Community Blogs looks great ...

Simple start: I like the new direction of the website! overhauled

It's been quite a while since I've logged into, or payed much attention to,  Long enough that I don't recall whether I sought other sources out of convenience, because was inferior, or some other reason.

 I have to admit, the new design looks good, and the emphasis on user content is a good idea.  Wikipedia,,, and numerous others have shown that if you build a good platform to empower users to create good content, they will.  Having a prominent name (or domain name) that can attract a critical mass of users can also assist in this.

 Hopefully things work out well.  I'm going to keep an eye on things here, and even try offering some useful content. 



Just a very simple start: I like quite much the new website; it's deliciously "social-web" flavoured, with groups and applications (twitter, photos, etc..).

Just signed in several groups. Very nice indeed ... ;) Site Layout

It simply looks great, this renewed site looks like a real content system, a lot of emphasys is related to community, I think it's important because Linux IS a community, this new behaviour looks fine.

Graphically speaking I've seen there's a lot of movement, information, social network content, AJAX and DHTML a gogo. That's outstanding !

 From the application side I'll expect to see some improvements on notifications, I mean if I follow a group and I'd like to see replies to my posts or news it's glad to see them (linkedin or facebook rules !)

 Hope it helps if someone (from the web team) reads it


My best wishes



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NOOB's adventures in Linux From Scratch.


   My name is Robert Cox , I'm a Linux newbie. I've got some windows experience. I've built a few computers, I've installed a few Linux distributions and many windows versions.

 My main goal is to learn how linux works.

 This is to be the documentation of my efforts to build Linux from Scratch.

  As I am a newbie, without a technical background.  I feel that my point of view will be from a new " angle"  the dummy "angle" LOL. Therefore I feel that my input would be very useful to any  newbie attempting this endevor. 

 First and foremost , I will write this blog as I read the information given and document all my problems and errors that I face and how they were resolved.

 Let me just say that I believe my biggest test will be in learning to understand the bash shell and the language it uses and reading and interpreting the errors that are displayed during configuring, compiling and installing the different programs in LFS.

Next blog - Prerequisites, Since I'm a newbie I'm not even ready to start yet I have to drop back and get myself ready to go.




I recently read about Debian changing from the GNU C Library (GLIBC) library to the new Embedded GLIBC (EGLIBC) library. This may be the beginning of a sweeping change similar to the GCC vs. EGCS or XFree86 vs. Xorg changes in the past.

The source of the change is the controversial  nature of the lead maintainer, but the story is as old as FOSS itself. The ability to fork a project exists to protect the users of software from having their rights hijacked by the developers. This is one of the most important advantages of FOSS over most other development philosophies. The user should never have to beg for bugs to be fixed, especially when there are large groups of users doing the begging.

 I do wonder how Red Hat will handle this. I know that Red Hat is still considered the most commercially viable Linux, but one of their employee (or at least someone with a email address) has created enough problems that a large, generally conservative and GNU-friendly  project like Debian is willing to risk a fork of a core GNU library.


What do i need as an admin to run Linux in an enterprise setting?

I have played with Linux for a very long time now. I think it was about 1996 i started using it fulltime as my home desktop. 2001 i got a job as an admin managing about 400 users on 70 old desktops against various Linux servers.

Now i manage about 600 computers and 1400 users with mostly Linux on the backend and windows on the desktops. This is my wishlist as and admin after having worked with K12ltsp, SUSE, RedHat, Ubuntu desktops, servers and Windows.

 This is my personal wishlist:

 Profil/policy handling in Linux is really pretty straight forward. What i feel a lack for is more work on Sabayon which from my viewpoint is much better than anything else on the market right now.  Simpler use of Sabayon and more work on getting it setup correctly for getting profiles from a remote server would make policy handling in Linux much easier than in other OS. 

A better simpler way of sharing files between a linux server and a linux client.  Right now all work seems to be on making it easier to connect to a Windows world and nothing at all in making it easier to use Linux.  This is a big drawback that makes it much less interesting running Linux desktops. 

 More work on integrating those stuff with LDAP would go miles for making a Linux desktop very compelling in a bigger network. 

Alltogether i feel most companies concentrate on managing Windows boxes from Linux  instead of making the combination of Linux servers and desktops compelling.  I think thats a big mistake of both RedHat and Novell. Admins like me already have a really tight schedule but often pretty good influence on the spending budget. If im a pure Windows admin and my boss asks me to trial Linux on the desktop i will go bonkers from trying to setup NFS, LDAP, /etc/skel and whatnot. I can make this happen by myself but im very sure most admins cant and dont want to either.

Some commercial products exists but the ones i have tried has been buggy or only supports one single Linux distribution etc.

 Dont know if i make any sense whatsoever here but there you got it. Its a pretty short list compared to the one i have for the Windows boxes i manage, that list is a mile long.



Gary McKinnon

Well actually he's not that old, 43 to be precise, but he is in a very poor situation currently. Here's a little background info. Gary hacked into the US governments computers in April 2001, including the US Navy, Army, Air Force, Department of Defence, and NASA. He wasn't caught until September 2001, after the 9/11 incident when the computers went down causing the government to suspect a terrorist attack. Gary even went so far as to write on one of the PC's:

US foreign policy is akin to government-sponsored terrorism these days... It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand-down on September 11 last year... I am SOLO. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels.

Now he is facing a possible 70 years in US prison. He has the support of 80 MP's, as well as musicians such as David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), The Rolling Stones, U2 and David Bowie all vouching for him not to be extradited to the US. The US claims he cost them approximately $700 000(474 000GBP, 836 000CDN) to find the culprit. Now that you have the background of this...


In my honest opinion, I think that Gary should be charged, however not in the way the US wants. Should he be tried by the US? Yes, but it should be in the UK, where the crime was commited and his homeland. There's no way the US would extradite one of their own to Japan if Japan layed chargeson an American. So, what do you think. Should he be extradited? Charged in the UK? All charges dropped?


What does "Unstable" mean?

Quite often distros, kernels, drivers and applications are defined as "unstable". Yet, in most cases when using technology tagged as "unstable"  it works fine and with no reason for concern whatsoever.

3 basic reasons for the use of "unstable"?

  • It's indeed not yet suitable for production environments
  • It's a label used by the project to idemnify themselves
  • It's used to demote the value and importance of a project
What's the definition of "unstable"?
  • Meltdown and complete reinstallation of your system?
  • Loosing everything on your system (Aka "eats your hamster)?
  • X crashes and you have to restart?
  • Unable to log in using X and GUI/DE?
  • The Desktop Environment freezes?
  • Application crashes and you loose unsaved work/settings?

 Are there "unstable" mainstream distros?

 The mainstream and widely used distros have different focuses. Fedora expresses themselves as experimental, Ubuntu are for everyone, Debian is rock solid and Arch are first with the latest. 

Arch 2.6.29:

At present I'm mainly using Arch with Kernel 2.6.29.x, Ext4, Xorg 1.6, Nvidia 180.44, KDE 4.2.2 (built for Qt 4.4.x and compiled with Qt 4.5) with Qt 4.5.1.  I've just added Qt Creator 1.1.

I would believe it's fair to state that this is a rather "early adaptor" setup. Yet I do not have trouble with it. It doesn't eat my hamster, X doesn't crash, it's fast, lean and runs well.

I have one issue though:

Not all plasmoid that are developed for KDE 4.1 and Qt fine with the KDE 4.2.2 / Qt 4.5 and Qt 4.5.1 combo. Does that mean "unstable"? I don't think so. It's simply me - using packages that are labeled experimental and testing. I just have to be a bit more careful when selecting plasmoids, that's all. But "unstable"? Don't think so...

 Kubuntu 9.04:

 It runs indeed well. No issues has been experienced so far.

OpenSuse 11 and 11.1:

I installed those and used them extensivly from day 1, without having any difficulties.

Gnome 2.26:

Used it with Ubuntu 9.04 beta without any difficulties.

KDE 4.x

Used it as main DE since  4.0.85 (KDE 4.1 Alpha/Beta). No trouble since KDE 4.0.9x.

Where are the unstable distros and desktop environments?

My experience is that the term "unstable" is somewhat abused within the context of "desktop distros". Debian, CentOS desktop and SLES 10/11 must indeed be very very good to be classified as more stable than a standard setup of a standard, mainstream distribution.

That's my opinion anyway ;)


Doing something useful for someone else.

Im no coder by any means possible and that nags me from time to time. In my work as a system admin i often get tremendous help from various open source tools and applications. I have tried to go into some ptojects and start coding but i frankly just dont got the nack for it no matter how hard i try. My brain just isnt wired the right way for the type of logic involved in coding.

 But, that doesnt mean i cant help or that other users cant even if they are terrible at coding. There are numerous projects that can benefit greatly from non-programmers help. Graphics, layout, testing, triaging and much more are things we users can help out with. 

 I have found my thing now, translating. Even if its pretty tedius, boring and repetitive i still find it challenging. Best of all for me is if someone have use from my work because if someone can have use from one of my hobbies i do for fun, then its a double reward.

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