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February 13, 2018

Blog Has Been Reborn

by @ 5:31 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Only just recently, I have started blogging again. Take a look at my new blog at
It’s more related to security topics as well as general linux. I terminated this blog because I moved from OpenSUSE to CentOS, so the posts wouldn’t be quite as relevant. But if you get a chance, take a look at the new one and see what you think.

March 18, 2010

Google and Linux are coming to your TV

by @ 10:02 am. Filed under Hardware, Linux News

Google is coming to your TV sometime soon and it’s going to be using Linux to get there.

“In what may have been Google’s worst kept secret in years, Google, along with its partners, Intel, Logitech and Sony, is on its way to delivering the Web to your television. What will they be using to do this? Why, they’ll be using Google’s Android Linux, of course.

Android is an embedded Linux that Google has already been deploying in phones like its own Nexus One and Motorola’s Devour and Droid. But Android has always been more than just a smartphone operating system; it’s also been used in netbooks and other devices. So taking it to a TV set-top box was an easy move for Google and its hardware friends.

In fact, Linux has long been a part of the TV set-top box scene. TiVo, one of the first and some would argue still the best DVR (digital video recorder) uses Linux. Many other DVRs and TV set-top boxes use it as well.

With Google TV, Google will likely be supplying Android as well as Web content from both outside video sources and its own, such as YouTube. Here, we don’t know what’s Google is up to, but I would be a very happy guy if they’d let me get to Hulu, Netflix, and Revision 3 on my television. “

Read the rest of “Google and Linux are coming to your TV”

Original News Source:Google and Partners Seek TV Foothold

Linux the target of unethical patent war?

by @ 7:10 am. Filed under Linux News, M$ Exposed, tech news

It seems that Linux is now being licensed by M$? How does something like that happen? First, Microsoft files patents on nearly everything under the sun, many of which they do not rightfully deserve, but took from other places. Then, they claim that Linux infringes upon “their” patents. Then, they force companies into licensing agreements where said companies are paying M$ royalties for using Linux.

First, Novell sleeps with the devil. Now, M$ even has Amazon convinced that they need to license Linux from them. They aren’t the only ones, either.

*blank stare*

Apparently, I’m missing something. I was quite sure that Torvalds and Stallman began the whole GNU/Linux thing.

They did it *LONG* before Microsoft’s frivolous hey-day of patent filing. I mean, let’s be realistic here. They didn’t invent the Graphical User Interface, or what started out as what we now know as the windowing system. Or the mouse, for that matter. You think they invented the “My Documents” idea? No way. That came from the /home/username convention of Unix. What about the “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts” file? Nope, another rip-off from another operating system that came before anything M$ ever did.

Even if you love Windows, you have to at least agree that M$ are severely abusing their size, money, and influence to bully around smaller companies (gee, that’s new) more than they ever have before. Maybe we’re just used to them doing that. Maybe we are a bunch of drones that just accept what “The Microsoft” has spoken.

Come on, people. Do not sign patent deals with M$ regarding Linux. They do not own it. Their patents are baloney. You could probably quite easily prove that a large part of them aren’t even valid (i.e., prior art existed).

Read more about this fully unethical phenomena:

Is Microsoft About to Declare Patent War on Linux?

Microsoft licensing Linux

Microsoft, Amazon Sign IP Licensing Deal

Microsoft and I-O Data Sign Linux Patent Deal

November 20, 2009

Enhancing openSUSE 11.2: Adding Repositories and Packages – Joe Brockmeier

by @ 9:58 am. Filed under General SUSE, How-To, SUSE Tips & Tricks

openSUSE Blog Linux Wallpapers

Zonker, you rock, brother. Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier has provided us with a nice explanation of enhancing openSUSE 11.2. He talks about adding repositories and packages. It’s a little more user-friendly to new users than my quick summary: OpenSUSE Linux: Quick Zypper Tutorial.

Aimed at new users, he provides a nice detailed article on repositories, packages, and how to use zypper to manage them from the command-line.


“So you’ve got that shiny new openSUSE 11.2 system up and running. Now what? The default repositories have plenty of software, but there’s much more for openSUSE in community and semi-official repositories that you might find useful.

“openSUSE comes with an enormous amount of software in the official repositories. But, sometimes you just need something that isn’t in the default release. Either because the package isn’t offered through the official repos, or because you want to track software that’s ahead of the current release.”

Take a look at Enhancing openSUSE 11.2: Adding Repositories and Packages

November 19, 2009

ChromeOS Concept Video

by @ 5:44 pm. Filed under Linux News

Looks nice!!

Linux Wallpaper: This One’s Nice!

by @ 1:21 pm. Filed under wallpapers

openSUSE Blog Linux Wallpapers

Linux wallpapers can totally change how your machine feels. I saw this one and thought it was rather well-done. Greets and congrats to the person who did it. If you know who did this, tell them thanks for me.

openSUSE Blog Linux Wallpapers


If you’d like to see more really nice Linux Wallpapers, take a look at my Wallpaper gallery. I honestly don’t know who makes such great artwork, I just know that I never could. The best thing I can do for these excellent artists is to promote their great wallpapers. Throw an eyeball at the gallery and see what you think.

SCO finally dies

by @ 1:24 am. Filed under Linux News

Coming in from ZDNet, music to my ears… Daryl McBride is canned from SCO. No more President/CEO for SCO. Apparently, some one must have finally taken the red pill.


“Remember SCO?

Back when I started writing about open source and Linux, in 2005, you couldn’t swing a cat without catching someone with an opinion about SCO.

SCO claimed Linux was infringing its patentscopyright. SCO claimed it owned Linux. SCO sued IBM.

CORRECTION: Microsoft claims patent rights on Linux code. The SCO case was about copyright.

Once SCO built a railroad of lawsuits, made it race against time. Now it’s done.

As quietly as possible last week, through a required SEC filing, SCO quietly canned CEO Darl McBride, the architect of its audacious ‘better luck through lawsuits’ business plan.

They didn’t just ease the man out. They eliminated the positions of CEO and president, which McBride held. The top name on the org chart is now COO Jeff Hunsaker (above), whose background includes stints at WordPerfect, Novell and Corel (so he knows from failure).

Anyone have a few words they want to say over the body?”

OK, it wasn’t an excerpt. It was the whole thing. You can’t prune news as beautiful as this.


November 18, 2009

Twitter account: *ACTIVE*

by @ 12:30 pm. Filed under SUSE Blog News

I finally got my twitter account going and put the tweets into the left navigation here on If you have a good Linux-related contact that you can recommend, shoot ’em on over. Also, should you wish to follow me, my account is @scottmmorris. Everyone have a marvy day.

Distribution Release: KNOPPIX 6.2

by @ 9:13 am. Filed under distribution releases

Blatantly stolen from Distrowatch:

“Klaus Knopper has released KNOPPIX 6.2, a new version of the popular Debian-based live CD/DVD with LXDE as the default desktop: “The current version 6.2 has been completely updated from Debian ‘Lenny’, ‘Testing’ and ‘Unstable’, and uses kernel and X.Org 7.4. Microknoppix is a complete rewrite of the KNOPPIX boot system from version 6.0 and up, with the following features: high compatibility with its Debian base; accelerated boot procedure; LXDE as graphical environment – a very slim and fast desktop with extremely short start time and low resource requirements; amount of installed software greatly reduced in the CD edition; network configuration handled by NetworkManager….” Read the rest of the release notes for more details. Download the DVD, CD or the special ADRIANE edition with accessibility features for the visually impaired: KNOPPIX_V6.2DVD-EN.iso (3,675MB, MD5, torrent), KNOPPIX_V6.2CD-EN.iso (691MB, MD5, torrent), KNOPPIX-ADRIANE_V6.2CD-EN.iso (691MB, MD5, torrent).”

November 17, 2009

Linux powers the fastest computers on the planet

by @ 12:54 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux News

Good old Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols. Excellent article, man. Linux is taking the recordbooks by storm according to his latest article.

He says,”Once upon a time, supercomputers used special vector model processors to achieve their remarkable speeds. Then, at the dawn of the 21st century, people began working out how to achieve record-breaking computer speed by linking hundreds or thousands of commercial microprocessors running Linux and connected with high-speed networking in MPP (massively parallel processor) arrays. The supercomputing world has never been the same. Today, Linux rules supercomputing.

The latest ‘Top 500 supercomputer’ list of the fastest computers on the planet makes that abundantly clear. Broken down by operating system, this latest ranking has 469 of the top 500 running one kind of Linux or another.

To be exact, 391 are running their own house brand of Linux. Sixty-two are running some version of Novell’s SUSE Linux, including such variants as UNICOS/lc and CNL (Compute Node Linux). Red Hat and its relatives, including CentOS, come in second with 16 supercomputers.”

Read Linux powers the fastest computers on the planet

November 16, 2009

Linux Display Managers for fun and profit

by @ 10:53 am. Filed under General Linux, SUSE Tips & Tricks, terminal

When you start up Linux on your box, generally you are taken to a graphical login screen (unless, of course, you have configured things differently). This graphical login screen is called the display manager.

Would you like to check out some different display managers in Linux? There are about 4 that I have been playing around with: xdm, gdm, kdm, wdm

To take a look at the differences, and see which one you like, install them with your package manager. With OpenSUSE, this is yast or zypper.

The commandline way to do this is simple:

For OpenSUSE 11.2

[1004][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper in gdm kdm wdm xdm

To see which one you like, edit the /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager file. Look for this section:

## Type:        string(kdm,kdm3,kdm4,xdm,gdm,wdm,console)
## Default:     ""
# Here you can set the default Display manager (kdm/xdm/gdm/wdm/console).
# all changes in this file require a restart of the displaymanager

You’ll notice that the first couple of lines tell you what to put in for the display manager you want to use (kdm,kdm3,kdm4,xdm,gdm,wdm,console). Put in different ones and see what floats your boat. When you get it how you like it, stop.

For OpenSUSE 11.1

[1004][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper in gdm kde4-kdm wdm

I didn’t see xdm available on 11.1, but I could be up in the night.

To see which one you like, edit the /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager file. Look for this section:

## Type:        string(kdm,kdm3,kdm4,xdm,gdm,wdm,console)
## Default:     ""
# Here you can set the default Display manager (kdm/xdm/gdm/wdm/console).
# all changes in this file require a restart of the displaymanager

You’ll notice that it tells you what to put in for the display manager you want to use (kdm,kdm3,kdm4,xdm,gdm,wdm,console). Take a look at them, see which one suits your fancy, and use the one that makes your heart tingle.


November 9, 2009

Linux LiveCD Saves Windows Admin Jobs

by @ 1:53 am. Filed under Linux tips, security, sweet tools

Ophcrack Linux LiveCD

Ophcrack is the Linux LiveCD that you reach for when you forget your admin password on your Win32 (incl. XP and Vista) box.

From the Ophcrack Sourceforge page:

“Ophcrack is a Windows password cracker based on a time-memory trade-off using rainbow tables. This is a new variant of Hellman’s original trade-off, with better performance. It recovers 99.9% of alphanumeric passwords in seconds.”

For all admins who use said proprietary OS, if you ever forget your admin password, this is one great way to recover it, and help you keep your job.

Please do not ever, ever, ever use tools like this for malicious purposes, because that’s just plain not very nice.

November 4, 2009

Pimping Linux with Gigolo

by @ 1:45 am. Filed under Linux tips, sweet tools

As many know, one of my BIGGEST gripes with Gnome and/or GTK-based apps is their inability to NATIVELY support remote filesystem access, like Konqueror does by default, and Kate does by default, and many of the other applications built for KDE do by default. As mentioned in a previous post:

kio-slave – For anyone who doesn’t know what this does, it gives KDE the ability to interact with remote filesystems via FTP, SSH, etc. You can open up a remote filesystem, and drag and drop a text file right onto your Kate icon. Kate will open the file for you to edit it. When you are done editing, just click SAVE and close the file. KDE via kio-slave saves the file back to the remote fileystem (assuming you have the proper privileges). This is the one thing that has the supremest of importance to me. It is possible to have one Konqueror window open and have it split into 16 different panes, each pane connected to a different filesystem or directory, whether local or remote. If you have never done this, you have to try it some time. You can split Kate windows the same way. Before anyone says it, I realize that you can make other desktop environments do this, but KDE just does it right out of the box.”

Some may even remember when I posted a bit of a rant about this. I use remote filesystems ALL DAY LONG.

As I’m moving away from KDE and everything that ties me to it, the need arose to access remote filesystems very quickly in a windowing system. I realize ssh does this. With ssh, it takes about 12 seconds to log in and copy a file over, not to mention all the keystrokes. With Konqueror, I click the Konqueror Icon, press CTRL+SHIFT+L, and select the remote filesystem I want from my bookmarks and I’m there. All of 3 seconds and a tenth of the effort.

How to mimic the functionality I want?

One possibility is a little app called gigolo. Why the name? As the author says, “Because it mounts what its told to.”

For XFCE4 users, this little baby is pretty fun. It allows you to bookmark remote filesystems, autoconnect to them, and all sorts of great stuff, quite a bit like kio-slave does. Just a bit more cumbersome, but at least I get the functionality.

Experience is a great teacher, so add the repo and install gigolo:

[1207][root@suse-desktop:/home/scott]$ zypper addrepo "" XFCE4 ; zypper modifyrepo -r XFCE4 ; zypper in gigolo
Adding repository 'XFCE4' [done]
Repository 'XFCE4' successfully added
Enabled: Yes
Autorefresh: No

Autorefresh has been enabled for repository 'XFCE4'.
Retrieving repository 'XFCE4' metadata [done]
Building repository 'XFCE4' cache [done]
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...
Resolving package dependencies...

The following NEW package is going to be installed:

Overall download size: 90.0 K. After the operation, additional 310.0 K will be used.
Continue? [YES/no]:
Retrieving package gigolo-0.3.2-1.1.i586 (1/1), 90.0 K (310.0 K unpacked)
Retrieving: gigolo-0.3.2-1.1.i586.rpm [done]
Installing: gigolo-0.3.2-1.1 [done]

Now just run it. You’ll get a window similar to the following:

Gigolo Window

Press CTRL+B to edit your bookmarks. A window like this comes up:

Manage Bookmarks Window

Click ADD. In the box that appears, fill out the info and click OK:

Adding a Bookmark

If you selected autoconnect, you’ll be prompted for the password:

Password Prompt

You may also have to create a keyring password. When you are done, if you selected autoconnect, you’ll see an icon showing that it’s connected:

Showing Connection

If not, click the down arrow next to the bookmark button (furthest left), and select the bookmark you want to connect to:

Connect via Bookmarks

Once you have connected to a bookmark, double-click it in the gigolo window. Nautilus comes up displaying the remote filesystem. Not sure if you can use other file managers, but if you can, let me know.

November 1, 2009

OpenSUSE Linux: Quick Zypper Tutorial

by @ 1:21 am. Filed under bash, command-line, SUSE Tips & Tricks

OpenSUSE Linux provides a command-line method of managing repositories and packages. This tool is called zypper. The following is a basic tutorial by example of how to use zypper.

Repository Management

To list repositories:

[1342][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper repos
#  | Alias             | Name                  | Enabled | Refresh
1  | Enlightenment CVS | Enlightenment CVS     | Yes     | Yes    
2  | OpenSUSE_11.1_ISO | OpenSUSE 11.1 ISO     | Yes     | No     
3  | Packman           | Packman               | Yes     | Yes    
4  | Window_Managers   | Window Managers       | Yes     | Yes    
5  | XFCE4             | XFCE4                 | Yes     | Yes    
6  | aterm             | aterm                 | Yes     | Yes    
7  | home:danci1973    | home:danci1973        | Yes     | Yes    
8  | home:dauphin      | home:dauphin          | Yes     | Yes    
9  | home:jnelson-suse | home:jnelson-suse     | Yes     | Yes    
10 | mozilla           | mozilla               | Yes     | Yes    
11 | openSUSE 11.1-0   | openSUSE 11.1-0       | Yes     | Yes    
12 | repo-debug        | openSUSE-11.1-Debug   | No      | Yes    
13 | repo-non-oss      | openSUSE-11.1-Non-Oss | Yes     | Yes    
14 | repo-source       | openSUSE-11.1-Source  | No      | Yes    
15 | repo-update       | openSUSE-11.1-Update  | Yes     | Yes    

To add a repository (we’re going to use Packman as an example):

[1341][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper addrepo "" Packman
Adding repository 'Packman' [done]
Repository 'Packman' successfully added
Enabled: Yes
Autorefresh: No


To turn on autorefresh, because it’s disabled by default (again, with Packman):

[1341][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper modifyrepo -r Packman
Autorefresh has been enabled for repository 'Packman'.

To refresh a repo manually:

[1342][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper refresh -r Packman
Retrieving repository 'Packman' metadata [done]
Building repository 'Packman' cache [done]
Specified repositories have been refreshed.

Leave out the “-r” and leave off the name of the repo if you want to refresh all of them.

To remove a repository:

[1337][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper rr Packman
Removing repository 'Packman' [done]
Repository 'Packman' has been removed.

Package Management

To search for a package (id3v2, in this example):

[1224][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper search id3v2
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...

S | Name  | Summary                              | Type   
  | id3v2 | A Command Line Editor for ID3V2 Tags | package

To get information on a package (again, id3v2):

[1229][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper info id3v2
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...

Information for package id3v2:

Repository: openSUSE 11.1-0
Name: id3v2
Version: 0.1.11-77.60
Arch: x86_64
Vendor: openSUSE
Installed: No
Status: not installed
Installed Size: 79.0 K
Summary: A Command Line Editor for ID3V2 Tags
ID3 tags are found in MP3 files. They canstore information about what band recorded the song, the song name, and more.

ID3V1 tags are seriously deficient as to the kind of and length ofinformation that they can store. This is a tool for editing ID3V2tags in Linux.


To install a package:

[1333][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper install id3v2
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...
Resolving package dependencies...

The following NEW package is going to be installed:

Overall download size: 30.0 K. After the operation, additional 79.0 K will be used.
Continue? [YES/no]: 
Retrieving package id3v2-0.1.11-77.60.x86_64 (1/1), 30.0 K (79.0 K unpacked)
Retrieving: id3v2-0.1.11-77.60.x86_64.rpm [done]          
Installing: id3v2-0.1.11-77.60 [done]

To remove a package:

[1334][root@dev:/home/scott]$ zypper remove id3v2
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...
Resolving package dependencies...

The following package is going to be REMOVED:

After the operation, 79.0 K will be freed.
Continue? [YES/no]: 
Removing id3v2-0.1.11-77.60 [done]

These are some common zypper commands that will help you manage your repositories and packages from the command-line.

October 30, 2009

Linux/Unix Wallpaper of the Week

by @ 1:56 am. Filed under wallpapers

We Linux users are quite the easy-going laid-back bunch. We rarely get religious about our operating systems, and in no way wear them as a part of our very identity. We love everything, and get along with everyone. We are a peaceful bunch. I think this is beautifully articulated in the wallpaper of the week:

Unix People are Happy
Click for slightly larger version.

Throw a quick eyeball at the SuSEBlog Linux Wallpaper gallery.

Should you have a favorite Linux wallpaper that is not featured in the gallery, please shoot me a link to it. I am happy to include wallpapers from all distributions. Heck, I even wore a Fedora 11 T-Shirt to work the other day because the guys at the 2009 UTOS booth were so cool and gave me one. Besides that, Clint Savage (more info, more info, more info, more info, more info, more info) is one totally hardcore Fedora ambassador, and he’s really cool. Wearing the Fedora shirt with pride was my props to him and the Fedora representation at UTOS.

I would have worn an OpenSUSE T-Shirt, but I was unable to acquire said shirt from my brethren at the OpenSUSE booth. Decriptor, bro… what do you say about hookin’ a brother up?

De todos modos…

Have a fabulous weekend, and remember, chill out and take ‘er easy. Like the wallpaper says.

Happy Halloween and all that. Go scare the living daylights out of someone and come back and tell me your story.

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