Linus Torvalds, the man behind Linux has announced the release of the last RC version of the next Linux kernel. The kernel 2.6.31-RC-8 has included minor fixes and is realy for a full release. After a complete eight series RC releases over weeks and days, the final RC has included many fixes and features to be seen in the kernel’s final release.

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Skype 2.1 Beta for Linux came out this week. Users of the popular VoIP application on the Linux platform had been demanding video support since like – ages. They may rejoice now as this Beta release features native video call support, among several other features.

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Software Store

Ubuntu has recently unveiled its official App store at the ongoing Ubuntu Developer’s Summit. Previously codenamed AppCenter the store is now simply known as the Software Store or the Ubuntu Software Store.

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Changing the look of your Gnome Desktop can be quite cumbersome. The best way to do it is by using a tool called gnome-art-ng.

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UAC is one of the most annoying and least used features ever invented for an operating system. We hate it on Windows Vista, we hate it on Windows 7 and we equally hate it on Linux. Here is a way to disable UAC on Linux.

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Super Grub Disk is pretty much the application, you would like to keep with you at all times,as it is the most handy boot recovery ever. You do not need to enter long frightening commands. There are three simple and easy steps.

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Today, I will talk about a software which lets us create a bootable pendrive to install or run the Ubuntu live CD. It also supports Linux Mint. This software needs atleast a size of around 2 GB for the ISO live CD. We can also set options for Automatic-Virtualization of the Linux platform inside of the Windows installation.

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In one of my previous posts, I had talked about customizing startup on Ubuntu. So here it is. For this to work ,you need to install a software which goes by the name of SUM(Startup Manager).

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If you check out the last post on How to set Windows as Default OS in Grub, you will see that there are some terms which you will be moving up and down in the menu.lst file. Now, to better understand the usage of this, the terms are explained in a lucid manner here

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Grub

An installation of Linux after windows, places Linux on the top of the grub list and Windows at the end. That also initializes with Linux in selection and our workstation boots into Linux if allowed automatically. Here are some easy steps to change this and put Windows as the default as well as the first OS in the list.

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Moonlight

Moonlight 2.0 Beta1 is supposedly feature complete and also supports other Unix/X11 systems. For better portability of Silverlight applications to Linux, it uses some of the Silverlight  APIs too. The new version 2.0 indicates that Moonlight is now compatible with all Silverlight 2.0 applications.

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Netbooks are no more seen as downgraded laptops. Nowadays, they are seen as platforms for development and advanced usages of dedicated applications. That is the exact reason that major companies like HP, Acer and Lenovo are all going gaga on netbooks and all developers are going gaga on developing an OS for netbooks.

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HP MIE

MIE is a lightweight Linux distro from HP which has pretty low system requirements to run efficiently even on ARM powered laptops. This Linux distro has WIFI, and bluetooth support as well which works like a breeze on any other laptop, it has been successfully tested on Acer Aspire One.

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Accessing windows network shares from the Linux command line is quick and easy.
Get the application smbmount from the repositories using sudo apt-get smbmount
Then, go to the terminal and key in :

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Arpwatch is an open source software which checks the network for possible ARP poisonings. IT lists the changing IP addresses and MAC addresses on a network.This helps us to determine the IP of the user while he is busy using brute-force on the gathered information.

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