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Computer on a Disc and a USB Key

In the 4th part of Knoppix cheats, Mozillaquest learns us how to put together all the stuff we learned in part 1-3 on a USB disc. Read part 4 here Quote: Today, in Part 4 of our Knoppix cheats article, you will learn how to put together all the stuff you learned in Parts 1 […]

Entrepreneur who wants to give it all away

Behind the spacey title hides an article in about Ubuntu's “attack” on Windows and Mark Shuttleworth. Read the article online here: Quote: Although a stock-market darling such as Google may seem an excellent reference customer, it has an intense rivalry with Microsoft so it is keener than average to try alternatives to Windows. Other […]

Installing Ubuntu to an external USB drive

Many thoughts, hard work and good looks were needed to install Ubuntu to an external USB Drive – and here's the howto for you. Read how to do it here. Quote: Thru painful experience and sleepless nights, I finally figure out how to install Ubuntu or any kind of Lux distro to an external USB […]

From windows to which Linux?

Here's Eric bloggin about which Linux distribution to suggest to his friend who is to switch from Windows…Fedora, Suse, Debian or Slackware. Read the overview of advantages/disadvantages for the average user here: Quote: As a coffee mug I have says, “Different isn't always better, but better is always different”. Don't discount Linux because it isn't […]

Linux distribution suitable for human beings

Slippery Rock's University online newspaper has an article about Ubuntu – now, that's something you don't see every day! Human non-geeks writing about Linux – believe it: Quote: Once you're running Linux you'll sleep easy as you'll have the peace of mind that comes along with knowing that your soul is not in the clutches […]

Ubuntu Updater Program Needs Testers

The Fridge reports from the Ubuntu maillists that there is a call for testing for the new upgrade tool for Ubuntu. The Fridge has it covered here. Quote: The general idea is that when a new version of Ubuntu is released, that there should be an easy way to upgrade without manually editing text files. […]

Unofficial Ubuntu 5.10 Starter Guide

As the natural succesor to Chua Wen Kiat's popular unofficial Ubuntu 5.04 guide, the 5.10 guide has arrived. It is found over at and comes in the form of a wiki.

Build your Debian GNU/Linux on demand

Our friends at DebCentral has discovered an interesting (commercial) offering – design your own Debian yourself through their website and then download the ISO. DebCentral mentions the smart idea: Quote: Go to their site, register and then configure your Debian based distro. Answer the same basic questions you do in the current Debian installer about […]

Use of debian-devel-announce

Martin Schultze has posted to the debian-devel-announce about the recent misuse of the list and the consequences of it. —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 Posting permissions to debian-devel-announce revoked after making a point. – —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 Andrew Suffield has lost his posting permission to debian-devel-announceafter making a rather sarcastic point that off-topic […]

Chrooted SSH HowTo on Debian

This tutorial at HowtoForge describes how to install and configure OpenSSH so that it will allow chrooted sessions for users. Enjoy it here Quote: With this setup, you can give your users shell access without having to fear that they can see your whole system. Your users will be jailed in a specific directory which […]

Screenshot tours of (K)Ubuntu 6.04 flight CD3

LinShots have posted a bunch of screenshots of the Flight CD3 of Ubuntu. Here's Ubuntu Here's Kubuntu Here's Edubuntu

Debian Weekly News 03/2006

This week's edition of DWN is here – read about Status of the m68k Port, Releasing Software under the GPL and Collaborative Maintenance of Packages. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – January 17th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 3rd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for theDebian community. Simon Josefsson [1]proposed a license sufficientfor Debian […]

Advanced Knoppix Cheating

MozillaQuest has released their 3rd part of the Knoppix tutorials – “Advanced Knoppix Cheating”. The third part is found here. Check more about the two other parts here:

SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3rc2

Following hot in the heels of bug-fixing rc1, comes SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3rc2. Here's the announcement Quote: The latest SimplyMEPIS release candidate, version 3.4-3 rc2 addresses some problems identified and reported by the community. Look for it in the testing subdirectory at the MEPIS Subscriber's Site and public mirrors. For up to 7 days, please send feedback […]

Martin F. Krafft, Author of "The Debian System"

XYZ Computing has interviewed Martin F. Krafft, Author of the book “The Debian System” The 4-page interview is found here Quote: I also would like for companies to follow the trend and help Debian meet their needs, rather than waiting for us to do so by ourselves. The possibilities are endless, but the two most […]

How to setup database replication in MySQL

It's on Howtoforge. It's by Falko Timme. It's using Debian Sarge – enjoy. Learn all about the setup here. Quote: This tutorial describes how to set up database replication in MySQL. MySQL replication allows you to have an exact copy of a database from a master server on another server (slave), and all updates to […]

Local webserver with Debian has made a small tutorial on setting up a local web server in Debian GNU/Linux. The tutorial is here. Quote: Any web developer, designer, or webmaster can benefit from having a local web server. Even if that developer has no interest in securing and maintaining the server his or her websites live on, a […]

Ubuntu Flight CD3

Colin Watson has announced that Flight CD 3 is ready. This is the third in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the development cycle. Hello world, Flight CD 3 is ready. This is the third in a series of milestone CDimages that will be released throughout the Dapper development cycle, […]

Status of Dapper Drake

Jane Weideman has posted the latest update of Ubuntu 6.04 progress in the ubuntu-devel-announce maillist. You can check the report here. As The Fridge noted: Quote: This new report shows how much the developers have gotten done over the past month. The short story is “less red, more green” on the report as people continue […]

Screenshot tour and issues with SimplyMEPIS

While LinShots has posted a screenshot tour of SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3rc1, the official MEPIS site has some warnings. Here's the screenshots. And warning no. 1 : ALERT: rc1 has OSCenter Installation Problem with ext2/3 And warning no. 2 (more of a collection of known bugs: Read this about SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3 RC 1

Live CD's en masse! has made an article about trying Linux without all the commitments of an install – Knoppix, MEPIS, Ubuntu and DSL are mentioned. The two-page article starts here. Quote: Nervous about installing Linux on your machine? Fear no more, because Live CD enables you to run the operating system without installing it. Bryan Hoff tells […]

Bug-squashing weekend Jan 20-23rd

Steve Langasek has anounced that there'll be a bug-squashing weekend next weekend – with more than 1500 RC bugs to kill, there should be enough for everyone! Happy New Year, all! With the rounding of the calendar, we are now at the end of the stated“major, archive-shaking changes” period for etch. This was met with […]

Preview/glimpse of SimplyMEPIS_3.4-3.rc1

Tuxmachines have had a look at the latest RC for SimplyMEPIS and posted a bunch of screenshots and comments. You can see it at their website here. Quote: Conclusions As stated I haven't tested Mepis in several years. I was impressed with Mepis back then, but they have certainly grown and expanded to accommodate the […]

Debian Review

It's been a while – but at they have reviewed Debian! The review starts here. Quote: Conclusion Overall, I am very happy with Linux and the freedom from EULA's and also customization it provides. I am glad that I will not ever again (If I so choose), not have to worry about product activation […]

SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3rc1

The latest SimplyMEPIS release candidate, version 3.4-3 rc1 has arrived, and is expected to fix the recent problems with parallel printer compatibility. You can check the announdement here Quote: “Debian Unstable is truly unstable and will probably stay that way. Users who want their systems to work reliably should steer clear of unstable. If members […]

More synergi between Ubuntu and Debian?

On the debian-devel-announce list, Raphael Hertzog is trying to promote a more active collaboration from both sides of the Ubuntu and Debian teams. Hello fellow Debian developers, let me explain shortly why I'll speak of Ubuntu on a Debian announcelist. I know that many of you do not like the Canonical marketing sayingthat “Ubuntu is […]

Ubuntu founder to speak at Debconf

Somehow it slipped my attention that Mark Shuttleworth will give an annual report of Ubuntu at the 2006 Debian Developers Conference, set for May 14 through 22 in Oaxtepec, Mexico. They've got the whole story at Quote: Shuttleworth's report is one of about 20 topics that have been accepted for inclusion on the agenda […]

Knoppix Performance Improvement Cheats

MozillaQuest continues their series about cheat codes and tips for Knoppix 4 – this time focussing on performance improvement. Read the Part 2 of the series here. Quote: Two important problems with live Linux distributions are (1) they are slow and (2) they tie up a CD/DVD drive. Today, in Part 2, this Knoppix tutorial […]

m68k port and the future

Wouter Verhelst describes the current situation for the m68k port of Debian and how to plan the future work. Hello World, Yes, 'm68k' and 'future' in one sentence. Amazing, isn't it? Surely wemust be joking? Well, no. The m68k port, for a port built for hardware that hasn't beenmanufactured anymore for about 10 years now, […]

Installing a Debian Zone with BrandZ Background

Nils Nieuwejaar at Sun's blog is responding to several requests with this tutorial. You can read the article here Quote: There are two distros that I have been asked about multiple times: Debian and Ubuntu. Both are based on the Debian package format, instead of RPM like the distros we currently support. I wanted to […]

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