I have been using the latest release of Kubuntu on my Sony VAIO VGN-NR110E and I am impressed with the advancements the Linux community has made. When I first got into Linux and the open source movement, KDE and Gnome were fun to tinker with, but they were not usable for daily tasks and were hard to set up. Of course, this was in the days before broadband was widespread and winmodems were the standard. Linux was definitely not ready for the desktop. Read the rest of this entry
In case you haven’t yet heard of Compiz Fusion, built from the Beryl composite window manager for X windows, hurry on over to their site and check it out, the effects are almost good enough to rival Mac OS X in my opinion.
Compiz Fusion aims to provide an easy and fun-to-use windowed environment, allowing use of the graphics hardware to render each individual window and the entire screen, to provide some impressive effects, speed and usefulness.
I was having some problems the other day with a 3ware Escalade 8506-8 RAID controller, this problem led me to tw_cli, a program designed to interface on the linux command prompt with the 3ware RAID controller in my remote linux machines. I even found a neat script that someone wrote to help notify you of any drive or RAID problems as they occur on your system.
Follow the directions here:
I added the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://ftp.debian-unofficial.org/debian sarge restricted
Then I ran:
apt-get update apt-get install 3ware-cli-binary