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Fedora 13 Review

Well it’s often been said that “it never rains but it pours” and that seems very true the about Linux distro releases in the last two weeks. Fedora 13 has just been released so I couldn’t resist doing a review of it. I generally try to stick to two reviews per week but there was just no way I could wait until next week to share my thoughts about Fedora 13.

What’s New In This Release
Desktop users have some interesting new features to enjoy. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:

Automatic print driver install
Automatic language packs install
Package kit integration
NetworkManager improvements
Free and open source nouveau driver for NVidia video cards
Shotwell replaces Gthumb and F-Spot for photos
Pino social media client included
Deja Dup backup tool
Simple Scan
GNOME color manager
GNOME 2.30
Nautilus enhancements
Gnote enhancements
Rhythmbox support for iPod Touch and iPhone music
Abiword removed from default live image

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The Fedora 13 desktop.

Pino, the social media client.


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 124 is out!

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 124.



  • 1 Editors Note
  • 2 Announcements
    • 2.1 openSUSE News: openSUSE Strategy Meeting
    • 2.2 Pascal Bleser: How to add the openSUSE 11.3 counter to your site
  • 3 Status Updates
    • 3.1 Distribution
      • 3.1.1 Javier Llorente: apache2-icons-oxygen is now in Factory
      • 3.1.2 Bugzilla
  • 4 Team Reports
    • 4.1 Build Service Team
      • 4.1.1 OBS: Release 1.8.0 RC1 Release Candidate
      • 4.1.2 Build Team Meeting
      • 4.1.3 Build Service Statistics
    • 4.2 Mono Team
      • 4.2.1 MonoDroid – Mono for Android Beta Program
    • 4.3 openFATE Team
      • 4.3.1 Q7Basic
      • 4.3.2 Better maintenance of src.rpm changes
      • 4.3.3 auto remove unused dependencies using YaST and zypper
      • 4.3.4 GUI for reviewing and analysing solver testcases
      • 4.3.5 Statistics
    • 4.4 Testing Team
      • 4.4.1 Larry Finger: openSUSE-Testing Report for the Weekly News – May 22
    • 4.5 Translation Team
      • 4.5.1 Localization
    • 4.6 Wiki-Team
      • 4.6.1 Rajko Matovic: Wiki structure: New tools
  • 5 In the Community
    • 5.1 Andrew Wafaa: Community Discussion – Part 8
    • 5.2 Events
    • 5.3 openSUSE for your ears
    • 5.4 openSUSE in $COUNTRY
    • 5.5 Communication
    • 5.6 Contributors
  • 6 New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE
    • 6.1 Packman: worldwind (openSUSE 11.2/noarch)
    • 6.2 Petr Mladek: OpenOffice_org 3.2.1 rc1 available for openSUSE
    • 6.3 Miro (openSUSE 11.2/x86_64)
  • 7 Security Updates
  • 8 Kernel Review
    • 8.1 h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: The H Week – Linux 2.6.34 approaches
    • 8.2 h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: What’s new in Linux 2.6.34
    • 8.3 Rares Aioanei: Kernel Review with openSUSE Flavor
  • 9 Tips and Tricks
    • 9.1 For Desktop Users
      • 9.1.1 How to use media in’s Impress
    • 9.2 For Commandline/Script Newbies
      • 9.2.1 Pascal Bleser: GNU Screen: open new window with same working directory
      • 9.2.2 Understanding Linux File Permissions
    • 9.3 For Developers and Programmers
      • 9.3.1 The Geek Stuff/Balakrishnan Mariyappan: Perl Debugger Tutorial: 10 Easy Steps to Debug Perl Program
      • 9.3.2 Vittorio Cagnetta: easybashgui
    • 9.4 For System Administrators
      • 9.4.1 Fred Blaise: Counting documents in Alfresco
      • 9.4.2 Linux Magazine/Dmitri Popov: Monitor Servers from Your Android Device with httpmon
  • 10 Planet SUSE
    • 10.1 Vincent Untz: GNOME Foundation Elections 2010
  • 11 openSUSE Forums
    • 11.1 Grub Problem
    • 11.2 Accessing Package Manager Failed
    • 11.3 Wireless Networking Not working
    • 11.4 Samba / Win7 Issue
  • 12 On the Web
    • 12.1 Announcements
      • 12.1.1 New Podcast: KDE and the Masters of the Universe
      • 12.1.2 Alvaro Soliverez (Hei_Ku): KMyMoney announces release candidate for KDE platform 4
    • 12.2 Call for participation
      • 12.2.1 h-online: Conference 2010: Call for Papers
    • 12.3 Reports
      • 12.3.1 Tom Albers: Akonadi Meeting Day 3: Productivity is amazing..
      • 12.3.2 InfoWorld/Paul Krill: Suse Linux gets virtualization, high availability, and desktop boosts
      • 12.3.3 LWN: VirtualBox 3.2 released
      • 12.3.4 ComputerWeekly/Cliff Saran: How BMW virtualised with SuSE Linux and Xen
      • 12.3.5 It runs on Linux: Google TV Platform introduced
    • 12.4 Reviews and Essays
      • 12.4.1 ghacks/Jack Wallen: What IS Linux (and what it should be)?
      • 12.4.2 25 Fresh and Cool Linux Wallpapers
      • 12.4.3 nixCraft/Vivek Gite: The Novice Guide To Buying A Linux Laptop
      • 12.4.4 Windows 7 Geeko Theme Pack
  • 13 Feedback / Communicate / Get Involved
  • 14 Credits
  • 15 Translations



Puppy Linux 5.0 Review


Woof! Woof! Guess what time it is, folks? It’s time for a review of Puppy Linux 5.0!

Puppy Linux, in case you aren’t already familiar with it, is a lightweight version of Linux that is designed for portability.

The .iso file of Puppy Linux 5.0 weighs in at an incredibly petite 128 MB. It’s much, much smaller than all of the usual desktop heavyweight distros. But don’t let its small size fool you, Puppy Linux 5.0 is anything but an also-ran in terms of functionality and usability.

Puppy Linux 5.0 is built from Ubuntu Linux 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) binaries, so it’s…er…pet name is Lucid Puppy. Like a lot of other things about Puppy Linux, the name is cute and adorable. I felt like giving Puppy Linux a dog bone and a pat on the head when I started using it.



Canonical’s Red Headed Stepchildren

In addition to Ubuntu, Canonical also produces or recognizes a number of Ubuntu derivatives such Kubuntu and Edubuntu. These derivatives offer different desktop environments or a more focused selection of software, geared toward a particular purpose.

But Canonical has a big problem with these derivatives. Ever hear the phrase “red headed stepchild?” The Urban Dictionary defines it in the following ways:

“A person or group treated without the favor of birthright.”

“A child who is obviously not your own, a child who is treated worse than other children in the family”

“With red hair being rare, a child born to non red headed parents was often assumed to be the child of an affair. Thus was treated badly, usually in the form of beatings.”

That pretty much describes the sad state of some of Ubuntu’s derivatives.

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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 123 is out!

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 123 of openSUSE Weekly News.


  • 1 Editors Note
  • 2 Status Updates
    • 2.1 Distribution
      • 2.1.1 Schedules for the next Week
      • 2.1.2 Bugzilla
  • 3 Team Reports
    • 3.1 Boosters Team
      • 3.1.1 Standup Meeting 2010/05/10
    • 3.2 Build Service Team
      • 3.2.1 Build Service Statistics
    • 3.3 KDE Team
      • 3.3.1 openSUSE KDE meeting 20100513
    • 3.4 Mono Team
      • 3.4.1 Miguel de Icaza: Group Completion in MonoDevelop 2.4
    • 3.5 openFATE Team
      • 3.5.1 Provide an easy way to find Factory devel package with unsubmitted changes
      • 3.5.2 Create Spacewalk compliance
      • 3.5.3 Update to GRUB v2
      • 3.5.4 update digikam
      • 3.5.5 Statistics
    • 3.6 Testing Team
      • 3.6.1 Larry Finger: Testing Team Informations
    • 3.7 Translation Team
      • 3.7.1 Guiseppe Gran: Italian Wiki home updated
      • 3.7.2 Localization
    • 3.8 Wiki-Team
      • 3.8.1 Sascha Manns: Move Weekly News to new Instance
  • 4 In the Community
    • 4.1 Andrew Wafaa: Community Discussion – Part 7
    • 4.2 Events
    • 4.3 openSUSE for your ears
    • 4.4 From Ambassadors
      • 4.4.1 Sirko Kemter: Linuxwochen Vienna
      • 4.4.2 Pavol Rusnak: LinuxWochen Vienna 2010
    • 4.5 openSUSE in $COUNTRY
    • 4.6 Communication
    • 4.7 Contributors
  • 5 New/Updated Applications @ openSUSE
    • 5.1 Dominique Leuenberger: Network Manager 0.8.1 Beta 1
    • 5.2 Packman: Miro (openSUSE 11.2/x86_64)
    • 5.3 Packman: decibel-audio-player (openSUSE 11.2/x86_64)
  • 6 Security Updates
    • 6.1 SUSE Security Summary Report: SUSE-SR:2010:011
    • 6.2 SUSE Security Announcement: Linux kernel (SUSE-SA:2010:023)
  • 7 Kernel Review
    • 7.1 h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: New stable kernels and drivers
    • 7.2 h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 4) – Architecture and virtualisation
    • 7.3 h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis:Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.34 (Part 5) – Drivers
    • 7.4 Rares Aioanei – Kernel News with openSUSE Flavor
  • 8 Tips and Tricks
    • 8.1 For Desktop Users
      • 8.1.1 Petr Baudis: pulseaudio – quick’n’dirty playback over the network
    • 8.2 For Commandline/Script Newbies
      • 8.2.1 The Geek Stuff/Sasikala: Bash Positional Parameters Explained with 2 Example Shell Scripts
      • 8.2.2 Gabriel Stein: Problems with Grub?
    • 8.3 For Developers and Programmers
      • 8.3.1 Tuxradar: Python + PyGTK + WebKit in 20 minutes
    • 8.4 For System Administrators
      • 8.4.1 Ji≈ôí Suchomel: Your own OEM configuration: YaST Firstboot
  • 9 Planet SUSE
    • 9.1 Duncan Mac-Vicar: openSUSE as a ruby development platform
    • 9.2 Andrea Florio: Lugaru is opensource – Lugaru is on packman
  • 10 openSUSE Forums
    • 10.1 openSUSE Super Laggy all of a sudden!
    • 10.2 openSUSE and Parted don’t recognize my HD
    • 10.3 Bouncing Icon – Program does not start!
    • 10.4 Amarok Crashing
  • 11 On the Web
    • 11.1 Announcements
      • 11.1.1 Wine Reviews: Bordeaux 2.0.4 for Linux Released
    • 11.2 Reports
      • 11.2.1 Techsource/Jun Auza: 8 Best Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games (MMORPG) for Linux
      • 11.2.2 Linux Magazine/Dmitri Popov: Keep Your System Clean with BleachBit
      • 11.2.3 Datamation/Thor Olavsrud: Cloud Computing
      • 11.2.4 Thomas McGuire: Akonadi Meeting and the KDE SC 4.5 release
      • 11.2.5 Linux Gaming News/Maxim Bardin: Heroes Of Newerth Gone Retail !
    • 11.3 Reviews and Essays
      • 11.3.1 Computerworld/Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Running Windows games on Linux gets easier
  • 12 Feedback / Communicate / Get Involved
  • 13 Credits
  • 14 Translations

Ubuntu 10.04: The Year of the Ubuntu Linux

Despite the plethora of Linux distributions where everyone can choose for every need (Supercomputing, Home Server, Webserver, Home desktop, Netbook, etc) the operating system, Ubuntu Linux (of Canonical) has succeeded in a unique way to make its brand name synonymous with Linux. The next long-awaited version, codenamed "Lucid Lynx", will offer the best experience users can have of their operating system. It will be available in three editions: Desktop, Server and Netbook (mini laptop).



  • Its name, derived from the concept of ubuntu in Zulu and Xhosa (Xhosa) means' I am what I am, because what we are all ". With new looks, themes and wallpapers,  the 10.04 version represents a major milestone for The Ubuntu Linux.
  • Improved logo, new promotions and partnerships with companies, Canonical plans to further expand its market share on desktop, server and netbook systems.
  • Instead of selling the Ubuntu itself, Canonical record revenue from the pay technical support for the product.
  • The motto of Ubuntu is "Linux for humans" (Linux for Human beings), which describes its primary purpose - to create a Linux distribution more easy to use than the others.
  • Whether you are a newbie or an experienced user, this edition will love as you will find a variety of programs ready for use in their daily work with your computer.

Social outset

  • From the start, with Ubuntu you can connect to IM services (known to the general public as a messenger) and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live (MSN), Yahoo! Messenger etc.
  • In the upper right corner by clicking the icon, folder, next to the clock you can connect to all your accounts simultaneously. New messages appear there, to see what happens at a Glance
  • If you are busy, click on your name at the top right of the screen to change the "status" you. The new situation will set example busy, will be activated and will appear in all your accounts.

Installing additional software

  • Not enough software preloaded Ubuntu; No problem! The Linux for years now brought to market an innovative software copying all the big companies (Apple Appstore, Google Andorid Linux marketplace, Nokia Ovi etc) for their products.
  • If you need another application other, use the Software Center Ubuntu and choose from hundreds of free applications to install.
  • There are applications for various activities, from creating music, video, and space exploration. See the category "Recommended Applications" for some of the most popular! Install whatever you want just by clicking "Install." If an application is already installed and do not want in your system, you can uninstall it just by pressing the "uninstall".
  • All applications in the Software Center Ubuntu is stored in a repository site, fully informed, safe and with the latest versions. When a new version of your favorite application will be notified to upgrade automatically.

Keep your digital life

  • With the new service Ubuntu One, your documents, pictures, videos, music, bookmarks, address book, your contacts, your notes will be Opy you too. Change the computer's work in your laptop and then on netbook or smartphone / PDA and you find that you fully synchronized automatically!
  • Want a safe space for your important files? All Ubuntu users have 2 GB of personal storage space on the internet (and more if necessary).
  • Share files easily using this with friends you have in your contacts. Collaboration has never been better.
  • Sign up starting the application or service UbuntuOne going to

Surf the Web with Firefox

  • Ubuntu comes in a wide recognized web browser Firefox.
  • Protects your privacy and your personal information in order to surf without worry.
  • Add to Firefox your own personal mark with additives. You can choose from thousands of themes and additives, which adjust Firefox to your use of the Internet.

Take control of your digital life.

  • The Evolution is a complete suite of e-mail, calendar, simioseon, contacts and project management that comes with Ubuntu. Just enter the information into your mail account to be downloaded to your new messages automatically
  • The Evolution is an advanced spam filter. You can also use the search and create your own filters to make your posts easier to manage.
  • Add network calendars and check out the upcoming releases of new video games or movies. To view your agenda with scheduled reminders you simply click on the clock on the right.

Affordable, naturally

  • Basic guide friendliness of Ubuntu, which stems from the philosophy mentioned above (Linux for humans) is the friendliness toward people with disabilities.
  • In Ubuntu you will find tools in the category "Supporting Technologies" in the menu system. From there you canenable utilities such as "Orca", to the spoken text on the screen or the "Dwell" to automatically pressed the mouse buttons when the cursor is stabilized.
  • Remember that you can customize the look of Ubuntu to the appropriate theme for the occasion and change the font used by the applications.

Share and enjoy your photos

  • With the photo management application that will get built on Ubuntu, you can easily share, edit and organize your digital photos.
  • Use tags to describe your pictures to find them easily.
  • Using the export option, you can burn photos to CD, send them directly via email to your friends or post them online.
  • Connect your digital camera and see just how easy to enter and organize your photos.

Fun with music and movies

  • Ubuntu is ready to play videos and music from the Internet, CD and DVD
  • With the music player, you can organize your music, listen to Internet radio and buy songs. Also manages portable programs and automatically downloads new episodes.
  • Discover famous, DRM-free songs for sale at Music Store UbuntuOne, an online digital music store. Markets are stored in your account online and synchronized with all computers have the Ubuntu 10.04
  • Connect your MP3 player to synchronize your music collection or insert a CD to copy the songs to your computer

Office tools at your fingertips

  • Ubuntu comes with OpenOffice, an integrated office suite that is easy to learn application to work with your documents.
  • With OpenOffice (OOorg) to create documents, presentations, charts, statistics and databases.
  • Used to store your files in the format OpenDocument. But you can open, oper and save files from other office suites like Microsoft Office and WordPerfect.

Get help for Ubuntu

  • If you need help, try the "Help and Support" from the menu system.
  • Coupled with the extensive written using the Ubuntu community provides eager technical support person or online. Visit the Greek Ubuntu community and discuss directly any questions you You will be amazed with the support they offer.
  • There is also commercial support available from Canonical, its partners and approved companies. Learn more at
  • Share your experiences about Ubuntu in


The Ubuntu 10.04 is here to stay. The issue is characterized by Canonical as LTS (Long Time Support), which publishes every two years and will support software updates for five years. After the 5 years already Canonical has adopted other 2 LTS versions. Once it is available to download from here:


Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

The new Ubuntu is out. Everyone and their mother’s uncle is posting about it. I’m a mother’s uncle. I suppose I’ll post about it, too.

The folks over at Canonical have released the much anticipated Ubuntu 10.04, the Lucid Lynx. You can run right on over to your favorite server and grab yourself a copy right now. I’ve got mine! I downloaded Kubuntu 64 bit. Oh boy!


Please click HERE to read the article in its entirety.

Thank you!

Until next time,



Get Slack!

The oldest Linux distribution in existence is Slackware. It’s about time that I actually posted something about my favorite Linux distribution on this blog.

Like most X-MS Windows users, I did not come to Slackware directly. I took a round-about route through a few other distributions first. The very first distribution of Linux that I installed on my machine was Ubuntu 6.06 “Dapper Drake”, an impressive offering from Mark Shuttleworth and the Canonical folks. I still have a copy of it on CD. It was impressive to this frustrated MS Windows user. It was also like having a lifeline thrown to me as I was drowning in frigid North Atlantic waters.


Please click HERE to read the article in its entirety.

Thank you!

Until next time,



The Benefits of using a Corporate Funded Distro

Recently I attended the Linux Foundation’s Linux Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, CA, USA. During my time there I had the opportunity to meet several kernel developers, community leads, journalists, etc... from all of the world that work with Linux based systems, I had several conversations with many people in which during my discussions I kept unintentionally stumbling upon the questions about the notable contributions and actions that specific companies had made to make their distros easy to use, that cannot be accomplished by a pure community based distro.

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ubuntu cannot show the chinese characters (Okular)

I recently find the fact that on my Karminc Ubuntu , i cannt read the chinese characters using Okular and other utilities.

i get it it lost a file of the Poppler library(poppler-data)

$ sudo apt-get install poppler-data


and then it's ok now.





a mysterious struggle


 a mysterious struggle

if you can do well with c++ , what else do you want ? --- python


Since last night , i have been tweaked Debian GNU/Linux , which  just like the cet4  is a nightmare for me . Prior to this , i alwalys used centos , ubuntu, mandriva, pcbsd(unix desktop distrio) and fedora. unlike the desktop distroes such mandriva 2010 and ubuntu , Debian is difficult  to some extent . one of the tinny troublesome stuff is the locale and the fcitx (a type of chinese input methods ), it's absolutely weird and did scare me a lot . i did the confiuguration of locale :
>> vim /etc/locale.gen
and del the # notation and looke like this :
>> /usr/sbin/locale-gen
next is the config of fcitx :
>> apt-get install fcitx
>> vim /etc/X11/Xsession.d/95input
...export LANG=en_US.UTF-8
export LC_CTYPE=zh_CN.UTF-8
export XMODIFIERS=@im=fcitx
export XIM=fcitx
export XIM_PROGRAM=fcitx
export GTK_IM_MODULE=fcitx
though it works , it doesn't satisify me to the effect .
and another issue is the dependency of the programs .  i once had a try of Debian half year ago . it was it that bothered me so much at that time . and until now .

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