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Installing Puppet on Ubuntu

This is a step by step tutorial on HowtoForge on how to install the server component of Puppet (puppetmaster) on one machine, and the Puppet client (puppetd) on another. Read it here Quote: If you're not familiar with Puppet, it's a configuration automation tool that allows you to centralize management of the various *nix flavors […]

SimplyMEPIS Beta 7

Hopefully the last beta of SimplyMEPIS 6.5 have hit the streets. Read the announcement Quote: Warren Woodford of MEPIS says “First, I want to thank the MEPIS testers who have given so much of their time to investigating issues and suggesting improvements. With their help, Beta 7 brings it all together. We still have cleanup […]

Linux partnership addresses forking

Jay Lyman, an analyst for open source at The 451 Group, told ZDNet Asia that the Ubuntu-Linspire deal addresses the Linux fragmentation problem in several ways. Read it here Quote: Ian Murdock, CTO of The Linux Foundation, an industry organization recently formed from the merger of the Open Source Development Labs and the Free Standards […]

Ubuntu Themes For Firefox

For those of you using some of the default Ubuntu themes (Human, Tango or Industrial) there is a package that will match those same themes for your Firefox browser Read it here

How to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows XP

The key in this blog entry is that it shows how to make dual-boot when you have installed Ubuntu first! Read it here Quote: Scenario: You want to install XP on your machine alongside your existing Linux installation, on the same drive. You have installed Ubuntu already. (If you have already have XP installed, keep […]

Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" a step closer

Ubuntu developers are finalising preparations for the release of the next version — dubbed Feisty Fawn — of the popular Linux distribution in mid-April Read the overview article about it at ZDNet Quote: “As of today, main is frozen while preparing for Herd 5,” Heen wrote in an e-mail to the Ubuntu development community. “All […]

Distrowatch on Etch delay and ESR switch to Ubuntu

This weeks edition of DWN covers Martin F. Krafft's talk about the progress of Etch and the Ubuntu-switch of Eric S. Raymond. Read it here Quote: Last week, he gave a talk at a conference which was entitled “Debian etch: does that itch scratch yet?” The slides, which include the overview of the Debian project […]

Ubuntu 6.10 on an Acer Aspire 1690

This blog describes how to install Ubuntu on an Acer Aspire 1690 Read it here Quote: My laptop is rendered useless by a problem in windows. The First partition is erased and the second is backupped. Vista will be installed on this machine Monday. So, I guess this the perfect time to install Ubuntu on […]

Use of Grid Computing for Debian Quality Assurance

Lucas Nussbaum have released the slides and a paper about Use of Grid Computing for Debian Quality Assurance from his FOSDEM talk. The paper is found here and the slides are here Quote: Many quality assurance tasks require a lot of computingpower, especially when applied to largeGNU/Linux distributions such as Debian. We used thefrench Grid’5000 […]

Debian at FOSDEM 2007

The Debian project was present at FOSDEM 2007, which took place on 24/25 February in Brussels, Belgium. Read about what happenedhere With the words of Martin F. KrafftQuote: The continuous drizzle and cold weather only marginally tarnishedthe experience of FOSDEM 2007, which took place on 24/25 February onthe campus of the Université Libré in Brussels, […]

Ubuntu is not a charity

ITWire's Sam Varghese interviews Mark Shuttleworth in this short article about the purpose and goals of Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: The owner of Canonical, the parent firm of Ubuntu, offered to answer any questions I had about the project following the publication of an article about Ubuntu a couple of weeks ago. While he […]

How to Install Songbird Music Player in Ubuntu

Songbird™ is a desktop Web player, a digital jukebox and Web browser mash-up. Like Winamp, it supports extensions and skins feathers. Like Firefox®, it is built from Mozilla®, cross-platform and open source. Full Story

What is it about Ubuntu?

The only conclusion I’ve come to yet is that what people _say_ impresses them about Ubuntu is not what actually impresses them about Ubuntu. Read the ranting at HappyAssassin Quote: What impresses me about Ubuntu every time I install it in a VM is the fundamental – to use a controversial term – GNOMEness of […]

Debian Project Leader Election 2007 – candidates

The nomination period is at an end, with nine candidates standing forth to be counted (a record) Quote: Hi, The nomination period is at an end, with nine candidates standing forth to be counted (a record). We are now in the campaigning period. The candidates are: o Wouter Verhelst o Aigars Mahinovs o Gustavo Franco […]

Wot! Not Vista?

Edward Macnaghten at Free Software Magazine lets his kids use Ubuntu – and they don't need Vista…. Read it here Quote: The children are the only ones who really use it and the applications they use are for typing homework, Firefox for researching projects etc and MSN for chatting with friends – though not […]

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Beta 6 Screenshots

LinuxQuestions have taken a lot of screenshots of the latest SimplyMEPIS release. See it here

DPL Elections 2007: Final call for nominations

We are in the final stage the nomination period for candidates for the position of the Debian Project Leader. Quote: Hi, We are in the final stage the nomination period for candidates for the position of the Debian Project Leader. According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project leader elections should begin “nine weeks before the […]

13 Things to do immediately after installing Ubuntu

In this article i describe some of the things to do immediately after installing ubuntu on your machine . Read it here Quote: Since most of the people reading this would be shifting from Windows to Linux with a system dual booting so i would focus more on making transition easy from Windows to Linux.

Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 3 – Trying out the controls

Blogbeebe continues his testing of Ubuntu and blogs about his experiences. Read it here Quote: I finally got some more time this evening to try out various applications with Ubuntu 7.04. But before I get started, I need to clarify a statement I made earlier. Not only are the Ubuntu developers deserving of praise, but […]

Ubuntu Wants a Bigger Piece of Desktops, Servers

The 2007 road map for the Ubuntu Linux operating system includes continuing its focus on the desktop, paying more attention to the server and garnering additional corporate support. Read it at eWeek Quote: Already in 2007 Canonical has struck deals with SpikeSource, Linspire and SugarCRM to help boost adoption of Ubuntu. However, “Why don't we […]

Community Linux router distro goes Debian

Vyatta Community Edition 2 (VC2) is based on Debian, runs on commodity x86 hardware, includes excellent documentation, and supports numerous enterprise features, including serial T1/E1 cards, VLANs, RIP, and OSPF. Read about it at LinuxDevices Quote: Touted new features in VC2 include:Debian GNU/Linux compatibility, said to make VC2 “the most configurable, customizable router/firewall on the […]

DSL 3.3 RC1 Screenshots

Lots of screenshots at from the latest RC of Damn Small Linux. See them here

Big Debian Linux Payday For HP

HP is making $25 million by supporting the free Debian GNU/Linux distribution in what may ultimately turn out to be a challenge to commercial distributions from Novell and Red Hat. Read it at Quote: HP supports both Novell SUSE Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Though HP may well make more profit from a […]

Installing NVIDIA drivers in Ubuntu edgy

Getting the NVIDIA Geforce video card working to it’s full potential with Ubuntu edgy requires the installation of an additional glx driver package. Quote: These drivers do not come preconfigured with the Ubuntu distribution and need to be enabled in order get the most from a Geforce video card. The process is simple, however many […]

Where the heck is Etch?

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols enjoys a good old bashing at the delay of Etch. Read it at DesktopLinux Quote: Last September, some of the Debian Linux distribution's leadership wanted to make sure that Etch, the next version of Debian, arrived on its December 4th due date. So, the “Dunc-Tank” group decided to experiment with financially supporting […]

Ubuntu, Kubuntu, & Xubuntu Benchmarks

With Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu each deploying a different desktop environment (GNOME, KDE, and Xfce respectively), how do each of these distributions compare performance-wise? Read it at Phoronix Quote: In these tests with the dual Clovertown setup we found the results to be indistinguishable. However, with the AMD Sempron, Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 4 […]

Vista vs. SimplyMEPIS software wars – bundled apps

In Vista OS against SimplyMEPIS Linux, columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols compares the operating systems' bundled games, browsers, and instant communications applications. Read it here Quote: In this episode, I turn my attention to the software that both OSes include in their standard packages. Since I was using Vista Ultimate, the Vista with all the […]

Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 3 – review

I finally broke down and installed Ubuntu (7.04 Alpha 3) over Fedora Core 6 this evening. I decided to do this after reading about Eric Raymond's rant against his installation of FC6. In the end he installed Ubuntu 6.10 over it. So I decided I'd give it a whirl as well. Read here Quote: Final […]

Make your own packages for Debian-based systems

Let's take a look at two methods of building Debian packages: using standard Debian packaging tools and the CheckInstall utility. Read it here Quote: I've used the tools described in this article to create packages on Debian and Ubuntu systems, but they should be suitable for other Debian-derived distros, such as MEPIS, Xandros, Linspire, and […]

sidux-2007-01 for amd64 and i686 systems

sidux is a full featured Debian Sid based live CD with a special focus on hard disk installations, a clean upgrade path within Sid and additional hard- and software support. After 3 months of development we are proud to announce the immediate availability of the sidux-2007-01 “Χάος release” for amd64 and i686 systems, shipping in […]

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