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Introduction to using git locally


Wednesday 14th January 2009

Categories: Guides, Code, FLOSS

This guide aims to show just some of the commands that git lets you use - there are certainly far more than are listed here. It also assumes that you're only going to working locally. Much of git's usefulness becomes apparent when you start working with other people, but even for one-man jobs using git can be tremendously helpful.

Government Announces Penguin-Proof Firewall


Tuesday 1st April 2008

Category: News

Today, government spokesman Uma Head made a startling announcement - that there were too many foreign operating systems in Britain today, and something needed to be done. She declared, "Over the past decade or so, we have seen an unprecedented rise in the choice of operating system, at the cost of our own native operating systems."

Getting Started With QEMU


Saturday 30th June 2007

Categories: Guides, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

QEMU lets you emulate a machine - in other words, you can run a virtual computer on top of your real computer. This makes it perfect for trying the latest release of a distribution, running older operating systems, or just testing.

PC-BSD 1.3


Thursday 31st May 2007

Categories: Reviews, BSD, FLOSS

PC-BSD should make an interesting change for two main reasons. Firstly, it uses a BSD kernel, as opposed to the Linux kernel used in distributions such as Debian and Slackware. Secondly, its main method of installing new programs seems to be closer to that of Windows than apt. So, let's see if its claims of user friendliness are accurate.

Beginner's Guide to Debian Etch


Wednesday 11th April 2007

Categories: Guides, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

Debian is one of the most common distributions in the world. With a possible total of twenty one CDs, it is also one of the biggest. As you may have gathered from the fact that this guide exists, Debian is not the easiest distribution. However, anybody that is relatively competent with computers should be able to use Debian (after all, I am!). This is not a guide to every detail of Debian Etch - instead, it aims to get you going, so you can start tinkering away!

Peacock Linux

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Sunday 1st April 2007

Categories: GNU/Linux, FLOSS, Proprietary Software, News

Peacock Linux - the Galactic Operating System - aims to make the best of both worlds. It's the perfect amalgam between free and proprietary.

Dreamlinux 2.2


Wednesday 28th February 2007

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

Dreamlinux is one of the lesser known distributions, and certainly does not appear in the headlines with the same frequency as Ubuntu or openSUSE. However, it seems to have been ticking along nicely, with the 1.0 release about a year ago. Today, we're looking at DreamLinux 2.2, based on Debian with bits borrowed from Morphix.

openSUSE 10.2


Tuesday 16th January 2007

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

Despite being a little late, here is the review of the latest version of SUSE by its community - namely, openSUSE 10.2.

Zenwalk 4.0


Monday 11th December 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

It's no secret that I like Zenwalk - the lightweight attitude proves to be a refreshing change from many other distributions. However, thus far, I've been reluctant to recommend Zenwalk to users fairly new to Linux, or those that want things to just work. As the version number shows, Zenwalk has recently undergone some major changes - let's see what effect they have.

What Are Feeds?


Saturday 25th November 2006

Categories: Guides, Internet

Ever wondered what people meant when they said web feeds? Or RSS? Or Atom? Then read on.

Fedora Core 6


Tuesday 21st November 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

Fedora Core is often called a test version of Red Hat, but many believe that it deserves to be recognised as a fully fledged distribution in its own right. Led by a community and sponsored by Red Hat, Fedora is probably one of the most popular GNU/Linux distributions in the world, and is even used by Wikipedia. It recently reached its sixth release, so let's see what's inside.

PCLinuxOS 0.93a


Sunday 22nd October 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

PCLinuxOS is a bit of an unknown quantity to me. It appears to be pretty popular, sitting at number six on Distrowatch at the time of writing, yet I rarely hear anything about it except for the odd release. So, seeing as I know next to nothing about PCLinuxOS, it's about time that I went and saw what the fuss was about.

Flash 9 On GNU/Linux

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Saturday 30th September 2006

Categories: GNU/Linux, Internet, Opinion, Proprietary Software

Spurred by the recent articles and comments online, many of them complaining about the lack of a Flash Player 9 for GNU/Linux, I've decided to add my views about Adobe, formerly Macromedia, Flash to the pot.

Zenwalk 3.0


Sunday 24th September 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

After just a month and half since the Zenwalk 2.8 release, we get Zenwalk 3.0. Last time, I found Zenwalk to be lightweight and well designed, but suffering particularly when it came to package management. Let's see how this new version fares.

SimplyMEPIS 6.0


Tuesday 5th September 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

It's time to give the latest version of SimplyMEPIS a spin - this time, the version has jumped from 3.4 to 6.0, along with a change of base from Debian to Ubuntu. So, has it made any difference?

Freespire 1.0


Wednesday 30th August 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

So, what is Freespire? It is essentially the free (as in beer) counterpart to Linspire, which, in turn, is based on Debian and will cost you at least about fifty American Dollars. Freespire aims to be to Linspire what Fedora is to Red Hat - a free, community project.

Xubuntu 6.06


Thursday 20th July 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

So, what exactly is Xubuntu? Essentially, if you start with Ubuntu, get rid of GNOME and replace it with XFCE, similarly replacing some heavier applications with lighter alternatives, you end up Xubuntu.

Ubuntu 6.06


Sunday 16th July 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

Ubuntu still sits at number one on Distrowatch, and has done so for many, many months. Based upon Debian, it has become one of the most popular distributions in the GNU/Linux world. Ubuntu Dapper Drake, otherwise known as Ubuntu 6.06, is a Long Term Support release, meaning it has support reaching three years into the future on the desktop. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated releases in recent months, lets see if it can live up to the hype.

Interview with Zenwalk's Jean-Philippe Guillemin


Tuesday 11th July 2006

Categories: GNU/Linux, Opinion, FLOSS

Zenwalk is one of the up and coming distributions in the FLOSS world. Jean-Philippe Guillemin, the founder of Zenwalk, takes the time to answer some questions about Zenwalk and GNU/Linux in general.

Zenwalk 2.6


Saturday 24th June 2006

Categories: Reviews, GNU/Linux, FLOSS

On the whole, Zenwalk is a refreshing change from some of the behemoths of distributions that exist at the moment, let down by its package management. If installation can be made a little less intimidating, some parts more user-friendly, and its package management a little more reliable and usable, then Zenwalk could become a truly excellent distribution.

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