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Damn Small Linux 3.3 RC1

The first release candidate of DSL v3.3 is now ready for testing – lots of changes from 3.2 Quote: * Added mouse configuration persistence via .mouse_config.* Improved rdesktop – added color depth.* ALSA sound autoconfiguration improvement via conflicting audio module.* Automated start of rcfirewall upon boot when rcfirewall.unc is in mydsl search path at boot.* […]

Eric S. Raymond: Goodbye Fedora, Hello Ubuntu

After thirteen years as a loyal Red Hat and Fedora user, I reached my limit today, when an attempt to upgrade one (1) package pitched me into a four-hour marathon of dependency chasing, at the end of which an attempt to get around a trivial file conflict rendered my system unusable. Found at Red Hat's […]

How To Search For Missing Packages With apt-file

Howtoforge have a short article about how you can search for missing packages with apt-file on Debian and Ubuntu systems. apt-file allows you to search for a file name, and it gives back the name(s) of the package(s) containing that file so that you can install the appropriate package. Read it here

EncFS Encrypted Filesystem in Ubuntu and Fedora GNU/Linux

Maybe it was time to figure out how to encrypt the entire drive with a non-container method, and I wanted to look away from TrueCrypt since I’m interested in crypto diversity. Read it here Quote: The drawback with my TrueCrypt method is having to create files of fixed sizes. You either have a lot of […]

Debian how-to : AIGLX + Beryl

With the upcoming release of Beryl 2.0, the Beryl Project appears stronger then ever. Folks using Debian have a good reason to be happy about that : a new Debian repository of Beryl packages has recently been unveiled. This tutorial aims to explain in a clear and concise manner the installation and configuration of a […]

Debian founder visits Microsoft

Ian Murdock, the chief technology officer of the recently formed Linux Foundation is set to address a group of Microsoft employees on February 20 Read the blog at ZDNet Quote: A synopsis of the event, provided by Microsoft IT Security Consultant and blogger Rocky Heckman, says Murdock will “discuss the origins of Debian, paying particular […]

Ubuntu spurns Microsoft's advances

Andrew Thomas at The Inquirer didn't like Ubuntu when he tried to install it, so now it's Vista time again for him. Read it here Quote: So I've done what any normal person would do in the circumstances – give up. If the awfully-clever people who write bits of open source code can't make it […]

SimplyMEPIS Beta 6 CD Gives Users Choice of NVIDIA Driver

A hint to Ubuntu? The announcement of the latest Beta of SimplyMEPIS is very specific about the choice of binairy drivers… Read about the announcement here and here at mepis.org Quote: Beta6 of SimplyMEPIS 32 and 64 is available for testing. Now users can opt-in to choose the NVIDIA 1.0.9746 driver. Ntfs-3g improves Windows filesystem […]

Adding a second hard drive to Etch

Since I needed a hard drive and the price is pretty much unbeatable, I bought it. I installed it in my Apple PowerMac G3 running Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (etch). Read more here Quote: Begin by physically putting the drive into the case and connecting the cables. Be sure that the existing hard drive is set […]

Ubuntu to incorporate Kernel-based virtualization

Since KVM is now officially supported by the Linux 2.6.20 kernel, the module will be available in some upcoming Linux distribution releases. Read the article here Quote: The latest release of the Linux kernel, 2.6.20, includes integrated virtualization capabilities with the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). The KVM kernel module, the development of which was largely […]

Bits from the 2IC

First of all, we're still working towards an Etch release. It's ashame that it'll be later than many of us hoped, but again the newrelease is shaping up to be our best ever. Steve McIntyre: Quote: Hey dudes and dudettes! First of all, apologies for the delay since last time I posted one ofthese missives. […]

Book Review: Ubuntu Hacks

Put in a nutshell, this book is a collection of around 100 tips and tricks which the authors choose to call hacks, which explain how to accomplish various tasks in Ubuntu Linux Read the rest here Quote: All the ten chapters combined, there are a total of 100 tips (Oops! hacks) in this unique book […]

LinuxWorld New York: a longer name for a smaller show (videos)

IDG's East Coast Linux gathering is now officially called the LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit (LWOSS). The inaugural 2007 version of the renamed conference was held February 14 and 15 in the conference area of the Marriott Marquis hotel in Manhattan, not in a huge convention center. Despite the longer name, it was such a cute little […]

CLI Magic: Linux troubleshooting tools 101

When something goes wrong with your Linux-based system, you can try to diagnose it yourself with the many troubleshooting tools bundled with the operating system. Knowing about these tools, and how to effectively use them, can help you overcome many of the common problems on your system. Here's a list of some of the weapons […]

Will politics or economics drive open source?

Using Debian as the example, Dana Blankenhorn at ZDNet comments on what drives open source movements. Read it here Quote: Those with economic goals have little patience for political struggles. Those without such goals have little else to fight over. This, I think, is at the heart of the split between amateurs and professional open […]

Grab Windows Internet Radio Streams in Ubuntu

Ah, sadly, you can’t use streamripper. Most radios use Windows streams, so we’ll have to use Mplayer to record it. Read the blog here

Distrowatch rewiest SimplyMEPIS

In this weeks edition of DWN, they have a review of SimplyMEPIS and a comment to Ubuntu not including 3D desktop per default. The Review states: Quote: I'm sorry to report the hard drive installer failed on two different machines with several combinations of factors. The only common factor between the two was the NVIDIA […]

DPL 2007: Third call for nominations

We are two weeks and part of a day into the nomination period for candidates for the position of the Debian Project Leader. Quote: Hi, We are two weeks and part of a day into the nomination period for candidates for the position of the Debian Project Leader. According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project […]

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated

The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename `sarge'). This update mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. Quote: ————————————————————————The Debian Project http://www.debian.org/Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated press@debian.orgFebruary 18th, 2007 http://www.debian.org/News/2007/20070218———————————————————————— Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated The Debian project has updated the stable distribution […]

How to setup a multifunction HP printer in Ubuntu

This blog entry shows us how HP PhotoSmart 2575 is made to work with Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: By plugging the printer into USB I managed without problem to get printing working, but I didn't get any scanning: XSane gave error messages and despite the printer looking ok in the Printers dialogue, I found […]

Remote Desktop with VNC in Ubuntu Edgy

It has carried on through a few versions of Ubuntu and had most of what I needed to get VNC working on GNOME in Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft), although it took the better part of a morning to piece together. Read the blog here Quote: Last year I set up VNC Server in Fedora Core […]

Getting a List of Packages and Package Sources from Ubuntu

Debian and Ubuntu have a handy way to get a list of everything that the aptitude package manager is keeping track of. Read it here Quote: Since that package management system is the main reason *why* many people are using Ubuntu or Debian, that means pretty much everything that's installed. And, since this list is […]

MEPIS founder clarifies MEPIS/Ubuntu relationship

Warren Woodford began, a year ago, to migrate MEPIS from Debian to Ubuntu packages. In light of the recently announced Linspire/Ubuntu collaboration, DesktopLinux.com asked Woodford to clarify the MEPIS/Ubuntu relationship. Read it at Desktoplinux Quote: DesktopLinux: I had the impression that you are leveraging more than the repositories, and are using the Ubuntu filesystem as […]

Watch out Vista, Ubuntu got back!

This blog at thetechlounge compares Vista and Ubuntu's eye candy. Read it here – they somewhat like Ubuntu: Quote: One of my first priorities after getting Ubuntu up and running was to make it sexy. Damn sexy. OS X has spoiled me, and I need my eye candy. Unlike the limited skinning options with Windows […]

Ubuntu Customization Kit 1.4

Ubuntu Customization Kit is a tool that helps you to customize official Ubuntu Live CDs (including Kubuntu/Xubuntu and Edubuntu) to your needs. You can add any package to the live system, including language packs and applications. Read about it at Freshmeat Quote: Release focus: Major feature enhancements Changes:Upgrading the kernel should now be possible. During […]

LPI Ubuntu Certification Training

Canonical announced it has partnered with LynuxTraining Sàrl to develop the first dedicated Ubuntu training courses for the ‘Ubuntu Certified Professional’ status. Read the announcement at The Fridge Quote: Starting from the first quarter of 2007 system administrators will be able to participate in two five day courses available via a global network of partners […]

Ubuntu 7.04 Alpha 4

Welcome to Feisty Fawn Herd 4, which will in time become Ubuntu 7.04. The primary focus during the time from Herd 3 has been a mix of feature development and bug fixing. UPDATE: Screenshots en masse! Read about Herd CD4 Quote: Ubuntu “Feisty Fawn” 7.04 has two more months before its planned release on April […]

Part 2 and 2: Review of Knoppix 5.1

Bill Beebe have reviewed Knoppix in these two blog posts with plenty of screenshots too. Part one is here Par 2 is here Quote: Why go to the trouble to download and boot the various distributions? Because you learn something new every time, and you get an opportunity to check advances and new features not […]

How to Set up Network Bonding in Ubuntu 6.10

Network Bonding, otherwise known as port trunking allows you to combine multiple network ports into a single group, effectively aggregating the bandwidth of multiple interfaces into a single connection. Read it here Quote: For example, you can aggregate two gigabyte ports into a two-gigabyte trunk port. Bonding is used primarily to provide network load balancing […]

Update: Key expiry breaks most D-I Etch RC1 images

Full CD and DVD images are now available again for all architectures (except S/390). On Sunday 11 February 2007 21:59, Frans Pop wrote:> > The expiration of the Debian archive's signing key for 2006 has broken> > most of the installation media from etch RC1. This effectively left us without useable full CD and DVD […]

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