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Installing Software on Debian (Linux DevCenter)
Debian GNU/Linux is a powerful and popular community-developed Linux distribution--and the basis for several other useful and usable distributions. One of the reasons for its popularity is the ease of installing and maintaining software. Edd Dumbill, Debian developer and GNU/Linux advocate, shows how to use Debian's tools to find and install software packages.

Fine-Tuning Kubuntu (Linux DevCenter)
Ubuntu is a well-maintained, well-organized Linux distribution. Kubuntu adds the popular and powerful KDE desktop environment. As nice as Kubuntu is, the default installation doesn't fit every user. Carla Schroder shows how to get help, get access to more software packages, set up a firewall, and review and get rid of unnecessary services.

Using the Root Account on Debian (Linux DevCenter)
Debian GNU/Linux is a powerful and popular community-developed Linux distribution--and the basis for several other useful and usable distributions. With the recent release of Debian Sarge, it's better than ever. Edd Dumbill, Debian developer and GNU/Linux advocate, shows how to use the root account safely and responsibly.

Installing and Configuring Ubuntu on a Laptop (Linux DevCenter)
Jeremy Jones recently bought a new laptop and decided to run Linux. Don't shudder--it actually works! Here's how he installed, reinstalled, and configured Ubuntu GNU/Linux on a Dell Inspiron.

Installing Debian (Linux DevCenter)
Debian GNU/Linux is a powerful and popular community-developed Linux distribution--and the basis for several other useful and usable distributions. With the recent release of Debian Sarge, it's better than ever. Edd Dumbill, Debian developer and GNU/Linux advocate, walks through a typical installation.

Adventures in Migrating to New Linux Distributions (Linux DevCenter)
Linux doesn't stand still, whether it's the kernel or GNU/Linux distributions. If you're a developer or a hobbyist who likes to stay up to date, you can't stand still, either. Upgrading isn't always easy, though. Kevin Farnham recently switched distributions several times; here are some hard-earned lessons from the process.

FreeBSD Tips and Tricks for 2005 (BSD DevCenter)
The nice thing about F/OSS is that it grows too fast for anyone to keep track of everything new. In her second annual exploration of new things she missed the first time around, Dru Lavigne discovers installed FreeBSD logos, CLI dialog boxes, rescue utilities, more articles, a run-level GUI, saved ports options, and RSS readers.

More FreeBSD for Linux Users (SysAdmin DevCenter)
BSD and Linux are both Unix workalikes. How different can they be? In certain cases, very! Though the systems share a family tree, their differences sometimes stand out. Dru Lavigne explains FreeBSD's directory layout, devices, kernel modules, and terminology to Linux users.

FreeBSD for Linux Users (SysAdmin DevCenter)
BSD and Linux are both Unix workalikes. How different can they be? In certain cases, very! Though the systems share a family tree, their differences sometimes stand out. Dru Lavigne explains FreeBSD's runlevels, startup scripts, kernel configuration, and documentation systems to Linux users.

coLinux: Linux for Windows Without Rebooting (Linux DevCenter)
Trying Linux just keeps getting easier. Knoppix and other live CDs let you take Linux with you on CD and USB keys, but you have to reboot to run your software. What about Windows users who want to use Linux in conjunction with their existing systems? KIVILCIM Hindistan explores the world of coLinux -- cooperative Linux.

Using and Customizing Knoppix (Linux DevCenter)
Several Linux distributions boot directly from CD-ROMs. How many are usable in that state? How many are customizable in that state? Klaus Knopper's Knoppix is perhaps the best known of these distributions. Robert Bernier explains how to use Knoppix and how to customize your own self-booting distribution CD.

Secure Chat with YTalk and SSH (Linux DevCenter)
Instant messaging may be a "killer application" among the glitz and glamour crowd, but it's been around as long as multi-user systems. Robert Bernier re-introduces the venerable and powerful YTalk and demonstrates how it can be used securely with SSH.

Single-User Subversion (Apache DevCenter)
Revision control isn't just for distributed, multi-developer teams. Rafael Garcia-Suarez introduces Subversion and explains how to use it for personal projects.

Gentoo Linux Reloaded (Linux DevCenter)
Over the past year, Gentoo Linux has grown from a niche distribution into something of a phenomenon in the Linux world. In this article, Gentoo Linux chief architect Daniel Robbins explains what Gentoo Linux is all about, describing the good things found in Gentoo Linux 1.4.

Advanced Control Structures (PHP DevCenter)
John Coggeshall introduces advanced control structures and techniques, including multi-conditional "if" statements and an introduction to the "for" statement.

Basic Control Structures (PHP DevCenter)
John Coggeshall covers the basics of program control structures, including conditional statements and looping using the if and while statements in PHP.

Variable Manipulation and Output (PHP DevCenter)
John Coggeshall covers basic variable manipulation and output, including math operators and strings.

Basic PHP Syntax (PHP DevCenter)
John Coggeshall covers basic PHP syntax, including variable usage, variable types, and how to print variables to the web browser.

Working With Text (BSD DevCenter)
Text files are a basic part of life on a Unix system. Dru shows us how to use the standard text tools like cat, more and redirection operators.

Read The Friendly Manpage! -- Part Two (BSD DevCenter)
Dru continues the tutorial on understanding manpages and teaches us something about formatted text, unformatted text, compressed data, and control characters.

Read The Friendly Manpage! -- A Tutorial (BSD DevCenter)
Have you been told to RTFM, but don't know where to start? Dru Lavigne explains the man documentation system in an easy to understand tutorial.

Installing Nautilus: An Emerging Linux File Manager (Linux DevCenter)
Nautilus, a new Linux File Manager from Eazel, is pretty and easy to use. But is it easy to install? We rolled up our sleeves and filed this report.

Transforming Images (Linux DevCenter)
Need to rotate, resize, or resample an image for the web? Michael Stutz shows us some really useful image tools that you can run from a script.

Connecting to the Internet (Linux DevCenter)
This week's column shows where to get the latest Linux documentation for connecting to the Internet and how to set up a dial-up connection.

LyX, the Document Processor (Linux DevCenter)
LyX brings a GUI to documentation projects, making it easy for beginners to contribute.

Getting in the Door (Linux DevCenter)
A business plan to sell Linux to your boss.

Build Strings with { } (Linux DevCenter)
Save typing by expanding strings at the shell prompt. Learn hot to use the {} pattern-expansion characters in this excerpt from Unix Power Tools, 2nd Edition.

What Can You Do with an Empty File? (Linux DevCenter)
There are more uses for /dev/null than you might have imagined. Learn four of them in this excerpt from Unix Power Tools, 2nd Edition.


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MyODBC Reference Manual for version 3.51.xx
Complete reference manual for MyODBC, version 3.51.xx [Source: MySQL.com]

Linux Installation and Getting Started Guide
The original online Linux documentation written by Matt Welsh, founder of the Linux Documentation Project. This basic guide for new users was written in 1992 and updated as recently as 1998 by SSC, publishers of the Linux Journal. The guide now contains more information specific to different Linux distributions. [Source: Linux Documentation Project]

Erik's Linux Page
An informal, loosely organized guide mostly aimed at answering questions that gnaw at new users of Linux

Win32 MySQL Installation Tutorial
A comprehensive tutorial on installing MySQL on a Window machine. [Source: analysisandsolutions.com]

GNOME User's Guide
A guide for new and advanced users of the GNOME desktop environment. It describes how to setup graphical applications and use its control panel and file manager.

KDE User's Guide
A new user's guide to the K Desktop Environment, covering the installation, an overview of the user interface and instructions on how to customize the desktop. It describes a number of desktop applications such as Kmail. [Source: KDE Team]

Official Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide
This guide covers both the GNOME desktop interface and some basic commands familiar to most UNIX users. It covers the file system and setting up an Internet connection using PPP. [Source: Red Hat]

The Linux Kernel: An OS in a Nutshell
A one-page introduction and overview of the core of the Linux operating system. [Source: Linuxnewbies]

KDE Quick Start Guide
An introduction to the K Desktop Environment that covers the basics of using the desktop and its applications. [Source: KDE Team]


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