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A bit of opinion

Well I just joined's community and I thought it would be nice to share a bit of opinion of the whole layout.


 I think they did great setting this up, it should bring the community closter together. I do like the general site, I just have to get use to it. 


So congratulations to the employees for creating a great networking site.


To print n lines of a file

To print N lines of a file from <start> to <end>


sed -n '<start>,<end> p' filename


To print line 10 to 20 from the file knol.txt
sed -n '10,20p' knol.txt
To print line 10 to end from the file knol.txt

sed -n '10,$p' knol.txt

To print nth line of a file

sed -n 'p' filename



New here

So here i am on The new site seems to be great and it seems to me like it could get interesting here so i joined the community. I normally don't like social networking sites lets see if this is an exception.

However i think i will finally have to get rid of the sheep and make a photo of myself. I think it looks stupid to have this one everywhere. I think i will make one tomorrow, it's too late for a photo session now.


Introducing Myself to

First post.

 I'm new to the site, so I'll introduce myself.

 My name is Barry. I've been a Gnu/Linux user for about 6 years. I started because I was an engineering student fed up with waiting on the Sun servers to do my C programming homework. I'm usually friendly, but kinda emotionless and blunt at times. 

 I started with Debian Woody, shortly before Sarge released (2004). I wanted to get into GNU/Linux years before that, but never got around to it. I considered RedHat and Suse because they were packaged distros I could buy at the store with CDs and a manual and everything. But I also heard some people talk abotu Debian and how it was really stable and easy to maintain. When I finally took the plunge, one of the TAs for my programming class said he would help me if I chose Debian. That pretty much sold me and I installed Debian on my laptop. Since then, I tried a couple other distros, but none ever felt right like Debian did.  

Apart from computer stuff, I'm partial to craft beer and very expensive gin. If there's one thing that will bring geeks together that isn't computers, it's beer. I primarily enjoy oatmeal stouts, scotch ales, and IPAs, but I also go for wheat beer during the summer. Someday I'll try to brew my own.

One thing you should know about me: I got into GNU/Linux to learn about it. I refuse to use "easy" distros like Ubuntu because they hide the very things that I want. It's fine for others to use it, but I don't want to feel like I'm using Fisher-Price's My First Linux.  When people complain about how hard it is to do things in GNU/Linux, I laugh and tell them to be glad they're not using Slackware. When I get another spare box, I'll try Slackware myself. There are some things I can't learn unless I run an even less "friendly" distro than Debian, and my thirst for knowledge will compell me to move forward.

 That said, I also have a box running Debian kFreeBSD. It's not Linux, but rather GNU/kFreeBSD (GNU userspace on top of the FreeBSD kernel). This box gives me the most challenges, and is thus the most fun to use. Just getting sound to work was an adventure, and I felt like I was a better person for having overcome the challenge.

 So there. You can tell the kind of person I am by reading all that.  


Linux Mint Neueinstieg

Vor einigen Tagen bin ich nun von Ubuntu 9.04 auf die aktuelle Beta-Version von Linux Mint 7 umgestiegen und muss sagen, dass ich sehr begeistert bin. Eigentlich ist Linux Mint nichts anderes als Ubuntu mit ein paar Modifikationen, wie beispielsweise das Mint-Menü oder  die veränderte Software-Verwaltung namens mintinstall.

True Blood

In the last few days i watched the first season of True Blood. The story is a bit weird but somehow it gets interesting nevertheless and i enjoyed it.

 The story basically it that japanese scientists found a way to produce blood so that vampires can have a life like everyone else except that they are immortal and sleep while the sun is shining, of course. The "heroine" of the story is Sookie Stackhouse who can read thoughts and is the only one in the town who is open minded enough to hang around with a vampire.

If you now think "Oh, i like Twilight i have to watch this.", don't watch it you will be very disappointed. For those of you how think that a vampire story could be interesting but don't like Twilight True Blood might be worth watching.

Anyway midnight just passed so i will end this post and go to bed. I have to wake up in 6 and half an hour to write my last and most important english exam for this year.

P.S.:The link stuff in this editor is definitly to complicated in 99.9% of all cases. Seriously who needs all these options?


My First Linux Install

I think I performed my first Linux install in 1995.  I know it was done using the slackware distribution.   It took about 35 floppy disks which I downloaded at the University of Kansas Herb Harris Computer Lab.   I installed on my only computer which was a 386sx with probably a 20 megabyte hard drive and about 8 megabytes of RAM.  I'm pretty sure it was only 8MB because I remember thinking that if I had 16MB then I could run X Windows.

Terrible !

Terrible ce réseau social sur !





Just got here to - Heard about it from the LinkedIn group and I think it's great!!!

 Loving it!



Sometimes, you need to kill boars to succeed

I just watched a funny South Park episode about World of Warcraft. In it, the boys need to kill a countless amount of (virtual) boars in order to become strong enough to save the World (of Warcraft).

That got me to thinking about what Linux and OSS needs a lot of right now. We've got super smart people, and great software. But to pull it all together, it'll require killing a lot of boars.

That means there needs to be better documentation (even if only consolidating wisdom that's scattered across forums), more polish, and other generally "un-fun" stuff. I've done a lot of work with printers. Considering I don't personally own a printer, that is killing a boar. Nevertheless, the printer languages, performance, and whatnot still need to be documented.

Essentially, to bring Linux to the big time, we're all going to have to kill some boars.


NOOB's adventures in Linux From Scratch


This being my second installment I'm starting to read my first prerequisite

The first problem I've run into here is there seems to be many different kinds of packaging.... tar or gz or bz2 all different programs all requiring different commands to " unpack" . Windows has been easy on me just click on it and bingo it's installed.

Not so lucky here , I have to learn about how to unpack source files.... o, O...

I'm in trouble already....

The above method of unpacking "tarballs" is equivalent to either of the following:

  • gzip -cd filename | tar xvf -
  • gunzip -c filename | tar xvf -

(The '-' causes the tar command to take its input from stdin.)

What in the heck is "stdin"? time to google....

Ok, I got it... stdin = standard input .. hrmmm.... OK..

this begs the question what's standard input?

Standard input is data (often text) going into a program. The program requests data transfers by use of the read operation. Not all programs require input. For example, the dir or ls program (which displays file names contained in a directory) performs its operation without any stream data input.

ok ... so I type the command and the computer reads what I type as "stdin" and then the program does what I told it ? I think...

but the "-" is in front of the cd in the commandline? I thought that would be part of the gzip command...

I think I need to go back to the prerequisites and look at the list again. I'm confused. Maybe another prerequisite is more important than software building at this point.


The Linux Users' Guide

As I'm reading down the page , I'm a bit overwhelmed by some of the information and jump ahead to the part that says who should read this book

Ok, I'm good .. but wait .. there's another link " what you should have done before reading this book."

Ok, I should have an intel x86 pc with Linux installed.

Next you should have created a User , not to run as the administrator.

It goes on to say that you should know some computer terms... I might be in a bit of trouble depends on the word..

This book goes on to say experiment, read the man pages installed , myself I find that man is not enough.. info pages are far better and google also has alot of information about each program , sometimes I even go to the home page of the program , I've backed up to do this blog... in my adventures so far It took me about 2 or 3 hours just to learn how to download from a list of source files using the wget program, but it was well worth it. I found it very refreshing to see all those programs download ... silly I know but it took alot of work , more than I'd ever tried on Windows. I was ignorant enough the first few times to point and click on each of ... I think it was about 80+ files to build LFS. Took a long time.... so I 'm starting to see some really neat stuff about Linux.

OK ... this looks like I've found the right place to start.... maybe I should let them know that the users guide would be better placed at the top of the list.On the LFS website.

whew, it's a bit deep... After some experience with Linux, I know one thing where it pertains to me. I can't just read something. I have to study it and If I'm ever going to properly build LFS, I 'll have to learn alot more than just what's been written on the pages of the prerequisites.

My own education it's now becoming painfully obvious is less than it needs to be as I'm studing these pages .. I'm running into words like fork, signal mask, synchronous and asynchronous...

Google to the rescue!!!

next blog- Unix Shell ...oh boy :)



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