07:34:48 pm Introduction to Linux dayCategories: Technology News, Linux
If you've ever wondered what all the fuss is about Linux and Open Source, come to the GLLUG's 'Introduction to Linux' day on November 11th in Central London. Click on the link for further details.
01:52:43 am Swiftfox - optimized Firefox builds for LinuxCategories: Web, Linux
Emboldened by my success with optimized Windows builds the other day, I had a go with a Linux version this weekend. I chose Swiftfox 1.8, which is just a regular rebuild of the standard release for various different architectures. It was simple enough to extract the archive and set up a shortcut, it did seem to be a good deal swifter on my Pentium III laptop. The only problem I encountered was that my Pinball theme wasn't working, and neither were any of my extensions. They were all listed in the Themes and Extensions windows respectively, but Swiftfox behaved as if they weren't there. Uninstalling and re-installing didn't seem to have any effect either. In the end I had to create a new profile from scratch (after backing up my current one, of course), after that themes and extensions installed and worked fine, and the whole thing is noticeably faster than vanilla Firefox.
02:23:22 am Smart Package Manager - Error Updating CacheCategories: Linux
Had a bit of trouble with Smart on my laptop this week. After I had to cancel out of an update the whole thing kept hanging when updating the cache at the start, the GUI would sit there doing nothing. I tried running it direct from the shell and got this error:
# smart update Loading cache... Traceback (most recent call last):##################################### ( 98%) File "/usr/bin/smart", line 194, in ? main(sys.argv[1:])
I found the answer in the link above:
# rm /var/lib/smart/channels/*
# rm /var/lib/smart/cache
# smart update
And everything is working fine again
01:59:21 am Audigy 2 working in FC5!Categories: Linux
Decided to have a proper go at getting my Audigy working in Fedora Core 5 this evening. A bit of googling led me to the linked blog post which in turn led me to the solution. Basically ignore the sound card detection applet in Gnome - it seems to disable anything you've just turned on with alsamixer - and open a command prompt, run alsamixer and then use the '.' button to enable all the options which it says are off (ie. the ones which don't have a volume control), worked for me anyway.
07:21:24 pm Mounting partitions in GentooCategories: Linux
I've spent a considerable amount of time in the last few days trying to upgrade the kernel on my Gentoo laptop. I had most trouble getting the NVidia drivers working again, but I think that was mostly because I was trying to use the nv framebuffer driver with the nvidia XOrg driver - anyway, I've now got it all working on a 2.6.12 kernel. The last problem I had was being able to see my windows partion (mounted at /mnt/windows) when logged in as any user - I must have been experiencing this for a long time and not noticed! The answer was in the page linked to above - add a 'umask=0222' option in the relevant line in /etc/fstab and now everything works.