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Before I start...

Hi guys, it's been a long time since I left Linux.com. I contributed a lot and even was one of the private beta testers for this site and ran regular blog entries including writing Xlib-based windows managers, and general programming topics for Linux. I felt I had to leave as my Kudos points were stuck at zero no matter how much I contributed - I know this seems a silly reason for leaving, but I felt that fixing my Kudos points was the least the admins could have done for my contributions (especially as people were winning prizes in the early days of the site with the most points), but despite asking several times, my Kudos points remained at zero and I requested my account to be deleted.

I feel that I am now prepared to forgive and forget and going to start contributing again; I hope you enjoy this article!

Custom Distributions & I

A while back I started my own Linux distribution (based on Arch Linux) called LDR. which saw a LOT of traffic/interest hit my server (the most traffic the poor machine had ever seen!). The project itself was a massive flop as I could not hook in any support for other developers, nor could I keep up with the questions from casual users who, as a distro owner, I really should have made my top priority to please. Arch's base installation changed significantly and things broke and the project fell further and further behind whilst my main programming job (which paid the bills) grew busier and busier until I had to stop working on the project completely.

Strangely I have been left with fond memories of the project, it was a great learning curve for someone who up until then would consider himself an noobie to Linux. I really enjoyed being a part of the hype and excitement around a new distro and contributing GPL code that may be, some day, some one might download and use (though by that time, the project will probably be out of date and won't compile?!).

I continue to hope I will be involved in authoring another distribution from the ground up someday.

Working with Microsoft Technologies

I left my job with a Microsoft-technology-based Enterprise Telco. software provider in 2009 as I wanted to concentrate my working hours on developing Linux-based solutions for mission/time critical projects.

I have since then worked on some amazing projects including 2 successful contracts for the British MoD.

I have been working with Linux exclusively until recently when I surprisingly moved back to a Microsoft technology provider...

Don't get me wrong, I haven't given up on Linux; it is still very much a burning passion which I use to bore my pro-Microsoft/Mac colleges; my problem is that I find that Linux lacks the integration and support that I need on a daily basis to produce software to a level that I can be really proud of. It's probably 80% my opinion rather than facts, but I find that Windows - as a platform - offers me the right tools, in the right packaging, to be able to get my job done better.

This article is a brain-dump of the parts of Windows and Microsoft technologies that I would marry together with Linux to produce a distro that would be suitable for..... well.... me! (but hopefully other Enterprise Linux developers and companies too!)

I realize that praising Microsoft on Linux.com comes at the risk of receiving quite a bit of trolling/flaming from said community; but after you've had your fun, I hope you can understand that Microsoft HAVE created some components extremely well, sometimes better than other companies/communities have. Anyone who has tried to stress/load test a PHP web application, MYSQL db and Apache web server at the same time will hopefully respect the fact that because of the disconjointed nature of these components on Linux, aggregating data (like when trying to determine the bottleneck in this application stack) is extremely difficult - someone needs to take all these components, and put them together with loads of "Grade A" middleware glue, so that they work with the developer.

NOTE: I don't have the pleasure to work with Enterprise distributions of Linux such as Red Hat, and I'm sure these distros will include some/all of the concepts I will share with you below, but the truth is - as previously mentioned - I want to be involved in a project from the very start and that's why I'm inventing/dreaming up the concept anew here. Whether I am offering anything new to the table is up to you as a reader to decide (and discuss!).

Things that I think Microsoft did well (checklist)

I'll start by listing all the concepts, components, tools etc.. that I think Microsoft have done a fantastic job in providing and that would need to be included in my concept Linux distribution...

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Now russian govermential agencies can use Astra Linux for the top-secret information processing

Operating system «Astra Linux» worked out by JSC RPA RusBITech can be used in Russian governmental agencies that deal with the top-secret information.

The certification of the operating system «Astra Linux» concerning the compliance with the governmental requirements of the information security has been completed in Russia. The possibility of using the operating system «Astra Linux» in the information systems that deal with the top-secret information has been confirmed.

Thus the open-source based software platform with the high-level information security has appeared for governmental agencies in Russia. The process of complete replacement of previous operating systems and software by Linux and open-source software that is going on nowadays in governmental agencies in Russia must be completed till 2015.

The operating system «Astra Linux» has been created and is developing by the RPA RusBITech on the base of open-source software and functions on the computers with the processors x86-64 and ARM, and also on the mainframes IBM System Z. It comprises the software that ensures the highest level of information security.

RPA RusBITech is the member of the Linux Foundation.

 

Building LFS( Linux From Scratch)

After struggling for nearly one day, the LFS, linux from scratch, is finally built. I would note something about the building process. 1. about ssh There is some time that I just want to copy the command in LFS book and execute it directly. since copy between host OS and guest OS would be troublesome, SSH would be a convenient way to copy, paste and execute. execute "/etc/rc.d/init.d/sshd start" to start ssh service in LFS, one may also need to configure network interface using ifconfig command. 2. about mount After compiling all packages and changing root directory, I try to execute grub-install, and it tells me that there is no hard disk. And I eventually figured out that "mount -v --bind /dev ${LFS}/dev" is very critical in installing grub boot loader. Without it, grub-install would not find hd0.
 

openSUSE Weekly News 192 is out!

I'm happy to announce the new "openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 192".

 

 

In this Issue:

  • openSUSE Conference 2011
  • Plasma Active Status Report
  • Beta Pizza Party
     

You can download it there:

We hope you enjoy the reading :-)

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openSUSE Weekly News 191 is out!

I'm pleased to Announce our new openSUSE Weekly News 191.

 

 

In this Issue:

  • Milestone 5 is out
  • Google Summer of Code
  • Factory update
     

You can download it there:

We hope you enjoy the reading :-)

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Features, Ideas and Improvements can placed in our Featuretracker: http://developer.berlios.de/feature/?group_id=12095

Older content can be found there.

 

openSUSE Weekly News 190 is out!

I'm pleased to announce the openSUSE Weekly News 190.

 

 

In this Issue:

  • openSUSE Conference 2011
  • Google Summer of Code Reports
  • Linus Torvalds: Linux 3.1-rc3
     

You can download it there:

We hope you enjoy the reading :-)

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openSUSE Weekly News 189 is out!

I'm pleased to announce the openSUSE Weekly News 189.

 

 

In this Issue:

  • openSUSE Conference 2011
  • Google Summer of Code Reports
  • Sebastian Kügler: Plasma Active on OpenGL ES
     

You can download it there:

We hope you enjoy the reading :-)

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Older content can be found there.

 

openSUSE Weekly News 182 is out!

The Weekly News Team is pleased to announce the Weekly News Issue 182.

In this Issue:

  • openSUSE Continues Brazilian Blaze!
  • Google Summer of Code Reports
  • Frédéric Crozat: Status update on systemd for openSUSE Factory
  • SUSE Studio: Using AutoYaST for customizing your appliance on first boot
  • and many more ...

You can download it there:

We hope you enjoy the reading :-)

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openSUSE Weekly News 181 is out!

We are pleased to announce our new openSUSE Weekly News 181.

In this Issue:

  • openSUSE Milestone 2
  • Google Summer of Code Reports
  • Sebastian Kügler: Plasma Active updates
  • ZDNet/Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Firefox 5: New, but improved?
  • and many more ...

You can download it there:

We hope you enjoy the reading :-)

If you want to help us collecting interesting articles for the openSUSE Weekly News, so you can all your stuff into our new ietherpad: http://os-news.ietherpad.com/2.

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Mageia Linux

I installed the 64 bit version of Mageia, on a 500 gig HD. It was the only OS on the disk. I had tried the 32 bit CD, but had multiple problems, and after posting on the forums was advised to try the 64 bit DVD. The install was almost identical to Mandriva, and like Mandriva, I had to find, and install the correct, proprietary driver for my Nvidia 8400 GS card. I then proceeded to download, a few graphic intense games. The first game I tried to play would not even load. As I recall, this was one of the reasons I left Mandriva, and switched to PCLOS. I discovered several applications which would not load also. There are a few things that are annoying about this distribution, but nothing that would  prevent me from installing it again, once they have  some of the rough edges smoothed out. I have never been a fan of their software installer, plus the repositories were not loaded automatically. I had to set up the internet connection after the install, manually. Never did get my Netgear USB wireless device to connect. They have some of the best people from Mandriva working on it, and I'm sure they can fix the minor problems. I didn't find it good enough to replace Mint, Peppermint2, PCLOS. The specs on my machine are: MSI 760GM-E51 mobo, AMD 640 quad core processor, 600 watt power supply, 16 gig DDR3, 1.5 TB HD, Nvidia 8400GS, 512 meg video card, and a 500 gig HD, which I use for testing different distributions.

 

openSUSE Weekly News 180 is out!

We are pleased to announce the openSUSE Weekly News, Issue 180.

In this Issue:

  • openSUSE Conference and RW sessions – the BoF
  • Google Summer of Code Reports
  • TechRepublic/Jack Wallen: Five tips for collaborating in LibreOffice
  • Jos Poortvliet: openSUSE and online services
  • and many more ...

You can download it there:

We hope you enjoy the reading :-)

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