to Btrfs actually performs much [...]

HOWTO: Build a Linux cluster

HOWTO: Build a Linux cluster

In theory, you can use any old PC. The minimum requirement is that it must be able to run Linux; so that narrows the choice down to almost any PC from the last 10 years. But in reality, the cluster works best if the machines that you’re linking together are relatively close in specification, especially when you start to take running costs into [...]

HOWTO: Amarok 1.4 in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

HOWTO: Amarok 1.4 in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

A friend recently upgraded to the latest release of Ubuntu and found that they had replaced Amarok 1.4 with the incredibly nasty Amarok 2. I spent a day messing with Amarok2 trying to get it to behave but it just wouldn't. Not to mention the CPU spikes it was causing, so we trashed it. I tried other media players but after 3 - 4 years of using [...]

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Oracle says they are committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL

Oracle says they are committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL

President Charles Phillips and chief corporate architect Edward Screven have committed to keeping Java open and to not killing MySQL. They also mocked the idea Oracle would simply shut down or close off certain technologies and talked tough on Oracle's smarts as a hardware vendor. Oracle will not kill Java. If there is one company on this Earth [...]

HOWTO: Move /home to its own partition after a linux install

HOWTO: Move /home to its own partition after a linux install

Having the "/home" directory tree on it’s own partition has several advantages, the biggest perhaps being that you can reinstall the OS (or even a different distro of Linux) without losing all your data. You can do this by keeping the /home partition unchanged and reinstalling the OS which goes in the "/" (root) directory, which can be on a [...]

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