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No Reasons Not to Be Dual Booting Ubuntu and OSX

OSNews have written a little piece about getting Ubuntu and OSX dualbooting on a Powerpc. The article states: Quote: “In conclusion: the Ubuntu team have done excellent work in bringingthe PowerPC version of their distribution on par with its moregrown-up siblings. Many issues turned out to be non-issues, andbasically all hardware is working fine, without […]

Damn Small Linux from USB

Getting Linux to run on a USB Drive may easily seem to be an overwhelming process, but put together a very simple guide that an absolute novice could follow. You can follow the easy steps here Quote: We successfully installed a distribution of Damn Small Linux on a Lexar 512mb Secure Disk USB 2.0 […]

'Root' Password Readable in Clear Text on Ubuntu 5.10

A nasty bug has hit Ubuntu – it does not seem to affect Dapper, however, users upgrading from Breezy to Dapper might still be at risk because the log files are not modified.Update: It's fixed. Read more about it on OSNews It's fixed – mentioned here

The Perfect Linux Firewall — IPCop

This tutorial deals with setting up a Linux firewall based on IPCop. It consists out of two parts: The first part describes how to install the GNU/Linux GPL IPCop firewall and create a small home office network: In the second part we will be creating a DMZ for hosting your own web server or mail […]

World of Warcraft on Ubuntu

DesktopLinux and a user at the Ubuntuforums show how to get your WoW-fix on Ubuntu. Read it here and here Quote: I had a hard time getting WoW to work in wine using the information I found on this forum and others. After being pointed to this howto (….orldofwarcraft) by a helpful individual named 'vanilla' […]

Dapper Drake, Flight CD5

Flight 5, the latest alpha of Dapper Draka aka (K)Ubuntu 6.04 has been announced. Here's the announcement Quote: Flight 5, the latest alpha of Dapper Drake, is available. Thesereleases are tested to be reasonably free of show stopper bugs, butare obiviously still alpha quality, so do not use these on yourproduction systems. The classic screenshot […] back online

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Rewrite SUSE Conform to Debian

Tom Adelstein at LX'er wishes that SUSE was more like Debian and proposes ways to get it like that. I don't think everybody would like this: Quote: What to do? Novell should acquire Canonical, Linspire and Xandros and start migrating pieces of SUSE to Debian. Imagine the vertical markets Novell could enter. Red Hat would […]

User review + screenshots of SimplyMEPIS has made a 4-5 page review of SimplyMEPIS. They are pleased with the result – and you can see a screenshot tour at OSDir. Read it, if you can survive all the Googleads Quote: There are many forums out there for Linux but one of the best forums for Mepis is, this place […]

Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) delay?

Mark shuttleworth has proposed a six week delay in the release date of Dapper Drake in order to do additional validation, certification, localisation, and polish. Read the question here Quote: However, in some senses Dapper is a “first” for us, in that it is thefirst “enterprise quality” release of Ubuntu, for which we plan to […]

DebCentral status

Our friends at DebCentral have posted their update of how things are going, and they're still happy and looking for support. Enjoy the update at DebCentral Quote: Thats it for now. Thanks again, especially to those who have stepped up the contributions lately. Your work has led to an over 10% increase in membership within […]

Ubuntu on Niagara

The Ubuntu development team has announced an Ubuntu version that will run on Sun Microsystem's much-vaunted Niagara processor. See it here at Tectonic Quote: While there is already a netbootable image available, Di Nitto says: “Sometime soon we'll have a CD installer for Sparc as well. This installer work uses D-I and so will be […]

Finetuning Kubuntu

LinuxdevCenter have been adjusting their Ubuntu installations and also installed Kubuntu directly and improved on them. Read it here Quote: As nice as Kubuntu is, the default installation doesn't fit every user. This article shows how to get help, get access to more software packages, set up a firewall, and review and get rid of […]

First Look at SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3

MadPenguin have tested SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3 and the results are not good if you're a MEPIS-fan. Read it here Quote: Considering I had one bad experience after another with this distro, I can't honestly recommend it for use on the desktop at this point. Were my findings isolated to our test machine? Possibly, but practically every […]

Building A Virtual Server With Debian 3.1 And OpenVZ

HowtoForeg have been at it again, this time they show us how to build a virtual server with Debian 3.1 and OpenVZ Enjoy here Quote: In this HowTo I will describe the steps to be taken to prepare a server for OpenVZ virtual machines on Debian 3.1 (Sarge) 32Bit Linux. With OpenVZ you can create […]

Martin "Joey" Schulze gives up

Martin posted a very sincere announcement at debian-devel-announce: That he gives up working on updating Debian stable. Don't know if this will affect Debian Weekly News too. It is also commented at Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006 11:32:07 +0100From: Martin Schulze To: Debian Development Announcements Subject: For those who care about stable updates I'm […]

DSL 2.3 rc1

The first release candidate for version 2.3 of Damn Small Linux has arrived. Read the announcement Quote: Change Log for v2.3RC11. New check and prompt to save APSFILTER printer setup.2. New check and prompt to save wireless setup.3. New MyDSL is now a separate menu via a fluxbox [include]4. New prompt when keyboard is changed […]

Getting Back to Linux Basics try out Ubuntu very appealing in their review of its usefullness. Read it at their site Quote: Final Thoughts… Ubuntu offers an interesting approach to Linux. An attempt to make everything truly free, and including only software that requires no licensing, Ubuntu is definitely a step in the right direction. The ability to not […]

Backing Up Ubuntu has an article about backups – and they use Ubuntu as it “ quickly becoming the Linux distribution of choice for home desktop users” Read here how to do your Ubuntu backups: Quote: Like most tasks in Ubuntu, backing up and restoring data is easy enough for any user to attempt. This article is […]

Bits from the Debian kernel team

Half-way between the sarge release and the etch freeze the Debian kernelteam takes a look back at what already happened after the sarge releaseand what you should expect for etch. Hi, Half-way between the sarge release and the etch freeze the Debian kernelteam takes a look back at what already happened after the sarge releaseand […]

Ubuntu and Dell?

Michael Dell comments working with Ubuntu in a recent interview. See it here at Quote: “People are always asking us to support Linux on the desktop, but the question is: 'Which Linux are you talking about?',” Dell asked. “If we say we like Ubuntu, then people will say we picked the wrong one. If […]

Debian Weekly News 10/2006

10th issue of DWN is here with Debian/kFreeBSD for AMD64, IRC Debate for the Project Leader Election and Supporting Backports officially —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – March 7th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. If you are in doubt about the properdistribution for you, try […]

Wireless on Kubuntu

Diabolikal has written a small tutorial on how to get ndiswrapper working on Kubuntu. Quote: You have finally bitten the bullet. Kubuntu Linux is installed on that computer of yours. Unfortunatly, you can't use it to surf the web. It's wireless care isn't natively supported by Linux. Not to worry, this guide will teach you […]

Setting Up A Highly Available NFS Server

HowtoForge has yet another tutorial, this time about setting up aNFS server on Debian Here you are Quote: In this tutorial I will describe how to set up a highly available NFS server that can be used as storage solution for other high-availability services like, for example, a cluster of web servers that are being […] members awards

The members of have spoken: Ubuntu is distribution of the year and Knoppix is LiveCD of the year You can see the different polls here and a nice overview of the winners here Quote: A list of winners follows, with the percentage of the votes in parenthesis. Distribution of the Year – Ubuntu (19.49%)Database […]

Comments to Ubuntu using Linspire's CNR

XYZComputing has collected a bunch of comments on the recent possibility of Ubuntu going CNR The article starts here Quote: Overall, I would have to say I am in favor of seeing CNR makes its way to Ubuntu. The attractiveness of the distribution to people new to Linux would go way up and users who […] available again

Martin Schultze has announced the re-availability of service on a new machine. The Debian project happily announces the re-availability of service on a new machine. The system has beendonated by Schlund + Parner where it is hosted as well. It is aDualCore Opteron and only runs this service for Debian users anddevelopers. This […]

Mplayer Configuration in Debian has an article about Mplayer setup on Debian It can be read here Quote: MPlayer is a movie and animation player that supports a wide range of codecs and file formats, including MPEG 1/2/4, DivX 3/4/5, Windows Media 7/8/9, RealAudio/Video up to 9, Quicktime 5/6, and Vivo 1/2. It has many MMX/SSE(2)/3Dnow(Ex) optimized native […]

Yet another OS replacement

Computer novices gets an extreme makeover of their computer – and change from Windows to Ubuntu. Read it here at LX'er Quote: On a humorous note, the box has a 700MHz processor, but only 128MB of RAM. When I suggested boosting the RAM to improve performance, Mrs. Chapman didn't want the computer to outpace her. […]

Misc. covered in Distrowatch Weekly

The weekly news from Distrowatch contains news about Debian Live, Accelerated Knoppix and Ubuntu Check it all here Quote: With the current popularity of live CDs, i.e. complete Linux or BSD operating systems on a bootable CD, it is hardly surprising that many distributions are focusing more resources on creating these convenient solutions for their […]

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