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19 Dec 2007
Elapsed Time 4 (tool)
Determine elapsed time of LDAP searches.

12 Dec 2007
One Giant Leap: Cool Solutions gets some New Digs (tip)
Eleven years after launching the first Cool Solutions site, we have just taken a major step forward. We have some new digs - a full-on community site with all the Web 2.0 bells and whistles. Check it out!

5 Dec 2007
Biometric Fingerprint Scan (feature)
Damian Myerscough explains how to setup and configure biometric fingerprint scanning for logging into your workstations.

3 Dec 2007
Deleting Private Data from Your Linux/Microsoft Windows Machine (tip)
Private data can still be recovered after you format your Linux/Microsoft Windows machine. Here's a tip from Damian Myerscough that will help you make sure your data cannot be recovered.

30 Nov 2007
Finding Open Files and Network Connections (feature)
Mike Farrell shows you how to use the lsof and netstat commands to get a complete list of all open files or network connections on your system.

21 Nov 2007
Installing the Novell Client for OpenSUSE 10.2 onto OpenSUSE 10.3 (tip)
Charlie Silverman shares a tip on how to install the Novell Client for OpenSUSE 10.2 onto OpenSUSE 10.3.

21 Nov 2007
NIC Bonding with Xen Virtualization (feature)
Joe Harmon and Jim Short explain how to set up NIC bonding with Xen Virtualization.

20 Nov 2007
Understanding how RAIDed Disks Interact with the SLES Boot Process (tip)
Ivan Vari shares a solution for a problem he had installing a SLED/SLES system onto software raided (RAID1) disks.

20 Nov 2007
Submit a Tip (feature)
Tell us how you're using your favorite Novell products to do something unique, save time, streamline a process, boost your bottom line or troubleshoot an issue. Whether you send a suggestion, a short tip or a full-length article, you'll be making a difference and building the Novell support experience. Find out more.

16 Nov 2007
Useful RPM Commands (tip)
Maer Melo put together a handy list of RPM commands you can use to install and remove software packages, update packages, and more.

9 Nov 2007
Using ClusterSSH to Perform Tasks on Multiple Servers Simultaneously (tip)
Martijn Pepping shows you how to use ClusterSSH to perform tasks on multiple servers simultaneously from one single command window.

1 Nov 2007
Nagios 3.0 - Sample Check Program Integration for LDAP Statistics (feature)
In this third article of a series about Nagios 3.0, Rainer Brunold shows you how to integrate a new check program into the Nagios environment.

30 Oct 2007
/dev/null (feature)
Manoj Gupta explains the importance of /dev/null, why it is there, and how to use it.

29 Oct 2007
Setting Java System Variables (tip)
If you ever need to install a version of the Sun JDK (v1.5 update 12) that was not part of the distribution, you should check out this article by Jesse Pretorius on how to ensure that the system variables are set properly.

29 Oct 2007
How to Configure NVidia Integrated Video Chipsets for XGL in SLED 10 SP1 (tip)
Gilles de Bellabre shares a tip on how to configure NVidia integrated video chipsets on SLED 10 SP1.

26 Oct 2007
Nagios 3.0 Extension - NagiosGraph (feature)
Rainer Brunold continues his series of articles on Nagios 3.0. This article will show you how to add a Nagios extension that allows you to create charts based on service check results.

25 Oct 2007
How to Install and Configure VMware on SLED (appnote)
Dave Simons shares a step-by-step guide on how to install a VMware server on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

19 Oct 2007
Nagios 3.0 - A Extensible Host and Service Monitoring (feature)
If you're planning on installing Nagios, check out this installation guide from Rainer Brunold that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to set it up.

17 Oct 2007
Survey: How well are Novell and your other vendors meeting your needs? (tip)
We're interested in knowing how well Novell is meeting your needs in several areas identified as important to current customers. Please take this short, five-minute survey to help us understand your satisfaction with Novell and other vendors.

16 Oct 2007
Mounting/Viewing Windows/Linux shared files on Linux (tool)
This script will help in Mounting/Viewing shared files from Windows or Linux on a Linux machine.

10 Oct 2007
SSH Proxying (feature)
Damian Myerscough shows you how to set up the SSH (Secure Shell) proxy utility that gives you the ability to relay network connections via SOCKS and HTTPS.

8 Oct 2007
Can't See Desktop Icons after Closing VM Windows (tip)
If you can't see your Desktop icons after closing VM Windows, this tip from Shashikala BV should help.

5 Oct 2007
Dual Boot SLED 10 SP1 and Windows Vista with GRUB as the Boot Loader (tip)
Wally Frist explains how to set up dual boot for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Service Pack 1 and Vista using GRUB as the boot loader.

5 Oct 2007
Ultimate Linux Desktop (feature)
Ivan Vari shares a solution based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1 with VMware virtualization. The outcome is a multi-boot (Linux/Windows) environment which allows a user to load both systems natively and virtualized as well as providing ultimate flexibility.

28 Sep 2007
Exploring Calc (feature)
Here's the latest in a series of Novell Connection articles about In this article you'll learn about the differences and similarities between Calc and other spreadsheet programs.

28 Sep 2007
Mounting a Root Partition in a Logical Volume (tip)
Here's a tip from René Jr Purcell on how to mount a root partition inside a Logical Volume.

28 Sep 2007
SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 White Papers (feature)
Check out the latest whitepapers available for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10.

21 Sep 2007
Mounting a Windows Share to the Linux File System (feature)
Michael Farrell shares a solution for accessing Windows network shares on a Linux desktop.

19 Sep 2007
Scan to DjVu (tool)
A script for scanning documents to DjVu files.

14 Sep 2007
SLE10: Create a YaST Installation Source for Auto Installation (feature)
Cameron Seader shows you how to create a YaST installation source that can be used during an Auto installation or a Network installation.

14 Sep 2007
How to Install Skype on SLED 10 SP1 (tip)
Eric Gearhart shows you how to install Skype on SLED 10 SP1.

14 Sep 2007
Server Report (tool)
Simple Bash script that generates a report for documentation purposes.

13 Sep 2007
Resuming From Suspend on a Dell Latitude D400 (tip)
Eric Gearhart shares a solution for a problem he had with his Dell Latitude D400 resuming from suspend in SLED 10 SP1.

7 Sep 2007
Spinning the Cube with SLED 10 SP1 on an IBM ThinkPad (feature)
Mark Robinson shares a tip on how to configure some of the keys on an IBM ThinkPad to rotate the cube.

31 Aug 2007
Health Care Provider Chooses Multi-station SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops (feature)
Health care customer looking to deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop? Multiply your savings on hardware, management and electricity costs with the Omni Desktop Multiplier, powered by Userful. Our friends at Omni share how Homewood Health Centre maximized their fixed desktop budget by deploying multi-station Linux desktops.

30 Aug 2007
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Hands-Free Installations (feature)
Check out this new Novell Connection article by Nathan Conger for instructions on how to set up and configure a Network Installation Server for speedy, hands-free installations.

30 Aug 2007
Lock, Stock and Barrel: Moving SUSE Linux Enterprise to a new Machine (tip)
It turns out that SUSE Linux Enterprise won't boot properly if you move the hard drive from one machine to another machine (even if you connect the hard drive to the same controller). Not to worry - Muhammad Sharfuddin figured out a workaround, and shares it here.

30 Aug 2007
Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Without a Bootable CD (tip)
Ashish Kumar shares a tip on how to install SLES on a machine that has Linux (boot loaded GRUB) already installed.

30 Aug 2007
Print to DjVu through KPrinter (tool)
Pseudo-printer for KPrinter: printing to DjVu file.

28 Aug 2007
Epiware: Project and Document Management (tool)
Open Source web-base project and document management.

25 Aug 2007
Using iFolder to Backup and Share Tomboy Notes (tip)
Here's a tip from Richard Holder on how to use iFolder to backup Tomboy Notes and make them available on multiple computers.

23 Aug 2007
INIT Script for Tivoli Storage Manager (tip)
Cameron Seader shares a script that will start the Tivoli Storage Manager client acceptor daemon on SUSE Linux Enterprise.

20 Aug 2007 Impress (feature)
Here's the latest in a series of Novell Connection articles about In this article by BrainStorm, you'll learn how to convert a PowerPoint presentation to Impress.

10 Aug 2007
openSUSE Linux Rants eBook Library (tip)
Heads Up: Scott Morris has created a new openSUSE Linux Rants eBook Library where you can download his free eBooks. Get all the details here and download his new eBook called: "Investigation 101 - Gathering Information about Hardware, Filesystem, and Processes".

1 Aug 2007 Training, Tips, and Ideas (feature)
Check out Solveig Haugland's latest tips for

27 Jul 2007
Recovering a Lost LVM Volume Disk (appnote)
Jason Record explains how to restore LVM meta data and provides several examples of the recovery process.

27 Jul 2007
8 CLI Tools that are Under-utilized, Sometimes Unknown, or Unappreciated and Yet Pack a Powerful Punch (feature)
Jonathan Peck put together a list of command line tools that he has found to be very helpful and informative when it comes to administrating Linux.

27 Jul 2007
Imaging a SLED 10 SP1 Workstation (tip)
Don Vosburg shares some tips on imaging a SLED 10 SP1 workstation.

23 Jul 2007
Novell Open Audio: Enabling Linux migration with Crossover Linux and Wine, and more Xen virtualization (feature)
Novell Open Audio interviews the brains behind Code Weavers, the lead corporate developers on the open source project Wine, and producers of great interop products like Crossover Linux and Crossover Mac.

20 Jul 2007
Manually Partitioning Your Hard Drive with fdisk (feature)
Damian Myerscough shows you how to create partitions with fdisk on SUSE Linux Enterprise.

16 Jul 2007
PageSize (tool)
System paging size report

11 Jul 2007
Installing a All-In-One HP Printer on SLED 10 SP1 (feature)
Mark Robinson explains how to set up printing and scanning with an HP All-In-One (AIO) device using the HPLIP package.

28 Jun 2007
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 for the Masses: Discover the Power of Network-Based, Hands-Free Installations (feature)
Nathan Conger explains how to setup and configure a Network Installation Server paired with PXE Boot and AutoYaST for speedy, hands-free installations.

28 Jun 2007
Mirroring Update Servers (feature)
Berthold Gunreben explains how to set up an update server in an environment where Internet access is not available.

28 Jun 2007
OpenSUSE 10.2 ATI Proprietary Linux Display Driver Installation Instructions (feature)
Jim Gravele shares instructions on how to intall a ATI Proprietary Linux display driver on OpenSUSE 10.2.

28 Jun 2007
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Creating a Custom AutoFill Sorted List in Calc 2 (feature)
Need to insert the same data over and over again in your spreadsheet? Does it need to be in a certain order? Calc's autofill feature can help you add that data with just a drag. Read this tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to learn how.

21 Jun 2007
Troubleshooting the SLES10 Boot Process (feature)
Jason Record has provided a quick reference guide to narrow down the cause of a failed boot and get the server back up as quickly as possible. It is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.

21 Jun 2007
Automate Installation of Web Server in openSUSE 10.2 (tip)
Scott Morris shares a new bash script that will help you get a web server installed and running with minimal effort.

15 Jun 2007
Loading Base SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Packages into ZLM Bundle (tip)
In order to update SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 managed devices with ZENworks 7 Linux Management, you need to load the base operating system packages into a ZENworks 7 Linux Management bundle. This process can also be used to load the SLE 10 SDK into ZLM. Here's how you do it

14 Jun 2007
New Free YaST eBook Available (tip)
Scott Morris has completed another free eBook. It covers the basics of managing software with YaST. It goes over what Installation Sources are, how to get a full list of them, and how to put them in. He also covers the basics of adding and removing software via YaST. Find out how to get the free ebook here.

14 Jun 2007
Changing the Default Text Editor Used in SLED 10 (tip)
Ricardo da Costa shares a tip on how to change your default text editor in SLED 10.

7 Jun 2007
Loading the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Base Packages into ZENworks Linux Management 7 (tip)
We've received a couple of questions about how to use ZENworks Linux Management to keep SLES and SLED updated. Here's what the fine folks in Novell Support have to say about that.

30 May 2007 (tool)
Python script that transforms your syslog-ng formatted messages from your logfile into an atom feed. So now you can use you favorite feed reader to keep up with your logs!

29 May 2007
Renaming a NIC (tip)
Muhammad Sharfuddin explains how you can change the name of a NIC in your system.

16 May 2007
Back Up and Synchronize Files between a Desktop and Laptop on SLED 10 (feature)
Peter McCracken shows you how to back up and synchronize files between a desktop and laptop using a USB hard disk and RSYNC.

11 May 2007
Integrating Your Linux Host into a Windows Environment (tip)
Dewey Hylton shares a solution that allows you to easily navigate Windows and Samba servers.

11 May 2007
Free "Intro to Linux" Course (tip)
Heads Up: Scott Morris has just released a new free "Intro to Linux" course that is done via email. Its goal is to be the most basic introduction to Linux possible. You should have a basic understanding of Linux once you complete the course. Get all the details here.

4 May 2007
Moiz Kohari on SUSE Linux Enterprise Real-Time and Dale Olds updates us on Bandit Project (feature)
Moiz Kohari talks about SUSE Linux Enterprise Real-Time. Then get an update on cool new things that are happening with the Bandit Project from Dale Olds.

27 Apr 2007
Staying on Top of Your Memory Usage in Linux (feature)
If you notice that after using your computer for a long period of time, your system slows down, programs respond slower, or your web browsers seem sluggish, check out this article from Michael Farrell for some tips on how to fix it.

27 Apr 2007
SLE10: Apply Updates Without New Kernel Updates Being Applied (feature)
Cameron Seader shares a script that you can use if you have a need in your environment to apply updates without having a new kernel being applied.

27 Apr 2007
Remote Control on SLED 10 (tip)
Here's a new tip from Novell Support that explains how to use the Remote Control option in the gnome-control-center and the Terminal Server client.

27 Apr 2007
Novell Open Audio: Greg Kroah-Hartman on Linux Kernel Development and News from Support (feature)
SUSE Labs? Greg Kroah-Hartman joins the Open Audio team to talk about kernel development, including a beginners how to, and the kernel development hierarchy. Then Randy and Dave are back for another episode of News from Support.

26 Apr 2007
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Stocking a Gallery of Clip Art in 2 (tip)
Stop going the Insert | Picture | From File route. You can drag and drop any image you want when you use the Gallery. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

18 Apr 2007
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop wins 2007 CODiE Award (feature)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 won the 2007 CODiE award for Best Open Source Solution. Get all the details here.

10 Apr 2007
Workaround for Error: Your computer does not have enough memory to run YaST (tip)
If you get the error: Your computer does not have enough memory to run YaST, here is a tip from Miroslaw Dzieciatek on how to fix it.

10 Apr 2007
Configuring Dual Boot for Linux and Windows Vista (tip)
Domnic Mendes shares a tip on how to configure your computer to dual boot Linux and Windows Vista.

10 Apr 2007
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Terminate Hanging Processes in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
When an application won't close making your other programs run slowly, you may want to terminate the process. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

6 Apr 2007
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Wins CRN Linux Desktop Bake-Off (feature)
The CRN Test Center recently reviewed four leading Linux desktop products for the enterprise. SLED 10 won 1st place!

6 Apr 2007
Secure and Extend the Range of your Linux Desktop Multiplier Deployments with Cubix (feature)
Your Multiplied SLED 10 desktop can now be stored securely in a data centre up to 250 metres (820 feet) away using a rack-mounted Cubix LaserStation Prism L system.

6 Apr 2007
Novell Open Audio: AppleTalk Filing Protocol on Linux and News from Support (feature)
Jason Williams talks about AppleTalk Filing Protocol (AFP) support on Linux. Plus, Randy and Dave have the latest News from Support.

4 Apr 2007
Configure SLED 10 Single Sign-On LDAP / Kerberos Authentication to Active Directory on Windows Server 2003 (feature)
Shannon VanWagner explains how to configure SLED 10 Single Sign-On LDAP / Kerberos Authentication to Active Directory on Windows Server 2003 R2 with UID/GID mapping via LDAP.

3 Apr 2007
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Available on Sun x64 Workstations (feature)
Novell recently announced that SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell is now available from Sun Microsystems on Sun* Ultra* Workstations. Get the details here.

3 Apr 2007
Opening New GroupWise Messages from Mailto Web Links in SLED 10 (tip)
If you're running the GroupWise 7 client with SLED 10, this tip from Ron Bingham will get "mailto" links to open new messages in GroupWise.

30 Mar 2007
How to Sync your iPAQ with Evolution on SLED 10 (tip)
Jan Prinsloo explains how to get your iPAQ to sync with Evolution on SLED 10.

30 Mar 2007
Office Party: Party in Style: Too Much Fun with Styles (feature)
Here's the latest in a series of Novell Connection magazine articles about Part 4 shows you how to use OO Writer to incorporate Styles into a View template.

30 Mar 2007
Novell Open Audio: Live at BrainShare: Nat Friedman and Tomboy maintainer Boyd Timothy (feature)
Listen to interviews with Nat Friedman and Boyd Timothy recorded at BrainShare.

29 Mar 2007
Setting up LUM and Novell Client Single Sign-On for SLED 10 (tip)
Sam Ludington shares a tip on how to set up the Novell Client for Linux Single Sign-On.

29 Mar 2007
loveLife Chooses Multiplied Linux Desktop Strategy (feature)
loveLife used Omni's "Multiplied" Linux Desktop Strategy to deploy full-featured desktops in its youth centres. The strategy enabled loveLife to stretch its limited desktop budget and bridge the digital divide for more South African youth.

23 Mar 2007
Novell Outlines Enhancements in SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP1 (feature)
The SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Service Pack 1 beta is now available, with significant improvements in virtualization, high-performance computing, desktop usability, security, interoperability and system management. Get all the details here.

13 Mar 2007
Omni Cool Tool: Desktop Total Cost of Ownership Calculator (feature)
Omni has published a Desktop TCO Calculator that compares the cost savings of the Multiplied SLED 10 Strategy with stand-alone Windows and Linux computers. Compare the costs of deploying 30 stand-alone Windows computers to 30 Multiplied SLED 10 systems. A conservative Multiplied SLED 10 deployment scenario results in 65% lower deployment costs -- a net savings of almost $45,000.

13 Mar 2007
Fix Scrolling with the Middle Mouse Button in Firefox (tip)
If you've had problems with your middle mouse button when using Firefox, check out this new TID from Novell Support on how to fix it.

7 Mar 2007
Switching your Linux systems to the new DST (feature)
Linux-Watch: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols explains how to switch Linux systems to the new DST.

3 Mar 2007
Tool for changing the code page of a file/directory name stored on Linux (tool)
This tool changes the code page of a file/directory name stored on Linux file systems.

2 Mar 2007
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Crop, Reduce Red-Eye, and Add Sepia Tones to Your Photos in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
F-Spot, the powerful photo browser, editor, and export tool bundled with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 gives you the power to crop, reduce red-eye and adjust color like the pros. Here's a tip from BrainStorm to help you make the most of your digital snapshots.

2 Mar 2007
Multiplied Linux Desktop Strategy Delivers Cost Savings for Illinois School District (feature)
By pioneering Omni's "Multiplied" SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Strategy, Danville School District 118 has reduced the cost of their Linux desktop hardware costs by 50%, their electricity costs by 62%, and saved the district thousands of dollars on costly Internet drops, switches, network wiring and other infrastructure and support costs.

2 Mar 2007
Recovering a File in Linux (tip)
If you've ever lost an important document because the application crashed, or you closed the file without saving it, check out this tip from Mike Farrell to find out how to recover it.

2 Mar 2007
Installing a D-Link Wireless Card on SLED (tip)
James Adams shares his solution on how to get a D-Link wireless card to work with SLED 10 using Madwifi.

2 Mar 2007
Cool Blog: Record a Desktop Video on SLED (tip)
Ted Haeger explains how to set up a SLED 10 system to capture the desktop as a video file.

27 Feb 2007
Multiplied SLED 10 Certified Hardware Bundle Now Available (feature)
The number one question Omni receives from Novell customers looking to deploy "Multiplied" SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktops or thin clients is, "What hardware do you recommend?" Read this article to find out about the newly certified Multiplied SLED 10 hardware and software bundle available from R Cubed Technologies.

22 Feb 2007
Novell Open Audio: SLED10 Design and Usability, News from Support (feature)
Novell Open Audio interviews Anna Dirks, the leader of the SLED10 usability team. Plus, Dave Mair and Randy Goddard have the latest News from Support.

22 Feb 2007
How to Set Up a Bluetooth Proximity System (feature)
Dan Elder explains how to set up a connection between your computer and cell phone and create a simple proximity badge for you to use.

22 Feb 2007
Daylight Saving Time Changes for 2007 (feature)
Daylight Saving Time will begin the second Sunday in March (March 11th), 3 weeks earlier than in past years. Novell Support has provided all the information you need to ensure that your Novell products are updated and ready to handle the changes.

14 Feb 2007
BASH: cool functions for your .bashrc file (tool)
Weather, stock, translate, and define functions for your .bashrc.file.

9 Feb 2007
Add ACL Support to Nautilus (tip)
When using the GNOME interface on SLES10 or SLED10 it is hard to adjust ACLs on files and directories because Nautilus does not have ACL support (yet). Fortunately there is a extension that will add ACL support to Nautilus. It is called Eiciel. Mike Petersen has provided a RPM for Eiciel to allow for easy installation. Download it here.

9 Feb 2007
Converting SLES and SLED Evaluations to Paid-for Subscriptions (tip)
Rick Holzer explains how a customer can convert a SLES or SLED system from being registered as an Evaluation copy to a paid-for subscription.

9 Feb 2007
Create Multiple Backup Versions on your Disk (tip)
Tore Agblad shares a script that will create multiple backup versions on your disk.

9 Feb 2007
Automatically Restart a Service if it Crashes (tip)
Daniel Hedblom shares a script he uses on his network that watches a service and restarts it in case of a crash.

9 Feb 2007
Shrink NTFS Partition Using AutoYaST (tip)
Kenneth Stevenson explains how to install openSUSE on a machine that already has Windows occupying a NTFS partition spanning the entire disk.

8 Feb 2007
Installing Oracle Applications Release 12 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (feature)
If you're getting ready to install Oracle Applications Release 12 on SLES10, check out this detailed installation guide from Michael Taylor that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to install it.

8 Feb 2007
Novell Open Audio: Using Open Source at Novell, Daylight Saving Time (feature)
Ted and Erin interview the guys in Novell IS&T to find out how and why they use open source software for running Novell's business. Then, in News from Support, learn about what the upcoming changes in Daylight Saving Time may mean to your organization.

2 Feb 2007
Using F-Prot AntiVirus with SLED 10 (tip)
Peter McCracken explains how to install and use F-Prot AntiVirus on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.

2 Feb 2007
Setting Up Bind as a Caching Name Server (DNS) on SLED 10 (tip)
Scott Morgan shares a tip on how to set up Bind as a caching name server on SLED 10.

1 Feb 2007
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Creating a photo screen saver in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
While you're away from your desk, you can easily set your screensaver to show the photos from your most recent vacation. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

1 Feb 2007
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Protecting spreadsheet cells in 2.0 Calc (tip)
When co-workers use a spreadsheet you've created, you may only want to give them permission to modify some cells. You can protect the cells you don't want modified by following this tip from BrainStorm, Inc.

25 Jan 2007
Moving Linux Virtual Machine (VM) from Windows Host to Linux Host (tip)
Chris Randles shows us a quick fix to get the Graphical User Interface up after switching a Linux Virtual Machine from a Windows host to a Linux host.

25 Jan 2007
History Buffer Security... (tip)
Many installation executables require you to enter a password on the command line in order to achieve the installation. This means that your password is on view for all to see in the command line history buffer.

25 Jan 2007
Novell Open Audio: Tools of the Back Line Support Gurus (feature)
Randy Goddard and Dave Mair tell us about the tools and techniques that they use to help customers troubleshoot their servers.

25 Jan 2007
Creating Color Contrast Images in The Gimp (tip)
John O'Riordan shows you how to create black and white images with just a few color components for striking images.

23 Jan 2007
Opening a Custom Mail Client from the "Mailto" Option in a Web Page (tip)
D Umesh shares a simple method you can try so your users can open a custom mail client when they click "mailto" in a Web page.

19 Jan 2007
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is the compelling alternative to Windows Vista (feature)
Learn why it's so smart to choose SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 over Vista.

18 Jan 2007
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Getting around in Large 2.0 Documents (tip)
You can easily jump between headings, graphics, sections, or other elements of a large document when you use the Navigator. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

18 Jan 2007
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Connect to a VPN Using SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
With the proper information from your system administrator, connecting to a VPN with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is easy. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

16 Jan 2007
Upgrading MonoDevelop to 0.12 (tip)
Peter McCracken shares a workaround for a Unix Transport Error (Bug #78774?) he got while trying to upgrade MonoDevelop.

11 Jan 2007
Need to Run Internet Explorer on Linux? Here's the solution! (feature)
Is your desktop migration to Novell SLED 10 being hampered because users need to access web sites or internal web applications that have Internet Explorer dependencies? Read this heads-up Cool Solution, submitted by our friends at Omni, on how to use a free, Open Source solution to run Internet Explorer on SLED 10.

10 Jan 2007
eDirectory/PAM Authentication to Linux Services (feature)
Here's a step-by-step guide for authenticating users from eDirectory via PAM to services such as VMWare Server, and performing administration tasks using sudo.

4 Jan 2007
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Wins InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award (feature)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 has earned a 2007 InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award, being named 'Best Linux Desktop'. Find out more.

4 Jan 2007
Custom Built RPMs for SUSE Linux Enterprise (tip)
Mike Petersen shares some RPMs he created for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.

4 Jan 2007
Descending into the Mine and Emerging Unscathed (feature)
This is the third article in a series about In this article, Kendra Dalin tests its limits by using it to complete common and advanced business tasks to create a community newsletter.

2 Jan 2007
How to Reconfigure Your Screen in YaST/SaX2 (tip)
Simon Crute shares a tip on how reconfigure your hardware and software after installation.

2 Jan 2007
How to Change the Global File Association in GNOME on SLED 10 (tip)
If you need to change the global file association for a particular type of file that you use frequently, check out this new TID from Novell Support for instructions on how to change it.

2 Jan 2007
Create and Run ASP.NET Applications on Linux using Mono (feature)
Savia Mendes shows you how to create and run ASP.NET applications on Linux using Mono.

22 Dec 2006
How to Use Novell VPN in Network Manager to Connect to Nortel Contivity Switch (feature)
Chendil Kumar explains how to connect to the Nortel Contivity Switch using the VPN Client integrated with the Network Manager in SLED 10.

21 Dec 2006
Partitioning Your Hard Disk Before Installing SUSE (tip)
Scott Morris shares a solution he provided for a user on how to partition a hard disk before installing SUSE.

21 Dec 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: See the Window List You Want in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
You can organize your SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Window List so what you see on your Workspace is what you get in your Window List. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

21 Dec 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Restart Numbering in 2.0 Writer (tip)
Don't hack your way into starting a new list in 2.0 Writer. Use the restart numbering feature. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

21 Dec 2006
Solution for Error: The Folder could not be displayed - VFS error: Invalid parameters (tip)
If you're running VMWare workstation on OpenSuse 10.2 and you get the error "The Folder could not be displayed - VFS error: Invalid parameters", here is a solution from Jared Jennings to fix it.

21 Dec 2006
Installing a Dell TrueMobile 1400 Wireless Card on OpenSUSE 10.2 (tip)
Darko Gavrilovic explains how to install a Dell TrueMobile 1400 wireless card on OpenSUSE 10.2.

21 Dec 2006
Lowering Your Costs with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (feature)
Find out how SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop will lower your desktop costs while improving usability, productivity and security in this new Novell Connection article by Ken Baker.

15 Dec 2006
Using the Desktop Version of the MoinMoin Wiki with iFolder (tip)
Joe Pampel shares a cool tip on how to use the desktop version of the MoinMoin wiki with iFolder.

14 Dec 2006
Novell Open Audio: openSUSE 10.2 Overview with Martin Lasarsch (feature)
openSUSE developer Martin Lasarsch gives an overview about what's new in openSUSE 10.2.

12 Dec 2006
ImportCertLinux (tool)
Automatically import certificate from eDirectory into local key store for iManager plugins to communicate over SSL.

8 Dec 2006
Mounting a USB Memory Stick (tip)
Scott Morris shares a solution he provided for a user on how to mount a USB stick on a SUSE machine.

8 Dec 2006
Installing nVidia or ATI Proprietary Drivers (tip)
Mike Petersen posted a new article in the Cool Solutions Wiki that explains how to install nVidia or ATI Proprietary Drivers. Read it here.

8 Dec 2006
Remote Monitoring Using Screenshots and Your PDA (tip)
Daniel Bray was migrating a few 100 GBs of data, and didn't want to sit in front of his laptop and watch it copy. So he used his PDA to monitor it remotely.

8 Dec 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Downloading from a Digital Camera in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
To capture your holiday pics, you'll need to set your SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to recognize your camera and automatically download the photos. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

8 Dec 2006
How to Set Up a Dual Boot with SLED 10 and Windows (tip)
Scott Morris explains how to set up a computer to dual boot SLED 10 and Windows.

8 Dec 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Applying Master Pages from Other Presentations in 2.0 Impress (tip)
Need to make your presentation comply to corporate style, but don't have the template for 2.0 Impress? Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how to apply master pages from another correctly formatted presentation into yours.

7 Dec 2006
Using YaST Profile Manager on Your Laptop (tip)
Simon Crute explains how to use the YaST Profile Manager to create different profiles of your system configuration on your laptop when you use a docking station.

6 Dec 2006
Upgrading to Java 1.5.x in SLED 10 (tip)
Peter McCrackan shares instructions on how to upgrade to the latest version of Java.

4 Dec 2006
Make SUSE DVDs (tool)
Make DVDs from SUSE ISOs.

1 Dec 2006
Special Holiday Drawing Winner! (feature)
Congratulations to Gary Childers - the lucky winner of the iPod nano RED special edition!

22 Nov 2006
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Hardware (tip)
If you've tackled some tough hardware issues with SLED 10, check out this new article Mike Petersen recently posted in the Cool Solutions Wiki for solutions.

22 Nov 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Linking to Documents in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
Want the convenience of getting to a file on the desktop, without having to store it there? This BrainStorm Cool Tip tells you how you can link any file type to any directory in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.

22 Nov 2006
Which Linux Desktop Packs The Most Punch? (feature)
The CRN Test Center recently compared 3 commercial distributions of Linux. For system builders, Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 has a leg up for its installation, networking features and support. Read the article here.

21 Nov 2006
How to Setup Novell Client for Linux Single Sign-On (tip)
Here's a new TID from Novell Support that explains how to configure a SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to perform local authentication to Linux and authentication through the Novell Client for Linux to eDirectory in a single step.

21 Nov 2006
How to Setup Novell Linux User Management on SLED 10 (tip)
This new TID from Novell Support provides step-by-step instructions on how to setup LUM on SLED 10.0.

21 Nov 2006
Using Symantec Backup Exec for NetWare on SLED 10 (tip)
Gilles de Bellabre shares a quick tip on how to make Symantec Backup Exec for NetWare executable on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.

16 Nov 2006
Novell Open Audio: SLE10: System Scaling at the Kernel Level (feature)
Kernel gurus Kurt Garloff and Hannes Reinecke share some of the work that they have been involved in regarding scaling features in the Linux kernel for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10.

16 Nov 2006
SSH Option VerifyHostKeyDNS (tip)
Every time a new SSH connection is established, the software asks for the fingerprint of the public key from the server. Arndt Stajta explains how to automate the process.

10 Nov 2006
How to install Flash Player 9 on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
Flash Player version 9 was released as a beta for Linux. Since then it appears that there has been an increase in the sites running flash 8.x or higher. Here's a new TID from Novell Support that provides an interim solution until the Flash Player is released publicly and then in turn built for the SLED platform.

9 Nov 2006
Novell Open Audio: What Happened to iFolder? (feature)
Product manager Jason Williams talks about iFolder 3.6. Then, Dave Mair returns to tell us the latest news from Support, including a cool tip on how to use tunnel X over SSH.

9 Nov 2006
Improving Internet Access Speed on Multiplied SLED 10 Systems (feature)
Multiplied SLED 10 customers are saving 80-90% on their desktop deployment costs compared to stand-alone Microsoft desktops. Read this article to learn how to enhance users' Internet access speed when deploying Multiplied SLED 10 systems.

9 Nov 2006
Checking the Log File for Invalid SSH Connection Attempts (tip)
If you have an open SSH connection, you will notice that a lot of people will try to log into your system. Houghi shares some tips on how to check the log file for invalid connection attempts and how to make sure your system is safe.

9 Nov 2006
How to Automatically Update Your System Time (tip)
Richard Holder explains how to automatically update your system time using the Network Time Protocol (NTP).

9 Nov 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Going Wireless with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
With built-in wireless network functionality, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 makes it easy to connect to a wireless network. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to get you started.

9 Nov 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Changing Headers and Footers in 2.0 Calc (tip)
When you're ready to print your Calc spreadsheet, you may notice a header you don't remember defining. You can define this header and customize it so it includes what you want by following this Cool Tip from BrainStorm, Inc.

9 Nov 2006 Writer (feature)
This is the second article in a series about In this article, Kendra Dalin shares her first impressions of Writer, the suite's word processor.

9 Nov 2006
Migrating from CVS to Subversion (tip)
Savia Mendes explains how to import your CVS repository with all associated history into Subversion.

8 Nov 2006
Novell Open Audio: Special Report: CEO Ron Hovsepian on Novell & Microsoft (feature)
After announcing the establishment of an agreement between Novell and Microsoft, Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian and Novell General Counsel Joe LaSala respond to some questions from Novell's customers and the free software community.

2 Nov 2006
This Week in Novell Open Audio: SLE10: Technical Training & Learning (feature)
Ted and Erin investigate some training options for using and administering SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 systems.

1 Nov 2006
Novell & Microsoft: What Do You Think? (tip)
Learn more about the landmark announcement from Novell and Microsoft.

26 Oct 2006
White-Box PC Makers Pre-Install Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (feature)
Novell announced it has signed agreements with four white-box PC manufacturers who will globally distribute PCs pre-loaded with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell. Find out more.

26 Oct 2006 One Suite Alternative (feature)
This is the first article in a series designed to show you why the OpenOffice suite might be worth considering. is the leading open source competitor to Microsoft Office and other proprietary suites.

26 Oct 2006
SLED 10 Deployment Tips (feature)
Mike Petersen recently posted several guides in the Cool Solutions Wiki that provide tips and tricks on how to easily deploy SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. Read them here.

26 Oct 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Placing Columns in the Middle of a Page in 2.0 Writer (tip)
Some documents, such as newsletters, might need column formatting on only one section of the page. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

26 Oct 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Nautilus Shortcut Keys (tip)
The ALT key can add some easy file navigation tricks in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. To learn what ALT can do in the Nautilus file browser, check out this tip from BrainStorm, Inc.

25 Oct 2006
Configuring Dual Boot (SUSE Linux, Windows) Systems (tip)
After installing Windows on a SUSE Linux machine, the MBR will be overwritten and the GRUB screen will not be displayed on booting the system. This article by Chandan R. explains how to rescue the system and configure dual boot in SUSE Linux 10.1.

23 Oct 2006
SUSE Linux Wallpaper (tool)
Linux scores!

23 Oct 2006
Bash - Making use of your .bashrc file (tool)
A sample .bashrc file.

18 Oct 2006
This week in Novell Open Audio: Listener Survey Results and News from Support (feature)
Ted and Erin announce the winners and review the results from the Novell Open Audio semi-annual listener feedback survey, and explain how they are using the feedback to adapt the show. Plus, Randy Goddard and Dave Mair are back for News from Support.

18 Oct 2006
Why Doesn't Linux Need Defragmenting? (tip)
Dominic Mendes found a great explanation about why Linux doesn't need defragmenting and wanted to share it the Cool Solutions community.

17 Oct 2006
AJAX Target Tracking and Animated Replay (tool)
Open Source application for adding targets and tracking the history and size of target area.

12 Oct 2006
Using Remote Console with SLED 10 (tip)
When ConsoleOne 136e is installed on SLED 10 it doesn't include the Remote console utility as an option in the attributes menu of a server object. James Tremblay shares a tip on how to add it.

12 Oct 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Configuring Dual Monitors in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 supports dual monitors. To learn how to configure this multiple display and give yourself a little more room, check out this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip.

12 Oct 2006
Setting Up Thin Clients (LTSP) on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (feature)
James Tremblay explains how his school district cut costs on the desktop by using older PC's and\or purchasing lower cost thin-clients that can leverage the flexibility and usability of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop environment configured with LTSP.

12 Oct 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Suppressing the First Page Number in 2.0 Writer (tip)
Creating cover pages or other sections of your document that are not numbered or are numbered differently is easy in Writer. All you need to do is apply page styles. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to show you how.

12 Oct 2006
We Have Opened the Box (feature)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 delivers on the promise of enhanced usability, integrated search, stunning new graphical effects, a comprehensive office productivity environment and more–all without having to upgrade your hardware. Learn more about SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 in this Novell Connection article by Nathan Conger.

11 Oct 2006
Build and install Banshee on SUSE Linux 10.1 (tip)
Magnus Hoglund shares a tip on how to build and install Banshee on SUSE Linux 10.1.

11 Oct 2006
How to Enable File Sharing on SLED 10 (tip)
Here's a new TID from Novell Support that shows you how to enable user level sharing on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.

10 Oct 2006
Bash Batch Image Processing Script (tool)
Manipulate entire directories of images all at once.

28 Sep 2006
Delegating simple ZENworks imaging tasks using 'export IMGCMD' (feature)
Andrew Grant details how to edit the ZENworks ISO file, both in Linux and in Windows, in such a way that you can create specialized ZENworks CDs for your tech staff to use when imaging workstations. This is useful for things like reimaging after lectures, in labs, etc.

28 Sep 2006
SUSE 10.1 / SLED 10 ATI Proprietary Linux Display Driver Installation Instructions (feature)
Jim Gravelle shares step-by-step instructions on how to install a ATI Linux display driver.

28 Sep 2006
Novell Open Audio: SLE10: Going Mobile (a.k.a. "the Nuremberg Beer Garden Edition") (feature)
Timo Hoenig and Holger Macht talk about how SUSE's "Team Mobile" is continually making improvements in using Linux on laptops and connecting mobile devices to Linux systems.

28 Sep 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Cropping Graphics in 2.0 Writer (tip)
You don't need a separate graphics program to crop the images you place in your 2.0 Writer documents. Here's a tip from BrainStorm, Inc. that shows how to crop them directly in your document.

28 Sep 2006
Using a USB Device with iFolder 3 and SLED 10 (tip)
Mike Brady shares a cool tip on how to convert a folder on a USB drive to an iFolder, and then synchronize it with the iFolder server.

28 Sep 2006
"Multiplied" Linux Desktop Migration Strategy for SLED 10 and openSUSE 10.1 (feature)
With the excitement surrounding the launch of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 and openSUSE 10.1, it is clear that Novell has a winner with its new desktop strategy. With the Linux Desktop Multiplier, you can take the SLED 10 value proposition one step further. Learn how the "Multiplied" SLED 10 strategy is enabling organisations to migrate up to 10 users to each of their SLED 10 or openSUSE 10.1 computers.

28 Sep 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Adding SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Panels (tip)
Is the bottom panel not quite big enough for all the applications and applets that you want to add? In SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, you can add another panel. Here's a tip from BrainStorm Inc. that tells you how.

27 Sep 2006
Meld (tool)
Diff and merge tool.

26 Sep 2006
Parser to toptool logs (tool)
Generate graphs and reports from the toptool logs.

26 Sep 2006
LSENDMAG - Wake On LAN - (SUSE Linux) (tool)
Remotely turn on workstations and servers.

22 Sep 2006
Novell Open Audio: SLE10: Data Center Technology Foundation (feature)
Markus Kraft and Hannes Reineke explain technologies that form a foundation for data center Linux, and they provide a cool tip for how you can set up a miniature data center demo using an iPod!

22 Sep 2006
Novell South Africa Deploys 2,205 SUSE Linux Desktops in 105 Schools with Linux Desktop Multiplier (feature)
South Africa's North West Province is taking a leadership role in helping their students cross the digital divide. They were looking for the best way to deploy 2,205 desktop computers in 105 of their schools' computer labs. The solution * Novell's SUSE Linux Desktop operating system with the Linux Desktop Multiplier.

22 Sep 2006
Setting Up a Local Update Server for SLE 10 (tip)
Here's a new TID from Novell Support that shows you how to configure a local update service for SLE 10 packages that will lower bandwidth usage and perform updates faster.

14 Sep 2006
Novell Open Audio: Linux Clients in Active Directory and News from Support (feature)
Lars Mueller explains the new capabilities that he and the Guenther Deschner team have been working on, allowing SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 to integrate into an Active Directory environment.

14 Sep 2006
Single Sign-On in the box with SLED10: CASA (feature)
Michel Bluteau gives a great overview of CASA, which stands for Common Authentication Service Adapter. For those who have been using Novell Single Sign-On or Securelogin in the past, CASA offers similar functionalities, including the capability to Single Sign-On users to Desktop applications and Web sites, and also to interact with a directory for storing and retrieving secrets.

14 Sep 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Vertically Centering a Page in Writer (tip)
Perplexed by the lack of a "vertical centering" command in Writer? While the developers work on this, here's a tip you can use to vertically center the contents of a page.

14 Sep 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Changing SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Power Settings (tip)
Whether you've installed SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on a desktop or laptop, you'll need to make sure the power settings are optimized for how you use your computer. Check out this tip from BrainStorm, Inc. to find out how to change those settings.

14 Sep 2006
Adding a Menu Item to the Application Menu (tip)
If you installed a new application to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 that did not use "Install Software", it is not added to the Application Menu. Check out this tip from Richard Holder on how to add a new menu item to the Application Menu.

14 Sep 2006
University Deploys Moodle On-line Course Management on "Multiplied" SLED 10 System (feature)
Read about how the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla saved over 80% on the cost of deploying their on-line course management and e-learning software using a "Multiplied" SLED 10 strategy.

14 Sep 2006 2.0 Quick Start Cards Now Available (feature)
Heads Up: BrainStorm, Inc., the Novell-Authorized End-User Training Partner, is pleased to announce that the 2.0 Quick Start Cards are now available. Find out how to get your copies here.

14 Sep 2006
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Quick Start Card Now Available (feature)
Heads Up: BrainStorm, Inc., the Novell-Authorized End-User Training Partner, is pleased to announce that the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Quick Start Card is now available. Find out how to get your copy here.

30 Aug 2006
How to Setup a Slide Show to Rotate Backgrounds (tip)
Simon Crute shows you how to setup a slide show to rotate backgrounds in GNOME.

30 Aug 2006
Cool Blog: How to Create Application Screenshots with Compiz (feature)
Ted Haeger recently posted an entry in his blog about how to create screenshots from SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 while running Desktop Effects. Read it here.

30 Aug 2006
University of New Mexico Pilots Multiplied SLED 10 Desktops in Computer Lab (feature)
Have your heard about the Muliplied SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Strategy? Read this article about how the Desktop Multiplier is being used by the University of New Mexico to multiply existing desktops and provide wider access to SLED 10 in their computer labs. The Desktop Multiplier allows up to 10 users to connect to a single SLED 10 computer. Find out more.

30 Aug 2006
Novell Open Audio: Robert Love and News from Support (feature)
Robert Love returns to Novell Open Audio and he's got a new job! Randy Goddard and Dave Mair are back and up to their usual geek antics in News from Support.

25 Aug 2006
Getting All the Benefits of your SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Eval Software (tip)
Here is a roadmap to getting free SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Eval software plus all the benefits that Novell offers with the test drive.

21 Aug 2006
OOo Label Templates (tool) templates for making labels with OOo Writer for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and FreeBSD.

21 Aug 2006
You Talk, Novell Listens: Progress Report on Customer Suggested Improvements (tip)
Check out this report that explains how Novell has implemented many changes suggested by customers.

17 Aug 2006
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Named 'Best of Show' at LinuxWorld (feature)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 was named 'Best of Show' at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco this week. Get the details here!

17 Aug 2006
This week in Novell Open Audio: LinuxWorld (feature)
Listen to interviews with Nat Friedman and Jeremy Allison recorded at LinuxWorld.

17 Aug 2006
Getting the SLES / SLED 10 Software Updater to work if you use a Proxy Server (feature)
Hicham Mourad explains how to configure the Novell Customer Center and the Software Updater to work on your SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or Desktop if you use a proxy server.

17 Aug 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Configuring Multiple SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Workspaces (tip)
Want to know how to configure and use that cool 3D cube to increase your usable workspace? Make sure your 3D graphics card is working and read this tip from BrainStorm, Inc.

17 Aug 2006
How to Automatically Set the Hostname of a Workstation to the Machine's Serial Number (tip)
If you are rolling out SLED 10 within your company and want to have a naming standard for all of your workstations, take a look at this tip by Ryan McCain. He shows you how to set the hostnames to the serial numbers of the machines.

17 Aug 2006
Configuring XGL when using the KDE Desktop with SLED 10 (tip)
Hicham Mourad shares some easy instructions on how to enable Desktop Effects if you are using the KDE desktop.

17 Aug 2006
New York School Districts Select Linux Desktops from Novell to Improve Student Access to Technology (feature)
Students in upstate New York have moved one step closer to having a computer at every desk thanks to a pilot program using Linux desktops from Novell on Intel-based computers. Read the press release here.

15 Aug 2006
GroupWise Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise 10; Entitlement Offer Extended (feature)
Novell is pleased to announce GroupWise support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10. Get the details here ...

11 Aug 2006
SUSE Linux Enterprise Technical Library (feature)
If you're looking for more information about SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, check out the SUSE Linux Enterprise library for the latest technical white papers.

3 Aug 2006
The Easiest Linux Guide You'll Ever Read (feature)
Heads Up: Scott Morris just released a new book called "The Easiest Linux Guide You'll Ever Read - An Introduction to Linux for Windows Users". It is available as a free download. Get all the details here.

3 Aug 2006
A CUPS PDF Printer for your SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (feature)
Axel Schmidt explains how to set up and configure a CUPS PDF printer on your SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

3 Aug 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Using the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Search Tool (tip)
When you can't remember what you named that document, can't find an application, or can't recall the URL to the Web page you were browsing the other day, try using the Search Tool built right in to your desktop. In this tip, BrainStorm shows you how it works.

3 Aug 2006
Helpful SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 TIDs (tip)
Here's a list of useful TIDs from Novell Technical Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Issues.

1 Aug 2006
New Linux Certifications Now Available (tip)
If you are ready for premier training on the most progressive Linux platform, Novell is ready for you. It's time to take advantage of the hottest new certifications - the Novell Certified Linux Professional 10 and the Novell Certified Linux Engineer 10.

28 Jul 2006
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 for Spreading the Linux Cure (tip)
Scott Morris recently posted an article in his blog about how to share Linux with others. The article discusses ways that we can spread the word about using Linux to people who have never heard of it or who might be interested in trying it out. Read it here.

28 Jul 2006
Novell Open Audio: SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 and Eric Anderson (feature)
Eric Anderson tells us about his experience as one of the lead people involved in the integration of SUSE and Novell.

26 Jul 2006
How to Configure a 1X Aircard on a Laptop with SUSE 10.1 (tip)
Peter Van den Wildenbergh provides instructions on how to configure a 1vEV-DO PC Card & SUSE 10.1 on a laptop.

20 Jul 2006
Getting to Know the Novell Customer Center (feature)
The new Novell Customer Center allows you to put all your Novell eggs in one basket, and keep a watchful eye on everything. If you've ever had the nagging suspicion that you have little piles of unused licenses going to waste, or if you need to be able to look the CIO in the eye and guarantee you are current on all security patches, you are going to love this.

20 Jul 2006
Bypass Gnomesu for Sudo LAN Configuration for Non-Root Users (feature)
Axel Schmidt lays out a nicely detailed explanation of how to enable the sudo functionality, which allows non-root users to gain the right to change the network configuration of the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop featuring a seamless integration within GNOME.

20 Jul 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Posting Sticky Notes in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
Ready for SLED 10? BrainStorm gives you a sneak peek and a tip that you'll want to use as soon as you install. Check out their tip complete with a flash demonstration on how to use Tomboy Notes, the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 electronic sticky notes program.

19 Jul 2006
tkdiff (tool)
Graphical User Interface for diff utility

13 Jul 2006
Customer Comments about the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Pre-release (feature)
Freshly Updated -- We've been poring over the comments coming in from people who are trying the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Pre-release, and it's great to see the widespread enthusiasm for the new features, the elegant interface, and the ease of use for end-users. Take a look at some of the comments and early reactions. (To paraphrase Sally Field, "You like it! You really, really like it!")

13 Jul 2006
How To: Remote Installation Using SSH or VNC (tip)
Here's a cool tip from Novell Support that explains how to set up a remote installation using SSH or VNC. An install can be started that will allow for remote control during the installation process.

6 Jul 2006
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 -- Up Close and Personal (feature)
Be among the first to download the last pre-release version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, now available. Also, check out the Reviewers Guide, which steps you through all the coolest new features, so you can experience them first-hand. Enjoy! And be sure you take the survey after you've played around with it. We're dying to know what you think.

6 Jul 2006
Changing the Desktop Background in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
Ready for SLED 10? BrainStorm gives you a sneak peek and a tip that you'll want to use as soon as you install. Check out their tip complete with a flash demonstration on how to customize your desktop background.

6 Jul 2006
Novell Connection: Nuts About the Desktop (feature)
The All-in-One Desktop Solution of the Future...Today. Learn all about SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 in this new Novell Connection magazine article by Lucia Krinsky.

6 Jul 2006
Using Skype with a Bluetooth Headset on SLED 10 (tip)
Sam Tingleff explains how to use Skype with a Bluetooth headset on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10.

6 Jul 2006
This week in Novell Open Audio (feature)
Listen to the latest Open Audio interviews recorded at the GNOME Conference: Xgl/Compiz update with David Reveman, GNOME Main Menu with Jimmy Krehl, Desktop Search (Beagle) with Joe Shaw, Helix Banshee update with Aaron Bockover, and NetworkManager with Robert Love.

29 Jun 2006
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10: Decrease in Costs, Increase in Security (feature)
Linux has sure come a long way in recent years. By this, I mean that it is now practical to use in the enterprise for more than just servers. Especially if you're talking about SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. It is secure, reliable, cuts costs, increases productivity, integrates very nicely into a Windows environment, and is easy and intuitive. Let's take a look at two of these points: cutting costs and increasing security.

28 Jun 2006
SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 : Productivity Booster (trench)
Part of what enables people to use a given software application is that it works for them. It is simple and easy to figure out and use. It doesn't take a lot of cryptic configuration or endless setting of parameters. You start it up and the right things just happen. In recent times, Linux has has grown by leaps and bounds by providing software like this. Especially in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. There is a well-rounded supply of enterprise-ready applications provided on this excellent desktop platform. Let us take a minute and review some of the office productivity software available.

22 Jun 2006
Install Non-RPM Applications (feature)
Luckily for us most major programs are available as RPMs. Usually, in fact, RPMs especially packed for SUSE installations. However, what happens when you find that gem of a program that is going to save your life but it only comes as a stand-alone installer? Typically, when you install these files there is no interaction with your Windows Manager and also often you can only run the program from the folder it was installed into. In this article I will run you through how to fully integrate these programs into your desktop Environment and run them from anywhere.

20 Jun 2006
Adding a Favorite Application in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (tip)
Ready for SLED 10? BrainStorm gives you a sneak peek and a tip that you'll want to use as soon as you install. Check out their tip, complete with a flash demonstration on how to add favorite applications to your desktop menus.

7 Jun 2006 2.0: Creating a Table of Contents (feature)
Scott Morris demonstrates how to create a Table of Contents using OpenOffice Writer.

7 Jun 2006
Creating Bevels in the GIMP (feature)
Scott Morris demonstrates how to create nice beveled edges for your images. This is a nice skill to have for anyone working with graphic design.

1 Jun 2006
Interview with Andreas Jaeger (tip) has written up quite the interview. They met up with SUSE project manager Andreas Jaeger. Questions placed to Mr. Jaeger were answered neatly and succinctly. For anyone interested in the man behind the releases, come take a look.

23 May 2006
Madpenguin's Look at SUSE Linux 10.1 (tip)
Madpenguin has posted a nice review of SUSE Linux 10.1. It's a great review for those interested in looking for a great desktop Linux distribution.

23 May 2006
System Builders To Novell: We'll Give You A Listen (tip)
"If packed demo rooms are any indication of interest in its latest Linux desktop, Novell has a willing audience," says this article. Seems like more and more vendors are giving Novell a listening ear.

18 May 2006
Restore Settings after Updating SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (tip)
You have a fresh install of SLES 9. You proceed to install OpenXchange Server to your specified configuration users, domains, etc. You then apply all necessary patches and service packs to have a current system. You then realize ALL your customizations to the ldap database, users, domains, smtp settings are gone. WHAT DO YOU DO!?

18 May 2006
Easter eggs for Novell Linux Desktop (trench)
In the computing world, Easter eggs are kind of undocumented features, messages, graphics, sound effects etc, which are invoked in response to some undocumented set of user actions. There have been instances of complete flight simulator program embedded in a spreadsheet program. Similarly there are certain undocumented features exists, right there on your Novell Linux Desktop.

17 May 2006
Generating PDFs with Alambic (feature)
Although everybody has access to OpenOffice most of the users I deal with are stuck with a word processor, spreadsheet or any other application that is not capable of producing a PDF version of their documents without external tools. This shortcoming has been recognized by many, both commercial and non-commercial solutions are available. As a die-hard Linux fan I went with a GPL'ed solution that can be tweaked if needed.

17 May 2006
AmaroK: Media Player Reviewed (feature)
One of the applications that people would most like to see on Linux is iTunes and if we could get it on Linux that'd be great. But in the meantime I've been using amaroK to move music to my iPod. For those who may not be aware of it AmaroK is one of the best, if not the best, music management applications around.

10 May 2006
Open "mailto" Links in Thunderbird (tip)
Would you like Firefox to open "mailto" links in Thunderbird? This tip will show how this is done.

10 May 2006
Grease Monkey: Customizing Web Pages as per your Requirements (tip)
If you are troubled by popup advertisements you use pop-up blockers. But how do you handle advertisements that are within web pages and bug you, since they are many times irrelevant and annoying. Well Its now time to control the look n feel and contents using Grease Monkey.

10 May 2006
Visual Studio .NET IDE for SUSE Linux! (feature)
We all know and love the Visual Studio .NET IDE, but did you know that you can use it to build server applications that run on SUSE Linux? Discover how with Visual MainWin for J2EE, Developer Edition (a.k.a Grasshopper) from Mainsoft.

10 May 2006
Using Ipod on your Linux Pc (tip)
Dominic Mendes shares a great way to work your iPod on Linux.

10 May 2006
Reference List of SUSE Linux Resources (feature)
Would you like to know of some great SUSE-oriented forums? Are you interested in what SUSE bloggers have to say? Do you want SUSE-related news? Scott Morris lists all of these resources and others, including mailing lists, IRC channels, RSS feeds and more here in one place. Bookmark this page for quick reference.

2 May 2006
Getting RSS Feeds in your Instant Messaging Client (appnote)
Rather than having a RSS news reader running all the time checking for updates to your web feeds (blogs and podcasts), wouldn't you love to get updates via IM? Jon Strickland explains how to use InstantFeed to get your RSS feeds to show up in most IM clients, including AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, and Google Talk. Very nifty device for keeping yourself informed while you chat with your friends.

24 Apr 2006
Facilitating the Switch (feature)
As a community we would like to see a large computer manufacturer sell PC's with Linux already on them. Is this the only option?

24 Apr 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Getting the Right Bullets (tip)
If you're still using 1.1.x and having a hard time getting bullets to look right when you save your documents in MS Word format, here's a tip that will make all your bullets look right.

24 Apr 2006
FREE Enterprise Portal Released for Novell, Microsoft, Redhat, and other Linux Distributions (feature)
Organizations worldwide can immediately deploy the Lumenation v6.0 Portal and benefit from the robust middleware / framework environment - FREE.

24 Apr 2006
Sorting Out Intellectual Property in a "Composite" Application World (feature)
A sea change is taking place in software development. This article, by Douglas A. Levin, President & CEO of Black Duck Software, explores new approaches to protecting valuable software intellectual property.

20 Apr 2006
Xgl on SUSE 10.1 for Gnome and KDE with NVidia Graphics Cards (feature)
Scott Morris has created a detailed how-to for setting up Xgl on your SUSE 10.1 machine for either Gnome or KDE, written for users who have NVidia graphics cards. This tutorial has been written so as to be as basic and detailed as possible, even for the novice Linux user.

20 Apr 2006
Hard-Code Speed and Duplex Settings for NICs (tip)
For a system that will be network attached long term it is best practice to hard code the link speed and duplex setings on the nic(s) in the system to match the switch port settings. This prevents allignment errors, runts, FCS and other errors from occuring on the switch when the system autonegotiates network settings.

20 Apr 2006
Jeff Jaffe's Blog (tip)
Novell CTO Jeff Jaffe has started a blog for the company. Find insightful views and comments in his posts.

13 Apr 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Automatically Updating Headers (tip)
After you learn to use's templates and styles, a new world of formatting possibilities opens, especially in the Word Processor. This week's tip explains how to take advantage of one of those possibilities: Automatic Headers.

6 Apr 2006
CTO Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe Starts Novell Blog (tip)
Novell CTO Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe has started a blog. This is a great asset for the technology community, considering the author.

5 Apr 2006
Manually Create A Network Installation Source For NLPOS9-SP2 & SLES9-SP3 (feature)
Novell Linux Point of Service includes NLD, SLES and NLPOS CDs and the corresponding Service Pack CDs. To speed up the installation of NLPOS and/or SLES one will discover that it is always a good idea to have an installation server available, even when the installation media is only available as ISO images.

3 Apr 2006
Novell Linux Client Tricks (appnote)
Peter Van den Wildenbergh shows some slick ways to log in to the Novell Client for Linux using some of his own scripts.

28 Mar 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Customizing Your Style (tip)
To really harness the power of the Word Processor, and create running heads, tables of contents, indexes, and cross references, you need to use, apply, and customize styles. Check out this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip to learn the steps to take.

28 Mar 2006
Fix Novell Linux Desktop VMWare Image (trench)
Novell provides a VMware image of Novell Linux Desktop. Unfortunately, a few small problems prevent it working on the Windows version of VMware workstation or Player. Iain McLaren shows us how to fix this problem.

28 Mar 2006
Novell Client for Linux not Integrated With Linux Login (trench)
After completing the steps in this article:, you can get LDAP to pass info to NCL and perform a simultaneous login to netware. This article shows how this is done.

19 Mar 2006
Going Wireless in SUSE Linux 10.0 (feature)
Scott Morris sheds some light on creating a wireless network for your SUSE-based systems.

16 Mar 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Using Templates (tip)
You can manually format every aspect of your creation, but if you often compose the same type of documents, you should take advantage of templates.

15 Mar 2006
Be famous: Get published at CoolSolutions (tip)
Let's get this party going! Write an article about your favorite application, an experience you've had with SUSE Linux, or a cool tip or trick.

9 Mar 2006
Introducing Workgroup Cool Solutions (tip)
Heads up, all of you who love Novell's workgroup products. We have created a new super site which presents Cool Solutions content being written for all of Novell's awesome workgroup products, including Open Enterprise Server, GroupWise, and Novell Linux Desktop.

9 Mar 2006
Keeping Passwords Out of Viewable History (tip)
In Linux and Unix, history can come back to haunt you. Find out why and what you can do about it, in this tip from Novell's Aaron Burgemeister.

9 Mar 2006
Novell Survey: Status Update (trench)
News and info about the Request An App Survey sponsored by Novell.

9 Mar 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Looping an Presentation Slideshow (tip)
Trying to get that BrainShare 2006 presentation to loop but not sure how? Check out this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip to learn the steps to take.

3 Mar 2006
SUSE 10.1 beta 6 Released (tip)
A new version of SUSE 10.1 has been released, beta 6. This is still a testing version and should not be used on production systems. It might be worth a glance, though, just to see what's in it.

3 Mar 2006
Switching to SUSE 10.0 (tip)
If you know someone who is interested in upgrading their systems to Linux, this thread may be of interest. A user named sharkscott decided to jump from Windows to Linux cold turkey. This thread outlines his experiences.

2 Mar 2006
IBM Helps Venezuela in Migration to OSS (tip)
Venezuela has enlisted the help of IBM to assist in the migration to open source software. This is just one of the many worldwide government agencies who are making similar upgrades in their departments.

2 Mar 2006
Why Windows Vista will suck (tip)
Here is some good stuff for you. It is an article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on why Windows Vista doesn't cut it.

27 Feb 2006
Setting up a SUSE Linux 10 PC as an answering and fax machine. (appnote)
Many small businesses and startups don't have the resources that the big companies have, like a dedicated receptionist or a 24/7 call centre. But with the help of some technology and good taste you can get a long way to help your (potential) customers when you are out of the office.

22 Feb 2006
Survey Series: Review an App (trench)
Write a 4 - 5 page review of the software listed, and receive double points through the end of February.

22 Feb 2006
Automount CD-ROM Images (trench)
Chris Lander says, "Following up on the article "A Little YaST Magic" by Scott M. Morris posted on 6 Jan 2005, where he explains how to mount iso images of the distribution CD-ROMs,it is possible to automatically mount them by making suitable entries in /etc/fstab." This article explains how to automatically mount these images.

22 Feb 2006
What is the "umask"? How can I set it? (trench)
Christian Boltz tells us all about this feature, what it is, and how to use it.

22 Feb 2006
Get Thee to a Nano-ry! (tip)
Finally, a podcast for the die-hard Novell enthusiast! Novell Users International and Novell have teamed up to bring you Novell Open Audio, the cool audio companion for the avid Cool Solutions reader.

15 Feb 2006
SURVEY: Status, Statistics, Suggestions, and Solicitations (feature)
Scott Morris reveals the current numbers of the "Request a Linux App" survey, found on Novell's CoolSolutions site.

15 Feb 2006
Taskbar Buttons Showing for Applications in Current Desktop Only (tip)
Don't like the clutter of having every application's button showing in your taskbar? Shem Valentine shows how to tell KDE and Gnome to show only those buttons belonging to the applications running in the current desktop.

15 Feb 2006
Manually Invoke Standby for Laptop (tip)
Do you need to manually invoke Standby for your Laptop to conserve battery power? Michael L. Farrell's article will show you how to do this.

15 Feb 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Importing Your Music Library (trench)
Have a music collection you want to organize and listen to using the Novell Linux Desktop? There's an application for that. Read this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip to find out how to use the Novell Linux Desktop Music Player.

7 Feb 2006
Be Published on CoolSolutions! (trench)
Write a short tip, software review, game review, or anything that will contribute to the community. Submit it, and receive the status of being published on CoolSolutions!

7 Feb 2006
Extraction Tool : xe (trench)
Do you support commandline linux users who sometimes get into a muddle uncompressing and extracting archives? Try 'xe', eXtract Everywhere, a great command-line tool by Markus Gaugusch.

6 Feb 2006
Novell Launches Partnership Site (tip)
Hewlett-Packard and Novell have created the ideal alliance. Two industry-leading corporations join in the quest for a better future with Linux.

6 Feb 2006
Thinking about partnering with Novell? (tip)
Now is a great time! There's no time like the present, as they say.

6 Feb 2006
What makes Novell's SUSE Linux such a viable option? (tip)
Perhaps it's the stability. Perhaps it's the support. Maybe it is the training. Most likely is that it's all of the above.

6 Feb 2006
Novell delivers comprehensive bundled Linux support solution for mid-sized enterprises (tip)
One of the things that businesses like is support for their products. Since most Linux distributions are not backed by any one company, it is difficult to find support for Linux. This might be one reason many businesses resist migration to Linux. However, Novell has announced that they will be offering not only support for their SUSE Linux Enterprise Server line, but will offer training on it as well. How's that for a great offering?

6 Feb 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Easily Adding Startup Programs (tip)
Want your email or instant messaging client to automaticlaly start when you login? This week's BrainStorm Cool Tip will show you how.

3 Feb 2006
While we're waiting, what can we use now? (feature)
It may take a while to convince vendors to port their applications to Linux. In the meantime, Scott Morris asks what possibilities exist now for the top requested applications.

2 Feb 2006
Update on Linux Application Request Survey (feature)
Scott Morris reveals and discusses the newest data and results from Novell's Linux Application Request Survey.

2 Feb 2006
PROBLEM: NFS Install Cannot Access Remote DVD Drive (tip)
Harold Stevens explains how to fix this problem.

2 Feb 2006
How to keep consistent user data across multiple installations of Linux on the same machine (trench)
Pim Dennendal explains how this is done.

2 Feb 2006
PROBLEM: Multiple cards assigned as eth0 (tip)
Christo van Rensburg shows how to remedy this problem.

26 Jan 2006
The Application People Most Want Ported to Linux Is... (feature)
We have posted a survey designed to find out which Windows-only applications are keeping people from switching to Linux. Scott Morris reveals the progress of this survey.

26 Jan 2006
HOWTO: Share Folders From Linux to Windows via Samba (tip)
Jay Martinez shows us how simple this is.

26 Jan 2006
VNC Not Allowed on Your Network? (tip)
If you cannot use VNC on your network, you need an alternative. Nicolas Barberis provides exactly that.

26 Jan 2006
Need a driver for your SPCA-based webcam? (tip)
Adrien Kwok provides an answer for us on how to make this work.

26 Jan 2006
Why Does Gizmo Block the Sound? (tip)
Adrien Kwok answers this question and gives a great solution to fix the problem.

19 Jan 2006
Nagios: Host and Service Monitoring Tool (feature)
Rainer Brunold introduces Nagios, an excellent server and service monitoring tool.

17 Jan 2006
How to get the Fingerprint reader on IBM Thinkpads (T42P, T43P) to workwith OpenSUSE 10 (trench)
Hicham Mourad shows us how to get the fingerprint reader working on the IBM Thinkpads.

17 Jan 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Checking GNOME Weather (tip)
Don't have a window in your office? Get the next best thing to going outside by putting GNOME's Weather applet on your panel. Check out this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip to find out how.

17 Jan 2006
SSO with SSH (trench)
Nicolas Barberis, the author of this article writes, "As a consultant, I access many different Linux and Unix machines for administration porpouses. Remembering all those passwords can be difficult, and risky (if you write them down - please don't). Through a feature of SSH we can implement a SSO access to our different Linux servers." He explains how this is done in this article.

17 Jan 2006
Using the Samba Protocol to Access Windows Shares and Files (trench)
Girish Mutt shows how to use the Samba protocol on Novell Linux Desktop machines to access Windows Work groups and Windows Machines' Shared data.

13 Jan 2006
Need an App to run on Linux? Request it here! (tip)
If you have critical applications that you MUST be able to use on Linux, please take a minute to let us know what they are, and we'll see what we can do to nudge the folks who create them. Together, your voices will count for more than they would separately.

12 Jan 2006
Highlighting Word Searched in Text Files (trench)
Jim Limmer explains how to highlight a word (or string) for which you are searching in a text file or log.

12 Jan 2006
10 steps to Password Protect SUSE's Grub Bootloader (trench)
Kory Sonnier provides an excellent explanation of how to make Grub and the boot process a little more secure.

5 Jan 2006
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Wrapping Text in Spreadsheet Cells (tip)
As the office suite for Novell Linux Desktop, is made up of powerful composing tools. In the next few weeks, BrainStorm will point out some tips and tricks that may help you get even more out of This week learn where to find the "wrap text" command in Spreadsheet.

5 Jan 2006
Recovering GRUB after being overwritten by Windows (tip)
If you have a dual-boot machine where you installed Linux first, then Windows, you may have lost your GRUB boot loader. Heinz Hartfiel explains how to fix this.

4 Jan 2006
Why does SKYPE block sound on SUSE? (feature)
Adrien Kwok explains why, and how to fix it.

4 Jan 2006
RPM Error Installing Packages (tip)
Toris Russell offers a solution for the "ERROR(InstTarget:E_RpmDB_subprocess_failed)" error.

21 Dec 2005
Whitfield School Goes Open Source with SUSE (tip)
Whitfield School, of St. Louis, Missouri, has recently implemented a campus-wide network consisting of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Novell Linux Desktop machines.

20 Dec 2005
Mines and Solitaire Game Review (feature)
Scott Morris introduces a couple of fun games for the Gnome Desktop.

20 Dec 2005
apropos: Command-Line Power Tool (tip)
Would you like to become more adept at using the command line? Scott Morris introduces one command that will help with this very thing.

19 Dec 2005
Dutch Record Shop Chain Migrates 1000 PCs to KDE on Novell Linux Desktop (tip)
The Dutch Free Record Shop has decided to deploy stripped-down Novell Linux Desktop machines as the point of sale systems in their retail shops. From the looks of things, the entire company is moving over to SUSE-based solutions for all of their needs.

14 Dec 2005
Novell Linux Desktop 9 Review (tip)
Peter Judge, from ZDNET, has provided a praising review of Novell Linux Desktop 9. He outlines his personal experience with it, and observations on how it is suited for a business environment.

14 Dec 2005
Setting up Thin Clients (LTSP) on Novell Linux Desktop (trench)
Interested in setting up your Novell Linux Desktop machines as thin clients? This article by James Tremblay will show you how to do this very thing.

14 Dec 2005
How'd They Do It? (feature)
The winners of the desktop competition share how they set up their winning desktops. They have links to wallpapers, articles, resources, and lists of packages they used in their creations.

12 Dec 2005
Easy paste to (tool)
Paste file content from Stardard Input to

7 Dec 2005
Have Your Workstation Notify You of Problems (tip)
Randy Saeks provides a script that will allow you to set up a machine to notify you if it is having trouble with something.

7 Dec 2005
Batch Resize Images Using Imagemagick (tip)
Mike Farrell illustrates how easy it is to batch resize a directory full of images in a single command.

6 Dec 2005
Desktop Competition Results (trench)
And the winning desktop submission is...

5 Dec 2005
Business Class (SLES & NLD) Vs. Consumer Class (SUSE Linux) (tip)
Name similarities and name changes have left some wondering which Novell Linux product is best suited for their. Here is a quick review of the differences.

30 Nov 2005
Speed Up Linux Installation (feature)
Tony Vickers showcases a slick way to speed up the installation of SUSE Linux-powered platforms.

30 Nov 2005
HOWTO: Mount Netware Servers in Linux Through /etc/fstab (trench)
H.R. ter Veer explains how to mount Netware Servers using the /etc/fstab file.

30 Nov 2005
Bypass Trashcan When Deleting Files (tip)
Umesh shows us how easy it is to delete files outright instead of placing them in the trashcan.

30 Nov 2005
Customize Apache's Default Error Pages (tip)
Dominic Mendes shows how easy it is to customize the error pages displayed by Apache.

17 Nov 2005
How to configure LUM on a new SUSE workstation (feature)
Got OES and NLD? Cool Solutions contributor Edward van der Maas shows you how to get LUM configured on a new SUSE workstation.

17 Nov 2005
Enable Webdav Tech in Apache 2 (trench)
Dominic Mendes explains how to enable Webdav technology in Apache 2.

17 Nov 2005
How to Single Sign On to GroupWise and the Novell Client for Linux on your Linux Desktop. (feature)
Joe shares how to Single Sign On to GroupWise and the Novell Client for Linux on your Linux Desktop.

14 Nov 2005
Host a Domain on Your SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Box (trench)
How to host your own SUSE Linux Enterprise Server with a Cable Modem connection on the internet using a real DNS name.

14 Nov 2005
Use keyboard shortcuts at the command line (trench)
The bash shell offers a lot of power for interacting with the command line. By default, the shell uses an Emacs-like mode to edit lines, which you can change to a vi-like mode. The mode you choose largely depends on which editor you're most comfortable with.

14 Nov 2005
Make Firefox more powerful for Linux with these three tweaks (tip)
The Firefox Web browser is quickly becoming one of the most prominent Web browsers available. The fact that it is cross-platform makes it a comfortable browser for users who have to use more than one OS. There are, however, a number of hidden "gems" that you can enable that make Firefox even more powerful than it is "out of the box."

14 Nov 2005
Linux Equivalents of DOS Commands (trench)
Domnic Mendes provides a list of common DOS commands and their Linux equivalents.

14 Nov 2005
Fine-Grained File Permissions (trench)
Nikanth explains how to get fine-grained control over file permissions. Good tip.

14 Nov 2005
Fun with E-Mail Signatures (tip)
Christian Boltz has written a fine article on how to randomize your email signatures.

7 Nov 2005
Detach and Reattach Console Sessions (tip)
Scott Morris shows how to detach and reattach console sessions (even on different machines).

7 Nov 2005
Running Processes in the Background and Bringing To the Foreground (tip)
If you need to run a job in the background and then bring it back to the foreground, this tip by Scott Morris will be of use to you.

7 Nov 2005
Information About Your System (tip)
Need to get info about your machine? Scott Morris shows how to access detailed data about your hardware and operating system with a few simple commands.

4 Nov 2005
Connecting Evolution to a GroupWise 7.0 Server (trench)
Joe Harmon gives us a play-by-play of how to connect Evolution to a GroupWise 7.0 Server using SUSE Linux or Novell Linux Desktop

3 Nov 2005
Enabling Thermal Sensor Drivers (tip)
Most computers have integrated temperature-sensing circuitry which can be used to monitor the temperature of the CPU, motherboard chip set, etc. In SUSE Linux the drivers for these circuits is not enabled for default. This tip explains how to enable the drivers and access the temperature information

3 Nov 2005
Novell Linux Desktop End User Training Kit Now Available (tip)
BrainStorm, Inc., the Novell Authorized End User Training Partner, in conjunction with Novell, is pleased to announce the availability of its new Novell Linux Desktop 9 End User Training Kit. The kit includes everything users will need to get started with and use the Novell Linux Desktop productively.

3 Nov 2005
Running YAST Online Update From The Command-line (trench)
YaST Online Update, otherwise known as YOU has the ability to be controlled through a command-line interface. This is very handy if updates need to be installed in scripts, or to install updates quickly with a minimal interface. In this article, Kirk Coombs explains how to do this.

3 Nov 2005
SECURITY: Preventing Hacking Attempts (trench)
Chander Ganesan shows how to block brute force attacks on your ssh server.

3 Nov 2005
SECURITY: Deny access to accounts that mis-type passwords several times concurrently. (tip)
Chander Ganesan shows how to increase security by deactivating accounts where the password has been mis-typed several times in a row.

3 Nov 2005
HowTo: Disable CTRL+ALT+DEL in Novell Linux Desktop (tip)
This type of thing can be useful for users of VNC. If this key combination is pressed, the local operating system usually catches it, rather than sending it to the remote operating system. This is an explanation of how to disable the key combination for the local machine.

2 Nov 2005
GAIM: Cool and Advanced Features (feature)
What are some of the coolest features of Gaim? Scott Morris digs deeper into the instant messaging client to show us.

27 Oct 2005
Application Core Files in SUSE Linux (feature)
Aaron Gresko explains what "core files" are in Linux. He tells us why they're good, when we should need them, and who should use them.

25 Oct 2005
Installing the Latest (As of Oct 2005) FreeNX Server on Novell Linux products (feature)
Move over VNC, FreeNX is taking the stage. If you have ever wondered if there's anything better than VNC for remote desktop access - there is. Peter Van den Wildenbergh does a great job of explaining how to get FreeNX configure to work on Novell Linux products.

25 Oct 2005
Linux File Types (tip)
Scott Morris shows how easy it is to find out the filetype of a file on your system.

25 Oct 2005
GAIM: Fully Featured Instant Messenger for Gnome (feature)
Scott Morris showcases the Gaim Instant Messenger client. Gaim is currently one of the most popular instant messaging clients in use.

25 Oct 2005
Auto Adjust Volume on X Session Login (tip)
Alwin Kumar Rathinam explains how to make sure your volume is set properly on your sound when you log into your desktop environment.

25 Oct 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Setting up Gaim (feature)
If you haven't discovered the instant messaging client on your GNOME Novell Linux Desktop, this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip will help you get set up to chat.

20 Oct 2005
Using RPM Verify to Monitor Changes to System Files (feature)
It is important for administrators of critical server systems to be able to track changes to files on their systems. Tracking file changes helps detect accidental or malicious modifications such as viruses, root kits, or hacking activity. This article explains how to set up RPM to track these changes.

20 Oct 2005
Autostart of Novell Client for Linux Upon Session Login (trench)
Jim shows us how to automatically log into the Novell Client for Linux upon logging into a desktop session.

20 Oct 2005
Connecting Evolution to Exchange (trench)
Ruud van der Zwet explains to us his experience of successfully getting his Evolution email client to communicate with Microsoft Exchange.

17 Oct 2005
How to Install ConsoleOne 1.3.6e on Your Linux Desktop (trench)
Joe Harmon explains in a step-by-step process, how to install ConsoleOne on to Linux.

13 Oct 2005
Avoid Partitioning Problems When Installing Linux from an Installation Source (tip)
Aaron Gresko gives some simple advice to avoid boot problems while using different installation media.

13 Oct 2005
How To Debug Login Script and Mapping Issues Using the Novell Client for Linux Products (feature)
There are a couple of ways to debug the login script itself. One is using a DEBUG command inside the login script itself and the other is using a custom debug file. Debugging mapping issues can only be done using a custom debug file. This article explains this.

13 Oct 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Window Behavior (feature)
In GNOME, you can either set your windows to roll-up or to maximize when you double-click the title bar. Check out this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip to find out how.

13 Oct 2005
XChat: Excellent IRC Client (feature)
Are you looking for a nice IRC client for Linux? Scott Morris introduces XChat, an IRC client for Linux.

13 Oct 2005
Korn: A Monitor for Your Email Accounts (feature)
Would you like to know when you get email in your various accounts? Scott Morris introduces a small applet that runs in your system tray that will do just that.

6 Oct 2005
Quick Access to System Preferences in KDE (feature)
Scott Morris shows an easy way to get access to the KDE control center.

6 Oct 2005
Kopete: KDE Instant Messenger Client (feature)
In part 2 of this series, Scott Morris goes a bit more in depth of what the Kopete Instant messenger client can do.

6 Oct 2005
Managing Users and Groups From The Command Line (feature)
Scott Morris shows how easy it is to manage users and groups from the command line. He gives specific commands and examples, making this a great tutorial for people new to Linux.

6 Oct 2005
Hacking Your Cellphone With Linux (feature)
Scott Morris shares an experience connecting his LG-VX6100 cell phone to Linux. He was able to manage contacts, wallpapers, ring tones, calendar items, SMS messages, and call records, all with Linux.

29 Sep 2005
Synchronize Directories with rsync (trench)
There are many cases when it is useful to keep two directories in sync with each other. Examples include mirroring a FTP server and performing backups. This, and other uses for rsync are found in this article.

28 Sep 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Adding Menu Items (feature)
You can customize your GNOME Programs menu to contain the programs, folders, or document templates you use most often. Check out this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip to find out how.

27 Sep 2005
User Management in YAST (feature)
Last week, Scott showed how to administrate users and groups in KDE. This week, he shows how to do this in YAST.

27 Sep 2005
NetApplet: Internet Connection Management Tool (feature)
Scott Morris introduces a great system tray applet that will help in managing your network connections.

27 Sep 2005
Kopete: Instant Messenger Client for KDE (feature)
Scott Morris introduces an Instant Messaging client built specifically for the K Desktop Environment.

21 Sep 2005
If GroupWise on Novell Linux Desktop Leaves You Hanging (tip)
Occasionally the GroupWise cross-platform client will hang on Novell Linux Desktop. If that happens to you, try this little script to kill it nicely.

21 Sep 2005
Create a Picture Gallery for the Internet using Gwenview (feature)
Scott Morris explains how to make a picture gallery for your website using Gwenview.

21 Sep 2005
KAppFinder: System Menu Update Tool (feature)
Scott Morris introduces a cool application that will help update your K Menu if necessary.

21 Sep 2005
System Logs: Your Key to Successful System Administration (tip)
Scott Morris reminds us that one of the essential keys to the quick location of system problems is in checking the logs.

21 Sep 2005
Game Reviews: KMines and KPatience (trench)
Scott Morris introduces two classics of desktop games, a mine sweeper game called KMines, and a Solitaire game called KPatience.

21 Sep 2005
Moving to Linux: The Paradigm Shift Explained, Part Three (feature)
In the last of the series, Scott Morris explains more of the things to expect when upgrading to Linux.

21 Sep 2005
KUser: Easy User Management in KDE (feature)
Scott Morris provides a quick tutorial on the use and application of KUser, the user management tool for the KDE desktop.

21 Sep 2005
KRandRTray: Quick Access to Desktop Configuration (trench)
Scott Morris introduces a slick tool that gives quick access to desktop settings.

21 Sep 2005
System Keyboard Shortcuts in Gnome (feature)
Scott Morris shows how to set keybindings in the Gnome desktop to speed up efficiency and improve productivity on your Linux machine.

21 Sep 2005
Kate: Cool Tips and Tricks IV (feature)
This is the final article in a series by Scott Morris outlining the powerful features of Kate, the text editor for KDE.

21 Sep 2005
Using strace to Debug Programs in Linux (trench)
The utility strace can be quite handy, if you know how to use it correctly. Aaron Gresko gives us the low-down.

20 Sep 2005
Introduction to Bash Scripting (feature)
Scott Morris introduces bash scripting and shows a simple example of how to harness this powerful tool for your benefit.

19 Sep 2005
Is there a way to renew a DHCP address on your Linux desktop? (trench)
Joe Harmon shows us how to renew your DHCP address...

15 Sep 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Enlarging Fonts and Icons (feature)
If you're still using a magnifying glass to see the icons and text on your panels and your GNOME desktop, check out this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip to learn how to enlarge all the aspects of your GNOME environment.

15 Sep 2005
A Tour of NFS (feature)
Kirk Coombs gives us an overview of how NFS works.

15 Sep 2005
Turbocharge an SSH Connection with screen (feature)
Kirk Coombs shows how to make an SSH connection more useful with the screen command.

13 Sep 2005
Kwebget: Nice frontend for wget (feature)
Scott Morris showcases a nice gui-based tool that uses wget as its backend.

13 Sep 2005
Moving to Linux: The Paradigm Shift Explained, Part Two (feature)
Scott Morris continues with the series designed to help people with the move to Linux.

8 Sep 2005
Moving to Linux: The Paradigm Shift Explained, Part One (feature)
Scott Morris explains how to get used to using Linux for users upgrading from Windows platforms.

8 Sep 2005
Rectifying Xsession boot up issue due to corrupt software installation (trench)
Installing third party software could result in a corrupting the xsession bootup process.

R Mohamed Razikh Ulla gives us an easy way to identify and solve this problem.

8 Sep 2005
Kate: Cool Tips and Tricks II (feature)
This is the second in Scott's series about Kate, an excellent text editor for KDE.

8 Sep 2005
Massachusetts switches to OpenDocument (tip)
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, after much debate, research, and investigation, has proposed and ratified a complete switch to the OpenDocument v1.0 format, to be enforced January 1st, 2007.

30 Aug 2005
Service Command in /etc/init.d/ (tip)
Give Novell Linux Products the same service functionality at Red Hat or Fedora with this neat little script by Stomfi.

29 Aug 2005
VIM: Console Text Editor (feature)
Scott Morris provides a gentle introduction to one of the most powerful text editors available.

29 Aug 2005
Forcing Thunderbird to Open Hyperlinks in Firefox (feature)
Scott Morris provides some instructions on how to force Thunderbird to open hyperlinks in Firefox. This can be adapted for any browser you prefer.

29 Aug 2005
PDFTOHTML: Format conversion utility (feature)
Scott Morris discusses a great tool for converting PDF files to HTML.

29 Aug 2005
Konqueror goes fishing (feature)
Scott Morris illustrates Konqueror's inherent ability to understand and speak 'fish', it's version of the secure shell protocol.

29 Aug 2005
KDirStat: Visual Disk Space Mapper (feature)
Scott Morris introduces a tool that gives a graphical representation of disk space usage. It's nice to have this for system administration.

26 Aug 2005
Updating Novell Linux Desktop (tip)
This article is about how to update Novell Linux Desktop through Red Carpet.

26 Aug 2005
How to Register Novell Linux Desktop 9 (tip)
This is an article on how to register your copy of Novell Linux Desktop 9

24 Aug 2005
Encrypting Data Partitions (feature)
Kirk Coombs shows how to encrypt data partitions.

19 Aug 2005
Quick Intro to Klipper (tip)
Scott Morris showcases a small utility called Klipper.

19 Aug 2005
Novell Linux Desktop 9 Support Pack 2 Overview (tip)
Joe shares a bit of info on SP 2 for NLD.

19 Aug 2005
How to Install NLD 9 SP2 from Physical Media (trench)
Joe shows us how to install NLD 9 SP2 from DVD or CDs.

19 Aug 2005
Is It Possible To Install Support Pack 2 While Installing Novell Linux Desktop 9? (trench)
Joe explains how this is done.

16 Aug 2005
Cache Remove (trench)
Script to assist in removing cached files that may be corrupted.

16 Aug 2005
Review: Linux Kernel Development Second Edition (feature)
Kirk Coombs provides a great review of this book.

16 Aug 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Granting Permission (feature)
By default, others cannot edit the files or directories you create on your Novell Linux Desktop. To allow others to edit your files, you'll have to grant them permission. Find out how in this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip.

16 Aug 2005
Using the "Magic System Request Keys" (feature)
The System Request keys are great for debugging or for use on a non-production system. Enabling the System Request keys introduces a security risk--allowing any local or remote user to send commands such as SIGKILL or HALT to the system.

16 Aug 2005
Checking for a Support Pack on a Linux Desktop or Server (feature)
Joe shows us how to check for a support pack on Novell Linux Desktop or Server.

11 Aug 2005
How to update Novell Linux Desktop 9 to Support Pack 2 using Red Carpet. (feature)
Joe explains how to update your Novell Linux Desktop 9 to use the Support Pack 2 through Red Carpet.

11 Aug 2005
Converting a PDF to a text file (tip)
Ever received a PDF file that you wished you could just copy and paste into another document? pdftotext is the file for you.

9 Aug 2005
Transparent Panels in Gnome (feature)
Jason explains how to use the updated transparency feature in the panels of Gnome 2.6.10.

9 Aug 2005
Work With User Selection Icons In KDM (trench)
Aaron gives us some tips on how to tweak KDM to more suit personal preferences.

8 Aug 2005
Add Novell Support to Your Firefox Search Engine (tip)
If you're using Firefox to surf the web, check this out. It's a snap to add the Novell Support, Novell Documentation, or a zillion other search engines to your favorite list to be able to search directly from the Firefox Web Search bar. Gary Childers lays it all out.

2 Aug 2005
Basics: WLAN interface as the Default (feature)
Basics: Stomfi uses Samba and YAST to help Linux recognize Windows shares while using two Network Interface Cards.

1 Aug 2005
University sees savings in Linux (tip)
De Montfort University is anticipating major cost savings and service efficiencies from using open source Linux as well as Novell's identity management software.

1 Aug 2005
Fix VMWare Graphical Installation Problems When Installing SUSE Linux (trench)
When installing a SUSE Linux distribution in VMWare, the graphical install either fails to start and sends the install to text mode or the graphical YaST screen is split into four sections in the display.

1 Aug 2005
Setting Firefox as the Default Browser In SUSE Pro (feature)
I set Firefox as the default browser when I first ran it. When I click on hyperlinks in certain applications, like GroupWise, Konqueror loads. Why isn't Firefox my default browser?

1 Aug 2005
Make Room for Linux Apps (tip)
Now that Linux is mainstream, many system administrators need to know how to incorporate Linux into their existing networks. Here are some ways to do this.

26 Jul 2005
Time Synchronization using Extended Network Time Protocol (xntp) (trench)
Need to set the time on your machines? Here's a great way.

26 Jul 2005
CheckInstall (tool)
Install programs so they can be removed even if compiled and installed from source.

25 Jul 2005
Space Replace 1.0.1 (tool)
Script to replace all spaces in file and directory names in a given directory (even recursive if you want).

25 Jul 2005
Reset Your Lost Root Password (trench)
Kory Sonnier explains some simple steps to resetting the root password for your system, should you forget it.

20 Jul 2005
Novell Linux Desktop Goes to Australia (tip)
An article from Australian IT claims that Australia is set to put Novell Linux Desktop on to 475 government desktops.

18 Jul 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Installing Templates (feature)
You can create a document right from your GNOME desktop if you install the templates you use often. Find out how in this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip.

15 Jul 2005
How to upgrade the Novell Client for Linux (feature)
There are three supported ways for upgrading the Novell Client for Linux. These three methods are via Terminal, Yast2, or Red Carpet. We will go over each one individually so that you can determine which one fits your needs.

15 Jul 2005
How to uninstall the Novell Client for Linux (feature)
There are three supported ways for uninstalling the Novell Client for Linux. These three methods are via Terminal, Yast2, or Red Carpet. We will go over each one individually so that you can determine which one fits your needs.

11 Jul 2005
The Importance of Running SUSEconfig After Installing (trench)
Kirk Coombs explains the necessity of running SUSEconfig after installing a package with the rpm command.

11 Jul 2005
AppNote: How to Implement Login Scripts into a Pure Linux Environment (appnote)
Written for existing Linux admins, this appnote explains in detail the various options and requirements for various Login Scripts in Linux. From LDAP to Crontab, this appnote is very informative.

11 Jul 2005
How to install the Novell Client for Linux (feature)
There are three supported ways for installing the Novell Client for Linux (NCL). These three methods are via a Terminal, Yast2, or Red Carpet. We will go over each one individually so that you can determine which one fits your needs.

6 Jul 2005
Customizing your GNOME Desktop (tip)
Check out this cool Flash Demo. Come see how to resize your desktop icons, how to change from the icon view to the list view, how to keep a new window from opening for each folder, how to add things like a stock ticker, and much more.

6 Jul 2005
Installing a Printer on Novell Linux Desktop (tip)
Check out this Flash Demo where Joe Harmon demonstrates the proper way to add a printer in GNOME on NLD. Next best thing to having him on the phone talking you through it. (And MUCH cheaper!)

6 Jul 2005
Filtering spam in Novell Evolution (tip)
Bruce Byfield of has posted a great article on filtering spam in Evolution.

5 Jul 2005
Mounting NetWare Volumes On NLD Illustrated (feature)
Nowadays heterogeneous networks are common scenario everywhere. And with NLD being placed in between, any user in the network would have necessity of accessing their NetWare servers for one or the other need. Using built in command ncpmount any user can mount Netware Volumes on NLD. The cool solution is intended to explain mounting NetWare Volumes on NLD.

5 Jul 2005
Install Software With YAST From the Command Line (trench)
Aaron shows us that YAST is much more than just a nice GUI tool...

5 Jul 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Creating a Symbolic Link (tip)
A symbolic link serves as a shortcut through the maze of folders on your hard drive. Read this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip to find out how to create a symbolic link on your Novell Linux Desktop.

5 Jul 2005
Review: Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base (feature)
If you have ever wanted to learn more about the Linux Standard Base (LSB), then this book is your one-stop shop. Whether you are already familiar with the LSB, or have no experience with it, this book will provide valuable information.

4 Jul 2005
Going open source (tip)
Some form of Linux is used in nearly 80 per cent of companies today. Most of them deploy it from a server level, and interest in desktop functionality is growing.

4 Jul 2005
Command-Line Versus Interfaced Apps in System Administration (tip)
Some people argue that command-line is better for system administration. However, some people like the ease-of-use of interface-based applications. This article proposes that a combination of the two is probably the best way to go.

3 Jul 2005
Customize the BASH Prompt (tip)
Interested in learning a bit more about customizing your BASH prompt? This article will show you exactly that.

30 Jun 2005
xCHM (tool)
Graphical CHM viewer for *NIX.

28 Jun 2005
Backrev Software Packages with YaST (tip)
Customers sometimes want to know how to backrev an updated software package back to a previous support pack or even to the original shipping version. Aaron Gresko explains how to do it using YaST.

28 Jun 2005
Should I choose Novell Linux Desktop or SUSE Linux Professional as my desktop? (feature)
Since Novell Linux Desktop (NLD) came out, many people within the community and the enterprise have wondered whether they should be using NLD or SUSE Linux Professional (SLPro). This document will assist you in understanding the market need for both desktops.

27 Jun 2005
Creating Custom init Scripts (feature)
Linux uses init scripts to start and stop the daemons on a system. Learn how to create these init scripts for any daemons you wish to run.

27 Jun 2005
How to setup your GNOME desktop for wallpaper switching. (feature)
Tim Everson sent in a fun little utiltiy which allowed wallpaper switching on a GNOME desktop. I thought that it was something that everyone might enjoy, so I wrote it up into this article. Thanks Tim for the great idea!

21 Jun 2005
Enabling an Interactive Startup in Novell/SUSE Linux (trench)
Kirk Coombs explains how to give a little more control to the user on bootup of Linux.

21 Jun 2005
Dell Latitude Modem Problems in Linux (tip)
Dominique Le Foll answers the question: Why is my modem not working on my Dell Latitude laptop when running Linux?

21 Jun 2005
How to setup a Linux application to automatically startup when you login. (feature)
Would you like to start up an application automatically when you log into your system? Joe Harmon shows us how to do this.

21 Jun 2005
Using openSSH to Securely Access Remote Systems (feature)
If you are new to Linux, you may not be familiar with Secure Shell (SSH). SSH provides a secure method to access a remote host in the styles of telnet, rlogin, ftp, and others. With SSH, all communication between host and client computers is encrypted, reducing the risk of having passwords or data intercepted.

21 Jun 2005
How to Remote Control Linux (feature)
Joe Harmon explains to us how to control Novell Linux Desktop and SUSE Linux Professional remotely.

21 Jun 2005
Multiple Swap Partitioning (tip)
Here's a neat article about how to use multiple swap partitions with Linux.

21 Jun 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Checking Disk Space (feature)
Whether you want to install a new program or determine whether you can store all your digital pictures, you'll need to know how to check your available disk space. Read this week's BrainStorm Cool Tip to find out where to check your disk space on the Novell Linux Desktop.

21 Jun 2005
Duplex Printing Options With Kprinter (feature)
Kprinter makes configuring the duplex printing options on Novell Linux Desktop a snap!

15 Jun 2005
Integrating Novell Linux Desktop into a Novell NetWare network (trench)
James Tremblay couldn't find any documentation about using NLD in a NetWare 6.5 network, so he undertook to write some himself, and shares it here with you. Thanks, James! That's the Cool Solutions spirit.

15 Jun 2005
Give Office the push (tip) now punches like a contender, with a word- processor, spreadsheet, drawing tool and database that, for most people, should do the trick.

15 Jun 2005
How to Get Streaming Audio in Linux (feature)
Steve Eaton shows us how to successfully receive streaming audio from the web using Linux.

15 Jun 2005
Using Terminal Server Client to VNC in Novell Linux Desktop (feature)
Girish gives a simple overview of how to use the Terminal Server Client to log in to both Windows and Linux machines.

8 Jun 2005
Novell, China, and Linux (tip)
Novell is working with CS2C in China to promote Linux.

8 Jun 2005
Manual or Automatic? (tip)
How do you like your software installation?

8 Jun 2005
Novell and the US Department of Health and Human Services (tip)
New progress on the Linux front appears daily!

8 Jun 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Changing File Associations (feature)
This week's BrainStorm Cool Tip shows you how to change your file associations so you can always open a type of file with a certain application.

7 Jun 2005
How do I tell if my multiprocessors are loaded? (tip)
Are you wondering if your multiprocessor is working on Linux? Here is a quick tip on how to check.

3 Jun 2005
How can I tell if 3D is really enabled on my Linux desktop? (tip)
Have you been trying to find out if your 3D graphics is enabled? Well, wonder no more. Here is a quick tip to show you how it is done.

3 Jun 2005
Using the "Rescue System" on the installation CD to repair a broken system (feature)
Accessing and repairing a system that won't boot is easy in Linux. This tip explains how it is done.

1 Jun 2005
Starting Services From the Command Line On SUSE Linux (trench)
Aaron Gresko gives some understanding about how to start Linux processes from the command line.

1 Jun 2005
Novell Announces Linux Education Plans (tip)
Dave Kearns of Network World explains Novell's effort in getting Linux into schools.

1 Jun 2005
Informative Bash Prompt (trench)
Christian Boltz gives us some pointers on how to customize our bash prompts.

1 Jun 2005
Developing Countries Choosing Linux (tip)
The trend gathers momentum as more governments move to Linux.

1 Jun 2005
Flying Networks Running Linux (tip)
This is totally off-topic, but it makes you proud to be a Linux user.

1 Jun 2005
Benefits of Open Source (tip)
Douglas Schweitzer voices a well-informed opinion about the benefits of Open Source.

25 May 2005
Changing your Screen Resolution on the Fly (tip)
In Novell Linux Desktop 9 and SUSE Linux Professional 9.3 there are a couple of applications that allow you to switch your resolution on the fly.

25 May 2005
Accessing Yast2 Modules Directly Though a Terminal (tip)
Have you ever wondered how to access Yast2 Modules directly without having to go through the several clicks it takes to get there? Well, you can launch each module individually though a terminal session or run command. Here's how.

25 May 2005
Tweaking the Performance of Linux (tip)
Tom Adelstein shares the power of tweaking Linux to really outperform Windows.

25 May 2005
md5sum Checking for Verifying Downloads (trench)
Want to verify the integrity of your downloaded files? Try 'md5sum'. Scott explains how to do this.

25 May 2005
iPrint Printers on Novell Linux Desktop (trench)
Marie shows us how to get an iPrint Printer working on a Novell Linux Desktop machine.

25 May 2005
Gimp Tips Part 6: Using The Clone Tool (feature)
Jason explains how to perform a little of your own digital magic by using this cool little tool.

25 May 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Browsing Files (feature)
This week's BrainStorm Cool Tip helps you set your preferences to browse your files in one window, like former MS Windows users are used to doing.

25 May 2005
A Small Business Goes Linux (tip)
A Short, but great synopsis on how a small business made the goal of not using Microsoft Windows for a full year - and succeeded.

23 May 2005
How to Install Beagle on Novell Linux Desktop (trench)
Have you been wondering how to install Beagle on NLD 9? Well, Matt Jones figured it out and shares it with you.

23 May 2005
Immunix Acquisition (tip)
Novell fortifies its security with the Immunix acquisition.

19 May 2005
The Basics of Messaging in the Cross-Platform GroupWise Client (feature)
GroupWise on Linux is simple and easy. Scott takes us through some of the basics.

18 May 2005
Giving a Network Interface a Persistent Name (tip)
Do you prefer that your NIC and wireless devices have a persistent name? If so, then you don't want to miss this one.

18 May 2005
Can a Windows / Linux dual boot be set to boot Windows first? (tip)
Joe Harmon has been asked this question a few times, so he wrote this quick tip to put the matter to rest.

18 May 2005
Send In Your Windows Stickers! (feature)
You know those "Made for Windows" stickers you get when you buy a computer? Well, get rid of that and get your own Novell Linux Desktop sticker to replace it!

18 May 2005
Gimp Tips Part 5: Plugins a Plenty - Adding Light (feature)
Jason gives us a hint of what the plugins can do. He shows us how to add an artificial light source to an otherwise ordinary photo.

18 May 2005
Windows Can't Kill Linux (tip)
InfoWorld's Neil McAllister contends with a recent article published stating "Linux Can't Kill Windows"

17 May 2005
Screenshot Comparison: Outlook, Evolution, and Kontact (tip)
The power and strength of open source really shine when compared to proprietary software.

17 May 2005
Novell and Intel Assert Growth of Linux in Brazil (tip)
Linux is taking hold both at home and abroad. Brazil is especially receptive.

11 May 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Setting Shortcut Keys (feature)
This week's BrainStorm Cool Tip saves former Windows users from leaving their shortcut keys behind.

11 May 2005 Desktop Survey (tip) has just published the results of their survey. Quite interesting...

11 May 2005
Linux Scheduling Priorities Explained (feature)
Jason explains the concept of using "nice" levels to make programs play better in Linux.

4 May 2005
GroupWise on a Linux Machine (trench)
Are you a GroupWise user migrating to Linux? This series might just be your cup of tea!

3 May 2005
Promoting Linux in China (tip)
Novell and China Standard Software Company join forces to promote Linux in China.

3 May 2005
Interview with Novell CEO Jack Messman (tip)
CEO Jack Messman talked about his company's strategy, its efforts to court Windows users and recent shake-ups in Novell's executive ranks...

3 May 2005
The Future of Desktop Linux (tip)
What does the future hold for Linux on the Desktop?

3 May 2005
Know When To Edit Apache Configuration Files By Hand Or Through YaST (tip)
Answer to question posted on the tech support forums.

3 May 2005
Specify Boot Runlevel As A Startup Parameter (tip)
Need to boot to a specific runlevel? Here's how you can do this.

3 May 2005
How to Increase your VMware Hard Disk (tip)
Did you run out of disk space with your Linux OS running in VMware? Do you want to see how you can increase that disk space? Here is a quick tip showing you how it is done.

3 May 2005
Fix Java Errors With ConsoleOne On Linux (feature)
Java giving you errors? Here's how to fix them!

3 May 2005
Cloning your Linux Desktop in VMware (feature)
Do you use VMware for testing? You don't want to miss out on a great new feature in VMware 5 that allows you to copy (clone) existing machines so that you can keep your original configuration.

3 May 2005
Runlevels in SUSE Linux (trench)
This article takes you through how to use runlevels.

3 May 2005
Managing Runlevel Services in SUSE Linux (trench)
Interested in knowing more about runlevels? This article explains how they work.

3 May 2005
Run GUI Apps as root (tip)
Would you like to run a GUI-based app as root? Does it give you trouble? This tip will explain how this is done.

2 May 2005
How to setup a dual boot between SUSE Linux Professional and Novell Linux Desktop (feature)
Joe Harmon explains how to setup dual boot, no matter which OS you installed the first.

28 Apr 2005
Which Linux Should I Use? (feature)
Jason weighs the benefits of using Novell Linux Desktop, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, or SUSE Linux Professional and explains which product is best for which situation.

28 Apr 2005
Messaging In Linux (tip)
Ted Haeger explains the present and future of messaging in Linux as forseen by Novell.

27 Apr 2005
The Linux Migration Movement Gains Momentum (tip)
Just how strong is the open source migration movement? Companies such as the South African Revenue Service are making the switch daily. Review their experience.

27 Apr 2005
Making the Switch: Dumping Proprietary Operating Systems for Linux (tip)
How do I switch to Linux? What is involved? Why would I want to do this? This four part series by Dave Salvatore answers all of these questions and more.

27 Apr 2005
What Is Logical Volume Management? (feature)
Jason explains how LVM can be used for servers that need ever-expanding hard drive space.

27 Apr 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Updating Your Software with Red Carpet (feature)
One of the perks of using Linux and its accompanying Open Source software is that you can download updates and patches almost as soon as they are written. Red Carpet, the automatic update installer that comes with Novell Linux Desktop, bundles these updates for you. With Red Carpet, updating your system is as simple as clicking a few buttons.

27 Apr 2005
How Easy is it to Switch to Linux? (tip)
How easy is it to migrate from Windows to Linux? Very easy, as outlined by Mark Rais, senior editor at Says he, "If you have any experience with Windows, the switch to Linux will be relatively simple..."

21 Apr 2005
Changing the Login Manager on Novell Linux Desktop 9 and SUSE Linux Professional (feature)
Wondering how to switch between the GNOME Login Manager and the KDE Login Manager? Here is an example that will walk you through it.

21 Apr 2005
Novell Linux Desktop or SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 Firewall Settings may Interfere with Windows System Printer Sharing (tip)
Having problems with your printer sharing? It may be caused by your built-in firewall on your Linux desktop.

21 Apr 2005
Fix Java Errors With ConsoleOne On Linux (feature)
Having trouble with ConsoleOne on Linux? This tip will help you get it running.

20 Apr 2005
SUSE Linux 9.3 Professional Review 2 (feature)
In an update to his previous review, Scott gives us a more in-depth walk through the features of the brand-new SUSE Linux Professional 9.3 Operating System.

20 Apr 2005
Which Graphic Formats For What? (feature)
Jason explains the advantages and disadvantages to using different graphic formats in different situations.

20 Apr 2005
SUSE Linux 9.3 Professional Live DVD Available. (tip)
This live DVD will boot directly from the DVD without modifying the hard disk. It enables users to learn about and test the functions and applications of this new system without installing it on the hard disk and consequently offers an easy and convenient way to review the operating system.

20 Apr 2005
Neoxen Modus (tip) features an article about Neoxen, a European software company that offers process management solutions. The article outlines the new application authored by them that is now included in SUSE Linux Professional.

20 Apr 2005
African Linux Migration (tip)
Migrations to Linux are becoming more and more the norm in the industry these days. The Southern Cape's Knysna municipality is no exception. They recently migrated 120 users to a system based on SUSE Linux and GroupWise. They have been incredibly pleased with the results.

19 Apr 2005
Configure Intel ipw2100 Cards in Novell Linux Desktop (tip)
Frustrated trying to get your Intel PW2100 wireless card working on Novell Linux Desktop? This tip will help you get it running.

15 Apr 2005
An Introduction to WBEM and OpenWBEM in SUSE Linux (feature)
Often when developing applications for Linux, a systems management tool is needed for configuring the application or service on Linux. For example, say we implemented a time update daemon, how would the user go about configuring the service? The WBEM standard is the perfect way to add systems management to your application or service without having to develop the whole management application.

14 Apr 2005
New Series - GroupWise for Linux (trench)
Scott Morris introduces a series about using GroupWise on the Linux operating system.

14 Apr 2005
BrainStorm Cool Tip: Make a Misbehaving Program Quit (feature)
In the rare occasion that a program in Linux decides to run amok, BrainStorm shares come easy tips on how to handle the situation.

14 Apr 2005
What does the poll say about the security of Linux? (tip)
A poll was taken recently of over 6,000 IT professionals across the country. It was in regards to the security of Linux. What are the results? Come see.

14 Apr 2005
Dynamic Local User for Novell Linux Desktop (feature)
Some organizations can definitely benefit by using a Dynamic Local User (DLU) system. Geoffrey B. Muckenhirn explains how to create a DLU system using Novell Linux Desktop.

11 Apr 2005
Fix Shared Library Errors On iFolder Client for Linux (tip)
Learn how to fix a common problem with iFolder Client for Linux.

6 Apr 2005
Updating to, or Installing, Novell Linux Desktop 9 Support Pack 1 (tip)
With the deployment of the first Support Pack for the Novell Linux Desktop 9, we have received many questions regarding how to update an existing NLD 9 installation as well as how to perform a fresh install of NLD 9 with SP1 together. Here we explain both procedures.

6 Apr 2005
Setting up a Linux NFS Install Source for Your LAN (feature)
Tired of dragging the CDs around to all of your workstations? Scott explains how easy it is to create a central installation source for every Linux machine on your network.

6 Apr 2005
Is It Possible To Install Support Pack 1 While Installing Novell Linux Desktop 9? (tip)
Have you ever wondered if it was possible to install NLD with SP1 at the same time? Well, here is a quick overview of how to accomplish that task.

6 Apr 2005
How to Install NLD 9 SP1 from a DVD or CDs (feature)
Are you looking for a way to install SP1 over a CD or DVD instead of using Red Carpet? You don't want to miss this one.

6 Apr 2005
Fix Your Mouse Wheel... (trench)
Jim Gravelle shows us how to edit your X server settings to get your mouse wheel working again.

4 Apr 2005
How to Login to GNOME and KDE on the Same Computer (tip)
For those of you who need to support both GNOME and KDE or even if you are looking at evaluating both desktops, here's a nifty solution from Joe Harmon that will allow you to have both running at the same time.

4 Apr 2005
KNetStats is a Great Network Monitoring Tool. (tip)
KNetStats, a python-enabled applet that sits it the KDE System tray is a network monitor applet that will install and run under NLD 9, SUSE 9.2 Professional and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 with the python packages installed.

4 Apr 2005
Review of's Base (tip) hasl introduced a database application to its office suite. Newsforge takes an in-depth look.

31 Mar 2005
Using Lotus Notes R5.12 in Novell Linux Desktop 9 (tip)
Looking for a way to run Lotus Notes on your Linux desktop? It can be done.

30 Mar 2005
Extend Your Panels Using Gnome Drawers. (feature)
With all of the applets, objects, and menus you can add to your panels in Novell Linux Desktop, you might find yourself running out of space. You can easily increase that rapidly waning panel space by building a few panel drawers.

30 Mar 2005
Need a Backup? (feature)
Jason explains why rsync is such a great program to backup your hard drive.

30 Mar 2005
Eight Cool Years (feature)
Novell Cool Solutions celebrated its eighth anniversary on 15 December 2005 and conducted a People's Choice competition to honor the people who made the stuff that made us famous. Come see the top three nominees, and cast your vote for (or write in) your personal favorite. Five lucky vote-casters will receive 100 WebWise Rewards points.

29 Mar 2005
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reviews the Novell Linux Small Business Suite (tip)
During BrainShare, Jack Messman, CEO of Novell stated "NLSBS (Novell Linux Small Business Suite) is the first end-to-end, server-to-desktop Linux solution that offers a clear alternative for small businesses."

29 Mar 2005
Is Novell Committed to Linux? (tip)
Joe Barr recounts his experience on day 4 of BrainShare.

29 Mar 2005
Novell, Open Source, and Microsoft... (tip)
Peter Galli entertains many questions and claims from both Novell and Microsoft in this article about where Novell is headed in its efforts to convert its user base to Linux.

29 Mar 2005
Novell Linux Desktop Review (tip)
Tom Adelstein can't get enough of Novell Linux Desktop. Having written about it once last November, he has more to say in this great review.

22 Mar 2005
SUSE Linux 9.3 Professional Review 2 (German version) (feature)
In einer Fortsetzung seines Reviews gibt uns Scott tiefere Einblicke in die Features des brandneuen SUSE Linux Professional 9.3 Betriebssystems.

17 Mar 2005
Smart Downloading of Open Enterprise Server (tip)
Before you download the eval of Open Enterprise Server, check this out. Some people are inadvertently causing themselves unnecessary grief by downloading all the ISO images, rather than just the ones they need. Here's a little rundown of the images you'll need for each installation scenario. We also explain how to get the special code that gives you 30-day free access to updates and patches via ZENworks Linux Management. Good stuff!

17 Mar 2005
The Top Ten Reasons People are Excited About the Omni Novell Linux Desktop Multiplier (tip)
Read why people are excited about the Omni Novell Linux Desktop Multiplier.

16 Mar 2005
Move Your /home to Another Computer (feature)
Scott demonstrates how to migrate a user's settings from one computer to another.

16 Mar 2005
More Linux Games (feature)
Scott adds to the ever-increasing list of great games for Linux.

16 Mar 2005
Sync Up The Taskbar and the Desktop in Gnome (feature)
Jason shows us how to allow the Gnome desktops to be completely separate in both the toolbar and the desktop real estate.

16 Mar 2005
Trick Out Your KDE Desktop (feature)
Scott takes a look at some neat ways to customize your KDE desktop.

16 Mar 2005
Windows Users Can Feel at Home Exploring Files in Linux (trench)
Some users might feel a bit intimidated at first when they open Gnome's file explorer. BrainStorm, INC. explains how to get a "Windows" look and feel in Gnome.

16 Mar 2005
Windows Shortcuts for Firefox Tabs on Linux (tip)
KDE users need not fret about Firefox's tab-changing keyboard shortcuts. Jason explains how to quickly set the shortcuts the same as in Windows.

16 Mar 2005
Sticky Notes for Gnome (feature)
Can't find your pen and paper? Sticky Notes is faster anyway.

10 Mar 2005
Switching Virtual Desktops (trench)
Do you want a quick way to switch between desktops? How about using the middle mouse wheel. Klaas shows us how he performed this cool little trick.

9 Mar 2005
YAST Online Update De-Mystified (feature)
What is YAST Online Update, and how does it differ from a system upgrade? Scott explains all this and more.

9 Mar 2005
Novell Linux Desktop System Upgrade How-To (feature)
Like to keep your Novell Linux Desktop system as up-to-date as possible? Scott shows how this is done.

9 Mar 2005
Gimp Tips Part 4: Selective Colorization (feature)
Jason shows us how The Gimp can be used to make normal pictures a bit more artistic using selective colorization.

8 Mar 2005
Streaming Windows Media through Mozilla Firefox on Novell Linux Desktop (tip)
Novell's Dave Chenworth walks us through running streaming Windows Media through Firefox. Don't want to miss this one.

8 Mar 2005
Evolution Frequently Asked Questions (feature)
Here is a list of common questions that are asked about Evolution. (And, of course, the answers.)

3 Mar 2005
Problems After Changing the Monitor Resolution (trench)
Did your icons disappear after changing your screen resolution? Perhaps Akbur's solution is for you.

3 Mar 2005
Changing GNOME Themes (tip)
Looking for a way to customize your themes on GNOME? Well look no further.

3 Mar 2005
Local Utah Linux Users Speak Out About SUSE. (feature)
Ever wondered what normal, every-day, run-of-the-mill Linux users have to say about SUSE Linux? Read on...

1 Mar 2005
Using iFolder to Synchronize Firefox Bookmarks (trench)
Annoyed by multiple systems and multiple bookmarks? Come see how Sean used iFolder to synchronize bookmarks for Firefox browser.

1 Mar 2005
Easy Way to Debug SSL Connections (trench)
Chander Ganesan vouches for OpenSSL as a great way to debug SSL connections without complex scripts or tools.

1 Mar 2005
What is so great about Firefox? (feature)
Jason gives us the top reasons why he thinks Firefox is the best browser around. Everything from easily detectible security, to Firefox's extensibility.

1 Mar 2005
Basic Mounting Differences between Windows and Linux (trench)
For Linux newbies, understanding how Linux mounts multiple hard drives can be a bit confusing. Jason helps us understand the basics of what Linux does with your hard drives.

1 Mar 2005
Against the Enemies of Linux (tip)
Nelson Pratt of the pro-Linux organization has a few words against what the enemies of Linux claim.

25 Feb 2005
Basics: How do I end the X-server state? (feature)
I'm currently using the Novell Linux Desktop at home and I wanted to install the NVIDIA drivers for my graphics card. When attempting to install the drivers I receive a message stating that it can't be done because I'm within an X-server state.

23 Feb 2005
Authenticating SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and NLD to eDirectory via LDAP (tip)
Here's a nifty Authentication Guide for SLES and NLD 9 users, contributed by reader Henry Louey. It covers server-side and client-side authentication, with plenty of screen shots and step-by-step instructions.

23 Feb 2005
Do I Have Permission? (feature)
Confused by file permissions? Scott clears up the mystery.

23 Feb 2005
Novell Linux Desktop Equivalents of Windows Software - New and Improved (feature)
Back by popular demand, Scott outlines an expanded version of the Linux Equivalents of Windows software.

23 Feb 2005
Customizing the Contacts Views in Evolution (feature)
Like to tweak the layout of your Contacts list in Evolution? Scott shows us how this is done.

22 Feb 2005
Novell Linux Desktop Overview: Installation (feature)
Heads up, Windows users. If you aren't planning to move completely away from don't worry. The NLD (Novell Linux Desktop) installation will automatically create a dual boot system if Windows was already installed on your system. This will allow you to move at your own pace. However, if you do run into issues, we would love to hear what's holding you back.

22 Feb 2005
Burning an ISO or Creating a CD (tip)
It is very simple to burn an ISO image. This article will walk you through the process.

22 Feb 2005
Zip and Unzip in Linux (tip)
Zipping and Unzipping files in GNOME is made easy with a utility called File Roller.

18 Feb 2005
Basics: How to Automatically Back up a Linux file to a Windows Machine on a LAN (feature)
Richard wonders how to automatically back up a Linux file to a Windows machine on a LAN? He wants this to happen whenever he exits a shell script. Stomfi lays it all out.

16 Feb 2005
Gimp Tips Part 3: Fading Photography Edges (feature)
Sometimes your photos need a softer feel to them. Jason shows us how to use The Gimp to get the desired effect.

16 Feb 2005
Novell Linux Desktop 9 Review (tip)
Computer World gives a nice concise review of their take on whether NLD can take on Windows XP on the corporate desktop.

15 Feb 2005
Text-Only Email in Evolution (feature)
Want to streamline your email? Scott shows how to write text-only email messages in Evolution.

15 Feb 2005
Why Consider Linux, Anyway? (feature)
Considering the current trend of migrating from Windows? Scott gives some convincing arguments for doing so.

15 Feb 2005
OSSNews Reviews Novell Linux Desktop (tip)
Eugenia Loli-Queru, an editor at shares her thoughts about Novell Linux Desktop 9.

15 Feb 2005
BZFlag and TORCS (feature)
Scott shares two more excellent Linux games.

15 Feb 2005
Akregator - RSS News Reader (feature)
Like to read RSS Feeds? Akregator might just be what you've been waiting for.

12 Feb 2005
Novell Linux Desktop 9 Support Pack 1 Available (tip)
The Novell Linux Desktop 9 Support Pack 1 will be available through Novell's ZLM Server on February 12, 2005. Here is how that update will occur.

12 Feb 2005
How to Subscribe your Red Carpet client to Novell's ZLM Update Service (tip)
Come get the scoops about subscribing to the ZLM Update Service.

11 Feb 2005
Accessing Novell's Support Forums through Pan (feature)
There is a great little news reader called Pan that comes with many Linux desktops. This article will walk you through setting up Pan to access Novell's Support Forums. And even though Pan is an application typically used in GNOME, it can be used in KDE as well.

9 Feb 2005
Gimp Tips Part 2: Rounding Corners (feature)
Jason shows us some tricks with getting corners to have a nice round edge in The Gimp.

9 Feb 2005
Easy Command-Line Introduction (feature)
Intimidated by the command line? There's really nothing to it, as Scott demonstrates with this quick and easy overview.

9 Feb 2005
Installing RPM Files (trench)
"Once I download an RPM, how do I install it?" Scott answers this question for us in this brief guide.

9 Feb 2005
Message Templates in Evolution (feature)
Would you like to use message templates in Evolution? Scott shows us how in this simple guide.

3 Feb 2005
Cannot Install Intel536ep Modem on a Linux Desktop (tip)
Have an Intel modem that you are trying to get up and running with your Linux desktop? Here is an example of how to accomplish the task.

2 Feb 2005
How to Setup an NFS Export on your Linux Desktop (tip)
Joe Harmon explains how to setup an NFS Export on SUSE Linux desktops.

2 Feb 2005
How to install Packages on your Linux Desktop (tip)
Sometimes you will receive some popup or error message indicating that you don't have a certain package installed. Or perhaps you have found an additional piece of software that you need, but you're not sure how to install it now that you found it. This document will walk you through installing packages through Red Carpet and Yast2.

2 Feb 2005
Resolution problems with SUSE Linux in a .local domain (tip)
Many companies that had a Microsoft network have setup their Windows network to use the .local domain policy. If someone then introduced a SUSE Linux box (with the 2.6 kernel) they would end up having resolution issues with that network. Here's the workaround.

2 Feb 2005
Customizing Messages in Evolution (feature)
Like to spice up your email messages? Scott demonstrates the simplicity of creativity in email correspondence.

2 Feb 2005
Gimp Tips Part 1: Resizing Images (feature)
Photoshop isn't the only program that can juggle your pixels effectively. Jason shows us the difference between image and canvas resizing. He also show us how to resize an image using The Gimp.

2 Feb 2005
A New Cool Solutions Site - Novell Security Manager! (feature)
That's right - we are launching a brand-new Cool Solutions site, dedicated to the brand-new Novell Security Manager product. Get the details here!

2 Feb 2005
CD-RW's in Linux? Works like a charm. (feature)
Jason tells us about some pitfalls and how to avoid them while using CD-RW's with Linux.

1 Feb 2005
Mounting NetWare Volumes under Linux (trench)
The Linux kernel does not natively support mounting Novell NetWare 4/5 volumes, but here's how you can do it.

1 Feb 2005
Firefox Shortcuts (tip)
Ever wondered how to manage Firefox with the keyboard? The guys at the mozilla foundation haven't left you out in the cold...

1 Feb 2005
How to Run Binary-Only Application Packages on Various Versions of Linux (feature)
This article provides a migration path for users who have invested in proprietary application packages that were certified for specific versions of various basic libraries (such as glibc) but who now intend to run them on different versions.

1 Feb 2005
Minimize Your Maximizing with Multiple Desktops (feature)
BrainStorm introduces us the Linux concept of having multiple desktops.

1 Feb 2005
Ximian's co-creator Nat Friedman entertains the future... (tip)
Got questions about HULA, XGL, Interoperability between Evolution and GroupWise? Nat gives his vision of the future of Linux and Novell. A very insightful interview.

1 Feb 2005
Manually Mounting a USB Flash Drive in Linux (feature)
Jason goes through the process step-by-step of how to manually mount a USB flash drive in Linux.

1 Feb 2005
Cool Tool: BrainShare Session Importer for GroupWise (feature)
If you're going to BrainShare and you have finished registering for the breakout sessions, try out this free tool from 'bond' Software Entwicklung GmbH that will import your 2005 BrainShare schedule into GroupWise. Download it here.

1 Feb 2005
Basics: Can I use a Linux CD to Recover a Crashed Windows Machine? (feature)
Stomfi answers this question from Amit: Hello, I have a laptop whose OS - NT 2000 has crashed. I was wondering if I could use a live CD with Linux OS to run the machine again. My laptop does not have DVD drive, only a CD drive. If it is not possible could you please give me the other best option to make the machine work again.

26 Jan 2005
NFS Saves the Day (feature)
How do you install software on a network of SUSE machines without the CDs? It's easier than you think! Scott shows us how.

26 Jan 2005
OpenOffice Calc (feature)
Scott runs through a quick intro to OpenOffice Calc, the spreadsheet application for Linux.

26 Jan 2005
How's the Weather, in Gnome? (feature)
Jason shows us how to get some automatic weather updates posted conveniently on the Gnome panel.

26 Jan 2005
Filters for Evolution (feature)
Scott takes us through the ease of setting up filters in Evolution to manage messages.

26 Jan 2005
Is Linux Here to Stay? (feature)
Steve Hamm gives a refreshingly detailed analysis on why he believes Linux is here to stay, and why it is bound for success in seriously competing with Micosoft.

25 Jan 2005
Basics: Mounting Linux CDs (feature)
Stomfi explains to a 67-year old newbie how to mount floppy disks and CDs on a Linux machine.

20 Jan 2005
Mounting an ISO Image on a Linux Desktop (tip)
Ever need to mount an ISO image on Novell Linux Desktop? Here's how you do it.

20 Jan 2005
Resizing Your Gnome / KDE Panels (feature)
Jason steps through the process of customizing your panel's size in both KDE and Gnome.

20 Jan 2005
More Great Games for Linux (feature)
Scott continues with the search for the greatest games available for Linux.

20 Jan 2005
LinuxPlanet Reviews Novell Linux Desktop (tip)
Bill Von Hagen gives us his impressions while installing Novell Linux Desktop. Also gives us advice on who would benefit most by using this operating system.

20 Jan 2005
eWeek Reviews Novell Linux Desktop 9 (tip)
eWEEK has released an informative review of Novell Linux Desktop 9. It provides some background and their initial impressions of the product.

20 Jan 2005
Taking Screenshots in Linux (feature)
Is it as easy to take screenshots in Linux as it is in Windows? Jason explains multiple easy methods of getting screenshots in Linux. You might be surprised.

20 Jan 2005
Setting up an Account in Evolution (feature)
Scott explains the in's and out's of how to set up your own account in Evolution.

14 Jan 2005
Installing NDISWrapper on Novell Linux Desktop (feature)
Joe Harmon steps you through the process of installing the NDISWrapper modules.

13 Jan 2005
Introduction to (feature)
Most people spend a lot of money on office suite software. is out to compete with the best of them, but it doesn't cost a dime. It also comes standard with every installation of Novell Linux Desktop and SUSE Linux 9.2 Professional.

13 Jan 2005
Quick Shortcuts in The Gimp (feature)
Jason gives a quick tutorial on how to maximize the ease-of-use of The Gimp through assigning dynamic shortcuts. If you use Gimp a lot, this could save you quite a bit of time.

13 Jan 2005
A Slideshow for Your KDE Wallpaper (trench)
Getting tired of seeing the same image on your desktop? Scott shows us how to spice things up on KDE by turning your desktop into a slideshow.

13 Jan 2005
Evolution Reviewed (feature)
Scott continues his relentless pursuit to find the best email client around. According to this review, Evolution didn't do too poorly.

9 Jan 2005
HTML Development Tools in Linux (feature)
Jason introduces us to three different text editors used in web development for Linux.

6 Jan 2005
Retaining Personal Data and User Prefs when doing a Clean Linux Install (trench)
Wondering how to keep your all of your personal information during an upgrade? Here is a quick tip to help you out.

6 Jan 2005
How to Force a Default Route when Using DHCP (trench)
Is your system having trouble finding a default route? Read this quick tip on how to force a default route.

6 Jan 2005
Mozilla Mail Review (feature)
Scott continues his quest to find the best email client available. Read more to find out the good, bad, and ugly about Mozilla Mail.

6 Jan 2005
How to launch applications at login in Gnome (tip)
Need applications to start up automatically when you start Gnome? This little tip will show you how.

6 Jan 2005
Gimp -- Closing In on Photoshop... (feature)
Installing and configuring The Gimp is quite easy. Jason runs through the process and explains some of the questions asked. He also runs over basic usage of The Gimp.

6 Jan 2005
Firefox Speed Tip (tip)
If you've got broadband and want to speed your browsing experience, check this out. Simple, quick, and effective.

4 Jan 2005
Basics: Restarting KDE from a Command Prompt (feature)
Frank C. wrote: " I decided to update my Linux installation with all the patches on Novell's web site. After rebooting, Linux boots to a command prompt. I know just enough basic commands to login in and get around but cannot figure out how to restart the KDE gui." Stomfi spells it out for you.

4 Jan 2005
Basics: How to find Linux Documentation on the World Wide Web (feature)
Stomfi explains how to get your hands on Linux documentation, and explains more about basic Ethernet networking using IP addresses.

2 Jan 2005
Adding To The Panels In Gnome. (feature)
If dragging and dropping doesn't work, there are other simple ways to get items on your desktop panels in Gnome.

2 Jan 2005
Is Linux Only For Computers? (tip)
Most people wouldn't think that devices such as robots, security cameras or hardware routers may use Linux. You might be surprised...

1 Jan 2005
HowTo: Share Files and Printers Between Linux and MS Windows with Samba (feature)
This HowTo explains a foolproof method of sharing files and printers between a Microsoft and a Linux computer. Another good one from Stomfi.

1 Jan 2005
Google Auto-fill Replica for Linux (feature)
One add-on for Internet Explorer which people seem to miss when they move to Linux is the Google Auto-fill feature. The firefox auto-fill extension just might save the day in this case.

1 Jan 2005
HowTo: Using the Cron Shell Tool to Automate Procedures - Part 1 of 3 (feature)
This HowTo explains how you can spend more time doing quality pursuits by using a Linux PC to automate general administrative tasks and procedures. There are three parts. The whole scheme is written using the Linux shell, as it is designed to run without any user intervention. This first part covers the strategy and most of the shell scripts.

23 Dec 2004
Heads Up: SUSE Linux Openexchange Server Changes Name (tip)
Netline Internet Service announced recently that in Europe Novell will sell and provide training, maintenance and support for Netline's market-leading Open-Xchange Server (not available in US). Netline's Open-Xchange Server, the engine behind Novell's SUSE Linux Openexchange Server, is a modular, standards-based communications tool that provides small to medium businesses with flexible groupware functions. The Open-Xchange Server brand will replace the former brand of SUSE LINUX Openexchange Server on Novell's price list.

22 Dec 2004
KMail Reviewed (feature)
Scott Morris gives us the ins and outs of KDE's KMail email client.

22 Dec 2004
Password Security (feature)
Increasing the level of your security might not be as hard as you think. Read on to find new ways to protect yourself from potential computer break-ins

22 Dec 2004
RSS Feeds - Fast Information (feature)
Be the first to have the important information you need delivered right to your Firefox browser - real time.

22 Dec 2004
OSDir's Novell Linux Desktop Slideshow (tip)
OSDir presents a step-by-step screenshot slideshow of the installation of Novell Linux Desktop.

22 Dec 2004
Novell Linux Desktop Equivalents of Windows Software (feature)
Ever wondered what programs can be used on Novell Linux Desktop instead of Windows? Scott gives us a nice productivity table to refer to.

22 Dec 2004
Network World Fusion Reviews Novell Linux Desktop (feature)
A great review of Novell Linux Desktop from Network World Fusion.

20 Dec 2004
Novell Linux Desktop Overview: Content Outline (feature)
Joe Harmon is writing a series of articles that will cover your migration from Windows to Linux. Here's what he is planning to cover. Feel free to request other topics -- he lives to serve.

20 Dec 2004
Novell Linux Desktop Overview: Sound (feature)
Short overview of sound on Novell Linux Desktop and some possible troubleshooting steps and tips that can help you achieve sound on your system.

15 Dec 2004
Special Offer for Cool Solutions Readers: Free Copy of Runtime Revolution (feature)
(Download now fixed!) The good folks at Runtime Revolution have extended a special offer to Cool Solutions readers to make it easier for you to implement the great ideas in Stomfi's articles. Come see how to get your copy.

15 Dec 2004
CD Burning in Linux Made Easy with k3b (feature)
K3b makes burning CDs in Linux just as easy as in Windows. It's a fantastic tool and... it's free!

15 Dec 2004
Basic Settings of Your Firewall Through YaST (feature)
Getting to know the Linux firewall through YaST is probably one of the best things you can do for the security of your computer.

15 Dec 2004
Windows Compatible File Formats in Linux (tip)
Some Linux programs can handle some Windows file formats. This makes the switch to Linux even easier.

15 Dec 2004
Which Email Client Should I Use? (feature)
Scott runs through some important questions you should ask yourself when choosing an email client.

13 Dec 2004
How to Start, Stop, or Restart Services on a Linux Box (tip)
If you ever need to interrupt services on your Linux box, this is a dandy little hint.

13 Dec 2004
The wireless Wifi adapter didn't find a DHCP server outside of the office (trench)
Peter Dyachenko explains how he got his Wifi adapter to work even when he was out of the office.

13 Dec 2004
How to Dismount a Mounted File System (tip)
You may have discovered the hard way that you can't dismount a mounted file system while it is in use. Let's say you have mounted a network volume, cdrom, or a flash drive and now you want to dismount it but Linux won't allow it because the device is busy. Curtis Parker offers this helpful suggestion.

9 Dec 2004
How Should I Compress my Audio? (feature)
There might be more to using mp3 with Linux than meets the eye, and there are probably many more audio formats than you think. Jason explains the benefits of open source audio formats.

9 Dec 2004
Sound Juicer... Easy Music (feature)
Getting music from your CDs to your hard drive in Linux has never been easier. Sound Juicer lets it rip to the maximum with little or no effort at all.

9 Dec 2004
Orange Crate's Review of Novell Linux Desktop 9 (feature)
Orange Crate gives a great review on Novell Linux Desktop as a business desktop alternative to Windows. NLD is also compared to SUSE 9.2 and SUN JDS.

8 Dec 2004
Novell Linux Desktop 9 Product Registration (tip)
Come find out why it's so important to register your product. (Hint: if you don't you can't get patches and updates...)

8 Dec 2004
Novell Linux Desktop Overview: Ethernet, Wireless, Modems, and Netapplet (feature)
Check out this nice roundup of several key features in Novell Linux Desktop.

6 Dec 2004
Mount a USB flash drive without the device ID (tip)
Ever need to mount a USB flash drive without knowing the device ID? Here's how you do it.

2 Dec 2004
Linux Screensavers - How to Get More Eye-Candy (feature)
Bet you didn't know SUSE Linux comes standard with over 200 screensavers. Here's a quick article on how to access them, some of Jason's personal favorites, and what you need to do to make them run more efficiently.

2 Dec 2004
Turn it Up with OpenGL in Linux (feature)
In Linux, 3D acceleration is used in much more than just games. This article will help you see if you've got it, and more importantly, if it's turned on.

24 Nov 2004
How to install NCPFS and the open source NovelLinux Client (tip)
Joe Harmon explains how to install NCPFS and the open source NovelLinux Client using Red Carpet and a few easy terminal commands. And no, that's not a typo. The name of the open source Novell client is actually Novel, not Novell. (To the endless confusion of our readers...)

24 Nov 2004
LXer's Tom Adelstein Reviews Novell Linux Desktop (feature)
Tom Adelstein gives the low down on the first time he installs Novell Linux Desktop. "A tip of the hat to Novell for its commitment to open standards, Linux and its new business model. Many people should find your desktop a worthy entry into the market. You'll have some growing pains, but your product has excellent potential".

24 Nov 2004
Newsforge Article Debunks "Sun-isms" and Praises SLES (feature)
Andrew Davis from decided to put Fedora Core 3 and SUSE 9.2 Professional head-to-head. His idea to use them as Windows XP replacements gives this article an interesting twist, as he tests everything from printing in a networked environment to watching DVDs. It's definitely a worthwhile read.

24 Nov 2004
Customize Your Novell Linux Desktop Theme (feature)
Changing your Linux desktop can give your Linux experience a much more personal touch. Jason explains in a step-by-step fashion how to change your themes in both Gnome and KDE on the Novell Linux Desktop.

24 Nov 2004
How to Install NCPFS and the Open Source NovelLinux Client (feature)
Joe Harmon explains how to install NCPFS and the open source NovelLinux Client using Red Carpet and a few easy terminal commands. (Nope, that's not a typo. It really is Novel, not Novell.)

23 Nov 2004
Netapplet - The Network Interface Switching Utility (feature)
Having a hard time switching between more than one networking adapter on Linux? Well check out the new netapplet that ships with the Novell Linux Desktop and SUSE Linux Professional 9.2.

22 Nov 2004
Share your config/data files between Windows and Linux (tip)
If you are running both Windows and Linux, here's a way for you to share configuration and data files across both operating systems. ( Your dual boot users will love you for this.)

22 Nov 2004
Address Book Applet Tip (tip)
Here's a quick and easy way to get info from the Address Book without opening Evolution.

17 Nov 2004
Linux Audio / Music - XMMS (tip)
Unknown to most people, the audio abilities of Linux are quite mature. Here's an application that will be sure to calm any audiophile's thirst.

17 Nov 2004
More Fun with Gaim - Part 1 (Smileys) (tip)
Gaim is a wonderful chat client and it has loads of features. Here's a tip on how to make your Gaim world "smile" a little bit more.

17 Nov 2004
Approaching the Linux Desktop (feature)
The Linux Team at Novell shows us some hard facts about who should switch to Linux and what precautions should be taken. They also talk about why it would be important to make the switch when your business is ready.

17 Nov 2004
Interview with Ted Haeger on Novell Linux Desktop (feature)
Ted Haeger talks to about the Novell Linux Desktop's features and benefits and how the NLD will affect the future of Linux.

15 Nov 2004
Novell Linux Desktop Overview: Configuration and Customization (feature)
In this segment of his popular series, Joe Harmon tells you how to set up proper screen resolution, as well as assorted laptop, desktop, and VMware considerations.

8 Nov 2004
Novell Linux Desktop 9 Features Overview (feature)
Novell Linux Desktop 9 provides a leading end-user productivity environment designed specifically to empower businesses to leverage Linux and open source with confidence. This paper provides a short overview of the key features included in Novell Linux Desktop, focusing primarily on collaboration and office productivity tools and on factors that contribute to the enterprise readiness of Novell Linux Desktop.

8 Nov 2004
Novell Linux Desktop 9 Technical Overview (feature)
This paper provides a concise description of the key features included in Novell Linux Desktop 9, outlining the desktop productivity applications available in the product, and showing why it's ready for enterprise deployment.

8 Nov 2004
Why Would Anyone Want to Use Linux? (feature)
The tale of how a poor college student went from an OS that grated his conscience, to a software solution he could afford.

8 Nov 2004
Gnome / KDE Keyboard Shortcuts (tip)
Just like windows, Linux has a slew of keyboard shortcuts sure to shorten your project's completion time. Here's a list for Gnome and KDE.

8 Nov 2004
KSysGuard / System Monitor Installation Tutorial (tip)
Ever wonder how much memory your computer is using? What percent of your CPU is being used? If something is going through your network card? These programs are quite easy to install, and provide great information.

8 Nov 2004
Netapplet Makes Connecting to Your Network a Breeze! (tip)
Got a laptop with 3 different NICs that connects to 5 different networks on a daily basis? netapplet will assuredly make your connection woes disappear.

8 Nov 2004
Need Cool Games on Linux? (tip)
Linux has hundreds of games to play. Here are three that are sure to provide you quite a few hours of entertainment.

8 Nov 2004
Wanna Buy Software for Linux? Try YAST First. (tip)
Want to get new software for Linux? Don't go to the store, go to YAST! This article is a tutorial on using YAST to install, update, and uninstall software on your computer.

8 Nov 2004
Gaim - The Linux Chat Solution (tip)
Wanna chat on Linux? Gaim is a wonderful little tool to connect to your AIM, Yahoo, MSN, GroupWise, and ICQ accounts. Give it a try! You won't be disappointed.

8 Nov 2004
Grip is the Master of CD Ripping (tip)
Want to create a lengthy Linux library of all your CDs? Grip is definitely the program for you. It will create mp3's, aac's, mp4's, flac's, ogg's, and just about any other audio format available!

28 Oct 2004
Extracting a NetWare Patch using Linux (tip)
If you are running a Linux desktop to manage your NetWare infrastructure, this one's for you. Joe Harmon explains how to extract ".exe" files onto a Linux machine.

21 Oct 2004
Add and Remove Global Applications on the GNOME Menu (tip)
Novell Linux Desktop expert Cody Dabb explains how to make edits to the GNOME menu, including nice tidbits like how to keep the application but still nuke it from the GNOME menu.

13 Oct 2004
Disaster Recovery, Part 2 - Hard and Soft Data Recovery (feature)
Here's the second installment of our four-part series on disaster recovery. The "swimming pool" has been drained - now it's time to dry out the data! Get the hair-raising details here ...

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