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Articles on Linux, the open source operating system
Many years ago, I wrote about why tapes are still the most efficient backup method. I also wrote about using tape backup on Linux for a home network.
My daughter Suhaila likes to draw and paint.
She wanted to get a tablet that she can draw with, without the awkwardness of using a mouse for a task that is better handled by a pen.
So, when Staples had a $50 off sale ($249.99) on the Wacom Intuos 4 (Small) tablet, there was finally a chance to get it at a lower cost.
I have been a Kubuntu users for many years now.
So, when Kubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) was released, I took the plunge and upgraded my laptop from Kubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala), which I have been running shorty after its release in October 2009. Lucid is an Long Term Support (LTS) release, with security updates for 3 years on the desktop. Hopefully I will be staying with it for at least 2 years and skipping the 6-month releases in between.
This post details what I have found so far on Lucid, whether good or bad.
The other day I helped a client deal with a SYN flood denial of service attack. This article describes the symptoms, diagnosis and solution from a Linux server point of view.
So I upgraded my Toshiba A300-07F from Kubuntu Linux Jaunty Jackelope 9.04 to Kubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10.
As I mentioned in the post linked above, I had issues with the wireless card, which is an Intel 5100, using the iwlagn driver. I had to download the driver from the Linux Wireless web site, compile it, and get the firmware from Intel's web site.
A few days ago, I got a Toshiba Satellite A300-0F7 15.4" laptop, and proceeded to install Kubuntu Jaunty Jackelope (9.04) on it. I chose the 64-bit (amd64) version to install.
The following article highlights several areas that I struggled with, and solutions, where possible, in the hope that this would help someone.
To minimize the risks of returning the laptop to the store, I usually take a live CD of the operating system I intend to install, and test the demo unit there. This at least gives me an idea of what areas need work, vs. those that work out of the box.
Here is yet another example of Drupal being used as the basis of a custom "distro".
Ubuntu now has UbuntuDrupal which is used for the LoCo's (Local Communities).
Its original aim is to make Drupal easier to setup (which they describe as "painful") and run for these communities. They say that it has grown to be a "general development suite".
A hilarious video on The Matrix running Windows. Really funny, and a mention of Ubuntu too.
Via Matt Assay.
Ontario Linux Fest 2008 is this coming Saturday, October 25th.
A lot more tracks than last year, which I have yet to blog! Here is the detailed schedule.
Drupal has three spots:
Most of the computers in our house run Kubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10. This is of course the KDE desktop version of the popular and capable Ubuntu distro.
Today, Kopete, the multiprotocol instant messaging client stopped working. It would not even launch. When I rebooted, KDE's login did not complete either.
It was stuck at "Initializing system services ..." for several seconds, then the login would display again.
Initially, I thought that this problem had to do with the video card, after seeing this in the /var/log/kdm.log:
OnStep is a full featured telescope controller. A low cost controller based on the STM32 Blue Pill was created by myself. You can order kits for building your own, as well as a Smart Hand Controller.
More info can be found here:
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