Beginning Ubuntu Server Administration: From Novice to Professional

You love it as the world’s most popular desktop Linux distribution, and now Ubuntu is available at a server near you. Embracing the very same features desktop users have grown to love, system administrators are rapidly adopting Ubuntu due to their ability to configure, deploy, and manage network services more effectively than ever.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 70

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #70, for the week December 9th - December 15th, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover the countdown to Hardy Alpha 2, new MOTU & community members, Ubuntu Forums interview, Bazaar 1.0 release, and as always, much, much more!

Vista to Ubuntu (100%)

I had enough with eating crap with Vista. My last line of patience warned off when I happened to wait about 5 seconds when changing from one MS Doc file to another and also happened that I was running with time to finish a project report.

How to check an Ubuntu .iso file

After downloading an .iso file from (please tick the box under the “Start Download” green button if you want the alternate version and choose a mirror close to your location), you need to verify that the .iso file is not corrupted before you can use it to install Ubuntu.

Browse The Web Faster, Use Text Mode Browsers

Did you know that you can surf the internet in text mode using a Linux terminal? This is made possible thru free/open-source text-based web browser. But why surf the web in plain text while there are plenty of easy-to-use graphical browsers available? To answer that question, I have here a list of some of the advantages in using a text-based internet browser:

KDE 3 vs KDE 4: performance

After some raving blogs about how memory-efficient and fast KDE 4 is, I decided to test something myself.

Rotating Background per Time of Day in KDE

As you may or may not know, Fedora 8 introduced a nice feature in Gnome, called Infinity: changing the wallpaper image based on the current time. It was pretty nice to have a bright wallpaper at noon and a dark one at night. However, this feature wasn’t available for KDE as well so someone had to make it. And here it is.

Customize Firefox blank page

When you open a new tab (File/New tab, or Ctrl + T) you get a blank tab. If blank is too much for you, try adding some color and style to the blank page.

Miss Your Windows Application? Try WINE

For anyone who is keen to migrate to Linux platform, but can’t live without Windows application, then Wine can be a great solution for you.

HTTrack: Website crawler / copier

HTTrack is a powerful tool that allows you to download / mirror a website to a local location. Basically, HTTrack follows the links of the original website, recursively downloads them to the local directory while re-arranging the hyper-links structure so you can just simply open a downloaded HTML file and browse at the local machine.

CPU Frequency Scaling in Ubuntu

The default Ubuntu installation of cpufreq-selector allows only root users to modify CPU frequency scaling policy. This is a security measure and the CPU monitor applet can only read the current CPU frequency and policy.

Ubuntu Server: Kernel Comparisons and Implementation Issues

We didn't quite finish up our server kernel vs. desktop kernel comparison, so today we'll wrap that up, plus we'll dig into the included services in Ubuntu Server, amaze at a couple of interesting blunders, and decide what this thing is good for — fueling the tireless Canonical hype machine, or something actually useful?

Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 vs OSX Leopard - Comparison

I have both OS X 10.x and Ubuntu 7.x running on separate laptops, and have used them for over 2 years now. The similarities are outstanding in more than a few ways. Below is PART 2 of my reviews and summary of main features of the latest Ubuntu 7.10 (codename Gutsy Gibbon) which have made it so appealing over Apple's OS X.

Ubuntu Backer Is One Lucky Guy

Mark Shuttleworth says he's more lucky than smart, but his record says otherwise. He's a technologist, venture capitalist, social experimenter, philanthropist, and Russian-trained space traveler. Oh, and Mark Shuttleworth originated the world's fastest-growing Linux distribution, Ubuntu.

Ubuntu disks are reaching capacity

I’ve been chatting in the sounder and ubuntu-devel-discuss mailing lists and something most Ubuntu users might not realize is that the Ubuntu ‘Desktop’ disks are packed almost to their limits. There is talk of removing the last remaining ‘WinFOSS’ (Firefox, Thunderbird and Abiword for Windows), but even that will only free up about 15 MB.

Personas for Firefox: a extension that adds lightweight theming to your browser

Personas is a prototype that builds upon the ideas that:

  • themes today are too hard to find, install and use
  • graphic designers should be able to style the browser without having to code
  • browsers can be more than just desktop software, they can include online components
  • people just want their computer to be a little more fun and personal

Read Your Linux Partition from Windows with DiskInternals Linux Reader

Back in the summer I wrote about two programs that allow Windows to read and write to Ext3 partitions as if they were native filesystems. DiskInternals Linux Reader is a similar program for read-only access.

Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon takes on Mac OS X Leopard for the OS of the Year

Today we have a technological cage match involving two operating systems, both UNIX- based, both mature, both with passionate detractors and even more passionate defenders, and both released just a week apart. I'm talking, of course, about Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), with its final release on October 18, and Apple' s Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which was available for purchase on October 26.

We haven't forgotten Linux in Firefox 3: Mozilla

Mozilla Foundation, the organization behind the Firefox web browser, has defended itself against claims from sections of the Linux community that it has ignored Linux in the development of Firefox 3, the next generation of the browser. Mozilla's chief interface designer says Linux is very much included in the development project.

Services Configuration Tool to Start / Stop System Services

Your Debian / Ubuntu Linux box security depends upon access to system services (one of many aspects). For example, you may need to provide a web server (Apache service) to serve web pages. However, if you do not need use a service, you should always turn off all unused services to avoid exploits.

Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be

I've been using and advocating free software for around six years. When studying and then working as a freelance writer, migrating an office seemed so simple -- draw up a list of comparable programs and, over a reasonable period, move your staff across. But over the past few weeks I've been trying to use Ubuntu Gutsy on my desktop PC in a Windows-based office, and whilst most things work just fine, it's far from the seamless integration I was hoping for.

Create a Virtual Monitor Power Button

A friend had an interesting problem for me to solve; he wanted to know how to turn off his laptop’s monitor without shutting down the system or waiting for it to go off. He wanted to leave it working during the night on the desk in his room, without the light from the LCD bothering him while he slept.

URandR now supports multiple profiles

This new release of URandR will finally allow you to save your settings without touching your xorg.conf (except for the virtual resolution).

Top Best 50 Ubuntu Opensource Applications For Design And Developing

Ubuntu (and its variants Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Fluxbuntu) have made Linux more accessible to the big public, as it has brought both ease of use and eye-candy as well as security and ease of installing programs.
The users of Ubuntu have a big range of software to choose and install, but it's hard to choose what software is the best for your needs.

How to make Ubuntu to start faster

My Ubuntu used to start really slowly, even more slowly than my former XP. It was not really a problem except on the mornings when I wanted to surf while eating my breakfast. I was finished with it when my laptop was finally ready to be used. So I thought that there has to be a way to make it faster. After a little research I learned that it was not even hard to do. I gave it a try and now this machine starts a lot faster. Whoa! Totally worth it.

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