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Desktop Environments RAM use

As a result of a recent discussion on IRC, I decided to take a number of DE (Desktop Environments) for a test drive and see how much ram they used. Test machine – Netbook with 2 Gb RAM Method – … Continue reading

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Confessions of a “practical” FSF fanboi Without getting into all the politics, we all use GNU/Linux and many of us appreciate the four freedoms advocated by the Free Software Foundation. The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom … Continue reading

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Fedora Audacious Skin

I have recently been playing with audacious skins and came up with a skin for Fedora. It is based on an old skin, BlubuntuBlue. To use these skins, save the following zip files to ~/.local/share/audacious/Skins/ . You do NOT need … Continue reading

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Ubuntu 12.04 gma500 (poulsbo) boot options

Ubuntu 12.04 has been officially released and, with minor adjustments, the intel gma500 video card is working out of the box. See the last part of this post for suggestions on getting suspend working. The “trick” is to use a … Continue reading

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Fedora 17 alpha gma500 poulsbo

As a part of the continuing saga with my netbook (gma500) I took the Fedora 17 Alpha release for a test drive with gnome shell. I was quite pleased with the result. The good – The intel gma500 (poulsbo) graphics … Continue reading

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Linux GMA500 (Poulsbo) driver moved out of staging

Good news for people with an Intel GMA500 (Poulsbo) graphics card, support is now in the mainline Linux kernel. In the Linux 3.3-rc1 (mainline) kernel the driver has moved out of staging and re-named. It is now located under Device … Continue reading

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Ubuntu gma500 poulsbo Live CD

In follow up to this post I have remastered a daily build of Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin. I have made a copy publicly available for those with one of these graphics cards. Please keep in mind it is an alpha … Continue reading

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Intel GMA 500 psb_gfx

I have been one of the frustrated owners of an Intel GMA 500 card – see how kick your friends face gma500 for details. Support for this card in Linux has historically been poor, at best, and X typically fails … Continue reading

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I have used gentoo on my netbook mainly to test the gma500 staging driver with a custom kernel. I have used gentoo-hardened sources with LUKS and LVM as well as fbcondecor. In order to get the system to boot I … Continue reading

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Fedora classroom

I am going to try to offer a few sessions in Fedora Classroom starting next week with iptables. I hope to cover “the basics” of iptables in #fedora-classroom on September 15th , 21:00 (UTC) The session is planned to last … Continue reading

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