High Resolution Tuxinu Images

Deep from the bowels of our old website (not the one before this one, the one before that one!) come some high resolution images of our local Tux variant, Tuxinu. Attached for your enjoyment in SVG and PNG formats.

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Minutes for MLUG AGM 9

Below are minutes for the MLUG AGM number 9, held Saturday 20th October. (click read more).

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Definition of Exfinister

This definition was provided by Andrew Cilia

exfinist.er    (εks-'fınəstər)   v.    to 
remove   and/or  replace  windows.    -n.
-ation. the act of exfinistration.   -or.
-rix. a person who exfinisters.   -erial.
pertaining to exfinistration. -rant. tool
or material  used to permit or facilitate
exfinistration.   -ry.  venerable body or
group of people  dedicated to the task of
exfinistration.  -rable. capable of being
exfinistered.   -reria.   the  (typically
elated)   state    experienced   by   the
exfinist-or/rix  brought on by the act of
exfinistration.

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Spell Checker

This article was written by Ramon Casha.

This is the Maltese spell checker project. Actually, the spell checker is aspell. This project provides the Maltese word list for it. Any software that interfaces with aspell can do spell checking in Maltese – all you have to do is select the language from the list. This includes most text-processing Linux applications.

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Online Spellcheker

If you are looking for the online form which allows you to copy & paste text and check it online, click here.

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This article was written by user salvinod.

This writeup aims to describe how the above clip was made. These clips can be made with Open Source software and almost any digital camera.

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Recipes of Freedom

Article written by Josef Lauri

Recipes of Freedom

Have you ever thought of the value of a recipe? When a loved one serves you your favourite dish at home, a family recipe passed down form the previous generation, have you ever stopped to think about its price? How much would you be willing to pay to recreate it if you lost that recipe? What laws regulate what you can do with it? Can you share the recipe with your friends? Or must it stay in the family?

Probably you have not. And that is because traditionally, and in practice, recipes have been mostly free. Recipes are not free in a monetary sense. You may have to pay to buy a good recipe book, and you still have to buy the ingredients. But, recipes are free from constraints.

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The Recipe for Success

This article was written by Ramon Casha.

The announcement by the Ministry responsible for IT that it is actively seeking open-source solutions came as a surprise, albeit a very welcome one. It signals a shift from our government being bound to and dependent almost exclusively on one supplier, to a more open IT scene, and one which is based on some very healthy practices of openness and competition. It’s no secret that the Government’s policies in IT will propagate across the private sector, as well as MCAST and the University.

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Bug Buck Bunny Released!

Article written by Anton Xuereb

As some of you might know, BBB (Big Buck Bunny) is the second open movie created entirely with blender. (Blender is an open source 3D design/animation/rendering program).

The main idea behind such a project is ofcourse to showcase the abilities of blender and how it can be used to create industry standard productions.

For all of you who might want to download/watch this movie, you may navigate to http://www.bigbuckbunny.org/ and selecting download to be able to download or watch the movie online. You may also want to buy a DVD-set with which you will be supporting any new open movie projects 🙂

I will try to mirror a copy of the movie on our mirror later on for those who do not want to download a large file from an international website.

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The MLUG Mailing List

As you might notice, our Website isn’t what you might call top of the charts active…Although we do have the odd news story every now and then, one will realise that not much discussion happens here.

So is it because we don’t discuss anything ? On the contrary, those who are subscribed to our Mailing list will know that discussions, flamewars and miscellaneous pieces of geekdom abound there.. Which brings me on to the main point of this rather lengthy post..Our mailing list.

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Beginner’s Bash

 

This article was written by Ramon Casha

This tutorial presents the Linux terminal and the “bash” shell to people who have never used a command line to give commands to an operating system before, or who have never done so in Linux/Unix. People who have already used a Unix shell before might find it a bit simple.

Due to the popularity of the Microsoft Windows operating system, and the large number of ex-Windows-users who have discovered Linux, I have provided comparisons to equivalent or similar features and terminology in Windows’ MS-DOS prompt or Command prompt. These are provided as an additional help for Windows users, and are not necessary to follow this document.

Since this tutorial is intended as an introduction, it is purposely not comprehensive. Several commands, for example, are only explained in the depth necessary to gain an understanding of what they do and how to use them, not necessarily to use them to their full potential.

In the article I assume that the user is already familiar with concepts such as files and directories (folders), as well as filenames, etc.

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