Tag: linux

Philips LCD TVEven the most fanatical Windows drone will probably be a Linux user as well, since Linux is all around you. I was reminded about that little fact when i found a piece of paper on my desk. It probably fell out of the box of my new Philips LCD TV. On closer inspection, the paper had a copy of the GPL license on it, along with a list of open source software Philips was using inside the TV. I was pleasantly surprised to find out my TV is actually running Linux 2.6.15, along with a host of GPL’ed tools such as libgphoto2, base64, gcc, libc, … Respect πŸ˜‰

This evening at 18:39, the first new package was committed into the Intrepid Ibex’ repository! What will become Ubuntu 8.10 in 6 months time is now under full construction! This first package is “binutils (2.18.1~cvs20080103-4ubuntu1)”! Many will follow πŸ˜‰ People wanting to follow the changes as soon as they hit the repository can use http://feeds.ubuntu-nl.org/IntrepidChanges in their feed readers!

This weekend i helped someone ( Linux newbie on his brand new Ubuntu 8.04-powered PC ) install ETQW ( Enemy Territory: Quake Wars ). Downloading the bin file and installing it ( during which it copies the needed files from the official ETQW DVD/CD ) was a breeze. When he started the game, everything looked fine, without one flaw: there was no sound.

Ubuntu Hardy ( along with several other new(er) distro’s ) started using PulseAudio to control all audio-related processes on the system. ETQW uses SDL for its sound-needs, but fails to play through pulseaudio. The solution is simple, install the “libsdl1.2debian-pulseaudio” package either through Synaptic or with an “apt-get install libsdl1.2debian-pulseaudio”, and your ETQW will be able to play sounds/music again πŸ™‚

Once a week ( and soon twice ), I’m a Linux teacher @ Syntra West. I currently teach the class “advanced Linux” for the second-year students in the “Network administrator” course.

The best way to learn a new operating system is to get your hands dirty, but coming up with fun and practical exercises seem to be pretty hard. They already managed to install Drupal and Joomla on the self-deployed Apache server, but still the general “i-feel-at-home-here” feeling isn’t present yet.

I was wondering of some of you guys/girls know practical and “fun” ways to get better acquainted to the Linux way? I could then use them in my lessons and show them working with the console can be fun, flexible and powerful!

Thanks in advance πŸ˜‰

Check out this article.

In short it’s about 2 alternatives for bzip2 and gzip, that do the same as their counterparts, but actually use multiple cores if available, thus greatly reducing (de)compression time!

IMO the original bzip2 and gzip should support this out of the box.. multi-cored machines are already widespread, and more and more tools ( especially cpu-intensive ones ) should be updated to make use of them.. bzip2 and gzip are 2 apps that would benefit a lot!

Once in a while you come across something that spontaneously triggers a pleasantly-surprised “hmmmm!”.

This is one of those things that triggered it right away πŸ™‚ Java apps/jvm’s should be polling that sucker franticly πŸ˜‰

Panic at the disco!

Linux kernels are brave warriors, standing up against lots of bad hardware and rootkits.

But even the mightiest warrior has a soft spot. The Linux kernel in particular is just terrified of the letter ‘c’.

Meaning you can force a kernel to panic by just doing the following:

# echo c > /proc/sysrq-trigger

Great for testing, not recommended in production πŸ˜‰

I’ve been looking for a decent mp3/ogg player for quite a while.

I eventually gave up on the ogg part, and mentally prepared myself to either only use mp3’s on the player, or convert all my ogg’s to mp3. Either way, I was screwed. ( My playlist consists of both MP3 and OGG, it goes without saying that not a single piece of shi^W WMA can be found on my system πŸ˜‰ )

I was about to buy an iPod Nano ( the latest generation, with the flash drives and stuff ), but then Apple pulled yet another stunt, where i drew the line. Their sha1 hash debacle. Making the lives of Linux users around a little harder, so they couldn’t use their players anymore to use their iPods. Of course a small bump in the road, since it was reverse engineered only a few hours later, but still enough for me to finally drop Apple altogether.

Until one lucky day, i stumbled upon this player: the iRiver Clix 2.

It looks good, has an FM transmitter, and plays OGG as well! What’s even better, plugging it into a Linux desktop opens up the filemanager, and you simply drag and drop the songs you want to listen to. No iPod hacks, no SHA1 hashes, just a gloriously working transaction πŸ˜‰ I’ve been using it at work for over a month now, and still a happy camper πŸ˜‰

Recommended for every Linux user! πŸ˜‰