Thursday, December 30, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
After the wonderful news that Mandriva would be continuing as usual despite financial difficulties and an exodus of developers comes the technical specifications and other tidbits for Mandriva 2011. There are quite a few exciting changes ahead, many of which prove that Mandriva is still a cutting edge distribution.
With 2011, Mandriva will be switching to RPM5. This news was announced by Per Øyvind Karlsen last week and is the first item in the list. RPM5 is actually a fork of RPM with the main goals of supporting XAR, an XML based archiving format, and featuring an integrated dependency resolver. This move has been in the works for quite some time but Mandriva 2011 will be the first release fully committed. Per Øyvind Karlsen said RPM5, "is the only sensible choice." Relatedly, their software center is scheduled a face-lift for a "more modern and simple to use interface."
Mandriva 2011 will be using the Galbraith Latency patch whether the kernel that will be used has it or not - meaning they will backport it if necessary. This latency patch, first brought to wide attention by Phoronix.com, is said to help speed up desktop processes especially in the areas of graphic and video rendering.
It is listed that Mandriva would be adopting systemd for the boot process. Several other distributions started out trying to move to systemd, but so far, they have changed their minds due to difficulties associated with such a major subsystem replacement. But Mandriva is going to give it the ole college try for 2011. The advantages of systemd are faster boots for some setups because of parallel, early background, and dependency booting of processes.
Like several other distributions have done, most of Mandriva's configuration tools will be integrated into the KDE Control Center (System Settings) in 2011.
All the logins and desktops are getting new a new look and improved resource consumption. No further details on any of these items are given at this time, but it's always exciting to see what the new releases will look like.
The installer is supposed to be simplified in order to be more new user-friendly. Desktop selection and installation summary steps will be removed, meaning those will personal preferences or cranky hardware will have to wait until after the install.
During this cycle, Cooker will no longer be frozen before release and instead continue to be developed in parallel. The release code will be branched off and Cooker will proceed as a rolling release.
Finally, something originally asked for over three years ago is finally being implemented. A new user Welcome application will be added in order to help new and migrating users to acclimate to Mandriva. Again, no further details what will exactly be included, but one can speculate it will give links to online resources such as forums and documentation; perhaps a tour of the desktop, menu, and applications; and maybe offer to install popular applications, codecs, and drivers.
And unfortunately, there are still no plans posted about a 64-bit One release. One has the advantage of being shipped with proprietary codecs and drivers that aren't available in the other versions, so a 64-bit version would be extremely handy.
Of course, there are lots of other highly technical deep code improvements ahead as well. But just looking at the items that users will notice easily, Mandriva 2011 certainly sounds very exciting. A release candidate is scheduled for April 25 and final is planned for May 30.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Click Allow if prompted before installing. This add-on is for testing purposes and may not stable. Please remember that you're also using Firefox Beta.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
To install, please add KDE 4.5RC3 repo first:
urpmi.addmedia kde-4.5rc3 http://ftp.twaren.net/Unix/X/KDE/unstable/4.4.95/Mandriva/2010.1/x86_64/
I use above mirror for my repo for faster access. You may want to use main KDE server for your repo thus:
urpmi.addmedia kde-4.5rc3 ftp://ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/unstable/4.4.95/Mandriva/2010.1/x86_64/
For x86 (32-bit) users, please change the path x86_64 to i586. Then run urpmi --auto-select to update your KDE packages.
Have fun with your new KDE!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
1. mogrify -resize 320x240 *.jpg
2.mogrify -path Image-Small/ -resize 800x600 -density 25x25 *.gif
3. mogrify -resize 50% rose.jpg
This will resize the image to 50% and the original file replaced.
4. mogrify -format jpg *.png
This will convert all png files in currect directory to jpeg.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Mandriva has always been involved in investment and aquisition processes. Over the past years, Mandriva bought Edge-IT, Conectiva and Linbox FAS. Today, Mandriva is in takeover talks with various investors. These discussions concerning new investments in Mandriva are not new, they have happened all throughout the life of the company, and there are still going on today. We want to stress out the fact that Mandriva has not been bought by anybody.
Like many other companies, Mandriva has been impacted by the economic slow-down and took advantage of this period to develop and improve its products: an operating system dedicated to a uniquely ergonomic server (MES5.1), the most reliable free machine-management software on the market (Pulse2), Mandriva Smart Desktop to simplify the use of office desktops, education-dedicated distribution. Mandriva is also involved in many research projects, and is constantly working with the community to increase the efficiency and ease-of-use of its distribution.
We are beginning to harvest the results of this development work with hundreds of thousands of PCs using the Mandriva OS sold in South America, Asia and rapid sales of Pulse2 and MES5 in Europe. So it is unsurprising that Mandriva has once again attracted the interest of industry decision-makers.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I'm writing today to let you know that I'm officially retiring from my duties as, well, the sole keeper of all things imapproxy.
You've probably noticed that over the past year I haven't exactly been lighting this project on fire. In fact, I've been doing pretty much the bare minimum I had to do to keep it alive. Patches have come in and I've ignored them. Questions have been raised to me and I've ignored them, too. I can assure you all that it's been a matter of laziness and not hubris. Well, it's been a mixture of laziness and the fact that I've been extremely busy in my day job. I never took the time to make imapproxy into a "real" project with a real team of people working on it
and it suffered because of that.
I had considered just shutting the whole thing down, but there are still a couple people who run it so I embarked on a quest to find a new home for the software. The first group I thought of was the Squirrelmail team. imapproxy and Squirrelmail are a great complement to each other, and the Squirrelmail team is actually a team and not one guy like I am, so they're much more likely to be responsive to patch review and putting out new releases. Also, I've been running Squirrelmail myself for many years at more than one place of employment and I've been very impressed with their level of user support. They're a fine group, and I felt they would make for a much better caretaker of imapproxy than I have been.
With much trepidation, I contacted the Squirrelmail folks to gauge interest. I'm pleased to let you know that after much thought and discussion they're willing to take over the imapproxy project and keep it alive. Details of the transition are still being discussed, but it's already in the works. The imapproxy.org domain has been transferred over and they're now hosting the old website.
Many thanks go out to all the kind folks who have supported imapproxy (and indirectly, me) over the years.
Dave McMurtrie, SPE
Email Systems Team Leader
Carnegie Mellon University,
Thanks Dave. :)
Monday, May 3, 2010
- data encryption: you want to protect your data. Encrypt your home directory or your system: it’s as easy as clic!
- parental control: many bug fixes, you can now control not only network access but also applications
- network profiles: add your network services in your network profiles.
- Mandriva Directory Server: this new release proposes new functionnalities to help you manage a LDAP directory (userquota module, massive users import, OpenSSH LDAP public keys management..)
Sunday, April 4, 2010
As usual all your feedbacks are really important to help in improving global quality of distribution. You can report improvements proposals and/or bugs in Mandriva Bugzilla.
Friday, April 2, 2010
The memory corruption flaw, demonstrated by Nils of MWR Infosecurity at Pwn2Own 2010, is caused by moving DOM nodes between documents and triggering garbage collection at the right time, leaving an incorrectly retained node which would be used later. This, in turn, could be used to execute remotely injected code. Mozilla say the exploit only affects Firefox 3.6, but that it plans to patch Firefox 3.5 in a coming release "just in case there is an alternate way of triggering the bug".
There are no other changes in Firefox 3.6.3.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Credit goes to Juan Luis Baptiste for the info.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Jan 21 17:18:39 firewall6 dansguardian: Destination host of dnl-15.geo.kaspersky.com did not match the original destination IP of 18.104.22.168
Jan 21 17:18:40 firewall6 dansguardian: Destination host of www.google-analytics.com did not match the original destination IP of 22.214.171.124
Jan 21 17:18:40 firewall6 dansguardian: Destination host of us.bc.yahoo.com did not match the original destination IP of 126.96.36.199
Jan 21 17:18:40 firewall6 dansguardian: Destination host of dnl-11.geo.kaspersky.com did not match the original destination IP of 188.8.131.52
Jan 21 17:18:41 firewall6 dansguardian: Destination host of dnl-04.geo.kaspersky.com did not match the original destination IP of 184.108.40.206
Jan 21 17:18:42 firewall6 dansguardian: Destination host of dnl-07.geo.kaspersky.com did not match the original destination IP of 220.127.116.11
Jan 21 17:18:42 firewall6 dansguardian: Destination host of newsrss.bbc.co.uk did not match the original destination IP of 18.104.22.168
Jan 21 17:18:43 firewall6 dansguardian: Destination host of dnl-11.geo.kaspersky.com did not match the original destination IP of 22.214.171.124
Jan 21 17:18:43 firewall6 dansguardian: Destination host of dnl-02.geo.kaspersky.com did not match the original destination IP of 126.96.36.199
Jan 21 17:18:49 firewall6 dansguardian: Started sucessfully.
After diff'ing between previous dansguardian.conf (currently in use) and the current version of the file (not in use). It turned out that originalip option was the culprit. It was on by default if it wasn't in there. To turn it off, I must tell it off as below:
# Network Settings
# the IP that DansGuardian listens on. If left blank DansGuardian will
# listen on all IPs. That would include all NICs, loopback, modem, etc.
# Normally you would have your firewall protecting this, but if you want
# you can limit it to a certain IP. To bind to multiple interfaces,
# specify each IP on an individual filterip line.
filterip = 192.168.6.6
# the port that DansGuardian listens to.
filterport = 8080
# the ip of the proxy (default is the loopback - i.e. this server)
proxyip = 127.0.0.1
# the port DansGuardian connects to proxy on
proxyport = 3128
originalip = off
This is what changelog says about originalip option:
Fri 5th June 2009 - DansGuardian 188.8.131.52 - stable
Luckily, Mandriva package was built with --enable-orig-ip enabled.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
cat /etc/squid/squid.conf | grep -v ^# | grep -v ^$
I usually run this command on squid.conf, a file heavily commented.
To save the lines to file squiD.conf, you can run:
cat /etc/squid/squid.conf | grep -v ^# | grep -v ^$ > squiD.conf