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BSP in Dijon (France) 6-8 October 2006

Please support the Bug Squashing parties – they are the stuff that really brings Debian forward! Quote: —– Forwarded message from Jérémy Bobbio —– Hi! As part of the BSP Marathon [1], a Bug Squashing Party will be held at“Les Tanneries” in Dijon (France) around 6–8 October, 2006. Like in every BSP, the plan is […]

Running Internet Explorer in Debian and ubuntu Linux

No clicks needed. No boring setup processes. No Wine complications. Just one easy script and you’ll get three IE versions to test your Sites. And it’s free and open source.This may be very helpful for software developers and web developers to test their applications. Read Full article here

Renaming of Firefox in Debian have written about the efforts taken to rename Firefox in Debian by Eric Dorland perhaps as soon as next week. Read about the task and background here Quote: It is unknown at this point what the new name for Debian's Firefox package will be called. “There are a few names floating around that I'll […]

Openoffice Template/Clipart Competition is holding a Template and Clipart competition sponsored by Over USD5000 in cash and other prices. Some Ideas for TemplatesBusiness cards, letterheads, cards, memos and faxes, invoices accounting templates, newsletters, resumes, expense reports, base forms, presentation template, cd cover, spreadsheet templates, calenders… for Writer, Calc, Draw, Impress… Use text fields for folks to […]

Debian's in fine health?

After Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols' recent story asking the question, “Is Debian Dying?” he received several email messages. This is his comments to them. Read it here Quote: Steven again, I'm less optimistic than C.J. is. While I've been on the outside looking in, it still seems to me that while Debian developers have always been […]

Announcing Ubuntu 6.10 Beta

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Beta Release of Ubuntu 6.10 –codenamed “Edgy Eft”. Update – now with plenty of screenshots. Quote: The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Beta Release of Ubuntu 6.10 –codenamed “Edgy Eft”. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast andeasy install, […]

MySQL Backup And Recovery With mysql-zrm On Debian Sarge

This guide describes how to back up and recover your MySQL databases with mysql-zrm (Zmanda Recovery Manager) on a Debian Sarge system. mysql-zrm is short for Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL, it is a new tool that lets you create full logical or raw backups of your databases (regardless of your storage engine and MySQL […]

release update: release notes, base freeze

Andreas Barth has posted an update about the etch progress; the arm release is a bit in trouble, but 11 architectures are still lined up for a December release. Quote: Hi all, We're getting nearer to the release. As you might have noticed, some BSPshave brought down the number of release critical issues drastically duringthe […]

First Venezuelan Minidebconf

Aníbal Monsalve Salazar calls for the first Venezuelan Minidebconf from October 14 to 21, 2006 Quote: First Venezuelan Minidebconf ============================ Debian Venezuela [1], the Venezuelan developers and users group, isproud to announce the First Venezuelan Minidebconf, to take placefrom October 14 to 21, 2006, in the city of Maturin in Venezuela. After some months of […]

Interview: Malcolm Yates, Ubuntu

Malcolm Yates is Canonical's ISV and partner manager and is interviewed by InformationWeek about mostly general Ubuntu topics. Read the interview here Quote: TechWeb: Canonical officially launched Ubuntu as an enterprise Linux product just a few months ago [in June, 2005]. What was your initial take on how to position Ubuntu in this market? Yates:: […]

Ubuntu, the best Linux distribution?

Arsgeek are fond of Ubuntu, but they are not blind to it's disadvantages. In this article they comments why it is not the perfect Linux distribution. Read the comments/review here Quote: Ubuntu has a lot going for it. A rich benefactor cum space tourist, a huge and rapidly growing user base, a sleek look and […]

Indian schools to use homebrew Debian distro

The southern Indian state of Kerela is in the process of migrating all computers in its 12,500 high schools from Windows to Linux. Today, learned that they plan to use a homegrown, Debian-offshoot dubbed “IT@School GNU/Linux.” Read about it here Quote: IT@School GNU/Linux is a customized, single-CD distribution that includes the applications typically required […]

The Name “Firefox” Not Allowed In Debian/Ubuntu?

David Tenser summarizes the current debate about use of Firefox logo and name in Debian/Ubuntu Read his blog entry here Quote: There are lots of ongoing discussions in the Ubuntu Forums about the fact that Mozilla has asked Debian to either comply with the trademarks/copyrights and use both the Firefox logo and name, and let […]

Securing NFS – Tunneling NFS over SSH

The goal of this howto is building an NFS server that works on an SSH tunnel. This way all traffic between your hosts and the file server is encrypted and thus more secure. Normally you should enter a password every time you try to establish an SSH connection but since we could be mounting at […]

Debian Weekly News 39/2006

This weeks DWN mentions Filibustering General Resolutions, City of Munich migrates to Debian and Debian experiments with Funding + much more. Quote: —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – September 26th, 2006————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 39th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter forthe Debian community. Jeroen van Wolffelaar [1]announced a bugsquashing party to be held […]

Book Review: Moving to Ubuntu Linux

Unixreview comments that “In 21 chapters, Gagné moves the reader quite gently from innocent to newbie to user. Not “power user,” but better than the average newbie.” Read the rest of the review here Quote: This is the fourth book by Gagné I've reviewed over the past half-dozen years. Though I've found things to carp […]

Kubuntu 6.06 LTS Installation Walkthrough with Screenshots

Debianadmin shows you how to install Kubuntu, an operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle and part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone. Read Full Story

Howto mount your Windows partition and make it read/writable

ArsGeek covers how you mount your Windows partition and make it read/writable in Ubuntu See how to do it here Quote: Here’s a guide to making the most of your NTFS partition while in Ubuntu. When you’re done you should be able to have your NTFS partition mounted at boot, be able to write to […]

A plan to get rid of unnecessary package dependencies

Christian Aichinger lays out a plan to minimize the issue that unnecessary dependencies cause lots of problems, as they make transitions bigger then they need to be. Quote: As Steve Langasek detailed in his d-d-a mail[1], unnecessarydependencies cause lots of problems, as they make transitionsbigger then they need to be. The root cause are unnecessary […]

Debian and Ubuntu runlevels

Debianadmin have a small overview article about runlevels – what are they and how to change them. Read it here Quote: Linux run levels are numbered 0 through 6. Run levels stop at six for practical and historical reasons, but it is entirely possible to have more if desired. The following table summarizes the User […]

Distrowatch and Debian money

This weeks edition of Distrowatch weekly contains comments to Debians issues with Dunc-tank and also Ubuntu's Ship-it Start the reading here Quote: In the world of Debian GNU/Linux hardly a week goes by without a major war of words erupting on one of its mailing list or the Planet blogs. This time, it was all […]

Ubuntu Weekly News #15

This issue is all about Scott James Remnant. If you see a sentence without his name, report it as a typo. You may notice the occasional word about someone or something other than Scott or Upstart, such as the LTSP Hackfest, rest assured that these are probably known typos. Quote: Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly […]

HOWTO: Configure Ubuntu for Active Directory Authentication

Active Directory authentication uses the Kerberos 5 protocol, and account information uses LDAP. Therefore we need to configure Kerberos 5 and LDAP on Ubuntu in order to manage users in an Active Directory. Read it at Quote: This article is written specfic to configuration against a Samba 4 Active Directory as part of the […]

Interview: Ian Murdock

The Debian User have had his hands on Ian Murdock and used the opportunity to ask a bunch of questions Read it here Quote: And since our community project “” is without any funding, I couldn’t just visit or meet Ian somewhere, but had to interview him using email. We plan to repeat this with […]

How To Set Up A DHCP Server For Your LAN

This utorial describes how to set up a DHCP server (ISC-DHCP) for your local network. DHCP is short for "Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol", it's a protocol that handles the assignment of IP addresses, subnet masks, default routers, and other IP parameters to client PCs that don't have a static IP address. Such computers try to […]

Is Debian dying?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols questions how Debian is progressing based on the recent turmoil related to Dunk. Read the interesting comments here Quote: For a while, Debian was the community Linux darling. In its heyday, Debian was known for its strong moral point of view and its outstanding code. Numerous important distributions, such as Linspire, Knoppix, […]

Trouble for Debian project with Dunc?

The recent announcement of paid work for Debian development seems to stir quite a lot – does Anthony Towns face a recall vote. Several articles describes the commotion. The first one is about Proposal to fund Debian reveals debate about developers' motivations Quote: Public criticism of Dunc-Tank's rationale began the same day that the group […]

Kubuntu not quite right for a Tablet PC

“I attempted to install Kubuntu Dapper Drake (6.10) on a Compaq TC1000 Tablet PC. I discovered that while Linux may … not always be the best-fitting choice for every environment. ” Read more about the attempt here Quote: I finally decided that a slower, non-free OS with decent applications and a little better look-and-feel and […]

Introduction to apt again-again

ArsGeek: “If you’re like me, which is a debian/ubuntu user who likes to instal new and use(ful)(less) software all the time, then apt will be an important part of your life. It’s time too look into a powerful program used in the Debian world. Apt.” Read the small explanation and examples here Quote: Let’s open […]

City of Munich deploys a Debian-based solution for Desktop

DebianTimes reports that Debian finally made it to the City of Munich! UPDATE – have an overview article about what Munich wants to achieve. See it right here Quote: The Mayor of the City of Munich, Christian Ude has already been using the test version for some time, and has taken a positive summary […]

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