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Ubuntu 6.06 FINAL Screenshot Tour

Ubuntu 6.06 has hit the download mirrors and OSDir has a large selection of beautiful screenshots for your enjoyment!

What to plug into Eclipse

Find out about some of the capabilities that have been built into Eclipse plug-ins, such as the ability to program in other languages like Ruby or to build interactive multimedia with environments such as OpenLaszlo.

Are GNU/Linux distribution choices a fad, or favouritism?

Are we choosing GNU/Linux distributions based on their quality, or is it the media hype?

Knoppix to the rescue

Even if you have no intention of getting up close and personal with Linux, it may pay to download and burn a version called Knoppix (go to and click on the US/UK flag logo for an English version of the page or order it on DVD or CD from

Government says all new PCs must be Linux-friendly

The government-run Central Trust of China has mandated for the first time that all desktop computers purchased from now on must be Linux-compatible, demonstrating the government's desire to widen the nation's usage of open source software.

Mozilla fixes 13 Firefox vulnerabilities

Mozilla's Firefox browser has been updated to fix 13 security vulnerabilities -- five of them rated critical, according to a report June 2 by eWEEK's Ryan Naraine.

Some of the flaws affecting Firefox also exist in Thunderbird, Naraine writes

[Includes links to eWeek's report and DesktopLinux's report on Thunderbird. -- grouch]

Printing with Ubuntu: Insights for a quick and easy Ubuntu printer installation

  • Free Software Magazine; By Mark Rais (Posted by fsmdave on Jun 3, 2006 6:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu makes printing reasonably easy and straightforward. This brief article is for those who need a specific and encouraging step-by-step guide. I hope that this article will not only ensure that you print with ease, but that you have every reason to enjoy a productive GNU/Linux desktop.

Ubuntu in abundance

“Historically with all of our clients we find that when we’re working with them if we recommend a Debian based solution, their total support costs are lower than they are with some of the other distributions,” said Peddemors, referring to Red Hat and Novell’s Suse.

[I admit to yielding to my prejudice and posting this story solely because of the above quote. -- grouch]

Pixel abuse: the wonders of 3D graphics

  • Free Software Magazine; By Mitch Meyran (Posted by fsmdave on Jun 3, 2006 5:04 AM EDT)

It's all over the press, and a battle will soon be joined: Desktops need 3D.

But what kind of 3D? The term is vague, would it be isometric 3D, Z-buffered vector 3D used to display 2D elements - as we can see in games -, or something hopefully more profound?

STX Linux: A second life for older hardware

Creator Michael "STIBS" Stibane calls STX Linux "a desktop Linux distribution especially targeted to older hardware." I tested version 1.0 of the Slackware 10.2-based distro on an old laptop with a 300MHz Celeron processor, 80MB of RAM, and a 4GB hard disk. I found this young distro for old hardware has promise.

$100 laptop 'will boost desktop Linux'

The head of the One Laptop per Child project, Nicholas Negroponte, says he must be doing something right if he is upsetting Microsoft and Intel virus debunked by experts

Kaspersky Lab, a manufacturer of anti-virus software, claims to have discovered a macro virus for StarOffice and The claim has received widespread media attention on the Internet as the first of its kind. However, according to experts, the alleged virus is nothing more than the use of a long-existing capability in the StarBasic macro language (also known as OOo Basic). Although the potential for malicious macros exists, they can be easily guarded against.

UK's ESR migrates to Linux and OSS

ESR Technology's computer network was based on a combination of Novell NetWare and Microsoft Windows when the company was still a subsidiary of AEA Technology, an environmental and technology consultancy based in the UK. After Coller Capital purchased the risk management company last October, ESR had six months to select, design, and implement a brand new infrastructure that would support more than 100 users all over the world. It decided that Linux was the safest bet.

The much-awaited breakthrough year for the open source desktop may ...

  •; By Evan Leibovitch (Posted by dcparris on Jun 3, 2006 1:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
The much-awaited breakthrough year for the open source desktop may never come. But that doesn't mean that Linux won't slowly work its way onto your PC. Progress may be slow, but it's happening

Jitterbit 1.0.1 Released

Jitterbit 1.0.1 is a general maintenance release of the open source integration software. It includes a number of important bug fixes, including changes to the way Jitterpaks are created and some issues with the Fixed Field Complex text structures. It is recommended that users upgrade from 1.0.

'mugshot’ Premiers – It’s Red Hat’s Open Source Counter to ...

'MugShot’ Premiers – It’s Red Hat’s Open Source Counter to MySpace Phenomenon and More, Hatters Say

Truth, justice and the open source way

  •; By Shane Schick (Posted by dcparris on Jun 2, 2006 10:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Red Hat
Free software isn't communist, but does that make it American?

[It may not be especially American, but that doesn't mean it isn't American - dcparris]

Shuttleworth/451 analysts discuss Dapper/Ubuntu, PART 2

  • The 451 Group; By The 451 Group (Posted by kkent451 on Jun 2, 2006 9:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups:
The 451 Group has published Part II of a four-part series featuring comments by Canonical CEO and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, along with the reactions from 451 analysts who cover open source and enterprise software.

Red Hat Summit sessions educate, stimulate

Nashville, Tenn. -- My only real problem with this year's Red Hat Summit was trying to decide which talks to attend whenever I wasn't writing, eating, or partying. The problem wasn't finding sessions I was interested in, but deciding which one to attend when several appealing talks were happening at the same time. Here's a brief recap of what I learned in three of the 90 break-out sessions available to attendees.

Audio interview with Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth discusses the recent release of Dapper Drake along with the recent partnership agreement with Sun:

The interview with Mark starts at 34:18

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