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Weekend Project: Using PulseAudio to Share Sound Across All Your Computers

Full PulseAudio nirvana entails digging into the project in depth, but you can at least get your feet wet over the weekend, directing and even multicasting audio between Linux machines on your local network.

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Linuxables: Get Your Edit On With Gedit

We continue our Linuxables series on the Linux text editor. As you might have noticed, this is one of those topics that breed much contempt. If you talk about vi, you must give equal time to emacs. If you talk about Kate, you best talk about Gedit. And that is precisely where we are - Gedit (although we have yet to talk about Kate, that comes next week).

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Linux Distro Review: Mandriva Spring 2010.1

Mandriva 2010.1 "Spring" edition has arrived just in time for the summer months. It's a bit tardy, but worth the wait. Despite the company's well-publicized financial woes, Mandriva has delivered a solid and user-friendly desktop release.

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Weekend Project: Configuring QoS for Linux Routers, Gateways

Bandwidth is a limited resource, even if you are on a high-end, state-of-the-art fiber optic network. Because of the way TCP works, some types of application can rapidly fill up even the biggest pipe, which has the unfortunate side effect of harming other, less bandwidth-intensive applications. Seeding a Bittorrent for the just-released OpenSUSE update is a noble use of your network, but if it makes VoIP calls impossible to hear or stalls out an SSH session, it's hardly worth it. Fortunately, if your router or gateway is running Linux, you can easily set up quality-of-service (QoS) traffic-shaping rules to ensure that all of your packets play nice together.

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Linuxables: Your First Steps with Linux vi

I want to preface this article by saying, very simply, if you are a programmer, a hard-core vi fan, someone looking to figure out how to make more efficient your vi macros, Linus Torvalds, or Richard M. Stallman - turn away now. Avert your eyes! If you do not, the introductory-level information you will receive here might very well steal, burn, or otherwise permanently damage your soul.

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