TUX Issue #8 Now Available

Issue number eight, November 2005, of TUX now is available.  Subscribers, you can download this issue here or simply follow the Download TUX button on the right to download the current issue. If you're not yet a TUX subscriber, consider subscribing today for instant access to this issue and many more! 

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Issue #8, November 2005: Table of Contents

From the Publisher

  • Linux on Hardware by Phil Hughes

From the Editor

  • Civil Disobedience and Linux by Nicholas Petreley


  • Letters
  • Q&A with Mango Parfait by Mango Parfait

TUX Explains

  • Lightweight Desktops: Xfce by John Knight
  • BasKet Tutorial by Ryan Paul
  • Wireless Networking with ndiswrapper by Jes Hall
  • Give Multiple Distros the Boot by Nicholas Petreley
  • Inkscape: the Elements of Design, Part II by Jon Phillips


  • Evermore Integrated Office Kicks Keister by Ricky Freedlander
  • Gadget Guy: Urgent and Key by Sean Carruthers
    • Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
    • Logitech MX 3000 Laser
  • Capsule Reviews by Xavier Spriet
    • Evince
    • NVU
    • Novell Evolution

Web Editor - Tue, 2020-11-01 12:52.

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notice about the last Mango Parfait article

Lithuania is not a girl's name (Gytis), it's the name of the country from which gytis comes.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2020-11-16 07:59.

Nice article by Jes Hall.

Nice article by Jes Hall.

Wung PoKér Hu (not verified) - Tue, 2020-11-08 09:10.


your right;)

katalog (not verified) - Sat, 2020-10-14 05:57.

Nice article by Jes Hall.

Nice article by Jes Hall.

Wung PoKér Hu (not verified) - Tue, 2020-11-08 09:09.

Flaming PCLOS, and the Letter's Page

Unfortunately, issue 8 is marred by a routine attack on PCLinuxOS in a letter from Juergen in the letters page. To equate encouraging people who voluntarily visit a web site to spamming is not only emotive, it is inaccurate. Where Ubuntu and SuSE and others are concerned, it is not as if the playing field was level, in view of the vastly different amounts of publicity that they receive, and the resources they have, either corporate or from rich backers.

In actual fact, there are many links at pclinuxonline.com which lead to on-line polls showing PCLinuxOS doing very well, which were actually posted after those polls closed and were found by accident!

Frozentech’s site shows PCLOS 3rd best Live Distro (above Knoppix!) http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php

http://www.homedistro.com/ is a site devoted to a quest to find the perfect distro for home users. It rates none as perfect. It rates two Distros as “Close to Perfection

davecs (not verified) - M - , 2020-11-07 09:03.

Just another link about PCLinuxOS

This link:


this is the weekly discussion at Distrowatch, and PCLinuxOS enters the debate at posting number 12. You will see the praise being heaped on it, mostly by names who do not post to the PCLinuxOS site.

By the way, version 0.92 appeared this week, and there are different versions depending on your videocard, so that most nvidia and modern ATi cards should run without any setting up. Check it out here:


Bye, now!

davecs (not verified) - Wed, 2020-11-23 11:08.

GNUCash and Bank statements

I read an email from one of your readers asking about GNUCash, he said that her wife want a feature to make it compatible to her bank file format.

I don't know which bank or format is, but I know most Banks use thee OFX file format and GnuCash as of version 1.x

If you use Mandrake for example you will finde a package like this:
gnucash-ofx-1.8.11-2mdk.i586 RPM

This will allow your program to work with OFX files which are usually used on banks.

jza (not verified) - Sat, 2020-11-05 20:27.

Phil Hughes and MAC like Linux

I strongly disagree with such a idea. Its a monopoly. Where exactly would we be today if nVidia wasn't being pushed forward by ATI or if Intel wasn't being pushed by AMD? If you remove competition by stream lining hardware you create a monopoly and kill innovation. You also kill choice.
Sure software companies would benefit a bit. But the consumer in the long run would loose. Hardware companies now have the power to name there own price with the competitors out of the way and no real need to push technology forward.
Never have supported the Mac way of doing things and never will.

Hector Rodriguez (not verified) - Wed, 2020-11-02 11:35.


I disagree Phil there are alot of factors that your not adding in. But agree with your MAC statement.

Ashley Bowers (not verified) - Thu, 2020-11-24 05:04.


Where would we be if:
"if nVidia wasn't being pushed forward by ATI"
Want to venture a guess what the two companies that make graphics cards for macs are? The one in my mac is an ATI.
"Intel wasn't being pushed by AMD"
We're going to Intel processors, but more importantly, the processor market is not just AMD and Intel. Via, Transmeta, IBM, and others have all made their small but unique marks on the market.
"If you remove competition by stream lining hardware you create a monopoly and kill innovation. You also kill choice."
You must remember old macs. My mac uses DDR RAM, a Serial ATA hard drive, a dvd burner/reader + cd burner/reader drive made by Panasonic, ATI graphics card...

Yes, there are standard components, but I really don't see how packaging specific hardware up and selling it like any other company such as Dell or Compaq squashes hardware competition.

And Mac developers DON'T know what their software will be running on. Could be a G3 all the way up to Dual G5 powermac. My current job is Ruby programming on Linux. This post is made from a Linux machine. I appreciate very much that I can run KDE on my mac without installing Linux. From what I see, Apple is doing far less lockin than other proprietary oses. I use it because, well, every once in a while, I just want to watch a DVD. Sometimes it's nice to let iTunes 'just work' with my iPod. It's not bug free, but I promise that when Linux becomes as easy to use as OS X (just by means of not having to dink), I'll use it everywhere. I already have 3 Linux systems and only 1 mac. :-)

Blarg (not verified) - Sat, 2020-11-05 11:20.