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BLAG 60000 Beta Screenshots

Jeff Moe has announced the first beta release of BLAG Linux And GNU 60000: "BLAG 60000 (puente) beta released. BLAG 60000 is a new series with a new base (FC6) and many new applications. Since September 3rd over 50 alpha versions of BLAG 60000 have been spun. Today, this first day of 2007, we have our first beta." What's new? "Kernel 2.6.18; Democracy Player - a very cool Internet TV program; Inkscape - enabled with Inkboard so you can collaboratively work on drawings via Jabber; video editors - Kino for basic usage or Cinelerra for serious movie production; Gaim - handles Jabber, AOL, MSN, IRC, ICQ, Yahoo, and other Instant Messaging networks...." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of BLAG 60000 Beta are available at

Change your Network card MAC ( Media Access Control) address

  • (Posted by gg234 on Jan 4, 2007 5:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Change your Network card MAC ( Media Access Control) address

World Domination 201

In the 1990s Linus Torvalds used to give a talk called World Domination 101 on the early steps he believed Linux would need to take to achieve "world domination — fast" [1]. We've made a lot of progress since then, but Linux desktop market share remains stuck below 5%, which is too low to garner support from hardware vendors in some critical areas like graphics and wireless hardware, and too small a political base from which to effectively oppose software patents, hardware DRM, and other horrors.

Text email clients revisited

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 4, 2007 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lately, I've been pining for the simplicity of a text email client. Though Sylpheed has been a reliable workhorse, I decided to survey today's text email clients to see if I should go back to reading email in an xterm. I tested Pine, Cone, Mutt, and nmh to see if any of them were up to the task. For my use, Mutt came out on top, but Pine is also a reasonable alternative if you don't mind the licensing.

Open-source IP PBX becomes easy-to-use "software appliance"

Digium has released the second beta of a "software appliance" version of Asterisk, the open source IP PBX (Internet protocol private branch exchange) it maintains. The GPL-licensed AsteriskNow appliance sports a web-based config/admin GUI, and comes with a complete Linux environment with several installation options.

How To Create A Local Debian/Ubuntu Mirror With apt-mirror

This tutorial shows how to create a Debian/Ubuntu mirror for your local network with the tool apt-mirror. Having a local Debian/Ubuntu mirror is good if you have to install multiple systems in your local network because then all needed packages can be downloaded over the fast LAN connection, thus saving your internet bandwidth.

Using Google As A Hacking Tool

Does using Google Search for malicious purposes affect the application of their “Don’t Be Evil” motto even if the negative activity isn’t actually their fault? Should Google restrict some of their search command capabilities if the results are being used to attack other sites?

ADIOS 7.0 Screenshots

ADIOS 7.0 (based on Fedora Core 6) is now available. The objective of the ADIOS project is to quickly and easily download a consistent operating system environment onto laboratory PCs. The ADIOS environment provides students with administrative privileges required to perform advanced exercises in Network and Systems Administration. - ADIOS Project. Screenshots of ADIOS 7.0 are available at

Lobby4Linux: New Focus, New Direction, New Look

Within the next two weeks, Lobby4Linux will be transformed into a website more conducive to its new mission. L4L will focus on community efforts to advertise Linux in the mainstream and on the internet. One exciting project will be to challenge individual distibution members to produce competing audio and video "commercials" and short films.

This week at LWN: A nasty file corruption bug - fixed

The December 20 LWN Kernel Page contained an article about a file corruption bug generally (but not exclusively) seen with ext3 filesystems. Certain applications which have unusual patterns of access to memory-mapped files could, at times, see gaps where data had not made it all the way to the disk. The rtorrent tool was one such application; other test cases were found (and developed) as the hunt for this problem intensified. The problem is now solved, but it offers some interesting lessons on how this kind of subtle bug can come about - and how to get it fixed.

One Laptop Per Child sweetens hardware with 'Sugar' UI

Known by the code name "Sugar," the open-source user interface publicly announced today was developed by OLPC with Linux distribution vendor Red Hat Inc. and design firm Pentagram Design Inc. The organizations' combined 10-person design team focused on creating a user interface that could be easily used by children with little or no computing experience.

Firefox 3: From HTML Renderer To Information Broker

Looks like the Mozilla folks are working on turning Firefox from HTML renderer to information broker. Using technology called "microformats," the browser would be able to link content in Web pages to the appropriate application on the client. Users would be able to click to add contact information on a Web page to their address book, or an appointment to their calendar, or translate an address to their favorite map. We can already do some of this now; Alex Faaborg, a user experience designer at Mozilla, describes how the tools will become much more powerful in Firefox 3.

Linux ported to Microsoft's Zune PMP?

A commercial Linux bootloader and open source Linux distribution will be offered for Microsoft's Zune multimedia player, according to forum posts at by a "Mys Videl" user. The posts generated considerable discussion, much of it questioning whether the port might be a hoax.

Top four reasons Windows wins and Linux loses

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 4, 2007 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Today, you can do everything you want with a Linux desktop, except play the latest games. Even there, Linux is catching up. So, why do only a handful of people run Linux instead of Windows? Here are my top-four reasons why Windows wins and Linux loses.

Indian state may shut out Microsoft

The state of Tamil Nadu, home to a population the size of the UK, is in the process of deploying 32,600 Linux desktop systems and training 30,000 government officials. Forty-three open source-based servers are also on the way to support key Government applications.

Real Software Ships REALbasic 2007

REAL Software has said that REALbasic 2007 Release 1 is now shipping. In addition to improved reliability for building Universal Binary applications, REALbasic 2007 Release 1 improves support for MySQL, PostreSQL and ODBC compliant databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server. This release also improves support for QuickTime and making network connections via proxy servers.

Review: openSUSE 10.2 Earns a Seat at the Head of the Table

Columnist Eric A. Hall was looking for a Linux distro that combines stability with the capabilities needed to test bleeding-edge technology. After a long search, he found that openSUSE 10.2 was up to the job.

ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick?

The ImageMagick (IM) suite of command-line graphics tools is a free software staple; Linux, other Unix-like operating systems, and proprietary OSes like Windows have supported IM for close to two decades. But there is also an alternative tool called GraphicsMagick (GM) that covers much of the same functionality. How do you know which one is right for you?

Vote for your favorite Linux products of 2006 has just launched the voting for its 2006 Members' Choice Awards. The awards enable Linux community members to select their favorite products of the year in 21 categories, including distribution, browser, office suite, desktop environment, and database, a spokesman for the website said.

Speaking Unix, Part 6: Automate, automate, automate!

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Streicher (Posted by solrac on Jan 4, 2007 6:34 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Discover how to use shell scripts to mechanize virtually any UNIX personal or system task, and learn more command-line tricks while doing so. Scripts can monitor, archive, update, report, upload, and download. Indeed, no job is too small or too great for a script.

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