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Three steps to a full Windows-to-Linux migration

http://www.techworld.com

So you're switching from Windows to Linux? Great. Like other users and organisations who've taken the plunge, it's likely you're making the move to take advantage of Linux's stability and reliance on open standards. Now all you have to do is prepare carefully for your move.

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File management in Linux

http://polishlinux.org

Unix systems provide a number of commands to manage files and directories. Their strong point is the ability to use them in a rather simple manner against a group of files/directories meeting certain conditions. For example all the files satisfying specific criteria can be deleted or have their names changed en masse.

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BitTorrent - downloading large files made easy

http://vertito.blogspot.com

BitTorrent, an extremely handy tool on downloading large torrent files regardless of internet speed rate you have with interruption between connection breakups.

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Why I’m staying with Debian

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"Setting up a new workstation is the easiest time to choose a new GNU/Linux distribution. Having just installed Fedora 7 on my laptop so I’d have an RPM-based system available for my work, I seriously considered ending my five-year endorsement of Debian on my workstation. Perhaps I should follow the crowd and go to Ubuntu? Some other DEB-based distribution?

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Shell, terminal, console — the basics

http://polishlinux.org

In this article we’d like to present the basic concepts needed to navigate the console world. We are going to find out what a shell is all about, what is a terminal, and what the famous console is actually for.

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The GIMP Resource List

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"...GIMP can be used for professional graphics, logo and Web design, photo editing, batch processing of image files, photo effects, and much more. The following list contains many cool GIMP resources."

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Installing Compiz Fusion -- Total Newb Version

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Use this guide for installing with Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04).

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Migrating from Windows to Linux: the gentle guide

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Linux has long been held in mystique as an operating system for hard-core techies or hackers. Yet, this is far from true for today’s distros. A modern version of Linux is as easy to setup and use as the Macintosh is legendary for. Here’s reasons why people stick to Windows and how those factors can be solved in what we like to call a ‘gentle’ approach to Linux.

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Finding files Part 2 - By Content

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Yesterday’s post detailed how you can find files by their name, permissions, time, or other descriptors. But you probably also want to be able to find files based on what is inside them. Grep is a tool that picks up where find left off, and can search inside files (though cannot do the same things that find can).

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Building a JavaScript Library

http://ejohn.org

"This past Friday I gave my first Google Tech Talk on Building a JavaScript Library. [...] Please let me know if this talk interested you as I’m trying to gauge what interests other web developers - because all of this stuff fascinates me (JavaScript programming, open source projects, etc.)."

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GNU Privacy Guard

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"The GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG or GPG) is a free software replacement for the PGP suite of cryptographic software, released under the GNU General Public License. It is a part of the Free Software Foundation’s GNU software project..."

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OpenID: One ID for the entire Internet

http://enterpriselinuxlog.blogs.techtarget.com

"...I learned a little more about OpenID at this month’s LinuxWorld Conference and Expo [...] For geeks, OpenID is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. [...] For individuals, OpenID means the elimination of multiple user names and passwords and a smoother, more secure, online experience.

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Handy backup scripts and commands

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Almost every Linux distribution worth its salt comes with rsync and lftp – powerful backup and transfer tools that can help you to keep your important data safe. But what if you don't have time to fiddle with multiple settings? No problem. Here are a couple of rsync and lftp command samples you can use to create your own backup scripts in a matter of minutes.

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Adventures in Ubuntu: A Bit of Customisation

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As much as my general first impressions were positive, I must admit I wasn’t too impressed on the look of the default Ubuntu. If you’re used to something a bit more shiny, like Vista for example, you might be disappointed. All very surface I realise, but aesthetics are increasingly important as expectations are raised by new and ever more spangly offerings.

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Command line tips - Finding files; Part 1: By Name

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There is always a time when working with the CLI that you will want to find a set of files by name, such as all JPEG images. The `find` command lets you do this and more. Let’s jump into the basic structure of a find command:

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