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Setting Up An NFS Server And Client On Debian Etch

This guide explains how to set up an NFS server and an NFS client on Debian Etch. NFS stands for Network File System; through NFS, a client can access (read, write) a remote share on an NFS server as if it was on the local hard disk. Read it here

Debian on Sparc Ultra10

After the silo.conf silliness on Sunday, I finally got things sorted out with my Ultra10 this evening. Once I figured out what I needed to do, getting things up and running well went very quickly. Here’s what I did. Read the blog about what to do here Quote: Remove Creator3D card to do installation with […]

Debian Administration website design contest!

The best Debian site on the net have decided to see what the readers can do to help, and would like to see designs from people with better skills than Steve Kemp himself. Read it announced here and go and help them! Quote: The current look of this site hasn't changed much for the past […]

Creating Your Own Custom Ubuntu 7.10 Live-CD With Remastersys

This guide shows how you can create a Live-CD from your Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon or Linux Mint 4.0 system with a tool called remastersys. Read it at howtoforge Quote: Remastersys is available in the Linux Mint romeo repository. You can customize your Ubuntu/Linux Mint system and then let remastersys create an iso image of it […]

MPAA 'University Toolkit' Violated Copyright

Now Ubuntu developer Matthew Garrett has found that the Xubuntu suite also violated the GNU GPL, so after several unsuccessful attempts to contact the MPAA directly, he's had the MPAA's ISP pull the infringing software from the Internet. Read the overview here Quote: Back in October, the MPAA sent a letter to the presidents of […]

OS X-Like Widgets with Screenlets on Ubuntu

Both Windows Vista and Mac OS X include some sort of desktop widgets. Ubuntu doesn’t by default, but it’s easy to get the same features with Screenlets Read it at Tombuntu

10 More Games from the Ubuntu Universe

Previously, I blogged about 10 games that’s available in the Ubuntu Universe that I found interesting. Since then, the Ubuntu MOTU Games team has merged with the Debian games team, and the amount of packaged games have increased. Read about the games here

How to: simple security with Easy Crypt

Add some secret ninja power to your Ubuntu system today with Easy Crypt. With only a right click you can open or close a ‘top secret’ file, protected by military grade encryption (AES 512-bit Whirlpool). Read it in this blog post Quote: You can keep a copy of your important personal documents on CD (insurance […]

ftp.debian.org update

Many people seem to think that ftp.debian.org is the canonical location of Debian packages and that it will be best for them to use that site for apt or for mirroring. This is *not true*. Hi, We're going to be changing ftp.debian.org setup a bit… but first,a friendly reminder. Many people seem to think that […]

MEPIS Receives an Early Christmas Gift from Distrowatch

Just recently, DistroWatch did another honorable thing. They announced that the November 2007 donation was given to MEPIS. Read more here Quote: The given amount was worth US$300 in cash courtesy of DistroWatch and two online shops selling low-cost CDs and DVDs with Linux, BSD and other open source software – LinuxCD.org and OSDisc.com. MEPIS […]

Ubuntu Gutsy Release Candidate Review

I decided to take a closer look at Ubuntu Gutsy, the release candidate. This is not a 'true review' as this is still not an official release. Read it at Madpenguin.org Quote: Prime Time Ready? I would stick to Feisty or opt for Debian proper on my desktop for a few more months, and I'm […]

Hidden Linux : Graphics envy

Simplifying what till now has been a command-line driven process is what lies behind Envy, a series of Python scripts specifically designed to automate graphics driver installations for Ubuntu and Debian users. Read it here

A grand overview of popular desktop distributions

The purpose of these reviews is to share my experiences of each distribution with other users to help make a decision about which is the best one to install. Ubuntu and SimplyMEPIS are covered. See it at Distrowatch Quote: After completing my evaluation, I decided to keep Mint on my laptop, generally for the pure […]

Damn Small Linux 4.1

After three release candidates, DSL 4.1 have arrived. Read the announcement here Quote: Change log for v4.1 * Updated pciutils to 2.2.9* New iconView.lua – View & Edit xpm icons.* New notepad (editor.lua)* New mini-icons in jwm mydsl menu when available.* New boot option user=name* New boot option settime settime=its_server_name (must have boot time net […]

Debian Policy 3.7.3.0 uploaded

There are many Policy change proposals, including some obvious and uncontroversial ones, that didn't make it into this release. That doesn't mean they've been rejected, only that a Policy release was long-overdue and it was better to set a deadline and upload what was finished by that deadline than postpone it further. I expect that […]

Ubuntu Linux vs Windows Vista: The Desktop Battle

For the purpose of this article I am going to focus on Gutsy Gibbon, a recently released version of Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista Business Edition which is about one year old. The comparison is rather interesting Quote: Conclusions if anyAs you can see both systems have their glitches but in the end both should […]

Ubuntu Tip : Mount/Unmount .iso Images in One click

Gmount-iso is a small tool written using PyGTK and Glade. It allows you to easily mount your cd images. This is a frontend to the 'mount -o loop -t iso9660 foo.iso /mountpoint' command. Read it here

Using KVM On Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

In this HowTo I'll explain how to install and use KVM for running your services in virtual machines. KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a Linux kernel virtualization technique that provides full virtualization by using Intel VT (Vanderpool) or AMD-V (Pacifica). It's at HowtoForge

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #68

In this issue we cover Full Circle Magazine Issue #7, Hug Day, Hardy Heron Alpha 1, the release of JeOS 7.10 and Launchpad 1.1.11, newly approved teams and members, Ubuntu Server ads, and, as always, much much more! Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 68 for the weekNovember 25th – December 2nd, 2007. In […]

Hardy Heron tribe 1 fixes existing features rather than adding new Ubuntu 8.04

According to Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek, posting at lists.ubuntu.com the Hardy Heron Tribe 1 images are “known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Hardy.” Read more about it at Daniweb

Running Solr on Debian with Tomcat

Getting SOLR running on Debian GNU/Linux with Tomcat in production environments can be a tad tricker. If you just unpacked the dist/solr.war into your webapps directory you probably saw some non descriptive error Read more here

Drupal with Lighttpd and XCache on Debian

My stack starts with the latest version of Debian Etch. Both Slicehost and RimuHosting provide these as an OS choice for their VPS plans. Read more about the setup here Quote: After several years of tinkering with my Drupal deployment stack, I've finally found one that I think is both stable and performant. There is […]

Backup Ubuntu using rdiff-backup

rdiff-backup backs up one directory to another, possibly over a network. The target directory ends up a copy of the source directory, but extra reverse diffs are stored in a special subdirectory of that target directory, so you can still recover files lost some time ago. Read how to set it up at Ubuntugeek

DebConf 9 location: Extremadura, Spain

Today I have the pleasure to announce the location of DebConf9, the 2009 Debian Conference. It will be held in the Extremadura region of Spain. Hello, Today I have the pleasure to announce the location of DebConf9, the 2009Debian Conference. It will be held in the Extremadura region of Spain. The estimated dates for the […]

Dell offers Three consumer systems with Ubuntu 7.04

Dell have announced the availability of three different systems with Ubuntu 7.04 installed: the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops as well as the Inspiron E1505n notebook. Read it in this Dell blog Quote: Hardware support will come from Dell. Beyond that, users can turn to the Linux section of the Dell Community Forum for […]

Qemu Persistent Knoppix

The following tutorial covers the process of running Knoppix persistently from a portable USB flash drive using Qemu from a Windows 98, XP or Vista host PC without ever rebooting. Read it at PendriveLinux Quote: Most of your personal settings and changes are automatically saved back to the stick and restored at boot via the […]

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon – Overview

A bit late, but here's a nice overview with plenty of screenshots and a couple of movies. Read it here Quote: Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon has made a quantum leap in the advancement toward friendliness and usability. Old bugs are being solved, old crinkles are being ironed and polished. Each new versions gains better hardware […]

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) alpha 1 officially released

The Ubuntu development community has officially announced the release of Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 1. Read about it at ArsTechnica

Hightide Debian Distribution

Hightide is an optimized, versioned distribution of the Jetty open source web container. It comes pre-integrated with a number of services usually only found in J2EE application servers read more about installation here Quote: Additionally, Hightide is pre-configured with state-of-the-art Ajax communication libraries such as DWR, ActiveMQ-Web (JMS to the browser), and the Bayeux protocol […]

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