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Damn Small Linux 3.3 RC3

The third release candidate for Damn Small Linux 3.3 is ready for testing. From the announcement Quote: New flrun.lua replaces grun as the system's run command.* Updated dsl-config to support auto load alsa both .dsl and .unc* Added new keymap* Updated mkmydsl to accept additional boot parameters containing slash.* Restored non-boot scsi and netfilter […]

Sun Hires Debian Founder

It's all over the net – Ian Murdoch leaves Linux Foundation and will be joining Sun to work on their operating systems strategy Read the announcement on his blog And comments, interview with him and yet another interview about Debians missed oportunities Quote: Everything I know about computing I learned on those Sun workstations, as […]

Dell, Linux… and Mark Shuttleworth

Based on Mark Shuttleworths defence of the Dell petition is criticized in this article by ITWire. Read it here Quote: For instance, he starts out by asserting that margins on PCs are razor-thin. No figures are provided to back up this assertion. If PC makers are struggling to make a buck, if they show small […]

DWN on Debian and Ubuntu

This weeks edition of Distrowatch Weekly News covers Debian achievements and challenges and an Ubuntu review. Read it here Quote: As Linux distributions go, there is little arguing that Debian GNU/Linux is a very special project. But what made it such an important and exciting distribution? Erich Schubert, a Debian developer, has written an interesting […]

Debian Installer etch RC2 released

The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the second release candidate (RC2) of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Etch. Unless release critical issues are discovered, this will be the version of the installer that will be included in the release of Etch. Quote: The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the second release […]

Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #32

In This Issue New Ubuntu Website, Feisty Fawn (7.04) Beta Freeze, Bye bye Breezy and Ubuntu in Google's 2007 Summer of Code Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #32 for the week March11th – 18th, 2007. In this issue we cover Ubuntu's new Websiteredesign, Breezy Badger's end of the road and Ubuntu's involvement intthe […]

How to Upgrade Ubuntu 6.10 to Ubuntu 7.04

The “Only Ubuntu Linux” blog shows us two ways of how to update Ubuntu 6.10. Read it here Quote: Ubuntu 7.04 is the current development version of the Ubuntu operating system. It is to be released in April 19th 2007.The common name given to this release from the time of its early development was “Feisty […]

Ubuntu Bundles

“Meta-packages” enable Debian/Ubuntu users to install bundles of software easily. This shows how to create ad use Meta-packages. Read it here Quote: For example, say you want to start using the Subversion version control system on Ubuntu. You could just install the subversion package. This would give you a command-line Subversion client and server. If […]

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn: Desktop Linux Matured

OSNews have previewed Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn and are looking forward to the final release. Read it here Quote: I've been an Arch/Slackware Linux user for the last 3 years, but Ubuntu has won me the last few days because of the conveniences it brings. The point of the matter is, I am now older. […]

Ubuntu's Migration Assistant Works

Ubuntus migration-assistant is designed to make it very easy for Microsoft Windows converts to jump into the Ubuntu world by automatically transferring files and settings. Read it here Quote: However, when I originally tried out Ubuntu migration-assistant I had run into a few bugs that ultimately rendered the assistant useless. However, in that post Evan […]

A test drive of Debian/etch Xen

On a brand new computer (HP ProLiant ML370 G3, Dual Xeon 3.2 Ghz CPU, 1024 Mb RAM) this user have fun with Debian Etch and Xen. Read it here Quote: I decided that I did not need file system encryption so I skipped LUKS. I also used my hardware RAID instead of Linux's software RAID. […]

Call for votes for the DPL Elections 2007

Manoj Srivastava hava announced the first call for votes for the Debian Project Leader Elections 2007 Quote: Hi, FIRST CALL FOR VOTES FOR THE DEBIAN PROJECT LEADER ELECTION 2007 ===== ==== === ===== === === ====== ======= ====== ======== ==== Voting period starts 00:00:01 UTC on March 18th, 2007. Votes must be received by 23:59:59 […]

Global Partner Programme for Ubuntu

The Programme aims to help Canonical partners using Ubuntu as a major element in their solutions, and to deepen Canonical's relationships with leading IHVs, ISVs, resellers, system builders/OEMs and training partners. Read the press mumbu-jumbo here Quote: “Ubuntu is increasingly being specified and used as the base for delivering high-performance solutions that substantially reduce Total […]

Installing OpenSSL Support for Ruby on Ubuntu

To get OpenSSL to compile and install with Ruby on Ubuntu, you need to follow these steps after you’ve installed ruby. Read it here Quote: However, for some reason, the default way of compiling Ruby from source on Ubuntu leaves out the installation of OpenSSL support. I had the development openssl libraries package installed, so […]

Ubuntu impressions 5 days on

Here's yet another blogger posting how he's been experiencing Ubuntu for a few days. Read it here Quote: the other problem is I keep getting kicked by Punk Buster after about 3 to 5 minutes for “GAME INTEGRITY VIOLATION” what on earth that means I don't know. But hey, at least I'm 3D Accelerated. so […]

The Visual History of Ubuntu

To date Ubuntu has released five versions — 4.10 Warty Warthog, 5.04 Hoary Hedgehog, 5.10 Breezy Badger, 6.06 Dapper Drake, and 6.10 Edgy Eft. Enjoy Phoronix' comments as they look back at each of these distributions by reinstalling them and comparing the past to present Start here Quote: While Debian has been around for over […]

Debian at Google Summer of code

Steve McIntyre have announced that we've been notified today that Debian has been accepted again as one of the mentoring organisations for the Google Summer of Code Quote: We've been notified today that Debian has been accepted again as oneof the mentoring organisations for the Google Summer of Code[1].There's now just over a week for […]

Ubuntu 5.10 reaches end-of-life

Ubuntu announced the release of 5.10 almost 18 months ago, on October 13th. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 5.10 will reach end of life on Friday April 13th 2007. Quote: Ubuntu 5.10 reaches end-of-life on April 13th 2007Tollef Fog Heen tfheen at Wed Mar 14 21:06:24 GMT 2007 ——————————————————————————– […]

Pharmacy system using Ubuntu to fight AIDS

Due to issues of reliability and security, Cell-Life have created iDART-in-a-box, which is a complete system running on Ubuntu Linux. Read it here Quote: 'iDART-in-a-box' runs on Ubuntu Linux, and includes a mid-range PC, a Zebra label printer, an HP DeskJet report printer, a barcode scanner, an uninterruptible power supply and a GSM modem. Hardware […]

Ubuntu's Easy Business Server

On top of the migration-assistant and other features being worked on by Ubuntu developers for future releases, one of the items that has been on the table for a while is an Ubuntu Easy Business Server. Read the analysis here Quote: Some of the hopeful areas for the Ubuntu Easy Business Server is a mail, […]

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC2

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 RC2 is available for downloading and testing. This release improves hard disk reformatting and Broadcom wireless support. Read it announced here Quote: In other developments, as a result of tester feedback, RC2 replaces qtparted with gparted for more comprehensive formatting of hard disks. And the MEPIS Xconfig Assistant now allows easy selection of […]

Media Players Available for Ubuntu Linux

This massive guide with screenshots shows how to install all the available media players available to Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: Media player is a term typically used to describe computer software for playing back multimedia files. Most software media players support an array of media formats, including both audio and video files.Some media players […]

Ubuntu Part 2: Down the rabbit hole.

John Watson continues his tale of four weeks with Ubuntu Linux on the desktop – this week it's about the actual use of the system. Read it here Quote: So far, Ubuntu has been a terrific experience. Most of the minor issues I had are the types of problems new users commonly have with computers […]

Getting big changes in Debian

Russel Coker responds to Erik Schuberts post about getting changes into debian and concludes that real problem is that some DDs are more concerned about what is best for them personally (in the most short-term manner) than about what is best for the users. Read it here Quote: Recently in a discussion on debian-devel one […]

Novell meet Ubuntu in Hungary

Today I can announce, that the Hungarian Ubuntu LoCo will hold its first LIVE Localization Weekend on the March 31 and April 1 at the Novell Hungary HQ in Budapest. Read it here Quote: A really surprising thing has happened yesterday. It all begun with an instant message from Kálmán Kéménczy (Novell Hungary fame). He […]

HP keeps its Linux edge with BladeSystem

Oh, did we forget to mention that HP runs Debian on their BladeSystem – here's a small notice about it. Read it here Quote: Why Debian? Small: Last fall we introduced support for Debian because we had started to see a lot of deployments on that OS. With Debian support, we've picked up several large […]

release update: d-i schedule, release notes, deep freeze

The d-i team has been able to plan ahead and do a schedulefor the release of debian-installer rc2[1], which we expect will be usedas the installer for etch. debian-installer is currently planned torelease around the 20th of March. Quote: —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 Hi, You might not remember who the release team is, but […]

Debian Weekly News – March 13th, 2007

This edition of DWN contains The Debian listmaster determined as part of the spring cleaning effort several unused and obsolete lists that will be closed down. Tony Mobily noted that the last GIF patent has finallyexpired. Gustavo Franco reported that Second Life runs onDebian servers because it is suited to scaling massively with a smallIT […]

Review of DSL 3.2

OpenAddict have a comprehensive review of Damn Small Linux 3.2 and are impressed with it's usefullness and speed. Read it here Quote: ConclusionFor anyone who has read any of my previous articles you know that I'm not going to mince words. If something sucks I'll tell you it sucks and if it's worth your time […]

Ubuntu Network Configuration Using Command Line

The basics for any network based on *nix hosts is the Transport Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) combination of three protocols. This combination consists of the Internet Protocol (IP),Transport Control Protocol (TCP), and Universal Datagram Protocol (UDP). Full Story

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