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Upgrading a Xen Virtual Private Server from Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) to 7.10 (Gutsy)

For the last two years, I have been running a Xen based VPS which has Ubuntu server on it. Up to last week, it was running Feisty Fawn (7.04), and it was time to upgrade it to Gutsy Gibbon (7.10), the latest Ubuntu version. Read it here

Using The Bazaar Version Control System (VCS) On Debian Etch

This article explains how to set up and use Bazaar on a Debian Etch system, and how to configure an SFTP-/HTTP server to host your Bazaar repository. Read it at Howtoforge Quote: Bazaar is a distributed version control system (VCS) available under the GPL; it's similar to Subversion (svn). Bazaar is sponsored by Canonical, Ltd., […]

Ubuntu, Wine and World of Warcraft

I decided to install Ubuntu on my game machine and try to get WoW working. I figured I’d be in a long and protracted fight, an impossible up hill battle with a colossal fight at the end! I couldn’t have been more wrong — but I get ahead of myself. Read it here Quote: I […]

Ten tips for new Ubuntu users

But moving to a different operating system can be confusing, no matter how well-designed it is. Here's a list of tips that might save you some time while you're getting used to Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: 1. Getting multimedia to work The default Ubuntu install contains free software only, which means that it doesn't […]

debian – LAMP setup

Setting this all up assumes you have a running version of Linux already installed. I won’t walk you through that part. Read it here Quote: If you don’t have one and have an old box you’d like to use, I’d suggest using Debian as we are about to. But if you are new to Linux, […]

Install KDE4 on Debian Unstable (Sid)

Here's a small note of what to do and what to expect! In this blog: Quote: Today I tried the new KDE4 on my Debian Sid distribution and decided it is still not usable for everyday desktop environment. After the full of dependency issues installation I ended up with piles of software removed and yes […]

MEPIS 7.0 is not a keeper

Planète Béranger comments on MEPIS' problems with the GPL: “Note that not only Warren is trying to discourage you from ordering the source DVDs, but the price is ridiculously high: $35 + shipping” Read it a bit down on this page Quote: Note that higher prices are used when a part of the price is […]

The bug reporting culture: 10 things to avoid, 10 things you can do

As a (relatively) long time Ubuntu user, occasional bug reporter and support analyst, I often deal with bug reporting and I feel your pain about bug reporting, Matt. The blog post is an answer to this older post Quote: Generally speaking it’s always nice if you can dedicate a few dozen minutes (around an hour […]

Automating Debian updates

I have cron-apt set up on all my machines — you can get it to install any updates automatically but that sounds like Bad News to me, so instead it’s set to download and email me. Read it in this blog Quote: I had a script that took names-of-machines-to-upgrade as arguments and did the rest […]

How to Play Prince of Persia on Ubuntu

The Prince of Persia trilogy is composed of the following: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. Without any further introduction, here's what you need to get started on Ubuntu. Read the complete guide here

Why I’ve stopped reporting bugs to Ubuntu

I’ve largely stopped reporting bugs to Ubuntu because of the condescending and dismissive attitude from their developers. That doesn't sound in line with the spirit of Ubuntu: Quote: A bizarre bug that was ignored for two months, only to have Timo Aaltonen declare, incorrectly, that the problem was in my fstab without ever asking to […]

SimplyMEPIS 7.0 is a keeper

The long awaited SimplyMEPIS 7.0 was finally released just before Christmas, and it was worth the wait. In this mature and sometimes underrated operating system, everything looks good and works well. Read the review at Linux.com Quote: SimplyMEPIS has always been and remains one of my favorite Linux distributions because of its no-nonsense approach to […]

Ubuntu and web design

I was just doing some quick and dirty Google searches for Ubuntu and web design and I kept coming up really short on good articles. Too, all the articles I could find were written in 2006 so . . . it’s time for a new one. So, he wrote a new one: Quote: I draw […]

An Open letter to Mark Shuttleworth

More of a blog than a letter, but: “In order to maximize brand awareness, I recommend that you brand all forms of Ubuntu (i.e. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, etc.) as various “Editions” of Ubuntu. ” Read it here Quote: I think it’s critical to focus as much attention as possible on a single brand, Ubuntu, […]

Reordering the boot for fun and profit

For a few years now, I have worked on a replacement for the trusty oldway of organising the Debian boot. Did you ever make a package with an init.d script, and wonder which sequence number to pick for yourscript? —–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–Hash: SHA1 For a few years now, I have worked on a replacement […]

CPU Scaling, Ubuntu, battery life and you – how to scale your CPU

CPU Scaling is a feature built into most modern (mobile) CPUs that allows them to scale up or down in how fast they run and how much energy they suck down based on demand. If you have a fairly modern mobile computer there’s a very good chance that your CPU(s) can handle frequency scaling. Read […]

Host your own open source project on Ubuntu in just 3 easy steps!

This is a zero-commentary guide to getting Apache 2, Subversion, and Trac all up and running with SSL on Ubuntu. Read it here Quote: If you’re looking for more explanation of what each command does, please skip down to the references at the end of the post. If, on the other hand, you’re looking to […]

Configuring AWStats on Ubuntu Server

Last nite I sat down and configured AWStats on my Ubuntu 7.10 server. I had previously been using statcounter, a free stat service, but I had noticed that it was one of the causes of slowdown on my page loads. Read it from here

Mepis based Computers

A couple items about why I don't have a store-front yet: Warren, the creator behind Mepis, doesn't want a store directly attached to the Guide site, and has expressed that he does not want the computers to be branded with the Mepis name either. Similar to the books that I'm working on, they can't be […]

VMWare Server on Debian Linux with Accurate Timekeeping

VMWare Server is pretty easy to install if you're not scared of using shell commands, but there are some steps beyond the basic install that you need to go through to make sure the clock on your guest operating system is correct. Read it here Quote: In my early trials of VMWare I tried to […]

How to fix your Windows MBR with an Ubuntu liveCD

Something happen to a windows Master Boot Record (MBR) that you’re responsible for? Want a very quick, very easy way to restore it with nothing but your craft, native intelligence and a liveCD? Arsgeek helps us: Quote: Boot into your Ubuntu LiveCD on the offending machine. Once Ubuntu starts up, go to System -> Administration […]

HowTo: Setup and Benchmark Encrypted Partitions in Ubuntu

Now we’ll delve into using encrypted volumes in Linux to secure our data in the first place, so that we don’t need to use programs like shred. Along the way, we’ll benchmark the raw performance of an encrypted volume and compare the results to an unencrypted volume and see just what kind of real world […]

Recompiling / Rebuild Debian / Ubuntu Linux Binary Source File Packages

This simple quide shows you how to recompile binary source files on Debian/Ubuntu Read it here Quote: To build a Debian package, you need the following packages / software installed on system[a] fakeroot : fakeroot package – runs a command in an environment wherein it appears to have root privileges for file manipulation. This is […]

Why I like my Ubuntu box more than my iMac

So look, here’s the bottom line: Macs aren’t BAD per se. But Ubuntu, especially since the release of Feisty Fawn, is really just as good an option for the vast majority of the population. The opinion is http://openswitch.org/journal/why-i-like-my-ubuntu-box-more-than-my-imac here Quote: At first the iMac was a cool product, all shiny, all aluminum. The construction was […]

Why Ubuntu 8.04 needs better marketing

Ubuntu’s goal is to be the most popular desktop OS for humans. But new versions of Ubuntu, like most Linux distros, are still marketed towards Linux geeks. Read the review of the marketing strategies here Quote: We’re picking on Ubuntu specifically because it has higher goals than most distros – it’s Linux for human beings, […]

OLPC Help: How to Install Ubuntu on the XO Laptop!

Over sixty replies later, and thanks to the extensive work of Moocapiean and Free Like GNU, we now have step-by-step tutorials for two different ways to get Ubuntu on the XO: Read it over here Quote: Both methods have their merits, but with either one you'll need three things before you start:A USB or SD […]

Hardening Debian 4.0 – simple and solid foundation for your application

I believe that the key to securing servers is to have a secure foundation that you can trust to host all your other applications. That foundation is of course the operating system, be it Windows, GNU/Linux or BSD. 63 pages. Read them here

Convert non-native packages into Debian Packages with “Alien”

Alien allows you to convert LSB, Red Hat, Stampede and Slackware Packages into Debian packages, which can be installed with dpkg. Read it here Quote: Alien should not be used to replace important system packages, like sysvinit, shared libraries, or other things that are essential for the functioning of your system. Many of these packages […]

Acer laptops with Ubuntu Linux available now

…it looks like Acer is making a limited laptop series available now with Ubuntu Linux pre-loaded. Read it here Quote: They are some late 2004 Acer Aspire 4315-100508Ci models, based on an Intel Celeron M 540 1.86GHz Processor, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 80GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD, 14.1″ Widescreen Display, DVD+CDRW Combo Drive, Intel Media Accelerator […]

Ubuntu releases ten lessons for the desktop

In the latest Ubuntu weekly newsletter the Ubuntu folks announced the release of the Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course. The modular course should take two days to complete all 10 of the lessons offered, but it is possible to cover topics and lessons independently of each other, learning whatever is of interest. Read it here Quote: […]

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