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I am giving a talk tonight to about 20 people about Linux. All of them
will be Windows users and all will be very non-tech.
I just thought of asking here this morning.
I have prepared a handout with most of the common Linux sites including
sites for various distributions (Fedora is at the top of the list).
Googled *Linux* to find a start site to recommend. Found lots of sites,
but, you know, there wasn't one really exciting, sales oriented
(motivational) site that says "I really got to find out about or try
this operating system".
Do you know of a site I could recommend as a starting place for this
type of Windows audience that I could I could use in my little sales
I have a computer with Comcast.net as my ISP. My Ethernet cable goes from the network interface to the cable modem.
I have another computer with the same setup and DHCP is no problem.
On the problem computer, the card does not acquire an Ethernet address, and I don't know enough about DHCP in Linux to configure the client software or configure the Ethernet card.
Can anyone point me in the right direction? The non-working computer is a standard x86_64 machine with a RealTek "8139too". I compared the scripts and configuration I could find, but got nowhere.
The giveaway is theat the "PCLiNK" on the modem does not illuminate (meaning there is no signal from the ethernet card to the cable modem).
The thing is, in WindowsXP, this same computer works fine,
I sometimes find when my laptop becomes very slow
and I run "top" to see what is happening
that the culprit is "beagled-helper".
I don't recall ever starting beagled,
and it does not seem to be listed by chkconfig.
Is it now a standard part of Fedora?
Is it mandatory to run it?
What exactly does it do?
"man beagled" says it is "a system for searching
and managing your personal information space",
which I don't find very informative, or convincing.
I just purchased an Acer TravelMate 2480 notebook, after researching
it and reading many reports that it works well in Linux. That seems
to be true, up until I attempt to do anything with the built-in
Its got an Atheros chipset based device, which identifies itself in lspci as:
Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5006EG 802.11 b/g
Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01) 168c:001c
I've installed Fedora 8-x86, with all updates, and then installed
madwifi-0.9.4 from the ATrpms yum repo. I blacklisted the ath5k
driver in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist. Unfortunately, all attempts to
configure the ath0 interface are failing. In dmesg I'm seeing:
ath_hal: module license 'Proprietary' taints kernel.
ath_hal: 0.9.30.13 (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, AR5416, RF5111, RF5112,
RF2413, RF5413, RF2133)
ath_pci: 0.9.4.5 (0.9.4)
PCI: Enabling device 0000:03:00.0 (0000 -> 0002)
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:00.0[A] -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:03:00.0 to 64
MadWifi: unable to attach hardware: 'Hardware revision not supported'
(HAL status 13)
ACPI: PCI interrupt for device 0000:03:00.0 disabled
To say the least, that isn't promising.
I attempted to fall back to using the ath5k driver (after
unblacklisting it), but that one isn't working either. It detects the
device ok, but any attempts to bring up an interface fail. I've got
several other systems on the same wireless network that aren't having
any issues, so I'm fairly confident its not the network.
Note, all of the above is before even attempting to use any form of
encryption. I want to get the thing functional to the point that I
can ping other systems, and then I'll add in encryption.
Anyone have any success stories or suggestions? thanks
Pup and yum on F7 are a pain. Often when the message is for 10 new
updates I do it in a terminal. Either way it is quite slow. But it works.
Ubuntu uses apt-get and a GUI thing like Pup but it works much
better. I have no desire to do it in a terminal. When I set it up the
first time it took 90 updates. I was amazed how fast it went and zero
problems. There are several things not Fedora or normal Ubuntu
applications that I MUST have. On Ubuntu they are all a simple # apt-get
install and they do all the work bringing in the necessary libs and such.
At this time I can say the Ubuntu update system is very superior to
Pup and yum used on Fedora. I suggest Fedora look close at Ubuntu and
see how to get it working here.
Both systems use Gnome and that makes both look VERY similar. A nice
feature of Ubuntu is that that mount all the Linux systems on boot to
/mnt and you can then, of course transfer things from the Fedora systems
to Ubuntu. Or the reverse.
Ubuntu is based on Debian and the place that files go and do are odd
to a Fedora user. There is no grub.conf and /etc/fstab is a real MESS! I
am not sure my Fedora /home directory can be used with Ubuntu, but I
will try just for fun.
Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
I've used create repo in the past but only when I was hosting files
for one arch.
Now I have a repository with directories
Going out of habit, I was thinking I should run createrepo 3 separate
times, one for the SRPM, one for i386, one for x86_64.
But then I became concerned: when the x86_64 is doing its multilib
magic, how does it find the i386 packages it installs in parallel to
That made me think the createrepo should be aimed at the top level
directory above all three. But as I browse the mirrors of F8, I don't
see a "repodata" directory under the top level, making me think they
did not run createrepo at that level.
So, what to do?
Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas
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I tried to install nvidia driver but compilation aborted in a few seconds.
Looking at nvidia-installer.log, it is suggested to execute
make oldconfig && make prepare
this also aborted:
no rules to make target « missing-syscalls » stop
What shall I do?
kernel is: 188.8.131.52-49.fc8
thanks for help.
UFR de mathématiques et informatique
Université Paris Descartes
45, rue des Saints Pères
F-75270 Paris Cedex 06
Tél. +33 (0)1 44 55 35 61
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May be dumb question but I am testing this so I need to ask.
I have a windows machine sharing a folder. Using samba client in my FC
machine, I see whole lot more drives than the one shared (C$, D$,
E$,...). IFAIK these are shared for administrative purposes. Besides
that if certain folders are shared with "$" sign (for invisibility
purpose), Samba client shows all these drives.
Isn't that when you put "$" sign at last of your share (in windows),
it was not supposed to be visible.
Windows machine perfectly follows these rules. If I have Samba share
which is set to invisible, Windows machines doesn't show any of the
invisible folders in their network browser.
Since I don't have windows server installation, I cannot test it but I
guess if I share a folder from windows server with hidden status,
samba client will probably will show all the hidden shares.
So is this extra information a feature or bug?
Below is about thirty seconds of data recorded at the RJ45 connector on
my Wildblue receiver/modem. The computer I'm using to test with is a
new F8 installation [192.168.1.10] and I don't know that it does
anything F7 didn't do but I see continuous activity, apparently the
result of DNS activity, since it is to the Wildblue DNS server on port
53. Is that normal? 60 bytes doesn't amount to much of a days usage
but still it is consuming bw.
Mon Nov 26 12:30:19 2007; UDP; eth1; 63 bytes; from 192.168.1.10:32771
Mon Nov 26 12:30:24 2007; UDP; eth1; 60 bytes; from 192.168.1.10:32771
Mon Nov 26 12:30:29 2007; UDP; eth1; 60 bytes; from 192.168.1.10:32771
Mon Nov 26 12:30:34 2007; UDP; eth1; 60 bytes; from 192.168.1.10:32771
Mon Nov 26 12:30:39 2007; UDP; eth1; 60 bytes; from 192.168.1.10:32771
Mon Nov 26 12:30:44 2007; UDP; eth1; 60 bytes; from 192.168.1.10:32771
Mon Nov 26 12:30:49 2007; UDP; eth1; 60 bytes; from 192.168.1.10:32771