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New Debian Planets

So, after http://planet.debian.org, http://planet.debian-administration.org and http://updo.debian.net, new planets started and now evolved into Debian-Community Planets. See where to go in this blog post

The 7 Most Influential GNU/Linux Distributions

Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of the seven distributions that have most affected GNU/Linux as a whole – among those are Debian and Ubuntu Start reading here Quote: Debian has a reputation for being hard to install and use, neither of which is true today. The new Debian installer released a couple of […]

Defending Ubuntu

Has anyone noticed the negative press about Ubuntu recently? There really has been some good reviews of Ubuntu, as well as editorials, but in the past week or so there seems to have been a mini-explosion of anti-Ubuntu articles. Read the response and comments here Quote: The benefit of these articles is that it shows […]

Installing The IBM Lotus Symphony Beta 1 Office Suite On Ubuntu 7.04

IBM Lotus Symphony is an office-suite that is based on OpenOffice.org and ported to Lotus Expeditor. It contains programs for word processing, spreadsheet and presentation. Read it at howtoforge Quote: This howto is meant as a practical guide; it does not cover the theoretical backgrounds. They are treated in a lot of other documents in […]

MEPIS 7.0 Beta5: Improvements and OpenOffice 2.3

The big change that resulted in another Beta release is the availability of OpenOffice 2.3. In addition, ksynaptics and spamd were added to the iso images; and Firefox, 915resolution, and the ALSA Utilities were updated. And the latest version of Audacity was added to the MEPIS pool. Here's the usual announcement Quote: Good news for […]

How to setup passwordless disk encryption in Debian Etch

Recently I've installed Debian 4.0 (Etch) with disk encryption to protect my data. However the password entry at boot is quite tiresome after couple of days. Read more here Quote: PrerequisitesYou'll need your Etch installation with encrypted partition that's being setup at boot time via initramfs-tools. This is easy — it's what you end up […]

Ubuntu Popularity: Blessing or Curse?

Bruce Byfield reviews Ubuntu at LinuxPlanet and ….well….likes it but finds it lacking flexibility. Read the stuff here Quote: Some of the shortcomings mentioned here originate in GNOME itself. Yet Ubuntu has often changed GNOME to suit itself, so it must still take part of the blame. Ubuntu began with some promising improvements on the […]

Can Ubuntu Linux Really Run My Small Business?

For one startup in Portland, Oregon, Ubuntu Linux is the operating system of choice. Why? $146,000 in savings. Read more here Quote: Dawson has run all but one of Box Populi's internal management systems and all of his company's retail applications on open-source software since he founded the company in October 2003, saving an estimated […]

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Under Parallels Desktop 3

Feisty Fawn under Parallels Desktop 3 on my MacBook Pro is pretty darn usable. I like the fact that Parallels Desktop supports the two-fingers-on-trackpad-to-right-click feature found on the MacBook Pro. Read it here Quote: I don’t like the fact that for some reason, 1024 x 768 is the maximum resolution; this places vertical black bars […]

Ubuntu Black Screen Recovery

Updating Ubuntu only to discover that the kernel update has brought you to a black screen – never fun. Read it in this blog Quote: Once you manage to get back into your Ubuntu PC, you will be feeling a lot better. You have your important data backed up and of course, you can now […]

Preview: Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon, GNOME 2.20

OSNews have taken the opportunity to take a look at Ubuntu's soon-to-be-released Gutsy Gibbon with GNOME 2.20 Read it here Quote: Overall, however, I am simply extremely impressed by the new GNOME and the upcoming Ubuntu release. You can see the developers have put a lot of effort into not just cramming in new features, […]

Ubuntu Lite resurfaces as Ubuntulite

Ubuntulite strives to make modern software available for older computers in an easy-to-use distribution while upholding the Ubuntu Code of Conduct and contributing back to the community. Read more about the history here Quote: To that end, Ubuntulite is back. Rather than being its own ISO, the Ubuntulite install begins with a server install of […]

First CFV for Constitutional amendment: reduce the length of DPL election proces

The following ballot is for voting on a Constitutional amendment:reduce the length of DPL election process. Voting period starts 00:00:01 UTC on Sunday, 23rd Sep 2007 Votes must be received by 23:59:59 UTC on Saturday, 06th Oct 2007 The following ballot is for voting on a Constitutional amendment:reduce the length of DPL election process. The […]

Upgrade Ubuntu from Feisty to Gutsy

Ubuntu Gutsy is the next major release of the most popular Linux distro, due for release in October. Read it at howtogeek Quote: NOTE: Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) is still in beta mode as of this writing. Please backup all files or consider not upgrading, because there will likely be problems.

SimplyMEPIS: Linux Ready for the Desktop

I made this article in order to encourage those who haven’t tried any Linux Distribution yet to get out of their comfort zone and experience the best, easy, and secure life with Linux. Read it here Quote: As most common people new to Linux would want to do, you could play with your MEPIS box, […]

Ubuntu: One More Release, Yet More Polish

OSNews: I upgraded my laptop to the latest Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon a few days ago only to be greeted with an additional feel of polish and goodness. Read more for our mini preview. Read it here Quote: First of all, let me start by saying that lately bug reports seem to be resolved at a […]

SugarCRM Plus Some Ubuntu fun

Ubuntu reserves all ports under 1024 as 'privileged ports'. Therefore only a 'known and trusted' service can access them properly….well this was a problem as you could imagine. Read more of the SugarCRM issue here Quote: But SugarCRM would still not access things properly. I sigh one more time. More digging and googling. I come […]

Holonyx Launches Value Added Reseller Partner Program

Holonyx Inc. announced its Partner Program to provide Linux support and open source software support to Value Added Resellers and System Integrators. This includes Debian and Ubuntu Read the press release here Quote: Holonyx is solving a major need for the VAR and system integrator community by providing a single point of contact for Linux […]

Switch Between Gnome And KDE Desktops In Ubuntu

One of Linux strong points over Windows is the capability to switch desktops. Several exist, but the two most popular are Gnome and KDE. Read it here Quote: If you have been using Ubuntu, which uses Gnome as the default desktop, or Kubuntu which uses KDE as the desktop, and have been wondering what the […]

Lotus Notes 8 on Debian

I’ve been running Notes 7 on Debian using WINE for some time but I thought it was time to try out the native Notes 8. Read it in this blog Quote: On a more positive note, some of the new features are quite nice (compared to notes 7) and my biggest issue, search, now seems […]

Installing debian/unstable on an ASUS F3SV-AK143C : joys, pains,

Since my laptop needed replacement, I had to study what was available on the market…I finally settled on a Dell Inspiron 1520, with some options. Read the adventure here Quote: Of course, I immediately tried to install a sane operating system on it : debian unstable. And since I had already set up one of […]

Divining from the Entrails of Ubuntu's Gutsy Gibbon

Looking at the pre-releases of Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu 7.10, I found myself becoming disturbed by the degree to which this popularity has translated into uncritical acceptance. The preview consists of several pagges by Bruce Byfield Quote: All the same, I can't help comparing Ubuntu to its Debian parent. Despite its reputation for being difficult, Debian […]

Disk Based Backups With Amanda On Debian Etch

This document describes how to set up Amanda (The Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver) on Debian Etch. Read more here Quote: For this tutorial I chose Ubuntu v7.04 as a backup-client. The resulting system provides a flexible backup-system with many features. It will be able to back up multiple hosts via network to various […]

My Ubuntu won't update!

Sometimes for unknown reasons or known reasons the packages fail to download properly or are only partly downloaded and this causes the upgrade of that particular part to fail. Read what to do here Quote: In the case of the *buntu range of distributions and in fact any Debian based distribution the package manager is […]

VMware prefers Ubuntu instead of rPath for its virtual appliance OS

Obviously Ubuntu is much more influencial in open source community but VMware may have discarded rPath because its rBuilder also supports competitive formats from Microsoft, XenSource, Virtual Iron and Parallels. Read it at virtulization.info Quote: First step in the right direction must be taken reducing operating system footprint. For this reason VMware partnered with Ubuntu […]

MythTV on Ubuntu plus IRman

So, I decided it is time to update & upgrade. I went with Ubuntu on both the backend and frontend. Why? Well, I’ve noticed Fedora is difficult to upgrade to the next version and package maintainers for mythtv tend to drop old distros. Read more here Quote: The frontend was a little more tricky. Using […]

Bruce Bryfield: Why I’m staying with Debian

After debating my choices for a couple of days, I decided to stick with Debian for both technical and philosophical reasons. Read his blog here Quote: Which brings up another point: I’m reluctant to trust my computer to an eccentric millionaire, no matter how benevolent. This feeling has nothing to do with Mark Shuttleworth himself, […]

How To Compile rTorrent From SVN In Ubuntu Feisty Fawn / Gutsy

rTorrent is a lightweight client running from the terminal. Being able to run it in a screen session (also upon boot) makes it ideal to also control it from a remote location. Read it at howtoforge Quote: However the current version provided in the ubuntu repositories is very much outdated. It's version 0.6.x – and […]

Theme Applications Running as Root in Ubuntu

Once you start installing new GTK themes in Ubuntu, you will notice that applications that run as root, such as the Synaptic Package Manager, look unthemed and ugly. Read it here Quote: Leaving your root applications unthemed does an have one advantage, it reminds you when a running application has root privileges. Other than that […]

Installing Apache Tomcat 5.5 on Debian 4 (Etch) Linux

If you need to install and start Apache Tomcat quickly, probably this article can help you. See here how to do the job

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