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Bugs in Breezy

The Ubuntu team have a bug squashing day at Oct. 20th, so check out if you're able to participate in any way or form. Ubuntu Bug Day!Daniel Holbach daniel.holbach at ubuntu.comTue Oct 18 13:56:01 CDT 2005 Hi everybody, the Ubuntu world is about to have another bug day! Together, we'll getcracking on Thursday (October, 20th). […]

Debian Weekly News 42/2005

This weeks DWN has arrived – it contains news about Debian Installer Beta Preparation, Installing Debian Sarge and Debian Security Update. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – October 18th, 2005————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 42nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Flavio Villanustre [1]reviewed Elive 0.3, alive CD based on Debian and […]

Why Debian?

Looking for reasons for why you should insist using Debian when you can have it in many, many flavours? This blog contains some of the answers. Read it at The Kenosha Badger's Lair (and no, he has absolutely nothing to do with Ubuntu): Quote: I've been asked why I insist on running Debian when others […]

A couple of general articles about Ubuntu

In the steady flow of Ubuntu news, Redherring and ZDNet has written about what Ubuntu is and what they are about to do. Update: Internetnews has an article about Ubuntu too. From ZDNet:Quote: Mandriva and Ubuntu, two significant but second-tier versions of Linux, each released major updates on Thursday. Ubuntu, which has risen to prominence […]

Automated Backups With rdiff-backup

Howtoforge shows us how we can automate our backups on Debian (if you use such a thing, that is….) DebianHelp pointed in the right direction, and you can read the article here at Howtoforge:Quote: This tutorial describes how to do automated server backups with the tool rdiff-backup. rdiff-backup lets you make backups over a network […]

Distrowatch weekly mentions Etch and Ubuntu

The weekly news contains Etch release plans and Ubuntu release, but not much new is mentioned. Read about Ubuntu here and Etch here.Quote: One more issue worth mentioning here is the subject of the kernel supplied on the Ubuntu installation CD for the i386 architecture. It seems that many people installing Ubuntu Linux on a […]

Quick test of DSL 2.0 RC1 have had a look at the release candidate for Damn Small Linux 2.0 and there's not many bugs left in it! You can read the review and overview of DSL here. Quote: With the release of the new Damn Small Linux 2.0 Release Candidate 1 i have to wonder if these guys ever sleep. […]

How to migrate from M$ to Linux

Here's a short article about what you have to consider if you think of migrating to Linux – Ubuntu is mentioned as a good system to migrate to. The article is found here.Quote: The previous approach takes the bull by the horn and taming it. In that case, you learn by using Linux right away […]

Debian CD-ROM & ISO image cookbook

Debian-Administration has written a simple CD-ROM & ISO image cookbook – so simple, even I can use it! You can learn how to control the beast here:Quote: There are many times when you need to work with CD-ROM images (or ISO files) under Linux. This simple cookbook shows you how to accomplish the most common […]

Comparison of Solaris, Linux, and FreeBSD Kernels

At they have made a quick comparison of Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD kernels covering (amongst others) Scheduling and Schedulers, Memory Management and Paging, and File Systems. The article seems very objective, but don't forget that it's found at Opensolaris.orgQuote: Solaris, FreeBSD, and Linux are obviously benefiting from each other. With Solaris going open source, […]

Dumber people can run Linux

A techno-illiterate takes the first steps of migrating a Win2000 mailserver to Ubuntu and is rather surprised. Originally spotted on The Fridge, the article in The Inquirer is quite interesting – and is also to be continued as she's so far only got to install Ubuntu and learned a bit about it:Quote: So I decided […]

Debian release team: the plans for etch

Steve Langasek has posted a long report on what the release team has been brewing on since Sarge's release – release blockers, goals and policy – and even a hint on when the next release might be. So I guess that taking four months for the release team to comment onthe release of sarge makes […]

Ubuntu support for IA64, HPPA and SPARC

Ubuntu 5.10 has been released for the architectures IA64, HPPA (1.1 and later) and SPARC (UltraSPARC only). The Porting Team is proud to announce to the Ubuntu world the release of BreezyBadger for three shiny new architectures. The addition of IA64, HPPA (1.1 and later) and SPARC (UltraSPARC only) will makeUbuntu available to communities sometimes […]

Ubuntu and Kubuntu 5.10 released

There's not much more to say – the latest version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu have arrived. You'll find the Ubuntu release note at the top, Kubuntu release note n the middle and Edubuntu at the bottom: Ubuntu:Quote: The Ubuntu team is proud to announce Ubuntu 5.10. This is the official Ubuntu 5.10 release, and […]

Java and Flash for Debian

MadCarter has startet yet another tutorial – how to set up Java and Flash on your Debian GNU/Linux system. You can read it hereabout.Quote: People are starting to inquire about setting up Flash and Java on their Debian systems. Ok, I can dig that. I have them installed and working so you should, too. If […]

Damn Small Linux 2.0 RC released

Here we have the first RC for DSL 2.0 – download at your own risk and enjoyment, the changelog is looooooong! From the release note:Quote: Here is our first RC for testing. There are a lot of new changes, so please test away. Robert coded most of these changes, so he will be keen to […]

The Fridge – cool news for Ubuntu

The Ubuntu folks have setup their own website with news ald all stuff about Ubuntu. Hmmmm…perhaps they didn't like the layout of Debian-News? Welcome to… The Fridge!========================= Conceived at UbuntuDownUnder, The Fridge is an information hub for theUbuntu community, bringing together news, grassroots marketing, advocacy,team collaboration, and great original content. Just like the family […]

Features for next Ubuntu release?

Mark Shuttleworth has posted a request for input about what should be included in the next release of Ubuntu – let your voice be heard! Please note that the questions are mostly related to business use and deployment of Linux!? The survey is also non-Ubuntu-specific, but more general Linux-oriented. You can fill out the survey […]

Debian Weekly News 41/2005

The latest DWN is here, hot topics are: Debian Security Infrastructure, Dealing with Wiki Spam and Reviving the Debian FAQ. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – October 11th, 2005————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 41st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. The Georgia Tech Marine Robotics Group has builtan underwater [1]vehicle with Debian […]

Why the DCC Alliance needs to love Synaptic argues that Synaptic is Debian's best weapon for the DCC to get an advantage over other big Linux players. You may agree or disagree, but the story is found here.Quote: Sadly, it looks like the RPM/DEB divide is going to be with us for a good long time. And with Red Hat and SUSE […]

Installing Debian Sarge has written a 5-page article about installing Debian GNU/Linux and packages. Yes, it's yet another how-to to help new Debian-users. The article starts on this page. Quote: Debian is one of the most common Linux distributions in the world. With a possible total of fourteen CDs, it is also one of the biggest. As […]

Mass deployment of Ubuntu

You want Gnome on more than 5.000 PC's in primary and secondary schools? In Macedonia they used Ubuntu. The Fridge reports that they've done a mass deployment in Macedonia. Quote: A month ago a friend of mine told me that there was a project going on for free software deployment in schools and NGO's throughout […]

Monitor Debian servers with monit

Debian-Administration has written a small how-to about how you easy can monitor your servers. The how-to describes installing and using monit. Quote: Monit is a system monitoring utility which allows an admin to easily monitor files, processes, directories, or devices on your Debian system. It can also be used for automatic maintenance/repairs – by executing […] announced

Anything you want to know about Debian GNU/Linux? Visit the brand new official Wiki! (please followup to Hi all, The official Debian Wiki has now been set up on The original wiki pages from have been converted and movedto Thanks to Michael Ivey for hosting the previous wikifor the last four […]

Ubuntu 5.10 Around the Corner

OSDir has written a small overview article about what we can expect in Ubuntu 5.10 and taken a lot of screenshots of the RC. Enjoy the overview here.There's a bunch of screenshots too!

Announcing Ubuntu 5.10RC

This is the final milestone before the official 5.10 release – the Ubuntu 5.10 Release Candidate.Update – Kubuntu 5.10 has also been announced! With just one more week to go before the final release of Ubuntu 5.10,the Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Ubuntu 5.10 Release Candidate.This is the final milestone before the official […]

The Debian/Ubuntu relationship

Linux Magazine has a bit old article in the ongoing debate of the Debian/Ubuntu relationship, the title says it all: “Debian, Get Your %#* Together! ” You can read the column here. Quote: Ubuntu has different goals from Debian, and that’s perfectly okay. For instance, Ubuntu is on a much faster development cycle and its […]

Improve Gnome startup time at Debian

Running Debian Unstable GNU/Linux with a custom kernel, here's an analyzis of and hints for improvement of Gnome startup time. Here's the intro:Quote: The time it takes to log in to GNOME has not improved much in recent years and does not compare favourably with other systems, especially closed-source systems. This work attempts to […]

Ubuntu Partnership Programme

Ubuntu Partnership Programme is designed specifically to encourage, recognise and endorse expertise and commercial initiatives aimed at furthering the use of Ubuntu Read it at Mediawire. Quote: Since its launch in October 2004, the Debian Linux based Ubuntu ( has become one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world. With so many Ubuntu […]

Invitation to port "qualification declarations" for etch

Steve Langasek invites you to participate on IRC this Sunday, October 9 from 0000-0200 UTC in the #debian-tech channel on The goal of this two-hour session is to come up with a “qualification declaration” for as many architectures as possible. Hello world! As you readers of d-d-a know well by now, one of the […]

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