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Changing Knoppix to Fit Your Needs

ExtremeTech have written an article about adjusting Knoppix to fit individual needs. They have the guide for you Quote: A bootable disk with Knoppix can be a lifesaver when your computer goes awry. In this feature, we show you how to change Knoppix to fit your needs. Also, check out our other features on Knoppix, […]

Filesystems comparison on Debian Etch

Debian-Administration have been looking at the performance of ext3, reiser, xfs, jfson Debian Etch. Full article is here Quote: These results replicate previous observations from Piszcz (2006) about reduced disk capacity of Ext3, longer mount time of ReiserFS and longer FS creation of Ext3. Moreover, like this report, both reviews have observed that JFS is […]

Scheduling Backup Jobs using at and crontab

You can schedule a command or a script using two tools, either crontab ( Schedules tasks once or repeatedly) or at (Schedules tasks once) …and has made a piece about it Read Full article here

(K)Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Beta Screenshot Tours

OSDir have posted a bunch of screenshots of the 6.06 beta of Kubuntu and Ubuntu. Phoronix have screenshots of Ubuntu. Go here for Ubuntu screenshots Go here for Kubuntu screenshots Go here for Ubuntu screenshots at Phoronix

Debianhomepage re-launched

Debianhomepage – a site that contains all the important Debian feeds – have been relaunched yesterday. Our friends at Debcentral does the hard work on the page – while I and others comment it happily. Now it's announced You can see the page The original announcement for Debianhomepage is found here Quote: During the […]

Comments to next Ubuntu release

Ars Technica comments the thoughts and plans of Mark Shuttleworth for the next Ubuntu release. Unfortunately, they too have the name obsession. Read the full story here Quote: Despite the absurd name fixation, Ubuntu continues to be one of the best Linux distributions available on the Internet. It has become the distribution of choice in […]

Anthropological study of the Ubuntu community

Andreas Lloyd at the department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen propose to start an anthropological fieldwork study of the Ubuntu development community. It'll be interesting to see where this leads! Quote: Hello all Ubunteros, My name is Andreas Lloyd and I am a graduate student at the departmentof Anthropology at the University of […]

Mirror Your Web Site With rsync

HowtoForge have made a tutorial that shows how you can mirror your web site from your main web server to a backup server that can take over if the main server fails. Read it here Quote: We use the tool rsync for this, and we make it run through a cron job that checks every […]

Debian From Scratch 0.99.0

Distrowatch caught the news that a nerw release of Debian From Scratch has been released – check it out if you like to build your system from scratch. The story is at Distrowatch And the release announcement is here Quote: Debian From Scratch (DFS) is a single, full rescue CD capable ofworking with all major […]

SimplyMEPIS 6.0 Alpha 2 Screenshot Tour

OSDir have posted a bunch of screenshots fr our pleasure. See the screenshot tour here

Impressions of DSL-Not

Allways on the front, TuxMachines took a look at the Damn Small Linux – Not release and have posted screenshots and comments. Read it here Quote: So all in all, I think DSL-N is a wonderful idea and is executed fairly well for an alpha. The desktop and menu improvements were welcome and hardware support […]

Announcing Beta release of Ubuntu 6.06

The beta version of Ubuntu 6.06 aka Dapper Drake has been released – read the announcement. The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Beta Release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS -codenamed “Dapper Drake”. The Beta Release introduces the new Desktop CD,which can be used both to try Ubuntu “live” and to install the system. Ubuntu […]

Damn Small Linux – Not!

The Damn Small Linux project has released the first development build of DSL-N (Damn Small Linux Not), an enhanced live CD based on Damn Small Linux, but not limited to 50MB in size. Spotted on Distrowatch Read the announcement here Quote: This is our initial public release of DSL-N. This release DSL-N.0.1a should be considered […]

Guidelines for packaging projects on Alioth

Raphael Herzog have announced guidelines for packaging projects on the Alioth project. Hello, as we have more and more packaging projects on Alioth I want to providesome guidelines for people running those projects (and for people whomight want to start a new one). Executive summary:* Collaborative maintenance of a single package doesn't require a dedicated […]

The varied flights of Ubuntu Dapper Drake

This user reports of the pleasures and not-so pleasures of using Dapper Drake before it's been released. Read the entire story here Quote: But I believe these are minor hiccups which will be ironed out by the time Canonical releases the final version of Ubuntu Dapper in June. Overall, this is one distribution which is […]

Ubuntu outperform Solaris on Sun’s T2000

“Ubuntu is now outperforming even Solaris express, and we’re sustaining 22,183.43 requests per second – using out of the box Apache 2.2.0.” Found at The Fridge, but in more detail at Colm MacCárthaigh's blog Quote: He also pointed me at Dave Miller’s latest kernel with T1 fixes, which I’ve built from git, and showed me […]

SimplyMEPIS 6.0-alpha2 Linux Release

MEPIS founder Warren Woodford has announced the alpha2 release of SimplyMEPIS 6.0. Alpha2 primarily incorporates suggestions from the MEPIS user community and package updates. Read the announcement here Quote: Alpha2 was synchronized with the Ubuntu Dapper pools around 7PM on April 19. The MEPIS pools have been updated to include the latest version of the […]

The Edgy Eft

On the ubuntu-announce maillist, Mark Shuttleworth has announced the plans for the next Ubuntu release – The Edgy Eft, the successor to Dapper Drake. This mail charts the territory post-Dapper for those of us who like todream a little. First things first. The codename of Dapper+1 will be: The Edgy Eft And here's why. Edgy […]

Dapper beta due tomorrow

Tectonic surely likes Ubuntu – they have put together an article about what to expect from the beta that is to be released tomorrow! Read the article here Quote: Ubuntu Dapper Drake, originally set for release Wednesday 20 April until it was postponed to 1 June, will instead be released as a beta tomorrow. Tectonic […]

Optimizing DSPAM + MySQL 4.1

DSPAM is a scalable and open-source content-based spam filter designed for multi-user enterprise systems. It is great at filtering out spam but on busy mailservers the pruning of the MySQL databases takes way too much time. The default purge-4.1.sql script provided with DSPAM can be heavily optimized by adding indexes to the database and using […]

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated (r2)

Martin Schulze has announced the second update of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename `sarge') which mainly adds security updates to the stable release. Additional comments by Andreas Barth added. You'll find additional comments by Andreas Barth here Quote: Notable Changes————— Sudo has been changed to not propagate all environment variables tosubsequent programs to avoid security risks. […]

Boot Knoppix 4.0 from a USB Flash Drive

Here's a sweet how-to on booting Knoppix from a USB Flash Drive. Read it all here Quote: The following instructions decribe the process for installing Knoppix Linux on a USB flash drive. This allows the OS to be booted directly from the flash drive. The instructions have been tested to work on Dell Optiplex GX270 […]

Bug-Squashing Party: April 20th-23rd

Severely needed, Guilherme de S. Pastore announces another Bug-Squashing Party for Debian on April 20th-23rd. Hi, all. Time flies, and it has already been 3 months since our lastBug-Squashing Party. I think we all agree it is quite too long withoutsuch fun, and we should, therefore, fix that immediately. Fortunatelyenough, FISL[0] – the largest Latin-American […]

Debian Weekly News 16/2006

This weeks DWN contains Debian Project Leader Election, Experimental Autobuilder, On Generating Revenue and much more. —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – April 18th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 16th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. We congratulate the new project leader (DPL),Anthony Towns. Holger Levsen [1]announced updated [2]videos from thelast Skolelinux […]

Oracle and Ubuntu?

Following the recent news about Oracle wanting a Linux distribution, this article speculates wildly about Oracle buying Ubuntu. No, April 1st has passed. Enjoy the ramblings at Quote: “Buying Novell would put Oracle into the top three [for the software stack space], so it kind of makes sense in that regard. But the other […]

AMD64: etch and uploads

On his first post to the debian-devel-announce list, Anthony Towns announces that the amd64 architecture has been added to etch. Hi all, The amd64 architecture has been added to etch, and over the next fewweeks (particularly as the changes get worked out) should becomefairly complete. amd64 in etch should be debootstrapable at this point,and […]

Using xen-tools with Ubuntu

Here's a simple guide to use Steve Kemps xen-tools package for Ubuntu (originally developed for Debian). Read it here Quote: This is the page for anykey solutions xen-tools package for ubuntu. We used the excellent debian packages from and made minor changes to them to work with ubuntu. xen-tools is a compilation of scripts […]

Taking backup using tar command in linux and unix

The tar backup program is an archiving program designed to store and extract files from an archive file known as a tarfile. Here's how to use it on a Debian box. A tarfile may be made on a tape drive; however, it is also common to write a tarfile to a normal file. Read Full […]

NDISWrapper Setup On Ubuntu Linux

I've got to try this one! Here's a how-to to setup your wireless network on Ubuntu with the GUI. Read the blog entry here Quote: In case you don’t already know, [tag]NDISWrapper[/tag] is a tool for Linux that allows the use of Windows [tag]drivers[/tag]. This is almost always used for [tag]wireless[/tag] [tag]network[/tag] drivers. It is […]

X11R7 and what this transition means for you

Steve Langasek had posted an notice about that X11R7, AKA Xorg 7.0, has been uploaded to unstable and the consequences of it. A couple of you might have noticed that X11R7, AKA Xorg 7.0, has beenuploaded to unstable. A couple of you might also have noticed that it brought a few bugs with it. While […]

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