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We are off to a great start


Wow.  We are getting a new user on every minute since we launched. My e-mail box is overflowing with great ideas about how to improve the site.   Of course the best way to make the site great is to have great people here and from the looks of things we are off to a solid start.   

For all of you LUGS and folks who created groups, make sure you use the "invite friends" function in the friends menu in your profile.   You can easily import your contacts using a variety of tools and help us make the Linux community even stronger.   

 My favorite quote of the day comes from Dirk Hohndel; " - Facebook for geeks."   Said with true geek pride.  

 I look forward to hearing all about Linux news, events, and ideas from all over the world.   Thanks to everyone for helping the new get off to a great start. 



Would any body be interested in a road trip to Linuxcon?

Linuxcon is just around the corner on September 21-23 in Portland.  

 If we can get enough people together in the Bay Area I was thinking of chartering a bus to take us from San Francisco to Portland and we could all split the cost.

 What say you all?  Linux road trip anyone? challenge

Ok, you've been reborn for roughly 24 hours so I've got a monster challenge.  I challenge the community to solve the iPhone/linux sync problem without jailbreaking my phone.  There may be a monetary reward to someone for solving this challenge.  See below for my fine print regarding the rewared.  And nobody tell me it can't be done, we all know nothing is for certain when it comes to computers.  Heck, I'll even offer up one solution for someone to persue: start a petition to Apple to create iTunes for linux.  See was that hard?? So what are you waiting for, get to it!

 That is all.


not-so-fine print:  In this contest, I am the sole judge and jury, and reserve the right to revoke my contest at any time for any reason, even if a solution has been discovered.  And remember, I only said I MAY offer a reward. 


openSUSE Community Week for Japan

I will organize an IRC session in #opensuse-ja @Freenode today, 12:00 - 15:00 UTC (21:00 - 24:00 JST) as a part of openSUSE Community Week.

See the detail (in Japanese).


Now on!

Well, it seems that the Linux Foundation made good on their promise, and have polished up good ol' into something much more amazing than it previously was. I may or may not make this my primary blog. No ideas. Nothing. Anyways, I'm writing this from my lappy, as my desktop is rendering a video in KDEnlive about GNU/HURD. Oh, the irony. =P

Just Joined

Just joined the site and feeling my way around. Hoping to contribute as much as possible. Is Killing Me

OK, so it's 1:51 AM EDT. I've been on and off this site for the past nine hours. I got absolutely nothing else done in my real life today. My cats have been hopping up on the desk a looking at me funny. They're wondering what the hell's the matter with me. Why haven't I gotten up from this desk in nine plus hours (other than for the bathroom breaks and coffee refills ;) ).

It's OK, though. I had a great time here today. I felt my way around the corridors and made a few posts in the forums. I uploaded some wallpapers to the Community --> Photos area. I joined a Group. I met some old friends; made some new ones. All in all... a good day. I haven't had this much fun at a site in a long while.

Here's looking forward to the coming days, months, years!

Until next time...

~V. T. Eric Layton

***Tempus Fugits***


I am here.

I am happy to see this new website online.  I hope I can learn  and share something about Linux at here. 

I don't know wether here can support Asia characters.

I type some here. 非常高兴能够看到这个网站。


You've got 'intellisense' in my emacs!

You've got emacs in my 'intellisense'!

 Being a programmer type I drift towards the path of least resistence.  Non-programmer types are usually surprised to find out that doesn't mean never tackling complex things.  Quite the opposite, optimizing my workflow is a minor hobby of mine all its own.  It basically boils down to a simple equation: TimeToMasterTool(p) < TimeSavedInLongRun(q) = MasterTool(r)

 Emacs is definetly one of those tools.  The Go-game of editors, you can learn enough to start using it in an hour or two but it would take a lifetime to master it completely.




Nützliche Firefox-Addons

Hier mal eine Auswahl der von mir genutzten Firefox-Addons:

Adblock Plus - Der ultimative Werbeblocker

Colorful Tabs - Um Tabs in verschiedenen Farben darzustellen...gut für die Übersicht

Copy Links - Um in einem markierten Bereich alle Links gleichzeitig zu markieren und kopieren...gut für Rapidshare-Links und dazugehörige Downloadprogramme wie Cryptload oder JDownloader

SpeedDial - Simuliert die nette Kachel-Funktion aus Opera fast perfekt

Fasterfox - Geschwindigkeits- und Netzwerkoptimierung...weiss nicht, obs wirklich was bringt...ich bilde es mir ein

FaviconizeTab - Addon, um Tabs auf die Größe des Favicons zu reduzieren...praktisch bei sehr vielen geöffneten Tabs

Forecastfox - Wetter in der Status- oder Symbolleiste

FoxyTunes - Addon, um Audio-Player, wie Foobar2000, Songbird, Winmap, Windows Media Player und viele andere über die Firefox-Statusleiste zu steuern

Google Images Re-Linker - Addon, um in der Google Bildersuche Bilder beim Anklicken direkt angezeigt zu bekommen ohne den nervigen Zwischenschritt

Google Images Re-Linker deutsch -

Googlepedia - Zeigt neben Googleergennissen die Wikipedia Suchergebnisse direkt daneben an...ziemlich praktisch

Google Preview - Zeigt direkt neben Google Sucheergebnissen ein Vorschaubild an

IE Tab - Wahlweise die Browser-Engine des IEs nutzen...beispielsweise für das Windows Update ganz gut

Imageshack right-click - Addon, um Bilder, die man im Netz findet, per Rechtsklick direkt zu Imageshack hochzuladen...sehr praktisch für die Singlecore-Bandbearbeitung

ImageShack right-click deutsch -

Nightly Tester Tools - Addon, um alte Addons, die noch nicht kompatibel sind, kompatibel zu machen

NoScript - Kann diverse Skripte wie Java blocken

OpenAddons - Bringt einen Button in der Symbolleiste, um direkt ins Addon-Menü zu gelangen

Paste and Go 3 - Es lassen sich damit Links, die man in die Adressleiste einfügt, direkt per Klick öffnen, ohne den Link erst einzufügen und dann mit Enter aufzurufen...vom Opera-Browser geklaut

PDF Dowload - Erlaubt es, zu wählen, ob eine PDF-Datei heruntergeladen oder direkt angeschaut wird

QuickRestart - Bringt einen Button in die Menüleiste, um den Firefox direkt darüber neu zu starten, ohne ihn manuell zu beenden und neu zu starten

SecureLogin - Ähnlich dem Wand-Plugin in Opera

Stylish - Anpassen des Aussehens von Websites sowie der Programmoberfläche mit Hilfe eigener CSS-Stile, die im Web heruntergeladen werden können

Update Channel Selector - Man kann beim updaten auswählen, ob man Beta-Versionen, Release Candidates oder finale Versionen herunterladen will

Deploying a Linux based vm from VMware template

Deploying a Linux based virtual machine from a VMware template can be a bit difficult when you don't know the ins and outs, the tiny tweaks. 

In this blog post I'll explain how you can get past the problems that might occur.

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