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HOWTO: Achieve Transparent GTK Themes

HOWTO: Achieve Transparent GTK Themes

Compiz-fusion may be the prime suite of effects on the Linux desktop, but it can’t go too far beyond decorating the windows themselves. What if you could give GTK+ widgets effects themselves? Depending on your theme, you may be able to. This is a quick "howto," but it requires a few things to be in place: Your GTK theme must support RGBA. [...]

HOWTO: Increase your available swap space with a swap file

HOWTO: Increase your available swap space with a swap file

You've finally configured every aspect of your Linux system. All of your devices function, and everything is configured just the way you like it. At least you think so, until you start running out of memory when you have heavy mathematical computations (Matlab or something) or lots of browser tabs open, with Youtube, simultaneously. You realize [...]

The story behind Tux

The story behind Tux

Running Windows viruses with Wine

Running Windows viruses with Wine

It just isn't fair that Windows users get all the viruses. I mean really, shouldn't Linux users be in on the fun as well? Well... thanks to the folks running the Wine project, Linux users can "catch the virus bug" too -- sort of. Linux just isn't user-friendly when it comes to viruses. You have to work to find and run them. It doesn't happen [...]

KTorrent Web Interface Vulnerable to Remote Takeover

KTorrent Web Interface Vulnerable to Remote Takeover

This is the beauty of open source. You can actually publish stuff like this without the fear that several black Tuesdays will pass before it's patched. Distributed under a GNU General Public license, KTorrent is a torrent client written in C++ for KDE. Feature wise, the client can compete with other popular clients, supporting protocol [...]

$100 Linux wall-wart launches

$100 Linux wall-wart launches

Marvell Semiconductor is shipping a hardware/software development kit suitable for always-on home automation devices and service gateways. Resembling a "wall-wart" power adapter, the SheevaPlug draws 5 Watts, comes with Linux, and boasts completely open hardware and software designs, Marvell says. In typical use, the SheevaPlug draws about as [...]

Amusing Unix csh/sh Commands

Amusing Unix csh/sh Commands

% cat "food in cans" cat: can't open food in cans % nice man woman No manual entry for woman. % rm God rm: God nonexistent % ar t God ar: God does not exist (more…)

Steve Ballmer: Linux is Bigger Competitor than Apple

Steve Ballmer: Linux is Bigger Competitor than Apple

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries. During a speech for investors, Steve [...]

Bash 4.0 released

New features such as the ** glob operator (matches all the directories and files in the current directory recursively) added. Introduction ============ The first public release of bash-4.0 is now available with the URLs ftp://ftp.cwru.edu/pub/bash/bash-4.0.tar.gz ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/bash/bash-4.0.tar.gz and from the usual GNU [...]

Why Microsoft should fear Ubuntu’s cloud efforts

Why Microsoft should fear Ubuntu’s cloud efforts

As we try to figure out the future of the cloud, one thing is assured: developers will drive both deployment and consumption approaches. As is common to so many other major software shifts, developers lead, regardless of what vendors want the market to look like. With the exception of Amazon.com and Google, neither of which are IT stalwarts, [...]

XFS Filesystem: It’s worth the wait

XFS Filesystem: It’s worth the wait

In 1994, Silicon Graphics Inc., of Mountain View, Calif., (SGI) released a new journaled file system on IRIX, the company's System V-based version of UNIX. This advanced file system, called XFS, replaced SGI's old EFS (Extent File System) file system, which was designed similar to the Berkeley Fast File System. Coordinating with many other kernel [...]

HOWTO: Monitor your Facebook profile in Linux

HOWTO: Monitor your Facebook profile in Linux

Facebook is surely the most popular social networking site with more than 150,000,000 users all around the world. In this guide, we will show you a small application that allows you to monitor your Facebook profile without having to constantly check it through Facebook's web site. This application notifies you instantly when your profile changes. [...]

HOWTO: Exploit Bluetooth Headsets

Here's a pretty basic "how to" on connecting your PC to Bluetooth devices. When connected, you may send sound files to the Bluetooth device and/or record anything said into a bt headset. Neat for a Linux beginner.

How Many Linux Users Are There (Really)?

How Many Linux Users Are There (Really)?

How many Linux users are there really? It's a darn good question, and there isn't a darn good answer. In one way, we're all Linux users now. As Jim Zemlin, the executive director of The Linux Foundation, points out, "I am not joking or trying to be trite, but the answer to this question is: every single person in the modern world every [...]

Cuba Declares War on Windows

Cuba Declares War on Windows

In an effort to rid every computer in the country of the American-designed Windows OS, the Cuban government has banned the software and created its own Linux-based operating system. The Communist country 90 miles off the coast of Florida calls the Linux OS "Nova", and the government considers it an integral piece in the fight against U.S. [...]

Debian “Lenny” ready for the masses?

Debian “Lenny” ready for the masses?

The venerable Debian Linux distribution has experienced a significant new release with its latest update, dubbed Lenny. While Debian is still not the easiest Linux distro to install and use, Lenny makes significant leaps forward and remains one of the most powerful Linux options. Many Linux newcomers stick with popular distros like Ubuntu or [...]

More copies of World of Goo sold when GNU/Linux version was released than any other day

More copies of World of Goo sold when GNU/Linux version was released than any other day

I just noticed a small update on the 2D Boy’s announcement of the GNU/Linux version for World of Goo. Update 4: It’s only been 2 days since the release of the Linux version and it already accounts for 4.6% of the full downloads from our website. Our thanks to everyone who’s playing the game on Linux and spreading the word. Here are a [...]

Unix Fundamentals

Unix Fundamentals

SECTION - I : FILE MANAGEMENT IN UNIX 1. How are devices represented in UNIX? All devices are represented by files called special files that are located in/dev directory. Thus, device files and other files are named and accessed in the same way. A 'regular file' is just an ordinary data file in the disk. A 'block special file' represents a [...]

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (Lenny) released

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (Lenny) released

after "22 months of constant development." From Debian.org... The Debian Project is pleased to announce the official release of Debian GNU/Linux version 5.0 (codenamed "Lenny") after 22 months of constant development. Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system which supports a total of twelve processor architectures and includes the KDE, GNOME, [...]

Unix time will reach “1234567890″ on February 13th at 5:31pm EST

Unix time will reach “1234567890″ on February 13th at 5:31pm EST

Get out your party hats! It's tomorrow, on Friday the 13th, as well. I sense the end of the world! Unix time, or POSIX time, is a system for describing points in time, defined as the number of seconds elapsed since midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of January 1, 1970, not counting leap seconds. It is widely used not only on Unix-like [...]

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