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GNU GRUB (0.97) Simplified for Newbies

A GNU Grub guide which is specially designed for newbies and focuses on the fields as below

MBR, boot sector, boot loader
Backup & Restore boot loader
Grub stage1, stage2, stage3 and relation among them
Making Grub Floppy
Making Grub CD
Making Grub Pen drive
stage1 and stage2 on different media
Grub's device and file
Grub Rescue
Super Grub Disk
Grub'S GUI configuration
Manual booting with Grub shell
Disk investigation with Grub

6 Simple & Safe Postfix Changes for Over 95% Spam Reduction

I used to receive around 5,000-7,000 spams daily on my email which is publicly available on the internet. It was consuming too many productive hours daily to fight spam. I decided to fight back. To reduce the spams I first made changes to my postfix configuration with the aim to stop most spams upfront. With 6 simple changes to my postfix configuration my spams dropped from 5,000 - 7,000 to a manageable 5-20 spams daily, often less. Let’s look at these 6 simple postfix changes in details to drastically reduce your spam count too. I am consistently getting over 99% spam reduction after implementing these changes. The changes proved to be safe and without false positives. In several weeks of manual browsing through the log file, I couldn’t spot a single false positive (a case where legitimate mail is rejected).

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 66

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #66 for the week November 11th - November 17th, 2007. In this issue we cover the LoCo teams up next for official approval, the welcoming of a new MOTU, some news from the good folks in Ubuntuforums, and, as always, much much more.

It's Time to Get Over Microsoft

Free and open source software (FOSS) advocates need to stop obsessing about Microsoft. But, just as clearly, many of them won't, if the reactions I received when I blogged about the subject are any indication. Never mind that FOSS is a necessary fixture in modern business, or has evolved defenses that ensure its survival -- or that paranoia and juvenile gestures like talking about "Micro$oft" and "Windoze" only hurt the cause. For many, hatred of Microsoft is a way of life, and they'd be lost without it.

My genealogist parents can use Linux now

My parents currently use Windows ME (believe it or not) on a fairly old computer. According to them, their computer crashes quite often, which is not a surprise at all. In fact, I'm surprised it's still in a usable state. The only thing that would have prevented them from using Linux before is that they use a windows only genealogy program called Personal Ancestral File. Since Ubuntu 7.10 worked so well for my printer, scanner, and pretty much everything else, I decided to try and install PAF using Wine.

The Fedora OS: Free, Stable and Customizable

The Fedora Project builds a world-class Linux operating system, consisting of entirely free (meaning both zero-cost and full source code available) software, that is used by companies, organizations and individuals worldwide .Within the Fedora Project, we provide a development environment that allows people to innovate and experiment with new ideas. Not only does the Fedora Project produce a Linux distribution, but it also serves as an upstream for a variety of other software projects—build systems, translation systems, software updating tools, etc.

Blue GNU Wrong About Xming - Xming No Longer GPL

Recently, Blue GNU reported that the Xming software is released under the terms of the GNU GPLv2, and that the developer might be violating its terms. Harrison now states his program is no longer under the GPL. So here's an update.

Oxygen Team Unveils Wallpaper Collection for KDE 4.0

The Oxygen team is happy to present the final selection of 15 wallpapers that will be released with KDE 4.0. It took longer than expected to manage the contest due to the large number of entries (around 1900), but it was our first time organising such a contest. The Oxygen team are overjoyed at the response and want to thank everyone who took part. Every wallpaper will be available in several screen resolutions for both wide and regular display. The selection have been made to provide a beautiful, colorful, peaceful yet not distracting collection of free wallpapers. We're sure you'll find one you like.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora 8 impressions, Windows vs Linux, CAELinux 2007

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2007 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 47th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Following our review of Fedora 8 last Monday, this week's DistroWatch Weekly offers a few more observations about Red Hat's community distribution - this time from the perspective of your DistroWatch maintainer. While clearly an excellent product, it nevertheless suffers from a few annoyances and dubious design decisions. In the news section, Red Hat Magazine introduces GNOME Online Desktop, Ubuntu releases a specialist distribution for virtual appliances, Oracle's Larry Ellison fires more ugly shots at Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Kurmin's Carlos Morimoto considers the future of the popular Brazilian community project. Finally, for those interested in Computer Aided Engineering, don't miss the new release from CAELinux. Happy reading!

Mythbuntu 7.10: MythTV For Ubuntu

Last month, following the availability of Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" was the release of Mythbuntu 7.10. Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu derivative and has been around for less than a year, but they have been making great progress with this MythTV-optimized distribution. We have been testing out Mythbuntu 7.10 in several different configurations over the past few weeks and today we have our thoughts to share on it as well as a rough overview for those that may have not yet tried this Linux distribution.

Using LaTeX: The Basics [part I]

  •; By Tomasz Luczak (Posted by michux on Nov 18, 2007 6:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This is the first of a series of articles about using Tex system. A good place to begin would be by asking the question “Why is it worth using TeX?” We’ll also take a closer look at the various tools available to us, which makes working with TeX much easier. In the next articles we will focus on Master Thesis writing, Presentations and Correspondence.

Multiple Stable 2.6.23 Releases

"Ok, I've been slacking on the -stable front for a bit here, and didn't realize how far behind I've gotten. Everyone has been sending patches in, which is great, but now we are facing a HUGE 114 patch release," began Greg Kroah-Hartman. He continued: "As there's no real way that everyone can review all of these patches, I've decided to split them up into 6 different categories, and will be sending patches out in these categories for review. If people can just glance over the ones in the areas they care about, I would really appreciate it."

LXer Weekly Roundup for 18-Nov-2007

LXer Feature: 18-Nov-2007

With the holidays upon us I thought a Top-10 gift ideas for the Linux Gadget Geek would be good reading. gOS makes a big splash, Info and opinion on Walmart selling $199 PC's, a DSL 4.0 review, Linux continues to dominate the TOP500 World’s Fastest Supercomputers, Forrester thinks that Linux is for real, Carla Schroder continues her "Linux Backups For Real People" series and a computer consultant finally installs Windows..for the first time ever.

Installation Guide: Fedora 8 Desktop (a.k.a. The Perfect Desktop)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 18, 2007 10:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to set up a Fedora desktop - including how to enable special mouse buttons, improve laptop support (depending on your model), set up printers (especially HP) and the usage of Compiz Fusion. The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment.

InformationWeek Lets Microsoft’s Bill Hilf Try To Scare You.. Yeah. Right.

What he seems to be implying here is that if you use FOSS products, there’s no one to phone up and complain to if something with that product goes wrong. There’s no accountability. You can’t hold someone liable for something going wrong. What he’s also saying is that buying commercial (read : proprietary) software, then all these negatives Go Away. Not only that, but with the purchase of the commercial software, you’re getting a “guarantee that what you have will perform, and has been tested”, that you can hold the publishers of that software liable if something doesn’t work. Oh, really? Yeah. Right.

CDW to Sell Oracle Unbreakable Linux Support

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is extending the Red Hat battlefield to the channel with an extension to Oracle's longstanding alliance with IT reseller CDW.

German police union wants Linux instead of Windows

The Berlin-based union of the German police issued a press release two days ago, where they said that their “Poliks” system to handle reports isn’t stable and reliable enough. The demand of the police union now is to drop the Microsoft-based software and to reconsider the usage of free and open source systems instead. The saved money could then be used to pay the officers their full christmas gratification.

Linux Mint is.....Mint!

Last weekend I posted an article called Comparing Linux Distributions where I reviewed eight different Linux distributions on five different machines. I had used the freshly released Beta version of Linux Mint and kept getting read errors on the disk. This weekend I downloaded the real version of Mint 4.0 and was able to install it on my Dell Dimension 4300S.

The Fedora OS: Free, Stable and Customizable

The Fedora Project builds a world-class Linux operating system, consisting of entirely free (meaning both zero-cost and full source code available) software, that is used by companies, organizations and individuals worldwide. Fedora emphasizes the importance of transparency at all levels of hierarchy. From top-level decision making to the source code that goes into our packages and build systems, we continue to ensure that Fedora is as open as possible.

Intel Core 2 "Penryn" and Linux

On October 28th, Intel released the reviews on the new "Penryn" Core 2 processor, specifically the Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core QX9650. The QX9650 has a lot of new features and welcomes a new generation to the Core 2 processor family. So what are these features and how will they equate into benefits to the consumer and, more specifically, Linux users? That's what Linux Hardware is here to unravel. In this review I'll cover all the high points of the new "Penryn" core and talk to a couple Linux projects about the impact on end-user performance.

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