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New MEPIS Linux Test Version Uses Ubuntu Base

Looks like MEPIS is going to use the Ubuntu base in the future and split from the DCC! Read the announcements and the comments at Read about it at Quote: MEPIS founder Warren Woodford has announced a test release of SimplyMEPIS 6.0, incorporating software from the Ubuntu Dapper package pools. This is the […]

Debian Weekly News 12/2006

This weeks issue of DWN contains Status of the AMD64 Port, Debian-Installer Etch Beta 2 and Debian Project Leader Debate and much more. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – March 21st, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 12th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Robert Millan [1]built CD installer images forinstalling kfreebsd-amd64 as […]

Damn Small Linux 2.3 RC2 released

Yet another release candidate of DSL is out. A nice bunch of changes has been applied. Here's the announcement Quote: Change Log for DSL v2.3 RC2 1. New auto mydsl. Auto scan for directory named mydsl will automatically load extensions.2. New DSL natively booted can now recognize the Qemu virtual harddisk. Allows for shared backup.3. […]

Change to release schedule for Ubuntu Dapper

Dapper Drake, the next version of Ubuntu, will be delayed 6 weeks to a release date of June 1st. It is also covered here and at Tuxmagazine Below is Mark Shuttleworth's announcement: Hi, June 1st 2006 is the updated release date for Ubuntu Dapper, Desktopand Server editions, a delay of 6 weeks over the previous […]

Distrowatch weekly comments

This weeks comments contain items about 0olishing Ubuntu 6.04, Debian promotion and a first look at Knoppix 5.0. Read the comments here and the first look on Knoppix here Quote: Overall, KNOPPIX 5.0 is a very good release with a huge number of up-to-date applications, improved speed and a pleasant desktop theme. I still prefer […]

Simple Etch kernel upgrade 2.6.11 -> 2.6.15

Wonderfull active again, has a small guide to update Etch kernel. Read it at

Review of SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

Raldztech has blogged a very positive review of SimplyMEPIS – “Linux ready for the desktop” Check it here Quote: Overall, I can say that MEPIS is a distribution of choice for the new Linux Desktop users. However, Linux distros continously improves and there are new releases waiting this April of 2006.

Comparing Ubuntu, Mac and WindowsXP

LX'er has an objective (as objective as it can be at their site) look at the competing operating systems of today. You can read it here Quote: Macintosh with OS X and Microsoft Windows XP have an advantage over Linux in the area of education where curriculum demands exists for things such as foreign languages […]

With so much to like about Linux, it is worth a try

This article in Rochester Democrat and Chrionciel shows that Linux is getting a broader acceptance. Thsy try Linux (Ubuntu) here Quote: Oh, and here's the best part: Linux is free. Not just the operating system, but all those applications. Depending on the version of Linux you get, that can be 20,000, 30,000 or more. There […]

Building A Virtual Private Server (VPS) With Debian Sarge And OpenVZ

This tutorial describes how to prepare a server for OpenVZ virtual machines on a Debian Sarge system. With OpenVZ you can create multiple Virtual Private Servers (VPS) on the same hardware, similar to Xen and the Linux Vserver project. OpenVZ is the open-source branch of Virtuozzo, a commercial virtualization solution used by many providers that […]

Call for votes for the DPL

The first call for votes for the Debian Project Leader election 2006 has been issued on the maillists. Hi, FIRST CALL FOR VOTES FOR THE DEBIAN PROJECT LEADER ELECTION 2006 ===== ==== === ===== === === ====== ======= ====== ======== ==== Voting period starts 00:00:01 UTC on March 19th, 2006. Votes must be received by […]

Debian Newbie Naming Hints

Here's a reminder of how the naming scheme is – good for a brush-up or new knowledge! Get the big picture here Quote: The Debian release cycle is not only long, but has always three different branches: stable, testing (occasionally frozen) and stable. But when a newbie goes there for download things, he will also […]

Logs from the DPL debate and a draft ballot

Logs from the DPL debate are now available and a draft ballot can also be read. Hi folks, The platforms for the candidates for the project leader are available as links on the page or, The rebuttals are also in place. Thanks to stellar efforts on the part of Don Armstrong, David Nusinow, […]

SUSE, Fedora or Debian for sys admins: A closer look

LX'er have had a look at the support for system administrators for Debian, SUSE and Fedora. The article is found here Quote: So, when we did our survey, we found three distributions accounted for 65% of the deployed systems. Additionally, when we looked at the other distributions, all but one were based on the other […]

Kubuntu Flight 5 screenshot tour

Also at OSDir, they have a screenshot tour of Kubuntu Dapper Drake Flight CD 5 Enjoy

Knoppix 5 screenshot tour

OSDir have a screenshot tour of Knoppix 5.0. Enjoy!

Kubuntu on an old PC

Here's a story about getting Kubuntu to run on an HP Vectra computer with a 500 MHZ Pentium III processor, 256 meg of RAM, an 8 gig hard-drive. Enjoy the succes here Quote: The one thing that I have noticed about Kubuntu is that it is noticeably faster than other versions of Linux I have […]

Knoppix 5 Review have had a look at the latest Knoppix and they find that Knoppix is still king of the LiveCD/DVD hill. Read the 3-page review here Quote: Knoppix is still keeping itself as the top LiveCD/LiveDVD distributions on the net today. Just like Ubuntu gained popularity, Knoppix enjoyed and still enjoys the limelight of being […]

Automatix kicks Ubuntu into gear has a praising article about Automatix and the good it does for the perhaps user-unfriendly distribution named Ubuntu…. The article is forund here Quote: I already thought Ubuntu was pretty easy to use. Although it doesn't come out of the box with everything I need, I quickly found out how to get just about […]

Debian Project considers GNU FDL conditionally free

The Debian project has decided that documents distributed under the GNU Free Documentation License (FDL) are considered free with regards to the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) if they don't contain any invariant sections. ————————————————————————The Debian Project considers GNU FDL conditionally free press@debian.orgMarch 16th, 2006———————————————————————— Debian Project considers GNU FDL conditionally free————————————————— The […]

DPL Debate at 22:30 UTC Thursday, March 16th

The DPK candidates debates in #debian-dpl-debate on on 22:30 UTC Thursday, March 16th Don't forget, the DPL Debate will be on IRC in #debian-dpl-debate (Freenode) at 22:30 UTC Thursday, March 16th, ending at01:00 UTC Friday, March 17th. Discussion of the debate will occur in#debian-dpl-discuss. *** The executive summary *** Start at 2006-03-15 22:30 […]

Dapper delay looks likely after online meeting

TecTonic comments the status after two Dapper Delay meetings. Updated: Release date is most likely June 1st. The delay meetings are mentioned here and the article at TecTonic sums it up: Quote: The delay could impact on some services companies who have promised clients upgrades, and for those working on books and other Ubuntu related […]

Debian Installer etch beta 2 released

The title says it all – lots of improvements and changes since beta 1. The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the second beta releaseof the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Etch. Improvements in this release of the installer include: * base-config has been pensioned off: the installation is now done entirely before the reboot. […]

Configuring Apache for Maximum Performance

Apache server performance can be improved by adding additional hardware resources such as RAM, faster CPU etc. But, most of the time, the same result can be achieved by custom configuration of the server. This article looks into getting maximum performance out of Apache with the existing hardware resources, specifically on the Linux systems.

Security Live-CD's lists the top 10 security live-CD's, amongst those are Knoppix-STD, nUbuntu and Knoppix See them all here Quote: Extra – Knoppix Remember this is the innovator and pretty much the basis of all these other distros, so check it out and keep a copy on you at all times! Not strictly a security distro, […]

Debian Weekly News 11/2006

The 11th version of DWN is here, containing news about Debian QA Meeting in Extremadura, Updates from the Debian Kernel Team and The Role of the Project Leader —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – March 14th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 11th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Raphaël Hertzog [1]started to […]

Dapper delay meetings

If you're keen on following up on the decisionprocess of whether Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) will be delayed, the meeting summarys are a good place to look. And they can be found here Quote: Why can't we make 2 releases? One in 6.04 for normal users and an enterprise release later? Simply because there is […]

Comment on the Debian GFDL vote

NewsForge comments on the vote for that materials released under the GNU Free Documentation License are compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Read the article here Quote: In a surprise decision, the developers of Debian have voted that materials released under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) are compatible with the Debian Free Software […]

Ubuntu with XGL and Compiz

Labelled “Howto: Ultimate Ubuntu eye-candy with Xgl and Compriz”, TecTronic has posted an article about the set up of it on Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: Compriz. Maybe you've heard the buzz, the pictures and videos, and spent the past few weeks in absolute agony over the coolness of it all. Okay, maybe you haven't […]

Knoppix 5.0 DVD available

The latest Knoppix is now available the torrent-sites, it is designed for the Cebit exhibition. Read it here at Distrowatch

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