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Showing posts from October 14, 2007

Detecting your version of Ubuntu Linux

You can see the current version of Ubuntu by selecting System > About Ubuntu. It's in the second paragraph. The other method to find your version is a command line method. There are two commands you can use:cat /etc/issueor you can usecat /etc/lsb-release…and finally to find your kernel version and a few more details about your machine use the uname command which, per the man pages, shows system information. Examples:uname -a : print all informationuname -r : print the kernel releaseuname -v : print the kernel versionuname -o : print the operating system

AMD 64-bit Linux on Area 51 - Finally

I performed a clean install on a dedicated hard disk. No problems there. I really like the clean desktop: no icons! Although the boot up time seems unusually long, Sound card drivers: Creative X-fi XtremeGamer 64-bit driver for Linux Error: neil@area-51u:~/Desktop/XFiDrv_Linux_US-1.04$ sudo ./installer [sudo] password for neil: This product only support 64-bit Operating Systems Setup will now exit neil@area-51u:~/Desktop/XFiDrv_Linux_US-1.04$Here's why: Requirements:Linux x86_64 OSCreative Sound Blaster X-Fi audio devices listed above.Still, this should work! neil@area-51u:~/Desktop/XFiDrv_Linux_US-1.04$ uname -a Linux area-51u 2.6.22-14-generic #1 SMP Sun Oct 14 21:45:15 GMT 2007 x86_64 GNU/Linux It's always something, on the bleeding edge...

Linux Complete Backup and Recovery HOWTO

Before I do a clean install of Ubuntu on my ShuttleX, I want to make a complete backup. This From The Linux Documentation Project, Linux Complete Backup and Recovery HOWTO: Total restore, sometimes called bare metal recovery, is the process of rebuilding a computer after a catastrophic failure. In order to make a total restoration, you must have complete backups, not only of your file system, but of partition information and other data. This HOWTO is a step-by-step tutorial on how to back up a Linux computer so as to be able to make a bare metal recovery, and how to make that bare metal recovery. It includes some related scripts.

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) Download

Although I successfully upgraded my Feisty Fawn 7.04 installation to Gutsy Gibbon (7.10), I'm having some problems with desktop effects. Basically, none of the window manager elements appear. I've decided to do a clean install, so I'm downloading the CD image, but it's taking forever... The torrent files are listed at the bottom of the Gutsy Gibbon download page, but it turns out the that the torrent files take some time to download, too. In fact, the HTTP download from Columbia's servers is coming through at 140 KB/sec, or higher, whereas Bittorrent has topped out at, well, just about 130 KB/sec. Hardly much of a difference, but then I get spikes on the HTTP download up to 320 KB/sec. It looks like the issue is the torrent file in question. When I downloaded the AMD 64 bit torrent, I'm getting speeds of over 1000 KB/sec.

Download Kompozer: My New Favorite Open Source HTML Editor

Kompozer picks up where Nvu seems to have left off. Nvu was my favorite Open Source WYSIWIG editor, but has been stuck at version 1.0 for some time now I am pleased to say that I find Kompozer very useful on Windows & Linux, and even run it off my U3 USB drive. Since I haven't figured out how to trigger the "accelerator keys" (like Alt-F for "File," Alt-O for "Open," instead of Ctrl-O) on the Mac, it's not very keyboard friendly on OS X. Post a comment if you know how to pilot these programs with the keyboard on the Mac, or let me know if you like a different Open Source HTML editor.