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Fedora 12 — A ‘Must Upgrade’ and ‘Strongly Consider’ Distro

Let’s face it — when it comes to choosing one Linux distribution over another, it often boils down to personal preference. You’ll find arguments for one being more user friendly or another being drop-dead simple to install, but in the final analysis the real reason is probably one or more of the following:

  • Previous experience
  • Upgrading from older version
  • Familiarity with company
  • Hardware support
  • User following
  • Available applications

Unless you’ve had problems with a particular distribution, it’s a fairly safe bet you’ll upgrade to the latest and greatest version when it comes out. The more cautious might wait a short time to see if anyone else has problems with your particular hardware but eventually take the plunge. Newbie Linux users typically fall into one of two camps. Either they have grown tired of the issues with their Windows machine and want to try Linux to see if it will be any better, or they have purchased a new machine, typically a netbook, with Linux pre-installed.

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Fedora the Project

The Fedora project made its first release (Fedora Core 1) in 2003 as a completely open source alternative to the commercial Red Hat Linux distribution. From the initial release announcement:

Fedora Core 1 provides a complete Linux platform built exclusively from open source software. Available at no cost, the release serves the needs of community developers, testers, and other technology enthusiasts who wish to participate in and accelerate the technology development process.

In the beginning the Fedora project was targeted at the developer / enthusiast with an interest in the Red Hat platform. Over time this has morphed more into anyone with a desire to run a truly open source version of Red Hat Linux. If message boards and news groups are any indication, the distribution has a huge following. So where does Fedora fit in the landscape of Linux distributions? DistroWatch.com groups it in with openSUSE, Debian GNU/Linux and Mandriva Linux as “good middle-road distributions.” They lump Ubuntu, Linux Mint and PCLinuxOS into a group “considered the easiest for new users who want to get productive in Linux as soon as possible.”

For more visit this link :- http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/6951/1/

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Invoicing with GnuCash

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Today i found good article which i want to share with you guys, Hope you like it.

I get a lot of businesses asking me about running their businesses with open source software. Many assume there are not packages that Linux and open source has no offerings for the SMB (or the consultant) needing a tool to keep track of clients, vendors, and (especially) invoicing. And even though many users know of GnuCash, few know of it’s wealth of tools.

One of those tools available with GnuCash is invoicing. With GnuCash you can create a professional invoice that will also automatically post to your accounts receivable. So not only are you able to issue invoices, the creation of these invoices will help you keep track of money owed to you and your company. Let’s see how this is done.

First things first

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I will be working with GnuCash 2.2.9 on a Ubuntu desktop machine. I will assume you already have GnuCash set up properly for your business and that you know how to properly track finances with this tool. Before you start creating invoices, you will have to have customers created to bill.  Let’s create a new customer. To do this open up GnuCash and go the Business > Customer > New Customer menu entry to open the New Customer editor (see Figure 1).

You will want to fill out as much information for this customer as possible. If you do not give the customer a Customer Number, GnuCash will automatically fill one in for you. Make sure you fill out both Billing and Shipping addresses for this customer.

When you are finished filling out this information, click OK to save the customer.

For more please visit this link :-  http://www.ghacks.net/2010/01/11/invoicing-with-gnucash/

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Problem Solved !!!

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From Few days my blog and website having some problems because of Hosting service.

Because of this problem i was not able to write new post and not able to update blog. Again all posts are back and all with the same link.

Now Problem is solved. Thanks for the support.

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Create a graph of your system’s performance

Use Dstat and Gnuplot to monitor performance, then turn that information into neat-looking graphs that anyone, even your manager, can understand…

If you have a server which is being used to host a website or to run a web application, it helps to know what kind of load it is handling. This information is particularly useful when you start finding the website or application to be running slower than usual. You can run a check on the performance of the system and compare it with prior results to see the increase in load. Then you can take the necessary action to fix the problem. To gather the performance data of your computer you need to set up system monitoring software on the server and let it gather information which will give you an idea of the performance of the server.

Technical people can often interpret the numbers that a monitoring tool would generate, but a lot of people in upper management might not find it so easy and would relate more easily to information presented to them in the form of graphs. If you need to upgrade your server, you often need to make a case for it to the management of your organisation. You need to present the performance data to them in a form that they can relate to – fancy-looking graphs. In this article we’ll look at how to gather this monitoring information and then how to convert this data into neat graphs.

Introducing Dstat
Dstat is an open source system monitoring tool for Linux. For users familiar with vmstat, iostat, netstat, and ifstat, you can think of Dstat as a single tool that combines all their features, and offers some more. It’s a very versatile application for both system administrators and developers because it comes with the ability to save its output as comma-separated values (CSV) files, making it very easy for you to plot a graph of the system’s performance. You can include these graphs into reports or use them to convince the management to allow you to upgrade your  servers. Monitoring your server and generating performance graphs can be quite useful when assessing a server’s ability to handle load with a load generation tool. Let us now see how to setup Dstat on your Linux computer, then we’ll move on to the basic usage of Dstat.

Dstat setup
The Dstat installation process will depend on the flavour of Linux that you use. You can find binaries for various distributions on the Dstat website. Distributions such as Fedora and Ubuntu have a pretty smart package management system which will download and install the package for you. Just make sure you get Dstat version 0.6 or better installed, as there are some features that we will need that are only available in these versions.

For more visit this link :- http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/tutorials/create-a-graph-of-your-systems-performance/

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Google Chrome (Beta) for Linux Is Officially Available

Hello,

Though Linux users could test the popular browser for a couple of months through unofficial Chromium builds, yesterday, June 4th, Google announced the first official release of Google Chrome for Linux. The version 3.0.183.1 is still very unstable and lacks a lot of features.

One of Chrome’s main advantages over other web browsers is the way it handles tabs as separate processes. Why is this important? Well, if a web page crashes, it doesn’t take the whole browser with it, but only the tab it was opened in, significantly increasing overall stability.

To Download Google Chrome (Beta) :- http://www.google.com/chrome

To read more :- http://news.softpedia.com/news/Google-Chrome-for-Linux-is-Officially-Available-113487.shtml

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Login as a root from GUI Ubuntu 9.10

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WARNING :- Its not at all good to login as root from GUI. It’ DANGEROUS. BUT if some one wants to know that how to login as a root from GUI then follow the instructions.

Today I am sharing a new trick to login as a root from GUI for Ubuntu 9.10. It’s very simple.

Now in Ubuntu 9.10 there is no need to change any file like /etc/gdm or anything. This time Ubuntu made it very simple. So No headache………………..

After Following this instructions you will able to login as a root from GUI in Ubuntu 9.10.

Step 1 :- Login as a simple user which you created during Installation.

Step 2:- Open Terminal. ( Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal )

Step 3:- Execute Following command.

tejasbarot@ask4itsolutions.com:-$ sudo passwd root (It will ask you for the password. Enter your root password)
Changing password for user root.
New password:
Retype new password:
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.

Step 4 :- Now Logout from user. ( System -> Logout ). Or Restart your computer.

Step 5 :- From Login Screen Enter your username root and password which we changed earlier.

Enjoy Ubuntu :) Enjoy Stuff from root :)

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Fedora 12 Released

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The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 12 today. With all the latest open source software and major improvements to graphics support, networking, virtualization and more, Fedora 12 is one of the most exciting releases so far. You can download it here. There’s a one-page guide to the new release for those in a hurry. The full release announcement has details on the major features, and the release notes contain comprehensive information on changes in this new release. Known issues are documented on the common bugs page.

Fedora 12 Announcement :- http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_12_Announcement

Download Fedora 12 :- http://www.fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora

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Login as a root from GUI Fedora 12

Hi Friends,

WARNING :- Its not at all good to login as root from GUI. It’ DANGEROUS. BUT if some one wants to know that how to login as a root from GUI then follow the instructions.

In Fedora 12 You cannot login as a root from gui. By Default, only Normal users are allowed to login from gui mode.

I Managed to Login as a root from GUI on Fedora 12. Follow these steps and you will able to Login as a root from GUI on Fedora 12

If You want to login as a root from GUI in Fedora 12 then you have to edit something like some files which are located to /etc/pam.d/

Open your Te rminal from Applications -> System Tools -> Terminal

Now Login as a root  from your terminal

Step 1 :- [itsolutions@ask4itsolutions.com]$ su – root
Password:-

Step 2:- Now go to your /etc/pam.d/ directory.

[root@ask4itsolutions]# cd /etc/pam.d/

Then first take a backup of gdm file

cp gdm gdm.bkp ( always take backup if anything goes wrong you can correct it by original file)

Step 3 :- Now Open gdm file in your favourite editor. I am using vi as my editor.

[root@ask4itsolutions pam.d]#  vi gdm

Find and Comment or remove this line into your gdm file auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

Step 4 :- Save & Exit From that File. ( In Fedora10 Till step 4 is enought to Login as a root from GUI but for Fedora 12 you need one more file to edit otherwise you cannot Login as a root even though you edited gdm file).

Step 5 :- Here is the additional file that you need to edit and that file name is gdm-password. Open gdm-password file in your favourite editor. I am using vi as my editor.

Then first take a backup of gdm-password file

cp gdm-password gdm-password.bkp ( always take backup if anything goes wrong you can correct it by original file)

[root@ask4itsolutions.com pam.d]#vi gdm-password

Find and Comment or remove this line into your gdm file auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

Step 6 :- Save & Exit from File. Now Press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE or Logout and Try to Login as a root user. Now you are able to Login as a root user from GUI in Fedora 12.

If you are using Fedora 12’s Fingerprint Feature to Login as a root from GUI then you need to edit one more file also

Step 7 :- Here is the additional file that you need to edit for fingerprint root login and that file name is gdm-fingerprint. Open gdm-fingerprint file in your favourite editor. I am using vi as my editor.

Then first take a backup of gdm-password file

cp gdm-fingerprint gdm-fingerprint.bkp ( always take backup if anything goes wrong you can correct it by original file)

[root@ask4itsolutions.com pam.d]#vi gdm-fingerprint

Find and Comment or remove this line into your gdm file auth required pam_succeed_if.so user != root quiet

Step 6 :- Save & Exit from File. Now Press CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE or Logout and Try to Login as a root user. Now you are able to Login as a root user from GUI in Fedora 12

Thanks

Enjoy Stuff from root :) Enjoy Fedora 12 :)

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