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October 13, 2014
Most consumer PCs and laptops nowadays come with a DVD writer. In Linux, optical drives such as CD/DVD drives are assigned device names by the kernel based on udev rules at the time of booting. There are several ways to detect the writer's device name and its writing speed.
SparkyLinux Gameover Edition is 4 gigabytes worth of gaming fun with emulators for most of the best consoles from the past 30 years, Steam for modern games and PlayOnLinux for playing Windows games.
October 12, 2014
All of these text editors are console based applications which make them ideal for editing files on remote machines. Textadept also provides a graphical user interface, but remains fast and minimalist.
A good project for getting familiar with Scribus is to create a cheery greeting card. Let's say we have a nice color printer and some good card stock, and we're making Mom a birthday card. Moms love photos of their kids, so find a nice one of yourself. Open Scribus, click the New Document tab, and set your page size and orientation (figure 2). My example is US Letter, landscape, two-sided.
This is the sixth article in this series, in which I take a look at another 12 free, open-source games for Linux. Ranging from action to arcade or puzzle games, all of them should be available to install with your distribution’s package manager
Canonical announced official support for streaming Netflix videos on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, and later, using Google’s Chrome browser v37 and later. “Thanks to recent efforts at Netflix and Canonical, Ubuntu now supports watching Netflix with Chrome version 37,” stated Canonical in a blog post today. “Chrome is available to all Ubuntu users with […]
Being one of the most flexible, text-based chatting protocol, IRC has been around for over 20 years and it is still heavily used to this day. Here are five Internet Relay Chat clients with a graphical interface. Terminal-based IRC clients are not covered here.
Open games roundupWeek of October 5 - 11, 2014Happy Saturday, open gamers! In this week's edition of our open source games news, we take a look at a fan version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that removes the third dimension, MIT's game design MOOC, and more!read more
I decided to take a break from my love affair with Apache and set up a recent development project on Nginx. I set up a LEMP server (Linux, Nginx, MySQL, PHP), minus the MySQL as it’s already installed on my VM host server, and plus SSL.
QMPlay2 is a video player that uses ffmpeg and is written in Qt4, and it is similar in some ways with the popular SMPlayer application. QMPlay2 has some really neat features and an interface which I found to be particularly complete, yet pretty compact.
October 11, 2014
BackgroundOne of my Xen virtual servers needed to have its 400G disk split and resized over the weekend, and I wanted to keep downtime to a minimal. The disk had 240G used, 235G of which was a /backup directory, and the remaining 5G dedicated to a regular Debian Linux installation. I wanted to split the disk into a two disks - a 20GB disk containing the Linux system, and a 300G disk to mount as /backup. Then I could apply my DRBD setup to replicate that 300G backup partition to a separate 2nd backup machine.
It's been nearly one year since Rockstar Consortium, a patent holding company owned in part by Microsoft and Apple, launched a major patent assault against Google. Now, the issue of where the case will be heard has finally been resolved—in Google's favor.Google took the case to the nation's top patent court to get it out of East Texas and back to its home state, California. The matter of venue isn't a mere sideline skirmish.
In two weeks the All Things Open conference will be taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina. Penguins from all over will be gathering together to share ideas. And as one of the presenters this year, I started wondering, in what ways can you open source a conference presentation?read more
A class of coding vulnerabilities could allow attackers to fool Windows system administrators into running malicious code because of a simple omission: quotation marks.The attack relies on scripts or batch files that use the command-line interface, or "shell," on a Windows system but contain a simple coding error—allowing untrusted input to be run as a command. In the current incarnation of the exploit, an attacker appends a valid command onto the end of the name of a directory using the ampersand character. A script with the coding error then reads the input and executes the command with administrator rights.
Three classic Sid Meier titles for Linux are available on Steam now with a 25% discount for the whole pack.