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Comparing Linux Distributions – Final Results

Kubuntu and Ubuntu were the only distros where I just installed and went on my way. All others required some amount of tweaking. Get the overview here Quote: I had the luxury of owning several different machines and some time to experiment with the different Linux distributions. Each distribution that I was able to get […]

Installing Ubuntu to a USB hard drive

A complete Ubuntu install to a USB hard drive is a relatively simple process. As a matter of fact, it is almost as simple as a regular Ubuntu internal hard drive or compact flash card installation. Read it here Quote: Due to popular e-mail demand from our subscribers, we have decided to write a simple […]

Ubuntu 7.10 reviews

Here's all the media reviews of Ubuntu 7.10 you can dream of. So far from,,,, a Financial Times column,,,, Technical-itch,, Openreview,,,, TechnicalItch, LinuxInsider, Seopher, Linuxseekers, Architect Fantasy, ITWire, Ars Technica, wolfmanzbytes and screenshots at Phoronix, Phorolinux and Debianadmin. Desicritics says that: Quote: I really […]

Ubuntu desktop eye-candy with AWN

Tired of the regulation grey bars at the top and bottom of your Gnome desktop and hankering after something a little cooler? Then give AWN a run and get all the bouncing icons you can handle. Read it here Quote: The Avant Window Navigator (AWN) is a Mac OSX-like dock that can be used to […]

Does Ubuntu Need a New Flavor Aimed At Developers?

There isn’t much of anything for developers and programmers in terms of out-of-the-box usage in Ubuntu, which has lead to the idea of Devbuntu. Read it here Quote: Devbuntu would be a new flavor of Ubuntu aimed at developers and programmers. The reason for creating a seperate distro is simple, including many programming applications would […]

ubuntu vs opensuse

Now, srlinuxx at TuxMachines have avoided formally comparing Ubuntu to other distros such as openSUSE or Mandriva before because in his book it's like comparing apples to oranges, but for the sake of those searching, he will try. Read it here Quote: So really the big basic difference is that Ubuntu is a simplified cookie […]

Damn Small Linux 4.1 RC1

The first release candidate of DSL v4.1 is now posted. Read the announcement here Quote: Change log for v4.1RC1 * New boot option user=name* New boot option settime (settime=its_server_name) must have boot time net access. Use with tz=XX/Yyyyy for accurate local time.* New mini-icons in jwm mydsl menu when available.* New iconView.lua – View & […]

DSL 4.0: Damn small improvement

Last month's release of DSL 4.0 brought many updates and changes, yet it remains a special-purpose distribution for older hardware because it lacks support for many modern features. Read the entire review at Quote: Damn Small Linux is extraordinary in that it offers so much in such a tiny package. However, as hardware becomes […]

Ubuntu Server: Considering Kernel Configuration

We're taking such a deep dive into the very bowels of Ubuntu Server that this is expanding into a three-parter, so hold on to your hats and enjoy the ride. Read the words of Carla Schroder here Quote: What Is a “Server” Kernel?We're going to compare the /boot/config-2.6.22-14-server and /boot/config-2.6.22-14-generic files and find out exactly […]

Installing Openfire 3.3.3 & Spark 2.5.7 On Debian 4.0 Etch

This article explains how to install and use Openfire and Spark. Openfire is a Jabber/XMPP server, and Spark is a Jabber/XMPP client; both are written in Java. Read it at HowtoForge Quote: Note: The installation that we describe below has been made on Debian 4.0 (Etch) with the following elements already installed: Debian 4.0 (etch), […]

How to set up your own Debian Linux Mirror

Having your our own Debian/Ubuntu Linux Mirror enables you to drastically speed up the process of installing packages or complete netbuilds on your single or networked Linux PC (s). Read it here Quote: Using the following tutorial, the same method can be used for building a Ubuntu Mirror if desired. Note: This process was tested […]

Ubuntu 7.10 Samba Standalone Server With tdbsam Backend

This tutorial explains the installation of a Samba fileserver on Ubuntu 7.10 and how to configure it to share files over the SMB protocol as well as how to add users. Read it at HowtoForge

10 Reasons Why You Need to Download Ubuntu Right Now

I’ve been using Ubuntu for some time now, and it’s really grown on me. At first, I booted into Vista more often than not, but since the release of 7.10, I’ve noticed a lot of major changes–most of them for the better. Get the reasons here Quote: Needless to say, Ubuntu has quickly become my […]

Nokia PC Suite for Linux with ObexTool on Ubuntu Gutsy

This How-To will might works with many NOKIA Mobile Phone, especially for Nokia 3230, 6670, 6680, 6682 e 7610, 6120, Sony Ericsson Z1010, LG U8110/8120. Read it here Quote: However I wrote this How-To after configuring correctly my new NOKIA 6120 on Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10. So, this how-to is intended for people that runs Ubuntu […]

Ubuntu 7.10 & Fedora 8 Performance Compared

The hardware we had used for these Ubuntu 7.10 and Fedora 8 benchmarks consisted of an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+, 2GB of A-DATA DDR2-800 memory, Abit NF-M2 nView motherboard, Seagate Serial ATA 2.0 hard drive, and an ASUS GeForce 8600GT 256MB graphics card. Read it at Phoronix Quote: The bottom line is with our […]

Yet another way to install Ubuntu 7.10 to ASUS Eee PC

Follow these 9 steps to install Ubuntu 7.10 on the ASUS Eee PC model 701 (Pearl colour) Read them here Quote: Step 1 :I installed Ubuntu 7.10 SE (my remastered Ubuntu) on a Transcend 8GB Class 6 SDHC card with a no hard drive desktop computer as usual. My desktop is using mobile rack and […]

Ubuntuwire: developer services by the community for the community

The UbuntuWire project, created to get developer services to the community by community members, is the culmination of lots of hard work from Ubuntu Developers within the community outside Canonical. Read about it at The Fridge AKA back

following my last mail on this topic[1] I now have good news for AKA AKA “the main copy of thearchive” AKA (lots of) “OH GOD, i can't live without uploadingpackages/getting updates” is back up. Hi following my last mail on this topic[1] I now have good news for AKA AKA “the […]

Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #65

In this issue we cover the UbuntuWire Community Network, a Christmas marketing campaign, the Michigan Packaging Jam, and, as always, much much more! Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #65 for the weekNovember 4th – November 10th, 2007. In this issue we cover theUbuntuWire Community Network, a Christmas marketing campaign, theMichigan Packaging Jam, and, […]

Does Ubuntu’s documentation stink?

The question is because there’s apparently some concern over Gutsy Gibbon’s documentation. Gibbon is the latest release of Ubuntu, version 7.10, which came out last month to the usual fanfare associated with new Ubuntu releases. The comment is here

Mandriva 2008 VS Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

Recently though, I took an interest in Ubuntu: I installed version 7.04 on a laptop, and it did look interesting, enough to make me doubt my commitment to Mandriva’s products. The comparison is at Freesoftwaremagazine Quote: ConclusionWell, finally, what can be said? Both distributions have their pros and cons. Mandriva has recently consolidated its product […]

More Monitoring Software for Ubuntu

Thursday, GroundWork Open Source released GroundWork Monitor Open Source for Ubuntu and other Debian-based operating systems. The announcement and comments here

A new look at fonts in Ubuntu

As you probably already knew, Microsoft’s TrueType core fonts for the web are available in Ubuntu, in the package msttcorefonts. Read about it for yourself Quote: I have recently changed the fonts used on my desktop and in Firefox too. Redhat released some lovely fonts called ‘liberation’ to say thank you to the Open Source […]

Debian-eeepc: the little next big thing

Debian developer Ben Armstrong has realized that the Eeepc is the perfect text editing device for himself and his wife, bought two of them, and is currently porting Debian to it! Read about the thing here Quote: Wow! Even with the new Nokia 810 around, which now also has a keyboard, this is still the […]

Debfoster: Remove a package and its dependencies

We recently ran a review on Deborphan. Here is a review on a similar tool: Debfoster. Debfoster exists to tell you which packages are installed on your machine merely as dependencies for other packages. Read it at [url=]deb-a-day[/url

How to Install Source Files in Ubuntu

For all those who are beginners in any linux(ubuntu) find hard to find the package files of their distro and end up in finding an source package(which is either in tar.gz or .gz).. so now people think how to install these source files….. See it at Ubuntu Geek

SNMP not in use error in Cacti on Etch

A few days ago i installed cacti on a Debian Etch with snmp. After i configured snmp i noticed that when i clicked the host under Devices menu the host settings windows opens and it shows an error saying “SNMP not in use”. Get help here

Another Day Another Distro – SimplyMEPIS 7.0 Beta 6

This time around I decided to try out another distribution I'd never used before in the shape of MEPIS. I started off with simplyMEPIS 6.5 which seemed a bit dated but luckily it was pointed out to me that 7.0 is due out very soon. The blogger's story is here Quote: Overall simplyMEPIS is a […]

Philips SNU6500 and ndiswrapper setup in MEPIS08Nov07

Since MEPIS went to version 7 (beta test) it’s now using the Debian stable packages along with some customized packages (the magic of MEPIS!) that are binary-compatible with Etch. Read about it here Quote: I’d previously been put off because of the Ubuntu codebase, not that I’ve got anything against *ubuntu which are all DEB […]

Ubuntu Gutsy – installing Apache and PHP5

Ubuntu Gutsy comes with Apache v.2.2.4 and PHP v.5.2.3 and they are easily installed via the default Ubuntu Package Manager 'aptitude'. Enjoy it here

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