Category Archives: Linux

Jigdo Files for Fedora Core 6

I have produced Jigdo files files for Fedora Core 6. Jigdo is a program which can produce ISO images from the constituent files and a description. It uses a .template file which contains the description how to compose the image from the files and the missing pieces, and a .jigdo file which describes where to […]

DAAP and Linux

I got mt-daapd running on my Linux desktop where all my music files are. I found a patch to make it work with avahi and instruction and RPMs. The only problem is that iTunes does not support streaming Ogg files. The QuickTime Components do a good job of local Ogg playing but I guess iTunes […]

MacBook Wireless on Linux

I got the wireless working on my MacBook under Fedora rawhide. The MacBook includes an Atheros chipset which needs the madwifi driver. The madwifi driver can’t be included in the base kernel or distribution because it includes a binary HAL which isn’t open-source. Unfortunately, the madwifi driver did not compile cleanly on the Fedora development […]

Boot Camp, Try 2

I had an idea that the graphical Fedora installer would be okay (or could at least be used with a mouse) even if the keyboard at the console was duplicating keypresses. Instead of trying to do a network install, I burned the FC6 Test 2 DVD. I went quickly through the text dialogs. The graphical […]

Boot Camp and Fedora

To celebrate the release of Boot Camp 1.1 beta, I tried to install Fedora Core in the spare space on my drive. Boot Camp worked great to repartition the drive, shrink the Mac OS X partition, and create a 10 GB free space. First, I tried Fedora Core 5 DVD. The installer got to a […]

Virtualization on the Mac

Parallels rocks. It is the first virtualization software for the Intel Macs. They also Windows and Linux but they aren’t well known compared to the big guys of Microsoft Virtual PC and VMware. The performance is pretty good since it makes use of the Intel VT extensions in the Core Duo processor which allows full […]

New Stuff

I answered the question of what laptop to get by buying an Apple MacBook. I got the simplest (and cheapest) model. I put 2 GB of RAM that I bought from Fry’s. One reason is that I could pick it up from an Apple Store. Another is that I liked the flexibility of the choosing […]

OSCON 2006, Day 1

This year, I only went to the sessions for OSCON. This is the sessions on Wednesday. Big Bad PostgreSQL: A Case Study, Theo Schlossnagle This talk was about migrating some data warehouse systems from Oracle to PostgreSQL and the issues they ran into. Some of the issues were ones we had run into at work, […]

SVK on Fedora Extras

Over the weekend, I got the SVK version control system included in Fedora Extras. It is in the perl-SVK package. I also packaged up a bunch of its required Perl modules. I actually used svk for the spec files for the packages. It was very handy for synchronizing and merging changes between home and work […]

Booting Fedora Installer from Disk

If you already have Linux installed, it is possible to boot the Fedora installer to do installs or upgrades without a boot CD. In the images/pxeboot directory of the distribution repository, there is vmlinuz kernel and initrd.img ramdisk image. Download those and put them in /boot. Then edit /boot/grub/grub.conf and add the following entry: title […]