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The Five Best WordPress Discussion Plugins

Running a open source CMS like WordPress on your own LAMP server is supposed to give you the freedom to develop a better system than you would get from pre-packaged blogging services. Yet a lot of WordPress users effectively outsource their site's discussions by installing closed commenting systems like Disqus or IntenseDebate. In addition to handing someone else the keys to your community interaction, these third-party services can also be slow to load and respond to updates. Let's look at the open source alternatives.

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Advanced Layering Techniques on Linux with GIMP

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is one of the most powerful image editing tools available. It is, effectively, the Photoshop of the open source world; and with that kind of title comes a level of power most never take advantage of. One feature that should be a must-use for all digital artists is the layer. Using layers not only makes work easier, it gives digital art more depth and more flexibility.

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First Look at Jeoss, a Lean and Mean Ubuntu-Based Server Distribution

There is a new Linux on the block and its name is Jeoss. What's Jeoss? It's a compact, install-everywhere Ubuntu-based server distribution. Does the world need yet another Ubuntu derivative? Sure, why not? Let's install Jeoss and kick its tires.

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A Look at the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard 3.0

It was big news when the 3.0 kernel was released at the end of July, but as luck would have it, another fundamental piece of your average distribution is about to bump its own version number up to 3.0 as well: the filesystem hierarchy standard (FHS). If you're not sure exactly what that means or why you should care, don't worry. It's the distros that implement the FHS — when it goes well, all you know is that your system runs smoothly. But that doesn't mean there's nothing important hidden away in this new release.

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Weekend Project: Get to Know GNU Sed

If you've ever needed to edit one or more files to make quick changes, you've no doubt found that doing it using a text editor can be a slow slogging process. Linux, thankfully, has a number of tools that make it easy to do this non-interactively. One of the best is sed, a "stream editor" that can help you make quick work of filtering and transforming text. This weekend, take a few minutes to introduce yourself to sed.

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