“This is another of my favorite Linux desktops. Or at least it was back in early days of Linux. This desktop attracted me because it was one of the first (back around 1998) to use transparency. AfterStep was actually a fork of FVWM rebuilt to resemble the NeXTSTEP desktop. Like FVWM, AfterStep is light, quick, and can be as minimalist (or not) as you like. The main features of AfterStep are a mouse menu, Pager, Wharf (a dock-like applet), and the Winlist (a panel showing active applications). AfterStep is highly configurable via flat text files (so configuration requires getting to know the layout of configuration files.)
“Currently AfterStep is enjoying the 2.2.8 release and is headed up by Sasha Vasko. One of the best aspects of AfterStep is the ability to granularly configure the look and feel. From timing of auto-raising windows to placement of titlebars (titlebars can be placed along a horizontal or vertical plane), AfterStep can be configured to a much higher level than most other window managers. You can install AfterStep your usual way. For example, in Mandriva, run the command urpmi AfterStep to install.”
” A new breed of lightweight computers called netbooks are beginning to crack the company’s dominance of operating systems. Acer and Asustek Computer, which together account for 90% of the netbook market, are using the rival Linux software on about 30% of their low-cost notebooks.
“The devices, which usually cost less than $US500, are the fastest-growing segment of the personal-computer industry – a trend that’s eating into Microsoft’s revenue. Windows sales fell short of forecasts last quarter and the company cut growth projections for the year, citing the lower revenue it gets from netbooks. When makers of the computers do use Windows, they typically opt for older and cheaper versions of the software.”
“The LAMP option means you don’t have to install and integrate each of the four separate LAMP components, a process which can take hours and requires someone who is skilled in the installation and configuration of the individual applications. Instead, you get increased security, reduced time-to-install, and reduced risk of misconfiguration, all of which results in a lower cost of ownership.New pre-configured installation options have been added to the Ubuntu Server. Mail Server, Open SSH Server,Samba File Server, Print Server, Tomcat Java Server,Virtual Machine Host and Database Server options join existing LAMP and DNS options for pre-configured installations, easing the deployment of common server configurations.”
“Support: Now, don’t just jump into downloading it and installing on reading the long term part. This DOES NOT mean that you’ll continue getting newer versions of favourite software packages till that time. This only means that you’ll continue getting “security updates” for 3 (or 5) years. What’s the difference, some might ask, as they think that the newest version of a software is the most secure. However it is not so. A newer version may bring more features, but also more code to become vulnerable to bugs.”
“If you’ve ever tried to set up a dual boot system, more than likely you have also managed to mangle the master boot record (MBR) of your main system drive at least one time. Once corrupted you typically have a couple of options. One of the most obvious ways is to boot from a CD-ROM distribution and reinstall the OS. It’s probably not the quickest fix but it usually does work. You could accomplish basically the same thing with a bootable USB disk if you happen to have one.
“Super Grub Disk (SGB) is a handy alternative that works in a few seconds. You’ll find versions you can burn to a CD-ROM, USB disk or floppy disk. Booting from one of these media devices presents you with a menu of options that should help you get your system configured properly. It’s also a tool capable of leaving your system unable to boot if you set the options wrong.
“The key to using it correctly is to understand how a disk drive is organized and what you need to do to get it to boot properly.”
“Usually in IPv4, mobile devices are behind NAT. By eliminating NAT when using mobile devices in IPv6, we avoid the traffic of sending KEEP ALIVE messages, which are sent in order to keep the NAT state active. These messages are quite frequent. They are sent periodically every 40-120 seconds. NAT elimination for mobile devices in IPv6 reduces power consumption of these mobile devices, and as a consequence significantly improves their standby time. Sometimes, with mobile devices, each application may send its own keep alive messages, which only makes the problem worse.
“But its extended address space is not the only advantage of IPv6, as some might think. Based on the experience gained with IPv4, many changes were made in IPv6 to improve the IP protocol. We will try to explain and focus in this article on these changes and their implementation in Linux, and we will show what is better in IPv6 in comparison to IPv4. The next sections will describe the format of IPv6 addresses, and how IPv6 is implemented in Linux, in user space, and in the kernel.”
“Dubbed Cambridge, Fedora 10 Preview offers a faster boot experience (with the help of Plymouth), better printing, improved wireless network connection sharing, better software maintenance and update (with the help of PackageKit and RPM 4.6), virtualization storage, and adds a new security tool for IDS (Intrusion Detection System) called SecTool. The development cycle of Fedora 10 will conclude with the final release somewhere at the end of November 2008. Below are some of the highlights of Fedora 10:”
“There’s no problem that technology can’t solve, it seems, even if those problems are of the classic PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair) end-user variety. PEBKAC problems require a delicate touch, but when diplomacy fails, sometimes, you’ve just got to satisfy yourself with some good old fashioned revenge, best served cold. Take, for example, the BSODomizer, which we stumbled across on Gizmodo this morning. It’s a small dongle that sits between a VGA port and the monitor cord and inserts random blue screens into a user’s display. This priceless fun can be yours for just $US79!!
“Still, actually using technology that’s been specifically bought to engage an IT prank? Seems like too much hard work to us. In that spirit, here’s five easy pranks that don’t involve dropping extra money, or for that matter, that much effort.”
“The installation of the base system is easy as 1-2-3 because the Ubuntu installer doesn’t offer a lot of options to choose from, so you cannot go wrong. Download the Ubuntu 8.10 desktop edition iso image from http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download, burn it onto a CD, and boot your computer from it.”
“But Asus seems to be more than a one-hit wonder. Consider these six rather impressive facts:
“Apparently, The Wall Street Journal ranks Asus among the top Taiwanese companies in terms of product quality.
“Three out of 10 Asus Netbooks are shipped with Linux, proving that PC companies with guts can disrupt established markets.
“There’s chatter about Asus introducing $200 systems in 2009.”