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Installing Ubuntu From A Windows System With Wubi

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 13, 2007 8:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Wubi is an Ubuntu installer for Windows that lets you install and uninstall Ubuntu from a Windows desktop. Wubi adds an entry to the Windows boot menu which allows you to run Linux. Ubuntu is installed within a file in the Windows file system (a loopmounted partition), this file is seen by Ubuntu as a real hard disk. That way the hard drive does not have to be repartitioned before the Ubuntu installation. The resulting Ubuntu installation is a "real" Linux system, not just a virtual machine. Wubi makes it easy for Linux newbies to play around with Ubuntu.

Novell Boosts Linux Virtualization with VMware Support

Novell announced significant enhancements in the performance of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server when the Linux operating system is running as a virtual machine guest in a VMware environment. To deliver this improved performance, Novell modified the SUSE Linux Enterprise kernel to support the VMware Virtual Machine Interface (VMI), a communication mechanism between the guest operating system and hypervisor that simplifies the task of virtualization and makes Linux a more efficient guest operating system when running in VMware environments.

Microsoft dispells rumors of stealth Windows updates

It's all about updating the updater. Microsoft officials are seeking to dispel rumors the company is performing stealth updates on Windows machines. They are also pledging to be more transparent in the future to prevent such misunderstandings from happing again.

Free Pascal 2.2.0 out after two years

After more than two years of development, Free Pascal 2.2.0 was released this week and has sparked a resurgence in interest in a programming language many had forgotten about.

The Linux Foundation Announces First Legal Summits

That's the title of a press release issued yesterday by the Linux Foundation (the full text, as usual, also appears below). Given the number of conferences that are being held on open source licensing issues all the time, you might understandably wonder why LF feels it's necessary to have two more. In fact, there are some pretty good reasons, and hence this blog entry.

CK-ERP (Open Source ERP / CRM / MRP) v.0.24.1 released

New features include, a connector for LegalCase and updated connectors for ClearHealth, OpenEMR and osCommerce, facilities to convert sales order to purchase order and/or material/service requisition so as to procure the required material/service after a sale is concluded, addition of a sample law office chart of accounts and a sample medical practice chart of accounts, addition of Australian GST tax rate and updating of Canadian GST tax rate, addition of narrow/wide display option for the various case handling screens, addition of customer, vendor, employee contact lists, and, addition of German translation for the Quotation module.

Linux and Programming book reviews

  •; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Sep 13, 2007 2:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
These are a collection of book reviews related mainly to GNU/Linux but also to a couple of programming languages such as Python, C++ and PHP. These books are relatively recent ones being published in the year 2005-2007 and are quite popular with the programming and geek community.

Three addictive pop-up console utilities

I do development work, and I require access to a console to run programs, check output, or monitor transmission packets. Up until now, I've used a terminal program in a different desktop, and use the mouse to change to that terminal. Now I've found a quicker way, by using any of three Quake-style consoles that pop up just by pressing a key.

Review: Damn Small Linux Makes Darn Big Impression

At a mere 50MB, Damn Small Linux seems like it would be more at home in the realm of rescue disks instead of Desktop OSs. After booting up into full graphical mode, you may be hooked on this tiny distribution forever.

Hosting multiple projects with DrProject

Individual developers can use sites like to host multiple projects, but such sites are not well suited to college environments that have many student programming projects to host. DrProject is a multiple project hosting application designed for schools. It gives each project a wiki, bug tracker, and source code repository. DrProject is a fork of the Trac project, which can only host project at a time. DrProject has a different look and feel but the navigation menu is very similar to Trac's.

Celebrate software freedom this Saturday

Viva software freedom viva! Software Freedom Day takes place this Saturday. A worldwide celebration, there are several events taking place around the country.

Travel with your Linux Firewall in your pocket

  •; By Frank Neugebauer (Posted by fneagle on Sep 13, 2007 10:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
How to make a server room full with Linux security appliances available to traveling users?  If you are traveling a lot with your laptop and if you like to have the same level of security as within your  company’s corporate network – this is perhaps a solution for you.
Yoggie has developed a small device with a powerful 520 Mhz Intel Processor that fits in your pocket. It looks like a USB Memory Stick but it runs a complete hardened Linux-based Operating System inside. The solution combines a statefull inspection firewall and NAT combined with other security applications like Proxies, Anti-Virus, Spyware- and SPAM Protection.


Data Errors During Drive Communication

"An ongoing study on datasets of several Petabytes have shown that there can be 'silent data corruption' at rates much larger than one might naively expect from the expected error rates in RAID arrays and the expected probability of single bit uncorrected errors in hard disks, began a recent query on the Linux kernel mailing list asking where the errors might be introduced. Alan Cox replied, "its almost entirely device specific at every level. He then continued on with some general information, tracing the path of the data from the drive, through the cable and bus, into main memory and the CPU cache, as well as over the network, "once its crossing the PCI bus and main memory and CPU cache its entirely down to the system you are running what is protected and how much. Note that a lot of systems won't report ECC errors unless you ask."

Linux step by step and certification along the way

Here's a series of well written IBM Linux tutorials to help you learn Linux fundamentals and prepare for system administrator certification. These are considered the most popular free online preparation methods cited by LPI exam candidates.

Fair Use: Affirmative Defense or Right? Do I Have to Choose?

P.J. does an incredible job of research and decoding to human speak, drawing an inescapable conclusion that DRM itself is unconstitutional and violates copyright laws. Something we can all cheer about.

Tim Kosse on Filezilla

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Sep 13, 2007 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
Filezilla is probably the most popular cross-platform FTP client around. Blue GNU caught up with Tim Kosse in the wake of the recent 3.0 release to take stock of this handy utility.

Are You Ready for Logical Volume Management?

Volume management is not new to systems such as AIX and UNIX, and logical volume management (LVM) has been around since Linux kernel 2.4v1 and 2.6.9v2. This article reveals the most useful features of the LVM2 tool, such as how to build and manage volumes, snapshot a backup, and ways to simplify your system administration tasks.

Creative Commons Artist Spotlight: Convey

Today we’re proud to introduce a new feature: Creative Commons Artist Spotlight, which Red Hat Magazine will be producing in association with Every week, we will introduce our readers to emerging musical artists who choose to release their work under Creative Commons licenses. This week’s band, Convey, hails from Acton, Massachusetts. Their debut EP can be found at

Why the Linux Desktop will succeed despite itself

If you expect me to argue with the 13 reasons Kim Brebach gives for why the Linux desktop is unlikely to make it to a desktop near you any time soon, prepare to be disappointed. He's right. No, you didn't mis-read that. Brebach may be a Linux newbie -- well a newbie who's getting up to speed at a remarkable rate -- but he hit the nail right on the head with his 13 reasons for why the Linux desktop isn't likely to make it. But, what he doesn't do is look at some of the reasons why Linux may yet become a popular desktop despite itself.

Sun turns Microsoft Windows server OEM

Having recently rediscovered itself as a systems company, Sun Microsystems has been welcomed into Microsoft's vast and growing family of OEM partners. Expanding the companies' three-year-old interoperability pact, Sun has agreed to ship Microsoft's dated but important Windows Server 2003 operating system pre-installed on its x64 machines. The companies will also co-operate on go-to-market activities for the machines. Also notable: the deal does not stretch to Microsoft's planned Windows Server 2003 replacement - Windows Server 2008 - meaning Sun will be shipping an operating system that's several years old.

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