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MadPenguin reviews Ubuntu 5.10 Preview

MadPenguin has made a review of 5.10 Preview, where they also look at some of the things that Ubuntu can improve. The three-page review starts here. Enjoy the conclusion!Quote: At the end of the day I don't really give a shit about philosophy or and of the other nonsense associated with the overall Ubuntu image […]

All Singing All Dancing Mail Server

How to get a Debian mail server to run Exim 4 with Maildir format mailboxes, SpamAssassin, Rules du Jour and ClamAV for multiple virtual domains, each with its own alias file and message size limits. DebianHelp made us aware of this gem: Installing and configuring Exim 4 on Debian is a sweet little guide to […]

Debconf5 DVD's available

Have you ever wondered what they were doing at the Debconf5 – well, you can now buy the DVD's! —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 I am now releasing DVD videos of the Debconf5 sessions (plus Debian Dayand some extras) in PAL format. NTSC format discs will be ready in afew days. I am starting to […]

Linux distribution comparison has compared Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse, Xandros, Linpire and Mandriva. The best one? It all depends on your requirements. The 9-page article starts here! Quote: So Which One Should You Pick? After all that, I hate to say, “It all depends,” but in many ways it's true. Your needs and budget will always play […]

Patch: Linux

The kernel has been released. There are several minor fixes in this release. Changelog:Quote: commit 9be78f865844edc728ac933f7161b01e48e1b418Author: Chris Wright Date: Fri Sep 16 18:02:12 2005 -0700 Linux commit 59a79e934f84fe9c0fef0c783fba58e9b5b36519Author: Ian Abbott Date: Mon Sep 12 12:23:25 2005 +0100 [PATCH] USB: ftdi_sio: custom baud rate fix ftdi_sio: I messed up the baud_base for custom baud […]

New maintainer process

Marc Brockschmidt has written a mail to the devel-announce-list to document changes in the New Maintainer process about : Advocation policy, changes to, documentation updates pending and technical changes. Greetings, As informing the public about the stuff one does seems to be “in” atthe moment, this mail was written to document changes in the […]

Enjoy the links

As there aren't any interesting news these days, I've added a link-section to the main menu and filled it with the best links for Debian. Look out for other changes on the site.

Flamewar: Ian Murdock/Matthew Garrett

After and along with the DCC announcement this week, Ian Murdock and Matthew Garret enjoy themselves with a good old flamewar! This must have startet a long time ago, but along with the announcement of DCC 3.0 PR1 (I'll get back to this, as there seems to be another announcement next week), the debate was […]

Review of Debian 3.1

On they have made a review of Sarge! Conclusion? “Debian Sarge, a distro that will be around for a long time and something true Linux lovers should be proud of!” Read the entire review:Quote: Comparing Sarge with Woody, Linux has taken a giant leap forward. The current release opens the door for Desktop users, […]

Games Knoppix 4.0.2-0.3 is out

Finally a new release of GamesKnoppix has been relesed, based on the 4.0.2-DVD Knoppix. Contains lots and lots of games! The new DVD-sized version of the Games Knoppix has been finally finished. A list of included games can be viewed here. I have to apologize that it took so long to include the songs of […]

Mail administration with procmail and postfix

Debian-Administration have recently had two articles about mail administration using procmail and postfix. Filtering mail with procmail:Quote: If you are like me you receive a lot of incoming email, too much to leave in one mailbox. Using the procmail tool you can apply filters to split your mail up into different boxes – or apply […]

The Dapper Drake = Ubuntu 6.04

The development name for the next Ubuntu version 6.04 has been announced. A dapper, anyone? The announcement, from Mark Shuttleworth:Quote: In keeping with tradition, it's time to name the next+1 release of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 6.04(ish) will be special, because as a community we are going tocommit to supporting it for 3 years on the desktop, […]

Debian weekly news, week 37

The latest news from the maillists has arrived – this week with the value of Debian, old documenatation and UK society. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – September 13th, 2005————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 37th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Wouter Verhelst [1]noticed that the [2]bugtracking system has gotten a new […]

Short article on Ubuntu on Redherring

A short overview article: “..Ubuntu is one of the hottest Linux versions in the world.” “… less than six months from its introduction last October has become the most popular Linux desktop distribution in the United States” Read it here.

VMware now support Ubuntu 5.04

The latest release of VMware has added experimental support for Ubuntu. The erlease note says it:Quote: VMware Workstation runs atop a host operating system, either Linux or Windows, and lets a computer run a larger variety of guest operating systems. The current product can run 64-bit host operating systems, but version 5.5 adds support for […]

Getting Debian Security Updates

Yet again, shows how to do it – this time with a guide of how to get the security updates The how-to starts like this:Quote: If you're new to Debian you might be confused about how to get access to the Debian security updates. This short introduction tells you all you need to know.

Edubuntu announced

Edubuntu is being developed as a version of the Ubuntu operating system,which is suitable for classroom use and has just been announced. The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Edubuntu5.10 [10 September 2005] This is the beta release for the new distro, Edubuntu – code named“Breezy Badger”. The Preview Release consists […]

Security support for testing

The Debian testing security team is pleased to announce the beginning offull security support for Debian's testing distribution. Update – Distrowatch comments this action. Read here for the Distrowatch comment in their Distrowatch weekly —————————————————————————Debian Testing Security Team September 9th, 2005secure-testing-team@lists.alioth.debian.org————————————————————————— Security support for testing The Debian testing security team is pleased to announce the […]

Review of Damn Small Linux 1.5

“Well i didn't think it possible, but the DSL team have done it again; 1.5 is faster sleeker and prettier than previous versions.”. That's how starts their review of DSL 1.5 Read the rest here: And this must be some kind of conclusion!Quote: Damn Small Linux is an amazingly diverse distro that consistently gets […]

Patch: Linux

A new patch for the Linux kernel has been released. Read the changelog here.Download here. From: Chris Wright To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.orgSubject: Linux Fri, 9 Sep 2005 20:22:02 -0700Cc:,, We (the -stable team) are announcing the release of the kernel. The diffstat and short summary of the fixes are below. I'll also […]

Overview article about Ubuntu's popularity

Ipsnews has written an article about why Ubuntu has gained the immense popularity, where it is used and about the people behind it. You can read the entire background-article here.Quote: Ubuntu Linux calls itself the “Linux for human beings”. In less than six months from its introduction in October 2004, Ubuntu Linux became the most […]

HP to ship computers loaded with Ubuntu

Finally the big PC makers start to capitalize the stability and popularity of Ubuntu. HP is the first! From the article:Quote: HP's Sean Owen-Jones also said the company would shortly be releasing desktop and notebook PCs running Ubuntu Linux. The NX6110 notebook would be available shortly with Ubuntu and a desktop PC would also be […]

Debian slow to react on security issues?

Linux Weekly News has examined how fast different distributions are to react on security issues. Debian slowest, Ubuntu fastest! Besides the statistics, this blog tells a bit of the recent events on the Debian security front:Quote: Debian’s security support has been in the press a fair bit recently, from the snafu in the installer at […]

How to tell the difference between two versions of a Debian package

Debian Administration has a small gem about how to identify the changes between two Debian packages very easily. Read it all here!Quote: If you have the source code to two Debian package revisions and wish to identify the changes between them there is a very handy tool called interdiff which will allow you to do […]

Forensic computer system based on MEPIS

The company Forensic Computers has created a system that is based on MEPIS instead of making the usual Windows application! The news is about a month old, but missed my radar:Quote: “Windows will always try to interfere with everything and by contrast, on a Linux system, we can control when and how the file system […]

Bug squashing party Sept 10th-11th

Seen any bugs in Debian GNU/Linux lately? Wants to help? It's time for another bug-squashing weekend! —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 Hi everyone, As you may have noticed [0], last weekend's bug-squashing party (BSP)was very successful… which is all the more reason to have anotherone! Debian Women will be holding a BSP this weekend (September10th […]

Preview release of Ubuntu 5.10

A few days after the Colony CD 4, the Ubuntu team has released a preview release of Breezy Badger! The release note:Quote: The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 – codenamed “Breezy Badger”. The Preview Release includes both Install CDs and bootable Live CDs for three architectures. Ubuntu is […]

Setup a local Debian mirror

The goldmine that is called Debian Administration has asked the question of how to install a local Debian mirror on your LAN. Enjoy the support! From the question:Quote: I'd like to install a local Debian mirror on my network so that as I experiment with different things (and break them) I can reinstall faster, as […]

Damn Small Linux 1.5 has been released

There's now a new version of DSL – 1.5 – and with lots of changes! New Appointment Calendar program. New System Stats program. Added Xzoom. Updated Dillo. Updated Xtdesk – single click icons! etc… The release announcement is here. Download here! Read the release note here:Quote: Changes for 1.5:1. New Appointment Calendar program2. New System […]

Debian weekly news 36/2005

The 36th Debian Weekly News is available – containing news about KDE Transition Status, Notification on API Changes. Quality of the README Filem Debian QA Meeting and much, much more. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – September 6th, 2005————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 36th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Christoph Berg […]

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