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Is the word Ubuntu in "Ubuntu Linux" over-hyped ? Decide for yourselves.

This is an interesting opinionated piece dissecting what are the factors which made Ubuntu the most popular Linux distribution. The author looks at both sides of the coin so to speak and then arrives at the conclusion that there is much more to Ubuntu than merely its name. And that other linux distributions can take a leaf from Ubuntu and improve their popularity standing.

Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS for UltraSPARC re-released

Due to an unfortunate hiccup in the CD build system, the ISO image for Ubuntu Server on UltraSPARC had to be regenerated. The original image featured a set of mismatched kernel and module packages which would have prevented the installation from completing fully.

Chapter 7: Static Meets Dynamic Adding Caches to Reduce Costs

  • Linux Journal; By Theo Schlossnagle (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 16, 2006 10:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Static content on a website is like a phone book, but imagine how difficult it would be to use your"paper cache" if the numbers inside the phone book constantly changed or if numbers differed based on who was looking them up. This is why caching dynamic content poses a more difficult problem than caching static content.

Book Review: Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed

Fedora Core is a free, open-community, version of Red Hat. Not only does this book walk you through every major aspect of the operating system from installation to game playing, but it also includes a DVD that that has the full distribution on it as well as OpenOffice.org and a number of the other more common Linux programs.

The GNU GPL - a software license for yesterday, today and tomorrow

  • Free Software Magazine; By David Sugar (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 16, 2006 9:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
With the draft of the GNU General Public License Version 3 (GPLv3) have come many interesting comments, although not all of which I have found positive. While I understand proprietary vendors have offered complaints against a license they do not even use, I was surprised that Linus Torvalds had taken some issues which I thought were in any case misguided criticisms.

Are you qualified to bash GNU/Linux?

When was the last time you tried GNU/Linux? What flavor did you try? If you tried it long time ago and if your choice of distribution wasn't an informed one then it's likely your conclusions on GNU/Linux as it is *today* will be false.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 153:
We talk to Jamie Cameron, developer of webmin
We're obviously not at the LWE in San Francisco
Lenovo starts offering SLED 10 for Thinkpad T60p laptops with full support
Installing Kubuntu on an Nvidia based AMD64 system
Web site issues
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:
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You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

New installer gives Debian Etch an edge

The Debian Installer team has released the third beta of its installer for Etch, the next version of Debian. According to the announcement, there is now an optional graphical installer for the i386 and amd64 platforms, and you can now set up encrypted partitions during installation.

Sell More Linux, Make More Money

Practice may not necessarily make perfect, but when it comes to Linux it will make you money.

A new study conducted by the Institute of Partner Education and Development (IPED) reveals that the channel can profit handsomely from selling Linux solutions. Among other high-level findings is that survey participants also noted they would be ramping up their Linux initiatives to further capitalize on the opportunity that Linux presents. The study, sponsored by Novell, AMD, Levanta and HP, involved more than 400 solution providers in the channel with revenues of $1 million or greater.

Simplify Embedded Linux Systems with BusyBox

BusyBox is a single executable implementation of many standard Linux utilities. In this article, explore the purpose of BusyBox how it works, and why it's important for memory-constrained environments. BusyBox contains simple utilities such as cat and echo, as well as more complex tools such as grep, find, mount, and telnet (albeit, with fewer options than the traditional version); some refer to BusyBox as the Swiss Army knife of utilities.

Firefox 2.0 Now To Ship In Late October

Mozilla Corp. on Monday pushed back the release date of Firefox 2.0 yet again, with a scheduled ship for mid-to-late October.

Gentoo provides social workspaces to close the gap between users ...

The Gentoo Overlays project, together with other groups including Gentoo Infrastructure and User Relations, is pleased to announce the availability of a new service to provide a single source for development overlays. Stuart Herbert, the founder of the project, envisions this service, overlays.gentoo.org, as a way to create social workspaces where developers can collaborate with each other and with users to improve the Gentoo experience for everyone.

Motorola Hones Linux Strategy

Cell phone giant Motorola said Tuesday it plans to power its midrange mobile phones with the Linux operating system in a bid to penetrate the price-sensitive North American and European markets and offer consumers a greater choice of smartphones.

Nec Adds Red Hat Option To Fault-Tolerant Server

NEC on Tuesday is unveiling its first Linux offering for the channel.

OpenOffice hits back at viral risk claims

OpenOffice.org has hit back at claims that the alternative office applications suite is riddled with security holes. Researchers at the French Ministry of Defense say that OpenOffice is subject to security weaknesses that make it at least as susceptible to computer viruses as the commercial, more widely used, Microsoft Office.

Ubuntu turns to NUN to help new users

Ubuntu Linux might be an easy distribution to use, but some new users quickly run into things that bewilder them. Commands like sudo, apt-get, and terminal make newbies scurry around for help from forum boards, mailing lists, and IRC. To help such newcomers, Ubuntu has put together a community team that ensures new users are handled with care. The New Users Network, or NUN, is a group of experienced Ubuntu enthusiasts who help new Ubuntu users come to grips with the operating system.

An interview with two 'granny hackers'

One of the best things that can happen at a show like Black Hat is making new friends, especially if they are not only brilliant, but also compliment you on your Linux T-shirt. That's how I met Terri Gilbert and Becky Bace, two of the most fascinating geek/security pros I've ever run across. I won't hazard a guess at their ages, but if you called them "granny hackers" they would probably not be offended.

Lessig: Free Culture Needs Free Software

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 16, 2006 2:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The fight for free culture will be more difficult than the fight for free software, said Lawrence Lessig, founder of the Creative Commons and Professor of Law at Stanford. Lessig took the podium at LinuxWorld here for the opening keynote with an impassioned plea to the audience about free culture and the need for free software to support it.

CFQ to become the default I/O scheduler in 2.6.18

CFQ (Complete Fair Queuing) I/O scheduler will become the default one in the upcoming 2.6.18 kernel, replacing the current anticipatory I/O scheduler. This has been planned ever since 2004. and we'll soon see how it works in practice. One of the nice new features that CFQ brings is setting I/O priority per process.

RealNetworks Inks Distribution Agreement with Novell to Deliver Universal Multimedia Support on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

Novell to Distribute Windows Media Compatible RealPlayer and Helix Banshee, the Only Music Player Capable of Burning MP3 files to CDs on Linux

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