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  1. We've seen a lot of reports going back and forth about whether or not Linux is doing well in the netbook space. As it turns out, research firm ABI Research as well as Dell say about one third of their machines ship with Linux pre-installed - which is pretty darn impressive. According to ABI Research, out of the 35 million netbooks that will ship this year (I'm assuming that's worldwide), 11 million will ship with Linux pre-installed. This figure does not include dual-boot netbooks or those that have Windows removed and replaced with Linux - but nor does it include those where Linux is removed in favour of Windows. This conclusion mirrors the words of Dell's Todd Finch, who in August stated that nearly one-third of Dell's netbooks ship with Linux pre-installed; Dell added that Linux netbooks' return rates are similar to those running Windows XP. This one third figure is a lot more than Microsoft's official figure, which says that about 93% of netbooks ship with Windows. ABI Research further added that the arrival of ARM netbooks will push Linux in the netbook space to overtake Windows by 2013. Of course, we've been hearing the same heavenly predictions being made about these elusive ARM nebooks for a long time now, and yet here we are, in 2009, with only 4% of netbooks shipping with an ARM processor. ABI Research's Jeffrey Orr now claims 2010 will be the year of the ARM netbook. via http://www.osnews.com/story/22587/One_Third_of_Netbooks_Ship_with_Linux
  2. forwarding port 80 is one part, but don't forget to open port 80 tcp in your linux firewall, and to verify that apache or httpd is started, did you compile apache/mysql/php or add it via yum/apt-get ? cheers niall
  3. hopefully the folks over at google os are watching and going to add such an app, or maybe not, but yes i agree it would be nice to see such apps in linux, think of printing out a photo in windows, its so easy and so configurable,
  4. now that Fedora 12 (Constantine) has been out for a week or so, I decided it's time to upgrade my Fedora 11 laptop to the new release using Yum. I'm documenting this in case anyone wants to try doing the same thing. Backup your data Before attempting to do this, backup your important data over the network or two an external USB drive. This is incase something goes wrong and you need to format/reinstall. During the backup, take a look at these common F12 bugs to see if any might impact you. Once all your data is backed up, proceed with the upgrade. Get the Fedora 12 Release RPMs [anyweb@localhost]$ wget ftp://ftp.sunet.se/pub/Linux/distributions/fedora/linux/releases/12/Fedora/i386/os/Packages/fedora-release-12-1.noarch.rpm [anyweb@localhost]$ wget ftp://ftp.sunet.se/pub/Linux/distributions/fedora/linux/releases/12/Fedora/i386/os/Packages/fedora-release-notes-12.0.0-4.fc12.noarch.rpm Using Yum to upgrade Need to become root to run the next commands... su - change to the directory containing those files above and execute the following command: [root@localhost fedora12]# rpm -Uvh fedora-release-12-1.noarch.rpm fedora-release-notes-12.0.0-4.fc12.noarch.rpm then yum clean all then yum update first time around, I got some warnings about tigervnc-server so I chose to remove the software yum remove tigervnc-server I ran yum update again and this time no warnings I pressed Y to continue and then it downloaded 1285 updates I was now prompted to accept the new GPG keys, so had to press Y 3 times for this process the updates finally get applied (which took some time) after some hours all the files are installed or updated Reboot and Verify and now it's time to reboot to let the new kernel take effect after the reboot, we can check the kernel version and os version to verify that the upgrade has taken place Double-check that we don't need any more updates and that's it, Fedora 12 is now installed !! Some Screenshots
  5. hi guys has anyone tried updating Fedora 11 to Fedora 12 yet ? i'm thinking about doing it soon and just wanted some heads up for any gotchas cheers niall
  6. First look at Fedora 12 Fedora I've been using Fedora (and Red Hat Linux before that) on and off for about seven years now and I would say that Fedora is a distribution consistently on the cutting edge of open source software. This means that I've been regularly wowed by new technology and occasionally left virtually bleeding and scrambling for alternative install media. Overall, my experiences have been positive, especially with the project's version 11 release, and I have been looking forward to Fedora 12 for the past few months. The Fedora distribution comes in various flavours, depending on your needs. There's an all-in-one installation DVD for 32-bit and 64-bit Intel machines. The DVD also has a PowerPC edition. If you'd like to try before you install, Fedora has live CDs. These live CDs feature either the GNOME desktop or the KDE desktop and I decided to try my luck with the KDE live CD. While my download was in progress, I took a look around the web site. The Fedora Project, being a cutting-edge testing ground for new technology, has a technically geared website. It's easy to navigate for people familiar with computers in general and Linux in particular, but for newcomers to the open-source scene, the terms and information are likely to be overwhelming. The site gives the impression of a project run by open source enthusiasts for open source enthusiasts. To test Fedora, I ran it on my trusty desktop system (2.5 GHz CPU and 2 GB of RAM) and my LG laptop (1.5 GHZ CPU and 2 GB of RAM). To see how the operating system would perform with fewer resources, I also ran it in a virtual machine. The live CD booted up and presented me with a fresh, modern KDE 4.3 desktop. A folder plasmoid (widget) was open, presenting a single icon: a short-cut to the installer. Also on the desktop were the usual taskbar and application menu. Right away I started the installer and got down to business. full story > http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20091123#feature
  7. At the Ubuntu Developer Summit, which took place last week, it was announced that the next release of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, version 10.04, will no longer carry the GIMP in its default installation. This actually touches upon somethin I've been wanting to talk about, a problem that plagues both Linux and Mac OS X: Paint.NET is Windows-only. The reasoning behind removing the GIMP from the default Ubuntu install is solid. The application is geared towards a different audience than Ubuntu itself; it's for technical and skilled high-end graphic editors. This makes it unsuitable for quick image editing, because thanks to all its plug-ins, the GIMP's loading time is long. To make matters worse, because the GIMP is a complicated and advanced application, its interface reflects that. more > http://www.osnews.com/story/22541/Ubuntu_Dumps_the_GIMP_Really_Needs_a_Paint_NET
  8. We all know what KDE stands for, right? Unless you're new here, you'll know that it stands for the K Desktop Environment. While this certainly covers a large chunk of what KDE stands for, it has increasingly lost its meaning over the past few years. Consequently, the KDE team has decided to 'reposition' the KDE brand. via > http://www.osnews.com/story/22542/Repositioning_the_KDE_Brand
  9. which version of PCLinuxOS are you using, I can try and test it here I did do 30 days with PCLinuxOS but it was a year ago or so
  10. From googles blog > via > http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/releasing-chromium-os-open-source.html
  11. My favorite distro, has released their latest version today, Fedora 12 has been released. "I'm proud to announce the release of Fedora 12, the latest innovative Linux distribution from the Fedora Project, a global, collaborative partnership of free software community members sponsored by Red Hat." The new features include the Linux Kernel version 2.6.31, GNOME 2.28, KDE 4.3, an improved KVM virtualization stack with memory deduplication and libguestfs, and smaller and faster updates thanks to delta updates enabled by default and XZ compression It also comes with better webcam support, improved mobile broadband support, support for BlueTooth audio devices, uPnP audio MediaServer and surround sound in sound events in Pulseaudio, KMS enabled by default in the Nouveau driver, a Moblin graphical interface for netbooks, an SELinux sandbox, and many other improvements. Download it here. See a release notes here (a complete list is here). Known issues are documented on the common bugs page. via http://www.osnews.com/story/22502/Fedora_12_Released
  12. from a quick look on astlinux.org i can see very little documentation to explain how to do what you want to do, have you tried to email/contact Kristian ? perhaps you could compile a package into the distro by doing as they advise here http://www.astlinux.org/node/24
  13. As most of you will know, the GNOME team is hard at work on GNOME 3.0, the first major overhaul of the platform since 2002. The release of GNOME 3.0 was originally planned for March 2010, but it has now been pushed back for six months to September 2010. The reason is rather clear: the GNOME team wants to ensure the quality of the release is up to snuff. To make sure that it is, the release date for GNOME 3.0 has been pushed back until September 2010, while the March 2010 release will be GNOME 2.30 (in other words, 2.32 will be 3.0). The March 2010 date was clearly preliminary, so a delay is nothing surprising. via http://www.osnews.com/story/22477/GNOME_3_0_Pushed_Back_Six_Months
  14. We're in the middle of the distribution release frenxy, or so it seems. After Ubuntu 9.10 and Mandriva Linux 2010.0, it's OpenSUSE time now: the team has pushed out OpenSUSE 11.2. A minor version number, but there's enough in there, still. OpenSUSE 11.2 uses the 2.6.31 version of the Linux kernel, and also comes with a kernel specifically tweaked for desktop use. The new default file system is Ext4, but Ext3 is still supported if you're still wary of the new kid in town. For the adventurous, the YaST partitioner can work with Btrfs, too. Work has also gone into better supporting netbooks, hardware-wise. Desktop-wise, it comes with the usual suspects: KDE 4.3 and GNOME 2.28. There's also the new KDE Firefox and OpenOffice.org integration, hopefully leading to a more consistent KDE desktop experience. As a sidenote: can anyone confirm if the KDE integration for these applications goes beyond a mere theme? As in, if I switch my theme in KDE, will OpenOffice.org and Firefox adapt? In the past, "integration" often meant nothing more than slapping a theme on these applications which did not change when you changed your KDE theme. GNOME has been given a new theme, called Sonar. full story > http://www.osnews.com/story/22485/OpenSUSE_11_2_Released
  15. Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and the marketing machine that is Microsoft are tough acts to follow. But Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu Linux project, is relieved that Windows 7 is out. Now, Ubuntu 9.10 - which is arguably the best desktop Linux released by the project and supported by Canonical, the commercial entity that provides tech support and other services for Ubuntu - can get on with showing how Ubuntu stacks up to Windows on both the desktop and on the server. After all, trhe pressure is really on Microsoft to defend its desktops and servers and its relatively recent advances in netbooks. Microsoft is the public company with shareholders, while Canonical and the Ubuntu project is backed up Shuttleworth, who made his hundreds of millions of dollars in the dot-com boom and is more interested in building an open source platform than in generating profits for shareholders. more > http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/26/ubuntu_karmic_shuttleworth/
  16. guys i'm giving you free reign so please give it a go and thanks
  17. would simple html do it or do you want something else, any sample of what you are trying to do ?
  18. your ideas are great, unfortunately i have no idea or time to implement those types of changes at least not now, any volunteers ? the character errors will be fixed as soon as i update IPB to version 3.04 (soon) cheers niall
  19. hi guys, as most of you know I started this site some years ago to help others learn about linux, it has grown but very slowly, i think it needs some changes to generate new interest, I've asked people to write reviews but that was a non-starter, I ended up writing many reviews over the years, but really it needs someone elses opinion and not just mine, I've asked people to post news, but that doesn't seem to happen on a regular basis I added a blog, no one cared, i updated the site to make it cool, no one cared.. I'm trying but maybe i'm trying the wrong way, so I need your help to guide me to the right way. so, what can we do to improve things ? tell ME what to do to make this place better, or shall we just be content with 3 or so posts a week... I would appreciate your thoughts cheers niall
  20. what file is it looking for from the CD ?
  21. did you reboot yet ? kernel updates require a reboot
  22. Imad Sousou has announced the release of Moblin 2.0, a Linux distribution optimised for netbooks and other mobile Internet devices: "The Moblin steering committee is pleased to announce three exciting new developments within the Moblin project: the project release of Moblin 2.0 for Intel Atom processor-based netbooks; a preview of the Moblin Garage and Moblin Application Installer; a community preview release of Moblin 2.1 for Intel Atom Processor-based netbooks and nettops for early development. The project release of Moblin 2.0 is now available. With this community release you can expect to see OSVs and OEMs shipping products based on Moblin 2.0 for netbooks. Moblin 2.0 features a rich user interface that was developed from the ground up, for netbook form factors and usage models, to provide an outstanding visual user experience that integrates Internet browsing, media consumption, and social networking." Read the rest of the release announcement for further details. Download: moblin-2.0-final.img (721MB, MD5). via distrowatch.com
  23. Gimp critics will have one less thing to complain about when Gimp 2.8 is released later this year. Single window mode is coming with the next major release along with some other interesting UI enhancements. via > http://www.osnews.com/story/22230/Gimp_2_8_To_Get_Single_Window_Mode
  24. did you try to add any storage as in the screenshot above ?
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