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The problems with ATI graphics and Ubuntu 7.10

I've had a Sapphire ATI X1950 Pro video card for over 30 days now, and it's crossed my mind more than once to send it back to Newegg and get an nVidia replacement. Read it here Quote: If the Debian/Ubuntu developers are going to continue to insist that the restricted modules system be used, then […]

MEPIS 7.0 RC1: Final Cleanup Begins

MEPIS has announced RC1 of SimplyMEPIS 7.0. The isos and deltas for 32 and 64 bit processors are available from the testing directory at the MEPIS subscriber site and public mirrors Read it here Quote: The final cleanup of 7.0 begins with some updates: kernel, Firefox, Thunderbird, and OpenOffice 2.3.0-4. The final […]

5 Tiny Distros That Pack A Big Bang

Some distributions of the open-source operating system are bloated, but Puppy Linux, Knoppix, SLAX, NimbleX, and — yes — Damn Small Linux will get you up and running fast. Enjoy the reviews and overview here Quote: When you boot DSL (and it boots fast), one of the many boot-time options you can select is to […]

Debian Howto: Set up and Maintain a Mixed Testing/Unstable System

The first source of information is the official Apt Howto. You probably have it installed on your system someplace and it should be bookmarked (along with the Aptitude User’s Manual). Read it here Quote: I prefer Aptitude as the program installer, and examples of Apt commands will reflect that. If you are capable of running […]

Ubuntu Server: Good Concept, Flawed Execution

…today we'll wrap that up, plus we'll dig into the included services in Ubuntu Server, amaze at a couple of interesting blunders Read it here Quote: There are many prefab Linux LAMP stacks, with XAMPP for Linux being one of the most comprehensive and versatile. That same page also emphasizes the excellence of the Linux […]

Open source communities: Who's in charge?

Scholars understand a great deal about how bureaucratic organizations work, but they know a lot less about how open source communities govern themselves – Debian is one of the cases. Read it [url='s+in+charge%3F]here[/url] Quote: To find out how Debian governs itself, the researchers examined how the open source community designed and implemented a governance system […]

Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #66

In this issue we cover the LoCo teams up next for official approval, the welcoming of a new MOTU, some news from the good folks in Ubuntuforums, and, as always, much much more. Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #66 for the weekNovember 11th – November 17th, 2007. In this issue we cover the […]

Bits from the DPL: officialising delegations

There are a few delegations that I need to confirm or make official, so that we don't end up 5 years from now wondering when or how they happened. Hi there! There are a few delegations that I need to confirm ormake official, so that we don't end up 5 years from now wonderingwhen or […]

Large File Support in Samba [Ubuntu Gutsy]

Today I finally got around to investigating the issue and found that it’s because by default smbfs doesn’t support large files, at least not in Ubuntu. Read what to do here

Create an encrypted disk with Ubuntu

In this post I will explain a simple way to create a encrypted disk using Ubuntu, where you can keep a backup of your private files. I've tested all the steps using a small USB flash drive, but use them at your own risk. Read it here

Ubuntu Visual Makeover for Windows Xp

Changing to ubuntu as replacement for windows? nah! too hard and difficult and time consuming to learn Linux. But deep in heart “hey I want my pc to look like Ubuntu!”. Ok, here is how Start the fun here

HowTo install Tracks on Debian

Tracks is a web-based application to help you implement David Allen’s Getting Things Done™ methodology. It was built using Ruby on Rails, and comes with a built-in webserver (WEBrick), so that you can run it on your own computer if you like. Read more here Quote: I have been using tracks for some time now, […]

Debian Maintainers Open Beta

In early August, Debian voted to endorse the concept of “DebianMaintainers” which allows contributors who, though not full Debiandevelopers, should be allowed to maintain their own packages in thearchive without requiring a sponsor for every upload. In early August, Debian voted to endorse the concept of “DebianMaintainers” which allows contributors who, though not full Debiandevelopers, […]

Making K3b rip DVDs on Ubuntu 7.10

After repeated attempts to find a solution on forums and via Google, I solved my problem the old fashioned way; I downloaded the source to K3b 1.0.4 and built it myself. Read it at blogbeebe Quote: I've complained repeatedly that K3b supplied via Ubuntu 7.10's repositories can't rip DVDs on Ubuntu 7.10. It worked for […]

Using Debian From Scratch

Debian From Scratch (DFS) is really two systems: 1) a bootable CD for repairing Linux systems or installing Debian; and 2) the program that generates the CDs that are used for #1. Read it here Quote: DFS begain as the first installer for the amd64 port of Debian. I also wanted to have a handy […]

How To Upgrade An Ubuntu 7.04 Server to Ubuntu 7.10

I'm using an Ubuntu 7.04 server, set up according to The Perfect Setup – Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) and with ISPConfig installed, with web sites, email and ftp accounts, databases, DNS records, etc., and upgrade it to Ubuntu 7.10. Yet again, HowtoForge is the place to go

How To Enable Multiple HTTPS Sites For One IP On Debian Etch

This how-to is Debian specific but could be ported to other distributions since the concept is the same. In order to use TLS Extensions we have to patch and recompile apache2 and recompile OpenSSL with the enable-tlsext directive. Read it at HowtoForge'

Antivirus Programs For Ubuntu

Despite not really needing to use an antivirus in Linux, it is not a bad idea to prevent your system from inadvertently becoming a carrier by using one of these AV programs list below. See the list here

Top Ten Reasons Why Ubuntu Is Best for Enterprise Use

Besides ease of use for end users, Ubuntu is cost-effective and even eliminates per-seat license costs entirely, on both the desktop and the server. Read the rest of the arguments Quote: 4. A Superlative Security RecordSecurity is a top priority for Ubuntu, which has been rated No. 1 for security update quality and responsiveness in […]

First days of heavy debian sponsoring

As I've rather recently joined the Debian Games Team, I've taken up a place of sponsor. Rather tedious when you have 80kB/s upload speed to upload several packages of 100M to 250M… Read it here

Build latest f-spot SVN source and install as Debian package in Ubuntu 7.10

I was able to compile the latest SVN version of the application but I wanted to install it system wide and integrate it with my current apt installs so my system could still keep the application version up to date. Read the rest here

Macedonia picks Ubuntu for 20,000 PCs

A batch of 7,000 PCs with Ubuntu Linux have been sent to Macedonian schools, the first of a collection that Ubuntu sponsor Canonical expects will reach 20,000. Read about it at CNet Quote: Through a program called Computer for Every Child, the Macedonia Ministry of Education and Science plans to install the PCs throughout its […]

Book review: Knoppix Hacks, Second Edition

In the new edition of his book, Rankin shows readers how to fully use all of the major features of the latest versions of Knoppix, including remastering. See it at Lockergnome Quote: Several years and many improvements later, Knoppix is still getting the job done. “There are a lot of live CDs out there these […]

Convert a K6-2 with Ubuntu into a C64

This came about when I saw the X-Amiga thread on the forums, and saw screenshots (of the installer, anyway) for that distro — one that more or less defaults straight to a pseudo-Amiga environment. Read the fun here Quote: That’s Gutsy there, with a couple of subtle tricks happening. First of all, that’s Openbox controlling […]

My Ubuntu Setup – Part One – Config Files

I have figured out a few tricks, a few more secrets and in general, most of the ways to avoid turning your computer into a pretty shiny box for people to look at when they come over to laugh at you. Here is part one and here is part two Quote: I am a huge […]

Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, SimplyMEPIS – 3 distros, 9 wireless stories

I'm lucky to have four different computers at my immediate disposal so I tried the live CDs of the three distros on three of them to see how plug and play they were for wireless networking Start it here Quote: So as the scorecard stands with regard to plug and play wireless connectivity, Ubuntu scored […]

Paravirtualized Ubuntu shows early performance promise

Early testing has shown that Ubuntu, when run as a virtual guest taking advantage of the new paravirt-ops paravirtualization interface, delivers as promised: it runs faster and more efficiently that it would as an unmodified guest Read it here Quote: Paravirt_ops is an open interface that was developed by members of the Linux kernel community, […]

Ubuntu Scores First Major Pre-installed Server Win

Early next year, Dell is expected to announce that Ubuntu Server will be certified on Dell server lines. Read it at Quote: Ubuntu is extremely popular on the desktop, but it's made comparatively little progress on servers. That's about to change. Dell is expected to announce in the first quarter of 2008 that it […]

MiniDebConf Venezuela 2007

Debian Venezuela is pleased to announce the Second VenezuelanMiniDebConf, once again at the venues of the 5th World Forum on FreeKnowledge, to be held between November 21st. and 23rd., 2007 in the city of Puerto Ordaz (Bolivar) in Venezuela. —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 Debian Venezuela is pleased to announce the Second VenezuelanMiniDebConf, once again […]

Enabling Compiz Fusion On An Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop (ATI Mobility Radeon 9200)

This tutorial shows how you can enable Compiz Fusion on an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card – I'm using an ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 here). Read it here

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