Linux and the hungry Penguin

Ubuntu and Kubuntu 6.10

Category: News
Posted: 2006-10-26 12:25, Edited: 2006-10-26 17:25

Ubuntu and Kubuntu 6.10 are out. The difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu is that Ubuntu uses GNOME and Kubuntu uses KDE.

The Ubuntu desktop version introduces a host of new features, an improved interface and a wide variety of new applications and desktop tools making Ubuntu 6.10 flexible and user-friendly. Enhancements include:

* Tomboy, an easy-to-use and efficient note-taking tool
* F-Spot, a photo management tool that enables tagging, photo editing and automatic uploading to on-line web management sites such as Flickr
* GNOME 2.16, which in addition to new features such as enhanced power management, makes the GNOME desktop more secure, faster and more stable
* Upstart, a replacement start-up manager offering a cleaner design, eye-catching effects and a substantially faster boot time
* The latest Firefox web browser, which offers inline spell check support in web forms, easy recovery of crashed sessions, built-in phishing detectors, enhanced search engine management with built in OpenSearch support, and better support for previewing and subscribing to web feeds
* Proactive security features, preventing many common security vulnerabilities even before they are discovered
* Evolution 2.8.0, which brings new features such as vertical message panes

For as Kubuntu , some of the more interesting features of 6.10 include: KDE 3.5.5 desktop; Digikam photo management tool; Guidance - a new power management system; a hardware database client; support for many special laptop buttons; accessibility profiles; an improved System Settings dialog; automatic setup of non-Latin writing systems.

Ubuntu also has a server verison. The server install CD allows you to install Ubuntu permanently on a computer for use as a server. It will not install a graphical user interface.


Firestarter and Samba

Category: Linux
Posted: 2006-10-24 09:25, Edited: 2006-10-24 14:25


I recently got given a new 4 CPU server and naturally I installed Linux on it. I am using Fedora Core 4 and everything went well excetpt for one little thing. This server will be in a little bit of a strange place network wise. It will actually sit between two lans and provide services for both lans, but... it will also act as a firewall between the two lans which means access from one lan to the other will be controlled. Follow me so far?

So I installed 'firestarter' as he firewall configuration tool, everything works well and I am able to setup the firewall pretty much as I want. But there was one problem. I just couldn't get Samba to work on the outsite of the firewall. I had configured a 'hole' in the firewall for samba and it all looked OK.

After searching on the Internet a bit I discovered that it would work if I used the IP address of the machine to connect but not the name. A little bit more digging revealved that for the names to work the "Block broadcasts from external network" option needs to be unticked. This is located in Firestarter under: Edit --> Preferences --> Firewall --> Advanced Options.

Now everything works great!


QT 4.2 is out

Category: News
Posted: 2006-10-04 06:33, Edited: 2006-10-04 11:33

According to their press release "Trolltech Brings Style Sheets to Desktop Applications with Qt 4.2"

QT is the core windowing framework for KDE.

You can read more here: Introducing a Powerful Graphics View and Innovative Widget Style Sheets


World domination

Category: Me
Posted: 2006-10-04 06:27, Edited: 2006-10-04 11:27

My quest for world domination continues with the release of two new websites. Of course these sites run on Linux servers using open source tools such as MySQL, Apache and PHP.

They are both news and press release related sites (and they are both still being developed to their full potential):

Alert the Media

Press Release Cloud


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