Tuesday, September 29th, 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

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 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

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

Acer + Android

June 4, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under General

Acer + Android

Looking for Android-powered netbooks? Acer might be coming up with something. It is reported that Acer is currently working on a netbook running Android. The market will have another choice when it comes to operating systems on the Acer Aspire One.
Interestingly enough, Acer might be releasing the Android-powered Acer Aspire One in the third quarter of the year. And they could probably even have a netbook sale around Thanksgiving, right? Or around Christmas time. A strategic time of release, don’t you think? Especially if these netbooks would cost lower. For Linux users …read more

Watch Out! Fedora 11 Coming Right Up!

May 31, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Announcements

Watch Out! Fedora 11 Coming Right Up!

Just 9 more days before its release, I am sure Fedora users are more than excited to get the distro up and running on their computers. If you’re one of the brave ones who will try the pre-release version, here’s the link to the download page of all the options you’ve got for downloading Fedora 11’s pre-release version
PlanetOSS even has a review of Fedora 11’s pre-release. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols listed down Fedora’s 5 best features even.
On the best features list, I saw that the fast boot up time was included. I saw that on one of the tweets …read more

2 Days of Ubuntu 9.04 / Jaunty Jackalope

May 1, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

2 Days of Ubuntu 9.04 / Jaunty Jackalope

Ah yes, finally was able to upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 or Jaunty Jackalope the other night. I decided to check it out already because it’s been quite a while since it was released and my internet connection was better. In any case, here are some observations after the upgrade :

Wifi was gone. But no worries. There’s a new wifi driver included apparently. For a time I was using Madwifi with Intrepid Ibex but JM Ibanez told me that there is a newer driver, which is ath5k. It was disabled, somehow, so basically we …read more

Easy Peasy

April 24, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Easy Peasy

Easy Peasy seems to be interesting enough for me to try it out — if I could download the iso without a hitch.  It’s going to take me more than an hour to get the iso and I just hope that everything will work fine.  The review on Cooking with Linux makes me want to try it out.  It sems to have Skype — something I’ve never really gotten to work quite right.
Things that got me interested in Easy Peasy:

Skype (the need to call up people abroad makes it necessary for me)
multimedia codecs
wifi
graphics

Also, the blogger mentioned that Easy Peasy seems …read more

Jaunty Jackalope!

April 23, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Announcements

Jaunty Jackalope!

The name sounds like an expression from some novel, movie or TV show.  (It’s usually “Jumping Jupiter!” or something like that.)  But you get my drift, right?  Ubuntu’s latest release is out! That’s why I expect to check for upgrades really soon.  Though of course, I am still wary as I have no time to fix things this weekend just in case the upgrade does break something.  (You never know, right?)  as much as I’d like to hope, I am still paranoid.
So what’s to expect in Jaunty Jackalope
Some things that I don’t quite look forward to all involve Intel graphic …read more

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