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Book Review: Ubuntu Hacks

Ubuntu Hacks – Tips and Tools for Exploring, Using and Tuning Linux have been reviewed at Slashdot. Read the entire review here Quote: All the ten chapters combined, there are a total of 100 tips (Oops! hacks) in this unique book which are based on the latest version of Ubuntu – Dapper Drake. What is […]

Debian Gives Linux a Bhutanese Touch

CIO India carries a story about the new Debian-based distribution to be used in Bhutan – Dzongkha Linux. Yet another example of Debian's universal possibilities. CIO India is here, but their article is a copy of the one found at Quote: The Woody installer, which came out in 2002, supported 16 languages and Sarge […]

MEPIS to distribute the source code of all GPLed binary code used

Parts of MEPIS products may incorporate GPL licensed binary code. If asked to do so, anyone causing the redistribution of GPLed binary code, is required to also redistribute the source code. Read the announcement at Quote: On June 20, 2006, MEPIS received the following official opinion from the Free Software Foundation: Any and all […]

Automate Linux Installs With Debian Pre-Seeds, Part 2

In the second installment, Serverwatch cover how to start a network installation with either a newfangled USB stick or an oldfangled CD-ROM The full article and a link to part 1 is here Quote: Plugging a new PC into your network, going out for a healthy walk, and returning to a completed operating system installation […]

SimplyMEPIS 6.0-rc2 Release

SimplyMEPIS 6.0. RC2 adds bug fixes, security updates, and screen resolution detection and is also available now! Read it all in the announcement Quote: MEPIS continues to fix bugs and prepare for the final release of 6.0. Regarding the release schedule, Warren said “We're getting more feedback from the community than ever before. A lot […]

Ten tips for new Ubuntu users have put a bunch of tips together for the new Ubuntu user. Read them here Quote: Ubuntu has become the most popular Linux distribution for new Linux users. It's easy to install, easy to use, and usually “just works.” But moving to a different operating system can be confusing, no matter how well-designed it […]

Damn Small Linux 3.0 Screenshot Tour

OSDir have been so polite to put a screenshot tour of DSL 3.0 online and OSVids have a video of the small wonder. The pictures are found here For video, look here

Debian Weekly News 25/2006

This weeks edition of DWN contains Homepage Location in Package Description, Debian Community Conference Italy, Debian Mentors Site relaunched and much more —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – June 20th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 25th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Matt Brown [1]created a couple of wrapperscripts around sbuild and […]

Server Monitoring With BixData

BixData is a system, application, and network monitoring tool which allows you to easily monitor nearly every aspect of your servers. It can be used for general reporting, for sending notifications when problems arise, or for automatic maintenance and repairs – by executing scripts when errors or particular conditions arise. The BixData system is made […]

Damn Small Linux 3.0 released

DSL 3.0 has been released – no need to say more. Changelog is here, and here's the release note Quote: Changes for 3.01. New DSL now boots to unionfs.2. New boot option “legacy” to boot without unionfs.3. Moved MyDSL local extension loading functionality from emelfm to MyDSL desktop icon.4. New mountable MyDSL extension type unc […]

Drive failure? Yagotta try Knoppix first

Dave Berlind at ZDNet had a disk failure on his Thinkpad T42 and worked magic with Knoppix. Read the blog entry here Quote: By the end of the day, close to 15.5 GB finished transferring to the USB drive. The copying stopped on some obviously corrupted files. I'll live. None of them were mission critical […]

Debian packaging tutorial

Lars Wirzenius have given a lecture in Debian packaging and posted the presentation on his blog for our learning pleasure. The presentation is in .pdf here And Lars' post about it here: Quote: I've now given this tutorial twice: once for three of my friends privately, and once for a larger group. It only covers […]

A Dapper Drake in Your Server Closet?

Carla Schroder have a look at Ubuntu Server Edition to see if it lives up to the hype. It's posted at enterprisenetworkingplanet: Quote: Do You Trust Ubuntu On Your Servers?This is a good question. Ubuntu uses up-to-date packages, instead of moldy old goo like Debian Stable or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Presumably this incurs increased […]

Preparations for Ubuntu summit

Plan the Edgy Eft! This is the summit at which the Ubuntu developer team will map out the road to Edgy, selecting feature goals and planning the interaction of different features. As of today. See the announcement here at Or participate/see the presentations using Gobby or TeamSpeak

Debian On PC Engines WRAP Board With Microdrive

HowtoForge have made this guide for the specialists on how to setup Debian on a WRAP Board With Microdrive Read it here Quote: I eventually decided for the WRAP, for the following reasons: * Lowest power consumption of the 3 options, by far * Extreme miniaturization – makes it seem cooler * Support small business […]

Debian and Ubuntu on Distrowatch Weekly

This weeks edition of DWN contains references to the Antony Towns interview and suggestions for the Ubuntu 6.00 sources.list Read it here Quote: f you are looking to enhance your Ubuntu and Kubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake installation with extra packages from external repositories, this web log post is the most comprehensive list of available software […]

BackupPC Installation And Configuration

BackupPC is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Linux and WinXX PCs and laptops to a server's disk. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain. Read full article here

Review of SimplyMepis 6.0 rc1

The allways active folks at TuxMachines have had a closer look at SimplyMEPIS 6.0 rc1 and find it positive with a few flaws. Quote: SimplyMepis 6.0 rc1 features a 2.6.15-23 kernel, xorg 7.0, gcc 4.03 and KDE 3.5.3. The software repositories consisted mostly of Ubuntu sources. I couldn't distinguish too much in the area of […]

WINE – An open source project which could be the tipping point for wide scale ad

This interesting article explains why Wine could be the key in porting windows software to linux and thus make linux get a large market share of the desktop. All about Linux

PPPoE muddle in Debian over Ubuntu

Beranger tries to get PPoE working on Debian Sarge, Debian testing/Unstable and Ubuntu 6.06 Quote: I have to admit that network scripts in RedHat/CentOS/Fedora, and also SuSE and even Mandriva, are somehow better than the Debian way, in some particular occasions. My case involves a SpeedTouch 360 ADSL Modem (Ethernet), and a PPPoE connection. If […]

What Sucks About DEs, pt. III: Kubuntu's KDE

This is the 3rd installment in the series on deficiencies in common desktop environments. After GNOME and the Mac/MacOS, it is now KDE's turn. As with the other installments, this is a rant See it in action at OSNews Quote: A few notes before I begin: this column is based on the KDE as shipped […]

How to run Windows XP under Ubuntu Dapper

If you can't avoid some Windows applications, here's a guide on how to run the MS thing under Ubuntu 6.06 Read it here Quote: Why? Because Dapper was just too Damn reliable… nah, seriously, I need to run Microsoft Visual Studio, and doing so under wine was not going to cut it, and dual booting […]

Ubuntu Rocks on Laptops

Bloggers seems truly impressed by Ubuntu. Here's another one. Read it at Lenwood Quote: I just can’t express how impressed I am by how far Linux has come in the past 3 years. I used to think that it would never be a good fit for a desktop system, but this has been a very […]

NexentaOS Alpha 5 (Dapper Drake 6.06) Released!

The NexentaOS project, which builds a distribution combining the OpenSolaris kernel with applications from Ubuntu, has announced a new alpha release of NexentaOS "This release provides a fully integrated Debian/Ubuntu Dapper Drake userland, OpenSolaris core (build #40), and contains overall 11800 packages. In addition, Alpha 5 contains: Sun's Java SE 5.0 Java Development Kit (via […]

Debian package management from the perspective of a total newbie.

Titeled “Can't I Just Click on Something?” axplores CapnKirby the trials of a total newbie when confronted with Aptitude Enjoy the read here Quote: Abstract:Just about any distro these days installs nicely to the hard drive. What can sometimes happen is that the system breaks when packages are added to the collection which the distro […]

Tutorial: Ubuntu NAS 6.06

Ubunturial have posted a small guide to setup NAS on 6.06. Read it here Quote: This tutorial is extrememly easy to carry out and takes less than 5 minutes.First you will need to install the following 2 pieces of software; Samba & SMB. There is a good chance that Samba has already been installed but […]

Duelling DSL and WinXP!

Putting VMware and Virtual PC to the challenge, John Tränkenschuh learns that both products have some specialties – and some drawbacks using XP and Damn Small Linux! Read the comparison here Quote: On the other hand, VMware was unable to boot DSL reliably. If it did boot, the DSL hard drive installation process abended (abnormally […]

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Server SPARC64

The Ubuntu version with support for Sun's Sparc64-platform have been released. Read the announcement Quote: This release is an Ubuntu distribution for your servers, with a fast and easyinstall, regular releases, and a tight selection of excellent packages installedby default. Other packages and applications are available from a global networkof mirrors, and professional, commercial technical […]

Replace Win98 or WinME with Ubuntu

The Times Online suggest that instead of updating your old and outdated Win98 with XP, you should go for Ubuntu It's in Times Business:Quote: So what can Windows 98 users do? Microsoft's advice is unequivocal – upgrade. I'd agree – join the 21st century and get a better operating system. They'd recommend Windows XP; I'd […]

Book Review: The Debian System, Concepts and Techniques

Grocklaw kicks off their new feature of book reviews with “The Debian System, Concepts and Techniques” by Martin Krafft Read it here Quote: No WhinesThere isn't anything about this book I don't like. Except I wish it had been published years ago.

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