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Here Comes IPv6... Guess Who is Not Ready

In about 100 days, the United States Federal Government will be required to be running large portions of their systems on IPv6. Now, for the few non-technical in the crowd, it means that the address your PC uses to connect to the Internet, in most cases, is IPv4. more>>

Highlight Your Shell Prompt When Working as Root

A useful thing that some distros have started doing is setting the color of your shell prompt differently if you're logged in as root. This gives you an additional visual cue that helps avoid doing things as root when you don't want to. If your distro doesn't do this for you, you can accomplish it by changing your .bashrc files. To set the color of your shell prompt you set the shell variable PS1. more>>

The Open Source Lifestyle -- Privacy versus Respect

If you click this link, you can see my house. That vehicle in the driveway is my 1991 Ford Ranger. I give you that link without hesitation, because with the current state of technology, it's a simple point and click to get my address, and a copy/paste after that to get a map. more>>

File Synchronization with Unison

Keeping the files on multiple machines synchronized seems to be a recurring problem for many computer users. Until I discovered Unison ( I never really had a completely satisfactory solution. more>>

Revolution Through Software

We all talk about our Open Source or Free software as a mainstream thing. Today it is certainly hard to see it as anything else. When you find Linux in airplanes, on Wall Streat and in your set-top box it certainly feels mainstream.


Port Linux onto an iPod

iPodLinux is an open source venture into porting Linux onto the iPod. more>>

The Dao of Open Source Software

About six years ago I was reading 365 Tao: Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao. It has a short reading for each day. I started re-reading it again this year. Sometimes it amazes me how what I read seems applicable to various things. What I just read seemed to cover who we have open source software. It didn't start that way but it got there. Here is that reading. more>>

Top 25 Articles of All Time, Part 1

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 Here we go...

Top Articles 21 - 25 more>>

Up With Ads, Down With Windows, Off With the Internet?

For the second week in a row, we're bringing you a special late-breaking weekend edition of Breaking News, bringing you a selection of stories we wouldn't want you to miss, and whetting your appetite for the return of our regular edition mañana. more>>

Linux Product Insider: Audiophile Device from Olive

Welcome to the April 11th edition of the "Linux Product Insider", our weekly round-up of new products and services in Linux and open source.

Here are some significant announcements made this week: more>>

Olive Media's OPUS No4 & MELODY No2

Open Source - the new evil?

A recent post over at CBR News (that's Comic Book Resources in case you're not into that sort of thing) has more than a couple bloggers amused if not slightly perturbed by the description of the new villain up against Iron Man, Tony Stark. more>>

Hardy Heron -- Clean or Dirty

As the release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS rapidly approaches, the all important question is beginning to form in everyone's mind. Upgrade, or freshly install. more>>

One Router to Rule Them All

Most of what we offer in Breaking News are roundups of the day's news — a convenient place to find the most important developments and have a chuckle at the same time. more>>

Ultimate Linux Box

The "Ultimate Linux Box" time of year is coming around again, and here at the Linux Journal office, we've been debating how to define what it means to be "Ultimate." I'm sure that my opinion is the correct one, but we decided it would be best to ask an impartial judge. That's where you come in. Ultimate Gaming Machine 14% (217 votes) Massive Storage Beast 7% (114 votes) Super Green Earth Friendly 10% (152 votes) Uber Cheap Bargain Basement 8% (119 votes) Perfectly Silent Hear a Pin Drop PC 14% (213 votes) Rockin' Rackmount Server 8% (121 votes) Mega Multimedia Creation Studio 11% (174 votes) Entertainment Extravaganza Living Room PC 15% (237 votes) Hard Drive, Schmard Drive -- Gimme an Ultimate Thin Client 3% (42 votes) Computers are for chumps. I want a brain implant. 10% (160 votes) Total votes: 1549

So, Linux Journal readers, what says you?

More Monkey Business at Microsoft, and Getting Chatty in the Friendly Skies

Things have been fairly light so far this week — perhaps recovering from all the drama that played out last week — but we here at Breaking News have found a few interesting bits to share, so we might as well get down to it. more>>

Dealing with, um, Wastewater

MARENA, the government agency responsible for the environment in Nicaragua, has asked us to use a biofilter waste water treatment system instead of a traditional septic tank and drain field for the Geek Ranch. The reasoning is that as we are building in a nature reserve, we are being held to higher standards than is typical outside the reserve. more>>

Of Microsoft, GNU/Linux and Boiled Asses' Heads

There are many ways of peering into the future. This page lists 163 of them, including cephalonomancy (divination by boiling an ass head), coscinomancy, (divination using a sieve and a pair of shears), ololygmancy (fortune-telling by the howling of dogs) and tiromancy (divination using cheese). Me, I prefer to stick with the tried-and-trusted method of reading between the lines of Microsoft press releases. more>>

Introducing Google App Engine

Google App Engine enables developers to build their web applications on the same scalable systems that power Google applications. more>>

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Play Windows Games on Linux

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Linux Journal Gadget Guy Shawn Powers walks you through how to play Windows games on Linux. more>>