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All Macedonian students to use Linux desktops

NComputing is showing in Macedonia, with its Ubuntu Linux based servers and virtual PC terminals, that there's more than one way to get inexpensive Linux desktops into students' hands. Read it here Quote: NComputing announced this week that its multi-user virtual desktop software and low-cost virtual PC terminals will be used to equip every school […]

Ubuntu themes for Windows XP

I have been looking for this one – here’s a list of Ubuntu themes for Windows XP to keep you satisfied, and to keep that boring default Luna theme away. Enjoy it here

Ubuntu's path to the mainstream user

Walter Mossbergs review of Ubuntu came across as honest and objective, but more importantly it I took it as a working outline of how the average user views Ubuntu. Read the comments in this blog Quote: Additionally, at the point where a truly novice users give Ubuntu a try they are immediately compelled to become […]

Windows Guy Takes Ubuntu Gutsy To Work…

What happends if you bring an Ubuntu machine to work – here are my honest observations about my day with Ubuntu at work. Read it here Quote: Still, I don’t see a huge roll in the organization at this point for Ubuntu. For all of it’s improvements, it’s still not quite as refined as either […]

Damn Small Linux 4.0 RC4

Robert Shingledecker has announced the fourth release candidate of Damn Small Linux 4.0 The short announcement and changelog is found here Quote: The fourth release candidate for DSL v4.0 is now available.Change Log for DSL v4.0rc4 * New dfmext.lua GUI tool for dfm associations* New automatic update of etc.ld.cache for uci .so files* Updated torsmo […]

Slackware to Debian switch, final?

Long story short, I always returned home, to Slackware that is. Now I think that may not be the case, since I'm already on Debian for a month now, and it's not annoying me at all. Read the thoughts on Slackware and Debian here Quote: Same happened with Slackware – Debian. Slackware was so fine, […]

Memcached 1.2.2 on Debian Etch

This article will show how we can install updated versions for memcached (and libevent) for Debian Etch, by backporting the packages from debian testing. Read more here Quote: Why would we want to do this? Because the versions shipped with Etch are old, and accordingly to the software creators should not be used as the […]

Ubuntu Gutsy – AWN rocks!

I have played around with screenlets. Very nice, but nothing functional enough to grab me. But, AWN is something that looks good and I find very useful. Read it at the blog of grumpymole Quote: The dock is stable and has good properties management. And there are now new applets being added at a rapid […]

The Official Ubuntu Book 2nd Edition

t's been a little under a year since took a look at the first edition of the book, but in that short amount of time, Ubuntu hasThe Official Ubuntu Book 2nd Edition taken quite a few changes. Read more of the review here Quote: For those who have read the first edition, the layout […]

Installing Vista Fonts in Ubuntu

Microsoft’s new ClearType fonts for Vista are great. The fonts include Constantia, Corbel, Calibri, Cambria, Candara and Consolas. Getting them installed in Ubuntu is a breeze, thanks to a script I found. Read the rest in this blog entry

Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #57

In this issue we cover Dell's remastered Ubuntu 7.04 ISO, Andrea Veri becomes a MOTU, Ubuntu Finland delivers Ubuntu to Finnish parliament representatives, and, as always, much much more! Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #57 for the weekSeptember 9th – September 15th, 2007. In this issue we cover Dell'sremastered Ubuntu 7.04 ISO, Andrea […]

Spawn of Debian faceoff: MEPIS Linux

This is the second in a series of reviews of Debian-based distributions. The first review looked at LindowsOS 4.5. This one examines a lesser-known distro called MEPIS, which is unique in many ways, including the name. Continue reading at Quote: Woodford has a fascinating history in high tech, stretching back to the '70s when […]

How to replace Windows completely with Ubuntu.

We all know how far open source software has progressed, but has it come so far to not only challenge Windows, but replace it? Can you really install Linux and open source software in place of Windows, and want for nothing? Read the guide at APCmag Quote: When I was first given this task I […]

Xen Cluster Management With Ganeti On Debian Etch

In this tutorial I will explain how to create one virtual Xen machine (called an instance) on a cluster of two physical nodes, and how to manage and failover this instance between the two physical nodes. Read it at Howtoforge

Monitoring Network Latency With Smokeping (Debian Etch)

This guide shows how to install and configure Smokeping on Debian Etch to monitor network latency. Read more at Howtoforge Quote: From the Smokeping web site: “SmokePing is a deluxe latency measurement tool. It can measure, store and display latency, latency distribution and packet loss. SmokePing uses RRDtool to maintain a longterm data-store and to […]

How to set up an anonymous proxy on debian

This will also show you how to configure squid from webmin to accept connections only from predefined clients based on the client's ip address. Read it in this blog Quote: This document describes the steps required to install squid proxy server from and webmin from on a debian 4.0 system as well as […]

How-to Building a self-bundling Debian AMI

Given the regular questions appearing on the forum about using Debianwith EC2 I thought it might be a useful exercise to post a complete HOWTO should people wish to roll their own AMI rather than use my public one. Read the howto here Quote: I suspect that these instructions will work for Ubuntu as well […]

Dzongkha Debian Linux updated for the Bhutanese people

At August 28th 2007, the Research Division of Department of Information and Technology (DIT) of the Bhutanese Ministry of Information and Communications updated its Dzongkha Debian Linux from the previous Dzongkha Linux 1.0 launched in June 2006. Read more at Quote: According to Pema Geyleg, head developer of the Dzongkha Debian Linux, the launch […]

Wacraft 3 TFT and in Ubuntu with Cedega

Here we go again, today's topic: Install Warcraft 3 with TFT in Ubuntu using Cedega. I'm a great Dota fan, and I had to restart my computer everytime I wanted to play, so I installed it in my Ubuntu, and it works great! Read it in this blog Quote: Some of the problems I had […]

Ubuntu + mpd + Jinzora + Hi-Fi == ACE

I have a decrepit old PC that I need to find a job for or it’s destined to sit on a scrapheap biodegrading over the next 10,000 years. Read it here Quote: Now then – how will I control the thing remotely? The answer is via a web browser. Remember we told Ubuntu to set […]

Howto Set Flickr images as Ubuntu desktop wallpaper

Webilder delivers stunning wallpapers to your Linux desktop, directly from Flickr and Webshots. You choose what keywords (tags) to watch for, and photos are automatically downloaded to your computer. Read it at Ubuntugeek

Embed a terminal in your Ubuntu desktop

Admit it. You enjoy using the command line in Linux. You only have a graphical interface so people in the office don't look at you strangely. Read it here Quote: The easiest way is to install Devil's Pie with a custom terminal setup each time you login. Devil's Pie is a simple utility that detects […]

Review of Ubuntu 7.04 Server on Old Hardware

Don't try this at home, kids; Ubuntu on: CPU: AMD K6-2 450MHz , RAM: 128MB, HDD: 4.3GB , Other: 3dfx Banshee graphics, Unbranded 10/100 ethernet card, Goldstar 4x CDRW Read it here Quote: I ran into problems, but only due to the prehistoric age of the hardware I was testing on, and they were easily […]

Ubuntu comes knocking on Oracle's door

Canonical has stated that its Ubuntu Server needs increased support from independent software vendors and system builders. Read more here Quote: “The acid test for Ubuntu Server is Oracle,” Canonical chief executive Mark Shuttleworth told in an interview at the VMworld 2007 conference in San Francisco.

Belkin Wireless N1 On Ubuntu

Here's what to try if your wireless card is not supported with drivers for Ubuntu or other distributions Read it here Quote: What are your options? Use a notebook NOT designed for Windows from or Purchase a notebook card (PCMCIA or Mini PCI) that is known to support most Linux distributions. Try NDISWrapper, […]

Voyage Linux: The Comforts of Debian. Embedded.

Voyage Linux is a fairly new contender in the embedded space. Based on Debian Etch, it weighs in at about 64 megabytes. Read about it at Enterprisenetworkingplanet Quote: A nice feature it retains is apt-get for package management, so you'll need to allow extra room for package management. 128 megabytes should be plenty. This is […]

Debian win32-loader Goes Official

Oh, dear – this news is from /. – the win32 loader from has made its way to official Debian CDs. Read it here Quote: “After a long process of review and polishing, the win32 loader from has finally made its way to official Debian CDs. Latest daily builds of lenny (the development […]

Ubuntu reviewed again

Ubuntu in the mainstream: Walt Mossberg (The Wall Street Journal Online) reviews Dell with Ubuntu: “Linux’s Free System Is Now Easier to Use, But Not for Everyone” Read it here Quote: But open source is a two-edged sword. While it draws on smart developers from many places, nobody is ultimately responsible for the quality of […]

Damn Small Linux Makes Darn Big Impression

After booting up into full graphical mode, you may be hooked on this tiny distribution forever. Read the review at Linuxplanet Quote: You now have a fully functional Linux system based on the Debian distribution. Your new system occupies about 100MB of space on your disk drive. This may come as a surprise since your […]

What it's Like to Switch to Ubuntu

We installed Ubuntu on a Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 running Vista Business, all while keeping a couple key goals in mind. We wanted to find out if Ubuntu is a worthy alternative to Microsoft Windows Vista or Mac OS X. Read it at Laptopmag Quote: Although the OS may not recognize some of your accessories or […]

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