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Mandriva is back!

As soon I saw that the Spring edition of Mandriva 2009 was finally out I downloaded the ONE edition ISO and burned it to a CD. I decided to use one of my spare hard drives to load it on because I have an openSUSE 11.1 install currently on my home machine and everything works beautifully on it and I didn't want to mess up a good thing. I booted up to the live CD and was greeted with that good old Mandriva intro sound effect meaning that it had correctly configured my sound device. I didn't waist any time with the live CD I immediately launched the live installer and preceded to install to the internal HD.

The installation went off without a hitch, but this was to be expected from Mandriva. They have always been one of my favorite distros. Mandriva was one of the original distros I tried when I first got into Linux. I have always found their products to be very refined and extremely professional. This release is no different and the only reason I switched to openSUSE since the last Mandriva release was because I was having weird problems with VMWARE server and it seemed to work flawlessly on openSUSE. I have to have a way to run virtual machines because I am constantly testing different setups and trying new things out and I seldom want to use an entire hard drive just for testing. We will get to that later.

First let me say that the first release of Mandriva 2009 was one of the first major distros to adopt KDE 4 and for all I know that could have been the reason for some of the weird problems I had. This time around the version of KDE is up to 4.2.2 and they have definitely ironed out some of the wrinkles and done a lot of refining because everything runs better and is much more fluent. This is the exact same hardware I had before too so it has to be an improvement in either the desktop environment or the kernel. After changing some of the packages that come by default and adding some of my own favorites I had everything operational within an hour.

The version I installed called "One" comes with Flash and Java and a lot of other things that you have to add yourself on other distros. I added DVD playback, Compiz Fusion, and for some reason there was no BitTorrent client so I added Ktorrent. From my experience its the best. I usually even add it when I do a Gnome install. I like it better than any of the Gnome clients. I then installed the free version of VMWARE server and it installed fine and so far has run great. If you have any trouble getting things to work I would suggest checking out THIS site. Lots of great help over there just click on your distro. Overall I am very impressed with this release if you would like to grab a copy for yourself just head over to MANDRIVA's website and download it for yourself.

 

Distros as I see them.

Over the years, ok not so many I have only been using Linux for about nine years now, I have managed to try the big hitters in the Linux world, the Slackwares, Red Hats, and Debians, and many variations and this is what I have found to be true.  Red Hat and Novell Distributions seem to be geared towards Enterprise systems with a lot of offerings for businesses, Debian distros are more geared for end-users, and Slackware seems to be for the tweakers.

 Ok so what do I like and why.  Source-based distributions (have to mention OpenSDE here) are fun to play with but hard for someone like who is based almost entirely in a GUI environment thanks to my Windows training.  Debian I love as a server distro and haven't found a need to use anything else.  Opensuse I love on my desktop.  If you run Gnome I find you hard to use, sorry remember Windows Guy, and I tend to swing towards distros that use KDE because of this.

 What I look for in a distro is simple.  KDE is a must and now that 4 is stable I like it over 3.  Wireless support because I use it on my laptop.  A strong repository,  I don't know about you but with me I have tried some of these obscure distros with weird package management, that they hope will be the next RPM, DEB, or TGZ (not sure if this is what Slackware is still using, could Google it I guess) but doesn't have support for your favorite tools, or applications, and you can't find the app that you need at that moment.  Standards, ok this goes to the repository bit too, how many differant versions of anything do we need.  Granted most of the distros nowadays are based in Debian or RPM (note: I didnt say Red Hat because Novell fits this category too) and so the standard for me tends to be one of these two package management system and Common Toolset.

 If I were to build my own distro.  So this is the part where I get creative and you can all yell at me later because I am being unrealistic.  <edited due to unreasonable thinking>  This section will be filled later.

 In conclusion, still much to learn.  However, my favourites are  Opensuse and Debian, and if someone wants to chime in and give me a few suggestions I don't mind, especially source based I wouldn't mind trying that again.

 

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hello world!
 

Congratulations on the new Linux.com

Between the new Linux.com and http://moblinzone.com, not to mention MontaVista's announcement today of one of my favorite projects, I don't expect to get anything new done for the rest of the week. 

For what it's worth, I think the blog editor is excellent.  The hypertext link entry button works for me.

 MontaVista's announcement is for MontaVista Linux 6, an "integration platform" using a highly customized BitBake with MontaVista Linux to help developers create embedded Linux projects.  I'll be writing more about it on my personal blog as well as my blog at MontaVista.

 

New site, new user, and new laptop; what a combination

Wow. Just wow. The new site redesign is tasteful, functional, and all-around wonderful. It's about time that linux had a website that helps to alleviate that outdated concept that linux just isn't "pretty" or user-friendly.

That being said,  I got my HP Mini 1000 yesterday, and almost immediately dumped their MI software (based on the somewhat 'dated' Ubuntu 8.04, it seems) for Ubuntu Netbook Remix (since my last linux laptop broke a little while back), so this seems like a good time to emmerse myself in a growing linux community such as this.

 I hope that I can contribute and help this site to grow!

 

My Fully Functioning Arch Linux Laptop

Specs

Dell Inspiron 1525N (Alpine White)
15.4 inch Widescreen glossy display (1280x800) & 2MP Webcam
Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)
4GB DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm
Intel GMA X3100
160GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Integrated 10/100 NIC
Intel 3945 WLAN (802.11a/b/g) Mini Card
8X Slot Load DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive
8 in 1 card reader
Integrated High Definition Audio 2.0
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal
85 WHr 9-cell Battery
Ports: 4USB, 1 IEEE 1394a, 2 Headphone, 1 Microphone, 1 Media Card, 1 S-Video, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Ethernet, 1 Modem, 1 Power

 Partitions

/dev/sda1        /boot                       94.10MB

/dev/sda2        swap                         3.81GB

/dev/sda5        /                                 30.52GB

/dev/sda6        /mnt/virtual        30.52GB

/dev/sda7        /home                     84.10GB

 

Welcome !

Of course, this is my first post. I will dump all my Linux specific news items here and keep the rest (development and non-technical stuff) at my other blog.

I like the new Linux.com and I have high hopes for it! Thanks to all the people involved behind the scenes!

 

Good Community

After news alert on my gmail i login linux.com as fast as i can. I really like new system, especially blog and group system is great! For a strong community we always need these kind of works. Normally i use blogger my recent posts but im gonna use this blog for write some news, experiences about Pardus Linux.

Anyway gj Linux.Com^^ Will be here.

 

MSC MALAYSIA OSCONF 2009

 


 

MSC MALAYSIA OPEN SOURCE CONFERENCE 2009 will be held at Berjaya Times Square Hotel & Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur from 31st May 2009 to 3rd June 2009. This event is organized by MSC Malaysia & MAMPU and jointly supported by the Malaysian Open Source Community and MOSTI. This is the first time 4 crucial stakeholders consisting of government, businesses, developers and community will take part together. This conference positioned as an international forum will have sharing and exchanging ideas on technical advancements, applications, development and business cases on open source.

Developers, designers, systems administrators, community leaders, innovators, CTOs and CIOs, evangelists and activists, researchers, strategists, and entrepreneurs are invited to lead and contribute during all conference sessions, tutorials and discussions. Moreover, this conference will have renowned speakers from prime Open Source Enterprises which are Mozilla, Google and Red Hat to name a few and also not forgeting from the developer community - Ubuntu, BSD, Fedora, PHPs and etc...

More info is on the official portal of MSC Malaysia OSCONF 2009

 

The new linux.com

I like what they have done with linux.com it sounds like its going to be a great service.

I think ill move my blog about linux in general to here.

 

Using cat as a text editor

This is how you can use the cat command as a text editor:

$ cat > MyFile

write the text in the console, when done press CTRL+D

Now, if you'll open MyFile, you'll se that it contains the text you've entered. Be carefull as if the file you use is not empty, the content will be erased before adding what you're writting.

 
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