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Linux Product Insider: Penumbra: Black Plague for Linux

This week we feature Paradox Interactive's Penumbra: Black Plague, SnapLogic 2.0 Data Integration Framework, ASUS Lamborghini VX3 Laptop, Octopz Online Collaboration Software, Neuros and Texas Instruments Open Internet Television Platform and Ixonos Mobile Television Reception Solution.

Here this week's Linux product news: more>>

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Ubuntu Hardy Heron

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Yesterday was Ubuntu day around the Linux Journal office, and I thought it'd be nice to give you a quick peek at what Hardy Heron looks like in action. more>>

Guy Kawasaki Speaks

Last night about 200 of us were fortunate enough to get to see Guy Kawasaki speak at the Houston Technology Center. He most recently penned the book "Art of the Start" and his presentation was based on just that. more>>

Ubuntu Hardy Heron: a Visual Overview

Yesterday was Ubuntu day around the Linux Journal office, and I thought it'd be nice to give you a quick peek at what Hardy Heron looks like in action. more>>

Ubuntu's Roughest-and-Toughest-Yet Takes Flight

As of about 8:15 this morning, Ubuntu — the Linux distribution that has taken the desktop world by storm — has released version 8.04 "Hardy Heron" to a flurry of cheers, frantic downloads, and — we suspect — sighs of relief from all involved. Though the GNOME-based Ubuntu has a tendency to steal the spotlight, the party also includes the KDE-based Kubuntu, Xfce-based Xubuntu, and education-focused Edubuntu. more>>

Free Issue of Linux Journal

If you're not yet subscribed to Linux Journal, you're missing out on seriously in-depth technical projects, articles, and reviews that you can't find here on Not to mention our famous (and even award-winning) authors' monthly columns which include: more>>

Helping the Needy Get Nerdy

Free Geek is a not-for-profit community organization that recycles used technology to provide computers, education, Internet access and job skills training to those in need in exchange for community service. more>>

Store amaroK Data in MySQL

By default, amaroK stores information about your [music] collection including listening habits and rankings into a SQLite database file on your filesystem. If you only use amaroK on a single computer, this works fine, but if you run it on multiple computers you might want your information to be persistent across machines. more>>

Hardy Heron - Coming to your Desktop April 24th

From the Linux Journal Flickr pool, Linux enthusiast jabzbiz brings us:

Is It the Beginning of the End for Evil Incorporated?

The end of something of any size doesn't usually come from a single event — yes, one iceberg sank the Titanic, and one wrong turn started World War I — but in general, the meltdown of a major entity is usually a chain of events that balloon towards an eventual end. With all the things going wrong for Microsoft, we can only hope that's exactly what's happening. more>>


Domo Arigato Mr Androidato—An Introduction to the New Google Mobile Linux Framework, Android

All your phones, are belong to Google — an overview of Android, the new software stack created by Google for the Open Handset Alliance. more>>

Meet Mii

WiiLi is a Linux port in the works for the Nintendo Wii. Drivers are being developed for Wii features, including the SD card slot, the wireless 802.11b/g and Bluetooth hardware, and for the remote. more>>

Hey, Buddy. Can You Spare a C-Note?

The way I figure it there are a lot of rich LJ readers out there. How do I figure that? Well we offer $100 bucks, that's right a C-note, a Franklin, a Benjamin, a Bill, a Yard for Tech Tips that we publish in the magazine. Do we get any takers? Not a lot. So I figure, since everybody out there is rolling in dough they ought to send some of it to me. more>>

Typing Nonstandard Characters on Ubuntu

Typing characters that are not standard in English can be done quite easily in [Ubuntu] Linux without any modifications. In most situations, you can do this by using the Character Map utility included in your system, which can be found at Applications > Accessories > Character Map. Upon running Character Map, a window will appear. more>>

Cat 5 Compliant Wedding Set

The female ring has a choice of four opaque colors: turquoise, white, orange or black. The male ring stands tall and dramatically transparent. Switch up sexes -- order two of the same! The world is your technological oyster.

Lovin' me some Etsy.

Introduction to Forensics

A break-in can happen to any system administrator. Find out how to use Autopsy and Sleuthkit to hit the ground running on your first forensics project. more>>

Media And The Social Web

Seana Mulcahy writes:

Move over, World Wide Web, and give a warm welcome to the World Live Web (WLW). Actually it’s been around for many years now. Unfortunately it hasn’t popped up in our beloved industry until late. more>>

I Sense Serious Changes

Well, I am trying to be a mystic here but it seems like there is something really changing for the good right now. more>>

Create a Logo from the Command Line

You can create a neat logo from the Linux command line:

$ convert -size 800x120 xc:white -font Times-Roman -pointsize 100 -fill gray -annotate +20+80 'Linux is cool!' -fill black -annotate +23+83 'Linux is cool!' -trim +repage logo.png

And, the following command should display the result:

$ qiv logo.png more>>