Mauriat Miranda     mjmwired

My Early Linux History

There was another useless post on Slashdot asking what did you first do with Linux?. I thought it would be interesting to recollect that experience. Sorry for the detail, my memory produces lots of random tidbits. I was fortunate enough to attend an engineering school with the latest technologies that were available in the market. Which basically means we had Sun Ultra Workstations, running Solaris Operating System using CDE. So for me “Unix = Sun”.

Various Linux and Fedora News

A great deal of the following is all old news. Adobe has has Flash Plugin for x86_64 Linux architecture in Beta since Oct 2008. The only thing, is that since it is provided in a tarball (.tar.gz), you are better off builing an RPM (spec file). Note that the 32bit i386 version still works perfectly with nspluginwrapper. Similarily Sun has released the Java JRE web plugin for x86_64 archictecture. Installation is the very identical to 32bit.

Hardware Changes and Failures

I am currently in the process of installing a new hard drive on my laptop. The 100GB was not enough. I have not had time to install Fedora on it. I found out I have some hardware failure on my desktop. This is where I did majority of my testing. I have not had time to find a new UPS since my main one failed a few weeks ago. This is probably a priority since I run my server on it.

Xine Crashing in Fedora 10

If you are using Xine from RPMFusion and experiencing crashing immediately after loading in Fedora 10, it is probably due to this bug. Quick work-around is to use Alsa instead of PulseAudio. Open a shell and launch Xine as follows: [mirandam@phoebe ~]$ xine -A alsa To make this setting stick, do the following: Right-Click in the Xine window > Settings > Setup…. In the gui tab, change the Configuration experience level to Advanced, then hit Apply at the bottom of the window.

Fedora 10 Released

Cambridge has been launched. After another round of hacking and coding the Fedora project just announced the release of Fedora 10. The Fedora team has been working overtime to make sure this release arrived in spite of the security issues they had earlier this year. The highlights from the Release Summary: Desktop GNOME 2.24 - Instant messaging, video, time tracking, and file management improvements KDE 4.1.2 - many needed updates to KDE4 LXDE - Windows like lightweight desktop environment Sugar Desktop (XO) - Desktop provided on the OLPC project New ‘Plymouth’ graphical boot system Language support improvements Administration/Hardware/System