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Wireless drivers and Open Source

The Jem report has a great article describing the intracies and difficulties in why wireless drivers suck under Linux/FreeBSD and most other Free operating systems out there. A choice quote from an Atmel representative is extremely enlightening on why some companies are far more open to OSS drivers: You’ve only got three real chances for […]

Getting a remote instance of Firefox running with a local instance

I needed to access some web-based interface on a machine that was accessible only through an isolated network. Luckily, X11 display forwarding makes this a trivial job. However, Firefox isn’t giving me any love. Normally, you would try to do something below to start a X11 forwarded session via ssh between a machine named client1 […]

The need for an OSS Second Life?

There’s a Linux Journal (LJ) blog post on the need for an Open Source Second Life implementation. Their main reasons are: Enough of a user base now that open sourcing the client’s won’t mean much Their revenue stream derives from buying virtual property in the Second Life metaverse While they are valid points, the main […]

Linux powered Mp3 player

About time… Got to wait until Feb 2007 to get your hands on one though. Hope it doesn’t cost too much

Chumby, an open hardware flash player

Lots of discussion on Chumby has been happening ( here, here, here and here). A couple of points on Chumby are: An open source hardware flash player Schematics completely open Runs Linux The hacker that wrote Hacking the Xbox is one of the leads behind this Lots of O’Reilly alpha geeks seem utterly into this […]

Fixing ‘mkmf’ load error Ruby in Ubuntu

If you’re a Debian or Ubuntu user you’ll find that the Ruby standard distribution is split into lots of little packages so doing something like apt-get install ruby only gives you the ruby binary and a subset of the libraries for Ruby. You’ll need to add more packages if you want to utilize more of […]

Core 2 Duo Motherboards and Linux instability fun

I built myself a Core 2 Duo system recently with the hopes of running a much faster Linux setup than my old Athlon setup. However, what I ran fast into were compatibility issues. It seems that the JMicron chipset which is present in the MSI P965 Neo motherboard that I own is the culprit of […]

Computer Internationalization Overview

Debian has a wonderful Overview on Internationalization. You can buy many books however if you’re poor and are looking for decent technical manuals on different subjects the Debian project and FreeBSD project tend to have some pretty good material on more aspects than just the Operating System. Of course it might require some sniffing around […]

You’ve been quiet, what the heck are you doing?

Yep, been not blogging for awhile I see. But I’m still here. I’ve just been focusing on other things besides my blog. When I get around to it I might post up what I’ve been up to all these weeks. In the meantime here’s some stuff I’ve been looking at on the web: Profile of […]

D’oh Debian main servers broken into

Ouch. But at least they’re willing to admit when there’s a problem. When you get high profile it’s not that easy to admit wrongdoing. Some Debian Project machines have been compromised This is a very unfortunate incident to report about. Some Debian servers were found to have been compromised in the last 24 hours. The […]

Akihabara’s Linux Cafe

When I was in Akihabara a month or so back I found The Linux Cafe. No I’m not joking! I bet if you google for it you might be able to find it. But here’s some pics showing proof:

“I switched from Linux because…”

James Duncan has a wonderful entry on Why I don’t run Linux anymore. I have to say I really understand what he’s talking about. Here’s a snippet: But damn…. It’s one thing to be able to reach down into the guts of the system when you want to, it’s another to have to do this […]

Linux NFS Stupidity

There’s a story on Mac OS X Hints about people who NFS mount their home directories are having problems in Panther if they use a Linux NFS Server (must… control… stuck… up… snicker… argh… who am I kidding). Anyways there’s a link to the NFS Source code with a patch for fixing this problem in […]

Linux Tablet PCs

mmm Tablet PC. Announcement right here Looks like it’s retailing for $1899. Wish the price would drop down a couple hundred now that Windoze isn’t on it. Perhaps waiting a little bit more to see if more people jump on it. I know one thing I’ve done some price comparison and a Tablet PC would […]

Redhat Rant

Seems this rant shows how you can get bitten by RedHat then get crappy support from them. However… Is the person a paying support customer? If not you’re not entitled to that much I bet. And here’s my plug… if you’re going to run Linux… run Debian it’s free and in the many years I’ve […]