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Results from the 2006 Desktop Linux Survey

And the winner is….The most popular desktop of Linux today is… well, most of you can already guess without seeing the scores: Ubuntu. Oh, and Debian is second! Read it at Quote: A little closer peek at the data, and some comparison with the Distrowatch page hit list, reveals that “classic” Ubuntu with the […]

Users see wider desktop adoption in Ubuntu's future

SearchOpenSource have a piece on the adoption and progress of Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: But for every user like Jones, there appear to be several like Michael McDaniel, a value-added reseller at Orlando, Fla.-based Configuration Concepts Inc. “The person there at Ubuntu that heads up quality control should get an award for assuring Ubuntu […]

Review: The Official Ubuntu Book

James Pyles at Linux-Tutorial have had a look at the official Ubuntu book and indeed likes it Read the review here Quote: The book is a winner and belongs on the bookshelf of the Ubuntu newbie and veteran alike. As an Ubuntu user, I found it interesting and helpful on several occasions and I'm sure […]

Ubuntu and Your iPod

This article is from a new book: Ubuntu Linux for “Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook” by Rickford Grant. This excerpt covers using your iPod with Ubuntu Read the chapter here Quote: Well, you will be happy to know that Ubuntu does iPods, even Nanos. You will also be happy to know that using your […]

Acer TravelMate 2428 tested with Ubuntu

In a review of Acer TravelMate 2428, they try out Ubuntu on it and it just works. Read it here Quote: Battery life on the TM2428 while running Linux was about 20% less than in windows. Manually controlling the settings I was able to get about three hours of use from a charge and in […]

Debian Weekly News 35/2006

This weeks edition of DWN contains FrOSCon Report, Event Coordination Meeting Report and Debian and Free Software in Cuba —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – August 29th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Bug squashing parties have been announced forSeptember 8th to 10th in [1]Vienna and […]

Is Ubuntu for you too? have an article about Ubuntu and its usefullness for the non-geeks out there. Read it here Quote: Can Ubuntu completely replace Windows or Mac OS X? Probably not. It doesn't work perfectly out of the box. And even if you do get it working smoothly, you may miss industry-standard professional programs, such as Photoshop […]

Ubuntu basics – how to add extra repositories

Want to add extra repositories in Ubuntu? Here’s how to do it. See it here at Arsgeek

Experience installing and running Kubuntu

Due to all the positive fuss about Kubuntu, this blogger tries it out instead of his/her usual SUSE-installation – and is happy with it. Read it here Quote: ConclusionThe Kubuntu distribution seems to have lived up to its Ubuntu lineage. The installation was simple. The configuration interface is clean and not intimidating. The Adept software […]

Bits from the DPL: Freedom and etch

Anthony Towns have provided an update on Etch and discusses the freedom principles behind Debian. Quote: Hello, world! As a project, Debian is heavily committed to the ideals of free software.That's not news to anyone reading this, I'm sure, as it's somethingwe've constantly worked to improve, whether that be by establishing ourSocial Contract and the […]

Flash Player 9 on Ubuntu

HowtoForeg have made a small how-to on installing Flash Player 9 Read it here

Ubuntu on Distrowatch

This weeks edition of Distrowatch News contains articles on Kubuntu vs openSUSE and the recent update disaster for Ubuntu. See it here Quote: Of course, one user's positive experience with Kubuntu doesn't mean that Ubuntu and its derivatives are perfect. In fact, last week's update fiasco left many affected users question the quality control and, […]

Review: Debian Etch beta 3

This review goes through the pro's and con's about Etch and a little bit of ranting… Read it here Quote: The Pros of Debian Etch beta 3 Comes with an easy to navigate graphical installerHas a choice of 20 Linux kernels suitable for a wide variety of x86 machines.Gives fine grained control over the installation […]

Involuntary Ubuntu

The writer looks at the good, the bad and the funny aspects of having to cope with Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: The Funny · I finally got to the point where the publishing software would attempt to run without whining about missing pieces, wrote the first couple paragraphs of this and optimistically hit the […]

Life with Ubuntu

See the impression of Ubuntu on this user…A week ago or so he decided to ditch windowx xp on my machine. He would install one of the many popular Linux distributions floating around on the net… Read the blog here Quote: To make the long story short, I ended up screwing the system, rendering it […]

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter – Issue #11

In This Issue breakage in 6.06, Distro sprint in Germany, Backports are back and much more Quote: = Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter – Issue #11 = Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter – Issue #11 for the week of August 20 – 26, 2006 You can always find this and other Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issues at: == In […]

Installing A Bind9 Master/Slave DNS System

In this tutorial, two Bind DNS servers will be installed, one as the master and the other as a slave server. For security reasons Bind9 will be chrooted in its own jail. Using two servers for a domain is a commonly used setup and in order to host your own domain you are required to […]

One on the chin

Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth comments on the coverage of the rexent problems with upgrading X on Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: An incident report is being compiled by the team and we will publish that for our broader community and users as soon as it is complete. My apologies to those who have been affected, I […]

Ubuntu Envy

Is Ubuntu getting to be a little bit too successful? So successful in fact (it's consistently number one on DistroWatch) that it's beginning to cast a shadow on the rest of planet Debian? Jeff Gould comments: Quote: The cutesy cleverness of Ubuntu's marketing makes some people sniff that it's all just a trick. For example, […]

Flock on Ubuntu

Very short, very easy guide to install Flock on Ubuntu It's found here Quote: I’ve been using Flock now for almost two months I’m a total “Flockstar!” I really enjoy its smooth interface, compatibility with Firefox extensions and integrated social browsing options. It has simple browser-blogging, double-click URL bookmarking to or Shadow. Also integrated […]

Upstart in Ubuntu Universe

upstart is a replacement for the init daemon, the process spawned by the kernel that is responsible for starting, supervising and stopping all other processes on the system. Read about it here Quote: Why change it? Running a fixed set of scripts, one after the other, in a particular order has served us reasonably well […]

Ubuntu developer sprint, Wiesbaden

At the ACHAT hotel in Wiesbaden, central Germany, twenty-three members of the Ubuntu development team have managed to get together for a small, fast-paced development conference known as a ‘sprint’. Read about it here Quote: One of the successful advantages of Ubuntu is the distribution of Ubuntu developers across several countries and timezones around the […]

Goodbye Ubuntu!

Brent Ross have had it with Ubuntu – read about the crashes here. Update – it was a hoax, so I hope Brent will survive the Attack Of The Linux Hordes. And a goodbye it is Quote: What does this mean? Hello XP! That’s right. I’m back on Windows. I think Ubuntu has something to […]

Linux update becomes terminal pain

SecurityFocus writes about that many users of Ubuntu found themselves on Tuesday thrown back to mid-1990s, when a botched update to the graphical X Window subsystem forced them to use command-line terminal. Read the rest here Quote: Despite the distributed programming model of open-source projects, catastrophic errors in patches are rare. The companies and groups […]

Damn Small Linux 3.1RC1

The first Release Candidate for DSL 3.1 is here. From the changelog Quote: 1. Edited .fluxbox menu. Configuration s/b Fluxbox Configuration2. Added License section to “Getting Started” document3. Cleanup code regarding DESKTOP & ICONS4. Update stats.lua to read version from text file.5. Added firefox adjustments for unionfs6. Made unionfs the default boot. Use “legacy” option […]

BSP in Jülich (Germany) 15.-17. September

They sure are huntung Debian bugs in Germany – help them where you can, even if you're not German! Quote: Hi, since we have an ongoing BSP Marathon [1,2] there will be a BSP inJülich, Germany the weekend 15.-17. September. The BSP will be hosted inthe office of credativ GmbH. For further details please have […]

Keeping your Ubuntu Linux server secure

This article is excerpted from The Official Ubuntu Book and they take a look at filesystem security, system resource limits, dealing with logs and finally some network security. Read it at Computerworld Quote: As a system administrator, one of your chief tasks is dealing with server security. If your server is connected to the Internet, […]

Hands on: Understanding Dapper Drake

WhatPC have made an overview article and review about Ubuntu 6.06 and free software in general. Read it here Quote: After a short delay, Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) was released in June. Originally scheduled for mid-April, the developers decided to let the date slip six weeks to allow for concentrated bug fixing and some final […]

Which Free Linux Desktop Is Best?

CRN Test Center set out to locate good examples of free Linux distributions that still have some channel focus and offer robust features, along with upgrades to commercial support. The field was narrowed down to three familiar names in the Linux world, Ubuntu, OpenSuse and the new Freespire, the free version of Linspire Quote: Installation […]

Installing A Bind9 Master/Slave DNS System

In this howto, HowtoForge will install 2 Debian bind dns servers, one as the master and the other as a slave server. For security reasons we will chroot bind9 in its own jail. Read it here Quote: Our setup will use Debian Sarge 3.1 (stable) for its base. A simple clean and up2date install will […]

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