Planning the Ubuntu System Tool (UST)

July 31, 2006 at 8:45 am (Ubuntu)

“If you’ve enjoyed using the console-based “Yast” tool (from Novell’s Suse Linux) in your server room, then you’ll appreciate the work begun on the Ubuntu System Tool—a similar tool with similar functionality.

Often in firewalled server rooms, SSH (Secure Shell) is the only network service available internally to manage the servers. Console-based DIY sysadmin tools thrive in this arena, cutting the time having to lookup commands and their arguments—especially for common tasks like adding users then setting all of those user-parameters at the same time and this is where UST comes in.

UST is trying to be true to the release-early, release-often realm of open source programming. The project is currently in the planning stages, with a workable menu (demo). Right away, this could be adapted for conducting certain tasks.

The demo lacks data-entry screens, or a reusable template and still needs an API (defined programming interface) to be used to carry out tasks in a fairly common, easily extensible way. Still, we encourage you to download the project in order to see how you might be able to contribute with recommendations, or perhaps even programming. Check out the screenshot!”

[Mike McKee and The UST Project Team]


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Linux vs Mac Community… a blog response

July 31, 2006 at 8:42 am (GNU/Linux)

” I read with great amusement a blog entry from Bryan O’Bryan entitled Why I ditched my Mac for Linux and some of the comments (no time to read them all; perhaps later). Instead of leaving a comment there and having it lost in the 100+ comments, I decided to respond here.”

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P.S. I have left a comment on that Blog

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SPE IDE: Stani’s Python Editor

July 30, 2006 at 10:33 am (GNU/Linux, Python, Ubuntu)

I’ve found a smashing IDE for Python: SPE (Stani’s Python Editor). It’s free and it’s available in the universe repositories in Ubuntu.

just type:

sudo apt-get install spe

I’m moving my first steps in the world of Python and I must say that SPE is definitely the best IDE (for Python) which I’ve tried. I LOVE IT!
Here is the website:


A screenshot I took:

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ATI Beats Nvidia to X.Org v7.1 Support

July 28, 2006 at 11:09 pm (GNU/Linux)

“After ATI’s successful launch last month of the fglrx 8.26.18 drivers, which had delivered an external events daemon (atieventsd) and more, it is now time for us to discuss the changes in the newly released 8.27.10 Linux display drivers. Of the changes in this release include X11R7.1 support, Fedora Core packaging scripts, and Radeon X1000 TV-out support. As always, we have all of the details to share in our ATI fglrx 8.27.10 driver examination. For those that had missed it, earlier this week Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) had announced a merger with ATI Technologies for $5.4 Billion USD. This acquisition should increase the level of competitiveness between manufacturers both in the CPU arena as well as on the graphics forefront. We had sought comments from ATI’s Linux department as whether this deal would have any impact on their driver development, but at this time, it is simply not known.Getting back on track with fglrx 8.27.10… First and foremost, ATI has beat NVIDIA to supporting X.Org v7.1 in their proprietary drivers.”

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Creating a GUI using PyGTK and Glade

July 28, 2006 at 8:51 pm (GNU/Linux, Python)

“After spending some time creating a GUI using TKinter and having it be pretty easy, but getting frustrated by how linked my code and the GUI was, I decided to look into creating a GUI using another toolkit. After looking around at the options for a while I settled on using PyGTK and Glade

The reason I decided upon using these two technologies is because they are cross platform and using GLADE satisfies my wish to separate the code form the GUI.

If you’ve never heard of Glade before, it’s “a User Interface Builder for GTK+ and GNOME”. It generates XML files which describe the desired GUI.”

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PySDM, a GUI for fstab

July 27, 2006 at 10:53 pm (GNU/Linux)

Check it out. It looks very promising:

“PySDM is a Storage Device Manager that allows full customization of hard disk mountpoints without manually access to fstab.

It also allows the creation of udev rules for dynamic configuration of storage devices
* PyGTK graphical interface
* Management of fstab file
o Partition autodetection
o Automated configuration for new devices
o Filesystem-dependent options. ext2, ext3, fat, ntfs, reiserfs, swap and xfs supported now, more coming soon… 🙂
o Mounting management
* Hotpluging
o udev rules management
o Device naming
o Permission assignement
* internationalization and localization support”

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Switching Back to Desktop Linux

July 27, 2006 at 10:47 pm (GNU/Linux)

“A few years ago, I bought my first laptop, a 15-inch PowerBook. It was also my first Apple machine.I had used Linux on my desktop exclusively for several years, but at that point did not want to go through the pain of tracking down the precise revision of a very specific laptop brand to find one that would work with Linux. (I also refuse to pay the Windows tax, as I would and do not use Windows.)

Through work, I received the opportunity for a sizable discount on a new PowerBook. Mac OS X 10.2 had recently come out and my Mac-using friends claimed that it was much more powerful and usable than previous versions. (Many of my friends still pined for the performance of Classic, especially on older hardware.)

I knew that Linux/PPC was one of the better-maintained non-x86 ports. Apple’s hardware impressed me with its quality as well. It is certainly easier for free software developers to produce drivers for well-chosen, high-quality components. (Many other laptop manufacturers are less picky about changing components within a product line, which gives free software developers and users fits.)

I kept my Linux desktop, but moved most of my daily work to the laptop. I also repartitioned my hard drive and reinstalled Mac OS X to give myself space to use Linux/PPC. I tried to get used to Mac OS X for six months, but when a new version of XFree86 came out and supported my video card fully, I finally switched away from Mac OS X.

Why? There are plenty of reasons, most of them related to my primary goal.”

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Testdriving Freespire Beta2 (Build 0.0.76)

July 27, 2006 at 9:56 am (GNU/Linux)

“The folks from Linspire/Freespire released their latest beta for public testing on July 25. Freespire is the open source version of the commercial proprietary Linspire distribution. Freespire offers users a chance to run the user-friendly great-looking system without an initial purchase. One can choose to purchase extra and proprietary software if desired, but Freespire is a complete system itself. Tuxmachines tested this latest beta to see how it’s doing.”

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A Beginner’s Guide to Using pyGTK and Glade

July 27, 2006 at 9:37 am (GNU/Linux)

Ok, perhaps this guide is not that new but it might come in handy:

“The beauty of pyGTK and Glade is they have opened up cross-platform, professional-quality GUI development to those of us who’d rather be doing other things but who still need a GUI on top of it all. Not only does pyGTK allow neophytes to create great GUIs, it also allows professionals to create flexible, dynamic and powerful user interfaces faster than ever before. If you’ve ever wanted to create a quick user interface that looks good without a lot of work, and you don’t have any GUI experience, read on.”

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Ubuntu 6.06 LTS given award by IT Reviews

July 26, 2006 at 4:13 pm (Ubuntu)

“Dapper has been given a “Recommended” award by IT Reviews:

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS is a very complete and usable Linux distribution and one that’s remarkably easy to get to grips with compared to some others. All of which makes it a good starting point for newcomers, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s cut-down in any way. As well as appealing to the hobbyist, Ubuntu is a full Linux implementation with everything needed for business use, including automatic updates and commercial support should you need it.”

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