Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 69

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #69, for the week December 2nd - December 8th, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover Packaging Jams, MPAA being forced to remove the University Toolkit, Kubuntu Tutorials Day, an Ubuntu Forums interview, and as always, and much much more!

Control serveral ssh sessions via a single interface

Clusterssh is a graphical utility that allows you to open several ssh connections and execute commands simultaneously in all of them. I find it powerful in many cases, for example when I’ve to perform a dist-upgrade on many different servers.

Ubuntu Guide For Windows Users: Manage Log File Size

I'm new to Ubuntu and want to know how does one manage all these log files? They must be taking up a lot of space. I would like to clean them out, in the same way that I can when using Event Viewer in Windows 2000/XP.

Backing Up Data In Ubuntu Using sBackup

Be it Windows, Mac or Linux, it is always a wise choice to backup your data. You never know when your hardware is going to fail and when that happens, you know that all your data is safe and there is a backup copy for you to fall back on. In Ubuntu, it is surprisingly easy to backup your data.

Commercial Sound And Music Software For Linux, Part 1

A Win/Mac developer recently asked me what I thought about his plan to create a binary of his application and sell it to interested Linux sound and music people. He asked with some trepidation, having already received a rather critical chorus of objection from some overly enthusiastic Linux users.

How to Enable or Disable Login Messages

I do a lot of remote remote maintenance via ssh on my machines and one thing that I’ve long wondered about is the message outputted when you login.  You know, the system information output plus the notice concerning the warranty, etc.  Here is the output I’m referring to when connecting to my Sun Sparc Ultra 10 server via ssh:

Malacious help on Linux!

Last week, I read a few articles on how the forums on Linux/Ubuntu are fooling the users. Through a malacious help, these so called 'helpful' souls are actually taking the poor hapless users for a ride. The article examines this problem and a few steps to combat this growing menace of malacious help.

Encrypt your /home this Christmas: part one - background

Laptops can get lost and stolen. Besides the inconvenience and cost of replacing it, there is the potential for your personal data to end up in the hands of an identity thief.

VIA UniChrome Pro Display Driver ver 0.8

Many linux users who have integrated VIA graphics suffer from lack of 3D acceleration when running certain programs like fast-paced games and windows emulator wine. Developers came up with at least 3 drivers: via-, unichrome- and openchrome-, none of them worked though, or at least did not stop their boxes from freezing or going to a hard lockup.

Read on to get 3D working on your via boxes.

Mozilla, Opera look to make video on the Web easier

New features in the Firefox and Opera browsers could make it less complex and cheaper for people to incorporate video into their Web sites, representatives of Mozilla and Opera say.

Ubuntu 7.10 on PS3

Today, you will learn how to install Ubuntu Gutsy (as a second operating system) on your PlayStation 3 gaming console. For those of you who think for a second (and who are scared) that this will replace their PS3 operating system, well you guys are wrong, because this will NOT erase your PlayStation 3 native operating system (called XMB) and it will run as an alternative OS on your PS3 console. Ready? Are you excited? Let's go!

Webrunner becomes Mozilla Prism

The Mozilla-based, single-site "Web app" browser Webrunner, which we covered in July, was rebranded Mozilla Prism in October and moved to the Mozilla Labs site. Initially, Prism was only available for Windows, but Mac and Linux builds are now available.

Fluxbuntu 7.10 RC, A Quick Look

Last night I took a quick look at the Fluxbuntu 7.10 release candidate. As the name suggests, Fluxbuntu is an Ubuntu derivative offering the lightweight Fluxbox window manager.

Top 15 Linux Games

I am passionate gamer, really. During holidays, I do more gaming than anything else. My gaming experience spans many-many open-source and Linux games. I am pretty sure that, like me, many of you might have also tried these games.

Digitalizing vinyl discs

I recently became interested in the topic of digitalizing vinyl discs to copy the music my family had in that format to a digital storage like the hard drive in my PC, an iPod or a CD. Doing it is actually very simple, but the amount of specialized devices, some of them with very steep prizes, cables and connectors make it look much harder.

KWord, The Lightweight Word Processing Power Tool

OpenOffice is the darling of the FOSS office suites, and it is a nice suite. It's cross-platform, and OpenOffice Writer is a first-rate word processor with a lot of advanced features. But it's not the only good option for Linux users: Abiword and KWord are excellent lightweight word processors with good feature sets, and both are licensed under the GPL. All three are wonderful. In this two-part series we're going to dig into KWord 1.6, and mine some of its hidden jewels.

Watch some TV with TED

Has the television writers' strike left you with hours of spare time and no way to fill it? Well, put down that book and put the running shoes back in the closet, because TED is here to help. TED is the torrent episode downloader, an open source, cross-platform tool that simplifies the tedious process of searching for torrent files.

How to Secure Ubuntu Linux

All operating systems need secured at some point, even open source operating systems. Securing your operating system can be very easy and beneficial as well. In Ubuntu Linux, as with all operating systems, it is recommended that you use a firewall or at least IP tables, as with the case with Linux distributions. However, there are other steps that also need to be taken to secure your system before you consider setting up a firewall.

Opinion: Another Way for Ubuntu to Get Ahead

One of the new planned new features of the upcoming release of Ubuntu, Hardy Heron, is a fresh new theme. That’s right, no more brown and orange. While for many users just getting some nicer colors in to replace the “ugly” brown and orange is enough (I personally like the brown and orange a lot), I think the Ubuntu team should take this chance to get ahead of other distributions in another way.

10 Tips for Navigating More Efficiently in Firefox

If you use Firefox all day, as I do, you may have mastered a few of the navigational tools it offers, but there are a lot of them under the hood. You can be faster and more efficient with the browser if you learn some easy ways to use your mouse and keyboard to navigate. In this post, I’ll round up 10 tips for more efficient surfing. Quite a few of these will work in other browsers as well.

Manage your documents with Knowledge Tree

Knowledge Tree is an open source document management system (DMS) that helps enterprise users categorize, store, index, and share documents. It offers features like metadata editing, versioning, and WebDAV access, which make it a better choice than a simple file server for sharing documents.

How to make a daily calendar with OOo

When I hear "mail merge," I usually think of personalizing letters and printing envelopes. However, many other projects can make use of mail merge. This year I tackled a new Christmas gift project by using mail merge in OpenOffice.org (OOo) to create a tear-off daily calendar, personalized with holidays and family events. Here's how.

New plugins in Compiz Fusion

Compiz Fusion team has released 4 new plugins and couple of new features to Compiz Fusion. Here are they:

Why Dvorak? Comfort

One of the big advantages of typing in the Dvorak layout is the comfort that comes with it. It is estimated that you spend nearly 70% of your time typing on the home row, with only 30% of your time stretching for letters off of the home row. If that’s the case, then I should be able to type a great deal of words on the home row itself. Let’s see if that’s the case. Counting the number of words that I have on my Debian system, I get the following:

Linux traffic analysis, quick and simple

Full-featured traffic analyzers for Linux systems such as ntop and vnstat are widely available, but sometimes you just want a simple program that gives you fast, basic information about the amount of traffic going in and out of the hosts on your network. Darkstat, a packet sniffer that runs as a background process, fills that role. It gathers statistics about network usage and displays them over HTTP.

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