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How To Create A Local Debian/Ubuntu Mirror With apt-mirror

This tutorial shows how to create a Debian/Ubuntu mirror for your local network with the tool apt-mirror. Having a local Debian/Ubuntu mirror is good if you have to install multiple systems in your local network because then all needed packages can be downloaded over the fast LAN connection, thus saving your internet bandwidth.

Using Google As A Hacking Tool

Does using Google Search for malicious purposes affect the application of their “Don’t Be Evil” motto even if the negative activity isn’t actually their fault? Should Google restrict some of their search command capabilities if the results are being used to attack other sites?

ADIOS 7.0 Screenshots

ADIOS 7.0 (based on Fedora Core 6) is now available. The objective of the ADIOS project is to quickly and easily download a consistent operating system environment onto laboratory PCs. The ADIOS environment provides students with administrative privileges required to perform advanced exercises in Network and Systems Administration. - ADIOS Project. Screenshots of ADIOS 7.0 are available at

Lobby4Linux: New Focus, New Direction, New Look

Within the next two weeks, Lobby4Linux will be transformed into a website more conducive to its new mission. L4L will focus on community efforts to advertise Linux in the mainstream and on the internet. One exciting project will be to challenge individual distibution members to produce competing audio and video "commercials" and short films.

This week at LWN: A nasty file corruption bug - fixed

The December 20 LWN Kernel Page contained an article about a file corruption bug generally (but not exclusively) seen with ext3 filesystems. Certain applications which have unusual patterns of access to memory-mapped files could, at times, see gaps where data had not made it all the way to the disk. The rtorrent tool was one such application; other test cases were found (and developed) as the hunt for this problem intensified. The problem is now solved, but it offers some interesting lessons on how this kind of subtle bug can come about - and how to get it fixed.

One Laptop Per Child sweetens hardware with 'Sugar' UI

Known by the code name "Sugar," the open-source user interface publicly announced today was developed by OLPC with Linux distribution vendor Red Hat Inc. and design firm Pentagram Design Inc. The organizations' combined 10-person design team focused on creating a user interface that could be easily used by children with little or no computing experience.

Firefox 3: From HTML Renderer To Information Broker

Looks like the Mozilla folks are working on turning Firefox from HTML renderer to information broker. Using technology called "microformats," the browser would be able to link content in Web pages to the appropriate application on the client. Users would be able to click to add contact information on a Web page to their address book, or an appointment to their calendar, or translate an address to their favorite map. We can already do some of this now; Alex Faaborg, a user experience designer at Mozilla, describes how the tools will become much more powerful in Firefox 3.

Linux ported to Microsoft's Zune PMP?

A commercial Linux bootloader and open source Linux distribution will be offered for Microsoft's Zune multimedia player, according to forum posts at by a "Mys Videl" user. The posts generated considerable discussion, much of it questioning whether the port might be a hoax.

Top four reasons Windows wins and Linux loses

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 4, 2007 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Today, you can do everything you want with a Linux desktop, except play the latest games. Even there, Linux is catching up. So, why do only a handful of people run Linux instead of Windows? Here are my top-four reasons why Windows wins and Linux loses.

Indian state may shut out Microsoft

The state of Tamil Nadu, home to a population the size of the UK, is in the process of deploying 32,600 Linux desktop systems and training 30,000 government officials. Forty-three open source-based servers are also on the way to support key Government applications.

Real Software Ships REALbasic 2007

REAL Software has said that REALbasic 2007 Release 1 is now shipping. In addition to improved reliability for building Universal Binary applications, REALbasic 2007 Release 1 improves support for MySQL, PostreSQL and ODBC compliant databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server. This release also improves support for QuickTime and making network connections via proxy servers.

Review: openSUSE 10.2 Earns a Seat at the Head of the Table

Columnist Eric A. Hall was looking for a Linux distro that combines stability with the capabilities needed to test bleeding-edge technology. After a long search, he found that openSUSE 10.2 was up to the job.

ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick?

The ImageMagick (IM) suite of command-line graphics tools is a free software staple; Linux, other Unix-like operating systems, and proprietary OSes like Windows have supported IM for close to two decades. But there is also an alternative tool called GraphicsMagick (GM) that covers much of the same functionality. How do you know which one is right for you?

Vote for your favorite Linux products of 2006 has just launched the voting for its 2006 Members' Choice Awards. The awards enable Linux community members to select their favorite products of the year in 21 categories, including distribution, browser, office suite, desktop environment, and database, a spokesman for the website said.

Speaking Unix, Part 6: Automate, automate, automate!

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Streicher (Posted by solrac on Jan 4, 2007 6:34 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Discover how to use shell scripts to mechanize virtually any UNIX personal or system task, and learn more command-line tricks while doing so. Scripts can monitor, archive, update, report, upload, and download. Indeed, no job is too small or too great for a script.

Mysql Falcon Storage Engine Open Sourced

The code for the Falcon Storage Engine for MySQL has been released as open source. Jim Starkey, known as the father of Interbase, is behind its creation; previously he was involved with the Firebird SQL database project. Falcon looks to be the long-awaited open source storage engine that may become the primary choice for MySQL, and along the way offer some innovation and performance improvements over current alternatives.

Firefox Developer Criticizes Google

Firefox and Google have enjoyed a quaint partnership as of late. The search engine giant has helped sponsor the development of the increasingly popular web browser, and in return Firefox has embedded Google as the default search engine and start page in the application.

Puppy 2.13 features full set of kernel drivers

Distro founder and chief maintainer Barry Kauler on Tuesday announced the release of Puppy Linux 2.13, featuring a 2.6.18 kernel and the GNOME desktop environment. The build also includes "the complete suite of kernel drivers," according to Kauler.

Sendmail 8.14.0 beta 4

  • NL:; By Japke Rosink (Posted by dcparris on Jan 4, 2007 3:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Het programma sendmail is een open source mta, ook wel mailserver genoemd, voor Unix en Linux systemen. Sendmail laat zich haast naar alle wensen van de beheerder aanpassen en heeft standaard ondersteuning aan boord voor smtp, esmtp, DECnet's mail11, HylaFax, QuickPage, UUCP en milters. De ontwikkelaars hebben aan het begin van dit jaar de vierde bètaversie van 8.14.0 uitgebracht en voorzien van de volgende aankondiging:~

Looking Ahead at Ruby in 2007

Last week, Ilooked back at Ruby in 2006. This week, it's time to look ahead. Here are 10 Ruby things I think are going to be hot in 2007:

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