Ubuntu is the #1 most popular Linux distribution on distrowatch.
Based on Debian, Ubuntu is available in quite a few variants like Kubuntu (Ubuntu w/ KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), etc.
Here are a few links you may find useful for installing and running Ubuntu.
- Ubuntu Security - some tips about securing Ubuntu and improving security.
- Ufw - the Uncomplicated Firewall
- UbuntuPerformance - tips for tweaking better performance from Ubuntu.
- UbuntuonVMware - guide to running Ubuntu as a VMware virtual machine image
- Ubuntu home page
- RestrictedFormats - multimedia tips
- Debian Packaging
Hints & Tips
Getting error "Could not read from resource"? See here
These are the steps I tried...
- Run these commands
aptitude install totem-xine regionset sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread3/install-css.sh regionset (choose 1) totem-xine
- Now totem (movie player) is running
- Select Movie->Open Disc 'Movie Title'
- Examine console for output
General Hints & Tips
Unattended upgrades are now possible and make it easy to keep your system updated with ZERO user involvement.
sudo aptitude install unattended-upgrades sudo dpkg-reconfigure -plow unattended-upgrades
See /usr/share/doc/unattended-upgrades/README for other interesting details.
First install ifenslave before screwing up the network :)
aptitude install ifenslave
This can be put into /etc/network/interfaces to bond two ethernet interfaces. Don't forget to remove the (individual) entries for eth0 and eth1.
auto bond0 iface bond0 inet manual address 10.1.1.2 netmask 255.255.255.0 gateway 10.1.1.1 post-up ifenslave bond0 eth0 eth1 pre-down ifenslave -d bond0 eth0 eth1
Add this to /etc/modules and reboot
bonding mode=active-backup miimon=100
To create a (tagged) vlan interface on top of a bonded interface, add 8021q to /etc/modules and modprobe 8021q.
Then add something like this to the /etc/network/interfaces
# VLAN10 auto vlan10 iface vlan10 inet static address 10.1.10.2 netmask 255.255.255.0 vlan_raw_device bond0
Notice how the last line vlan_raw_device indicates which "physical" interface this tagged interface should communicate through.
See also: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/vlan