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Shorewall Firewall Configuration

The Shoreline Firewall, more commonly known as "Shorewall", is a high-level tool for configuring Netfilter. You describe your firewall/gateway requirements using entries in a set of configuration files. Shorewall reads those configuration files and with the help of the iptables utility, Shorewall configures Netfilter to match your requirements. Shorewall can be used on a dedicated firewall system, a multi-function gateway/router/server or on a standalone GNU/Linux system. Shorewall does not use Netfilter's ipchains compatibility mode and can thus take advantage of Netfilter's connection state tracking capabilities.http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/shorewall.htm

GTK Pod not reading my control/media/ipod file

I just got this GTK Pod program. I then put a few songs on my ipod. I realized that when i was done, the songs were not in order. So i go back into the program and adjust the files (that are already on the ipod from my last sychronization/save data) and now it tells me it cant open the control/media file where all my songs are stored. How is this fixed? I tried uninstalling the program and reinstalling it.

Ubuntu security advisory

Heads up for all your Ubuntu users out there...

You may want to do an update as soon as you can to fix this (minor) security issue.

http://marc.abramowitz.info/archives/2006/03/18/ubuntu-security-advisory/

Ubuntu Dapper Drake now officially postponed

The Ubuntu developer now officially decided to postpone the upcoming Dapper Drake release to 1st July 2006. That is 6 weeks later than planned. Therefore the version number will be changed to 6.06. In the future the decimal point will most probably be changed to a hyphen, because most of the developer find the decimal point irritating.

So let's wait for Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6-06 on 1st July 2006 :)

New Ubuntu Book available

This is the first book of its kind to cover the hottest new Linux distribution, and will teach you how to make the most of your Ubuntu desktop. First, the book introduces you to the world of Linux and the open source community, and then outlines Ubuntu installation and configuration in detail. You'll learn how to wield control over your newly installed operating system. Then you'll learn about system customization opportunities and fun tasks like listening to audio CDs and MP3s, viewing movies, performing office and Internet-related tasks, and maintaining your Ubuntu system in general.
 

 
The book comes with a CD containing the complete Ubuntu distribution. You are encouraged to take full advantage of this powerful operating system by inserting the disk into the drive, and then following closely along with the supplementary material.
The book is called Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional and will officially be released on March 20, 2006. But it can already be ordered on the Amazon website, shipping within 24 hours.

Gnome 2.14 has just been released

Today, the GNOME Project celebrates the release of GNOME 2.14, the latest version of the popular, multi-platform Free desktop environment.

Released on schedule, to the day, it is the culmination of six months effort by GNOME contributors around the world: hackers, documentors, usability and accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, sysadmins, companies, artists, users and testers. Due to their hard work, it is another great release to be proud of - thanks very much to every contributor!

You'll find plenty of information about GNOME 2.14 in the extensive release notes, linked from the 2.14 start page.

All about GNOME 2.14: http://www.gnome.org/start/2.14/

Some of the key new features:

1. The creation of an admin suite, including a lock down editor, Pessulus, and a user profile editor, Sabayon

2. A new search bar, called Deskbar, which can search through local files, programs and contacts as well as on the web

Dapper Gnome Error

I am relieved that in addition to Ubuntu, I installed Kubuntu. My KDE desktop is more than useful, it is essential as last week's updates damaged my Gnome. Now when I log into Gnome the splash screen appears, does its thing, then the panels try to load. The panels appear, flash eleven times, and then disappear. it leaves me with an empty brown desktop with nothing on it but a mouse cursor. The only control available is ctrl-alt-backspace.  If those keys are pressed while the panels are still flashing, the system returns me to the GDM login screen. If I wait until the panels stop flashing, ctrl-alt-backspace puts me at a login prompt in a shell. I have to then reboot to get back into GDM. Is this part of the reason the release date was moved back?

Mysql Database backup script

A script to take daily, weekly and monthly backups of your MySQL databases using mysqldump. Features - Backup mutiple databases - Single backup file or to a seperate file for each DB - Compress backup files - Backup remote servers - E-mail logs – More http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/mysqlscript.htm

Ubuntu 6.04 will be postponed

The decision has not yet been made but it seems that the release date will be postponed by 6 weeks. Originally Ubuntu 6.04 should be released on 20th April, but Shuttleworth wants to have more time for testing and improvements. The reason therefore is, that Dapper Drake will have extended support and it will be positioned as a enterprise distribution. That means it needs to be suitable for enterprise environments as well.

It is not yet sure if it will keep the name Ubuntu 6.04 as it will be released in June. Maybe we're talking about Ubuntu 6.06 :)

Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) Flight-CD 5 available

Flight-CD 5 has just been released as another preview of Dapper Drake. It features an improved installer for the Live-CD and a new standard theme called "Ubuntulooks". Some additional ATI graphic cards like the X850 are supported now.

Download here: http://ftp.acc.umu.se/mirror/cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/dapper/flight-5/

Ubuntu 5.10 installer vulnerability

A security issue affects the following Ubuntu releases:
Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

The following packages are affected:
base-config
passwd

The problem can be corrected by upgrading the affected package to
version 2.67ubuntu20 (base-config) and 1:4.0.3-37ubuntu8 (passwd). In
general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.

Details follow:
Karl Øie discovered that the Ubuntu 5.10 installer failed to clean
passwords in the installer log files. Since these files were
world-readable, any local user could see the password of the first
user account, which has full sudo privileges by default.

The updated packages remove the passwords and additionally make the
log files readable only by root.

This does not affect the Ubuntu 4.10, 5.04, or the upcoming 6.04
installer. However, if you upgraded from Ubuntu 5.10 to the current
development version of Ubuntu 6.04 ('Dapper Drake'), please ensure

LAMP (Linux Apache Mysql PHP) Installation and configuration

The acronym LAMP refers to a set of free software programs commonly used together to run dynamic Web sites or serversLinux, the operating system; Apache, the Web server; MySQL, the database management system (or database server)Perl, PHP, and/or Python, scripting languagesCheck here for complete easy installation stepsLAMP (Linux Apache Mysql PHP) Installation and configuration

XGL and Compiz

Yesterday I spend a few hours tweaking Gnome and XGL and I'm glad to say: It works! I know its only Eye Candy, but what a graphics...A screenshot will be uploaded in the image galleries.

.shn and .flac conversion programs

I am using arson and k3b for my music needs. I need to be able to decode flac and shn files to wav for cd burning and home stereo playback. Can someone point me in the right direction program-wise and/or plugins.

Debian and Ubuntu Linux boot process explained

Here is the bebian and ubuntu linux boot process explained clearly with the step by step  http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/boot.htm