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Linux Mint 10 vs. Ubuntu 10.10

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Discover why I prefer Linux-Mint Julia over Ubuntu Maverick...
Yet, default [Ubuntu] functionalities are not enough to turn a Windows-7-addicted into the Ubuntu lover I want him to become. In fact, Ubuntu new-comers get shocked by the new interface gnome offers, and frustrated when they find no flash support for their browsing. Hence, in order to fill that gap, I find myself downloading, installing and configuring new features, like compiz for visual effects, closed-source codecs for medias, system upgrades for more stability, a more friendly theme, etc...
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mail this link | permapage | score:9241 | -aimar, December 23, 2010

Top Firefox addons

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Open source, fast, and relatively secure, Firefox is today the second most used browser in the world. Of course, great alternatives do exit, like Chromium web browser. But what's so special about Firefox that makes the majority opt for it?
The answer for that may be too long for me to deal with in a single post. However, I'll just say that third party addons play a significant role in Firefox's popularity. Following, is my top ten favorite Firefox addons: read more...
permapage | score:8927 | -aimar, December 16, 2010

Free Ubuntu Games

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If you're fed-up with first person shooters and mid-aged graphics games, then searching for a decent free game for your Ubuntu Linux system can be quite difficult.

This compilation of five of the best quality, free of charge, Ubuntu games may help you finding more. No detailed descriptions, just some screenshots to make your drool, along with installation details. Enjoy ;)

[The games covered are Toribash, M.A.R.S, Steel Storm, NeverBall, and World of Goo.] read more...
permapage | score:8511 | -aimar, January 8, 2011

Apps for Ubuntu 10.10

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Ubuntu Software Center is one of the best features Ubuntu Linux has. This huge software library allows you to choose and download Ubuntu applications in just a couple of clicks. At the time of this writing, and in my Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, 34553 items are available in my USC. OK, diversity makes us stronger, yet, searching for a software that covers a specific need into thousands of applications can turn out to be a real nightmare. read more...
permapage | score:8354 | -aimar, December 16, 2010

Recover a browser-stored password

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So you have a little naughty password hidden behind your browser's asterisks, and for some reason you couldn't recover it. I'm going to show you how to recover that in less than 5 clicks, using Google Chrome/Chromium browser. Note that this can also be done using Firefox, via Firebug extension. read more...
permapage | score:7939 | -aimar, February 1, 2011

The Open Source case for LibreOffice

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If you are an OpenOffice user, I strongly recommend you switch to LibreOffice. If you're not, then you should give LibreOffice a try, after all, it's free.
Once upon a time, there was Sun's OpenOffice

Sun, was the company behind OpenOffice.org (and other major open source projects such as MySQL, VirtualBox OSE, and OpenSolaris). By January 2010, Sun was aquired by Oracle.

Oracle, and let me put this straight, are people who don't give a darn about open source.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7881 | -aimar, February 3, 2011

remastersys: Custom Ubuntu Live CD

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Create a custom Ubuntu LiveCD using remastersys. Simple, yet efficient.
In this post, I'm going to show you how to create your custom ubuntu flavor using remastersys. In my case, I've a ubuntu 10.10, on top of which I've installed Cheese (for webcam support), and Tumiki Fighters (my favorite game). I also use Radiance theme. And I want to export the whole thing to a .iso live DVD. Don't worry, it's a piece of cake ;)
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permapage | score:7680 | -aimar, December 13, 2010

Scheduling Linux commands

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Have a Linux script or a command that you want to execute on a regular basis? Well, crontab is just what you need!

[This is a beginner's introduction to using crontab for scheduling commands for the cron daemon to execute at specified times or intervals.] read more...
permapage | score:7322 | -aimar, December 19, 2010

OSSEC: Client/Server Intrusion Detection System

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With over seven years of active development, and more than 20000 downloads a month, OSSEC has become the de-facto standard for open source Host-based Intrusion Detection.
According to Forrester Research, the majority of security breaches involve internal employees, with some estimates as high as 85 percent. So what if an employee of yours launches a local attack without casting a single packet? Host based Intrusion Detection Systems, namely OSSEC, are a solution.
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permapage | score:7176 | -aimar, December 14, 2010

Updating and customizing a new Ubuntu installation

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Discover my top ten things to do after installing Ubuntu!
With Ubuntu, you don't need to look for 10 multimedia players and different codecs and pluguins in order to visualize videos and browse websites correctly. It's just a single package, called "ubuntu restricted extras", that you need to install, than you'll be able to play and browse (almost) every audio/video format.
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permapage | score:7003 | -aimar, January 24, 2011

Create a bootable Linux USB flash drive

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Fedora, Ubuntu, openSUSE, BackTrack, Linux-Mint... So many tempting Linux distributions that you want to test (if you don't, don't bother reading the rest :p). Hopefully, all of them are legally available for legal download. However, you don't want to burn 10 CDs each month to test the latest releases. So what about booting from your USB drive??

Actually, this is possible, easy and practical. read more...
permapage | score:6978 | -aimar, December 14, 2010

Using VirtualBox 4

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In this post, I'm going to show you how to create and setup a Virtual Machine, step by step, using the Open Source-based Oracle's VirtualBox 4.0.
Next, you'll have to choose between a Dynamically expanding storage and a Fixed-size one.

In Dynamically expanding storage option, you'll have to specify the limit of the disk space you want to allocate to your VM. Physical hard disk space will be dynamically consumed, depending on the virtual one. So If you specify a limit of 10 Gigs for your VM, and have only used 3Gigs, your hard disk space will be 3Gigs short. In Fixed-size storage, you specify the disk space, and it's statically assigned to your VM, no-matter how much of it you actually use.
In short, Dynamically expanding storage is the clever choice, so go for it:
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mail this link | permapage | score:6925 | -aimar, January 7, 2011

Create a UI fast

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Create a nice User Interface using Qt Designer in a couple of minutes!
We will create a mini-calculator that, by the end of this tutorial, should look like this:

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As usual, I'll be using a ubuntu box, as well as Qt 4.7. Qt is cross-platform, so don't worry if you're using another Linux flavor or Windows: the steps are almost the same :)
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permapage | score:6801 | -aimar, January 3, 2011

Install Microsoft Office 2007 on Linux

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For those who are compelled to work with MS Office files, there is -sadly- no better way than doing so using Microsoft Office itself.

The good news is that you don't necessarily have to use it on the Windows Operating System, thanks to free software like Wine and PlayOnLinux. read more...
permapage | score:6763 | -aimar, January 31, 2011

Addictive Linux Games

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Note that the following games should work on other Linux flavors and Unix based Operating Systems. Yet, I'll only provide download/install instructions for Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions.

[This article covers QuatnZ, Nexuiz, TUMIKI Fighters, Osmos, and MegaGlest.] read more...
permapage | score:6499 | -aimar, January 20, 2011
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Space Tyrant: A threaded game server project in C

Why Programmers are not Software Engineers

Space Tyrant: Multithreading lessons learned on SMP hardware

VPS: Xen vs. OpenVZ

Apple to Intel move no threat to Linux

The Supreme Court is wrong on Copyright Case

No, RMS, Linux is not GNU/Linux

Space Tyrant: A threaded C game project: First Code

Scripting: A parallel Linux backup script

The short life and hard times of a Linux virus

The Network Computer: An opportunity for Linux

Graffiti Server Download Page

MiniLesson: An introduction to Linux in ten commands

Programming Language Tradeoffs: 3GL vs 4GL

Microsoft to push unlicensed users to Linux

Space Tyrant: A multiplayer network game for Linux

How to install Ubuntu Linux on the decTOP SFF computer

Download: Linux 3D Client for Starship Traders

Closed Source Linux Distribution Launched

Apple DIY Repair

Linux vs. Windows: Why Linux will win

Linux dominates Windows

The life cycle of a programmer

Mono-culture and the .NETwork effect

Shadow.sh: A simple directory shadowing script for Linux

The Real Microsoft Monopoly

Why software sucks

Hacker Haiku

Testing the Digital Ocean $5 Cloud Servers with an MMORPG

Tutorial: Introduction to Linux files

Beneficial Computer Viruses

Missing the point of the Mac Mini

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