No, I’m not joking! Ubuntu Christian Edition (CE) (based on Ubuntu 6.10, ‘Edgy’) was a horror of an install, probably the worst Ubuntu install I’ve ever seen. Do you want to hear the sordid tale, that ends happily?
I recently installed Ubuntu 6.10 on a new PC at work. In this post I will document all the steps I had to perform to get it ready for everyday use. Each step is assigned a level of difficulty, which I define below:
We have to work together to keep free software freely available. It will be a failure if the world moves from paying for shrink-wrapped Windows to paying for shrink-wrapped Linux.
Is Linux ready for mainstream? I'm going to focus on Ubuntu here.. because that's what I know, and as far as I can tell it's ahead of the curve.
The second development release for Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" has hit the mirrors. Ubuntu 7.04 Herd 2 integrates GNOME 2.17.5, ZeroConfNetworking, F-Spot v0.3, GTK+ 2.10.7, KVM virtualization support, WINE 0.9.29, and much more.
This guide describes how you can automatically scan files uploaded by users through a web form on your server using PHP and ClamAV. That way you can make sure that your upload form will not be abused to distribute malware. To glue PHP and ClamAV, we install the package php5-clamavlib/php4-clamavlib which is rather undocumented at this time. That package is available for Debian Etch and Sid and also for Ubuntu Dapper Drake and Edgy Eft.
Installing Ubuntu linux truly could not be easier. All the hard work is done for you. There are two methods of installing Ubuntu. You may either dual boot it along with Windows or you may reformat your hard drive (erasing Windows) and install Ubuntu in its place.
What’s Ubuntu Lite? It’s a new Linux distribution. Its goal is to make a usable Linux-based system that works on 128 MB of RAM. How they plan to achieve this goal seems straightforward: around “lightweight” applications. And it is exactly the wrong way to build a low-footprint distribution. Why?
Gnome users have been enjoying the Feiry-themed darkness of the Satanic Edition since December the 13th. Now Satan has spread his wings to cast a foreboding shadow over the KDE desktop.
My first experience with Linux was with Redhat 7.3 back in the day. I liked the security and ability to customize but I was turned off by the difficulty installing packages (dependency hell). I recently installed Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake on my new Windows laptop. My first impression is that Linux has changed dramatically.
It is now only a few days until the awesomeness that is Linux.Conf.Au starts. Looking at the line up of speakers, including Ubuntu’s own Jono, Scott, Robert, Matthew and Richard it looks to be pretty awesome.
One day while perusing the back room where the old hardware is kept, I spotted an old laptop in its docking station buried under some other hardware. At my desk I booted it up and in no time was using Windows 95 but I wondered if I could improve the situation a bit. The obvious choice for a new OS was Linux.
As Ubuntu continues to make its presence known throughout the world, it was only a matter of time before the project spawned an offshoot variation or two that would enable people with lower-spec machines to participate in all that Ubuntu goodness.
So finally I decided to do a completely fresh install on my notebook, a Dell C640. If you are looking for a notebook which is good supported by Linux and FreeBSD, I can really recommend it, everything works out-of-the-box. also under FreeBSD, also the external VGA connector, useful when giving talks etc.
Also: Ubuntu Rocks (call it ubuntued)
I have installed Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 and started installing all the programs I need. There are now several add-ons and themes that don't work with Firefox 1.5, so I decided to upgrade Firefox. Months ago I wrote about how stupid it was that Ubuntu 6.06 didn't have any packages for Firefox 2 in the repositories. The official line from Ubuntu is to upgrade from Dapper to Edgy.
If you’ve been around Ubuntu for a year or so, you might recognize that as the default desktop for Breezy Badger Xubuntu version 5.10, released in November of 2005. Now fast-forward to 2007. The Gnomification rolls onward, and the weight of Xubuntu grows with each revolution.
I was always wondering why Ubuntu Linux became so popular within couple of years. There are thousands of other Linux distributions, some of them are more then 10 years old, but Ubuntu became so popular in a short period of time.
Normally Linux systems can only read from Windows NTFS partitions, but not write to them which can be very annoying if you have to work with Linux and Windows systems. This is where ntfs-3g comes into play. ntfs-3g is an open source, freely available NTFS driver for Linux with read and write support. This tutorial shows how to install and use ntfs-3g on an Ubuntu Edgy Eft desktop to read from and write to Windows NTFS drives and partitions. It covers the usage of internal NTFS partitions (e.g. in a dual-boot environment) and of external USB NTFS drives.
If you have only ever used Windows and you are attempting to install Linux on your own, perhaps because you have never met another Linux user, then the Redhat installer was not the most friendly place to be. Anaconda is beautiful, and fantastic for technical users, but not particularly newbie friendly. So in the beginning, Ubuntu bypassed all this.
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.