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How-to Save a Flash Video

Linux Journal's Mitch Frazier demonstrates how to save a local copy of a flash video when you don't have a save option.

Vote Now: 2009 Readers' Choice Awards

The Readers' Choice Awards take the current pulse of the Linux Community year. Vote for the tools you use every day in your work and play. more>>

Linux.Conf.Au - Penguin Dinner

I didn't really anticipate finishing my evening by hearing Linus Torvalds promise to shave off another man's beard.

Traditionally, the Linux.Conf.Au dinner features an auction to support a worthy charity. This year, we listened to a presentation from Hamish McCallum, chief scientist of the Devil Facial Tumor Program, on the plight of the Tasmanian Devil. The population is under threat from a fatal disease that causes cancerous tumours of the face and mouth, and without intervention are projected to become extinct in as little as 25 years. more>>

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Auto-launching Programs on Startup

Shawn Powers shows you how to automatically launch a program at startup.

Newstradamus Reports: Navy Nailed By Virus

A few weeks ago, Breaking News brought readers an unusual story, entitled "The Blue Screen of Megadeath," which we described as "scar[ing] the living daylights out of us." The story revealed that, in an effort to cut costs, all submarines of the UK's Royal Navy — including her four Vanguard-class subs armed with some 4,800 kilotons of nuclear weapons each — had been fitted with a stripped-down version of Windows XP. Now, just weeks later, fresh news out of the Admiralty suggests we were more on target — no pun intended — than even we knew. more>>

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Transfer Your Terminal with Screen

Shawn Powers demonstrates the use of the screen command to resume your command line applications when you switch computers.

Ask the Experts: Making the transition from standalone servers to server clusters

Question: I'm to the point in our organization that load balancing across multiple servers is really becoming necessary. Making the transition from standalone servers to server clusters is a daunting task to say the least. What's the best way to make such a change? Is it possible to start small and increase the "cluster" as we go? more>>

Linux.Conf.Au - Day One

My flight from Wellington to Sydney can be easily chalked up as one of the most painful experiences of my life - alongside military service, breaking a bone, and supporting Windows 98. Things improved markedly when, after approximately three hours standing in line, my colleague and I boarded our flight from Sydney to Hobart. more>>

Nokia Puts the L in License

This time last year, the big news from the-company-formerly-known-as-Trolltech — now Qt Software — was a takeover bid from mobile-phone giant Nokia, which closed successfully in June for an estimated €104 million. Once again January brings Trolltech/Qt news from Nokia, this time announcing that beginning with the upcoming 4.5 release, the Qt framework will be licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License. more>>

Linux.Conf.Au - Getting Ready

January is here and it's that time of year for penguin-lovers everywhere to make their annual migration south to Australia to flock together. is one of the world's most popular technical Linux conferences, and for it's 10th anniversary is being held at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. more>>

Windows 7, A Linux User's Perspective

It’s no secret that I’m a Linux fan. I love it. I use it. I tell of its goodness far and wide. It’s also true, however, that I administer and use a variety of operating systems throughout any given day. I like to think that makes me more objective than some, and I like to think more people will pay attention to me if I don’t bash every other operating system out there. more>>

Tribler: BitTorrent and Beyond

P2P (peer-to-peer) is the nature of the Net. You can fight that, or you can embrace it. Here in the US, the mainstream entertainment business has mostly been fighting it. Hollywood and its phone and cable company allies have long regarded P2P, and BitTorrent in particular, as a copyright piracy system and a bandwidth hog. more>>

Holiday Cheer, Holiday Uncheer - Part 2

Continuing my holiday machine maintenance saga I move on to some notable trials and tribulations with Ubuntu, but not before I report on a little more holiday cheer. more>>

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How-to Sync Bookmarks with Foxmarks

Shawn Powers shows you how to sync your bookmarks with the Firefox "Foxmarks" extension.

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The Votes Are In, and the Next Fedora Will Be...A Ship?

Ongoing for nearly three months now, the Fedora Project's election season appears to have finally come to a close. Beginning in November with nominations for the Fedora Project Board and various project committees, and continuing through an election and appointment cycle that stretched into early January, only the election to determine the project's next release name remained. That was until this past Saturday, when it was revealed that Fedora 11 will bear the appellation Leonidas. more>>

Convert SpreadSheets to CSV files with Python and pyuno, Part 2

Using the SSConverter class that we developed last week, which used the OORunner class from the week before that, this week we'll create a Python function that allows us to use spreadsheets as if they were CSV files by converting them on more>>

Malaysian Government Saves Big with Open Source

Open Source in the public sector seemed to be all the rage in 2008, with government agencies all over Europe — not to mention agencies of the EU itself — adopting, and in many cases, mandating Open Source software and standards. Of course, Europe was not the only continent cozying up with a copy of the source code — governments in Africa, Asia, North & South America, and all over the South Pacific were exploring and implementing Open Source in 2008. Now, one of those governments has revealed the savings-side of OSS, and the numbers they're tossing around are pretty nice. more>>

Security Round-up

The January 2009 issue of Linux Journal is all about security. At, searching for the term "security" returns 435 results, which might take some time to wade through. Here are my picks from articles that recently have been popular on-line: more>>

German Students to Do the Geek Gordons

If you've been hacking, coding, or just generally IT-ing for more than ten minutes, you've likely run into a stereotype or two about geeks — and there's always a grain of truth, however tiny, behind a stereotype. At least that seems to be the prevailing wisdom at Germany's Potsdam University, where the IT faculty are gearing up to turn their masters students into master suitors. more>>

Palm Pre the Belle of the Ball, with Linux on Her Arm

By many of the accounts we've seen, the star of last week's Consumer Electronics Show was Palm's new Pre smartphone, a Linux-based offering with all the features we've come to expect from post-iPhone devices and a few innovations of it's own. more>>