Thursday, December 13, 2007

Create a Linux Antivirus Server to Protect eMail - A Brief How to

Does Ubuntu Linux Really Need Antivirus Software?” Where there was a bit of discussion as to whether Linux needed antivirus software installed.spacer_gif Create a Linux Antivirus Server to Protect eMail - A Brief How to

There were some very informative comments from readers, which showed that in reality it would be very difficult to develop Linux based viruses, and that the real use would be to protect Windows users. After some thought and a bit of playing, I was introduced to ClamAV. For those not familiar, their site description says:spacer_gif Create a Linux Antivirus Server to Protect eMail - A Brief How to

…Clam AntiVirus is an open source (GPL) anti-virus toolkit for UNIX, designed especially for email scanning on mail gateways. It provides a number of utilities including a flexible and scalable multi-threaded daemon, a command line scanner and advanced tool for automatic database updates. The core of the package is an anti-virus engine available in a form of shared library…spacer_gif Create a Linux Antivirus Server to Protect eMail - A Brief How to

For me at least, this was a clear challenge to roll up my sleeves and create a small antivirus server (used to scan email). This would be useful to the small business owner, school, club or hobbyists in general. I’m not going to Read the full post…

How to get support for Ubuntu

Access Free Documentation

If you are stumped by a problem, the chances are that someone else has encountered it too. Take a look at our Documentation site where you'll find the official documentation developed and maintained by the Ubuntu Documentation Team.

Buy Professional Support Services


The Canonical Global Support Services team understands the challenges you face when introducing and maintaining new platforms and applications, their experience and knowledge base will ensure you maximise the return on your Linux investment. Professional support is also available from companies listed as Canonical Partners.

Get Free Community Support


A range of free support options are also available from the Ubuntu Community, including forums, IRC channels and mailing lists. The Ubuntu Local Community Teams provide multi-language community support.

Technical Answers System


You can also add your support question in the new tech answers system which is a part of the Launchpad system. Here you can keep your query active until a community member offers an answer which solves your problem. You can also search through all of the other questions which have been asked and answered.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Ubuntu Certified Professional

The Ubuntu Certified Professional is a training certification based on LPI level 1. To earn the Ubuntu Professional Certification, candidates are required to pass the LPI 101, LPI 102 and the Ubuntu (LPI 199) exams.

Two, five day courses, Ubuntu Professional Courses 1 & 2, assist System Administrators to pass the required exams and achieve the Ubuntu Certified Professional certification. The certification tests the candidate's ability to:

  • Configure a network of Ubuntu systems
  • Understand security and package management fundamentals
  • Perform key maintenance tasks

More about Professional Certification>>

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Edubuntu 7.10 Released

The Edubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Edubuntu 7.10, codenamed "Gutsy Gibbon". This release includes both Installation CDs and installable Live CDs for several architectures.

About Edubuntu

Edubuntu is the education-focused variant of Ubuntu, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, and a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, including education and productivity applications. An incredible variety of packages is available with a few clicks from a global network of mirrors, and professional commercial technical support from Canonical Ltd and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about
support, visit

Edubuntu 7.10 will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers.

Get Edubuntu

Download Edubuntu 7.10 here:

To burn these CD images, you will need 700MB media.

About Edubuntu 7.10

Highlights of this release include:

Edubuntu KDE Desktop

  • New meta package for easy setup

Improved Session Management Apps

  • Lockdown and profile management applications like sabayon and pessulus have recieved a lot of attention in Edubuntu during this release cycle

Easier Installation of Educational Applications

  • Through Edubuntu specific metapackages it is very easy to install even more educational applications based on their special field of usage
  • Additionally the Edubuntu Addon CD installer improves usability

Collaborative editing by default

  • Edubuntu now includes gobby the great editor for collaborative editing in its default installation

Thin Client - LTSP

The Edubuntu classroom server install builds on the functionality from the previous release simplifying common Linux classroom server deployment processes. It includes the very latest thin client software, LTSP-5. Thin client deployments offers clients a lower TCO (total cost of ownership), simpler installation and easier maintenance than typical IT deployments. With all data stored on the server, administrators have substantially eliminated the cost of updating individual workstations to ensure their security.

Installing from the CD will provide you with an out of the box working thin client environment, including sound and thin client block device support.

Features of the integration work for LTSP-5 in Edubuntu include for the thin client:

  • Incredible speed improvement of thin clients through usage of compressed images
  • New and faster detection of graphics hardware

Thin Client Login Manager

LDM (the LTSP login manager) now has:

  • autologin
  • unencrypted graphics transport on demand (speedup)
  • multiple server support and theming for all *buntu derivatives

From our Ubuntu 7.10 Base

Edubuntu 7.10 is based on Ubuntu 7.10, and enhancements in the Ubuntu desktop edition include the following new features:

Compiz Fusion

  • Really cool 3D desktop effects

Desktop Search

  • Quickly search through all your files, emails, photos, chat logs ...

Firefox Plugins

  • Automatic installation of Firefox plugins provided and validated by Ubuntu


  • Free software implementation of Flash, available for 64-bit platforms

NTFS writing

  • Read and write files on a Windows partition (including NTFS)

GNOME Deskbar Applet

  • Central place for all search operations (local and web)

GNOME Desktop Printer Installation

  • Just plug it in, configured fully automatically


  • New faster version of Python.
  • New version of gcc now supports OpenMP

"Tickless" Idle

  • Much reduced power consumption / heat emmission
  • Longer battery life

Find out what else is new in this release with a graphical tour:

As always, Edubuntu includes the very best of the 100% Free / Libre application software world, and each new release incorporates countless new features and bugfixes from the global development community. More detailed release notes are at:

Edubuntu release notes:

Ubuntu release notes:

Helping shape Edubuntu

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at:

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren't sure, try asking on the #edubuntu channel on, on the Edubuntu Users or Edubuntu Developers mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums:

Edubuntu users:

Edubuntu contibutors:

Ubuntu forums:

More Information

To sign up for future Edubuntu related announcements, please subscribe to Ubuntu's very low volume announcement list at:

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Upgrading Ubuntu From Edgy to Feisty Fawn

Upgrading Ubuntu From Edgy to Feisty (6.10 to 7.04)

Ubuntu Feisty (7.04) is the latest version of Ubuntu. Here's the quick list of new features for your enjoyment, but you should really upgrade to see everything for yourself.

New in Feisty:

  • Windows Migration Tool - Will help you migrate your user settings, such as wallpaper and bookmarks.
  • Codec wizard - Helps install unsupported codecs
  • Wireless - Greatly upgraded wireless support lets you easily connect to different networks
  • Upgraded Kernel - 2.6.20 kernel supports hardware virtualization features in the newer processors.
  • Upgraded Gnome - Gnome 2.18 has a lot of new features you'll want, including a nice administration panel overhaul.
  • Lots of other stuff!

Note: Before you start this upgrade, you should make sure that you have updated Edgy with all the latest patches using the Update Manager. This will make installation more smooth, and also solve the problems some people are having with not being able to upgrade.

To start the upgrade from Edgy (6.10) to Feisty(7.04), you can hit the Alt+F2 combo to pop up the run box. Enter the following text. Note that the quotes are the normal double-quote.

gksu "update-manager -c"

When the Software updates tool launches, you'll see a new button saying Upgrade. Click it. Now. Or not.

You don't have to read the release notes before you click Upgrade again.

If you get an error message saying that authentication has failed, you will need to type the following command at the terminal prompt:


Once you get the message about entering your message now, just hit Ctrl+C and then start the install process over. If that doesn't work, you may want to try running a shell as root before running the command ( sudo /bin/bash should do it)
Now you can click Start Upgrade. Seems that we already started the upgrade, but no matter, we'll start it now.

You may encounter more dialogs asking to click Upgrade, if so… click upgrade. Now your system will download all the updates and install them.

All done, restart your computer by clicking the button. At least this button doesn't say Upgrade.

To verify that you are now running Feisty, run the following command from a terminal window. Note that your output might be slightly different.

$ cat /etc/issue

Ubuntu feisty (development branch) \n \l

Check out the new Control Center goodness!

Note: If you are upgrading from Dapper (6.06) to Feisty, you will probably want to upgrade from Dapper to Edgy, and then from Edgy to Feisty.

Update:Modified the article to reflect the Feisty release.

The Geek is the founder of How-To Geek and a geek enthusiast. When he's not coming up with great how-to articles, he's probably writing at his personal blog. This article was written on 01/27/07 and tagged with: Ubuntu

Upgrading Ubuntu From Edgy to Feisty (6.10 to 7.04) :: the How-To Geek

Monday, April 09, 2007

Ubuntu - Linux for Human Beings!

Ubuntu - Linux for Human Beings!

Ubuntu is an entirely open source operating system built around the Linux kernel. The Ubuntu community is built around the ideals enshrined in the Ubuntu Philosophy: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit. For those reasons:

  • Ubuntu will always be free of charge, and there is no extra fee for the "enterprise edition", we make our very best work available to everyone on the same Free terms.

  • Ubuntu includes the very best in translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer, to make Ubuntu usable for as many people as possible.

  • Ubuntu is released regularly and predictably; a new release is made every six months. You can use the current stable release or the current development release. Each release is supported for at least 18 months.

  • Ubuntu is entirely committed to the principles of open source software development; we encourage people to use open source software, improve it and pass it on.

Find out more at the Ubuntu website.