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April 29, 2006

More Entries for the SUSE Linux Rants Logo Competition

by @ 6:56 pm. Filed under SUSE Blog News

I’m amazed at the number of submissions that have come in today for the logo competition! I’ll just put them up in the order that they got to me.

We have this one from Raf:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo Submission

That looks great. Thanks!

This one came in from Dallin:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo Submission

Nice work, man. You got skillz, bro.

Santy sent in three versions of his submission:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo Submission    SUSE Linux Rants Logo Submission    SUSE Linux Rants Logo Submission    

I wish I could do stuff like this, I tell you what.

Bill sent in one more submission:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo Submission

He mentioned that he was going for a community feel. I like it. Very nice.

I’m pleasantly surprised at the number and quality of submissions. Nice job, guys. I will definitely have to enlist other help to determine the winner. Thank you everyone who sent in a submission.

April 28, 2006

SUSE Linux 10.1 RC3 Released

by @ 10:39 am. Filed under SUSE News

SUSE Linux 10.1 RC3 has been released!

The announcement:

I’m glad to announce SUSE Linux 10.1 Codename “Agama Lizard” RC3. We
have fixed the majority of bugs from RC3 and look forward to the
goldmaster – if testing does not show serious problems.

During the RC phase, we only provide delta ISOs of the media and
update the factory tree as well. Note that the factory tree is not
synced out right now, it is two days old. It will be updated by
tomorrow.

You can read the full release here.

Linux, dumb, smart, and totally wicked

by @ 6:50 am. Filed under General Linux, SUSE Blog News, SUSE Tips & Tricks

Success stories about huge organizations saving all kinds of money by switching to Linux really make my day. Well, the Federal Aviation Administration evidently just saved $15M, not by switching to Geico, but by switching to Red Hat Linux. They increased in productivity by 30% for 50% less cost. Very nice.

This whole Port 25 B.S. from Microsoft is making my ass chap. It’s wonderful to see articles like this one; it helps me realize that I’m not the only paranoid one in the community. Yeah, an olive branch, right. I love the allusion to poison ivy in this article. Cease-fire, huh? Anyone have some spare .50 cal. rounds? Especially with this new news that the encryption system BitLocker Gives Dual-Boot Systems the Elbow. I’m absolutely convinced that this is just mere coincidence, and that Microsoft really wants to make friends with the OSS community. Go blow it up someone else’s skirt. No one trusts you, as you’ve proven you can’t be trusted. Your products are worthless, buggy, and are total resource hogs. Sell it somewhere else. No wonder many people would switch to Open Office 2.0 before paying for M$ Office 2007.

*breathes deeply, veins no longer popping out of forehead*

Is Linux your OS religion? Why do you ask? Do I act like it’s my OS religion? Let’s be honest, here. I’ve used around 25 different versions of 5 different operating systems in the past 23 or so years. Yes, I know that you have to seek the right tool for the job. Yes, I know that, in different situations, different solutions are more appropriate than others. I realize that multimedia on Linux is quite a ways behind other platforms (which is somewhat ironic, as videography is my major at school). Continuing the religion metaphor, I’ve arrived at my destination on more than just faith. For anyone who knows the reference of judging a man or religion from the fruits they produce, that’s the direction I’m coming from. Let’s see, raw sewage (fruit of Windows), or a fresh basket of juicy oranges, mangos, apples, and strawberries (fruit of Linux)? Yep, I guess Linux is my OS religion.

Alright, enough of the sass. Today I was playing around with smart, a package manager designed to end all dependency hell woes. I found that it was rather simple to use from the command line. This makes it very nice to use on remote machines. It also has a very easy-to-use GUI (provided you install the smart-gui package). I also found it easy to add package repositories. As a matter of fact, Guru and Packman had already been added when I first ran it. It was a snap to add others. As a matter of fact, supposedly it is compatible with all known .rpm and .deb package management systems and repositories. This makes smart an ideal candidate for a universal package management system, regardless of the distribution you are running. When you consider that the package management system is usually a fundamental part of what makes distros different, that is pretty cool. So, the learning curve associated with switching to an unfamiliar distro will be quite a bit smaller. You just install smart, and you’re off and running.

However.

I put all of my installation repositories into smart today. I then tried to upgrade all of the out-of-date packages in my system (something I have always done with YAST), and it got through about 20 of about 120 packages, and then just kind of froze. I left it for a couple of hours for meetings. I came back, and it was still like I had left it. My CPU and Memory monitors were pretty much flat-lined, too, so I know it wasn’t working in the background, either. I don’t know what was going on, but that particular phase of smart didn’t really work that well for me. Maybe someone can explain to me what I did to screw it up. However, I fired YAST up and did the update without a hitch. So… I don’t know what happened. I like the concept of smart, but apparently it has a little ways to go before it can stand up to the heavy usage.

I could not possibly leave out a story as cool as this one. Talk about a multimedia dream. How would I even begin explaining how incredibly cool that is?

My pal Steve wanted to show off his l33t design skillz, so he sent me in these two magnificent logo entries:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo      SUSE Linux Rants Logo

He said to present them “as another example of why you really need some submissions”. Alright, dawg, there they are. Please, people, send in more submissions. You have until April 30 to send submissions to logoentries -at- suseblog -dot- com.

I’m wasted tired. TTYL.

April 27, 2006

SUSE Linux Rants Logo Entries

by @ 7:18 pm. Filed under SUSE Blog News

Here are two more entries in the logo competition. These come from Seprian:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo    SUSE Linux Rants Logo

Thank you! I like these. I really like the one with the long curly tongue sticking out. I can see that one on a mug or something. Very cool. Thanks tons!

Governmental adoption of Linux / Other Linux news

by @ 7:06 am. Filed under General Linux, Linux News

As the poster of this story says, “I found this email in my inbox this morning, and had to share it with everyone immediately. In this story, a couple of geeks find out about some dirty activities by their C-level executives and devise a plan to ‘air the dirty laundry’.” Well, I would pay money to have been one of these IT guys. They basically found out that the C-level execs were planning on firing everyone and selling the company. What the IT guys did with that info is priceless. Anyone have similar experiences that they’d like to share? I love stories like this one.

One of the things that I find quite fascinating is the phenomenon of the adoption of Linux by large organizations. The city of Munich, Germany. The state of Massachusetts. I won’t provide a long list here, but there is quite an appreciable number of such governmental departments switching to Linux. I read a paper today by one David B. Rankin about why the adoption has been slow thus far. For the most part, I can go along with the arguments made in the paper. Breaking down each aspect of this phenomenon, he explains in great detail why it’s taken so long for most governments to make the switch. He takes it to a level where, when reassembled, the arguments make great sense. As a prediction, his conclusion is that there will be a faster rate of adoption that will pick up more and more momentum as time goes on. This increase in adoption of Linux by governments will result in a much greater increase in adoption by citizens and corporations under those governments. The timeframe he gives for this to occur is between two and five years. Let us hope that his prediction is fulfilled!

Linux has come a very long way. Especially SUSE.

In regards to how much IE really sucks, I could not have stated the essence of this next article better myself:

“If the problem is not weird legal cases against the company, then it’s the incredible losses in productivity at the company from the never-ending battle against spyware, viruses, and other security problems. All the work that has to go into keeping the browser afloat is time that could have been better spent on making Vista work as first advertised.”

“All of Microsoft’s Internet-era public-relations and legal problems (in some way or another) stem from Internet Explorer. If you were to put together a comprehensive profit-and-loss statement for IE, there would be a zero in the profits column and billions in the losses column – billions.”

How many bigger blunders have there even been in recorded history than IE? Nice one, M$. Everyone just use Firefox. On SUSE.

This looks quite interesting: How to configure a low-cost load-balanced LAMP cluster. From the article: “A LAMP cluster is not the Beowulf kind of cluster that uses specialized message-passing software to tackle a computation-intensive task. It does not cover high availability features, such as automatic failover. Rather, it is a load-sharing cluster that distributes Web requests among multiple Web and database servers while appearing to be a single server.” That looks pretty cool. When I have time, I’ll have to try that out.

Another thing I’ve wanted to play around with has been LDAP. Apparently, Gary Sims has written an article explaining what it is, and how to get it set up. Looks pretty interesting.

Well, I changed the poll. About 2/3 of suseblog.com’s readers use SUSE. That’s cool. Now, tell me what desktop environment or window manager you prefer. Let me know if I’ve left your favorite one out, and I’ll put it in.

Sorry if I’m not very amusing this time around. I don’t feel exceptionally amused, myself, today.

April 26, 2006

Submission for the SUSE Linux Rants Logo Competition

by @ 11:59 am. Filed under SUSE Blog News

Let’s all take a second to appreciate Orlando’s submissions:

SUSE Linux Logo     SUSE Linux Logo     SUSE Linux Logo

With all of these really cool submissions, I think I may have to hire some professional judges or something to pick me a winner.

Ya’ll are sending in some really impressive stuff. Thanks for the submission, Orlando.

We’re still accepting entries sent to logoentries -at- suseblog -dot- com until April 30.

SUSE Linux 10.0 64-bit hits my AMD64 Desktop

by @ 6:59 am. Filed under General SUSE, SUSE News, SUSE Tips & Tricks

I hit the final straw with 64-bit Gentoo this evening and ripped it out of my new 64-bit system. I can’t even remember what that last straw was. Gentoo is too high-maintenance for me. My computer is one of my tools. I need it to help me get stuff done. I don’t have time to play around trying to get my tools to work. I need to be using them to get things done. That is one of the reasons I really love SUSE Linux. Once you have it installed, you can hit the ground running. Of course, I usually spend an hour tweaking all of my settings, themes, icons, and all that. I have a document outlining exactly every setting that I tweak after a freshly-installed system. There is nothing more irritating than when you’re flying around your system, being super-productive, and then you hit a wall because some stupid preference isn’t set right somewhere. My friend Steve can back me on this (yo Steve). It stops you dead in your tracks, derails your entire thought process, and you stare blankly at the screen for the next 10 minutes wondering what you were doing. That kind of crap sucks.

My new beefy system now has SUSE 10.0 (10.1 RC2 isn’t stable enough for my taste for installation on a production system, yet) on it. I spent a few minutes researching which installation sources will work with 64-bit installations. I found out that a goodly handful of them already have the 64-bit packages on them, making them usable with my 64-bit system. There were a few sources that only had 32-bit packages on them. Also, I found a handful of 64-bit install sources with updated packages for KDE and Gnome, as well as some others with additional extra stuff. Needless to say, I am spending the next little while updating the packages on my system.

I’ve written another script like I did for 32-bit SUSE systems which will automatically insert the installation sources into YAST. If you are running a 64-bit version of SUSE Linux 10.0, this script is all yours. If you aren’t, well, I wouldn’t suggest using it.

As with the previous script, some of the sources will return with the following error: ERROR(Media:operation is not supported by media). However, apparently, they still work just fine. You can go into YAST, and the ones that gave that error are in the list. You can even refresh them, etc.

Ere it pass from my mind, here is a link to the script. If it blows up your system, kills your toe fungus, or reformats your tivo and puts Windows on it, don’t come after me.

I also came across some pretty slick SUSE Linux Wallpapers that I wanted to throw out there for you all.

Some interesting news about Firefox zealots has surfaced. It seems that they aim to ‘destroy’ IE with campaign. Well, I’m not quite sure that one campaign will do it, but personally, I wish them the best. I’d love nothing more than for them to accomplish their goals with that.

Looks like Reuters is going to be running their systems on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. That’s pretty sweet. SUSE is a solid platform.

Oh, I also put some more Windows screw-ups into my Error Gallery.

April 25, 2006

The DVD of SUSE Linux 10.1 RC2

by @ 12:08 pm. Filed under SUSE Blog News

After more investigation, it appears that the DVD that I created from all five SUSE 10.1 RC2 CDs plus the AddOn CD worked just fine. It even installed the flash-player, acroread, and amarok-helix packages during installation. These packages are only available from the AddOn CD or AddOn Installation Source. Please feel free to set me straight if that is not the case.

For those of you who want a 32-bit DVD but don’t want to figure out how to make it, I could probably burn you one and mail it to you. If you are interested in this, click on the DONATION link at the bottom of the left column on this page. Make a donation of at least $5 ($7.50 if you don’t live in the United States). Include your address, and I’ll ship you a 32-bit SUSE 10.1 RC2 DVD. If you do not include your address, I cannot ship it to you. Be advised, the DVD comes with no warranty, no technical support, no manuals or anything besides the DVD and its contents. Also, use SUSE 10.1 RC2 at your own risk, as it is a Release Candidate and not a stable release. That said, I use it on my desktop without any problems.

Oh, I axed the ads. We made $0.47 in the last two weeks. Man, that’s totally worth it.

April 24, 2006

SUSE Linux 10.1 RC2 on a DVD

by @ 4:58 pm. Filed under General SUSE

Here’s a quick little note for everyone who was worried that I may have passed away this weekend: I didn’t. I am trying to shake the effects of the cold, still. I spent about half of Sunday sleeping and watching 5 or so Lifetime movies. You’re right, though, what does that have to do with SUSE? Nothing.

Continuing on to things that do have to do with SUSE, I did make a DVD ISO for my SUSE 10.1 RC2 installs. One thing that you might want to know: If you do this, make sure that the path to your ISOs does not have any spaces in it, and that you have autoyast2-utils installed, or it won’t work. Also, I ran makeSUSEdvd as root. Looks like everything went just great. I also included the AddOn CD in the DVD ISO. So, if you have a DVD burner and you don’t want to be switching CDs 936.8 times when you’re installing packages, make yourself a DVD.

I wanted to post another logo entry made by Hylke:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo

Love the chameleon. Love the letters. That red is a ton better, thanks!

If you want more information about upgrading from SUSE 10.1 RC1 to RC2 and the differences between them, check out this review of SUSE 10.1 RC2. So far, RC2 seems pretty clean to me, as well.

April 22, 2006

SUSE Linux 10.1 RC2 HAS BEEN RELEASED

by @ 4:45 am. Filed under SUSE News

I’d like to take this opportunity and write another post.

SUSE Linux 10.1 RC2 is now available for download! I have my deltas downloaded and applied!

In Andreas Jaeger’s own words:

<QUOTE>

I’m glad to announce SUSE Linux 10.1 Codename “Agama Lizard” RC2. We have fixed the majority of bugs from RC1 and will release an RC3 next week.

During the RC phase, we only provide delta ISOs of the media and update the factory tree as well.

For details on delta ISOs, please read: http://en.opensuse.org/Download_Instructions#Applying_Delta_ISOs

We’ve created on ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/install/10.1/SUSE-Linux10.1-RC2-Extra (and on the mirrors of it) a repository with some non-OSS software. The same software is also available via two non-OSS CDs that can be used during installation as Add-On Media. There’s one media for both i386 and x86-64 (SUSE-Linux-10.1-RC2-Addon-BiArch) and one for PowerPC (SUSE-Linux-10.1-RC2-Addon-ppc).

Please read the complete list of Known Issues at: http://www.opensuse.org/Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs

Have a lot of fun!

Andreas

</QUOTE>

More information can be found by reading the actual release itself.

SUSE Linux Rants logo submissions & Linus Torvalds quote

by @ 4:31 am. Filed under Linux News, SUSE Blog News

Let’s hear it for our two newest SUSE Linux Rants logo submissions!

This one came in from Ben:

SUSE Linux Rants logo

I like the originality of it. This one is cool.

Here’s one from James:

SUSE Linux Rants logo

Thanks, bro. I dig it.

Dude, Linus has a big brass set, I tell you what. Here’s his latest quote:

“I claim that Mach people (and apparently FreeBSD) are incompetent idiots. Playing games with VM is bad. memory copies are _also_ bad, but quite frankly, memory copies often have _less_ downside than VM games, and bigger caches will only continue to drive that point home.”

You go, homes. Seriously, what’s wrong with calling a spade a spade? I’m all for clear communication. I mean, do I come home after work, shove a dead bear in my mouth, and then tell my wife how my day was? No way! Do I randomly or repeatedly hang up on people during phone conversations? I don’t (usually). It’s all about speaking clearly and directly. Just like Linus.

Since I’m too tired to say anything witty, clever, intelligent, ingenious, masterful, humorous, entertaining, amusing, insightful, knowledgeable, wise, useful, reflective, well-informed, observant, quick-witted, brilliant, or perceptive, I’ll just refer you to something that I found funny at 3:48 AM this morning: tonyrogers.com Humor Pages. I haven’t the remotest clue how I got to that page.

…. *reads more of the archives on tonyrogers.com, returning at 4:17 AM to finish* ….

You’re still here, great. Thanks for waiting. Sorry it took me so long to get back. Seriously, it feels like I have bleach in my eyes, so I think I’m going to call it a night.

Everyone have a great weekend.

April 21, 2006

Supporting SUSE Linux Rants – a solicitation for opinions

by @ 1:06 pm. Filed under SUSE Blog News

We all have to support our habits, somehow. In my case, I’ve got to find a way to sustain this site, its bandwidth, and the server that it’s on. To do this, I have to do something that I normally find somewhat objectionable: I have to put ads on my site. This is not my first choice of ways to support this site. However, it’s the best alternative that I have at the moment. Hopefully, once we get a logo nailed down, we can start doing some other things that will help pay for suseblog.com. A few things have come to mind which might help in this effort. However, I’m a computer dude, not a marketing dude. That in mind, I’m soliciting suggestions on how you think I might be able to generate just enough money to pay for this site’s resources.

I don’t need to make hundreds of billions of dollars off this. Hell, I don’t need to make anything off it. I just need it to break even for me. I know that some of the seven people that read this at least know someone who has done something like this before. If you, yourself have any thoughts, they are welcomed. If you know someone who has expertise in this area, give them a holler and let me know what they say. I’d love to get something going here. I must just be a few cards short of a few cards, because so far, I’ve not been able to raise enough to cover all of the costs (granted, they’re not huge, but they are appreciable).

That said…

The logo responses keep coming in! Bill sent in a new version of one of his submissions:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo Submission

You know, I should have trusted your instinct a little more. I believe I may like the black and white one a little better.

And we have another submission, this time from Elsa, who sent in two versions:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo Submission

SUSE Linux Rants Logo Submission

Very cool. I like the legibility of it. I like how it’s simple and not all busy. Thanks!

SUSE Linux 10.1 For *YOUR* Desktop

by @ 6:49 am. Filed under General Linux, General SUSE

Quite often, I read articles about whether Linux is ready for the Desktop. I’ll be honest with you, it is. However, it is not a question of whether it is ready for the desktop, but whose desktop is it ready for.

Linux has been running on desktops for at least 8 years that I personally know of. At first, you had to be a real wizard to get it going. However, since then, the knowledge required to use it by the end user has slowly gone down a bit at a time. Now, I’ve heard of very young children being able to install Linux and use it, just as I’ve heard that the oldest of the old have done the same thing.

Therefore, It can’t be that Linux itself is not ready. I think we should look at it more from a standpoint of “For whom is this the right solution?” For example, if you work at a place where all you need is a handful of desktops connected to a printer all sharing a connection through a router box, Linux can certainly do that. If you run fileservers, databases, and/or web servers, Linux has you covered. You need email? Word processing? Spreadsheets? A chat client? Web browser? Linux can surely help you out.

I also don’t buy the argument that you have to give your end users Windows just because that’s all they’ve ever known. Give me someone who’s of average intelligence who has never used Linux. We could have them printing, browsing the network, doing email, word processing, spreadsheets, chatting, surfing the Internet in under an hour, easy. In this situation, the personnel responsible for the maintenance of the network are the ones who need to know the nuts and bolts of Linux, not the end users.

It seems like the biggest obstacle that people have in giving Linux a try is that they don’t know that Linux can probably satisfy a huge chunk of their needs (my conjecture, of course). So now, I’m going to do something that I don’t usually do in public: look at the other side of the argument. Don’t tell anyone.

In what types of situations might Linux not be the best solution?

The hugest thing in my mind that would justifiably prevent an organization from switching to Linux would be if they have a mission-critical application that runs only on Windows. I have seen such applications at Jiffy Lube or at the doctor’s office. The real problem then, is that since Windows is so widely-used, most of the ISVs have written their software for Windows. There is no real immediate solution for that problem. There are great cross-platform development tools, such as Java, Mono, GTK, and QT. Generally speaking, they are not used widely enough quite yet for everyone to drop their current development platforms and jump right over. That will be a gradual migration.

As I eluded to previously, another huge impedance of the acceptance of Linux has to do with lack of knowledge. The decision-makers are afraid of what they don’t understand. Somehow, we need to put all of these people in one huge room, and show them what they’re paying untold thousands of dollars to not have. Yeah, that’s likely, I know. However, we can evangelize it as much as possible, especially to those who have not heard of it, or believe some of the crazy myths surrounding Linux.

All of that said, let’s get the right question, here. Is Linux ready for the desktop? Yes, and has been for several years. Whose desktop is Linux ready for? Mine, for sure. Anyone else’s who is willing to learn even a little bit about it. Whose desktop isn’t it ready for? Organizations running Windows-only mission-critical applications. Spread the word, yo. We could have a much more wide-spread adoption than we are having at the present moment.

Spread the word. Open your mouth. Quick-start guide to sharing Linux:

Ask:

“What do you know about Linux?”

“Would you like to know more?”

“I sense you’re having doubts. Could you explain them to me? Maybe we could resolve those for you.”

Then, tell them your best stories about using Linux. Tell them that if they give it a try, you know they’ll have a good experience with it.

Provide links to stories like this baby: Curmudgeon deems SUSE 10.1 “really cool and solid”, or maybe this one: Is Linux ready to challenge MS Vista?, or tell them that this is what they have to look forward to: Where Vista Fails.

Tell them that you’ll give them a free copy if you can come back in a few days to see how they’re doing.

You might call it our mission.

Linux has done wonders on my desktop for several years. Of course it’s ready for the desktop.

We have another suseblog.com logo submission. This is another one by Bill:

SUSE Linux Rants Logo

I really like this one. A lot. Bill, could you slide a shade of green into the word “blog”? Like you had on the ones that you told me to disregard. (heh, you know I had to look 🙂 ) It would be interesting to see what that looks like, anyway.

April 20, 2006

The final version of my “Xgl on SUSE 10.1 for Gnome/KDE with NVidia” Howto is LIVE!

by @ 11:58 am. Filed under SUSE Tips & Tricks, Work-Related

We gather here today to participate in the joining together of this man…. wait, wrong one. OK, yeah, here it is. I have posted the “final” version of the Xgl setup tutorial on the Novell CoolSolutions site. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to make them here. Alternatively, you can use my author page to send me a quick note.

This morning, I wrote a short suggestion about using rpm -Uvh instead of rpm -i. As it turns out, Stuart Jansen made a great suggestion about when it may not be a good idea to do this. Thanks for the heads-up, yo.

Man, this Day-Quil stuff takes away much of the unpleasantness of the symptoms, but I can’t tell if I’m dreaming or awake. I feel all “floaty.”

If you haven’t yet, take the poll. Yeah, over on the right.

UPDATE (2006-04-20 1:18 PM): Dax Kelson had some additional information about installing and upgrading RPM packages. It’s nice and detailed; give it a look.

I also have some new pictures in my Windows error gallery.

Installing RPMs on SUSE Linux

by @ 6:47 am. Filed under SUSE Tips & Tricks, Xgl

I still feel like I’ve been sucked into a jet engine. Notwithstanding, I was still able to make it to the openSUSE status meeting yesterday morning in the #opensuse IRC channel on freenode at 10:00 AM Mountain. Anyone else able to make it? Interesting stuff, tell you what. I was going to post the log of the meeting here, but then I didn’t.

I saw a short article today about an open-source advertising platform. The idea is intriguing. If something were actually done along these lines, I’d be game to try it out on my site. Then, I could lose the ads.

There was another very basic intro to using multiple desktops in KDE. There is some sound counsel in the article. It did seem geared towards new Linux users, though.

The Xgl tutorial is done, and I will be posting it up very soon. Stay tuned for its URL.

Since I still feel like my large intestine is wrapped around my hypothalamus, I’m going to offer a very small tip, having to do with installing RPMs on the commandline.

Normally, you could issue a command such as:

rpm -i [packagename]

A better way to do this may be as follows:

rpm -Uvh [packagename]

The “U” means upgrade. In cases where you have an older version of an RPM installed, and you’re trying to install a newer version, the -i will not do this. You’d first have to erase the RPM with the -e switch. However, if you have dependencies that rely on that RPM, you won’t be able to erase the old version of the RPM unless you want to get even more hairy. It’s easier to just tell it to upgrade. In cases where you do not have an older version of the RPM installed, the command will still install the intended RPM.

The “v” is for verbose. This just provides more information about the installation process of the RPM.

The “h” option is for “show hashes.”

If you look around on forums and what-not, it seems that those who know suggest you use -Uvh rather than -i to install new RPMs.

With that, I’m going to go drink my 3rd bottle of Nyquil and see if that helps at all.

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