nUbuntu or Network Ubuntu is a project to take the existing Ubuntu distribution and remaster it as a LiveCD and Full Install with tools needed for penetrating testing servers and networks. The main idea is to keep Ubuntu's ease of use and mix it with the popular penetrating testing tools used by penetrating testers. Besides usage for network and server testing, nUbuntu will be made to be a desktop distribution for advanced linux users.
The nUbuntu stable release is now online and can be downloaded from the project homepage. Along with removing unnecessary packages, the menu structure has been reorganized for ease of use.
Nothing is easier than taking a screenshot with Ubuntu. You can do it directly within the menu.
On this site we have a screenshot section, so you can show us how your Ubuntu or Kubuntu desktop looks like. Doesn't matter what language you are using. Let's see who has the nicest Ubuntu desktop :)
For uploading go to "create content" in the menu on the left side and select image.
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Another release candidate of the next Ubuntu version called Dapper Drake has been released. The "Flight CD 2" gives a preview of the new version based on linux kernel 2.6.15.
Because of this kernel change the release has been slightly delayed, as is requires udev 071 or newer. That's why Canonical has updated Udev and removed the old Hotplug. Own Hotplug rules have to be rewritten to Udev rules manually. Because of that change the hardware detection should be even better now. Even the PCMCIA infrastructure has been switchted to Udev so that the Cardmgr isn't required any more, even though some old config files are still being used.
Dapper Drake uses a new bootloader based on gfxboot. It integrates the language selector, which should be a great benefit for the Live-CD. The standard resolution of the framebuffer has been set to 640x480 pixels, so that the installer is going to be displayed on all systems correctly now. The APT- and user configuration within the installer has also been improved.
With Ubuntu 5.10 there already has been a special version of Ubuntu for servers.
For the upcoming version 6.04 a newly founded server team plans to further optimize the server edition of Ubuntu. It is being planed to test server hardware with Ubuntu in depth. Also the quality of the kernel shall be ensured to establish Ubuntu as a reliable server platform. IBMs DB2 has already been certified with Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 6.04 will be released in April 2006 and brings a longer support period. Canonical plans a commitment to security updates for three years for the desktop version and 5 years for the server version. Currently Canonical is looking after some new members for their Server team.
VMWare offers a free product called Browser Appliance, which is a virtual PC with Ubuntu Linux 5.10. It is aimed for safer surfing in a safe virtual environment using Firefox 1.5. The download is 258 mb in size.
To use the preinstalled Ubuntu image you need the free VMWare Player, which has now been released as a final version. The VMWare Player is available for Linux and Windows and allows starting existing images. To create new images you need the full product.
After every reboot the browser settings like history and saved passwords are being lost, as the image always starts in its original condition. This feature can also be deactivated.
Ubuntu and its founder, Mark Shuttleworth, both won awards at the Linux New Media Awards at last week's Linux World Expo in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Best Debian Derivative Distribution award was judged by a 200-member international jury from industry and the Open Source community. This is a significant award as it recognises the effort that the Ubuntu team have put into working with Debian in order to produce an easy to use desktop environment, suitable for everyone.
This award follows on from several other prestigious awards that Ubuntu has won since the launch of the latest release, 5.10 in October this year.
If you're currently not using Firefox, check out the new Firefox with Google Toolbar. This is an offer from Google, they have enhanced Firefox with their useful toolbar. So Firefox gets even better, a highly recommended download!
The KDE Project is happy to announce a new major release of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. Many features have been added or refined.
Notable changes include:
- Konqueror is the second web browser to pass the Acid2 CSS test, ahead of Firefox and Internet Explorer
- Konqueror can also now free web pages from adverts with its ad-block feature
- SuperKaramba is included in KDE, providing well-integrated and easy-to-install widgets
- Kopete has support for MSN and Yahoo! webcams
- The edutainment module has three new applications (KGeography, Kanagram and blinKen)
For a more complete log of changes, complete with screenshots and explanations, see the KDE 3.5 visual guide to new features.
I've found some beautiful Ubuntu wallpapers for Xmas.
If there is more out there, please let me know.
More Ubuntu and Kubuntu wallpapers and artwork can be found at Ubuntuforums.org.
A new Ubuntu derivative is under development. It's called Gnubuntu and only uses software which follows the Free Software Foundation (FSF) guidelines. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu distribution, agreed this with GNU-founder Richard Stallman.
Stallman supports the idea, but isn't happy with the name. Anyway, the name Gnubuntu will be kept, the corresponding domain gnubuntu.org is already registered - but with no content on it yet.
The new distribution will only contain Ubuntu packages, which follow the Free Software Foundation guidelines. Most of the linux distributions already consist mostly of free software, but they also contain binary packages without the corresponding source code or commercial applications. One exception is the Ututo distribution, which already consists only of free software completely. Shuttleworth wants to ask these developers to join the Gnubuntu development.
I've found two interesting Linux magazines, which can be downloaded monthly as PDF file. You can leave your email address on their website to be informed about new issues (subscribers get the link earlier).
These magazines are not exclusively about Ubuntu linux, but Ubuntu and Ubuntu applications often take part of it. So if you're interested in Linux related distributions and applications, it's definitely worth a try.
The Ubuntu developer have released a first preview of their new Ubuntu version with codename Dapper Drake. It features some improvements on the installer and plenty of new packages taken from Debian unstable. Kubuntu, the KDE variant, has also been updated.
There are now 5.219 updated packages, 4.064 of them coming from the debian unstable branch. Plenty of them should bring new features to the distribution, but unfortunately Canonical made no detailled declaration what packages are affected.
The installer has been updated and includes some improvements. It now detects multi processor systems better and doesn't offer any partitioning for CD and DVD burners any more. Additionally FAT filesystems won't be mounted at locations, where errors could occur.
This first version of Dapper Drake is just a preview version mainly aimed at developers. The final version will be released not before April 2006.
OpenOffice.org 2.0: A Choice for A Real Change
OpenOffice 2 has been released today. You can download it from the official website. It is being offered in more than 60 languages for many operating systems (including Linux).
The suite now also offers a database module, Base, to complement the word processor (Writer), spreadsheet manager (Calc), presentation manager (Impress) and drawing tool (Draw) modules. These give all users the tools they need to be productive in the modern world. Free for all, OpenOffice.org offers everyone the enduring freedoms to use, study, improve and share the software.
To find out more about the features visit the website OpenOffice.org 2.0 Features.
Ubuntu 5.10 has now been released in a Server version with a special kernel, which supports systems with more than one CPU, and without any desktop environment. Included software packages are Apache, Bind, MySQL, PostgreSQL, PHP, Samba, OpenLDAP and Zope.
The installation with 400 MB required space is very slim. It installs just the needed software packages, to have a easier to supervise system. To have better control, it also boots in text mode. Canonical points out, that the installation is also very secure. While installing there are no open ports and network services will only be started when explicitly installed.
As always Canonical offers security updates for the next 18 months for free.
Ubuntu 5.10 in the Server edition can be downloaded from now on for the x86-, PowerPC- and AMD64 platforms. Give it a try and please give us feedback about your experiences.