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Ubuntu now more popular than Mac OS X!

Whats up everyone? I was just taking a look at Google Trends and I found out something interesting. Apparently Ubuntu Linux has not only surpassed its major competitor in Linux ( SuSE ) in popularity, as well as the distro it's based off of (Debian) , but it seems to have also surpassed another major competitor. Yes, that's right! Apple Computer's very own Mac OS X has also been defeated in popularity by Ubuntu!

Munich mayor: Full speed ahead to open source

For Munich, there's no turning back now. After some delay, the city is pushing full-speed ahead with its migration to Linux on the desktop, and even mayor Christine Strobl, a newly converted open-source user, likes what she sees.

Installing A LAMP System With Fedora Core 6

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 25, 2006 4:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This is a detailed description about how to set up a Fedora Core 6 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.

A Call to Distros: Give Users What They Want

A journalist gives her precious advice to GNU/Linux distributors: "Convert your distros into ms windows or mac os, then it'll sell and I'll buy it. I don't care about freedom anyway, it's just that using ms s/w is uncool. I'd rather be in chains than be uncool. Penguins are so cute they must be cool. Otherwise, I don't have a clue."

Partitioning - one of the hardest steps in a Linux installation

If you happen to use a Microsoft operating system you are most likely to be familiar with finding your partitions using drive letters, such as C: and D:. When you pop in your brand new Ubuntu CD and start the installation, you will notice that there are no C and D drives, but instead lots of letter and number combinations. Do you feel lost? Let’s work it out.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 164:
We talk to Linux legend Patrick Volkerding of Slackware fame
Firefox 2.0, Flash 9, Fedora 6 and other upcoming releases
Is Dell a friend to Linux?
Linc gets a Nokia 770 and does some book reviews
Time to upgrade bashpodder
fighting BB spam
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Mysql CEO Marten Mickos: Bring on the GPL3 Debate

"One of the essences of our business is to know when to do what. ... For example, take our Java database connectivity driver. The community developed three, four or five. One was clearly the market leader. We acquired and licensed it and brought the developer on board. We didn't decide, but let the ecosystem or Darwinism say what works best."

Vim tips: Working with external commands

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 25, 2006 12:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Vim is a powerful editing tool, but there are some things it just can't do. However, Vim lets you access shell commands and utilities without leaving Vim, and that lets you perform some amazing tricks.

Xen 3.0.3 Screenshot Walkthrough

This release includes many new features as well as enhanced stability and performance. Some highlights include: - a new easy-to-use CPU scheduler which includes weights, caps, and automatic SMP load-balancing; - support for Xen-oprofile to allow measurement and optimization of code paths; - greatly enhanced support for unmodified ("hvm") guests including Windows and legacy Linux operating systems; - support for dynamic-allocation and copy-on-write disks ("blktap/qcow"); - packet segmentation offload in guests to improve network performance; - enhanced support for IA64 (IPF) systems; and initial support for Power.

Real-time Linux adds JTAG/BDM debugger support

FSMLabs's real-time Linux and BSD distributions now support Abatron's popular "BDI" series debuggers. The BDI debuggers exploit the on-chip debugging interfaces found in many modern processors, and can often obviate expensive hardware such as in-circuit emulators, when used with appropriate software packages, according to FSMLabs.

Japan's NTT Data to Make Some Software Functions Open Source

Japan's NTT Data Intramart will make public key parts of its development support software code. The open source code will enable the JavaScript programming language to run on servers, allowing developers to use the same language for both servers and PCs. The operating system component group includes functions such as database and screen control.

Linux powers next-gen multicore home networking design

Parallogic will port its StriaEdge multi-core networking stack to ARM's multi-core ARM11 processor architecture, ARM Ltd. reports. The resulting Linux-based hardware/software design will enable home networking equipment capable of 400Mbps throughputs -- enough for triple-play (voice/video/data) services, on-demand video, and multi-channel HDTV service delivery, ARM says.

Episode 37 - SSH

In this episode: Linux Reality server move; my initial impressions of the Release Candidate of Ubuntu Edgy Eft; a discussion of OpenSSH with an emphasis on ssh, scp, ssh-keygen, public/private key authentication, and dynamic port forwarding (additional link to PuTTY, a Windows SSH client); a Listener Tip on the Flock web browser; listener feedback.

Carrier Grade Linux gains first NEP registrant

Performance Technologies (PT) says it has successfully registered a forthcoming version of its commercial Linux distribution with version 3.2 of the Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) specification. The company appears to be the first network equipment provider (NEP) to roll its own CGL-compliant Linux implementation.

Firefox 2.0 and lower the cost of SSL

  • Linux Box Admin; By Keith Winston (Posted by slippery on Oct 25, 2006 6:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Mozilla
The release of Firefox 2.0 brings a slew of new features to millions of Internet users. One largely unheralded feature is the inclusion of the StartCom SSL certificate in the list of Certificate Authorities (CAs).

This week at LWN: What does it mean to join the Software Freedom Conservancy?

Recently, it was announced that the Mercurial project, a software revision control program used by projects like Xen and ALSA, among others, has become a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Some people may be wondering: What is the Software Freedom Conservancy? How do you become a member? Why would you want to? What does the Conservancy do? Who besides Mercurial are members? And what does it mean to be a member?

Red Hat makes Xen GUI in Fedora Core 6

Red Hat has been toying with Xen in past Fedora versions, but Core 6 brings with it a fancy new management tool. Those who loathe the command line can now fire up a GUI and control their Xen virtual servers from a convenient console. Red Hat hopes that the graphical aid will encourage more people to play around with Xen, which lets users create multiple operating systems on a single physical server.

Vista kernel fix 'worse than useless'

Microsoft has modified Windows Vista to prevent a high-profile exploit demonstrated at security conferences this summer but the fix creates as many problems as it solves, according to the security researcher who identified the original problem.

Fedora Core 6 arrives

The Red Hat-sponsored, community-supported Fedora Project announced on Oct. 24 that Fedora Core 6 is now available. The latest version of this popular Linux distribution boastsimproved desktop performance, new tools for system administrators and developers, and simplified virtualization management, among other enhancements.

A first look at Gaim 2.0

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 25, 2006 2:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Gaim 2.0 release is nearing its home stretch. The Gaim team released beta4 last week, with a number of new features and UI improvements. Gaim 2.0 is shaping up as a net improvement over Gaim 1.5, though some features have not changed for the better, and voice support for Google Talk is still missing in action.

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