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KDE or K Desktop Environment is a graphical user interface (GUI) for

Linux. In lay terms it is a program which runs on Linux and gives it a

Windows look and feel. Here we will look at the different programs that

come with KDE. This review was done under Caldera's Open Linux 2.4

System Tools in KDE

Kcontrol: The KDE control center is the first stop in fine tuning your

Linux machine. You can change the way your desktop looks in Desktop. COAS

is used to make system changes. You will have to log in as root for this.

Newbie's guide to installing SuSE 6.4

Product: SuSE 6.4 ( Evaluation Copy )

Test Machine Specs: HP Brio PIII 500MHz 64MB SDRAM Matrox MGA G200 8MB

Total Installation Time: 43 mins.

Number of reboots: 1

New Features: USB support, Crystal Fusion Sound Card Support, ReiserFS.

"A piece of cake" that's how easy installation of an Operating System should

be. Try reading this installation guide, after that, installing SuSE might

be like eating chocolate cake.

Booting via CD

Getting on the net with WvDial

If you wanted to get on to the net with Linux then you had to write scripts and

mess around with various files and options there. WvDial is the answer to all

all your connection problems. Connecting with WvDial is a short and pleasant

process. WvDial is an intelligent dialer so you don't have to waste your time

debugging chat scripts for various ISPs. If like me, you are on more than one

ISP, then you will appreciate this feature.

In typical Linux fashion, it is a command line program but in atypical

Diskless client with Debian


A very brief introduction to Debian

If you've been reading Slashdot recently, or the Freshmeat editorials and

following various developments in the world of open source, its difficult

to have escaped the mention of Debian.

So, what is Debian? To quote from the Debian FAQ,

Debian GNU/Linux is the result of a volunteer effort to create a free,

high-quality Unix-compatible operating system, complete with a suite of

applications. The idea of a free Unix-like system originates from the GNU

Linux and the laser

CD-Writers are very popular now and Linux does have good support for your

cd-writer. Your cd-writer should work just fine with Linux unless you have

a really old one. If you have a SCSI cd-writer then it should work right

out of the box. If you have an IDE cd-writer then there is a little more

work involved. You will have to recompile your kernel with SCSI support. This

SCSI support is just a emulation and not an actual SCSI implementation. USB

writers are not supported as of now, though parallel port writers seem

to be.

True Type fonts under Linux

It's time to get on the Internet. You fire up Netscape, go to www.freeos.com

and look in horror at the horrible fonts in use. FreeOS obviously doesn't

know how to make a good page. You move off to your other favourite news

site and more horrendous fonts are waiting for you there too. Something

wrong? Not really. Just that X doesn't use the newer True Type fonts which

are now heavily used on the web and thanks to Microsoft, have become the

most popular font format. X still uses the older bitmap fonts which don't

Report from the Global Internet Summit in Yokohama

From exploding multi-channel access and lucrative dotcom entrepreneurship

to complex cyberlaws and a troubling digital divide, the Internet has

grown so fast and so vast that fortunes and frustration seem to follow

side by side in its wake.

Delegates from over 150 countries gathered recently in Yokohama, Japan,

for INET 2000, the annual summit of the Internet Society (www.isoc.org),

a global organisation geared towards the worldwide promotion of the


"The Net is truly going where no net has ever gone before," said Vint

Why does Linux make sense for India?

Everything that is free has a catch. Maybe not this time. However, just to

give you the benefit of the doubt let's take a peek to get a fair

representation of Linux and how it compares as an operating system.

Computerization today is no more a luxury; it has become a way of life. It

increases efficiency, processes huge amounts of data and is an important

driving factor behind the economy of a country. Every organization has an

IT budget, whether it's large or small, commercial or non-commercial. Budgets

qmail: A fast secure mail server

Sendmail is the grand-daddy of all mail servers and it is showing its

age. It's buggy, insecure and it is slow. Updating sendmail to fix the

new bugs is a weekly affair. A sysadmin's scariest dream come true. Enter

qmail - the faster, smaller and way more secure option. qmail ( *not*

Qmail ) is written by Dan J Bernstein and it the new mail server of choice

for many. qmail was written from the ground up with high security in mind

and fulfills this goal right away. qmail has not been cracked even

once. Not that there was any lack of enthusiasm. There has been a 1000$

Quick and dirty guide to diskless workstations

Diskless workstations can give a new lease of life to old machines that are

lying in your attic. Diskless nodes eliminate the cost of software upgrades,

system administration costs, hard disk, cdrom etc. A computer which has

only a network card, 8MB RAM, low-end cpu and a very simple mother-board with

no modem/cdrom/floppy is an ideal candidate for the diskless transition!

The following guide will try to help you setup a diskless node as quickly and

easily. The "server" in this article is the node which contains the files