Category: Linux

10 Oct

OpenSUSE 11.0 – Nurnberg down.

I’m trying to install OpenSUSE 11.0 in the vain hope that it solves Firefox slowdowns.. (I use my PC for 99% browsing in this period and I can’t stand slowdowns in the browser on a dual-core with an 8800GT).

Of course I’ve chosen the right day to upgrade.. OpenSUSE servers are down due to electrical problems in the city of Nurnberg. I will have to wait tomorrow to know if it solved or not.

The setup has vastly improved since OpenSUSE 10.3 and is very quick.. let’s hope Firefox with Compiz is fixed too.

Update: not even needed to get to Compiz. Firefox performance on Linux is doomed :(

Update-2: OpenSUSE 11 seems usable as far as Firefox performance go. Maybe it’s the distro, maybe the fact that I installed a 64bit version, maybe the fact that I didn’t switch between Gnome/KDE, but it works and goes quite fast – not anywhere fast as on Windows but acceptable, only few websites get frustrating. For the rest OpenSUSE 11 seems a great distro so far, I will follow up with any issues in the future.

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27 Sep

Repair broken xfce after theme selection

I have an Ubuntu upgraded to Kubuntu now upgraded to Xubuntu (seems the best). Playing around with theme selection, sometimes crashes xfce with no chances of getting back in.

I had otherĀ  WMs so I just entered Gnome and run /usr/bin/xfce-setting-show to change the theme back.

I don’t have a solution if xfce is your only session type, but I suspect this problem would not arise either.

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30 Jan

andLinux Installation Troubleshooting

Check out this screenshot :

andLinux screenshot

It’s andLinux, a Linux distribution based on Kubuntu 6.10 with a coLinux kernel which runs under any Windows NT (here in Windows XP SP2 with Zune Theme, running KDevelop, Konsole and Synaptic, alongside with Firefox for Windows, Excel 2007 and Adobe Photoshop CS). What’s cool is that unlike virtualization solutions, its kernel runs on real CPU hardware (albeit limited to 1 core). And unlike CygWin/X is not an abandoned project and it runs Linux x86 binaries without recompiling.

It’s cool and performance seems to be good, albeit memory constrained. Integration between Windows and Linux environments is very high. Check it out and take into account Topologilinux, a Slackware+coLinux distribution.

On a side note I had problems during installation with a batch file running forever without any result.

I took these steps to have it working (it may break your system, don’t bother me if it does) :

  • Ctrl-C and terminate batch job
  • Reboot
  • Install WinPCap manually
  • Go to C:\andLinux\netdriver and copy andLinux.cmd in hackedandLinux.cmd
  • Edit hackedandLinux.cmd as this :
    • Delete all the lines before “SET REGKEY=%%G”
    • Replace %%G with %REGKEY% in all the file
    • Search the registry (using regedit) for TAP-Win32 until you find a key named NetCfgInstanceId containing a GUID. Copy the GUID in the clipboard.
    • Edit the first line of the batch file so that it reads SET REGKEY={4AD26856-00D4-499B-AF61-A9B39B540131} (put your GUID instead of mine!!!!)
  • Run the batch file
  • Restart the andLinux service and eventually the DNS Bonjour service (I restarted it, I don’t know if it’s part of andLinux though) – or reboot if in doubt!
  • Enjoy !

Filed under: Geeky side of life, Linux