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Fake Linus Torvalds Video

It starts with the old IBM Linux commercial and then becomes a rap video. This comes from Linux.com and you can find full details here.

Is it me or are the Fake Linus Torvalds in the video actually using Mac OS X on Mac laptops?!?

Favorite Linux.

Thought maybe I would try to liven these blogs up a bit.

Care to comment on your favorite linux distro(s)?

I have 3 favs. Centos(now @ 5.3), ubuntu and debian.

I run ubuntu for my desktop. Pretty much a stock gnome setup. I like to keep things near stock so that there is less work when I upgrade and replace.

Naturally(maybe this is arguable!) ubuntu on the desktop leads to debian on the server. Familiar tools, stable as a rock system etc etc

I do like Centos as RHEL is so well supported and CentOS inherits that. I run centos is XenServer Vms and it performs quite well.


Just for fun

Hello! Just a friendly hi for my first blog post here. Thanks for listening :)


Some Fedora related news

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Just some news bytes I've run across recently.

Fedora 12 Alpha includes flavor of Moblin 2
Moblin is a "usage experience" originally designed by Intel for devices designed around their Atom CPU mostly available in Netbooks and other embedded devices. The Fedora Project is basically integrating the Moblin 2 userspace stuff into Fedora so it is a selectable desktop from the graphical login's Session menu. Fedora will probably create an official "mini" spin but that remains to be seen. For more info see: fedora mini alpha testing

New Fedora 11 release for OLPC X0-1 models
You might have already known that the OLPC project is working on an XO-1.5 unit with vastly faster hardware and more storage space and that they were going to change the software so that the OLPC user could switch between the Sugar Desktop and the Gnome Desktop if desired. Fedora/OLPC developer Steven Parrish has released an update for OLPC X0-1 laptops based on Fedora 11 which includes the Gnome Desktop stuff as well. For more info see: Announcing a new release of F11 for the XO-1 and F11 for XO-1

Now here's a video about what Moblin 2 is for anyone interested:


HOWTO: Linux on the Intel iMac - Triple booting

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Introduction - Why Macs?

I work as a System Administrator for a Computer Science Department and as a result I manage both server machines and lab machines. Some time ago the department decided (and I was in agreement) that it would be a good idea to offer the students additional variety in the computer lab by replacing some of the "Pee Cee" machines in the main undergrad lab with some Apple Macintosh systems. This would give students access to Mac OS X (pronounced "ten") in the lab in addition to Linux and Microsoft Windows.

Although Apple switched to Intel-based machines a few years ago, you can't just run their OS on any Intel/AMD machine as they have both licensing reasons and technical reasons why their OS should ONLY run on Apple hardware. They don't seem to be friendly to running Mac OS X inside of Virtualization either. Mr. Jobs, why do you hate us? I digress.

The first three years we had Macs in the lab they only ran Mac OS X and as time passed, fewer and fewer people used them. The usage slowdown was caused by a number of reasons that I'll not go into here. This year though, I decided not to give up on the Macs and to make them triple-boot... so if people don't want to use Mac OS X they don't have to, and the machines can get better utilization.


Video: OSCON 2009 - What's the Deal with Linux on the Desktop?

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Jim Zemlin from The Linux Foundation gives the closing keynote for OSCON 2009 entitled, "Moblin, Chrome, Android, Ubuntu, etc: What's the Deal with Linux on the Desktop?".


Even more speculation on Google Chrome OS

Argh, there have been about a zillion articles and blog posting declaring the future of computing and a coming "OS War" between Microsoft and Google. Paaalease. Although I myself am writing yet another piece of content related to Google Chrome OS, I feel compelled to do so because the vast majority of everything I've seen so far has simply been rubbish... and I don't often call things rubbish.

What is Google Chrome OS?

On the public face, so far Google Chrome OS is nothing more than vaporware mentioned in a blog posting by two Google middle management.

It appears it will be just enough operating system to get a web browser to run so one can do all of their online stuff... you know... using Google's Browser and Google's online services. Don't worry, you can use any software that is written using web standards but obviously the Google services and APIs to those services will be heavily favored.

It will be based on the Linux kernel but from the few brief paragraphs of the Google blog posting it appears to be just enough userspace stuff to run the web browser and any add-on support applications for online multi-media.


Screencast: Intro to Sugar on a Stick

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Since so many adults who are "computer literate" seem to have problems getting started with the Sugar environment, I decided to make a brief introduction screencast. I boot up the Sugar On a Stick "Strawberry" LiveCD in a KVM virtual machine and show the basics of using Sugar as well as a few activities.

If you want to download the full quality Ogg Theora video, just right-click and "Save Link As...":
http://blip.tv/file/get/Dowdle-sugeronastickintro289.ogv

Video: OLPC Road Show

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Here is the video I recorded at the June 25th, 2009 BozemanLUG meeting.

Presenter: Caryl Bigenho

If you want the higher quality Ogg Theora video, just right-click and "Save Link As..." this link:
http://blip.tv/file/get/Dowdle-olpcroadshow438.ogv

You can find the pictures I took here.

[Update:] Added a PDF of Caryl's presentation as a file attachment.
Also attached the 2009 OPLC Project updated PDF.

Screencast: Virtual Machine Manager, Fedora 11 Preview

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I've been doing quite a few Fedora 11 installs on various hardware in preparation for the review of I'm working on but I wanted to give a short glimpse of KVM in Fedora 11 with the Virtual Machine Manager (virt-manager). I also show MontanaLinux (a Fedora 11 remix), some of the new features in Fedora 11 and some additional software.

For those running a browser that can do HTML 5's video tag (like Firefox 3.5 beta), you can watch the Ogg Theora version which is about 1/3 the filesize of the Flash version but bigger and better quality. Or download it: kvm-fedora11-preview-smaller.ogv (right-click, Save link as...)

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