I finally got around to building a new ubuntu-based VMware appliance. This time, i based it on the “JeOS” variant (Just enough OS) which is a somewhat smaller than the standard server install.
The final result in a compressed 7zip package is … about 45MB, a bit less than i was expecting, and it unpacks into less than 200MB.
Full details and download link here
The ubuntu developers just announced the first alpha release of the next Ubuntu version – 8.04 (codenamed “Hardy Heron”). major changes include:
- The latest Xorg version – Xorg 7.3, with an emphasis on better autoconfiguration without config files.
- Massive merge from Debian – every release cycle brings lots of updates and new packages from debian
Continue reading ‘Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” first alpha is out’
The latest ubuntu, codenamed “Gutsy Gibbon”, was released today. It has some very interesting features Release notes and is definitely the best one so far.
After skipping the one version and not having my vmware image updated for ubuntu 7.04 server, i am at least releasing the new version early. I didn’t dedicated much time to testing, so feel free to contact me for bug reports or any questions.
Continue reading ‘Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) released, new VM image’
Liferea is an aggregator for online news feeds. There are many other news readers available, but these others are not available for Linux or require many extra libraries to be installed. Liferea tries to fill this gap by creating a fast, easy to use, easy to install news aggregator for GTK/GNOME.
After using it, the first thing i did was to uninstall my firefox news feed plugins, as i won’t ever use them again (at least not on linux)
Some of the cool features i like, among others:
- Easy to use
- Searching feeds for content, and permanent search folders
- Can stand in the system tray, and show the ammount of new (unread) items
- Supports browser tabs inside the Lifearea application
- Complete set of preferences
Continue reading ‘Lifearea – Comfortable feed aggregator for Linux’
Putty, a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, is out with a new version – 0.60 with some important bug fixes:
- Pressing Ctrl+Break now sends a serial break signal.
- Serial ports higher than COM9 now no longer need a leading \\.\.
- You can now store a host name in the Default Settings.
- Bug fix: serial connections and local proxies should no longer crash
all the time.
- Bug fix: configuring the default connection type to serial should no
longer cause the configuration dialog to be skipped on startup.
- Bug fix: “Unable to read from standard input” should now not happen,
or if it still does it should produce more detailed diagnostics.
- Bug fix: fixed some malformed SSH-2 packet generation.
- Other minor bug fixes.
Continue reading ‘Putty 0.60 released’
According to a recent article at The Inquirer, chip firm Intel was getting ready to do some very noticeable price cuts on the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad lines, some up to 40%.
According to a few sources, the new prices are already in the wild, so if you are looking to buy a new Intel CPU, now would be a good time.
For a full price quote of Intel’s server and desktop princing for April 2007, visit the folks at digitimes, but here are some of the big cuts:
Continue reading ‘Intel price cuts – April’s Edition’
Linux Kernel 2.6.21 has just been announced by Linus Torvalds.
2.6.21 improves the virtualization features merged in 2.6.20 with VMI (http://lwn.net/Articles/175706), a paravirtualization interface that will be used by Vmware (and maybe -probably not- Xen) software.
KVM does get initial paravirtualization along with live migration and host suspend/resume support (http://lwn.net/Articles/223839).
2.6.21 also gets a tickless idle loop mechanism called “Dynticks” (http://lwn.net/Articles/223185), a feature built in top of “clockevents” which unifies the timer handling and brings true high-resolution timers.
Other features are: bigger kernel command-line, optional ZONE_DMA; support for the PA SEMI PWRficient CPU, for a Cell-based “celleb” architecture from Toshiba, better PS3 support: support for NFS IPv6, IPv4 <-> IPv6 IPSEC tunneling support, UFS2 write support, kprobes for PPC32, kexec and oprofile for ARM, public key encription for ecryptfs, Fcrypt and Camilla cipher algorithms, NAT port randomization, audit lockdown mode, many new drivers and many other small improvements.
Ed Finkler, for the past couple of weeks, has been collecting data from the NIST NVD to get stats on PHP application vulnerabilities. In his blog,
he released the top 20 PHP security issues statistics.
The data covers only reported vulnerabilities, between April 1 2006 and April 1 2007.
Thanks for the nice work!