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How Linux Distros Configure and Manage LVM

How Linux Distros Configure and Manage LVM

This is part 2 of a multi-part series on Linux logical volume management. If you are not already familiar with LVM, you may read part 1 here We are huge fans of Linux logical volume management, and if you know just the basic benefits of using it, you will understand why. In spite of the benefits, most Linux desktop distributions, […]

The Benefits of Using Linux Logical Volume Manager

This is the first of a three-part series, designed to introduce new users to the concept of logical volume management in Linux. To have the others delivered automatically to you, you may subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking on the RSS icon diagonally above this paragraph Logical Volume Management is a method of partitioning hard disk drives that provides […]

Graphical Firewall Clients for Linux Desktops

Graphical Firewall Clients for Linux Desktops

The Linux kernel has a built-in firewall called IPTables. Therefore, regardless of your (Linux) distro of choice, the firewall in use will always be the same. But while some distros ship with a gui client to configure and manage the firewall, others do not. Fedora, Mandriva, Parsix, and Sabayon, are example of Linux distros that install a graphical firewall client […]

Qt 4.4.2 Released

Qt 4.4.2 Released

Trolltech ASA has announced the release of the commercial and open source editions of Qt 4.4.2. Qt is a cross-platform C++ development framework for desktop and embedded applications.

Elisa 0.5.10 Released

Elisa 0.5.10 Released

The Elisa development team has announced the availability of Elisa Media Center 0.5.10. This latest update, codenamed “Fallout”, and coming just one week after the release of version 0.5.9, comes with the usual bug fixes and several new features.

Elisa 0.5.9 Released

Elisa 0.5.9 Released

Elisa Media Center version 0.5.9, codenamed “Confrontation”, has been released. Elisa Media Center is a cross-platform media center application developed by Fluendo S.L of Spain. This latest version comes with the usual set of bug fixes, and several new features.

Distro Update: eBox 0.12

Distro Update: eBox 0.12

The eBox development team has announced an update to the eBox platform. eBox is a comprehensive Linux-based (server) distribution that provides a wide range of network services – “network gateway to communication center and file management”.

gNewSense

gNewSense

gNewSense is a Linux desktop operating system that is derived from Ubuntu. It is essentially Ubuntu Linux with all non-free software removed. The project was initiated by Brian Brazil and Paul O’Malley.

A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance

A Practical Guide to GPL Compliance

The Linux kernel, and most of the software that makes it usable are governed by the GPL, or the GNU General Public License. Now at version 3 (GPLv3), the GPL was originally written by Richard Stallman, and it’s intended to protect software freedom. The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has published a guide to keeping with the terms of the […]

How to Participate in the Linux Kernel Community

How to Participate in the Linux Kernel Community

This year – 2008 – could very well be regarded as the year that the term open source made it into prime time, into main stream media. We think that Google’s launch of Android towards the end of 2007 was a major contributing factor. Suddenly, everybody is an expert on the open source community. Individuals with no knowledge of how […]

UniSIM’s Executive Master Programme in Open Source Software

UniSIM’s Executive Master Programme in Open Source Software

Starting in January 2009, the SIM University (UniSIM) in partnership with RedHat, Inc., will be offering an Executive Master Programme in Open Source Software. UniSIM is Singapore’s “first and only privately-funded university focusing on the upgrading and learning needs of working professionals and adult learners”.

El Tunes!

El Tunes!

El Tunes! is a GStreamer plugin that makes it possible to play music files purchased from Apple’s iTunes Music Store on a Linux system. It is the product of Broken Fractal Ventures, and it’s not yet fully featured. Download package for Ubuntu is available.

Building a Fedora-Based VoIP Server

Building a Fedora-Based VoIP Server

There are not a whole lot of active Linux or BSD-based Telephony/IP-PBX distros, but the few we have are quite good and easy to setup and configure. Of the four that we have profiled on this site, only AskoziaPBX is based on a BSD (FreeBSD) distro. The others – trixbox, Elastix, and AsteriskNOW – are all Linux-based. Whether Linux or […]

Open Source Security Study: Fortify Got it Wrong

Open Source Security Study: Fortify Got it Wrong

Several bloggers have already reported on the Open Source Security Study released by Fortify’s Security Research Group (and Larry Suto), but we are yet to see anyone take an in-depht look at the study itself. This is our attempt to take a closer look at the study titled “How Are Open Source Development Communities Embracing Security Best Practices?”. The study […]

NetworkManager: Secret weapon for the Linux road warrior

NetworkManager is one of those “must-have” and “must-be-installed-by-default” applications that I like to see running on any Linux or BSD desktop distro. The nm-applet, NetworkManager’s client application, is a Gnome desktop tool, and it is installed by default on the latest Gnome desktops. Similar applets exist for the K Desktop Environment – KDE, but none is as feature-rich as Gnome’s […]

Swamplayer: Beta Testers Wanted

Swamplayer: Beta Testers Wanted

Swamplayer is a software designed to stream video over a peer-to-peer bittorrent network. It is developed by the P2P Next, a consortium of public companies, research institutions and universities, from 12 European countries. The goal of the consortium is create a “Europe-wide “next-generation” internet television distribution system, based on P2P and social interaction”.

Alitheia Core 0.8.1 Released

Alitheia Core 0.8.1 Released

The Software Quality Observatory for Open Source Software (SQO-OSS), the European Commission-funded consortium, has announced the release of Alitheia Core 0.8.1. Alitheia Core is an automated platform for quality assessment of open source software projects.

Adeona: Track Lost or Stolen Computers

Adeona: Track Lost or Stolen Computers

Ever misplaced a laptop, had a desktop stolen, or a server spirited away, and wished there was a means that would enable you to tracked them down? Well, there are applications that can be installed on a computer that gives you the ability to do just that, but they are all proprietary and their methods of tracking gives no privacy […]

Elisa 0.5.1 Released

Elisa 0.5.1 Released

Elisa Media Center version 0.5.1, code-named Como se pasa, has been released. Elisa Media Center is a media center application developed by Fluendo S.L., and this version runs under Linux, Windows Vista and XP (editor’s note: If you must run Elisa Media Center, why not do so on your favorite Linux distro? It works better.)

Samba 3.2 Released

Samba 3.2 Released

Samba, the open source file and print server for Windows clients, has been updated to version 3.2. The previous stable version was version 3.0.30, and was licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2, but version 3.2 – this latest stable release – is released under the new GPL version 3.