Fedora 10 Glitches.

Nov. 30, 2008, 2:16 a.m. bootstrap , X11

The Fedora 10 Live Update trials I did earlier with my virtual machines went smoothly. That was in stark contrast to the difficulties faced with the upgrade of the host operating system. In other words, a real upgrade on a real system running on real hardware was anything but smooth. Well, perhaps n ...

Fedora 10 Gold

Nov. 29, 2008, 8:35 a.m. bootstrap , green , X11

The final release of Fedora 10 was made available a couple of days ago. There was the early delivery and and the problems with my WiMax connection so it wasn't until a little while ago that I managed to do the updated from Fedora 10 Preview to the Final release. (That too only when the little tyke w ...

Old dogs can learn new tricks

Nov. 29, 2008, 1:57 a.m. virtualization

Yep, you live and you learn. For years I thought you can invoke fdisk only on a physical hard drive. How wrong I was! You can invoke it even on a file (you will then have to manually set cylinders etc etc). This is very usefull when working with Qemu images.I didn't know that dd had a 'sparse' optio ...

Religion

Nov. 28, 2008, 2:46 p.m. religion

You might have noticed that I have an item named religion in my tag cloud. Does that mean I have suddenly become religious? Hello no. Exorcise that thought. Religion is the opium of the poor (well I am not exactly rich but I am not poor and don't do opium). Heaven and hell exists only in the minds o ...

Virtual Box on My Media Server

Nov. 27, 2008, 1:33 p.m. virtualization

After using VirtualBox on my desktop for a while I wanted to try it out on my file server. The desktop has a an Intel E6400 CPU but the imagess actually reside on my file server rather than on the desktop itself (I have gigabit ether). I wanted to install VirtualBox on the file server which has an I ...

Kernel Error After VirtualBox Wakes up

Nov. 26, 2008, 3:51 p.m. virtualization

Things go haywire with VirtualBox when the host system wakes up from sleep. Message from [email protected] at Nov 17 15:10:33 ... kernel: Code: c0 0f 30 58 8e d8 58 8e c0 5b 41 5c 41 5d 41 5e 41 5f b8 5b f0 ff ff e9 e9 fe ff ff cc cc cc cc b8 ff ff ff ff 48 21 c7 48 31 c0 <0f> 79 fe 73 06 b8 ...

Bell WiMax Blazing Speed of 24kbps

Nov. 25, 2008, 3:21 p.m. broadband

Lanka Bell is now Blazing along at 24kbps via satellites. This is a major improvement on what we had less than 12 hours ago when Speedtest.net or any other site simply couldn't be connected to.To be fair though, The speed really isn't that slow. It feels a lot faster for things like reading emails e ...

Yet another lanka bell service outage.

Nov. 25, 2008, 12:12 p.m. broadband

A week does not pass by without Lanka Bell WiMax suffering a massive breakdown. Late last night the service went down. Different from the usual scenario where you just can't establish a PPPoE connection because the PPP server isn't responding. This time the PPP connection is up but you cannot browse ...

USMB Howto

Nov. 24, 2008, 11:29 a.m.

I have already mentioned that Samba is the network protocol that I settled on for file sharing on my LAN and that Usmb is the userspace file system used for this purpose. Yesterday, I even blogged about howto solve a particular problem you might run into with usmb. I settled on usmb after looking a ...

glibc detected *** usmb: double free or corruption

Nov. 24, 2008, 12:41 a.m.

Anyone would be concerned by an error message like the one above. Not me. I've been there done it and know that it's a not a big issue. if you do a google you will find all kinds of lame suggestions. This is really nothing to worry about. The first time I ran into it was nearly four years ago when I ...

Four Crashes in a Day

Nov. 23, 2008, 4:19 p.m. bootstrap , green , virtualization , X11

The last time my computer crashed (that is totally froze up) was back in May. Today I have had four freezes with in hours of each other and I am pointing the finger at Fedora 10.Twice the machine crashed when it went to sleep. If the computer sleeps, it doesn't wake up again. The screen gets garbled ...

Why is every version of Fedora worse than the one before?

Nov. 23, 2008, 9:43 a.m. religion

Fedora 9 was so bad, I got totally fed up with it and switched to debian. Only to find that Debian is a lot worse. So I switched back to F9. Yesterday, I upgraded to Fedora 10 (that to only after doing a couple of trials with virtual machines). I was hoping that it would be better than F9. It's not. ...

Samba SWAT

Nov. 23, 2008, 2:38 a.m. virtualization

I have mentioned here and there that I am using usmb to mount remote folders. It was only after a little bit of head scratching that I manged to figure it out though. Samba server is one of those things that I never really learned to setup/use. So I decided to take the easy way out and to install t ...

Fedora 10 and Plymouth

Nov. 22, 2008, 1:46 a.m. bootstrap

My Fedora 10 installation is now booting up with Plymouth. It was only after I added the 'vga=0x318' flag (as mentioned at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/10/Alpha/ReleaseNotes#Boot_up and disabled bootchart that the splash screen appeared. The new boot process is supposed to be faster bu ...

Google SearchWiki new Feature Or WTF?

Nov. 21, 2008, 6:43 a.m. web 0.8 , weird

Just five minutes ago, I did a search and got the same old same old Google UI. Just now I did a search and got something completely different. What does this mean? has google become a social network. Will spammers now be able to vote legitimate search results out of existence? Will companies with ...

could not find compatible GRE between version 1.9b5 and 1.9b5

Nov. 21, 2008, 3:31 a.m. X11

Earlier, I blogged about upgrading from Fedora 9 to 10 with Yum. Then I mentioned that it didn't go too well and decided to get a full DVD image with jigdo.  Here are some of the things that went wrong with the live update. The Gnome menu bar disappears when ever an applications is started. It's p ...

Fedora 10 Live Update vs Jigdo Download.

Nov. 20, 2008, 3:14 p.m. broadband , virtualization

The other day, I spoke about upgrading from Fedora 9 to 10 using YUM. The reason that I chose this approach was because I wasn't keen to watch while Azureus or Jigdo painstakingly downloaded the DVD bit by bit. The DVD contains a lot of useful software and it also contains loads of software which I ...

Elance.

Nov. 20, 2008, 12:57 a.m.

Once upon a long ago, Rad Inks was an elance service provider. Now I am back at Elance as a buyer. During the 3-4 years that we have been away, elance has really detoriated. Most of the projects that are available now just seem crazy. Everyone seems to want a facebook clone with all the bells and wh ...

FTPFs (Part II)

Nov. 19, 2008, 3:12 a.m.

I was asking myself if there is a way to mount FTP folders the way you can mount remote folders using SSHFS (or god forbid NFS (No File System)). I first tried 'yum install ftpfs' with no luck. Then I thought to have a look at the fuse supported file systems and quickly found CurlFTPFs. It hasn't be ...

OCR

Nov. 18, 2008, 4:17 p.m.

I have never had much need for OCR but when an error popped with VirtualBox the other day and virtual box didn't allow me to share the clipboard from the guest to the host, I thought I would take a screen shot and then OCR the text. It would have been much easier to simply type it but that's not the ...

Fedora 9 to Fedora 10 (with Yum)

Nov. 18, 2008, 12:53 a.m. virtualization , X11

The last time I tried to use Yum to upgrade from one version of Fedora to another it didn't exactly work out. This time I thought I would try it out first in a virtual machine. If something goes wrong just delete the VM. When trying something like this,  you should make sure that the keepcache sett ...

From Qemu to VirtualBox?

Nov. 17, 2008, 10:36 a.m. bootstrap , virtualization , X11

While trying out VirtualBox I wanted to use the existing Qemu images to save me the trouble of having to carry out new guest OS installations. Sadly, qmeu images will not work out of the box with VirtualBox. Though it's not possible to directly convert them to VirtualBox (vdi) images with Qemu, can ...

VirtualBox.

Nov. 17, 2008, 2:40 a.m. virtualization

After having a spot of bother with Qemu and on the recommendation of a fellow geek, I considered switching to Virtual box. The 64 bit version of VirtualBox is labeled as being for AMD processors. Therefore I opted for the 32 bit version. When I tried to install it with 'yum localinstall VirtualBox- ...

Qemu and Lost Mouse Pointers

Nov. 16, 2008, 9:49 a.m. virtualization

Recently, I installed DSL - Damned Small Linux on as a guest operating system under Qemu and found that the mouse and the keyboard wouldn't respond after the boot up process had been completed. At the time I concluded that it is a quirk in DSL and gave up on it. ...

Netbeans 6.5 and PHP

Nov. 16, 2008, 1:05 a.m. netbeans

Been waiting for a long time for PHP support to be added into Netbeans. Decided that I can wait no longer and downloaded the nightly build. And what can I say, I just love it.Netbeans can be used with Xdebug to debug PHP scripts. I know that xdebug can be used with eclipse too but I have never quite ...