Linux is 17 Years Old

Tux - the Linux mascot penguin

Linux Journal reports that the Linux operating system turns 17 years old as of the 5th of October.

From Linus Torvalds' original newsgroup posting on Linux:

As I mentioned a month(?) ago, I'm working on a free version of a
minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers. It has finally reached the stage
where it's even usable (though may not be depending on what you want),
and I am willing to ...

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GNOME 2.24 Released

GNOME logo

A major update to the one of the free software world's most popular desktop environment, GNOME has been released.

The new version bumps GNOME to 2.24 and this new release boasts some significant new features and updates many core GNOME applications to new versions. Read the release notes.

Among the new additions is a brand new instant messaging client called Empathy, a new release of VoIP client Ekiga ...

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Command Line Tip - Verify Downloaded Files

CD image - source

Ever wondered what that MD5sum and SHA1sum things are when you are downloading ISO images? Whether it's a Linux distro, or any other file, you might have seen these 'checksums' floating around.

Their purpose is to allow you to verify that you have a complete and uncorrupted copy of a file. If you can generate the same checksum with your copy of the file, then the file must be ...

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