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You can make money with open source. Literally.

This is an old story--two years old, to be specific. But it was new to me when I heard it at LinuxCon, and it was new to a lot of others in the room too. And it was a great story, so I wanted to share it further. In 2008,...

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Eight great virtual appliances for VMware, free for the downloading

The combination of free open source and virtual machines is hard to beat; here are some of the handiest virtual appliances you'll find...

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How To Set Up MySQL Database Replication With SSL Encryption On Debian Lenny

This tutorial describes how to set up database replication in MySQL using an SSL connection for encryption (to make it impossible for hackers to sniff out passwords and data transferred between the master and slave). MySQL replication...

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So you think you can open source

The seventh season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance crowned its latest champion last week and, for the first time since the show debuted in 2005, I did not care. The first six seasons were a fantastically guilty pleasure — like a hip flask of whiskey at a dry wedding—that...

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How to kill a dinosaur in 3 easy steps

In 2000 the punk rock band NOFX released an album called Pump Up The Valuum. When I first heard the CD, I immediately took to the song "Dinosaurs Will Die." (Warning--contains explicit lyrics) Shortly thereafter I got into the open source movement, and I cannot count how many times the...

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