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With the passing of the time, over the past five years, i have mainly used GNU/Linux for networking and security oriented purposes. I have tried many Linux distributions, but simply have never found the right distribution for me and my work. So I started working on Linux Netwosix. Linux Netwosix aims to be a powerful and optimized Linux distribution for servers and network-security related jobs. Due to its lightweight nature, portability, and high configurability, Linux Netwosix could be the right choice for every system administrator or security specialist, in my opinion. It has also a powerful ports system (Nepote), similar to the BSD systems, but more flexible and usable. With the new 2.x release, among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you will find a stable, complete and cleaned GNU/Linux box for your network-security related jobs. Linux Net... (more)

Product Review — Running Windows on Linux

Regardless of how fast, stable, and geek-chic desktop GNU/Linux has become, we still live in a Windows world. Many vendors, either through lack of vision or funding, will produce only a Windows version of their software or drivers. If you're a gadget geek like me, you likely end up in the same old quandary of "I want that gadget, but it only has Windows drivers." If you're even more like me, you'll elect not to take the high road and search for ways to run that bad boy on your desktop GNU/Linux box. There are a handful of products that will enable Windows applications to run on GNU/Linux, all with varying degrees of success. Regardless of which products are on the market, they'll fall into two categories: those that require you to have a licensed copy of Windows, and those that don't. Win4Lin and VMware fit into the first category, which I affectionately call "virtua... (more)

New Ubuntu Release Available for Desktops and Servers, with Long Term, Global Support

Ubuntu which has become one of the world's most popular Linux distributions in recent years, has launched its latest version on June 1 following months of intense testing. The new release is titled Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support), and has a specific emphasis on the needs of large organizations with both desktop and server versions. Ubuntu 6.06 LTS introduces functionality that simplifies common Linux server deployment processes. For system administrators setting up large numbers of web, mail and related servers, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS offers the fastest and most consistent path to deployment, combined with the availability of global commercial support where needed. "Ubuntu has a reputation for working well out of the box on desktops, and we have worked to bring that same ease of deployment and configuration to the server marketplace," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of... (more)

Is This the Death of the Client Operating System?

Today I read Andy McCue's post on,"Why the Linux desktop dream is over" and "Stephen O'Grady's "Do Operating Systems Matter: Part 1 " and Jonathan Schwartz's post on  Network Clients  and it becomes clear to me the eventual direction of desktop computing.   How do all three thoughts fit together? The Linux desktop replacing the Windows desktop in its current incarnation is both silly and impractical. As our applications move to the network the need to replicate the Windows  desktop computing environment on Linux  is unnecessary. What needs to happen is that the new connected desktop needs to become both a network client and a host for virtual machines. Effort once spent on developing productivity applications that are targeted by platform is now being spent on hosted applications like those at 37 Signals which works on all platforms right out of the box. Right now v... (more)

ESR Switches to Ubuntu

"If I thought the state of Fedora were actually improving, I might hang in there. But it isn't," wrote Eric S. Raymond (pictured) yesterday in an Open Letter with the title "Goodbye, Fedora" which he cross-posted several places including Red Hat's own fedora-devel-list. He is abandoning Red Hat/Fedora, he revealed, and switching to Ubuntu. A with ESR's many previous Open Letters, we bring it to you here in full: Goodbye, Fedora -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: esr thyrsus com (Eric S. Raymond) To: fedora-devel-list redhat com Cc: lwn lwn net, editors Subject: Goodbye, Fedora -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- After thirteen years as a loyal Red Hat and Fedora user, I reached my limit today, when an attempt to upgrade one (1) package pitched me into a four-hour marathon of dep... (more)

Novell Should Be Very Afraid of Canonical With its Ubuntu Distribution

Evidently Novell should be afraid – very afraid – because Canonical with its Ubuntu distribution, Dell's little playmate, the Linux Dell's pre-loading on a few of its PCs, clearly has designs on Novell's place in line behind Red Hat, the Linux leader. On Thursday, the Ubuntu world traded up from Feisty Fawn to Gutsy Gibbon, the alliterative code name for Ubuntu 7.10, which Canonical is going to use to start pushing into servers, knowing, it says, that it's going to take years. So far Ubuntu, a relative latecomer, has made its bones as a relatively user-friendly desktop, but – although it's only been in the server business a year – it's increasingly being recognized as a server contender, according to Canonical CEO Mark Shuttlesworth, who reels off a list of its notices and describes this seventh release as a "world-class enterprise operati... (more)

Microsoft & Novell Extend Hated Pact

The infamous Microsoft-Novell interoperability/patent protection deal that FOSSers love to hate just passed its first birthday and, bragging that it's exceeded their original business targets, the pair has extended the arrangement. They're going to create a cross-platform accessibility model that links the existing Windows and Linux frameworks used to build assistive technology products that enable people with disabilities to interact with computers. At the same time they disclosed the names of 30 new customers, including Costco, Southwest Airlines, the City of Los Angeles and Zabka Polska, one of the largest retail chains in Poland, that will be getting Microsoft certificates for three-year priority support subscriptions for SUSE. As part of the accessibility initiative, which looks like it's going to benefit all of open source, Microsoft is supposed to make its User... (more) Delivers Linux Users One-Click Virtualization Software From Parallels

Linspire and Parallels announced the availability of Parallels’ Workstation 2.2 desktop virtualization solution for download through the free software delivery service to desktop Linux users. Available for the Freespire 2.0, Linspire 6.0 and Ubuntu 7.04, 7.10 operating systems, the CNR Service will expand to provide support for additional popular Linux distributions. Parallels Workstation allows users of any skill level to run multiple operating systems on a single computer. “As CNR expands its commercial offerings, we're happy to offer another quality virtualization solution in Parallels, a product our customers have requested,” says Larry Kettler, President and CEO of Linspire. “The Free CNR Service is designed to help users easily find and install the best that Linux software has to offer.” is a free standardized Web 2.... (more)

Free Ubuntu Linux CDs available

It feels like 1999 again. Ubuntu Linux is offering free pressed CDs of Ubuntu Linux, shipped anywhere, and they will eat the shipping costs. For those that are not familiar with Ubuntu, it is a desktop-oriented linux distribution that has become very ... (more)

Linux kernel 2.6.21

Kernel 2.6.21 was released yesterday, a few of the more interesting highlights: VMI now in default kernel (this is VMware’s layer on top of paravirt_ops), theoretically a fully paravirtualized Linux kernel on top of VMware might be do-able now updated KVM code which includes some paravirt_ops support and live migration clockevents and dynticks The dynamic clock tick stuff is best covered over at LWN (see Clockevents and dyntick). This could have positive impact on power consumption and performance (particularly in virtualized environments). It will be interesting to see if certain virtual environments can now keep accurate time with a kernel such as this. ... (more)

Finding open source software

In the first day of our Open Source CEO shoot-out, Esther Schindler asked how companies should go about finding open source projects: Let's say that a company is philosophically willing to use open source. How does it learn about the best software for the company's purposes?Bob Zurek of EnterpriseDB notes that open source awareness is promoted by hiring open-source savvy IT people: Businesses are gaining key knowledge about open source software by employing the next generation of young IT professionals who grew up using open source software like Linux, PHP, PostgreSQL or maybe MySQL. Matt Aslett responded by referencing a report from the 451 group about what open source database vendors need to do to take on the commercial vendors. He also points out: The selection process [for open source software] tips the balance of power much more in favour of the customer in that t... (more)