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A little help please.

With out dragging this out and keeping it simple. My main box has 10 different distro's on it at any given time. Being as silly as I am, a lot of the time when I go to get rid of an install and replace it with something "New and Exciting" I cant remember whats where and the dame GRUB.cfg and Menu.lst have been written over so many time each entry is pretty generic. So I was wondering if anyone could direct me in the right direction to be able look into the file system of a non-booted (at the moment) installation and tell what distro it is ???





Madriva is..... Safe!!!

After some financial problems, Mandriva is now safe after some investments come to the company. Arnaud Laprévote talk to the French Newspaper LeMagIT and say:

"Today Mandriva is reinventing itself. We detected new opportunities on the desktop as well as on servers, as well as opportunities to strengthen existing markets such as education."

Mandriva's current offerings include a Linux distribution for the desktop, an Enterprise Server edition, and professional systems administration tools. Arnaud Laprévote became Director General of Mandriva on April 9.

Source: O'Reilly Community Blog


Fedora 14 Design and Name Proposals

Do you think you have the right name for the new release of Fedora or maybe you are a designer with a great imagination and want to make the default Wallpaper, icons or art work for the new Fedora release, so this is your chance:

Fedora is looking for the code name of the new release and the art work (wallpaper, icons, etc), some art work has been submitted and you can take a look at the Fedora Wiki.

You can send your feedback to the design mailing list.This is your chance to get involved and see your work on a great distribution. 

Source: Voices in My Head and the Fedora Design Project


Linux Is Power, But Is Linux for Me?

You can read about Linux everywhere and you'll find people who defend Linux and many other defending Windows, some one say "Linux work great" and other say "Linux doesn't work at all"... Then there is the counter claim that Linux didn't do this or that had no drivers. So what is the story here? Is Linux for me or not? Does Linux just work or not? Well, it does and it doesn't. 

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Play movie DVDs in Ubuntu

In order to play some commercial DVDs in Ubuntu, you have to install libdvdcss.

just run these commands in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/

That's it, enjoy your movies!!! smiley

It works in Ubuntu 10.04 and 9.10.

ubuntu-restricted-extras package installs various audio codecs (including MP3 playback/encoding support), Microsoft fonts, Java runtime, Flash plugin and Lame.
If DVD playback is the only feature you need, you can just install libdvdread with this command:
sudo apt-get install libdvdread4
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/


Mandriva in Troubles

Some weeks ago rumors started about a possible sale of Mandriva but the CEO say that wasn't true... until Frederic Cuif write a post in its personal Blog.

Frederic Cuif has many years working on Mandriva and in his post titled "Mandriva in the Storm" Frederic show us a different version of what the Mandriva CEO say, and about what the troubles was.

At this time 2 companies make an offer for Mandriva Lightapp y Linagora. The first one is an unknown company but the second one, regardless Linagora make a best offer, has more presence in the marketing area. I hope this process don't affect the Mandriva users.

Source: Frederic Cuif Blog


Linaro: Not For Profit Organization

ARM, Samsung, Texas Instruments, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM and ST-Ericsson create Linaro a not for profit organization based on Linux and the open source, aimed to develop System-on-Chip (SoC).

In its main functions, all the companies will share tools and human capital into Linaro with the objective of develop new technologies based on Linux and aimed into the emergent markets.

The first release is schedule to November 2010 and the main goal is the optimization of the ARM Cortex-A processor. If you wan to know more about this, follow the yellow brick road.

Source: Linaro


openSUSE Weekly News Issue 127 is out!

We are pleased to announce:
Issue 127 of openSUSE Weekly News is out! [0]

In this week's issue:
    * openSUSE Build Service 1.8 and 2.0 Announced
    * Danny Kukawka: Hacking osc
    * Raymond Wooninck (tittiatcoke): KDE SC 4.5 Beta 2 available for openSUSE
    * Hackweek V
    * Brockmeier: Getting a Grip on GNU grep

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Vinux A Linux Distribution For People With Visual Impairment

Vinux is a Linux Distribution specially designed for people with visual impairment. Vinux is based on Ubuntu 10.04. This distribution is now available (launched on may 31).

You can download Vinux in Live CD available for 32 and 64 bits based on Ubuntu Lucid Lynx. Ifo you want more info or want to download Vinux, follow this link. Enjoy!!!


10 Reasons to Switch to Another Linux Distro

Do you feel your current distro is not "so cool" like before? do you want to try something else? you have to much problems with your Distro? maybe is time to switch to another Linux Flavor. Here are my 10 cents about why you should consider to change to another distro:

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A Deep View To Spin Fedora Security Labs

Fedora is a great Distro (one of my favorites) but they have an alternative version for the common Linux Release, they call this alternative Spins.

The Spins consist in a Fedora Release with a certain Software. The Spins available are:

  • Fedora Security Lab: Security aimed Software
  • Sugar on a Stick: Education Software
  • Fedora Design Suite: Graphic Design Software
  • Fedora Games Spin: Did I really need to explain this? Totally gamer
  • Fedora Electronic Lab: Electronic Development

They all are a great spins (Software) but we are going to focus into one spin today, the Fedora Security Lab, software included and what they do, let's begin.

The Fedora Security Lab (FSL) has many, many power tools, it has a Firewalls, network analizer, password crackers, intrusion prevention. The main goal is to give the user a full featured security protection and prevention. Some of the Software installed are:

Code Analizer

  • Flawfinder: It's a code analizer software. This program can find code vulnerabilities
  • pscan: Process monitoring tool
  • rats: Easily extensible parser generator for C-like languages
  • splint: Tool for statically checking C programs for security vulnerabilities and common programming mistakes


  • chkrootkit: Installing and detecting rootkits under any Linux / UNIX server distributions
  • clamav: Provides a scanning daemon intended primarily for mailserver integration, command line scanner for on-demand. anti-virus program
  • dc3dd: A patched version of GNU dd with added features
  • dd_rescue: Disk Driver Recovery Tool
  • foremost: Recover erased files
  • hexedit: Hexadecimal Editor
  • mhonarc: A Perl program for converting mail, or news, messages into HTML archives
  • rkhunter: Similar to chkrootkit
  • testdisk: Partition table recovery tool

Intrusion Detection

  • labrea: creates virtual machines for unused IP addresses in the specified block of IP addresses. Sits and listens for ARP
  • snort: It's a sniffer/logger and can detect attacks. Have an alert system
  • triptwire: Intrusion detection system

Password Tools

  • John: It's similar to John the Ripper
  • ncrack: Wireless password recovery and crack tool
  • ophcrack: Windows Password cracker based on Rainbow Tables


  • Ettercap: It's a sniffer/logger for wireless
  • Scapy: Powerful interactive packet manipulation tool, packet generator, network scanner, network discovery tool
  • Unicornscan: full-featured open source port scanner developed, it provides a Command-line interface
  • Xprobe2: Active operating system fingerprinting tool
  • dsniff: A sniffer tool, you can grab packages from the network
  • firewalk: Audit firewalls and routers to make sure they are filtering traffic correctly
  • hping3: Command-line oriented TCP/IP packet assembler/analyzer
  • hunt: Hunt is a program for intruding into a connection, watching it and resetting it
  • iptraf: IP Network Monitor
  • nbtscan: Program for scanning IP networks for NetBIOS name information.
  • nc: The nc (or netcat) utility is used for just about anything under the sun involving TCP or UDP
  • nc6: Netcat6 is a simple unix utility which reads and writes data across network connections, using the TCP or UDP protocol over IPv4 or IPv6 networks
  • nessus: Security scanner for Linux, BSD, Solaris, and other flavors of Unix. Performs over 900 remote security checks, and suggests solutions for security problems
  • ngrep: analyze network traffic in a manner similar to that of other network sniffers with regular expressions
  • p0f: Fingerprinting technique based on analyzing the structure of a TCP/IP packet to determine the operating system and other configuration properties
  • scanssh: Scanning a list of addresses and networks for open proxies, SSH protocol servers, SMTP and Web servers
  • sing: Sends ICMP packets fully customized from command line
  • socat: Establishes two bidirectional byte streams and transfers data between them
  • tcpdump: Dump traffic on a network
  • tcpxtract: A tool for extracting files from network traffic based on file signatures
  • tiger: Is a security tool that can be use both as a security audit and intrusion detection system


  • aircrack-ng: 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured
  • airsnort: operates by passively monitoring transmissions, computing the encryption key when enough packets
  • kismet: 802.11 layer2 wireless network detector, sniffer, and intrusion detection system

The FSL is running under the LXDE and it's available to Download from the Fedora Web Site, Enjoy!!

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