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Desktop Debian Etch (and Ubuntu)

I started using Debian in late 2002, today I am a Debian package maintainer and use it full time every day at my job as a Debian Sysadmin. On the flip side I’m also an Ubuntu enthusiast and now an official Member of the project, I use Xubuntu (XFCE version of Ubuntu) on my desktop, work extensively with the Ubuntu community, and attend and help organized events with the Ubuntu team here in Pennsylvania. My work with Debian trickles down into Ubuntu, as almost all of the work in Debian does, the packages I maintain end up in Ubuntu repositories, the tools developed for Debian are adopted by Ubuntu.

LPI expands Africa network

The Linux Professional Institute has named its new aproved training partners including trainers in Tanzania, Tunisia and the Ivory Coast.

Did Microsoft copy the Ubuntu Logo?

Did Microsoft copy the Ubuntu Logo? Take a look at this image and judge for yourself.

Linux powered Blue Gene/P becomes the fastest computer in the world

IBM has just announced the arrival of Blue Gene/P, which triples the performance of Blue Gene/L, the previous holder of the official world’s fastest computer title. And it is powered by Linux, of course!

New AntiX distro makes older hardware usable

I've been a fan of SimplyMEPIS for years. The distribution was one of the early pioneers in the field of user-friendly Linux development, and to this day offers a system that usually "just works." Earlier this month the MEPIS site announced a community variation for older computers based on SimplyMEPIS. AntiX is an installable live CD that features a modern kernel, recent X server, and lighter applications for use on computers with as little as 64MB RAM. I tried it, and liked what I found.

Virtual Hosting With vsftpd And MySQL On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 26, 2007 2:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Vsftpd is one of the most secure and fastest FTP servers for Linux. Usually vsftpd is configured to work with system users. This document describes how to install a vsftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine.

Create a Local Development Environment using XAMPP in Ubuntu/Linux

This solution allows you to access your local development sites from within a guest VMware installation (for IE testing) and also securely remotely.

Build DocBook XML in Eclipse

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nathan A. Good (Posted by IdaAshley on Jun 26, 2007 12:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Eclipse, IBM
DocBook XML is a library of standard XML tags you can use to write stylesheets for generating almost any output. Learn how to use DocBook XML and the Eclipse IDE together to create reusable technical documentation that you can easily distribute in most formats.

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Review: Yoggie Pico personal firewall

Yoggie's innovative Yoggie Pico may well be the first hardware firewall that is truly practical for mobile workers running Windows-based computers. The device appears to work well, except for a simplistic web-based user interface that may not satisfy technical users.

Firefox Add-ons: Coding in a Tunnel

Firefox add-ons, or extensions, are small programs that run inside the browser in order to customize some behaviors. In theory, it is possible to develop and maintain a multilingual, multiversion and multiOS Firefox add-on. In practice, there are many obstacles to overcome in order to create and to maintain a working Firefox add-on in one language for one Firefox version and for one OS.

Open News Podcast Episode 18 Released

This week on Open News REHL 5 Goes Undercover, OSI Cracks Down On Open Source Misuse, and Moonlight For Linux.

Google calls for more limits on Microsoft

  • - Financial Times of London online; By Richard Waters (Posted by dinotrac on Jun 25, 2007 7:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft, Linux; Story Type: News Story
OK - Not Linux, but interesting anyway. Google has gone over the heads of the Justice Department and directly petitioned a federal judge to expand the reach of consent decree imposed upon Microsoft as a result of the federal antitrust litigation.

New Zealand honors Open Source with awards

New Zealand honors those making contributions to Open Source by presenting the first New Zealand Open Source Awards. Nominations are open until Aug. 17 for organisations, projects or individuals. One prize in each category will be awarded Oct. 17.

KDE Built For Speed -- Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO

Back in January I wrote a review of Vector Linux 5.8 Standard. The fact that as I write this, over five months later, that review is still in the O’Reillynet Blogs Hot 25 says a lot about just how much interest there is in this up and coming Canadian distribution, a user friendly derivative of Slackware. Back when I wrote that review I talked about the three different flavors of Vector Linux. Standard, with a default Xfce desktop, can be compared to Xubuntu in some ways while SOHO, it’s big brother with a default KDE desktop, is more directly comparable to Kubuntu. The implication is that the same code base is used in both.

Standards, Virtual Worlds and The Big Question

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 25, 2007 4:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It was not so long ago that most kids in school experienced a predictable "Oh Wow!" moment when they learned about atomic structure (that's "Oh Wow!" as in, "What if our solar system is, like, you know, just an 'atom' in this, like, really big 'molecule' thing called a galaxy and…"). Today, of course, that Oh Wow! moment is more likely to be sparked by a video game or, more recently, a visit to a virtual world.

DebConf 7 positions Debian for the future

At last week's DebConf 7 Debian Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, nearly 400 attendees had a chance to meet and socialise after years of working together online. They attended more than 100 talks and events, ranging from an update by the current and former Debian Project Leaders to a group trip to the Isle of Bute, off the opposite coast of the country.

Developer Tricks: VideoLAN VLC Media Player

VLC is unique among Windows players in that it doesn't require installed codecs and drivers to play back media content. Why this approach? VLC originates in the Unix/Linux world where there's no such a thing as Windows codecs. It has been designed to use built-in decoding algorithms from the beginning. Some of the codecs were also developed within the VideoLAN project (e.g. libmpeg2), but most of the codecs are now coming from FFMPEG or other external open source libraries. VLC is cross platform, of course. What does it take to enable that support? We use the same Unix-centric build-system for all platforms. Support for Windows is very time-consuming of its own. Nowadays, we use BuildBot ( to automatically test and detect build failures on different platforms.

Brew Embedded Hamlets and network-enabled coffee

Read on to find out how to use Hamlets to write Web-based user interfaces for embedded devices running OSGi.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 93

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 93 for the week of June 17th through June 23rd, 2007.

Akademy 2007 Sponsors Announced

This Friday will see KDE contributors and our friends arriving from around the world to take part in the KDE World Summit in Glasgow. It costs a lot of money to host a conference of this size, but as in previous years our industry partners have stepped up and made it possible through generous sponsorship.

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