Kubuntu 7.04 Released

April 20, 2007

Kubuntu 7.04, development codename “The Feisty Fawn”, was released today. Free CDs are available through ShipIt. Kubuntu prides itself on working towards the perfect KDE GNU/Linux solution, and with this latest release the development team worked harder than ever to do just this. 7.04 includes many updates, new features, and the latest releases of your favorite applications. KDE 3.5.6 is of course the desktop of choice, with K3b up to the milestone 1.0.

The development team has worked hard to incorporate the best usability and accessibility features, to tame the edginess, and to provide a stable and secure computing environment for everyone. So stand with us and congratulate the Kubuntu development team and its many users in a job well done.

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During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn’s latest test beta –for the first time ever– this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.

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The HP company might start the production of PCs with preinstalled Linux system. However, the vendor’s global initiative is not yet relevant in Russia. HP’s Russian office said there is not much demand for open source OS in this country.
HP has been cooperating with Linux programmers in server solutions, PCs, notebooks, and thin clients for a long time. “Earlier personal computers with preinstalled Linux SuSe distribution 9.2 as well as Free-DOS, Windows XP Home, Pro, Vista were among the computers produced for Russia. Due to insignificant demand for Linux-running computers only systems with Free-DOS, Windows XP Home, Pro, Vista in our product line. Our policy here is determined by the market. If there is sufficient demand for Linux-runing computers, we will resume deliveries to Russia”, Dmitry Efremov, Manager of Desktop Computers Department of HP Russia told CNews.
Generally speaking, there is a certain demand for PCs with open source OS in Russia. Yet, it is currently insignificant in the total volume of PCs sold, HP said. Such operating systems are mostly used in business rather than home use.

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Linux_On_Ipod

March 11, 2007

Can you believe?This is a strange picture of an ipod with linux loaded.Will it happen?Wait and see.

I got this news from zdnet.com.

While Linux has long enjoyed a reputation for being more secure than closed source operating systems such as Windows, its rise in popularity has also made it a far more common target for hackers, a new study suggests.

An analysis of hacker attacks on online servers in January by security consultancy mi2g found that Linux servers were the most frequently violated, accounting for 13,654 successful attacks, or 80 per cent of the survey total. Windows ran a distant second with 2,005 attacks. A more specific analysis of government servers also found Linux more susceptible, accounting for 57 per cent of all breaches.

In a similar analysis last year, Windows proved far more vulnerable, with 51 per cent of successful attacks on government servers made on some version of the Microsoft operating system.

However, the rise in digital attacks probably reflects a lack of training and deployment expertise rather than inherent security problems in Linux, mi2g officials suggested.

“The swift adoption of Linux last year within the online government and non-government server community, coupled with inadequate training and knowledge on how to keep that environment secure when running vulnerable third party applications, has contributed to a consistently higher proportion of compromised Linux servers,” mi2g executive chairman DK Matai said in a statement.

The mi2g study concentrated on “overt digital attacks” and didn’t include more general forms of attack such as viruses and worms. Microsoft has been under fire for the past year for the lack of speed with which some patches to fix security holes exploited by these forms of malicious code have been made available and deployed.

While Linux advocates may not welcome the new data, it should prove good news for fans of BSD and Mac OS X. Those operating systems accounted for a tiny percentage of successful attacks, and no government servers running other OS were breached.

Gentoo Portage secrets

March 7, 2007

While searching for something special on internet , my eyes got captured on a post in Linux.com.And that is “Gentoo Portage secrets”.

Gentoo Linux is perhaps the most-used source-based Linux distribution. One secret to its success is the powerful and handy Portage package management system. While Gentoo comes with extensive documentation covering most aspects of using Portage, the techniques described in Gentoo’s handbook and other documentation are not always the most effective ones. Here are some insider tips that can greatly increase your productivity.

Search fasterĀ 

Before you install a package, you usually look for it via Portage’s search capabilities. Portage’s emerge utility has –search and –searchdesc options, but using them is not enjoyable, because they take a long time to run. That’s why we’ve seen the emergence of third-party search front ends for Portage, such as esearch and eix. Their common idea is to use their own search indexes to speed up searches. When using either utility, you have to rebuild the index after updating the Portage tree, and after installing and uninstalling software. Of the two, eix works faster and has more capabilities.

Optimizing traffic usageĀ 

Updating your software can take a lot of network bandwidth. There are tools that help you decrease Portage’s appetite. The most effective and well-known such tool is Deltup, which allows you to download deltas, or the differences between new and old versions of package source. That approach can save you up to 90% of the download size. The procedure for installing deltup is described in the Gentoo wiki.The Gentoo wiki provides more tips for users with poor Internet connections.

Faster package compilationĀ 

Every time you install or update some software under Gentoo, you need to wait until its source is compiled. Portage supports a set of tools that try to decrease the compiling time of your packages.One of the ways to speed up compilation on a slow machine is to distribute the compiling task to another host. This is what Distcc aims to do. You can even use Windows boxes to assist in the task.
Managing logs and configuration files

Another new feature in Portage 2.1 is the new logging framework. Many packages show notices while you emerge them, but you may not see them if you do not watch the emerge process. Now you just need to turn on elog, by adding these lines to /etc/make.conf:

# This sets what to log
PORTAGE_ELOG_CLASSES=”warn error log”
# And this is how to do it
PORTAGE_ELOG_SYSTEM=”save”
and creating the /var/log/portage/elog directory. Now, each package’s emerge log will be saved in a separate file in the specified directory. You can find more info on configuring elog by inspecting the /etc/make.conf.example file. There are already GTK and QT graphical front ends for viewing these logs.