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BSP in München (Germany) 13.-15. October

There will be a Bug Squashing Party in München (Munich) from 13.-15.October. This BSP will happen as part of our ongoing BSP Marathon Quote: Hi, there will be a Bug Squashing Party in München (Munich) from 13.-15.October. This BSP will happen as part of our ongoing BSP Marathon torelease Etch[1,2]. The BSP will be hosted […]

Ubuntu's Linux Backflip

There is no denying the buzz around Ubuntu, said Interarbor Solutions Principal Analyst Dana Gardner. Its “spark in the market” has many wondering whether it will enjoy the same success as the last Linux company to take off: Red Hat. Technewsworld has the story Quote: By giving computer users — enterprise and consumer — what […]

Distrowatch weekly – Debian news

As it seems the real DWN is no more, Distrowatch has made a round-up of the Debian news for us this week. Read them here Quote: The Debian project continues its turbulent existence, often stirred by disagreements between its developers. Voting is now in process to decide whether to recall or to re-affirm support for […]

Ubuntu Takes a Page from Red Hat's Playbook

Commenting the recent analysis in CNET about Ubuntu business philosophy, SeekingAlpha takes a look at the same with Chineese eyes. Read it here Quote: CNET has a decent article on Friday by Stephen Shankland about how Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, plans on building a global business by giving away its software and selling […]

Damn Small Linux USB Booting

This tutorial is grabbed from the DSL Wiki, but still enjoyable to follow. Read it here Quote: There are two common BIOS methods for direct USB booting: * One method is called the “USBHDD” method and it is used to support the booting of standard USB mass storage devices that are configured like a normal […]

Installing Debian Sarge from a USB memory stick

Many Debian boxes need their floppy and/or CD-ROM drives only for setting up the system and for rescue purposes. If you operate some servers, you will probably already have thought about omitting those drives and using an USB memory stick for installing. Read the how-to here Quote: This document applies only to Debian Sarge on […]

Ubuntu Linux: What's All the Fuss?

…the level of excitement surrounding this distribution is amazing. In this article, I'll provide a quick introduction to its features and philosophy. Read it here at samag.com Quote: Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and the otherbuntus offer plenty of reasons to get excited. They also make it extremely easy for users to get started with Ubuntu and very […]

MySQL Master Master Replication

This tutorial describes how to set up MySQL master-master replication. We need to replicate MySQL servers to achieve high-availability (HA). In my case I need two masters that are synchronized with each other so that if one of them drops down, other could take over and no data is lost. Similarly when the first one […]

Fox Wars: Debian vs. Mozilla

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols comments on the recent issues with Firefox and Debian. Read the background for the Fox wars here Quote: The Debian community sees Mozilla as being unreasonable about its trademarks. I find that more than a little curious, since Debian has long been just as protective and possessive of its own Debian name […]

Firefox Set Free in IceWeasel

Debian developers are now helping out in the IceWeasel effort. “Yes, they have contacted us recently to help with all the work that should be done to finally have a release,” IceWeasel developer Giuseppe Scrivano told internetnews.com. Read the article here Quote: “Our main goal is to have a completely free browser which uses only […]

Linux, Mepis not for 'geeks only'

thepaper24-7.com are enjoying SimplyMEPIS and are happy to tell us about it. They actually do it here Quote: Recently someone used one of my laptops with Mepis and was surprised that they were able to navigate around without issues. You see, Linux has the reputation for being 'geeks only' but that is changing rapidly. There […]

Dunc Tank, Debian, and leadership

Ian Murdock's take on the recent events: “Debian finally has strong leadership that’s willing to take necessary steps without fear of offending the mob” Read about it here in his blog Quote: Bravo, AJ. And keep at it. It takes a steely sort of person to stick their necks out like this, but strong leadership […]

Is Ubuntu an Operating System?

Benjamin Smedberg: Ubuntu isn’t trying to be a platform for mass-market application software: It is trying to be the primary provider of both the operating system and all the application software that a typical user would want to run on his machine. Read the rest here Quote: In the process of creating a usable and […]

Canonical seeks profit from free Ubuntu

ZDNet examines Canonical's business model and it makes them think of Red Hat anno 2000. Read it here Quote: It's likely Canonical won't go head-to-head with Red Hat, said Technology Business Research analyst Stuart Williams. Red Hat is a trusted name with big-business customers, who prefer lots of configuration options as opposed to Ubuntu's slimmed-down […]

Install .rpm Files in Debian and Ubuntu

Sometimes you might find some applications are having only .rpm files but you want a .deb package for your debian, Ubuntu and other debian derived distributions. If you can’t find .deb debian package in any of the debian,ubuntu repositories or elsewhere, you can use the alien package converter to install the .rpm file. Read Full […]

Ubuntu Weekly News #16

This UWN covers Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) Beta Release, Akademy 2006 report, Ubuntu Poster Competition Yields Results and a bunch of other news. Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue No. 16 for the week ofSeptember, 24 – 30, 2006. You can always find older Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter issues at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter == Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy […]

Adding widescreen monitor support to Ubuntu

After trying to manually edit the config files and failing a number if times I found out about this neat little wizard that walks you through and makes it slightly more difficult to mess things up. Read the short article here

Seven Linux distros fight over one old ThinkPad

SimplyMEPIS are the winner in this test of Xandros Linspire, Freespire, Kubuntu, Mandriva One, SimplyMEPIS, and PCLinuxOS on a IBM ThinkPad 2662-35U with a Pentium III 600MHz processor, 192MB of SDRAM, and a 20GB hard drive. Read the long review here Quote: Distro Total points SimplyMEPIS 20 points PCLinuxOS 19 points Xandros 19 points Kubuntu […]

Replacing init with Upstart

Linux.com have an article about upstart – the new replacement for System V Init (sysvinit). Read it here Quote: Upstart is suitable for deployment in any Linux distribution as a replacement for sysvinit. One should be aware that, like other replacements, it has its own native configuration and will not run your existing init scripts […]

Easy RSS Syndication with MagpieRSS

MagpieRSS, affectionately known as Magpie, is an RSS and Atom parser for PHP. It allows you to display the newest articles from websites with RSS or Atom feeds on your own site. This is a great way to add new, fresh, and relevant information to your site. It parses RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, and has […]

Hug-for-a-bug Day

The Ubuntu team are also bug hunting these days and the next (B)Hug day is 4 October 2006, in all timezones Read about it here Quote: We know where our success comes from. We're going to have lists of things to do for different Ubuntu teams, so we can better track the impact we had. […]

Ubuntu and Mark Shuttleworth again

Nothing particular new in the article “New IT infrastructure to be built around free software’”, but if you neew to refresh your history of Ubuntu, its pretty good. Read it in indiatimes Quote: While Ubuntu is popular with individual users, it’s moving closer to corporates. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has been forging relationships with […]

Ubuntu 6.10 (beta) Revisited

Time for the first Ubuntu Beta 1 review – GNEBU finds it quite a bit better than 6.06. The review is found here Quote: So all in all I found myself very comfortable using this system. I just wonder why they won't ship this one instead of Dapper. If it's to save the money it's […]

Bits from the DPL: Looking around and forward

Anthony Towns have posted no less than two updates on Etch progress and Debian in general – one on the present situation and another about the near future activities. Here we are looking around: Quote: Hello again! Okay, one more post, just for fun These days a lot of Debian users don't actually use Debian […]

Mark Shuttleworth interview

Linux Format have made a lengthy interview of Mark Shuttleworth about Ubuntu and how it is progressing towards world domination. The interview is found here Quote: LXF: How far can the spin-offs like Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu etc. go? Does it dilute the Ubuntu brand? MS: We will definitely see a multimedia version of Ubuntu kick […]

Distrowatch about DWN and Mark Shuttleworth

This weeks edition of Distrowatch Weekly is concerned about the future of Debian Weekly News and also covers a recent interview with Mark Shuttleworth. Read it here Quote: Is Debian Weekly News in danger? Following a recent controversy over the funding of certain Debian developers, some disagreeing members of the Debian developer community continue to […]

First Look: Kubuntu Edgy Eft Beta

Tectonic is back where we remember them – very happy for (K)Ubuntu in this review. Read it here Quote: Overall, Kubuntu Edgy Eft impressed me much more than Dapper Drake. Sure, there are bugs, but it is meant to be a bleeding edge release. I'd even go so far as to say that Edgy seems […]

Bug Squashing Party in Zurich: 6-8 Oct

Those nasty bugs gets squashed everywhere now – and Martin F Krafft announces a party in Zurich! Quote: ************************* [ sponsors ] **************************** Transport and catering for this event is graciously made possible by our sponsors: /ch/open [http://www.google.com] The room and infrastructure are made available to us by the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the University […]

Steps to get Audio to work in Debian Etch

Problems with sound issues in Etch – here's how one blogger solved it. Read more here, if you can avoid the popups Quote: Debian Etch is a very good Linux distribution. It has all the latest versions of software – even more recent than those found in Ubuntu Dapper (though that is bound to change […]

What blogger Scott want in edgy+1

Now that edgy has been frozen for the beta release in a week’s time, and the next developer summit has been announced, I think it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the kinds of features we want to see in that release. Read here what he wants Quote: With the dapper release, we produced […]

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