Gentoo Linux?? Not any time soon…

April 21, 2006

Ha, being the naive Linux noob that I am, I tried installing Gentoo Linux 2006.0 today. Let me tell you, this is a distro not meant for noobs (or not-as-experienced-users)! I should have know… Anyways, as soon as I got to the installer, I was already confused by the options which I really had no clue about. So, I clicked around, applied what I already knew, and… well, after thinking for a little bit, I thought that if the installer was already so confusing to me, I really shouldn't install the whole OS. So, I retreated (for the better I suppose) and now I am back in my trusted SuSE 10.0 environment. I guess I will just learn as much as I can about Linux through SuSE, and then move on to install a more complicated distro of Linux on my other hard drive. Oh well, just a little set-back for now, but also an opportunity that forces me to learn more about Linux. Still, from what I hear, Gentoo is an EXCELLENT Linux distro, used and loved by many, so don't let my little post here scare you off. : )

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AMD cuddles with Linux

April 21, 2006

AMD apparently wants to set up a research group in Dresden not only to optimize Linux for its own processors, but also to integrate the requirements of the open operating system in the development process for future processor generations. Read more here.


Boot Faster with Parallel Starting Services

April 21, 2006

If the slow booting time of your Linux box is driving you crazy, consider parallel booting techniques.

What kind of improvements might you see, compared to your current sequential boot process? Well, let's start by seeing what kind of times you're getting currently. Either grab a stopwatch, or write a simple script to time the boot

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HOWTO: Install Linux onto a USB thumb-drive with encrypted partitions

April 19, 2006

Simple instructions for anyone looking for a portable installation that they can easily carry with them for use as rescue media, system administration or as a private workstation. This is an update of the original howto (http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/179), and adds support for 2.6.16, cryptsetup with LUKS support, Udev, and Yaird.

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Easter Egg Hunting In Linux =)

April 19, 2006

Strange Ubuntu names in your Ubuntu hardrive, OpenOffice.org Star Wars Game, "The Book of Mozilla", and the Supercow powers in Debian based systems. Check them out!

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Stable kernel 2.6.16.9 released

April 19, 2006

Today's first stable 2.6.16 release is 2.6.16.9. It contains a fix for a potential inter-process information leak on the i386 and x86-64 architectures. (Update: the FreeBSD advisory has some additional information on this vulnerability, which is specific to certain AMD processors).

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Managing Linux Through Windows Active Directory

April 19, 2006

A nice article about connecting Linux Authentication to Windows Authentication.

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