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August 28, 2007

Apparently, Vista can barely walk and chew gum at the same time

by @ 1:56 pm. Filed under M$ Exposed, War

From an article called “Playing music severely degrades network transfer performance in Vista, we learn some interesting stuff. It’s funny to me that Linux doesn’t suffer from the same problem… A nice explanation of this phenomenon is found in another article, called Those Dang DPCs Clogging the MMCSS. Oh, man. You’d think they would figure it out by now. I mean hell, they’ve only been making operating systems for 25 years, and only have about $40 Billion to work with. Friends truly don’t let friends use Windows, especially Vista.

August 27, 2007

Essential Sign for All IT Companies

by @ 10:41 am. Filed under humor

August 13, 2007

SCO Finally Gets the Long-Awaited Blanket Party

by @ 3:33 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux News, War

In the best news I have heard all day, Investors bailing on SCO stock, SCOX plummets. I have been waiting for this glorious day for going on half a decade. I’m so tired of these clowns. Here is more great info from this article:

“SCO’s ride is clearly coming to an end, thanks to a monumental ruling last week that clarified the ownership of the UNIX copyrights. To briefly recap, federal district judge Dale A. Kimball declared that Novell owns the UNIX copyrights, leaving SCO without a big chunk of revenue and with claims that have been almost entirely eviscerated. The company said this morning that it would press on, attempting to calm investors.”

“‘Although the district judge ruled in Novell’s favor on important issues, the case has not yet been fully vetted by the legal system and we will continue to explore our options with respect to how we move forward from here,’ the company said in a statement.”

[How about you just give it up?]

“Investors appear to be bailing on SCO stock, however. At the closing bell, the stock had lost 71 percent of its value over the course of the day, reaching a 52-week low. SCO stock hasn’t been a safe bet for a long time, but some investors backed the company in the hopes that its claims would be successful in court.”

Heh. Awesome. I’m gonna buy myself a birthday cake so I can celebrate this 5-day stock snapshot of SCOX:

SCOX crashes hard

August 7, 2007

Announcing Direct Access to openSUSE Linux Rants ebook Library

by @ 1:50 am. Filed under ebook, General SUSE, SUSE Blog News

After a few weeks’ worth of work, family vacations, my father having a stroke, and the full-time job of having a 2-year-old and 3-month-old (not to mention work and all that other stuff), the great news has arrived!

Announcing full access to the ebook library for everyone who wants it! There were many people who contacted me about the YAST book, “YAST – Installation and Management of Software”. The common theme was, “We don’t want to have to wait through the course to get the free ebooks, we want them NOW! Because I like to give people what they want, I have made it possible for everyone to get every ebook on this site in 2 clicks. Hopefully that’s up to par for what you want. You can request these books from the form in the left nav of

Here is the current run-down of ebooks available here (and a nice, fat plenty more are on their way):

openSUSE 10.2 – Start-Up Manual (236 pgs)

This manual provided by the good folks at Novell goes over many things you’ll want to know when learning to use openSUSE Linux 10.2. The table of contents reveals the main topics of this book:

  1. Installation with YAST
  2. Setting Up Hardware Components with YAST
  3. Installing or Removing Hardware
  4. Accessing the Internet
  5. Managing Users with YAST
  6. Changing the System Language with YAST
  7. Basic Concepts
  8. Shell Basics
  9. Mobile Computing with Linux
  10. Managing Network Connections with NetworkManager
  11. Copying and Sharing Files
  12. Help and Documentation
  13. Common Problems and Their Solutions
  14. GNU Licenses
  15. Index

Investigation 101 – Gathering Information about Hardware, Filesystem, and Processes (22 pgs) – NEWEST BOOK

Sometimes, you need to gather information about your Linux system. This can be so that you know what is happening on your system, or so that you can install hardware, or so that you can better describe details to other people who are trying to help you resolve an issue.

As I was writing this e-book, I found that there are quite a number of ways to gather some very useful information about your computer.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. YAST Knows Hardware
  3. Sysinfo – A Linux Box System Information Retriever
  4. System Commands / Command-line Tools
  5. w
  6. who
  7. lastlog
  8. last
  9. netstat
  10. ps
  11. top
  12. tail
  13. lsof
  14. lspci
  15. lsusb
  16. mount
  17. fstab
  18. fdisk
  19. system log
  20. dmesg
  21. free
  22. whowatch
  23. Other Helpful Resources
  24. Conclusion

YAST – Installation and Management of Software (23 pgs)

One of the very first things that users need to know is how to install software in Linux. This book is a no-nonsense introduction to mastering the basics of using YAST to manage your system software. It also provides a few tips on how to get all the latest software from all the great servers.

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Open YAST
  3. Installation Sources
  4. Finding YAST Installation Sources
  5. Registering Installation Sources in YAST
  6. Installing Software in YAST
  7. Uninstalling Software in YAST
  8. Conclusion

The Easiest Linux Guide You’ll Ever Read – an introduction to Linux for Windows users (162 pgs)

Last year I published this book for SUSE 10.1, though almost all of it is relevant to openSUSE 10.2. It was mainly written for people who are competent with using Windows, who have never attempted to use Linux but are interested in giving it a try.

When I was first learning Linux, I got so lost so fast in so many areas, it was hugely overwhelming for me. I was impressed that I was able to download Linux, burn it onto CDs, and get it installed. But once I got that far, I was excited, but my excitement was short-lived. I had no idea what to do next, how to install software, or what software even to install for what I needed. I didn’t understand the concept of Open Source software. I didn’t know where to go for help. I most assuredly did not know a thing about the command line. 10 years of using Windows was of very little help. I felt that though I was a fairly able computer user, I had stepped into a situation where such experience did me little good.

In the book, I try to explain some concepts of how Linux is similar to Windows, helping people become familiar with it very quickly. I also explain some of the most important differences, many of which are improvements from the environment to which they have become accustomed. The book also dispels many myths that may serve to hamper the adoption of Linux more fully. The overall purpose is to give people a bridge from what they already know to the powerful, fascinating world that is the Linux operating system. Because that world can be a little daunting at first, it’s nice to have a little help getting used to things. This is what the “Easiest Linux Guide You’ll Ever Read” is designed to do.

Table of Contents:

  1. Who should read this book
  2. An introduction before we start
  3. More familiar than you think
  4. Common Myths
  5. Things to know about Linux
  6. Getting Help and Learning More
  7. General reading material
  8. Forums
  9. Mailing Lists
  10. Other Resources
  11. How do I get Linux?
  12. Download Linux and put it onto CDs
  13. Purchasing Linux Installation CDs
  14. Installing SUSE Linux
  15. Installation Options
  16. Linux-only Installation
  17. Sharing the computer between Linux and Windows
  18. Introduction to Users and Groups
  19. Get to Know Your Desktop
  20. What is KDE?
  21. The K Menu
  22. The Kicker Panel
  23. The KDE Control Center
  24. Changing Mouse Behavior
  25. Changing Time and Date Display Format
  26. Window Themes
  27. Desktop Preferences
  28. Konqueror: filesystem and web browser
  29. Browsing through your files
  30. As a web browser
  31. Kicker Panel
  32. Installing Applications
  33. Applications
  34. OpenOffice
  35. OpenOffice Writer
  36. OpenOffice Calc
  37. Thunderbird
  38. Setting up your email account
  39. Sending and receiving email
  40. Firefox
  41. So you want to use the command line?
  42. View directory contents with ‘ls’
  43. Make a directory with ‘mkdir’
  44. Remove a directory with ‘rmdir’
  45. Change to a directory with ‘cd’
  46. What directory am I in? Using ‘pwd’
  47. Copying files with ‘cp’
  48. Moving files with ‘mv’
  49. Deleting files with ‘rm’
  50. Viewing text files with ‘cat’
  51. Viewing text files with ‘less’
  52. What time is it? What is the date? Using ‘date’
  53. Using ‘man’ to find help
  54. Conclusion

You will find the form to get the ebooks in the left nav on, my openSUSE Linux blog. There are a number of other ebooks on the way. These won’t take as long to get finished, so we’ll have some new ones for you shortly.

For those who have not yet checked out the free “Intro to Linux” course, that is also still available, moved over to the right nav on


August 2, 2007

Announcing openSUSE 10.3 Alpha7

by @ 3:49 pm. Filed under Linux News, SUSE News, SUSE releases

Another alpha (7) is ready for openSUSE 10.3! From Germany:


Alpha7 is ready, after 5 rebuilds we’re happy to say it looks good enough for 

the public.

Important Changes Since Alpha6

* Linux
* gcc 4.2.1

* libzypp 3.12.1
* the package set of the CDs are heavily reshuffled and with it the patterns

  also affecting the DVD

After Alpha6 was more about testing the first integration of libzypp, Alpha7 

is already 10 steps further in regards to libzypp. But we’d like to have your
feedback on the refresh policy of yast/zypper.

See Duncan’s explanation about the problem in the opensuse-factory archive:

A more detailed list of changes is available via .

Most Annoying Bugs

* The initrd created doesn’t boot on vmware and on some older SCSI controllers

Call for Testing

* libzypp/zypper
 Give this good testing. We have good faith, we’re at beta quality there now,

 but give it good testing and give feedback. The zypp team also takes positive


 The patterns for the GNOME CD were redone from scratch to fit on the i386 CD

 without leaving out major software as it happened with alpha6. Unfortunately
 the x86_64 ISO does not fit on a CD, but you can test it on a DVD. We wish to 

 get more feedback on the package selection (remember to list a larger package
 to remove if you want one to be added)

Media and Download

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha7 for i386, x86-64 and ppc comes as different media

* 1 DVD containing OSS and NonOSS software
* 1 CD with a default KDE installation (not for ppc)

* 1 CD with a default GNOME installation (not for ppc)
* 1 AddOn CD with only NonOSS packages on it

* 1 AddOn CD with language packages that are used for extra
  languages (the DVD contains support for english, french, italian, spanish,

  german, chinese, japanese, czech, danish, norwegian, khmer,
  hungarian, polish) (the DVD has support for installation in all

  languages, just extra packages are only on this extra media)
* DVD/CDs containing the sources corresponding to the media

We have created Delta ISOs from openSUSE 10.3 Alpha6.  Please use them
for download.

The DVDs and the source media are only available via bittorrent.

Please report all bugs you find on in our bugzilla as explained in, discussion is most appropriate on the
opensuse-factory@xxxxxxxxxxxx mailing list.

To download media, please use the links provided at:

Greetings, Stephan

SUSE LINUX Products GmbH, GF: Markus Rex, HRB 16746 (AG Nürnberg)

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