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Testing security archive move

The Debian testing security team is pleased to announce the integration ofthe secure testing archive to —————————————————————————Debian Testing Security Team May 12th, 2006secure-testing-team@lists.alioth.debian.org————————————————————————— Testing security archive move The Debian testing security team is pleased to announce the integration ofthe secure testing archive to We invite Debian users who are currently running testing, or […]

What's up at DebConf

Ben Hutchings has posted a small pointer about where to find out about DebConf activities and reports. After a few days struggling with software and network problems, wehave been able to make (approximately) live video streaming work. So, if you would like to see any of the conference sessions, check theschedules: Debian Day: of […]

Possible transition to GCC 4.1 for etch

Martin Michlmayr has posted an announcement regarding moving to GCC 4.1 for etch. There have been a number of discussions about moving to GCC 4.1 foretch. GCC 4.1 is considered superior to 4.0, in general andparticularly on hppa (architecture specific ABI changes in 4.0) andm68k (many compiler errors are fixed in 4.1). Unfortunately, GCC 4.1is […]

Ubuntu Flight 7 Mini-Review

Oreillynet have a very short and positive review of Ubuntu Dapper Flight CD7 I spotted it at DebCentral and the article is found here Quote: To sum things up, this was an excellent install of Ubuntu, probably the best OS install I’ve ever experienced both in that installation itself and the usability afterward. It is […]

Bits from the 2IC

Steve McIntyre provides a short update of the aftermath of the DPL election, Google Summer of Code, Debian-installer and other topics. Hi people! It's been an “interesting” time lately. Just when I thought (with amix of disappointment and relief) that I'd missed out on the DPL jobthis year, AJ got in touch. After a fair […]

Opinion on SimplyMEPIS Beta 2

Too short to be a review, the blogger at GeekLinuxTimes are very happy with his SimplyMEPIS Beta 2 Read it here Quote: What's in store once the install in completed? Some of the latest in programs including; Firefox, GAIM 1.5.1, an updated version of GIMP, and the list goes on and on. In addition, […]

Hands on: Get connected with Ubuntu Linux have written an article about how to add and remove user privileges and set up a network connection to a remote server here you can read the entire story Quote: We've been doing a series on Ubuntu Linux, in which I have explained how to get DVDs and other video formats playing, and set […]

Debian Sarge (3.1) with Ruby on Rails and Apache 2 with FastCG

HowtoForge have created a massive 6 page installation guide for Debian Sarge (3.1) with Ruby on Rails and Apache 2 with FastCG Quote: This HOWTO is based mainly on The Perfect Setup — Debian Sarge (3.1) by Falko — consult that HOWTo for basic Debian Network Install Setup. The following sources were used or consulted: […]

Ubuntu Center Released – Web Based Ubuntu Control

Interesting: “Ubuntu Center is a web based interface for accessing all kinds of information that's being stored on your computer running Ubuntu Breezy, Kubuntu, XUbuntu, or even nUbuntu box.” Read the release announcement Quote: Ubuntu Center accomplishes all of this by integrating PHP software licensed under the GPL license in one giant package suitable for […]

Getting started with Knoppix Linux

FreeSoftware Magazine have an article for the beginners on how to get Knoppix up and running. Read here Quote: Knoppix is probably the quickest and easiest way to try out Linux, and I hope you will. Linux is a vast world of almost infinite possibilities that Knoppix makes easy to explore. For more experienced Linux […]

How To Test Your Linux Firewall

This article shows how you can test your Linux firewall with a tool called FTester (Firewall Tester). With FTester you can check your firewall's filtering policies. The tool consists of two perl scripts, a packet injector (ftest) and the listening sniffer (ftestd). Furthermore, FTester also provides Intrusion Detection System (IDS) capabilities.

Debian Weekly News 19/2006

The 19th DWN is here, Unified Terminology for Distribution Names, Moving and Etch Release Update —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – May 9th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 19th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Uwe Hermann [1]investigated changelog files andrecognised a number of interesting release names for packages. SeveralDebian developers […]

Which is faster for stats, Linux or Apple's OS X?

Linux is found to be much faster than Apple's OS X for statistical computing. And although Linux is 5 to 10 percent faster than Windows XP, both are markedly faster than OS X. Ubuntu is used in the tests. Read it here at Quote: Linux, says Jasjeet Sekhon, associate professor, Travers Department of Political […]

LnuxTag Ubuntu news

That KDE to Become Better Supported on the Ubuntu Platform and that ubuntu is expensive to fund is two of the latest news from Mark Shuttleworth's appearance at LinuxTag. ZDNet also covers the funding issue. Ubuntu is expensive Quote: In an interview with heise open Mark Shuttleworth, initiator and financial backer of the Ubuntu Project, […]

Dual-Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Laptop

Kevin Farnham describes at LinuxDevcenter how to setup a laptop to dual-boot Ubuntu and that other Operating System. Enjoy the describtion here Quote: I started with my aging Toshiba laptop (which had about 90 percent of its 30GB disk filled) and, without losing any data, turned it into a dual-boot XP/Ubuntu Linux system with a […]

Starting Ubuntu

In yet another review, gives an overview and impressions of using Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: Ubuntu VerdictUbuntu is intended to work for inexperienced Linux users with little or no intervention, and it does. Hardware detection on installation is perfect, Synaptic makes adding new software simple, setting up a network connection is automatic.

Giving Desktop Linux a try

Doug Roberts explains the challanges by trying Linux as a desktop platform – and he uses Debian for it. Read the lengthy article here Quote: Here's another last bit of advice. I recommend dual booting only one absolutely safe way: buy a second hard drive and install Linux on it. This is also the easiest […]

Debian participates in Googles Summer of Code

The Debian project participates in this year's Summer of Code. Morethan 50 development tasks cover general improvements, qualityassurance, releasing and testing the distribution, package management,new applications, security, infrastructure and the improvement ofparticular packages. ————————————————————————The Debian Project participates in Googles Summer of Code press@debian.orgMay 8th, 2006———————————————————————— The Debian project participates in this year's Summer […]

LinuxTag: Ubuntu offers three desktops

On his keynote at LinuxTag, Mark Shuttleworth the next version of Ubuntu as it is expected to offer users three desktops to choose from: Gnome, the KDE used in Kubuntu, and Xfce in Xubuntu. Read here at Quote: Shuttleworth said he was confident that the three certificates for the corporate use of VMware, IBM […]

Using Sarge with backports and other sources have written a nifty little guide on how to use Sarge with backports. Read it all here Quote: Using Debian Sarge (stable) with “testing” and “unstable” is not always the best idea, as in order to get a package not present in Sarge you might need to make a massive update of libs, thus […]

Xen 3.0 in Debian Sid

Now that Xen has made it to Debian unstable, Debian-Administration have cleared the front page……not quite, but they've put up a tutorial showing you how to get the beast working. Read it here Quote: Now that the Xen 3.0 packages have made it to Debians unstable distribution installation has become much more straightforward. Here we'll […]

Interview with Damn Small Linux

this weeks Distrowatch Weekly have interviewed Robert Shingledecker and John Andrews from Damn Small Linux on life, DSL and the new DSL-Not! Read it here Quote: DW: After hearing about the alpha release of DSL-N, my first reaction was: why? What prompted this development? RS: Trying to support both old and new(er) hardware had become […]

How to ugrade to Ubuntu 6.06

This blog entry describes how to upgrade from Ubuntu Breezy to Ubuntu Dapper Drake. Read it here, it shouldn't be too difficult! Quote: Ubuntu Dapper was originally pegged for release in April, but is now set for June. However, it’s already stable (in my experience), and markedly better than Breezy. Here’s a brief guide to […]

(K)(X)Ubuntu Flight CD7 is available

Flight 7, the latest alpha of Dapper Drake, is now available. Enjoy Screenshot tours a OSDir. Screenshots galore! and also screenshots at Phoronix Flight 7Tollef Fog Heen tfheen at Fri May 5 15:28:36 BST 2006 Previous message: Google Summer of Code – applications close on Monday 8 May 2006 Messages sorted by: [ date […]

"Beginning Ubuntu Linux" bok review

Most of the books about specific GNU/Linux distributions that I've read tend to be either too advanced to comprehend or too elementary to stomach. Apress's Beginning Ubuntu Linux tends toward the latter, but doesn't totally ignore more advanced GNU/Linux topics. Read the entire review Quote: Beginning Ubuntu Linux is the book that it claims to […]

Server Monitoring With munin And monit

This article will describe how to monitor your server with munin and monit. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration, whereas monit checks the availability of services like Apache, MySQL, Postfix and takes the appropriate action […]

How to promote Ubuntu in Australia

ZDNet covers the recent discussion between Jeff Waugh and a group of Ubuntu enthusiasts on how to promote Ubuntu down under Quote: A group interested in promoting the increasingly popular Ubuntu down under has published a public letter pushing the need for a local non-profit organisation. It would only be once this structure was in […]

Firebird database Configuration

Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL-99 features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers. It has been used in production systems, under a variety of names since 1981. Firebird is a commercially independent […]

Kubuntu on AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core

On the blog of, dfaure have installed Kubuntu on his Dual Core AMD – and the small piece detaile the obstacles faced when doing it. Read the short story here Quote: I'm learning the debian commands for administration (apt-get, dpkg-query etc.) and I keep stumbling on things that are not installed by default (devel […]

Ubuntu in the church?

Rev. Don Parris, ordained Baptist minister with the Charlotte, N.C.-based Matheteuo Christian Fellowship is replacing Windows with SUSE and Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: That's just fine for Parris, whose network at the Matheteuo Christian Fellowship uses open source and absolutely no Windows. Once upon a time, he did run Windows 2000, but he migrated […]

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