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Installing Ubuntu on OS X

Today’s experiment was to get Ubuntu Linux running in a virtual machine on my Mac. It gave me the opportunity to play with two things — Ubuntu Linux and VirtualBox, an open source alternative to VMware and Parallels. enjoy it here: Quote: The whole process took a few hours, but I didn’t have to spend […]

StartUp Manager – change settings in Grub, Grub2 and Usplash

StartUp Manager, or SUM, is a gui tool for changing settings in Grub, Grub2 and Usplash.SUM should work with recent versions of Debian and Debian-based distributions such as Ubuntu. Read it at UbuntuGeek

Using the ’service’ command on Ubuntu (and other handy tools)

Here’s how to get handy equivalents of the RedHat service and chkconfig commands on Ubuntu. Read it in this blog Quote: When I moved to Ubuntu, I soon forgot the existence of such commands with the arrival of the lovely (but, unfortunately, slightly buggy) Network Manager GUI. Yesterday, I wanted to stop the vmware service […]

How To Set Up Mailman With Debian And ISPConfig

This entry at HowtoForge tells how to set up Mailman with Debian and ISPConfig Read it here

Mount Network File systems (NFS,Samba) in Ubuntu

Network File System (NFS), a distributed file system, allows a user on a client computer to access files over a network as easily as if attached to its local disks. Read about it here Quote: If you want to mount your NFS and samba file systems on ubuntu client machines you need to use the […]

Tcl/Tk release goals

We are now moving forward by defining a few release goals for Lenny, which are of interest for the release team and all involved maintainers and packages. Hi Debian fellows The Tcl/Tk team announced in October [1] that some work is happeningoff-stage about Tcl/Tk versions and their reverse dependencies. A newpolicy document is currently available […]

What if Ubuntu Hosted a Repository and Nobody Came?

Ubuntu's Debian technology already has the infrastructure for on-demand downloads and software installation, so why not monetize it? Read the comment at ITManagement Quote: But, if past incarnations of the idea are any indication, then the results are likely to be disappointing at best. For one thing, neither the free software community nor the software […]

Debian & APT – Why I love it

I don’t want to say its the best, but I’ve been using Debian, Ubuntu and other APT based Linuxes for years now. Ubuntu on desktop PC’s and Debian on Servers Read the blog here Quote: An example is the major security hole Debian/Linux as had this weekend – to update I done the below: apt-get […]

Obsidian signs deal to offer Ubuntu training

South African Linux and open source specialists, Obsidian, will from March be offering official training for the Ubuntu Certified Professional programme. Read about it here

Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) v5.0 On Debian Etch

This document describes how to set up the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) Open Source Edition v5.0 on Debian Etch. The resulting system provides a full featured collaboration-suite with many features that I can't list all here Read it at howtoforge

Interview with an Extremadura Developer: Bringing Debian to the Masses

Extremadura’s migration to Linux is quite remarkable, especially that it is fully backed up by the local government. The whole case really intrigued me, so I decided to explore more about this region’s Linux escapades. Read it in the interview Quote: RH: Daniel, thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to sit […]

Ubuntu Linux – 10 Programs You Need to Download (as .DEB)

Well, I thought I’d create my own list of programs I FEEL I couldn’t live without, and don’t come installed as default. Here goes: Read them in this blog Quote: #4 – TeeWars My original “sacrifice” when moving to Linux was that I’d never be able to play games again. Well, not good ones anyway, […]

How To Configure Remote Access To Your Ubuntu Desktop

This guide explains how you can enable a remote desktop on an Ubuntu desktop so that you can access and control it remotely. Read it at howtoforge Quote: This makes sense for example if you have customers that are not very tech-savvy. If they have a problem, you can log in to their desktops without […]

Media and ubuntu.

After browsing the absolute beginners forums for a few minutes I noticed that alot of people still have trouble with the media on ubuntu. So here is everyghing you need to know to get everything working. Almost. Quote: Vlc with it’s full potential, skype, google earth, k3b, amarok with mp3 support, dvd support, xmms […]

Ubuntu Developer Week February 2008

Canonical are pleased to announce the first ever Ubuntu Developer Week . What does this mean? We’ll have one week full of action-packed IRC sessions where you can…. It's posted on The Fridge Quote: ….where you can: learn about different packaging techniques find out more about different development teams check out the efforts of the […]

vmsplice exploit fix and patching on Debian

Some vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel where publicly disclosed on the 8th of February 2008. These can be exploited by any user to gain elevated privileges. A “local root” exploit was published Sunday which allows an arbitrary user to escalate to root privileges. Read the fix here

Red Hat, Ubuntu Top Vendor's Usage Study

Ubuntu and Red Hat are the most used Linux distributions among the 35,000 members of content-management vendor Alfresco's community, the company found in its second survey of trends in enterprise open-source software usage. read more at Quote: Among Linux operating systems, usage of Ubuntu and Red Hat stood at 35 percent and 23 percent, […]

Me TV – EyeTV for Ubuntu?

My search for an open source, Ubuntu alternative for EyeTV on OS X is nearly over. I stumbled across ‘Me TV‘ a few days ago–and I’ve left it as long before writing up a post about it so that I could have a good play with it. Read here about the installation and running of […]

Run Windows in a virtual machine using Ubuntu and Virtualbox

So we decided it would be fun to try running Windows XP within Ubuntu. Because as much as we love a good open source Linux operating system, there are some Windows applications that we just need to run on a day to day basis. Read how to do it here

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #77

In this issue we cover MOTU Elections, Clutch BitTorrent WebUI, Parallels in the Ubuntu partner repository, Firefox 3 in 7.10, and much, much more. Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 77 for the weeksFebruary 3rd – February 10th, 2008. In this issue we cover MOTUElections, Clutch BitTorrent WebUI, Parallels in the Ubuntu partnerrepository, Firefox […]

Eight Distros a Week: Debian 4.0

As one of the three “mothers” of all currently active distros — Slackware and Red Hat being the other two — Debian is the first distro that I encountered after liberating myself from proprietary operating systems Read the impression here

Review Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon: Practicalities and working with it

Under Windows XP my laptop had become massively unstable and would BSOD (blue screen of death) at regular intervals when the mood took it. I decided that it was going to be put onto Ubuntu for stability and security – hopefully getting more life out of it. Read the review here Quote: So another 2 […]

Installing The eZ Publish CMS On An Ubuntu 7.10 Server

eZ Publish is one of the most well known and widespread web content management systems. Because its setup is not trivial, this tutorial shows how to install it on an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) server. Read it at howtoforge Quote: My Ubuntu 7.10 server has the hostname and the IP address in this […]

Damn Small Linux at SCALE 6x: I meet Robert Shingledecker

The highlight of SCALE 6x for me so far has been meeting Robert Shingledecker, whose Damn Small Linux is one of the best distributions out there for hardware that's seen better days. Short report here Quote: I won't go into all we talked about, but in the way of news, Robert told me that Damn […]

OLPC's Sugar desktop on Ubuntu soon

The OLPC team have fixed some license issues in the Sugarpackages that will allow their packages to get into the Ubuntu 8.04release in April. Read it in this newsletter Quote: And, working with Jani, he fixed some license issues in the Sugarpackages that will allow our packages to get into the Ubuntu 8.04release in April. […]

How to uninstall Ubuntu on dual boot Windows XP using Windows only

My dual boot Ubuntu installation on Windows XP got hopelessly trashed. Endless command line errors upon booting. After much searching, I found an easy way to uninstall it using Windows only. Read it here

Getting GroupWise to work on 64-bit Ubuntu

I recently switched one of my machines to Ubuntu 7.10 64-bit edition. We use GroupWise for email and calendaring, and I’ve never had anything but brutal performance out of Evolution in my GroupWise account so I decided I wanted to use the real GroupWise client. Read it here Quote: To get it working on 64-bit […]

Ubuntu In The Data Center And On The Desktop

2 years later, Ubuntu is ready to release their second LTS release in April of this year, codenamed Hardy Heron. See what’s going on here? One distro for two purposes- the desktop and the data center. Let’s contrast this to Red Hat and Novell. Read the comment here

Ubuntu picks KVM over Xen for virtualization

Heading in a different direction from its main rivals, Ubuntu Linux will use KVM as its primary virtualization software. Read the comment at CNet Quote: Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server both use the Xen virtualization software, a “hypervisor” layer that lets multiple operating systems run on the same computer. In […]

Damn Small Linux crushes Windows Vista’s min requirements

I'm not sure the comparison is fair, but…. “In contrast with most of its competition, Damn Small Linux (DSL) is an operating system where megabytes are still meaningful. ” Read the comparison here Quote: The question for me then became: does Windows Vista provide 98.81% more functionality than Damn Small Linux? Enough to justify its […]

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