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A matter of choice

I've recently spotted an article  talking about yet another "10 problems" about Linux. I usually start reading these articles with a big sigh.

First of all, finding "10 Linux problems", as an operating system, is really odd, as Linux is not an operating system in itself. I sometimes hear people saying, for example, "Linux is unusable". To that question I usually respond "Which distribution are you talking about?".

When I see articles mentioning that choosing a distribution is a problem, I can't find how is this problem related to the operating system or Linux whatsoever - it is indeed more simple to have a "one size fits all" solution (there are distros for that), but in no way having choices should be a problem. After all, in each product we use, we choose the one that best fits our need. Why should it be any different when it comes to the operating system?

I've been using Gentoo for about 2 years now and it perfectly fits my needs. In my opinion, it's one of the best Linux distributions out there for the one who wants a custom-made OS. But not everybody wants that - and it's perfectly fine. That's why distributions exist! And if you cannot find what you like, well, there's always FreeBSD, Window, Mac OS... If having to choose between multiple GNU/Linux distributions is a problem, well, I don't know what to say. Let the manufacturers decide for us then! After all, they know what's best for the consumer, right? Moving on!

I'll skip all the "no [game, software, hardware] support" thing here - is the OS really to blame? I don't think it is - not entirely, at least. There are many factors which must be taken into account, enough to make a whole post about it. I summarized my view of the situation in a little comic picture, though. I've posted it once on a forum, it led to a rather big discussion.

A diagram of the 'GNU/Linux circle of hell'

Linux distros are not perfect - there is not a single OS that is. You might be a Linux user, Mac OS user, Windows user, Unix user, whatever! The important thing is that you have what works best for you. For that, you need choice.  If you find Windows X to be better than X Linux distro, I'll most probably disagree with you. But I'm not going to be the one to tell you what you like and you don't.


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 134 is out!

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 134 of openSUSE Weekly News.


This Week:

  • The openSUSE Project welcomes Jos Poortvliet as new Community Manager
  • SUSE Studio: SUSE Gallery launch
  • Michal Hrusecky: openSUSE Paste
  • h-online/Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.35 (Part 4) - Architecture and infrastructure
  • Tuxradar: Reviewed: OpenSUSE 11.3


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Ubunchu!, The Ubuntu Manga

Ubuntu has many fans around the world and one of them make something new for this distribution, nothing related to code or translate... just a Manga.

Hiroshi Seo is the name of the creator of this romantic comedy around 3 students who work on the school computer lab and how they use the Ubuntu Linux in their lives. Ubunchu is published by ASCII Media Worksunder the Creative Common License. you can download the first 5 chapters and read them. I hope you can enjoy this. The Manga is translated to many languages (English and Spanish are available).

Source: Ubunchu


Work experience with Lucid

It all begins when I worked as a web master..

But back in 2005, I worked as a forum administrator, after long discussions with my manager, I was able to install ubuntu -as I was an ubuntu fan back in these days- on my box, but not long after, my room partner left work and I had to move to his more powerful box. I also left work for study and exams reasons..

Afterwards, I work as a journalist. we had that box in the editors' room with a 400 mhz CPU, 192 MB of Ram, and a whopping 6 gigs hard disk..! even in 2007 it was hard to find such a relic! they were using Widows Xp :D to run it but it was so much load on its poor bones, they couldn't use Widows 98 because they don't have any drivers cds for that box, that's where I came into the scene and told them that Linux can fit into these specifications with no drivers needed..

As it was a political newspaper, no one there knew what the word "Linux" refer to, they were of that type that define "The software that make the computer operates and run applications" with the term "Windows" instead of "Operating System"..! I told them first: "It's just temporary till we get the hardware models and then I'll download drivers and install Win98, they accepted only then.

But not long after, came the famous Mediterranean cable cut that left most Middle East countries disconnected, they thought that connection problems that it we had were because of "my Linux" which was somewhat true, my box was having connection problems, but other rooms Widows-based boxes were unable to connect at all..!

Then I moved into an E-commerce company that I was supposed to be site manager of a site that never launched until I left..! the tech admin was a Unix fan and also a cracker (commonly known as hacker) but he refuse to let me setup Mandriva on my box, he like to use a distro called "Untangle" for the server and the gateway, and Widows for all other boxes on the network..

..And that bring us to the very current month -July 2010- when I became a web master..

I bring on my linux DVD -it was Mandriva this time- as I do in every job I get at the first day, when I happily found out that all boxes has ubuntu on it..! but it was 9.04 Jaunty, so I had to upgrade it twice to meet the current version..

Thank God they wasn't mean enough to ket me in the sudoers list, so I did the two upgrades in an hour and half each, due to super fast connection.

the whale thing was great, every thing works so fast as it was freshly installed, the software center (previously known as  add/remove prograns) has keep being improved, Gwibber -the social media app- is much better than the one I have at home..! what do they did there..?

The janitor also is more usable than ever, and if you need to change your resolution don't search for "Display", it now calls "Monitors..! they also implanted some programs' settings in the preference menu like Gwibber and Empathy..

But still not tempted enough do drop Mandriva at my home pc for tbe new ubuntu..!

- employers who don't have Linux on their laptops, really hating it..
- ubuntu still the best approch for those who don't know Linux.
- ubuntu Lucid Lynx is the best of the series
- use Mandriva..!


openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 133 is out!

We are pleased to announce our new Issue 133 of openSUSE Weekly News.

This Week:



  • Timeline for openSUSE’s strategy discussion
  • Sirko Kemter: Improve the distribution design 2
  • Alex Barrios: openSUSE present in the Especial Edition of CIBESS
  • python4kids: WhyPy?
  • KDENews/Stuart Jarvis: Ever wanted your ownCloud?




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How-To: Install and Use gnome-shell (gnome3) on Ubuntu 10.04

Since the release of gnome3 is coming in up in recent months, the most notable improvement gnome-shell is public for testing and developers to work with. Gnome-shell is currently a bit unstable and some features do not work, so this window manager is not for newer users or users that want absolute perfection.

Install gnome-shell only if you are willing to work through errors and only want it for testing purposes.

In this tutorial I will explain how to install, configure and use gnome-shell on Ubuntu 10.04.


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Damn Vulnerable Linux

Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is a testing and educational distribution. The idea for producing DVL came from Thorsten Schneider who runs the TeutoHack lab at Bielefeld University in Germany.

The main idea behind this is to access to a network and start hacking (ethical hacking such as his lecture course Ethical Hacking – Binary Auditing & RCE) to test the security against hacker attacks, malware and virus. Old versions of software including Apache, MySQL, PHP, FTP and SSH daemons are included as well as the tools needed to exploit them such as GCC, GDB, NASM, strace, ELF, Shell, DDD, LDasm, and LIDa.

DVL is free to download, but be warned this is a highly exploitable version of the Linux and use it just for educational and testing purpose not has a main computer or working computer. If you want to download it just follow the previous link, it's only 1.8GB the ISO can be used as a Live CD, or installed as a virtual machine using a package like VirtualBox or VMWare.

Source: Damn Vulnerable Linux


How-to: Blacklist Packages in Ubuntu


I don't know about everyone else, but the pushy nature of Ubuntu's auto-update mechanism drives me crazy. In particular the fact that continues to try to force grub2 to be installed. After much searching, asking around and experimenting I finally found how to properly blacklist packages or package sets in Ubuntu.


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openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 132 is out!

We are pleased to announce:
Issue 132 of openSUSE Weekly News is out! [0]

In this week's issue:
    * openSUSE 11.3 is here!
    * OBS Development Team Member Job Position
    * Sirko Kemter: Improve the distribution design
    * Thorsten Leemhuis: Kernel Log: Coming in 2.6.35 (Part 2) – File systems and storage
    * IBM developerWorks/Ian Shields: Learn Linux, 101: Create partitions and filesystems

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OpenSUSE 11.3 is Ready!!!

Open Suse was released this July 15 and is ready to download. Some of the main features are:

Netbook Support:

If you use a small, lightweight netbook 11.3 has a lot to offer for you. You will not only benefit from the improved hardware support but also from the two netbook desktop environments this version brings.

Smartphone Support:

The world is mobile and openSUSE is too. Are you one of the increasing number of app-addicted and always online people with a smartphone? Look no further for an operating system that lets you interact with all the current devices, be it the increasingly popular Android, the chique iPhone or the business workhorse BlackBerry - you can manage them all. Sync your music, access your photos or use your phone to supply internet access, simply be mobile!

Secure backup and file sharing in the cloud

With openSUSE 11.3 we provide a personal cloud for our users. With SpiderOak we provide an easy, secure and consolidated free online backup, sync, sharing, access & storage solution for openSUSE 11.3.

These are some of the new features OpenSuse has for you. If you are ready to try it, follow the next link and to see all the new features and screenshots follow this link.

Source: OpenSUSE Wiki



New Fonts For Ubuntu

Since I can remember, all the Linux distributions always has a less than good defaults fonts (or maybe it was just my imagination) so I always has to change the fonts. The good news is Ubuntu change this, they now have a new type of fonts (Designed by Dalton Maag)

The Ubuntu font (family) is open-type ttf based font format and fully unicode compliant. It contains Latin A and B extended character sets, Greek Polytonic and Cyrillic extended. The font has been hinted for superior screen display. Its spacing and kerning is optimised for body copy sizes.

You can visit the Ubuntu blog for more info about this new feature, to do this just follow the link in the bottom¬

Source: Ubuntu Blog

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