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10 ways to go green with Linux

Editor’s note: Most people write about Linux as if it’s the only free and open source operating system in use. They seem to forget, or are ignorant, or have no knowledge of the BSD operating systems. I am referring to OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and a few others. If I wrote this article, I would have titled it “10 ways […]

How to Fight Government Spying

How to Fight Government Spying

Is the government spying on you? Want to do something about it? Right, bet you do. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has a number of solutions for you. Since 1990 (when it was founded as a non-profit organization), the EFF has being fighting to defend your digital rights. This week, the EFF launched a campaign designed to “educate the American […]

Qt 4.5 and Qt Creator Released

Qt 4.5 and Qt Creator Released

Nokia announced today the availability of version 4.5 of the Qt cross-platform application and UI framework. It also introduced Qt Creator, a new lightweight cross-platform Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Qt 4.5 and Qt Creator combined comprises the Qt SDK, an easy to install package that will let application developers to create applications quickly and easily.

SSD’s, Journaling, and noatime/relatime

On occasion, you will see the advice that the ext3 file system is not suitable for Solid State Disks (SSD’s) due to the extra writes caused by journaling — and so Linux users using SSD’s should use ext2 instead. However, is this folk wisdom actually true? This weekend, I decided to measure exactly what the write overhead of journaling actually […]

Debian GNU/Linux 5 installation options

Debian GNU/Linux 5 installation options

The Debian GNU/Linux installer has always been one of the best installers you’ll find on any free operating system. My one gripe with it is that it involves far too may steps. That is still true with updated installer that comes with Debian 5, the latest release of the distro. However, this new installer has made selecting the initial options […]

Which Debian 5 iso image should you download?

Which Debian 5 iso image should you download?

Like previous Debian GNU/Linux releases, Debian 5 gives you a number of options when it comes to downloading an iso image for installation. Regardless of platform – x86, x86-64 or any supported platform, you may choose to download a full CD, DVD, USB, or a floppy image, or a small “netinst” iso image.

Sabayon Linux 4 Installation Guide

Sabayon Linux 4 Installation Guide

Sabayon Linux is a Gentoo-based, multi-purpose distribution. Like previous versions of Sabayon Linux, the latest upgrade version, Sabayon Linux 4, installs – by default, more stuff than you’ll ever need. This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install a much leaner Sabayon Linux 4 desktop using the K Desktop Environment, the default desktop environment..

Configure LVM on Sabayon Linux 4

Configure LVM on Sabayon Linux 4

Sabayon Linux 4 is one of a handful of Linux distro that uses LVM as the default disk partitioning scheme. Linux Logical Volume Manager (LVM) is a feature built into the Linux kernel that brings some benefits to hard disk configuration and management under Linux that is not possible with the traditional method of disk management. It makes it possible […]

Linpus Linux 9.6 Installation Guide

Linpus Linux 9.6 Installation Guide

Linpus is a Linux distribution developed and supported by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a company based in Taipei, Taiwan. The latest stable version, Linpus 9.6, or any other version for that matter, has no accessible documentation online. So if you are new to Linux and need some hand-holding installing Linpux 9.6, this step-by-step installation guide is just for you.

Sabayon Linux 4 Released

Sabayon Linux 4 Released

The perfect Christmas gift for fans fo Sabayon Linux – Sabayon Linux 4, is here. Sabayon Linux is a Gentoo-based distribution GNU/Linux distro with binary package installation. From the release announcement, this version comes loaded with features and package enhancements.

OpenSSH Server Installation on Linux Mint 6

OpenSSH Server Installation on Linux Mint 6

OpenSSH is a free implementation of the SSH protocol. It is developed by the OpenBSD team, and provides secure replacements for rlogin, telnet, and ftp. By default, only the client is installed on Linux Mint 6. To install the server, follow these simple steps.

Install Elisa Media Center on Linux Mint 6

Install Elisa Media Center on Linux Mint 6

Elisa Media Center is a modular, cross-platform media center application developed by Fluendo S.A. of Spain. It is installed by default on Sabayon Linux, but on most other distros, you will have to install it yourself. Luckily, it is available as a package in the default repository of Linux Mint (6).

Linux Mint 6 Installation with Custom Disk Partitioning

Linux Mint 6 Installation with Custom Disk Partitioning

Linux Mint 6, the latest stable version of Linux Mint, a (Linux) desktop distro based on Ubuntu 8.10, was released on December 15, 2008. As with Ubuntu and other Ubuntu-based distros, installing Linux Mint (6) involves a simple, seven-step process. On a default installation, the installer creates two partitions: A primary partition for the / (root) file system, which holds […]

Linux Mint 6 Released

Linux Mint 6 Released

The Linux Mint team has announced the release of Linux Mint 6. Based on Ubuntu 8.10, and code-named Felicia, this release features a Live CD iso image (the Main Edition), with support for multimedia codecs and restricted formats, and a Live DVD iso image (the Universal Edition) that lacks the codecs and restricted-formats support of the Live CD version.

Elisa 0.5.22 Released

Elisa 0.5.22 Released

The Elisa team has announced the release of Elisa Media Center 0.5.22. Elisa Media Center is a free and open source cross-platform media center application, developed by Fluendo S.A. of Spain. Dubbed “Where Is My Mind?”, this release comes with the usual set of bug fixes, and a few new features.

FSF Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations

FSF Files Suit Against Cisco For GPL Violations

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Cisco. The FSF’s complaint alleges that in the course of distributing various products under the Linksys brand Cisco has violated the licenses of many programs on which the FSF holds copyright, including GCC, binutils, and the GNU C Library. In doing so, Cisco has […]

Qt Widgets and the Third Dimension

Qt Widgets and the Third Dimension

Some people have been asking how to embed Qt painted content (and especially Qt widgets) in a 3d scene. As I’ve been wanting to do this ever since we added QTransform supporting fully projective transformations, I sat down and wrote a small example demonstrating these capabilities. With no further delay, I present WolfenQt:

Install Elisa Media Center on Foresight Linux

Install Elisa Media Center on Foresight Linux

Elisa Media Center is a free and open source media center application developed by Fluendo SA, the same Spanish company responsible for the development of the Codeina Codec installation Service. It is installed by default on Sabayon Linux, but on a distro like Foresight, you will have to install it yourself.

FreeNAS 0.69 RC2 Released

FreeNAS 0.69 RC2 Released

FreeNAS 0.69 Release Candidate 2 has been made available for testing by the FreeNAS dev team. FreeNAS is a BSD-based, free and open source NAS/SAN software solution. Code named Kralizec, this release comes with several new features and the usual set of bug fixes.

A Microsoft Veteran Embraces Open Source

Keith Curtis has just written a book about the future of software. That in itself isn’t unique. More unusual is that Mr. Curtis, an 11-year veteran of Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, believes deeply that open source is the future of software.