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Ubuntu Linux's Achilles' Heel

The wildly popular Linux distro isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially if you try to install it on a laptop, reviewer Alex Wolfe finds. Read the story at informationweek Quote: Unfortunately, none of the Ubuntu stories–no Linux reviews, for that matter–talk about the inevitable problems many people run into during the installation process. […]

Ubuntu – desktop and servers

So I’ve made the switch to Ubuntu for one of my desktops at work. Also, some of my home servers were running ancient versions of Fedora or Redhat. So I decided to move to debian. Read it at Dru's blog Quote: Why the switch to Debian/Ubuntu? I got sick and tired of the Fedora upgrade […]

Installing Zabbix (Server And Agent) On Debian Etch

With Zabbix, you can monitor multiple servers at a time, using a Zabbix server that comes with a web interface. Read it at howtoforge Quote: The Zabbix agents deliver the desired data to the Zabbix server. This tutorial shows how you can install the Zabbix server and agent on a Debian Etch system.

Review of the Ubuntu competition

Here's an interesting insight on the Ubuntu-marketing mail list where the competitors to ubuntu are reviewed. Read it here at the list Quote: If I were a newcomer with a windows legacy I would not give Kubuntulive CD a second try, but go straight to pclos. I think the excellence of K/Ubuntu would not be […]

Ubuntu: Taking Over the Linux World

At the end of the day, Ubuntu has won the hearts of common users. And that is not my opinion, this is simply a matter of numbers. Read it here Quote: RPM Based Distros Are Simply Not Popular With Newer Users. One final thing that I would like to point out is that with the […]

Totally "free" Ubuntu? That's the plan for Gobuntu

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced a new “freedom-focused flavour of Ubuntu” devoid of any proprietary software, which may hold special appeal for open source purists. Read it here Quote: On his blog Shuttleworth issued “a call for developers who are interested in pushing the limits of content and code freedom — including firmware, content, […]

Ubuntu is built with proprietary software

The Jem report: “One thing stands out as oddly hypocritical is the fact that Ubuntu's development tools — collectively called Launchpad — are proprietary. Even worse are the company's explanations for why Launchpad is proprietary.” Read it here Quote: Sometimes you're stuck with proprietary software because there are no alternatives. Such is the case with […]

Gaming In Ubuntu Feisty Fawn…

A recent article on 10 Advantages of Ubuntu over Vista drew ridicule because “Linux doesn’t support games”. While I knew this was only a half truth, I decided to blog about it myself. Read it here Quote: It is true that you can’t run to Walmart and buy a Linux version of the newest games; […]

Install Tabbed File Manager in Ubuntu

I've found a lightweight file manager for Ubuntu called PCMan that gives you most of the functionality from Nautilus, but also has tabs. Read it here Quote: To install this file manager, you can either use the built-in Add/Remove applications dialog or use the command line. Just type in PCMan into the search box, and […]

Keeping Ubuntu Tidy

Installing and removing programs can clutter up your system. Sometimes certain dependency packages aren’t needed after a program has been uninstalled Read the blog with some help here Quote: Autoremove apt-get isn’t like your two your old cousin – it can clean up after itself. If you want to get rid of packages that are […]

35 Cool Applications to install on Ubuntu 7.04

Now here in this article we look at a number of really good applications that are not shipped by default with Ubuntu as well as instructions on installing them. Read it at Linux on Desktop Quote: Now many applications need additional repositories to be installed or some to be enabled in Synaptic package manager so […]

Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #47

Issue 47 features that Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 has passed the second alpha release, and is starting to look like we're going to have another amazing release. Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 47 for the week(s) June24th – July 7th, 2007 features a two weeks of news packed into onegreat issue. Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 […]

Ubuntu Receives Readers' Choice Award for 'Best Linux Distribution'

Canonical, Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, today announced that it won Enterprise Open Source Magazine's Readers' Choice Award for the “Best Linux Distribution,” voted on by members of the open source community. The press release is found here Quote: The winners of the Readers' Choice Awards were revealed by SYS-CON, the parent publishing company […]

Looking for new FTP assistants

Though I have already received a few offers to help, most of them were from people already very deeply committed to other tasks in Debian, which kind of defeats the idea of having fresh blood in the teams. Dear developers, As you may have seen [1], the NEW queue has again reached a one-monthbacklog. While […]

adventures in DSL

My buddy Todd gave me an old thinkpad he was going to trash. It’s an i-series 1400 with a 433 celeron, 64M RAM, and 4G hard drive so I installed Damn Small Linux on it for web browsing and email. Read it here Quote: DSL Linux is surprisingly easy to set up. Once I got […]

How to Install Elisa media center in Ubuntu

Fluendo’s Elisa is a free software media center application that can play your DVDs, video files, music, and pictures. Read it at ubuntugeek Quote: For Ubuntu Edgy Users You need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list add the following line save and exit the file deb edgy main

Lightweight Version of MEPIS is Released

MEPIS has announced the “Spartacus” release of antiX, a lightweight derivative of MEPIS. AntiX is built and maintained by MEPIS community member anticapitalista, as a free version of MEPIS for very old 32 bit PC hardware. Read it announced here Quote: AntiX is built using the MEPIS Linux 6.5 core including the MEPIS 2.6.15 kernel […]

Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" on my Compaq V3000

The following is a guide as to how I got Ubuntu “Feisty Fawn” running with full functionality (actually better but more of that later) on a Compaq V3000 model notebook. Read more here Quote: This weekend I decided to take the plunge and install a Linux distro on my notebook PC. The reason I not […]

Features Ubuntu is Lacking

In my last post I mentioned why I chose Ubuntu over Windows. I stand by my comments, however I would like to shed some light where Ubuntu and Linux need a little work. Read it here Quote: 3. Where Are The Games? Linux gets no love from game developers. Microsoft has developers using Direct X […]

How to use gtkpod to manage your iPod in Ubuntu

This tutorial will guide you in installing, setting up and using gtkpod to manage your iPod in Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: Though the steps to install gtkpod are specific to Ubuntu (or any Linux distribution that uses the Synaptic Package Manager), the steps to actually use gtkpod can be applied to any Linux distribution.

Ubuntu Upgrades

One need not install every Ubuntu upgrade that is released. If you keep your system updated, you need not upgrade it for the life of the version. Read it here Quote: If you are not adjusting the partitions, there are two ways to upgrade Ubuntu: upgrade all of the installed programs, including the kernel, via […]

Setting up a dial up connection in Ubuntu

Ubuntu includes some useful utilities to get your dial-up connection up and running. Here are the ways you can connect to your dialup connection. Read it here Quote: First thing you need to do is to make sure your modem drivers are installed or not. If you want more details about modem drivers in Ubuntu […]

How to install dhcp3-server in Ubuntu

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, shortly known as DHCP, is very useful tool when it comes to networking with multiple computers in the network Read it here Quote: Ok, so let’s look at how we install DHCP in Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS (Dapper Drake). I assume you did a clean install of Ubuntu Linux server edition or […]

Is Ubuntu Linux really ready for the big time?

Many say that Linux is just not ready for the end user market because of its complexity. With Dell's involvement, however, much of the learning curve has been reduced or eliminated Read it here Quote: So whether the question is Ubuntu ready to Serve up millions of hits a day as a web server, crunch […]

Ubuntu Selects Confed-ITA to Spread Wings in TN

With Linux gaining ground across the globe, a significant development is happening at the Confederation of Information Technology Association (Confed-ITA) in Tamil Nadu. Read it here Quote: This is the first time Canonical is doing a training program for OEM partners across the world. Maria (worldwide OEM business head), Billy (worldwide training head), and Mathew […]

Installing ModSecurity2 On Debian Etch

This article shows how to install and configure ModSecurity (version 2) for use with Apache2 on a Debian Etch system. ModSecurity is an Apache module that provides intrusion detection and prevention for web applications. Read it here Quote: In Debian Sarge, ModSecurity was available as a .deb package in the official Debian repositories, but in […]

Release team releases hold on unstable

This does still mean that you are supposed to announce biggertransitions to the maintainers of your r-dependencies and to the releaseteam. Please always have a look around before uploading a lib with aSONAME bump. Heya, Since my last mail [1], we have been able to fix up the missing odds andends and have finally pushed […]

3 developer meetings in Extremadura 2007

The spanish region of Extremadura will arrange travel inside Europe (exceptions exist), hosting and food for max 20 people working on debian projects for a long weekend in the coming half year. Hi! The spanish region of Extremadura will sponsor again Debian WorkMeetings in the same way they did last year: They will arrange travel […]

Installing Google Desktop On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

This article shows how you can install the Linux version of Google Desktop on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) desktop. It's at Howtoforge Quote: Although the program is still marked as beta, Linux users can already search for text inside documents, local email messages, their Web history, and their Gmail accounts.

10 minutes to run every Windows app on your Ubuntu desktop

This simple guide will bring up the Windows start menu inside GNOME and allow you to run, use and install any Windows app (that can run in a VM) Read it here Quote: Update: If you’ve been having trouble getting this working, make sure they key is correct – our fixed width site layout chopped […]

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