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Vidalinux 1.1 Review
Introduction
Vidalinux is a Gentoo based desktop OS from our friends in Puerto Rico In this article, I will review Vidalinux 1.1 with a special comparison to Gentoo. Vidalinux isn't all that old: version 1.0 was released in August 2004. This original release was followed up by 1.1 late 2004 (Christmas Day actually). I spoke with Vidalinux developers and they were more than happy to provide me with a copy of the Premium Edition.

Installation
The installation is a pretty standard fare. The Vidalinux installer uses the Anaconda technology (which is used by Fedora, Linare, and other installers). This means if you can install a distribution like Fedora you should have no problems installing Vidalinux. Looking at the screenshots should give you a pretty good idea. The only odd thing is that there are no categories listed in the package selection phase of the installation. This is a fairly minor thing for me as I chose to install all packages. Read More @ LinuxTimes.net

( Permalink: Vidalinux 1.1 Review      Submitted by LinuxTimes Sat Feb 19, 2005 )

A comparison of Window Managers
There is and will be an everlasting “Gnome vs. KDE” debate. The trend is that developers concentrate building distributions around one of the two. But not everyone wants to use Gnome/KDE, mainly because of having older hardware or not wanting to stick with the traditional panel/menu approach. After all, GNU/Linux is about freedom and choice, and there are several good window managers too choose from and to build a fully customized and lightweight desktop.

I will look at five window managers plus Xfce, considering speed, features, and configurability.

The test system was an old-school Gericom compatible laptop with a 233 MHz Intel Pentium CPU and proud 64 megabytes of RAM, running Vector Linux. On fairly new hardware, you will hardly notice any differences in performance.Read More @ LinuxTimes.net

( Permalink: A comparison of Window Managers      Submitted by LinuxTimes Sat Feb 19, 2005 )

First Look: PowerBook G4s
"That’s why I jumped at the chance to take a couple of the new models—the $1,699 12-inch version with a 1.5GHz G4 processor and SuperDrive and the $2,299 15-inch model with a 1.67GHz G4 processor and SuperDrive, both equipped with Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) and the new iLife ’05 suite—out for a spin over last weekend."
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( Permalink: First Look: PowerBook G4s      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 18, 2005 )

Writing Your Own Shell
"This is not another programming language tutorial. Surprise! A few days ago, I was trying to explain one of my friends about the implementation of the 'ls' command, though I had never thought of going beyond the fact that 'ls' simply lists all files and directories. But my friend happened to make me think about everything that happens from typing 'ls' to the point when we see the output of the 'ls' command. As a result, I came up with the idea of putting the stuff into some piece of code that will work similarly. Finally, I ended up in trying to write my own shell which allows my program to run in a way similar to the Linux shell."
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( Permalink: Writing Your Own Shell      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 18, 2005 )

Linspire Five-0 First Look
"I've had the chance to use each version of Linspire (which, until recently, was known as LindowsOS) since version 2. My reviews of each version have been published here on osnews.com, and with each one, I pointed out the strengths and weaknesses I saw. Before I go into detail, I like to point out that the version we were provided for review was Beta IV, and therefore may contain some bugs that will be ironed out before general release."
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( Permalink: Linspire Five-0 First Look      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 18, 2005 )

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
"Recently we had the chance to test out Red Hat's new version of its popular Enterprise Linux product, which Red Hat is officially unveiling today. The results were somewhat disappointing, as RHEL4 offers few compelling reasons for current RHEL3 customers to upgrade. For those considering new deployments, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 will be a more attractive option than its predecessor, but how will it fare against rival products from Novell, Sun Microsystems, and Mandrakesoft?"
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( Permalink: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 18, 2005 )

CLI Magic: Three clocks
"There are two kinds of clocks in the world. The one with hands is an analog clock. Our first CLI timepiece is the other kind -- a binary clock. In fact it's even called binary-clock. It's really only suited for day-to-day use for geeks or wannabes, but I thought it interesting enough to include in our sampling. Download the tarball, decompress it, and enter the binary-clock subdirectory created by tar. Run make and then -- as root -- make install ."
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( Permalink: CLI Magic: Three clocks      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 18, 2005 )

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
"CSI, by Aspyr Media, is an interesting video game adaption of the hit TV show bearing the same name. I say "interesting" as the game, while doing several things right, falls short in key areas that would make the game a truly memorable experience. For the purpose of this article, I will cover installation, graphics, sound, and game-play. Our test machine for this game was a dual 2GHz G5, July model, with 2 gigs of ram and the ATI 9600XT video card. "
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( Permalink: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 17, 2005 )

BSD review of SCALE 2005
"I arrived at SCALE at roughly 11:00 am on Saturday, and after getting lost in the mammoth convention center for a while I found the entrance to where the exhibition floor was. While it is definitely not as large as the previous Linux Expos in New York I've attended, there was a good group of people there and some may make the argument that because of it's smaller size people were able to connect on a technical level better resulting to in a much more productive and interesting time."
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( Permalink: BSD review of SCALE 2005      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 17, 2005 )

Linux as a Publishing Platform
"Clinton's choice of tools is slightly unusual for an author. He wrote his text with vi, an editor more traditionally used by programmers than by authors. His choice partially is explained by the fact that Clinton also is a programmer. Because he's a programmer, it also was a natural choice for him to use Python's DocTools to convert the text source to HTML, the format used to publish the book on the Web. This copy of the book was released under a Creative Commons License."
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( Permalink: Linux as a Publishing Platform      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 17, 2005 )

Setting Up a Linux Desktop in a Small Office
"If you want to use Linux exclusively in a small office network environment, you have many simple and straightforward options for creating shared folders and printers. Such options originated on the Internet, and they provide Internet security models and include different printer protocols, such as LPRng and CUPS. You can provide File Transfer Protocol or use SSH to allow access to shared files. You also can share devices such as CD-ROMs and modems. Linux provides simple and straightforward solutions, because the GNU/Linux developers implemented Internet and POSIX standards from inception."
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( Permalink: Setting Up a Linux Desktop in a Small Office      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 17, 2005 )

Hardening Linux
"The bulk of the book is spent describing how to implement preventive measures to avoid being attacked. The first step is to secure all networking before connecting to the Internet. The rest of the book goes about installing and configuring firewalls, logging and monitoring tools, encrypted filesystems and so on. The information presented is well detailed, and screenshots are provided when needed."
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( Permalink: Hardening Linux      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 17, 2005 )

iPod shuffle Tips and Tricks
"The shuffle is so simple to operate that even your 2-year-old might soon be nagging you for one. But there are plenty of fun intricacies and nuances to learn about in iPod shuffle and in its faithful companion, iTunes 4.7.1. In this article, we'll take a deeper look at the newest iPod and iTunes."
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( Permalink: iPod shuffle Tips and Tricks      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 16, 2005 )

Scribus in the Commerical DTP World
"In the second in our series of interviews with speakers in the FOSDEM KDE developers room Scribus developers Craig Bradney and Peter Linnell talk about the state of desktop publishing on Unix and its acceptance in the commercial DTP World. "
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( Permalink: Scribus in the Commerical DTP World      Submitted by Noel Wed Feb 16, 2005 )

The Power of Community on the Linux Desktop
Linux has been striving to be a capable desktop operating system for a long time now. I have been following the development of the Linux desktop since 1998. Back in those days, we Linux enthusiasts would dream of things like a web browser that didn't suck and fonts that didn't make your eyes bleed. We would lay awake at night thinking how great it would be if copy and paste worked like it did on Windows. For the longest time, the aim of desktop penguin heads was to produce a capable graphical interface that could replace the popular environments in the closed source world (Windows, MacOS, etc). Well, GNOME and KDE have taken care of that. Times have changed, and now my dad uses Linux on his desktop to do his banking and read his email peacefully, undisturbed by malware and viruses. Now, as 2005 is starting to get underway, I see some trends that are very exciting; ideas and concepts that may just see Linux become the most powerful desktop operating system in the world. Read Full Article

( Permalink: The Power of Community on the Linux Desktop      Submitted by Rusty Wed Feb 16, 2005 )

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