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SimplyMEPIS 6.0-rc1 Release

First there were 5 betas – and now the first Release Candidate for SimplyMEPIS 6.0 has been released. Read it at Quote: RC1 incorporates the latest security updates from the Ubuntu Dapper pool. KDE 3.5.2 has been superceded by KDE 3.5.3. Warren explained “We didn't want to change anything so basic this late in […]

When is stupid not so stupid?

ZDNEt have a small piece on moves that would look foolish for a proprietary vendor make a different kind of sense when made by an open source project. They use Ubuntu as a case here Quote: Commercial vendors — whether proprietary or open source — don't follow small niches. Ubuntu, as an open source project, […]

Multimedia Support and Playback Capabilities in Ubuntu

The purpose of this how-to is to give Ubuntu desktop users (especially new ones coming from the Windows world) the guidance to enable full multimedia support and playback of popular media codecs and technologies in just 3 simple steps. See it at Quote: Once completed, your Linux PC will have DVD (CSS) movie playback […]

Could 6.06 give Ubuntu a last laugh in Linux server space?

As a sort of follow-up on the latest article about Red Hat and Ubuntu, Raven Zachary believes that the large community behind Ubuntu actually makes a difference. Read here Quote: Thousands of developer hours behind Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) could make it close to impossible for the Ubuntu […]

Ubuntu ready for big biz

Application Development Trends hosts an overview article about Ubuntu's latest release and the recent UltraSPARC Support. It's a re-write of some of the recent articles about Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: The latest version of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distro, launched on June 1, was designed specifically with large organizations in mind, says the open-source project's […]

How to Create a Screencast in Ubuntu

Ubuntunista blogs a guide to show us how to create screencasts in and with Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: This is something I have wanted to do for a long time now. Screencasting can be very useful for explaining new concepts, demonstrating beta products, and heck, maybe even for filing better bug reports!

How To Run Your Own Name Servers With ISPConfig And GoDaddy

This tutorial shows how you can run your own name servers for domains that you register with GoDaddy. Of course, this works with every other registrar as well, although the procedure might differ a little bit. To do this, you need two servers with two different public IP addresses and with ISPConfig installed, and of […]

Xen 3.0 from binaries in Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

HowtoForge has made yet another turorial, this time on how to install Xen 3.0 from binaries in Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Read it here Quote: Version 1.0Author: Ásgeir Bjarni Ingvarsson Last Edited: June 13. 2006 This particular way of installing and configuring Xen is just the path of least resistance for me. There are many other […]

Linux Google Earth on Ubuntu 6.06 Video

Call it a video, call it a tutorial or call it a guide. It's a bit of all three, and the video is found at OSVids. Right here:

Coordinated effort to update python packages

Raphael Hertzog has announced that the large work of updating python packages has begun and that your help is needed. Hello, the Python team has agreed on a new policy [1]. As we want to do thepython 2.4 transition now, we need to make sure the packages match thepolicy. This will limit the amount of […]

Debian Weekly News 24/2006

The latest edition of DWN is here with Debian CGL registration, GNOME 1 Packages in Debian and Debian is not a SuperMarket —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – June 13th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 24th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Jeff Licquia [1]stated that the last tests heran would have […]

Red Hat: Ubuntu no competition in the high end

Shane Owenby, Red Hat's regional manager for Southeast Asia is not afraid of Ubuntu or Windows on high-performance computing. Read it at ZDNet Asia Quote: Ubuntu no threat for nowAsked about the threat from the latest release of Ubuntu Linux, which marks the distribution's foray into the enterprise Linux space, Crenshaw said: “Their user base […]

Move to python 2.4 / Changing the packaging style for python packages

On debian-devel, Matthias Klose announces that they will hopefully soon switch the default python version in sid from 2.3 to 2.4. —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—– We will hopefully soon switch the default python version in sid from2.3 to 2.4. With the upcoming releases of the last packages whichdidn't support 2.4 yet (Plone on the Zope […]

Damn Small Linux under Parallels Workstation

Over at they have been exploring DSL distro with Parallels Workstation and found some difficulties with it. Quote: Damn Small Linux was the first distro to give me a hard time. Don't panic, DSL fans. It wasn't DSL's fault. It booted quickly, obtained an IP automatically, and was ready to run. Except.. Cut and […]

Distrowatch weekly on the Java debate

This weeks edition of Distrowatch Weekly mentions and comments the discussion about including Sun's Java-packages. It's here at DWN: Quote: Debian GNU/Linux, a Linux distribution developed by over a thousand volunteer developers in all corners the world, is well-known for the many public brawls that happen all too frequently on its mailing lists and web […]

eBox Installation and Configuration

eBox management tool will effectively and easily help you managing the advanced services for your corporate network. eBox is a framework for the development and deployment of network services in small and medium-sized networks, offering a simplified graphical interface to non expert users. It can be set up as a gateway, having some extra features […]

More bloggers like Ubuntu

TuxMachines have had a look at three bloggers writing about the upgrade process on Ubuntu. Not that there is much to say….it just works… Read them here Quote: Preston L. Bannister says, “Fired up the “Update Manager”, and sure enough – it offered to install Ubuntu 6! Once started it ground away for something like […]

Remastering Ubuntu Dapper Drake

Want to make your own version of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS? helps you. Quote: How do you make a local version of Ubuntu? There are three ways to proceed 1. Install the system on a real computer, tinker with it, and then make an image snapshot of the disk. 2. Remaster the Install CD. This […]

Going from Gnome to KDE

Titled “Killer Looks of KDE in Kubuntu Entices a Long Time GNOME User!”, this blog describes his happyness of the KDE desktop. Read it here Quote: I tried my best to stay clear of all the KDE vs GNOME flame wars but got really frustrated my the insolent remark made by Linus that GNOME developers […]

Debian Install Guide have made a three-page guide to installing Debian, as they find that there still are some weak points in the installation process for the new user. Read it here Quote: The Debian install process has come a long way, however it is still somewhat daunting to the unexperienced user. Installing Debian you are presented […]

Bits from the stable release team

MArtin Zobel-Heras has released an update on how it proceeds with stable, and it looks good: “Expect Debian Sarge r3 to happen soon.” Quote: —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 Hi, since Debian Sarge 3.1r2 is out now for a while, we want to give some update. About Debian Sarge r2 and r3– —————————-First of all, […]

WI-FI on and screenshots of SIMPLYMEPIS 6.0 beta 5

The title says it all – dave on GeekTimeLinux are happy with the wi-fi and phoronix has a bunch of screenshots. Wireless access is found here And schreenshots are here

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter – Issue #2

This weeks edition covers Ubuntu Documentation on Paper, Screenshot Tours of Edubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu, Edgy Development Officially and much more. Read it here Quote: Contribute to UWN Since our inaugural issue last week we received a flurry of great ideas and suggestions about how to improve the UWN and increase its usefulness for our […]

How To Set Up suPHP With PHP4 And PHP5

This tutorialshows how to install and use suPHP with PHP4 and PHP5. suPHP is a tool for executing PHP scripts with the permissions of their owners instead of the Apache user. With the help of suPHP you can also have PHP4 and PHP5 installed at the same time which I will describe at the end […]

Debian or Ubuntu books, anyone?

Here's an attempt to have a collection of the free Linux books available on the web. So far a bunch for Debian and Ubuntu. The overview is here. Here's Debian Here's Ubuntu They're a bit tricky to get to, but it's nice to have them in one place…

Ubuntu Wins 2006 World Class Award From PC World Magazine

Yet another press release: PC World recognised the quality and success of one of the most popular Linux distributions by awarding Ubuntu a '100 Best Products of the Year' award. See it here Quote: “Products that win PC World's World Class Awards set the standard for excellence in the IT and consumer electronics industries,” stated […]

Ubuntu image and reality regarding freedom

This blog seems quite critical towards Ubuntu: “What is shocking me is not that Ubuntu is a non-free distribution, forcing all of its users to install non-free software. What is shocking me is that almost nobody knows it and a lot of people install or offer Ubuntu thinking it is free software !” Read the […]

Exploring the Ubuntu Professional Certification

The newest certification available in the Unix/Linux world is that of Ubuntu Professional. The certification has been created through an alliance between Canonical, Ubuntu, and the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and have a look at it. Read about it here Quote: There are five major topic areas that the exam focuses upon, and they […]

Improve performance in Ubuntu 6.06

At the Ubuntuforums there is an index of threads on how to get the best performance out of your Ubuntu machine. On a different note, there is also a post about the problems with Firefox in Ubuntu Breezy (5.10) Mad Penguin has posted a link to the thread at Ubuntuforums Quote: Use InitNG as a […]

Using Debconf to Configure a System

Debconf without capital 'C' is a system used to configure Debian packages. Debconf gives users as fine a degree of control during configuration as they choose. has an article on the tool Quote: Conclusion Every part of a Debian system is not configurable through Debconf. For example, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA), which […]

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