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Watching Live-TV On Your Ubuntu Desktop With Zattoo

Zattoo delivers free Live-TV (P2P IPTV) to Linux, Windows, and Mac desktops. Depending on the country you live in you can select between multiple real TV stations to watch Read it at howtoforge

Ubuntu Technical Board votes on Compiz for Ubuntu 7.10

The Ubuntu Technical Board voted yesterday to ship Ubuntu 7.10 (“Gutsy”) with Compiz enabled by default. Read it at Ars Technica Quote: Although Compiz has been featured in Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe prerelesases, the board has had difficulty determining whether or not it is reliable and functionally complete enough to warrant inclusion in the final release.

Modifying PDF Files With PDFedit On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Falko Timme is busy these days – This article shows how you can install and use PDFedit on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. Read it here

Ubuntu expands into virtual appliances

Canonical has released a special version of its Ubuntu Server Linux distribution that is tailored to run as part of a virtual appliance. Read it here Quote: Dubbed Ubuntu JeOS (Just Enough Operating System), the software has been stripped from drivers and utilities that are bundled with the regular Ubuntu Server distribution. There is no […]

MEPIS 7.0 Beta4

The 4th Beta of SimplyMEPIS 7.0 has been released by Warren Woodford. The isos and beta3-beta4 iso deltas for 32 and 64 bit processors are available from the testing directory at the MEPIS subscriber site and public mirrors. Read it announced here Quote: The kernel in Beta4 is version which contains more patches from […]

How to enable MySQL with PHP5 on Debian Etch

Apparently, the default installation I ran across for Debian Etch doesn't include the php5-mysql library. I find this strange. But anyway, here's how to fix it. Read the short help here

Speeding Up Perl Scripts With SpeedyCGI/PersistantPerl On Debian Etch

This tutorial shows how to install and use SpeedyCGI (also known as PersistantPerl) on a Debian Etch system. SpeedyCGI is a way to run Perl scripts persistently, which can make them run much more quickly. Read it at howtoforge Quote: It keeps the Perl interpreter running, and during subsequent runs, this interpreter is used to […]

Is Linux Really Ready for Simple Users?

In this massive set of articles, Kim Brebach explores the suitability of desktop Linux for ordinary computer users. And part 1 is here with Xubuntu and Ubuntu Part 3 has SimplyMEPIS Quote: So, is Linux ready for the masses? The answer is that Linux isn't but that some of the major distros are. My top […]

Dell releases custom Ubuntu 7.04 ISOs with drivers and fixes

Dell has released a custom “remastered” Ubuntu 7.04 installation CD ISO that can be used to install Ubuntu on an Inspiron 1420 or 530. Read it at Ars Technica Quote: Dell laptops with Ubuntu preinstalled currently ship with a regular Ubuntu 7.04 installation CD that can be used to reinstall the operating system from scratch […]

Installing Ubuntu From A Windows System With Wubi

Wubi is an Ubuntu installer for Windows that lets you install and uninstall Ubuntu from a Windows desktop. Wubi adds an entry to the Windows boot menu which allows you to run Linux. Read about it at howtoforge Quote: Ubuntu is installed within a file in the Windows file system (a loopmounted partition), this file […] updated

I have just noticed that the old looking website has a new look with some minor visual changes, but with many functional ones. Read it at Quote: What can we see new? at the top we can see the different debian versions codenames (sarge, etch, lenny, sid, experimental). the addition of tags (for […]

Ubuntu packaging and Personal Package Archives class

Want to learn the basics of Ubuntu packaging and Launchpad's new Personal Package Archives? Join us in #launchpad at 15.00 UTC on Thursday 13th September. Want to learn the basics of Ubuntu packaging and Launchpad's new Personal Package Archives? Join us in #launchpad at 15.00 UTC on Thursday 13th September. During the PPA and Packaging […]

Ubuntu on the road to bloat

I boot my Ubuntu laptop and log in. Shortly after logging in, the IO onslaught begins. I open up a terminal and 'top' exposes the offender 'trackerd'. I begin the motion to kill it. Read it in this blog Quote: I have tried several things. Firstly I tried to disable Tracker so that trackerd never […]

How To Enable NTFS Write Support (ntfs-3g) On Ubuntu 7.10

Normally Linux systems can only read from Windows NTFS partitions, but not write to them which can be very annoying if you have to work with Linux and Windows systems. Read it here Quote: This is where ntfs-3g comes into play. ntfs-3g is an open source, freely available NTFS driver for Linux with read and […]

Gutsy Gibbon swinging along

There's a month to go before the next Ubuntu release, 7.10 aka Gutsy Gibbon, hits the download servers. A September 4 daily build shows a number of improvements over the 7.04 release. Read it at ITwire Quote: One must point out here that the PC on which the testing of 7.10 was conducted was built […]

Virus Protection With AVG Antivirus On Ubuntu 7.04

This tutorial shows how you can install and use AVG Antivirus on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. Although there aren't many Linux viruses out there, this can be useful if you often exchange files with Windows users – it can help you to not pass on any Windows viruses to Windows users. Read it at […]

Mark Shuttleworth Interview for Software Freedom Day

Mark Shuttleworth, second self-funded Cosmonaut and creator of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, answers questions about Open Source software, flying in space, his decision to start Ubuntu, what Ubuntu means, and the progress of Ubuntu and free, open source software. See the video here

Care to Ubuntu? Part 3

To continue from where I left off previously, my installation of Ubuntu’s Feisty Fawn (7.04) has been full of nothing but pleasant surprises. It just works! Read more here Quote: See, my point is this with all the coverage of Ubuntu here: You get a full-featured, fast and capable operating system for the cost of […]

Video Surveillance With ZoneMinder On Ubuntu

ZoneMinder is the top Linux video camera security and surveillance solution. In this document I will cover how to get ZoneMinder up and running on Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS or Dapper Drake with the recent updates included. Read it at howtoforge Quote: In building a system like this one must be aware that it would be […]

Lenovo opening the door for Ubuntu ThinkPads?

Lenovo finally started shipping SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on its T-Series ThinkPads for its mainstream business users. Now, the company appears to be considering offering another Linux, very possibly Ubuntu, for the enthusiast market. Read more here Quote: Kohut concluded by opening up a survey to see which desktop Linux ThinkPad customers would like Lenovo […]

Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #56

In this issue we cover new Ubuntu and MOTU members, the Tribe 6 milestone, an Ubuntu get-together, the one year anniversary of French UWN translations, and, as always, much much more! Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #56 for the weekSeptember 2nd – September 8th, 2007. In this issue we cover new Ubuntuand MOTU […]

Comparing Debian and Fedora

I think that Fedora Rawhide and Debian/Unstable are fairly equivalent in this regard, new upstream releases get packaged quickly, and support is minimal. The comparison is here Quote: If you want to try new features then Fedora and Debian/Testing are both options that will work. One reason I had been avoiding serious use of Debian/Testing […]

Setting up an FTP Server on Ubuntu with ProFTPD

ProFTPD is a proven, high-performance, scalable FTP server written from scratch, with a focus toward simplicity, security, and ease of configuration. Read it at Ubuntugeek Quote: Naturally, ProFTPD powers some of the largest sites on the Internet. It features a very Apache-like configuration syntax, modules, and a highly customizable server infrastructure, including support for multiple […]

(k)Ubuntu, fresh from the start

In the end, (k)Ubuntu, fresh from the start, is much like Windows. You need to install lots of softwares before you can get productive. Which, to my dismay, is not just the distro i was looking for. SimplyMEPIS, on the other hand, delivers just the right stuff at my hands. Read it in this blog […]

IceWM and Ubuntu 7.04 on 450Mhz K6-2, 256Mb

Slowly, slowly, things start to get better. This time I built up a stripped Ubuntu command-line installation, then added xorg, IceWM and a few GTK2 applications, to keep me in business. It's in this interesting blog Quote: Startup is fast, but shutting down is a different story. I have to spawn a terminal and issue […]

Dell criticized over difficulty in selecting Ubuntu

It seems several people are less than pleased with Dell's online store, particularly those in the U.K. It seems those trying to acquire a Dell running Linux are finding it difficult and bug-ridden, often finding themselves being redirected. Read it here Quote: However, some say the criticism isn't warranted. Dell has created several offshoot sites […]

Ubuntu 7.10 on Acer 5920G

I have been using Ubuntu 7.04 on my new Acer 5920G. There were some issues with it. It's in this blog Quote: After beating the laziness, I decided to try Ubuntu Gutsy on the machine. I grabbed the latest alpha alternate CD (Didn't want to waste a blank CD for the live version which might […]

XP to Ubuntu Linux and back again

My ideal situation is to be able to move from machine to machine (XP or Linux) by inserting a reasonably sized usb-drive, type a couple of commands and start working productively. Read it here Quote: The reason I haven't done this before is because I haven't had a spare machine that I could actually use […]

Clean Up Ubuntu Grub Boot Menu After Upgrades

One of the things in Ubuntu that has always driven me crazy is the addition of new items into the grub menu without removing the old entries that likely don't even work anymore. Read it at howtogeek

Why I’m staying with Debian

Perhaps I should follow the crowd and go to Ubuntu? Some other DEB-based distribution? Maybe Slackware or Gentoo to grab a bit of geek-cred? But after debating my choices for a couple of days, I decided to stick with Debian for both technical and philosophical reasons. Some arguments are personel, the rest are the classical […]

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