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 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.
(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
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 Linuxâ€™s customizability. Linux is so flexibility is one of itâ€™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.
(Fig. 01: Agent Smith Meet KDE Effect)
=> 10 Slick Linux Desktops, and How To Make Them
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
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 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
Explains how to reset Urchin to prompt for a new serial key under Linux / UNIX / BSD operating systems.