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R.I.P. -- Recovery Is Possible

R.I.P. - Recovery Is Possible
by Kent Robotti

R.I.P. is another excellent item to have in your toolbox. This is a fully-functional GNU/Linux operating system that works on a "live" type CD or from a thumb drive. R.I.P. was created and is maintained by Kent Robotti. It is based on Slackware Linux.

What's it for? Well, it's not your standared recovery type app. Most of those are just apps that run from a bootable CD. This application is a functioning GNU/Linux operating system, as stated above. It is loaded with many applications that you would need for troubleshooting and repairs of a system:

- editors

- partitioning tools

- Firefox browser to access information online while attempting repairs

- mail capabilities

- graphics tools

... and much more!

You can grab a copy of R.I.P. at this website: While you're there, check out the screenshots.

Once you download and md5sum check, just burn it to CD like you would any other live distro iso. R.I.P. ran flawlessly on my system from the initial boot-up. I'm sure it will on yours also. It's got Slackware under the hood, after all.

There are different versions for different purposes on that site. Read before downloading. Also, you'll find Kent's R.I.P. documentation there. Read the fine manual. ;) You'll find out how to change kernels and where to see the entire installed package list, etc. Good stuff!

Until next time...

V. T. Eric Layton
***Tempus Fugits***


Find Wonderful Ubuntu Applications at The Daily Ubuntu

Sorry for the brevity of this post; it's just meant to let you know about the blog I've been working on. You can get a huge range of Ubuntu applications at The Daily Ubuntu. Generally, I focus on end-user applications, but I welcome a whole bunch of recommendations. Check it out, and tell me what you think. Now, I really wish this thing would publish.

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Structured aspects.

Every day I'm learning new things, it is more like a race against time. In order to keep track of what I know, I try to put it on the paper. It is all part of the learning process, my learning process. Some times you get it in one go, other times you find your self struggling. The paper is a record; it atleast shows that you tried.

Structured aspects of OOP in C++

Constructors and the call to the operator new.

A Summary(My understanding of constructors)

The constructors construct and initialize. There are times when they only initialize a preconstructed composite and then other times they construct a composite and then initialize it.

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Destructors and the call to the operator delete.

A Summary(My understanding of destructors)

The Destructors destroy. There are times when they do not destroy a preconstructed composite.

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The Next Step Forward: When Will GNU/Linux Have REAL Commercial support?

      Over the past four years, I've seen GNU/Linux grow and mature in ways most people just wouldn't have expected. With corporate-backed projects such as Fedora and community distributions such as Ubuntu making such headway, it'd be wrong to say that Linux has miles and miles to go to achieve desktop adoption.  From wifi support to interoperability to numerous projects on integrating FOSS drivers with the kernel itself, Free Software on the Desktop has made major headway.

     However, there is a bit of a shortcoming: while distributions constantly get easier to install, remix, and redistrubute, there are only a handful of providers that even support GNU/Linux as an option. Granted, there are scores of dev teams out there for many distros that gladly dedicate their time to ensure that your machine of choice supports their distribution. It's a handy practice to have, but a problem remains in the sense that many O.E.Ms still ship Windows by default.

     Another problem is that many GNU/Linux users are too tech savvy for their own good. It's been a common practice of installing a distribution on one's own hardware, and heading out to buy components for upgrade. Let's face it, it's a sensible practice for enthusiasts that like to tailor their machines to suit their own needs.

      However, it doesn't change the fact that many O.E.M.s simply don't ship GNU/Linux at all. A lack of demand for machines causes manufacturers to scale back and ship what they've always shipped...Windows. 

      So, what distributors ARE out there to sell customized GNU/Linux machines? Below is a short list.

   Dell - Dell is known for supporting Linux for quite some time, however their number of available models seems to fluctuate every now and then. Currently, Dell supports the Ubuntu distribution.

  System76 - System76 has made a name for themselves by fully supporting Ubuntu across their entire product line. They have a nice lineup of laptops, although they're a little on the pricey side. Still, I've heard that they get great reviews.

 Los Alamos Computers - LAC is officially supported by both the FSF and the GNU project for shipping one of the few truly free distributions, gNewSense.

 HP - Last I can remember, HP shipped some machines running OpenSuSE. Anyways, HP has a dedicated R&D team for Free Software systems, and makes every effort to make their products compatible with GNU/Linux.

 Lenovo - Lenovo, the old PC arm of once-computing giant IBM, has a lengthy list of machines that they sell preinstalled with various GNU/Linux distributions.

 Emperor Linux - While not necessarily an OEM per se, EmperorLinux takes existing laptop and desktops and guessed it! Different GNU/Linux distro of your choice.

LinuxCertified - See above.


The list goes on. Here and there, little distributors pop up with some customized laptops. GNU/Linux is growing in the sense of commercial viability, and companies are warming up to GNU/Linux Offerings.



My first steps ...

hi linux community,

 my name is johana and i'm a totally linux newbie but i want to learn it. i have heard so many good things about linux (productivity, stable, ...) that i'm really interested in.

if you have (easy to understand) good resources for learning the first steps, i would like to hear from you (just use the commentarea).

 thank you and have a nice day,



SSH from your cell phone ? Here's Putty for Symbian

Few days ago I've heard about a Symbian port of Putty, obviously you alread know what putty is and what you can do with an SSH terminal emulator.

I think it's one of my favorite software pieces for Win32 machines, now there's a project aimed to port putty on Symbian OS machines, I've tried to install it into my samsung phone even if it's not supported or mentioned, results: clear, it doesn't work but the project seems promising.

At this url:

you can find S2Putty, it's a nice project and they've firstly released some code and ports at the beginning of the year, I'm now waiting other ports for Symbian based cell phones, I'll hope to get something for my platform too.

By now I'm getting control over my linux box by using a web browser (Opera for Symbian is absolutely outstanding) , few web services and php pages, but maybe an ssh client has more benefits and it's more useful for doing everything (and even more secure)

Take a look at the project, try to install in your phone if you're one of the lucky guys and drop me some notes so we can share impressions about it, I'm now trying to grab from someone a Nokia N95 and try to install there




NEWB's adventure's in Linux From Scratch

Back again,

Well, I cleaned up my mess.  Reformatted my drives and re-installed the source in my source directories.  Over the last day I took time off to try and get a bit better,  ( that hasn't helped much) I'm having a hard time concentrating.  I've made it a point not to install more than a couple of programs at a time, stopping after 2 or 3 for a short break, to get a coffee or something. I've also got a notepad to note each step I complete so I know where I'm at when I come back.

  On another note, I got to the point of bootscripts and network configuration files and such  before I had to nuke  the "build " this time and since I 'm using dhcp those files confused me as they were using static ip's, I'm no network guru, but I don't think that will apply to me. I've decided to get the config files I used for gentoo and also the ones from my working linux distro on this box (dual-boot with Crunchbang ) and see if I can figure things out.  The keyboard and console config was just as confusing to me. It seems like Linux is adopting UTF 8 slowly as the new standard however many legacy programs still use the prevailing standard. Always wondered how to choose what when it came to the keyboard in the Linux install menu.

  Also , the devices are handled differently too, I 'm starting to understand why fstab was such a mess in Gentoo... "media" vs "mnt" and I've saved the links to the sites discussing Udev... lots more reading for this newb. 


What is up with ""?

Almost a month ago there was an article about Microsoft and the netbook market.  I blogged about it here:

The most annoying thing was that Microsoft had created a website "".  I immediately thought there should be a web page to tell our side of the story.  However, it was already taken, and all it said was "Coming Soon".  I just checked this morning and it is still just says "Site off-line" and "Coming Soon".

Does anybody here know anything about it?  My fear is that Microsoft snagged itsbetterwithlinux when the did itsbetterwithwindows and are just sitting on it.




Blue Gene/L supercomputer molecular biology advances

The Blue Gene/L supercomputer provides scientists with the cutting-edge computing power and complex data-visualization tools they need to stay at the forefront of their disciplines. Learn how this technology lets computational molecular biologists create protein folding and misfolding simulations to better understand these complex molecules.
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