Articles on Linux, the open source operating system
On servers, and to some extent desktops, it used to be a common geek sport to brag about uptime.
Now, on a Linux laptop, I am getting 5 weeks of uptime, as per the commands here:
# who -b
system boot 2007-12-21 15:22
Sun Jan 27 01:26:17 EST 2008
While this is true, it is due to the fact that I put the laptop to hibernate every day, and do not reboot it that often.
Still looks cool though ...
For the last two years, I have been running a Xen based VPS which has Ubuntu server on it. Up to last week, it was running Feisty Fawn (7.04), and it was time to upgrade it to Gutsy Gibbon (7.10), the latest Ubuntu version.
The upgrade had some complications, so I am documenting them here in case someone has the same problem.
On Debian and earlier versions of Ubuntu, the procedure for upgrading consisted of entering the commands:
The OLPC has started deployment to schools in some countries.
The way the students interact with it, learn how to use it, and interact to each other is already amazing. There are stories of school drop outs coming back to school for the sake of the laptop, aggressive kids who become experts in the OLPC, and help others out using it, and more.
Two recent reviews of the XO One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) are very interesting. The first is by a 12 year old, and the other is by a 9 year old.
According to ABI Research, Linux will be the fastest growing smart phone operating system over the next five years, and will grab about one third of market share by then.
Will RIM change their proprietary operating system to Linux? Not now, but eventually they will have to.
The Nokia N810 is due to come out on October 23 (next Tuesday). It runs a variant of Linux Debian. It was even made to work in Arabic by M Sameer.
A Toronto company put out a job on Monster.com for Flash developers. The candidate should know Lynux though. What exactly is that?
If everyone pronounced Linux the way Linus does (Lee-nooks), rather than the Anglicized (Lie-nooks) this would not have happened.
Two wireless providers in Canada started offering laptop access via PC cards.
Bell Canada has introduced laptop cards that provide internet connectivity anywhere in coverage areas. The ads tout the fact that they can be used in a cab or on a train.
These cards use the mobile phone frequencies and data infrastructure (EVDO).
The monthly unlimited plan is $75 which is reasonable.
Since late November 2006, I had Ubuntu Edgy 6.10 running on my Toshiba Satellite A100-TA6. I wrote a full report on that here.
So, I decided to take the plunge and upgrade to Feisty 7.04, and so the adventure begins.
My laptop has an Intel HDA sound card.
ubuntu.com has switched to Drupal.Very nice and visually appealing design.This is also on digg, although Drupal is not mentioned, and I posted it on Drupal.org's forum. My favorite Linux distro is using my favorite CMS.