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Linux Mint Logo(Sorry Folks, No Video This Time)SaGeek Recommended

(Also note that I am heavily flu’d up and medicated when posting this, I tried my best to keep it typo, grammar, spelling, and general error free. Notify me of any snags and I’ll gladly correct…)

Linux Mint 10 Julia has been around for a while now, but I have not gotten around to reviewing it.

Now after using it for a while and getting to know it I decided to write up and post a review of this, arguably the best Linux Distro available.

For this review I am using the DVD edition of Linux Mint 10 Julia.

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Ubuntu has one irritating issue that has been a pain in my side for YEARS. When you set a system-wide proxy to let all your programs use a proxy on the network and set a DIFFERENT proxy, or select the “No Proxy” or “Default” option, the first system-wide proxy will persist.

One evening after a Lets Talk Geek podcast I complained about this along with Tim Haak. Stew Allen, another of the members from the podcast suggested we look at Privoxy as an option, setting one system proxy and then changing the forwarding rules as you move between proxies.

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Conky is  a great desktop information utility. Almost all Linux users have played with it at some time or another. Many build awe inspiring custom configurations for Conky that displays not only system information, but currently playing song, current weather and a plethora of other information using custom colors and images.

I have one problem with Conky and other desktop widgets – they are hidden behind your open programs. If you have followed my blog you will know that I have noted this many times before, arguing that notifications and widgets that are thus hidden are practically useless.

This weekend, while fooling around with bash I might just have stumbled upon a possible solution to my issue with notifications being hidden behind open windows. Say hello to ‘notify-send’…

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TuxI love Linux, I love FLOSS. I love the ideas behind them, and what drives the community. I love that Linux Distro’s are more user friendly than their competitors. I love how they work, I love how much better the kernel is than anything else out there.

Why am I so critical during my reviews then?

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PCLOSGNOME LogoI know I said I would review Xubuntu next, and keep PCLOS Gnome for the July edition of SaGeek MAG, but I wanted something other than a Gnome Distro to review for the MAG, and I only had the 10.04 RC available of Xubuntu, not the final release. Hence PCLOS 2010 Gnome it is for tonights review.

Well how did it perform?

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RadioEarlier this week I blogged about the lack of Linux support for the radio streaming services offered by Antfarm. As part of my effort to find out as much information regarding the service as I could, I mailed Antfarm to engage them regarding my concerns. They responded, and an interesting development followed.

Below is a brief transcript of the mails, and how you can help make this service better for Linux users in South Africa.

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DENIEDWhile on #floss.pro in IRC Friday one of the channel members suggested I do a review of South African Radio Streaming services. I decided it was a smashing idea.

Why no review then?

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Right now I am staring at the screen of one of my colleagues laptops. It says “Operating System Not Found.” I take a moment, and while writing another DVD to boot Windows 7 from (we have a download license thanks…) I decide to reminisce about working in IT.

Do YOU want to work in IT?? Here are some of the things you have to keep in mind. Really, this is a guide for every kid who is good with computers, but thinks his skills will be enough to help him through a career in IT. Two words: STUDY. HARD.

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Previously I wrote about PC-BSD. I have tried and used the Fibonacci and Galileo versions before, and now I am giving the latest version, Hubble, a spin.

At this moment I am writing this review from my phone. You see, I booted BSD, ran a bath for the kids, undressed my son (which included cleaning up a nappy of epic proportions), called my daughter to come bath, took the nappy outside, tied back my daughter’s hair AND typed all of this on my cell before the bootloader even showed. From the bootloader onward bootup is very quick, but something is seriously wrong… ooh, desktop…
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About a week ago I had the unmitigated pleasure of heading out to a client to do a routine harddrive swop for their backups to be transferred offsite. This is a weekly thing that gets done to keep their data safe.

As I walked in the door the owner of the company (a financial planning business) asked me to check why they had run through their local bandwidth so quickly.

What I found both horrified and amused me.

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