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Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL On Etch

This document describes how to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. Read it at howtoforge Quote: This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota […]

Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition

Intel have announced a new low-power processor and chipsetarchitecture which will be designed to allow full internet use on thesemobile Internet devices. We are announcing the Ubuntu Mobile andEmbedded project. Read it announced Quote: Finally, we are delighted to be working with Intel on this version ofUbuntu. Intel are making significant contributions of technology, people […]

Changing Root Mode in Ubuntu – The Old Way

Some people find the default root access (sudo) in Ubuntu/Kubuntu distributions little frustrating and would rather prefer to have it the old way, that is by typing su followed by password and then performing the tasks as root. Read how to do ithere

Is brand name Ubuntu overhyped ?

Considering my experience with Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn against the eulogies in the media, I am forced to ask if the brand name Ubuntu is over hyped – most probably the residual effect of an over-zealous community behind it. Read more here Quote: No Linux distribution is perfect. Each has its pros and cons. I for […]

FON Abandons Microsoft, Adopts Ubuntu

“As of today Fon will disengage from Microsoft and adopt Linux in the Ubuntu form as our operating system of choice. ” Read more here Quote: Yes I know some of you will read and worry. I know how hard it is to change. I used Microsoft for 20 years and until I had a […]

Ubuntu on an Asus A8j laptop

We install ubuntu on a Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor (2 Ghz clock), 2 Gb of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 7700 based video card with 512 Mb of VRAM. Read more in this blog Quote: Conclusion: the laptop is really usable and exploits almost all the hardware. You don’t get all working with a […]

Seven steps to Feisty Fawn on your Thinkpad

With the release of Ubuntu 7.04, aka Feisty Fawn, I naturally couldn't resist taking Kubuntu, my preferred Ubuntu version, for a quick spin on my trusty old Thinkpad testbed. Read it at desktoplinux Quote: Pro's:Lots and lots of software available from the official and unofficial Ubuntu (and Debian) repositories Excellent appearance, fonts, and configurability Easy […]

Free Linux courses at

With the recent Ubuntu release, is now offering a free class on the Ubuntu 7.04 Desktop. Read more here Quote: provides a Linux training center with easy step by step instructions to start this new journey in Linux.

Debian Etch And Xen From The Debian Repository

This how-to provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on an already working Debian Etch system. You can find all the software used here in the Etch repository, so no external files or compilation are needed. Read it at Howtoforge

No Emulation Software for Dell Systems

Dell will not include open-source software such as Wine, which lets users run Windows programs on Linux, with the PCs it plans to bundle with Ubuntu Linux Read about it at eweek Quote: Shuttleworth said he could only imagine running a Windows application on Ubuntu as a temporary strategy—part of a migration platform and not […]

Zimbra to offer Ubuntu support

Spurred by customer demand, Zimbra has completed a version of its open-source calendar and e-mail server software for Canonical's Ubuntu version of Linux. Read about it here Quote: The partnership links two allies in the effort to make a business out of open-source software–a complicated undertaking given that the underlying software can be obtained for […]

Ubuntu on Dell: Where's the Profit?

Will the move be profitable for Dell in the long run? The venture will likely include razor-thin profit margins, and despite the high number of consumers asking for Linux, nobody knows how many will actually buy Read it here at TechNewsWorld Quote: Dell has stated that it made the decision to provide select systems with […]

One of Ubuntu Linux's biggest, and youngest, fans

Turns out that Paul is 13 years old, an eighth grader. After making sure it was OK with his dad, he talked to me and explained how he came to be such a big Ubuntu user. Read about it in this blog Quote: Back in the office Wednesday afternoon, I thought it would be interesting […]

Installing Automatix2 on Debian 4.0

Automatix2 have been released for Debian as well – see here how to install and use it. Read about the installation here Quote: Automatix2 is a graphical interface (written in python and bash) for automating the installation of the most commonly requested applications in some Debian based distributions.

Install Ubuntu 7.04 on Your Intel Mac with VMware Fusion

It seems there are 3 possible ways to try Ubuntu 7.04 on your Mac: 1. Install Ubuntu directly to your hard drive. 2. Install Ubuntu in Parallels. 3. Install Ubuntu in VMWare Fusion Beta. Read one of the possibilities here Quote: I was able to install Ubuntu 7.04 in VMware Fusion Beta with no problems. […]

Will Dell Ubuntu deal hurt Microsoft, Novell or Red Hat the hardest

The real news comes in the fact that for the first time your average consumer is being given a real choice over OS rather than having to decide between PC and Mac hardware in order to get flexibility over operating system software Read the blog comment here Quote: If they get it right, and a […]

Preventing Brute Force Attacks With Fail2ban On Debian Etch

Fail2ban is a tool that observes login attempts to various services, e.g. SSH, FTP, SMTP, Apache, etc., and if it finds failed login attempts again and again from the same IP address or host, fail2ban stops further login attempts from that IP address/host by blocking it with an iptables firewall rule. Read about it on […]

Debian Etch And Xen From The Debian Repository

This how-to provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on an already working Debian Etch system. You can find all the software used here in the Etch repository, so no external files or compilation are needed. Read it at HowtoForge

Assign Custom Shortcut Keys on Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu includes a very limited shortcut key configuration utility which doesn’t allow you to assign hotkeys to your own applications or scripts. To get around this limitation, we can use the built-in gconf-editor utility to assign them ourselves. Read it at howtogeek

Dell should offer Ubuntu, Fedora and openSUSE

Kevin Carmony, CEO at Linspire, comments on the recent announcement from Dell. Read it here Quote: Recently, my recommendation to Dell is that they should now be considering offering Linux PCs, BUT with an understanding of what to expect. I recommend that Dell does NOT use Linspire or Freespire for their first Linux PCs. That […]

The fine Ubuntu line between Commercial and Community

A very interesting blog post from Daniel Robitaille: On one side Canonical is a commercial entity, trying to maintain a financial stability to pay the bills. But at the same time they are sponsoring the Ubuntu project, supported by a large community of volunteers Read it here Quote: And all the bits of this complex […]

Debian Weekly News – April 24th, 2007

This edition of DWN covers Saving Money with Debian GNU/Linux, Debian participates in Google's Summer of Code, New GNU/kFreeBSD CD Image and much more. Quote: —————————————————————————Debian Weekly News Weekly News – April 24th, 2007————————————————————————— Welcome to this year's 5th issue of DWN, the newsletter for the Debiancommunity. Roland Mas [1]announced that [2]Alioth users can use[3]Mercurial […]

Dell To Offer Ubuntu Systems In 'Weeks'

These two articles confirm the roumor that Dell will ship PS's with Ubuntu – one quotes Dell personnel, the other Ubuntu personnel. Plenty of links! Here they speak with Dell and here it's confirmed by Canonical / Ubuntu Quote: The question of which version of Ubuntu will be pre-loaded by Dell came up with 7.04, […]

The Debian 4.0 review and impression post

Here's an overview of the different reviews and writeups about Debian 4.0 (Etch) – so far stories from O'reilly, Digital Realms, Softpedia, Lunapark6, Linux-magazin (DE),, Techiemoe, Eweek, Techno Wizah, GeektimeLinux and screenshots at LinuxQuestions and Go2Linux. Blog overview at LinuxWatch. Digital Realms impressions: Quote: Overall, the default Debian install 'feels' fast. Firing up […]

Canonical and Savoir-Faire to Deliver Ubuntu Certified Professionals

Press release: Canonical Ltd today announced it has signed an agreement with Savoir-Faire to deliver 'Ubuntu Certified Professional' (UCP) training in Canada. Savoir-Faire will deliver official courses in Montreal, Quebec and Ottawa-Gatineau from May 2007. Read more here if you live in Canada Quote: Two five day courses, Ubuntu Professional Courses 1 & 2, will […]

Why device developers prefer Debian

Henry Kingman have listed 9 reasons for whu device developers are happy with Debian. Read it here Quote: In addition to Debian's 13 percent score, Ubuntu, which is based on Debian packages, jumped to 6 percent this year, its first year in our survey. In contrast, Red Hat, achieved a 5 percent score and Fedora […]

Introducing Ubuntu’s Add/Remove Packages

Ubuntu includes a very nice graphical Add/Remove Packages tool which you can access from the Applications menu Read it at Fosswire Quote: The command line interface is the most powerful way to manipulate the software installed on your system, but to users who aren’t familiar with a command line interface, it can be a bit […]

Dell to choose Ubuntu?

Several sources within Dell, have told Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols that Dell's desktop Linux pick is going to be Ubuntu. Read about the talk of the street here Quote: Sources also indicated that Dell has decided to go with Ubuntu because a large number of people who answered its Linux desktop survey indicated that they wanted […]

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