All entries for May 2006

May 12, 2006

blog update

So I've been going through old posts and trying to get some stuff up to date, still not too much done about the fedora install howto though, but with exams and the like it'll have to be put off… you can hash together a pretty good idea using the official website's advice ( link - you can also download fedora from one of the mirrors there) and the fedorafaq (link), both are really helpful; although I think that they may make assumptions about the level of knowledge which people have and I'm desperately trying to over come this. The future of open source will depend upon our ability to get people with no technical knowledge involved and learning.

I know there has been some debate about how to further open source (see Tim's blog: link to a reply I made on my blog here: link), but I'll be happy if even one person decides that they might now try some open source software; or at least be receptive to it.

May 11, 2006


need to update more… still, I'm trying to keep stuff going along on the ica blog, check it out!

May 07, 2006

Warwick University – "an affiliate of M$"?

So I got looking through the IT services summer 2006 guide to training which is offered to students on the subject of computing. Well, I say computing, what I mean Microsoft branded computing. There are no less than 18 references to Microsoft products on one side of the A4 pamphlet. Why is it that our university seems to go out of its way to indoctrinate all students into their (proprietary) way of doing things? There are alternatives to M$ software out there… why doesn't the university consider Open Office… or Koffice (if they want to go all out for the open source and use KDE aswell… I'm a GNOME man myself)

Further; why do they insist on wasting so much money on buying the rights to use M$ software when they could get one source software, which would be more secure, faster and more stable for far less money. The FAA in America saved $15 million by migrating to Linux (see link). How many extra books could be bought for our library if we made that move within the IT services dept.?

May 06, 2006

Registered Linux user, but no cigar?

So I actually became a registered Linux user last night (# 416286!), although I feel a little like I'm cheating because at the time I was suspiciously without a kernel. On Thursday I updated my system which included getting FC5 kernel 2107, a mistake I can now see because it was incapable of starting X. Because of this I felt that it would be sensible to get rid of the un–working kernel, but in my zeal I got rid of all kernels. The only way I could find to get it back (with help from the nice chaps at – one of whom lives in Coventry so is probably at the uni) was to boot with the DVD then use

Linux rescue

Yes to having the network connection and used the default settings

Chroot /mnt/sysimage
Yum install kernel

the only problem now is that I need to update grub because it's been going wrong and has lost fedora, mightily silly. I'll update when I figure out how… and I might even get round to finishing the install how to… that one is scheduled for after the exams when I put it on a friends system (whether he wants it or not ; ))

Update: I ended up re–installing Fedora completely. It was my fault for uninstalling the kernels in the first place so I'm not going to judge fedora too harshly because of it – that is just the chance you take with a bleeding edge distro… I might one day try ubuntu… I'll wait and see before I make any move. As someone pointed out to me on the forum; bordeux (core 5) is less than a month old, it needs some time to bed down. I remember the problems we had with the first release of Win 98, they make this seem so minor in comparison.

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