26 Nov 2010

Old Good(?) Style

I recently wrote about Linux distributive which was derived from Red Hat once Red Hat became commercial. But Fedora is not the only derivative in there!
As long as Red Hat is still open source software, anyone can use their source code for own purposes. That's the way how CentOS was born.
Selection of available versions for CentOS is not massive. If you want to have Live system, you have a choice of only one variety. Practically, this is GNOME-embedded system. No choice between KDE, LXDE or any other windows manager. At least, for CentOS 5.5, which I used.
Anyway. Following procedure is standard.
Download CD image. Burn it onto CD-RW disk. Reboot. Choose to boot from CD.
Let's go!

22 Nov 2010

Penguins on Racecourse

I wrote several times that I have several versions of Linux installed on my laptop.
If we have a team, let's make a competition!
So, racecourse is my laptop. Some Penguins are already living on hard disk, some will be running from CD, some will be running from USB drive.
Time will be counting from the time when GRUB selection is made (for HDD install) or from start of CD/USB boot selection in BIOS for those who start from there. If there are any requirements to enter any details in order to start system, time to make correct selection or type details is also taken into account.
Stopwatch will be stopped when computer is booted and ready for use, including WiFi connection made (where possible). If WiFi requires separate configuration (password entry etc), this time is also taken into account.
I know some of these assumptions makes competition unfair for CD/USB launched systems, but let it be this way.

Stopwatch is reset!
Ready! Steady! Go!

16 Nov 2010

Is it a reason to celebrate?

Hello to all the readers!
And for those who is not a reader, but will become (hopefully) soon.
I realised that this blog started functioning just about one month ago!
To be honest, first posts were put together little bit earlier. But they were all in Russian. Later down the line I decided to move this blog into English "blogosphere". All the posts which existed by that time were translated into English. First of English-language posts was published on the 14th of October 2010, that is 1 month and 2 days ago.
Is it a reason to celebrate!
Yes! Happy Birthday, Linux notes from DarkDuck!!!!

And also that is time to make some resumes.
In first month:

  • 11 posts were published
  • ...and several more drafted for future release
  • Facility to Buy Linux CDs was launched
  • Several CDs were actually sold
  • One customer feedback was received and published.
This is a great success from my point of view! Do you agree? Please leave your comments, subscribe to this blog, read it, share it!
And, finally, I want to say THANK YOU! to all of you!
  • To you, who regularly read the blog. 
  • To you, who came here for the first time and will subscribe. 
  • To you, who just came here once and will never return.
I write for all of you! I work for all of you!
Thank you for your existence!

12 Nov 2010

Are there 10 reasons to upgrade to 10.10?

Maybe that is too late now to write about this, but anyway...
What can happen at 10:10 on 10.10.10? Of course, it can only be a new release of Linux operation system Ubuntu, version 10.10.
I was happy owner of free CDs sent me by Canonical representative. These were CDs with Ubuntu and Kubuntu 10.04 LTS versions. After some investigations and thoughts, those two systems were installed on my laptop somewhere at the end of September.
And then 10.10.10 came along.

10 Nov 2010

In the footsteps of Little Red Riding Hood

Everyone is familiar with this wonderful fairytale of Red Riding Hood. This is a story of little girl who wore small riding hood. But all the girls grow up.. Riding hood grows up as well and may well become Red Hat.

This time I've tried a distributive which is very close to the fairy tale Character. No, that is not Red Hat Linux. My first and only (yet) acquittance with Red Hat Linux was 10 years or so ago... Since then Red Hat became fully commercial product for enterprises and no longer supports individuals. But there's an alternative for it. It is also a headgear. This is Fedora. Fedora is actively supported by Red Hat, and acts as playground for new technologies before they are included into main Red Hat package.
My guinea pig was Fedora 13 with GNOME.
Usual process with small adjustment this time. Download iso-image from the Internet. Use Pendrivelinux tool to put it onto the USB drive. Reboot! Choose to boot from USB! Let's go...

3 Nov 2010

Puppy gets Kute

You know my addiction to try new distributions of Linux...
But, as per Russian saying, "old friend is better than two new ones". So, I have 3 friends, which are old enough to be considered as old.
They are:

All these three distributives found their way to my HDD, and I frequently have a dilemma which one to use today.
But even old friends may need new clothes.