Tuesday, July 17, 2012

FreeBSD 9.1-BETA1

Although a bit behind the schedule, Ken Smith today announced the first beta version of FreeBSD 9.1, the upcoming release of the project's stable branch: "The first test build of the 9.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for amd64, i386, powerpc64, and sparc64. We hope this will be the only BETA build, to be followed by two Release Candidate builds and then the release itself. If you notice any problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or here on the -stable mailing list. If you would like to use csup/cvsup mechanisms to do a source-based update of an existing system the branch tag to use is 'RELENG_9'. If you would like to use SVN instead use 'stable/9'. Note that if you do an update that way the system will call itself '9.1-PRERELEASE'." Check the full release announcement. Download: FreeBSD-9.1-BETA1-i386-disc1.iso (523MB, MD5), FreeBSD-9.1-BETA1-amd64-disc1.iso (637MB, MD5).

31 Flavors of Linux

Beginning new projects is particularly difficult and not all who try succeed. So, that's why Todd Robinson might sound a little nuts with his newest experiment. He's going to attempt to create and release a complete Linux operating system each and every day for a whole month.
Todd Robinson, an Open Source entrepreneur and co-owner of Webpath Technologies and On-Disk.com, said, "I intend to demonstrate the huge advantages of using open source (shared knowledge) solutions in real-world situations by producing a complete desktop operating system each and every day during the month of August 2012." He dubs the new project "31 Flavors of Fun."

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An old KDE user finds his way back...

I left KDE back in the early KDE4 days. I had always been a KDE user since first using Linux. The other day I was tinkering around and decided to try KDE on Fedora.
Boy, was I surprised. Not only is it well integrated, it's pretty much a Vanilla upstream KDE, and at 4.8.x, KDE now rocks again. I mean it's solid. It performs well, has features that I like and I very quickly was right at home again. The performance savings of a lighter desktop like Xfce seem to make more sense on lesser hardware...

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Happy Birthday to Slackware Linux

Slackware Linux 1.0 was first released 19 years ago in form of 24 floppy disks by Patrick Volkerding while he was stil a student in Minnesota State University Moorhead.
It's now considered as one of the oldest Linux distribution currently being maintained. Patrick is the BDFL for Slackware Linux throughout the entire project, even though more and more people joined the Slackware Team and contribute to this project.

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Install Linux Kernel 3.4.5 In Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 13

Anther Kernel released for Ubuntu systems that brings more new features and support for more drivers. You can find full changelog for Linux Kernel 3.4.5 here. Before showing you the installation of this kernel, you have to bear in mind that upgrading to a new kernel may render your system unstable. Also, you may lose some drivers for NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards, wireless cards, etc. So, install this kernel at your own risk.

Kernel 3.4.5 Installation

I have created a small bash script that will help you install the Linux Kernel with just few commands without bothering typing many lengthy lines of commands in the terminal. You can find here the Debian packages that will be installed on your system.

Open now the terminal and install Linux Kernel 3.4.5 on Ubuntu 12.04/11.10 or older and any other Ubuntu-based system such as Linux Mint 13 (Maya) or older:

cd /tmp && wget -O linux-kernel-3.4.5 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/47950494/upubuntu.com/linux-kernel-3.4.5

chmod +x linux-kernel-3.4.5 && sudo sh linux-kernel-3.4.5

After restarting your computer, make sure the kernel is well installed with this command:

uname -r



If you wish to revert back to the previous Kernel and uninstall the new one, run the following command:

sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.4.5-030405-generic

Good luck!

Sophos UTM 9

Angelo Comazzetto has announced the release of Sophos UTM 9, a network security solution previously known as Astaro Security Gateway and now called Sophos Unified Threat Management: "UTM 9 is a major new version that offers over 60 new features and abilities. We now offer the ability to manage antivirus and device control on your desktops with the same finesse that has made our RED branch office product and integrated wireless management offerings so popular. There is a new captive portal system, allowing you to create wireless hotspots for guests in your company, hotels, coffee shops, or other public places. The Antivirus system has been bolstered with the addition of Sophos' enterprise-class scanner, while UTM 9 remains one of the only products to offer dual scanning engines in parallel to give you extra security and choice. We yet again lead the way with a totally new HTML5 VPN system that is a true clientless system for accessing desktops and servers remotely." Read the full release announcement and the 15-page release notes. Download: asg-9.000-8.1.iso (465MB, MD5).