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Reviewer finds Ubuntu good, but not good enough

I can understand why many people love Ubuntu and its KDE-interfaced brother, Kubuntu. However, neither one is a perfect fit for me.

First, the good news: although they go by different names, there's really no fundamental difference between the Ubuntu brothers.

Ubuntu uses the GNOME interface, while Kubuntu uses KDE. Specifically, the newest version, Ubuntu 5.10, also known as Breezy Badger, is a Debian-based Linux distribution. On the GNOME side, Ubuntu uses The GNOME Project's GNOME 2.12, while Kubuntu uses KDE 3.4.3.

In short, you simply choose your interface, and you don't have to worry about the rest. Kubuntu 5.10, which is the one I worked with the most, can also be upgraded to KDE 3.5.

Returning to Desktop Linux Again

For years I have had an on-again/off-again relationship with desktop linux. My old flame: Debian running fvwm. Over the years, however, we have both changed. Where I used to enjoy tinkering, I am now impatient and want things to 'just work.' Desktop linux has thankfully developed along these lines. Goodbye, stock Debian and fvwm. Hello Ubuntu and KDE (Kubuntu).

Gpl 3.0: Open Source Renews Its License

  • CIO; By Bernard Golden (Posted by tadelste on Jan 5, 2006 1:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
With this entry, guest blogger Bernard Golden begins his series of commentaries on the ongoing revision process for the General Public License.

Studio adds Lustre to Harry Potter films

Framestore CFC, the animation studio responsible for much of the eerie special effects work in the latest installment of the Harry Potter film series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," uses fast, powerful Intel-based Linux clusters in its render farm, but it was still running into problems because of bottlenecks with its Network File System servers. Accio Lustre -- an open source cluster file system called Lustre helped feed the studio's prodigious I/O appetite at a price point that keeps it competitive with larger organizations.

Artesyn Announces Half-Height Advanced Mezzanine Card

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 11:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Pentium-Based Module Ideal for Small Form Factor MicroTCA Chassis and Custom Blades Equipped With AdvancedMC Sites

Firefox Held Nearly 10 Percent Share at Year's End

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser slowly but surely lost significant market share to Firefox over the past year, according to the latest monthly traffic report released Wednesday by Web metrics tool vendor Net Applications.

Novell Raises the Bar for Linux Collaboration and Development

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 9:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
OpenSUSE project community grows dramatically, recording more than 13 million page views, 750,000 installations and 19,000 registered project members worldwide

LinuxFilter - New Linux News Site

LinuxFilter is an Linux news system based on the look and feel of

Nessus 3.0 on Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy)

I for one have no particular problems with the fact that Nessus has gone to a closed source model from version 3, with the exception that this means I can’t run Nessus on some of my platforms of choice (ie, Gentoo Linux). However, since a package is available for Debian 3.x, I wondered if it would work on Ubuntu. This didn’t prove too difficult - I expect because Ubuntu is based on Debian 3.x and also because the Nessus developers have historically bundled their own versions of libraries to prevent library dependency issues (that seems to be the usual reason for not being able to install Debian packages on Ubuntu for me).

Sipfoundry Releases Open Source sipxPBX Version 3.0

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by bstadil on Jan 4, 2006 6:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SIPfoundrytoday has announced the latest release of its open source PBX: sipXpbx. This release delivers a fundamentally new approach to addressing the real time communications needs within the enterprise market

Silicon Image Expands LaCie Relationship

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
LaCie Selects SteelVine Storage Processor for 'Two Big' eSATA Product

Korea's Internet is Microsoft-Dependent

Yoon Seok-chan, leader of the development team at Daum, said, “Although the Internet is a public good, Korea’s Internet environment is increasingly encouraging monopolies by private companies. Against this backdrop, Daum has decided to jointly develop technologies with Apple.”

French Gendarmerie National switches to Firefox and Thunderbird

  • standblog (Posted by Abe on Jan 4, 2006 3:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In an interview published by French Magazine Linux Pratique (issue #33), Général Brachet, in charge of IT for Gendarmerie Nationale explains why the French Military Police force (more than 100,000 personnel) has chosen to deploy Firefox and Thunderbird to respectively 70,000 and 45,000 seats. Here are a few excerpts:

Portableapps releases portable OpenOffice 2.01

  • TechSpot; By Justin Mann (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 2:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story is helping making a few waves for the OpenOffice team. They've released a USB-toteable portable version of OpenOffice 2.01, compact enough to fit on smaller sized drives.

Debian developers trim platform support

The next version of the Linux distro will be available on fewer platforms to ensure a 'more limber' release process

Novacoast Announces Acquisition of Cincinnati Network Solutions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 1:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Professional Services Firm Expands Presence in Midwest Markets Through Acquisition of Leading Cincinnati Systems Integrator

Using sed for UNIX Portability II

  •; By Jason (Jay) R Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Jan 4, 2006 12:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, Tutorial
In the first part of this series, the problem of determining what the path to rc scripts on a per platform basis was shown within the prototype version of a service utility. Part two of the series discusses some ways to auto-magically take care of that problem and the particular method used.

KDE 4 Set to Make Device Interaction Solid

After a lot of hacking behind the scenes, a new initiative to improve KDE's interaction with network and hardware devices has been launched. Solid will provide a robust basis for the dynamic modern desktop in KDE, which needs to be aware of available hardware and networks, paving the way for innovative functionality. Users should see KDE applications taking advantage of Solid in KDE 4, from the most basic Plasma applets and complex applications to desktop-wide awareness. Developers will be able to take advantage of a robust, flexible and portable API and will be integrated into the Plasma engine. It will make use of existing technologies like HAL. Solid will also include a knowledge base providing a way for users to easily provide feedback on incorrect behaviour.

Making Java out of Anthill

Build managers allow developers to better coordinate their coding efforts by providing an automatically generated current and working snapshot of an application, including a binary file for immediate testing. Build managers are the next logical step to source code repositories. Urbancode's Anthill build management server for Java applications provides build automation, unit tests, build tracking, and support for a number of version control systems.

Novell Only Linux Vendor to Earn Prestigious Support Certification

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 4, 2006 11:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Joins 200 World Class Organizations Certified Under the Support Center Practices (SCP) Certification Program

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