Understanding file permissions - Part 1

Note: This is a straight up rip of the tutorial of the same name from the Beginner's Linux series on my personal blog (on my personal site), but it's content is eminently suitable for FOSSwire readers, so I've re-posted it here. Enjoy!

Parts 2 and 3 are now here too, plus even more tutorials, coming to FOSSwire soon!

Beginner's Linux

It's that time again. Beginner's Linux is ...

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gNewSense - FSF’s Ubuntu, but 100% free

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DesktopLinux.com is reporting that the Free Software Foundation themselves have launched a new project to build a Linux-based operating system which is 100% free.They are building it from an Ubuntu base (currently the most popular distribution for those of you who don't know) and they will essentially strip out all proprietary components and rebrand it as gNewSense.

Basically, at the moment, while Ubuntu (and Debian, the long-running ...

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The other side of Microsoft+Novell

When I reported yesterday on the Microsoft-Novell deal, I didn't really look in much detail at the other side of the argument that this was a bad move for FOSS in general.

There has been quite a backlash from some people about this move, and they seem to have valid counter-arguments. For example, this Technocrat article is strongly against this move.

There are two significant announcements. First, that Novell ...

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Aftermath of the Microsoft-Novell deal

In case you didn't get the news, yesterday, Microsoft signed a deal with Novell, meaning that:

As part of the deal, all future litigation against Novell will be halted, including patent infringement disputes. Microsoft will begin offering sales support and technical support for Novell SuSE Linux, an open source operating system available in several versions, including OpenSuSE (community developed) and SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (Novell developed, includes proprietary applications ...

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