Tag : Linux

Ascendos - the start of something big

Generic Enterprise Linux is now days too important. We believe it's used by too many people (and large organisations) for the release cycles, the future and the engagement of the community to be beholden to one project.

Wouldn't it be great if there was a real community driven Enterprise Linux (EL) project? One that was accountable to it's user-base, and could engage the Enterprise Linux community (and commercial users) in new ways?

What about an Enterprise Linux project that was able to reduce the duplication of effort in debranding our favourite upstream distro? Leading to benefits for ...

— Andrew


Extracting all the links from a website using wget

Today I found myself needing to extract all the page links from a website to ensure that when we restructured the site, all the old links were redirected to the new page locations and there we no nasty 404's.

So here I present, my "Quick and dirty website link extractor". Complete with gratuitous command piping, ready to run on any Linux box with the appropriate programs installed:

MYSITE='http://example.com';wget -nv -r --spider $MYSITE 2>&1 | egrep ' URL:' | awk '{print $3}' | sed "s@URL:${MYSITE}@@g"

Obviously you'll need to replace example.com with your own ...

— Andrew


When will CentOS 6 be released?

Update 20100-07-11: Out the gates...

CentOS 6 is now released!

Update 2011-07-04: Asking the wrong question...

You should be asking "When will AscendOS be released" ;)

Update 2011-07-04: Crystal ball gazing...

I'm putting money on CentOS 6 being out the gates by the end of this week...

Update 2011-06-06: Release date has slipped...

Looks like it's a case of CentOS 6 will be "done when it's done". The release date is now estimated to be 13th June 2011. But who really knows, Karanbir previously said "if you need something to plan against - think 4 to 6 weeks" (11 ...

— Andrew


Russians Move to GNU/Linux

This could be the biggest single government push for free / open source software we've seen yet.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today signed a document that describes the timetable for the transition of power structures on free software (OSS):

The document is ... called a "transition plan of the federal authorities and federal budgetary institutions on the use of free software, and covers the period from 2011 to 2015

This policy will be enacted 2nd quarter 2012. Could 2012 be the 'year of Linux' for Russians, of at least those in Government service?

— Andrew


Novell Wins vs. SCO, confirms Novell’s ownership of the Unix copyrights

Novell is very pleased with the jury’s decision confirming Novell’s ownership of the Unix copyrights, which SCO had asserted to own in its attack on Linux. Novell remains committed to promoting Linux, including by defending Linux on the intellectual property front.

Read more from the source: http://www.novell.com/prblogs/?p=2153

The Salt Lake Tribune has a complete write up of the story: http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_14786202

— Andrew


How to unprotect PDF files in Linux

Here's a quick and dirty way to remove PDF protections and allow printing of a PDF that has been restricted.

First we need to convert the PDF to Postscript using Ghostscript. Next, we convert the Postscript back to PDF.

Note: The conversion isn't 100% accurate, but should be sufficient for most purposes.

Example:

pdftops Example.pdf Example.ps
ps2pdf Example.ps Example_unprotected.pdf

This only works for an encrypted PDF that allow viewing without a password but not printing or copying.

pdftops and ps2pdf can be installed onto most Linux distributions using your systems package manager.

— Andrew


CentOS 5.4 Linux Released

A long time coming. Since upstream vendor Red Hat released their 5.4 back in September. Well worth the wait:

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS-5.4 for i386 and x86_64 Architectures.

— Andrew


IBM pushes Ubuntu for Linux desktop effort

IBM announced an extension of its Microsoft-Free PC effort together with Canonical Ubuntu Linux:

The IBM/Canonical offer is an interesting one and the timing against Windows 7 is a brilliant stroke of marketing.

Read more:

— Andrew


Australian Police recommend Linux for Internet banking

Australian Police are now recommending that Windows users keep a clean dual boot Linux image for secure Internet banking:

Cybercrime expert endorses Linux, iPhone when banking online.

Consumers wanting to safely connect to their internet banking service should use Linux or the Apple iPhone, according to a detective inspector from the NSW Police, who was giving evidence on behalf of the NSW Government at the public hearing into Cybercrime today in Sydney.

Read more http://www.itnews.com.au/News/157767,nsw-police-dont-use-windows-for-internet-banking.aspx

— Andrew


Microsoft acknowledges Linux threat

Microsoft for the first time has named Linux distributors Red Hat and Canonical as competitors to its Windows client business in its annual filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Read more http://www.goodgearguide.com.au/article/313782/microsoft_acknowledges_linux_threat_windows_client

— Andrew


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