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Red Hat Drops the Desktop, iPhone Prices Take a Chop, and What Was Microsoft Thinking?

It's time again for another installment of Breaking News, with a look at the best and most broken — er, breaking — news from far and wide. And away we go! more>>

Automatically re-start script as root

If you use sudo you can automatically re-start scripts that need to be run as root by adding a check at the beginning of the script and executing sudo if the script is not running as root: more>>

Who Let the Dogs Out? - Call For Articles

Our September 2008 issue is going to focus on "underdog" software/programs, and we're looking for writers. If you're interested, please read on. What's an underdog? Well, for example, in Web servers, Apache is generally recognized as the top-dog, so an underdog might be lighttpd. more>>

Looking for Linux events?

Two notable shows that are coming up are LinuxFest Northwest on April 26th and 27th as well as Where 2.0 on May 12th to 14th. more>>

Give Me 3 Synths

In my next three articles I'll profile three native Linux software synthesizers (a.k.a. softsynths). I'll introduce their basic synthesis architectures and program operations, then I'll guide my readers briefly through the process of creating a new sound for each synth profiled. Our voyage begins with Nick Dowell's Analogue Modeling SYNTHesizer, better known as amSynth. more>>

Send Live Video Feeds From Your Phone to Your Website

Movino is a cool new open source project (geared specifically at Linux and Mac OS X) which allows you to send live video feed from your cellular phone to your website.

Movino consists of:

* A broadcasting application for Symbian S60 phones more>>

Newsflash: Grannies Need Linux

I completely realize I'm a geek. I've been using Linux far longer than it's been the "cool thing" to do. I've also been around the Windows world longer than Windows itself. And to nicely round off the playing field, for the better part of a decade, I've been supporting a network of Apple computers. All this experience means two things: more>>

I sound much cooler than I really am

Top 25 Articles of All Time, Part 4

This week we take a look at the all-time favorite articles ever featured on We'll feature the top 25 in this series, presenting you with five each day this week. These 25 articles alone represent tens of millions of page views on

Top Articles 6 - 10 more>>

Move Over, Asus EeePC

We know the adorably compact EeePC has gotten a lot of attention since it was released, and with the new EeePC 900 coming pretty soon, I thought I'd remind us all of another tiny Linux computer that has been around a little longer. :) If you truly believe smaller is better, you might give it a try. more>>

Which US Political Party Do You Identify With?

We've had some talk at and about political issues affecting the open source community, and with issues like the recent Microsoft OOXML controversy hitting the global political stage, we thought this might be a good time to get to know our readers' political Republican Party 22% (92 votes) Democratic Party 21% (88 votes) Libertarian Party 17% (71 votes) Constitution Party 3% (12 votes) Green Party 7% (32 votes) None of the above, I'm voting for Tux. 22% (92 votes) I prefer to remain neutral. 6% (24 votes) None of your friggin' business. 4% (16 votes) Total votes: 427

Check to see if a script was run as root

If you need to make sure a script is run as root, add the following to the start of the script: more>>

Linux Journal PDF = Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

What is light as a feather, but includes some heavy reading? The digital edition of Linux Journal, of course. In PDF format the digital edition is the ultra-portable, super-searchable, easily-archivable twin of the print magazine you've come to know and love. more>>

Linux: Sexy, Smart, and Cheap. The Perfect Date.

Yes yes, I realize it's no surprise we feel pretty attached to Linux here at Linux Journal, but that aside, what's not to love about Linux? Especially in the last few years, it's no longer a matter of whether Linux is ready for the desktop yet -- it's just a matter of when are people going to realize it? Thankfully, we're starting to see that. And here's why: more>>

Top 25 Articles of All Time, Part 3

This week we take a look at the all-time favorite articles ever featured on We'll feature the top 25 in this series, presenting you with five each day this week. These 25 articles alone represent tens of millions of page views on

Top Articles 11 - 15 more>>

More Muddy Water in Microsoft-Yahoo, and What's the Deal With Time Warner?

Tax Day is finally over here in the U.S., and with the fear of missed deductions and prison sentences out of the way, we're back at full throttle here at Breaking News. Here's our post-tax tech roundup. more>>

Letters to the Editor

We love your letters! Please send letters using our new form, and although we can't respond personally to every letter we receive, we do read each one carefully and appreciate the feedback. Note that letters we print may be edited for length and content.

Remove a path from your PATH variable

If you need to remove a path from the PATH variable before your script runs add this to the beginning of the script: more>>

Chumby Redux

When I wrote the article appearing in issue 169 of the Linux Journal we had only had George (that's what we named our Chumby) for a couple weeks. We've had him for a couple months now, and George has become well integrated into our family. more>>

Finding a home for Microsoft Vista

April 15th: So here I am on the deadline, again, doing my taxes. Taxes are a task I truly hate, although hate doesn't quite express it. I've got pencil in hand, tapping the desk, trying to invent think of some more deductions, but there doesn't seem to be anything written on the ceiling. Tapping..., tapping..., tapping... Then just as I'm about to go postal... I suddenly start to think about Microsoft Vista, no idea why... more>>

LinuxMCE is the Latest Smarthome Darling

LinuxMCE is a free, open source add-on to Kubuntu including a 10' UI -- a complete whole-house media solution with pvr + distributed media. It is stable, easy to use, and requires only the most basic computer skills to get going. more>>