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Various Ways To Shred A Drive

I've been tasked at work with shredding drives. Not physically, mind you, but digitally. Usually, I grab a copy of the latest version of Knoppix, boot up, pull up a terminal, and grab GNU Shred. Something like: shred -n 3 -v /dev/sda It works well enough. However, it doesn't display a real useful progress meter, […]

Cloning Debian System Packages

Just over the past couple of weeks, I have done a few Debian GNU/Linux installations for various people, including myself. I am a minimalist. I like to have installed on my system only exactly what I specify. However, I'm also a realist, and know that Debian has likely chosen sane defaults in the installer when […]

7 Reasons Why I Have NOT Switched To Google Chrome From Firefox

I just finished reading 7 Reasons Why I Switched to Google Chrome from Firefox. I found the article a bit on the fanboy side, and I'll address each of his points here, while also saying my reasons why I'm still holding on to the Firefox browser as my default browser. First, Andrew mentions that Google […]

Ubuntu 9.04 Torrents

Tommorow is the Big Day for GNU/Linux, when Ubuntu goes through it's regularly 6 month upgrade. Ubuntu 9.04, codenamed "Jaunty Jackalope" is due for release. The consequence is, these servers will get slammed, meaning that's it's difficult for people who use other distributions on some mirrors to update their distribution. As a result, rather than […]

Ubuntu Debit Card

My bank allows customizing the front of the card with an image of your choice. So, I figured why not represent Free Software and Linux everywhere I use my card? I struggled for some time finding the right image to represent Free Software. The GNU logo is almost as horrid as Tux, the Linux kernel […]

Server Migration From Ubuntu 8.04 To Debian 5.0

Last night, I spent a few hours migrating this production server from Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" to Debian 5.0 "Lenny". Many have asked me online and in person why I would make the switch, especially being a heavy Ubuntu advocate. I hope I can explain that in a clear manner in this post. But first, […]

Ubuntu Codenames

With the release of Ubuntu 9.04 about 2 months out, Mark Shuttleworth will be announcing the codename of Ubuntu 9.10 fairly soon. This gets the community excited, as historically, Ubuntu releases have had entertaining codenames with interesting patterns. For example, the first three releases were after badgers: Ubuntu 4.10 "Warty Warthog", Ubuntu 5.04 "Hoary Hedgehog" […]

Ubuntu Vs. Fedora Artwork

I've had this discussion a couple of times with some friends about which looks better: Ubuntu or Fedora. So, I decided to take a poll from my readers, and see what you think. Which vendor does a better job at artwork? I've provided screenshots of the default wallpaper for each release on both distributions. Now, […]

Top Four Alternatives To Ubuntu Linux

I can't sleep, so what do I do? Hit the Google Machine, and begin wasting time, hoping I'll get sleepy, and go back to bed. During my time wasting, I come across an old article (5 months old) about the top four alternatives to Ubuntu Linux. Of course, everyone who reads the article are going […]

Operating Systems- A Baby Board Book

After about 4-5 hours last night, and early this morning, I finished creating a board book for my 15-month old daughter. Of course, what better topic to choose than that of operating systems? So, I settled with GNU/Linux, UNIX and other operating systems as the main categories for the book, and it turned out great! […]

Ubuntu US Meeting Tonight

Quick reminder for the US Teams Mentoring Project. There will be a meeting in #ubuntu-us on The time is scheduled for 8pm EST, and will probably last about an hour, maybe more depending on who shows up. The agenda can be found on the wiki page. All are welcomed to attend. See you then.

What Are We? 12?

I've grown more and more accustomed to that phrase. Being on IRC, blogs, forums, mailing lists, and other forms of digital social gathering, it still never ceases to amaze me the responses that come out of people these days. Case in point? The tragic ending to what should have been a happy one. I'm referring […]

Rescue LILO On LVM With Ubuntu

I was faced with an interesting challenge tonight. But first, why I was faced with the challenge to begin with. I had been teaching Linux to system administrators for more than a year before taking my current job as a system administrator myself. During a couple of the courses, the students had the chance to […]

rm -rf /

DISCLAIMER: This works on Debian testing, Debian unstable, Ubuntu 8.04 and Ubuntu 8.10. I have not verified it to work on other systems. If you hose your box, because you gave it a try, and it didn't work, don't blame me. You're the stupid one for trying it out on a production machine. If you're […] Ubuntu Team

For those looking to put their CPU to work on their computer, I have the perfect job for you:! There's no doubt that many of you already are participating in some distributed computing project, such as SETI@home, or Folding@home, BOINC, or others. I have joined different distributed computing projects in the past, and currently, […]