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Setting Up A High-Availability Load BalancerWith HAProxy/Keepalived On Etch

This article explains how to set up a two-node load balancer in an active/passive configuration with HAProxy and keepalived on Debian Etch. Again, at Howtoforge Quote: The load balancer sits between the user and two (or more) backend Apache web servers that hold the same content. Not only does the load balancer distribute the requests […]

Custom Debian Distributions

This paper is intended for people who are interested in the philosophy of Custom Debian Distributions, and the technique that is used to manage those projects. Read it here Quote: It is explained in detail why these are not forks from Debian, but reside completely inside the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, and which advantages can be […]

Ubuntu 7.04 and Compiz Fusion on an Acer 3680 Laptop – A Review

1.5 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Intel Corp. Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Video Card. Dual boots with Ubuntu and Windows Vista. The odd thing is that the review is found at Howtoforge Quote: Ubuntu detected all the hardware but the Atheros AR5BXB63 wireless card. Installing the Windows driver with NDIS Wrapper didn't seem to work, […]

Post-Install Tips for Ubuntu 7.10

Once you've installed Ubuntu's Gutsy Gibbon, follow these steps at PCWorld to avoid headaches and make your new OS feel like home. Read the words here Quote: Add DVD Support For legal reasons, Ubuntu lacks a small system library that decrypts the video on most commercial DVDs. The system's default media player isn't quite DVD-ready, […]

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) LAMP Server Setup

In around 15 minutes, the time it takes to install Ubuntu Server Edition, you can have a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) server up and ready to go. Read it at the onlyubuntu blog Quote: The LAMP option means you don't have to install and integrate each of the four separate LAMP components, a […]

Ministry of Education,Brazil, is buying 90,000 Debian GNU Linux computers

At October 22nd, 2007, the Ministry of Education from Brazil executed a bidding, using its government virtual trading room, for the aquisition of 90 thousand computers with Debian GNU / Linux 4 pre-installed Read it at Times.debian.net Quote: The bidding 452007 process 23034.040575/2007-58 of FUNDO NACIONAL DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DA EDUCACAO – FNDE, MINISTERIO DA EDUCACAO, […]

HOWTO Configure Ubuntu for Active Directory Authentication

With Active Directory authentication uses the Kerberos 5 protocol, and account information uses LDAP. Therefore we need to configure Kerberos 5 and LDAP on Ubuntu in order to manage users in an Active Directory. Read how to do it here

More Debian at Systems Expo in Munich, Germany

The Saxnet product is called Meshnode III, a Debian-based WLAN router that features a full, x86-based PC system inside a compact housing. Read a press release about the router here Quote: It is equipped with four radio modules, with a maximum transmission power of 600 MW each, and runs on a 500MHz AMD x86 chip […]

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Pragmatic Visual Presentation Critique

The purpose of this article is not to emphasize the strengths and merits of Ubuntu user experience, but instead to shed a brighter light on areas that have been neglected due to shortage of time and resources, usability testing, and various software and artwork defects. Read the views here Quote: I hope those who are […]

Ubuntu's Desktop Effects: Proceed with Caution

So what exactly went wrong with enabling these desktop effects, and why do they cause your PC so much misery? Read it here Quote: We struggled a lot in the beginning to get the “Windows Wobble” and “Workspaces on a Cube” effects to work without crashing the OS. But when it did work, it was […]

Explanation of Ubuntu Hard Drive Wear and Tear

A recent bug report for Ubuntu Linux has confirmed that both the Feisty and Gutsy versions of Ubuntu cause some unnecessary wear and tear on a hard drive. Read about it here Quote: Load/Unload refers to a device that controls the position of the sliders on a hard drive. If you think about a hard […]

Default Umask In Debian

I’m a bit bothered by something that no one can seem to give me a clear answer on: why is the default umask in Debian ‘022′? Read it at LinuxIndex Quote: Red Hat based distros, such as CentOS and SUSE have taken advantage of this, changing their default umask to 002. When will Debian, and […]

Ubuntu Gutsy Internet Help

So you just upgraded to Ubuntu Gutsy and you cannot get the Internet to work? A way to solve and analyze it is at lockergnome Quote: You appear to have a LAN connection or Network-Manager is allowing you to connect to your access point, yet when you type in http://www.google.com, the domain will not resolve […]

How To Compile rTorrent From SVN In Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

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 how to do it at howtoforge

Debian at Systems Expo in Munich, Germany

The Debian project will be present again at this year's Systems expo which takes place from October 23-26 in Munich, Germany. Read the announcement at Debian-Times Quote: Besides the official Debian booth, there will be some other interesting booths for visitors concerning Debian: * The City of Munich's LiMux project, which migrates all city council's […]

Share a Firefox Profile Between Ubuntu and Windows

You can create a Firefox profile in Windows and set it up so that Ubuntu uses the exact same profile. This is excellent help! Quote: Why would that be nice to have? Any bookmarks, extensions, and options you configure in Windows will be used in Ubuntu as well. You won’t have to spend extra time […]

"Why Ubuntu (Still) Sucks"…Why care?

TuxMachines gives the row of “Why Ubuntu sucks” a critical look and tells us how we all can create that kind of articles. Read it here Quote: So how does it work? (1) Get someone who is intentionally biased to write. In this case of the above articles, Randall Kennedy. Clearly anti-Linux and Pro-Microsoft. Don't […]

Damn Small Linux 4.0

Robert Shingledecker has announced the final release of Damn Small Linux 4.0. Here's the release notes: Quote: After several months and 5 release candidates of upgrades and retooling DSL to additionally provide drag-n-drop document centric computing I present v4.0 Change Log for v4.0

Where are the American Linux desktop users?

Linux users from around the world are filling out the Linux Foundation's desktop survey. But what John Cherry, the foundation's director of global Linux workgroups, wants to know is, “Where are the responses from the North America?” Read about it here Quote: And what desktop are most of them using? Would anyone be surprised to […]

Tesco sell computers with Ubuntu pre-installed – Linux on the up?

Tesco, the UK's biggest retailer, has started selling entry level PCs with Ubuntu pre-installed. Could this brave move give Linux based operating systems a much needed boost in the UK? Read it here Quote: Tesco is the world's third largest grocery retailer, and also sells everything from clothes to electrical equipment. In their latest Tesco […]

How To Install A Complete LEMP (Linux – EngineX (Nginx HTTP SERVER) on Etch

This HowTo will describe the setup of an efficient http server and mail server for small or medium configurations (as low as 96 mb). So this config is ideal for a small VPS. Read it at howtoforge

The road to Ubuntu: Backup Hell

My journey from XP to Ubuntu has stalled as I fight with Gutsy Gibbon to recreate my file backup regime under Linux. Read it here Quote: I've decided to see if Ubuntu can meet my needs, but recreating this backup regime under Gutsy Gibbon is proving quite a challenge. The people behind Handy Backup are […]

A tour through Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

Here we take a walk through of some of the installation steps for Ubuntu (to calm any fears that this is a hard process) and then a few of the notable changes and improvements in this release. Tectonic gives you the big picture Quote: ConclusionUbuntu Gutsy Gibbon is a good, solid release. It has just […]

How Is Ubuntu Doing as a Server Platform?

With the launch last week of Ubuntu 7.10 for desktops and servers last week and the upcoming launch in April 2008 of a new Long Term Support variant of Ubuntu, it is reasonable to stop for a second and try to assess how well or poorly Ubuntu is doing on servers. Read about it at […]

Why I've moved from Vista to Ubuntu 7.10

I've been using Windows since it was battling for desktop supremacy with GEM in the early 90s. Since the late 90s I've dabbled with Linux, but there have always been compelling reasons to return to, or stick with, Windows. No more, for two reasons: Vista, and Ubuntu 7.10 (ala Gutsy Gibbon). Read the blog at […]

Why Ubuntu (Still) Sucks – Part 1&2

This blogger at Infoworld seems to take some offense against Ubuntu, as “it's still just another Gnome-based Linux distribution and, as such, remains well behind the curve when it comes to desktop sophistication.” Read the comments here Quote: The above is just one example of how integrated search can fundamentally alter (for the better) the […]

FOSDEM call for talks for the Debian devroom

Since FOSDEM is 4 months away and Debian has been granted a devroom there, Wouter Verhelst calls for talks. [motto: I *will* beat LCA this year around in being the first to announce this ;-] Hi all, Recently it's been confirmed that Debian will be granted a devroom atthe Free and Open Source Developers' European […]

Ubuntu Open Week Is Here

Ubuntu Open Week begin: 42 sessions, showing how to get started contributing to Ubuntu in a range of different areas, from packaging to development, to translations to bug triage, to advocacy and support. Read the announcement and get the links at Jono Bacons page

Ubuntu: where to from here?

In business, as in many other things in life, it is relatively easy to plan for failure. But how does one plan for success? Read it at the comment at ITWire Quote: But three years later, Ubuntu is more widely known than ever. The reason why it is still number one among distributions is evident […]

K/Ubuntu 7.10 vs PCLinuxOS 2007 showdown

What I present now are some impressions of my use of both operating systems, and I must say at the onset that I am left feeling that PCLinuxOS is by far the best choice for new Linux users available today. Read it here Quote: Overall summary: Obviously, if your mathematics is good, PCLinux wins the […]

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