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News Roundup: Ubuntu, Mandriva, SUSE, Debian, Libranet

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News is unusually slow this weekend, so here is a roundup of miscellaneous tidbits from the Linux distribution world. Ubuntu is in the headlines once again, featured in this article by CNET, while Ubuntu's Jeff Waugh gives an exclusive audio interview for Linux Australia. ISO images of Mandriva Linux 2006 were released to "early seeders" on Friday; the product is expected to be available to Club members on Monday and formally released on October 15. In the meantime, the openSUSE web site was cracked earlier today and defaced with a message arguing in favour of Iran's right to resume its uranium enrichment programme. Thinking about setting up a Debian-based firewall? Here is a good article which guides you through the necessary steps. Finally, bad news for the fans of Libranet - the distribution has entered a period of uncertainty while the company restructures and one of its two developers moves on.

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