Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The Latest Easy Peasy ver. 1.5 is Here

September 9, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Announcements

The Latest Easy Peasy ver. 1.5 is Here

Because your netbook doesn’t need to feel sucky! And it could work better for you too!
Sounds like an infomercial, doesn’t it? ;  )  But thinking about what defaults you might possibly have, there’s gotta be something better.  And I might be biased but there really are other things better on netbooks compared to Windows.  Whether you believe it or not, that’s what I personally think.  Windows looks too cluttered for me even though it’s not as sluggish as I thought it would be.
Anyway, no need to freak out that your netbook isn’t quite as fantastic as you thought it should …read more

So Many Distros, So Little Time: Some Linux Distros Recommended by “Eleven is Louder”

August 26, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

So Many Distros, So Little Time: Some Linux Distros Recommended by “Eleven is Louder”

A blog entry on Eleven is Louder reminds me of the fact that there really are a whole lot of distros and that there are some really good ones worth checking out. Argh! So many distros, so little time. I used to check out distros but mainly the ones that run on live CDs because I didn’t really want to mess with the hard drive and I just test them for the sake of satisfying my curiosity.
Among the list of distributions worthy of checking out are:

GoboLinux
Draco
Blag
Enlisy
Protech

Blag has a very interesting name. This distro is fascinating because it …read more

What Makes You Keep On Using Linux?

August 11, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

What Makes You Keep On Using Linux?

There are many things that could have probably made various users switch to Linux. It could have been because they really felt that the operating system they used to have as something terrible. (Take Windows 98, for example.) Another factor for switching could be what the work required. In any case what makes a person keep on being a Linux user? I suppose that this is a very personal question and I’d really love to read your answers.
Some people I know stay as Linux users for the same reason they switched. It could be …read more

Friday Links: Arch Linux, Tiny Core, From Mac to Linux

August 7, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under applications

Friday Links: Arch Linux, Tiny Core, From Mac to Linux

On Arch Linux
My co-worker now uses Arch Linux. He had problems using the RT kernel of Open SUSE. He’s had too many issues with it so he looked for something else that would answer his needs when it comes to the RT kernel and a look-and-feel that he wanted. He found out about Arch Linux, a simple and lightweight distribution. This distro is known for:

using BSD style init scripts
its binary installation
high level customization
its nice package manager: pacman
text-based installer
being more lenient, compared to something like Debian, when it comes to non-free packages

Newbies might feel that Arch Linux …read more

Revisiting Some Linux Basics: Installing Applications

July 15, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Revisiting Some Linux Basics: Installing Applications

Every now and then we probably wonder about some of the basic stuff when‎ it comes to Linux. You could actually browse here on this blog itself some nifty tips about installing applications in Linux. Here’s a run-down of some of the basics just for you.

How to install *.deb, *.rpm and Source Code Files

*.deb files and *rpm files are commonly available to us users when we search for installers of applications on the internet. If you have never encountered these files before it’s best to know which ones are applicable for the Linux distribution. Both packages apply to …read more

Release News: linuX-gamers live 0.95

June 28, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Release News: linuX-gamers live 0.95

linuX-gamers.net announced its latest release linuX-gamers live 0.95. There are different versions available for download and it depends on your needs.

Lite ISO: Small CD image (700MB)
This has games suitable for children and older computers. You just burn it on a CD with your favorite CD-writing tool.
Lite USB
This has the same games as the Lite ISO version but it is made for USB keys and USB sticks (requires minimum of 1GB USB device).
You could use:
sudo dd bs=8M if=/path/to/lg-live-0.9.5-i686-lite.usb of=/dev/your_usb_device

Or: use the Flashnul utility. You could also refer to this guide to using Flashnul.
Big ISO
Big DVD image (4.7GB) with the …read more

Fedora + Chrome? Yes, You Can Have It!

June 26, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under How To

Fedora + Chrome? Yes, You Can Have It!

For Fedora 10 and Fedora 11 users, there’s an online guide on how to install Chrome on it. You don’t really need Crossover Chromium now because there are packages of Chromium available at: https://spot.fedorapeople.org/chromium/. You could click the RPM to install it or use the command

rpm -ivh <package-name>

You could also install Chromium via Yum and with that method, updates are automatic.
I tried installing the debs of Chromium before and it was really just too slow so I didn’t really use it. Also, I am not a developer so I can’t really push back any improvements to …read more

Fedora 11 Leonidas is Released

June 13, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Announcements

Fedora 11 Leonidas is Released

The wait is over for Fedora fans as Fedora 11, named Leonidas, because it has been released. You could start with the downloads already. You could get it from the Fedora Project’s download page. There are install CDs and live ones too.
Nifty features:

20-second boot-up. How much faster could boot-up times go? But a 20-second boot-up would be nice.
Automatic fonts and Mime installer. If you’re not familiar with the file format, it’s ok. You could try opening it and you will be prompted if you want to search for the application that will open it. …read more

Lightweight Crunch Bang Linux

June 7, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Lightweight Crunch Bang Linux

Looking out for a lightweight distro for the heck of it is interesting. If you look at Distrowatch there are a lot of distros there and the name Crunch Bang just stood out for me so I had to click the link to its page. It is described as a faster Ubuntu.
What is interesting about Crunch Bang?

It happened to be based on Ubuntu so you have access to repositories. And the forums, as well. But of course there might be things that won’t apply to Crunch Bang because it is not an official fork of Ubuntu. …read more

Caixa Magica 14 Released!

June 5, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under The Free World.

Caixa Magica 14 Released!

In Portugal, Caixa Magica is reported to be popular as it is often deployed in offices and schools. Its latest release is now based on Mandriva instead of SUSE. I wonder how this would affect how people would accept it. Other things that came with the latest release:

support for proprietary drivers such as ATI and NVIDIA
support for suspend on notebooks
20,000+ software in the repositories
APT and Synaptic package managers
Linux kernel 2.6.29
GNOME 2.26.1
KDE 4.2.2
X.org Server 1.6.1
OpenOffice.org 3.0.1
Firefox 3.0.10

Kudos to the Caixa Magica team for releasing v. 14! They have become successful in making a distro their own …read more

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