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Sony Ericsson cooperates with custom Android ROMs, including CyanogenMod



This is great news!

Sony Ericsson decides to cooperate with independent custom Android ROM developers.

They started with publishing steps on how to unlock the boot loader, and how to build the Linux kernel for Xperia phones.

Thanks Sony Ericsson ...

Converting Cisco Easy VPN .pcf files to Linux vpnc configuration format



Since I use Linux exclusively, and have to interface with clients using various Windows technologies, open standards are an important aspect of our tech-life. For example, we use OpenOffice to read Word/Excel/Powerpoint files, and so on.

One thing that comes infrequently is the need to login to a corporate virtual private network (VPN) that uses Cisco's Easy VPN.

Wacom Intuos 4 table works with Kubuntu Linux 9.10 and 10.04


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.

Upgrade to Kubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS


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.

Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 iwlagn with Kubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10


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.

Toshiba Satellite A300-07F with Kubuntu Jaunty 9.04


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.

Ubuntu using Drupal "distro" for local communities (LoCo)


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".


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