Ubuntu Linux Brainstorm Launched

Posted on in Categories GNU/Open source, Hardware, Linux, Linux desktop, Ubuntu Linux last updated February 29, 2008

Brainstorm is a new web site that will make it easier for users of Ubuntu to suggests ideas for improvements. It appears that idea was inspired by Dell’s Ideastorm. Voting makes it clear which ideas have the most support in the user community and should be given priority. This is really good news for all Ubuntu Linux user to get latest feature.

=> Visit Ubuntu Linux Brainstorm website to cast your vote or to submit new ideas.

Preload: How To Speed Up Your Linux Application Loading Time

Posted on in Categories Howto, Linux, Linux desktop last updated February 28, 2008

preload is a free Linux. It runs in background and records statistics about usage of more frequently-used programs. These programs are loaded into a Linux memory. Thus results is faster application startup times. From the project home page:

preload is an adaptive readahead daemon. It monitors applications that users run, and by analyzing this data, predicts what applications users might run, and fetches those binaries and their dependencies into memory for faster startup times.

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(Fig. 01: preload in action – saving time while loading Linux apps)

There is a nice tutorial published by Techthrob about installing and configuring Techthrob under Debian / Ubuntu Linux systems.

=> Drastically Speed up your Linux System with Preload

How To Make Slick Linux Desktop / Eye Candy Effects

Posted on in Categories Howto, Linux, Linux desktop last updated February 28, 2008

This guide offer 10 cool Linux desktops and how to make them; from the guide:

So you thought Vista’s desktop looked slick? Or the latest Leopard desktop is coolest thing after sliced bread? Well you probably haven’t been properly exposed to Linux’s customizability. Linux is so flexibility is one of it’s strongest selling points. With Linux you can easily even mimic Vista or Leopard totally free! Now I will take you through some of the coolest, freshest, fastest desktops I have come across.

Agent Smith Meet KDE
(Fig. 01: Agent Smith Meet KDE Effect)

=> 10 Slick Linux Desktops, and How To Make Them

Download of the day: FreeBSD 7.0 ISO / CD Image

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, FreeBSD last updated February 28, 2008

FreeBSD 7.0 stable has been released and available for download. FreeBSD is back to its incredible performance. According to some benchmarks on both Intel and AMD 64 bit systems FreeBSD 7.0 being faster than Linux 2.6 when running PostreSQL or MySQL. It has experimental support for Sun’s ZFS filesystem. gjournal can be used to set up journaled filesystems, gvirstor can be used as a virtualized storage provider. Please see complete release note including upgrade instructions here. There is also interview published with FreeBSD developers

Download FreeBSD 7.0

You can download FreeBSD 7.0 ISO file from FTP server

You can also use Bittorent to grab FreeBSD 7.0 ISO files

Shell Script: Create Linux Bootable USB Sticks

Posted on in Categories Howto, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Perl last updated February 27, 2008

This may come handy, from the project page:

Mk-boot-usb is a perl script to create multiple-bootable usb sticks (usb keys / usb flash drives). It wipes out an entire usb stick, partitions it, creates file systems on it, installs grub, and installs a minimal linux on it. Mk-boot-usb is meant to speed up and lower the barrier of entry for creating bootable usb sticks. The usb stick will immediately become bootable (using the minimal linux), and more useful distributions can then be installed into other partitions manually simply by (1) copying any Live CD into each partition (2) modifying grub’s configuration file.

=> Mk-boot-usb: a Script to Create Multiple-Bootable USB Sticks

Related: How to Create Bootable Linux CD

Microsoft Announces Open Source Interoperability Initiative

Posted on in Categories GNU/Open source, Windows last updated February 21, 2008

Microsoft has announced Open Source Interoperability Initiative. From the announcement press release :

The Open Source Interoperability Initiative exists to foster more open engagement between Microsoft and open source communities. It will encompass a broad range of facilities, events, and resources supporting interoperability, including labs, plug fests, technical content and opportunities for ongoing cooperative development. Microsoft plans to publish APIs and protocols that are used by Windows Vista (including the .NET Framework), Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Office 2007, Exchange Server 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 — as well as their future versions. Also Microsoft will not require developers to license or pay royalties for this information. Specifically, Microsoft is implementing four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions across its high-volume business products: (1) ensuring open connections; (2) promoting data portability; (3) enhancing support for industry standards; and (4) fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.

Microsoft also agreed not to sue developers of open-source software and releasing tons of API. More information available at:
=> Microsoft Press Release

=> Annoucment about Interoperability

Google Supporting Photoshop On Linux

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop last updated February 20, 2008

Google is financially supporting Photoshop On Linux. They have hired Codeweavers to run Photoshop better on Linux. From the google blog:

Perhaps the biggest news is that we hired Codeweavers to make Photoshop CS and CS2 work better under Wine. Photoshop is one of those applications that Desktop linux users are constantly clamoring for, and we’re happy to say they work pretty well now. Perhaps not coincidentally, apps like Flash 8 are now starting to work in Wine, too. We look forward to further improvements in this area.

According to Novell, Photoshop is the most requested non-Linux application that Linux users would like to run. Gimp is good but it is without many professional features such as cmyk and others. This is fantastic news for hardcore photoshop users. Good to see google is helping out wine developers 🙂

Chroot in OpenSSH / SFTP Feature Added To OpenSSH

Posted on in Categories Howto, Linux, Networking, OpenBSD, Security last updated February 20, 2008

For regular user accounts, a properly configured chroot jail is a rock solid security system. I’ve already written about chrooting sftp session using rssh. According to OpenBSD journal OpenSSH devs Damien Miller and Markus Friedl have recently added a chroot security feature to openssh itself:

Unfortunately, setting up a chroot(2) environment is complicated, fragile and annoying to maintain. The most frequent reason our users have given when asking for chroot support in sshd is so they can set up file servers that limit semi-trusted users to be able to access certain files only. Because of this, we have made this particular case very easy to configure.

This commit adds a chroot(2) facility to sshd, controlled by a new sshd_config(5) option “ChrootDirectory”. This can be used to “jail” users into a limited view of the filesystem, such as their home directory, rather than letting them see the full filesystem.